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My blog is primarily my own personal fluff in the Warhammer 40,000 universe regarding the Draconis system such as the Knight House Yato in Draconis III, the Imperial Guard...I mean, Astra Militarum regiment trained there, the Draconian Armored Defenders, and the Forge World of Draconis IV with its Adeptus Mechanicus priesthood, Cybernetica cohorts and Skitarii legions, and the Titan Legion, Legio Draconis, known as the Dark Dragons.

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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

8th Edition release date announced!

Yes, you've got that right! Warhammer Community, Warhammer TV and the official Warhammer 40,000 Facebook page has just announced the date of release for 8th Edition!

Pre-orders - June 3rd, 2017

Official Release Date: June 17th, 2017

Mark these dates on your calendar, it won't be too long now!

They even have a starter set that features the Ultramarines against the Death Guard! Nice. This starter set is called the Dark Imperium, and it has two armies - Ultramarines and Death Guard - and a hardcover rulebook, dice and range rulers.

Apparently this isn't the only startup. According to Warhammer Community, the launch lineup for the new edition is the most extensive they had ever seen. So it's safe to say that we should be getting more starter sets, which hopefully features more Factions. An Imperial Guard starter set would be nice, for starters.

Ah, my mistake. These aren't just Ultramarines. They are Primaris Space Marines. Dark Imperium includes the Intercessor squad we already read about. But there's more! Apparently they have Hellblasters, who use plasma weapons, and Inceptors with twin assault bolters (must be a Fast Attack choice, I bet).

Yeah, you get 2 Intercessor squads, 1 Hellblaster squad and 1 Inceptor squad (of 3 dudes). Then you have Primaris Lieutenants leading these guys (2 of them, apparently), plus a Primaris Ancient carrying a banner and a Primaris Captain in Gravis armor. What does Gravis armor do? I have no idea. But that's not all! We get Death Guard as well! Just look at what the Death Guard has to offer!

First we have a unit of 7 Plague Marines. Awesome. Why are they as big as the new Primaris Space Marines? Apparently they are "swollen with the raw power of decay." Uh...okay. We also have Poxwalkers, which I bet is the Cultist/Mutant/common Troops counterpart of the Thousand Sons' Tzaangors. And then we have a new Daemon Engine, the Foetid Bloat-drone! Uh, what does it do? I have no idea. It floats and "hunts its prey with a malign intelligence." That's all I got out of it. It looks like a freaking gunship, though, so awesome. Just awesome.

Leading the Death Guard are a bunch of ancient Traitor Legionnaires, which includes the Lord of Contagion, who's clad in Cataphractii Terminator armor and axe to grind with the Loyalists. Heh. I know you're sick of my jokes, but this is the Death Guard after all. Then we have the Noxious Blightbringer, who instead of carrying a banner hauls around a gigantic cursed plague bell instead. Apparently it tolls with the death knell of his enemies. I guess the bell is exacting a toll on him? Lastly you have the Malignant Plaguecaster, Nurgle's version of a Sorcerer (these things have nothing on the Thousand Sons and real Sorcerers!). Cool.

Oh yeah, and you'll find the complete set of datasheets for Primaris Space Marines and Death Guard in two separate booklets. Cool. There's also background fluff for the plague wars ragining inside the Ultramar system and also for the two forces. Awesome!

They also have a 280-page hardback rulebook for the 8th Edition of Warhammer 40,000. Huh. It'll include many pretty major advancements for each Faction in the story. Yay.

Well, this book contains all the rules, including the core rules, missions, guidelines for narrative, open play and matched, advanced rules for war zones, Cities of Death, Planetstrike, Stronghold Assault and Death from the Skies.

Can you say awesome again? ...well, I say that but I won't be getting it because I already have my armies. I just need the damned rulebook.

Oh yeah, the core rules for Warhammer 40,000 will be free! We can download it from the official Games Workshop website and Warhammer 40,000 website through the Battle Primer PDF on June 17th, 2017. That's and for you. I'll update you guys with the link and stuff on the day itself. Hip, hip hooray!

Me, I'll just get the full rulebook for the sole reason of reading the fluff. Yup. And speaking of buying stuff, there's more to buy. The Faction Indexes.

We have 2 books for the Imperium. Yay. 1 book for Chaos. Hah! And 2 books for the Xenos. KILL THEM WITH FIRE. Ahem...anyway, these books will contain all the rules you need to play your Imperium armies...I mean, whatever Faction you use. It'll have all the rules for each Citadel model. If we want to start gaming with our existing armies, we just need 1 Rulebook and whichever Index book that has their datasheets, and we can play immediately. Yay. I hope Imperial Guard is bound together with the Adeptus Mechanicus and Imperial Knights Factions, that will make it a lot easier for me to ally them together. Yay.

Uh...apparently everyone will have their own dedicated Codex in the future? What's with that? Does this render these Indexes obsolete?

That's not all, though. We also have gaming accessories...gosh, this typing and reporting is making me tired. New Tactical Objective cards, Command Dice, Wound Trackers (will make things easier for my Leman Russ tanks and Imperial Knights), a flexible Combat Gauge (just how flexible?) and Objective Markers...because why the hell not? Ugh. I'm not buying into this. Anyway, they do look cool, with a mini-supply drop pod and xenos bio-containment tank (I'm looking at you, Tyranids).

And soon we will have a plethora of books released by Black Library regarding the events after the Gathering Storm! Whoohoo! First off we have Dark Imperium by Guy Haley, the author of Baneblade, Shadowsword and Stormlord! Nice! It's about Roboute Guilliman leading his new Primaris Space Marines against the Death Guard after the Rise of the Primarch in the Gathering Storm thing.

Awesome! All right, Draconians! From the humble Imperial Guardsmen to the noble Knights of Houses Yato, Uesugi and Takeda! We shall march forth and reclaim the galaxy under Mankind's rule! Oh yeah, and we have the support of the Mechanicus priesthood from the forge world Draconis IV. We shall aid Lord Commander Guilliman in his Indomitus Crusade and CRUSH the Traitors! FOR THE EMPEROR!

I'll let you guys know when more news regarding Warhammer 40,000 is released, as Warhammer Community isn't quite done with their releases yet! More aspects of 8th Edition, and more Faction Focus articles will be coming up soon! Keep in mind I'm not covering all the Factions, just the ones that interest me.

For the Emperor!