NewHammer 40,000: The Indomitus Crusade & the Dark Imperium

The following comes from the Warhammer-community page.

Yesterday, we saw a new type of Space Marine – a Primaris Space Marine – clad in Mk X armour and wielding a deadly bolt rifle. Developed on orders from the Primarch Roboute Guilliman 100 centuries past, Primaris Space Marines have been diligently developed and perfected by the priesthood of Mars during the long intervening millennia.

But to what purpose?

Perhaps an optimist, but never a fool, Guilliman learned from the Horus Heresy, and he foresaw that the forces of Chaos would never relent in their aim to bring the Imperium low. He anticipated that devastating times would once again engulf the galaxy and knew that warriors resilient enough to stand against them would be needed as never before. That time has surely come.

As the Imperium literally comes apart, and the forces of Chaos run rampant across the galaxy, Guilliman launches his Indomitus Crusade. We’ve heard that name before, but what does it mean? The new Warhammer 40,000 has this to say on it:

“Roboute Guilliman gathered his new armada. Along with elements of the Adeptus Custodes, a small contingent of the Silent Sisterhood, and a vast war host of Primaris Space Marines from many newly founded Chapters, the Primarch set a winding course. Strike forces from over a dozen pre-existing Chapters of Space Marines, led by the Imperial Fists, joined the fleet. Thus began many new legends as Guilliman travelled to aid beleaguered planets, breaking sieges and sweeping away invaders to bring hope back to the desperate defenders. It was not long before word began to spread, as all those planets that could receive astropathic messages hailed the return of a hero out of myth. Once more, one of the demigods of the past fought for the Imperium of Mankind.”

So, that sounds pretty promising for the Imperium.

Well, maybe. The scale of the task is monumental. Following the emergence of the Cicatrix Maledictum, no world in the Imperium has been untouched by war, and there are many thousands of planets that cry out for aid and reinforcement. And that’s on the Terran side of the Great Rift!

Travel through the Cicatrix Maledictum is all but impossible, but sporadic contact has been made, through temporary warp-routes, to a few of the best-defended worlds on the other side – and things are not looking good.

On the far side of the galaxy-spanning warp storm, things have quite literally gone to hell.

There, the light of the Astronomicon is obscured behind a psychic maelstrom of nightmares and the entire region has been dubbed ‘Imperium Nihilus’, or the Dark Imperium.

Amongst the besieged Imperial worlds in this Dark Imperium are many Space Marine Chapter Planets, including Baal, home of the Blood Angels. Things were already looking pretty grim for the sons of Sanguinius, with a hive fleet closing in on them, and now it looks even bleaker. Cut off from the light of Terra, the Angels and their Successors stand unbowed against the might of Hive Fleet Leviathan, hoping they can withstand the storm.

Yipes, the Blood Angels sound like they are in trouble. This isn’t the first time they have triumphed against impossible odds though, can they make it out alive? We’ll have to see.

We’ll be back tomorrow with more news on rules in the new Warhammer 40,000, as we take a look at teleporting and reserves.

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31 Responses to “NewHammer 40,000: The Indomitus Crusade & the Dark Imperium”

  1. Shas'Itsa Mari'o May 16, 2017 9:54 am
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    Hoping the Blood Angels emerge as the bullwark in the Dark Imperium. Would love some lore shenanigans that bring Sanguinius back, but short of that seeing Dante try to hold the scattered forces together while Guilliman tries to reach them.

    • Cephalobeard May 16, 2017 12:06 pm
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      I’m also aboard the “hope sanguinius returns” train.

      • Strugglepeter May 16, 2017 4:37 pm
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        What did I miss over here? Of all the loyalist primarchs Sanguinius is THE confirmed dead guy. I mean isn’t this what Blood Angels are all about? Overcoming the tragic death of their father and the psychosis that came along with it?

        • Reecius
          Reecius May 16, 2017 4:50 pm
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          Well I mean, hey, if we’re wishing for miracles might as well add Night Haunter to that list, too!

