As a bit of a year-end treat, Games Workshop has finally dropped us some info on their release schedule for the upcoming six months, and it’s just as exciting as you’d expect! Click to read more, or check out the Tactics Corner for more reviews and strategies.
With all of the difficulties of the pandemic, Games Workshop has understandably had a lot of production delays and hardships recently, pushing back much of their star lineup. However, with a light at the end of the tunnel approaching and a new year dawning, ol’ Gee Dubs has given us a little morsel to whet our appetite for new books above and beyond the previously-seen teasers. Let’s see what we’ve got in store for the next six months!
Although some parts of this were already known, I think it’s still very exciting to see- both Death Guard and Drukhari will be getting codex releases along with new models to update their line. The putrid defilers of the Death Guard will see updates to several of their older kits, including the Rhino and Predator as well as Possessed and a brand-new kit for the Foulbelch Filthspewer, a character who can cover the battlefield in a noxious cloud of choking gas where your marines will reign supreme.
Drukhari won’t be left out in the cold, however- in addition their codex, they are getting an even newer version of Lelith Hespirax, their most recent HQ release. Modeled in plastic, this gorgeous kit is sure to impress as the centerpiece of your Wych Cult. There is no news yet on the possibility of the faction getting a second HQ choice for the Kabals or Covens, unfortunately.
February, the strangest of months, brings with it the season of change and two warp-inclined faction releases! First up on the plate is the Thousand Sons, making their debut with a recently-mutated codex to keep up with their twisted brothers of Nurgle. Loaded up with rules for the Cults of Magic, new psyker spells, and ancient relics for you to carry into battle, your foes will fear the wrath of Tzeentch as you pelt them with sorcerous fire! But that’s not all, as they’ll also be getting an updated kit for the Sorcerer in Terminator armor as well as the brand-new Changebringers of Tzeentch, ready to bombard the enemy with warping flames while remaining inviolate within the sarcophagi Terminator armor.
But for those Loyal players out there, you need not fear the powers of the warp, for the Grey Knights codex will be hot on the heels of this new release! With their first major model update since 5th edition, Grey Knights will be ready to smite the foul sorcerers of Chaos and any minions they might summon to the table. The updated power armor kits for the faction come with enough bits to make Strike, Purgation, Interceptor, and Purifier squads, while the Terminator kit can be used to make Terminator troop units or the powerful Paladins as well as the brand-new Nemestriker Hunters, an elite combat unit armed with both force weapons and storm bolters ready to cut down the forces of the Immaterium as soon as they arrive!
If you Chaos Space Marine players thought you were going to get left behind as your fellow Traitor Legions got all of the cool toys, think again! March sees the debut of the new codex for the faction as well as a host of other goodies. Not only will Chaos Space Marines be able to field all of the toys that their brethren can use, but they also get all-new rules for the other seven Legions as well as rules for creating your own renegade force of turncoats to tear down the glories of the Imperium.
And they’ll need every advantage they can get to defeat the forces of the False Emperor in the new campaign setting, Battle for Ultramar. Facing down the proudest and most noble of the Imperium’s defenders, the vile forces of the Dark Gods hatch a plan to destroy Marneus Calgar, the only saving grace of the Imperium and all its greatness, and with it lay low the forces of the Ultramarines once and for all. The story brings all-out war between every faction in the game, as the Blood Angels, Space Wolves, Custodes, Death Guard, and even the reclusive Legion of the Damned get drawn into the fight, resulting in a battle for the ages as the fate of every human life hangs in the balance. A short section giving updated rules for Ynnari will also be included.
April comes in like a lion with the second half of Battle for Ultramar, showing the conclusion to the titanic conflict as the Primarchs themselves go to war once more. With a host of new relics, warlord traits, and faction abilities as well as updated rules for representing the heroes of your chapter no player will want to be without access to part two of this incredible story. Even Xenos players can get in on the action, as the campaign includes rules for allying a force of Space Marines or Chaos Space Marines into your Xenos army, letting you take advantage of some of the most powerful units in the game!
And just in time, as well, as April also sees an even bigger release- at last, the update to the Space Marines codex that everyone has been waiting for! With all-new units, new HQs, new special rules, and a host of new plastic model kits (including the mysterious Interregnators and valorous Superheavy Intercessors) there’s something for everyone here, regardless of what faction of Space Marines you play! Unfortunately, due to the limitations of COVID, the planned release of the Tyranids codex has been pushed back to the second half of the year. We expect a release sometime in late November or early December, unless there are further delays.
