Apocalypse Mega-battle and Warhammer 40,000 Preview!

Today, the Warhammer World gaming hall was the site of the largest game of Apocalypse ever played. The walls resounded with the sound of fallen Titans, staccato gunfire and explosive death, and the legendary deeds of the day will echo through history! Here are some of the images that were captured by our roving Warhammer Community servo-skull over the course of the day…

This article was originally published on the Warhammer-community site

 

As promised, once the battle was over, the triumphant players gathered in Bugman’s Bar for the afterparty, where they were treated to a special Warhammer 40,000 Preview – and we’ve got all the latest news for you right here! Brace yourself for a glimpse into the grim darkness of the nearfuture…

The Space Marines, the Emperor’s avenging Angels of Death, are undeniably the most iconic faction in Warhammer 40,000, their imagery as integral to the universe as the Imperial Aquila, and we’re about to enter a golden new age for the Adeptus Astartes…

Well, it appears that Marneus Calgar is not the only Space Marine to have crossed the Rubicon Primaris. Chief Librarian Tigurius of the Ultramarines and Kor’sarro Khan of the White Scars have followed in his mighty footsteps and have been reimagined as stunning new miniatures.

You may be wondering what that cool new war machine is. Well, it’s called an Invictor Tactical Warsuit! Whereas a Dreadnought serves as a front-line brawler or mobile heavy weapons platform, this lightly armoured walker is often found fighting alongside units from a Vanguard strike force on recon missions.

The Invictor Tactical Warsuit is designed with sound-dampening materials, enabling it to move at great speed with minimal noise output in support of the living pilot’s Vanguard brethren. In fact, it can even set up alongside them in concealed deployment! And yes, that totally is a pistolised heavy bolter strapped to its hip! The list of terrifying things that might be sneaking up on you in the dark corners of the 41st Millennium has just got longer.

All of the Primaris Vanguard units that featured in Shadowspear are also set to receive their own kits very soon. Indeed, the mystery of the ‘las fusils’ mentioned on the Eliminators’ Apocalypse datasheet that a few eagle-eyed among you spotted will also be revealed! But what about the cool-looking tank? Well, that’ll be the Impulsor. We know that you’ve been after a dedicated transport for your Primaris Space Marines, and this is the answer! We’ll have more on these units over the coming weeks, so stay tuned.

 

The Space Marines are also set to receive a new codex. Not just any codex, mind, but the best codex we’ve ever made, a tome worthy of Roboute Guilliman himself! First of all, the datasheets included in the book will be available to all the First Founding Chapters and their successors, so whichever Space Marine Chapter(s) hold your allegiance, you’ll be able to use the full spectrum of units available to the Adeptus Astartes – even if you’re a Blood Angels, Space Wolves or Dark Angels player!

To suggest that an Imperial Fist and a White Scar fight in the same way is nearly heresy – and the new codex and codex supplements really lean into the distinct identities of each Chapter to ensure they work on the tabletop the way they do in the lore. Codex: Space Marines has everything you need to play with an army of gene-enhanced super-soldiers, and each of the supplements offers you additional, Chapter-specific datasheets and thematic rules that emphasise their unique heritage and the genetic legacy of their Primarch.

One iconic feature of all Space Marines is the sheer physical brutality with which they tear into the Emperor’s foes once combat is joined. To help facilitate this on the tabletop, the universal traits of the Space Marines have been combined into a new catch-all ability called Angels of Death, which incorporates the usual suspects – And They Shall Know No Fear and Bolter Discipline – as well as this cheeky little number…

Cool, huh? And before you ask, yes, as Adeptus Astartes, the Grey Knights and Deathwatch will also receive this updated ability, so if purging Daemons and xenos is your thing, you’re still covered! “But what about us?” we hear you (dis)loyal fans of the Traitor Legions cry, “We love hitting things in combat too!” Well, you’re right… In fact, you’re so right that you’re also getting Shock Assault! Chaos Space Marines, Death Guard and Thousand Sons may be ‘Heretic’ Astartes, but they’re still Space Marines and they fight with the same brutal fury of their loyalist kin.

That’s not even all – Codex: Space Marines also has extensive rules for Successor Chapter Tactics to support the creation of your own Chapter of Space Marines. Whether you’ve always had a particular theme in mind for your Chapter that you’d like to represent on the battlefield, or simply wish to enhance your favoured play style, you can be your own Chapter Master. Simply pick two Successor Tactics from the long list of awesome choices included in the codex and you’re good to go!

Kill Team – A New Starter Set!

When we released the original Warhammer 40,000: Kill Team Starter Set, it proved to be incredibly popular. After all, not only is the game great, but the box had loads of miniatures (two kill teams, no less!), terrain and a gameboard. That being the case, we thought we’d make another one to help new players to get started, but with two different kill teams and terrain. It’s not only a great way to get into the game, but it’s perfect for splitting with one of your friends!

If you’re already a fan of Warhammer 40,000: Kill Team, fear not – we think the rules are awesome, so haven’t changed a thing! The new box features a kill team of Space Marine Reivers (the Fangs of Ulfrich) pitted against the Fire Warriors of the T’au Empire (Advance Team Starpulse) across the amazing Sector Mechanicus terrain.

Ferocity and formidable combat skill faces off against deadly ranged weaponry and coordinated fire support – it certainly makes for an exciting dynamic!

Prepare to have your mind blown…

This one’s still a bit of a secret. All we’ll say for now is that this is a new, galaxy-spanning event that’s going to have a significant impact on everyWarhammer 40,000 faction. It looks like the Dark Millennium is getting a whole lot darker!

As usual, we’ll be keeping you up to speed right here, so be sure to check back every day and sign up to our newsletter to keep your finger on the pulse. What are you most looking forward to from today’s reveals? Let us know of the Warhammer 40,000 Facebook page.

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