          • Cephalobeard May 16, 2017 5:54 pm
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            You’d place him on the table in a Heartbeat​. 😉

          • Strugglepeter May 16, 2017 10:56 pm
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            I’m kind of of a hypocrite with that one, bit we never had a confirmation of his death. The Video stops at the moment before his death, with that GW can bring him back, maybe even as an loyalist… 😉

        • WestRider May 16, 2017 5:52 pm
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          He’s actually tied with Ferrus Mannus for that honour, but yeah.

          • Strugglepeter May 16, 2017 10:57 pm
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            Sorry, forgot about the headless one.

        • Cephalobeard May 16, 2017 5:53 pm
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          You never know with GW. Besides, a Primarch Returning from the dead would likely fill a chapter with even more determination than trying to overcome their death.

          “For our Primarch death was not the end, and it will not be for us either.”

          I’m not saying any of it’s good, or will happen, I’m just saying I’d be cool with it.

          Don’t forget Dorn used to be trapped in Amber, it only changed however recently that he left a hand behind and no one found his body.

          • Strugglepeter May 16, 2017 11:04 pm
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            True, true they can and will change what they need. I mean it makes sense to hold as many doory slightly open as they need to create suspension and new narratives. I just hope they come up with something spectacular for Sanguinius ressurection, not some “Hey Sang, what’s up bro, thought you were dead.” “Nah, I’m here kickin ass and chewing bubblegum, death is for wussies. Hope nobody minded my holiday, are my sons alright? Hope they are still as beautiful and relaxed as back in the day.”

        • Cephalobeard May 16, 2017 5:56 pm
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          Also, I don’t know how much you follow rumors in general but Lady Atia of War of Sigmar (a generally very reliable source) made a few comments today about the “Horus v Emperor” and “Sanguinius” events “retconning everything we thought we knew” today. It’s where the rumor was sparked from today, at least.

          • WestRider May 16, 2017 8:39 pm
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            Someone who was the lead editor or something (I don’t remember his exact position title, but basically the book equivalent of a showrunner in TV) for the HH series at Black Library said something similar a little while back as well.

          • Strugglepeter May 16, 2017 11:06 pm
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            Just read it after posting this comment, I just hope they do a good retconning if they have to.

          • Shas'Itsa Mari'o May 17, 2017 6:15 am
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            oh dang, actually hadn’t seen that but that’s exciting!

            Blood Angels lore is my favorite in the 40k universe, would love to see the Angel return

        • Novastar May 16, 2017 9:39 pm
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          Ferrus Manus is confirmed dead also, Horus talks to his skull, Dorn is also dead( and good riddance)

        • Shas'Itsa Mari'o May 17, 2017 6:13 am
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          literally just a pipe dream. The shenanigans to get him back would have to involve the Sanguinor being his “soul” or something and then a full on resurrection. Supposedly his body was kept in stasis as well but it was to prevent the decomposition, unlike Guilliman who was never actually dead.

          Doubt it happens but imagine a plastic Sanguinius model. GW would make all the money

  2. GeekmasterK May 16, 2017 9:57 am
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    Here’s hoping that this is just to create tension. I’d be all for that. What I don’t want is for Blood Angels to get Squatted, especially after I’ve been stripping and re-painting mine in preparation for 8th Edition. In the front of my mind, I think that the new GW is smart enough to not Squat Blood Angels. In the back of my mind, there is a slight worry that it could happen, though. Really, though, it would alienate all the Blood Angels players out there if they did that, which I would hope they realize would be a dumb move.

    • Dirgepiper May 16, 2017 10:25 am
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      I doubt they will full squat them.
      Maybe change them to a fleet based chapter after the Tyranids consume Baal.
      Even though this edition is shaping up to be Chaos versus Imperium centric, it will be nice to see some xenos factions getting wins here and there. Plus will help sell the Nids as a bigger menace then they have been lately.

    • Ytook May 16, 2017 11:24 am
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      Nothing space Marine is going away any time soon. 99.9% sure they’re just setting up the ongoing story for the Blood Angels, I’m guessing they’ll be a focal point of the dark imperium.

