Back around the beginning of the year, Forge World put up a notice that they were running low on copies of IA8. Given that it's the book with the Ork units in, I figured I would grab a copy before they all vanished. Tight-fisted as I am though, I thought I'd take a look elsewhere to see if I could pick it up cheaper than direct from Forge World. It didn't take too long to find a seller on Amazon with an “as new” copy that was only £27.50. Now that I finally get round to writing about the book, it's no longer available on the Forge World site, but can still be found on Amazon for £30. Given that many of the other Imperial Armour books have gone on to a second edition, I expect there will be a new version available from Forge World at some point, but I suspect that they may well be focussing on the Horus Heresy for the near future.

The book itself weighs in at 226 pages and comes with a double sided poster with a Mek Boss on one side and an assortment of Ork units on the other. Sadly the poster is too big to have found a home on any of my walls so far, but it's still a nice addition. The story of the book is a combined Raven Guard and Elysian Drop Troop attack on an Ork held planet, and it contains units for all 3 armies, and full army lists for the Elysians and Ork Dread Mobs. I enjoyed reading through the book, which gives a lot of detail on what could be considered a relatively minor action by the standards of battles in the 41st millennium. I have only read the book once though, I haven't been captured by the urge to pore over it relentlessly. I'm unlikely to get much use out of the missions given to play out the campaign, as I don't have access to Raven Guard or Elysian armies. I'm sure I could manage something if I were desperate to play them, but it's not really a high priority.

I was pleased with the selection of Ork units in the book. There are several vehicles I think could fit nicely into a Speed Freeks army, particularly as Zhadsnark Da Rippa lets you take Warbikers as Troops choices. I like the extra detail on various units, even if it does seem to contradict itself in places, and I really wish Forge World made the variant Warbuggies shown in the illustrations, as the existing model is looking very dated. There's a fair amount of material on Dreads and Kans, which is understandable given that the book is home to the Dread Mob list, but I doubt I'll get much use out of it myself.

One thing that occurred to me after reading IA8 was that it invites comparison with the Waaagh! Ghazghkull supplement. Weighing the two up against each other really shows Waaagh! Ghazghkull in a poor light. Both of them have background material and 8 missions, although IA8's missions are more tightly linked and include a few more innovative features than Waaagh! Ghazghkull. IA8 is nearly three times as long, contains new units for three different armies, and includes two whole army lists, where Waaagh! Ghazghkull has seven formations and one detachment, so no new units, just different ways to arrange the existing ones. Given that I bought the Ghazghkull book in hardback (£30), IA8 was cheaper too. Once I'd looked at it in those terms, I was significantly less pleased with the Ghazghkull supplement. Given the lack of supplements accompanying the more recent codex releases, I suspect I'm not the only one questioning the value of those books.