Chaos Legions are on their way. It was the headline news over at Bols yesterday. Well, I have a little more information that I dug up this morning, so here is what you need to know.


Here is what was said yesterday, followed by other information that has been floating around compiled by Kroothawk.
As with any set of rumors, please take with salt.

via Bols
So we all know this summer is Sisters of Battle in White Dwarf.
Next up is Necrons said to be in the November time slot (same as Dark Eldar last year)

Then Chaos Legions in the March 2012 time slot (same as the Grey Knights slot). This is said to not be a replacement for the current Chaos Space Marines book which may get some retconing and erratas to make it effectively the Chaos Renegade book come 6th Edition.

Yes I did mention 6th Edition - said to be hot on the heels of the Chaos Legion book, taking up next summer with the standard multi-month new edition release slot.


Compiled by Kroothawk about Chaos Legions
This was part of the 6th edition leak:

first real 6th edition codex: Codex Chaos Legions, really big release in three waves, doesn’t invalidate Codex Chaos Space Marines which gets extensive White Dwarf update as Codex Renegade Space Marines

ghost21 wrote:
urm (you do know theres going to be 2 new "armies" right to add to that list?)
As far as I know "Traitor Legions" and "Holy Inquisition", that is.
i can asure you the legion dex will have alot of varation

BramGaunt:
to clarify there is a traitor legion dex (...)

Some speculation by magnum12
Does fit with rumors about Renegades getting a WD codex to tide them over. Huron Black Heart would most likely be moved to the Renegades codex.

Things in favor of rumor being true:
1. IIRC some major GW employee said something way back about really wanting to do Chaos Legions to better represent the original traitor legions. Also might of said something about if it were to be done it would be shortly before 6th edition.

2. Whenever GW adds in a new faction, it is ALWAYS either the last or second to last codex/army book before a new edition comes out. Precedent: Ogre Kingdoms (WFB) and Chaos Daemons (40k)

Note: Does not seem to conflict with rumors about the Tau release since current intel said something about them being Q2 2012 IIRC. This could mean that Black Templar will be the token Space Marine first codex for 6th.

Speculation ahead: If my theory about fine casts and soon to be codicies is true, then we can rule out plastic Plague Marines and Raptors as well as a new Abbadon. Somehow I get the feeling this is going to be a BIG project so we may get lots of models for it. If this rumor is true, then IMO, the most likely units to get new plastic kits are Thousand Sons (hybrid IIRC), Noise Marines (hybrid IIRC), Dreadnaught (super ancient model), Havoks (hybrid), and a new unit. My money's on the Hell Blade as its both a new flyer and IIRC in the fluff, one of Abbadon's ideas.

Author is currently unknown. If this rumor is true, I'm going to predict it will be Phil Kelly.

11 Comments:

  1. It seems pretty drastic to me...another new race effectivly

    Have to wait and see but I just don't seem them not doing Vanilla marines as codex 1 for a new edition

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  2. what about winter of flyers? :D

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  3. More support: The mention on the Contemptor Dreadnought's data sheet about it being available to Chaos Space Marines until a new unnamed book is released.

    -Timber

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  4. I would say the Contemptor Dread was to do with a Forge World book as opposed to a GW book.

    Thanks once again, for digging a little further ;-)

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  5. I am a big fan of Chaos Space Marine but this is not what the game of 40k needs for a brand new army. Do we really need another power armour codex? No we don't so I would hope that GW would scrap the current one when they release the new one. The game needs more horde based armies to help break the game out of the current vehicle dominate meta.

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  6. I think there'll be big changes to the Chaos range - a Legion book is a must, as is a redesign of their characters and organisation.

    New troops, transports, vehicles, weapons and units are a must.

    The current book sucks and it would be best to really put the emphasis on chaos being 'the great enemy' again by including lost and the damned & daemons all together. I hope it all gets a major revamp.

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  7. @ hotpanda between the necron dex and 6th edition there is a good chance that the strength of vehicles could be greatly balanced out to encourage more hybrid armies without adding another horde type race. Not saying your idea is wrong or bad, just saying its possible it won't be needed.

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  8. Hopefully Chaos Legions included Lost and the Damned/Blood Pact/Chaos Cultists.

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  9. This is long overdue, we need a return to the characterful Legions rather than the renegade warbands. I just hope my beloved Alpha Legion is in there with unique rules or I will be an unhappy traitor (loyal?) marine!

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  10. It's drastic, and yet not.

    these armies existed in 3e. You had Lost and the Damned, you had a gigantic chaos codex, and you had any combo of guardsman/marines+Inquisitors.

    I'm a fan of Coteaz Henchmen lists, Holy Inquisition has my interest piqued.

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  11. Perhaps a model with a transport capacity of 20

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