    • Threllen May 16, 2017 11:31 am
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      The Blood Angels, angered at Guilliman’s tinkering with the emperor’s perfect designs and besieged on all sides by an unstoppable Tyranid menace finally see the Imperium for the sham it is and accept salvation by the hands of the ruinous powers.

      Traitor Angels incoming!

      • Incarnant May 16, 2017 11:44 pm
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        I would buy renegade, and love them more for it, but making them chaos muppets would be an awful decision. Besides, we already have ‘traitor angels,’ they were the first legion.

  3. Reecius
    Reecius May 16, 2017 12:02 pm
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    This is so awesome! I love the story advancing.

  4. Cephalobeard May 16, 2017 12:10 pm
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    I’m, personally, hoping we get some shenanigans about Sanguinius or the Sanguinor returning. I’m a big fan of Blood Angels and with Primaris Marines and their like. I would absolutely be swayed to snag a few boxes of Primaris, alonside some fancy Baal Predators if 8th makes them seem worth their weight, which I feel they will.

    • WestRider May 16, 2017 5:55 pm
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      I definitely want the Sanguinor to get a much bigger role, and really be a butt-kicker on the tabletop. I’ve got an idea for a Conversion for him, but I really don’t want to spend $80 on the base Model if I’m not going to put him on the table.

    • Threllen May 17, 2017 5:51 am
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      I really hope we don’t get Sanguinius coming back. Nothing against Blood Angels, but tired of GW retconning their own stuff. Sanguinius’ death is paramount to the lore of the Blood Angels. It would be sad to see them retcon it just so they can sell a model.

    • Shas'Itsa Mari'o May 17, 2017 6:16 am
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      apparently we’re thinking the same thing haha

  5. Mythic May 16, 2017 12:14 pm
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    Of all the new fluff this is the first that really strikes a sour note with me. For the past how many years the story has always been that every attempt to make “better” marines ends badly. Granted they can retcon or write in anything they damn well please but it irks me that some jonney come lately can now churn out USDA Prime marines.

    I really like the new models but I have been converting my marines to true-scale for years. I am concerned how these new models are going to work for WYSIWYG. I haven’t had issues in tournaments thus far because a marine is a marine and there is nothing to confuse them with. Now it feels like I am going to be forced into prime marines because of how I built mine? At the very least I imagine I would be unable to run a mixed force.

  6. Requizen
    Requizen May 16, 2017 1:22 pm
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    I just want another BA + Necron bro team up to send the internet into another fit of rage 😛

  7. AngryPanda May 16, 2017 9:18 pm
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    Since splitting the Imperium opens the door for more human factions and potential strife between them in the future I’m all for it. Maybe the shiny side goes more towards what it was supposed to be before the Heresy and the “Dark” falls into even more insane religious fanatism. Sort of how Marines vs Rest of the Imperium were before anyway.

  8. Incarnant May 16, 2017 11:59 pm
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    I like the models as well, the fluff and just about everything else about them. Well… nothing nice to say about that. Even the name, “primaris,” really? Primaris is just a misnomer in the majority of contexts (they are not the earliest [self explanitory], they are not the most important [even if rowboat brought a full 100 chapters of them that would still be only 1/10th the fighting strength of the astartes and there is zero reason to believe they will be more important than the guys already in the trenches] , they are not the best possible [custodes, primarchs], etc.). At least something like ‘princeps’ would have been within the theme of the Roman Legions and appropriate to their purpose (the second line of battle formed of better armed and armoured warriors).

  9. AngryPanda May 18, 2017 7:41 am
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    The tail end of 7th got me so disinterested I stopped following the fluff (sure, advance it the one time I’m not looking in 20 years GW.. *grmbl*). Is there any place with a decent summary? I’m wondering about little details like how a returning Primarch even just gets everyone to march along and especially how the views of someone with the Imperial Truth would get along with the Ecclesiarchy.