Hot on the heels of the heretics, May brings in two new book releases for the Imperium and its loyal subjects. First off, which have the long-awaited Black Templars codex supplement, and the faithful shall be rewarded indeed with a whole host of new special rules and updated models. Ceaseless in their pursuit of the heretic and the defiled, all the leaders of the Templars have cross the Rubicon Primaris and are ready to do battle now with updated stats and wargear. Chaplain Grimauldus himself now wields the terrifying Crozius Primus Primaris, a weapon said to be sealed away since the dawn of the Imperium, while High Marshal Helbrecht holds the mysterious Dawnsword of Slaying. Every thirteen-year old protofascist will be excited to paint up this new force of black-clad slaughters and shout “DEUS VULT!” at the top of their lungs, which is perfectly normal and there’s no reason you should think about the implications of that any further at all, ha ha!
But what’s that, a distraction on the horizon? That’s right, this month also sees the release of the finest warriors of mankind, clad in powerful, shining armor and armed with deadly bolt weapons and energized swords and shields! That’s right, it’s the
Space Marines Adeptus Custodes, ready to punish the traitor and the heretic alike with their advanced anti-gravity war machines and venerable Land Raiders as well. Custodes players will also be excited to see the release of several brand-new kits, including the mysterious Interregnators and valorous Superheavy Intercessors, ready to bring the fight to the foes of the Emperor.
Unfortunately, due to production delays, the previously-announced Craftworld Guardians kit release has been canceled. However, the current kit will continue to be available in Finecast as a special-order only item, should players desire to get this great bit of the game’s history for their collection. You may not have been alive when it was sculpted, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the clean mold lines and two different poses available in this brand-old kit release.
As summer approaches, the year kicks off the excitement for real; it’s been a long wait, but finally players will be able to look forward to the first new Space Marine book of the season. That’s right- it’s the newly-updated Space Marine codex, complete with rules for Ultramarines, Black Templars, Iron Hands, Salamanders, White Scars, Raven Guard, Crimson Fists, and all of the other proud defenders of the mighty Imperium. Accompanied by the newest Primaris models (including all sixty-two unique characters from the codex, available in foot, jump pack, and bike versions) as well as a host of new vehicles to blast your enemies into oblivion, the Space Marine codex is truly a sight to behold.
Of course, if you’re not a Space Marines player, we wouldn’t let you down- that’s why the summer will also see the release of the mysterious Legion of the Damned, appearing from the warp to destroy their enemies. With updated rules for those members of the Legion who have crossed the Rubicon Primaris as well as a new model for Chapter Master Valdendark Furio, the terror of all who would defile the Imperium and defender of its greatness. A new set of decals for upgrading any model to have cool flame effects will also see its release, although due to limited supplies we will be restricting purchase to buyers who are either physically or emotionally twelve or younger.
Finally, on the hottest month of the year we also see the release of the hottest book of the season- I’m talking, of course, about the Space Marine codex, the big-ticket item of the season! Break out your fans and your paintbrushes alike, because you’re going to want all of the new Primaris kits- Interlocuters, Interlockers, Impressarios, Advigilators, Ignoblers, Irreversors, and Icknowledgers are all locked and loaded and ready to destroy your foes in a tide of superhuman warriors!
And if you’re a fan of Space Marines, you should be even more excited about the release for the second half of the month- that’s right, it’s the updated Space Marines codex, replacing the creaky old aging book they had previously been stuck with. No one like shaving an outdated army, and with this new book Space Marine players won’t have to worry about using a codex that’s been around for nearly three hundred hours, and instead can focus on buying the latest Primaris models, including the powerful Stormvulture transport and the devastating firepower of the Land Raider Primaris Maximus Extremis. It’s shaping up to be a golden year for players of every faction, with a bevy of new models on the horizon and even more exciting codex releases in store for the second half of the year. We can’t spoil you with the details quite yet, but we can say that August is going to see a new book for someone who’s been waiting for it for a long time, and that faction rhymes with “race pahkeens”!
Unfortunately, due to production delays associated with COVID-19 the scheduled release of the Chaos Daemons codex has been pushed back to 2024’s third quarter. Additionally, we have temporarily put a halt to the production of the Strike Squad kit as a result of personnel shortages. Players who wish to field Strike Squads can still purchase five Cadre Fireblades, however, which will remain in the store until current supplies are exhausted. Oh, wait, nevermind, there goes the last of them, sorry.