Gamesworkshop have announced that the next codex release will be the much anticipated Astra Militarum book for 8th edition. This will be available for pre-order next weekend, meaning that the actual release date should be Oct 7th.
Guard players should be aware that the bounty that this book will bring them does come at a price; at a minimum the currently popular massed conscript hordes will definitely be nerfed, but that’s very likely to be a good thing for the game in general.
The book will include 8 Regiments, each with its own doctrine, order, stratagem, relic, and warlord trait.
Regiments we currently have
- Militarum Tempestus
- Mordian Iron Guard
“Codex: Astra Militarum is the next codex in line for Warhammer 40,000, and it’s just as packed with new content as its predecessors.
We’ve seen rules for Space Marine Chapters, Traitor Legions, forge worlds, and now there are rules for 8 regiments of the Astra Militarum. Which regiments, you ask? Cadia and Catachan will, of course, be included, as well as new rules for Armageddon, Tallarn, Valhalla, Vostroya, Mordian and the Militarum Tempestus. Each one of these factions will be getting its own regimental doctrine, order, stratagem, relic, and warlord trait – the codex is absolutely brimming with content, aimed at letting you customise your army to suit your style of play.
Similarly, the codex is set to diversify Astra Militarum lists with tweaks to rules and points aimed at putting each unit on an even footing. Conscripts, for example, have been changed to better reflect their inferior discipline compared to professional soldiers. It’s not just about rules, either – the new codex contains loads of new background and art, including a look at some of the more unusual regiments of the 41st Millennium and advice on how you might want to convert them.”
The WHC article included photos of 3 guardsmen, which have since been analyzed by some lunatic on /tg/ to show that these are definitely not new models, but conversions from existing kits*.
*lots of kits 😀
It will be interesting to see what they’ve done with the conscripts rules. “Conscripts… have been changed to better reflect their inferior discipline compared to professional soldiers” could mean they take a larger amount of casualties from their friendly local Commissar, require a successful dice roll to receive orders, aren’t able to follow orders at all, or can only follow a limited set of orders (losing FRFSRF for example).
We’ll soon find out, but speaking for myself I’ll be more than happy to see the blunting of the horde in exchange for a fully fledged and fleshed-out codex.
Bring on October 7th!