The latest for the upcoming 6th edition says that codices as far back as tyranids had a good understanding of what 6th edition rules were going to be. Does that mean that tyranids will be seeing a slight boost in the new rules? Lets check out the latest talk on 6th edition.

Please remember that these are rumors, and salt is always required.

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comment by Eldoriath

I think ghost said that BT had been lying around ready for 8 months.

In fact some of them have been done even longer than that.
comment by Eldoriath

Okay, That is almost mean to drop without hinting more

Makes me wonder though. From ghosts rumouring it seems like Tau could be one of those. But if they have, let's say, 3-4 codices lying around ready now, does that mean that they only will need a bit if tweaking for 6th ed, and how long 6th has been ready.

A new edition of the rules is a long time in the writing.

All the Games dev's will be well aware of how it is shaping up.

A number of codices will have been written alongside its development and whether they are released just before 6th or just after they will be 6th edition through and through.

comment by N.I.B.
Is it true that Tyranids were written with 6th ed in mind? It sounds ludicrous, but that's the rumour.

Why ludicrous?

They have been trying to write army books and codices robust enough to survive a rules change for a long time now ... years!

It would be tight call. They would have started writing both of these about the same time BUT the Tyranid codex would have had the flesh on the bones before much beyond the bare bones were in place for 6th

6th edition will have been in development for approx 3 years when it hits the shelves. Tyranids would have been in development for approx two so they will have overlapped and been written side by side for a little while. Hell, the guys writing them will have been sitting side by side. The studio is not that big a place and the games developers are not that big a group of people they don't know what is going on with each others projects.

To me it is ludicrous to imagine that any book in the last 3 years was NOT written with 6th edition in mind. At the very least I think it will have been written with a foot in both camps.


  1. Oh please, please, please be true!

    My first game set in 40K was Space Hulk and Deathwing. My first model was the old screamer killer carnifex. My first codex was codex Tyranids and I've kept up with them ever since.

    Finally, a Codex Tyranids I can sink my teeth into arrived but was let down by the lack of 2nd wave models. For a week now I've been looking at the Deathwatch series from Fantasy Flight, debating whether or not to pick it up and do a Tyranid themed campaign.

    IF Tyranids are 6th Edition friendly, and IF that ellusive 2nd wave of models appears and is as cool as the artwork, I might just cry with joy.

  2. It is also important to remember how many pages in the rulebook aren't rules. What I mean to say is, the rules for 6th could have been finished any number of months, or years ago, but the book isn't complete without the hundreds of pages of backstory and colour pictures.

  3. Which means... if they were not happy with 5th Ed, why release it and the short turn around time between 5th and 6th, they would have started working on 6th from the onset of 5th Edition release... Just seems bad and a waste of money on the 5th ed book.

    Yes I know you do not have to get 6th...

  4. @the last Anon guy: Honestly that logic would be true of every edition though as well as nearly any software package. I don't think any major company lets a major release out without thinking about the next one anymore.

  5. I really wish it to be true... Tyranids suffer hardly in the current vehicle spam / shooting spam meta, where everyone moves 12 and shoots and assaults, the only viable list I found in the last 1,5 years is some sort of reserve list and Trygons andHive Guards everywhere. Not to mention the miss of the second wave.. Nidz are my first codex, and although i really like them, I got disappointed so many times in the last year... they realy could use some help with the 6th ed. rules - and the new models. Maybe our dream will finally come true :)

  6. You know, In regard to Dobi's comment, Daemons and 'Nids are in the same boat: both codices tried to substitute good shooting for scary close combat, and vehicles for MC's. Didn't work. Mech is king, shooting is king. Thus, guardsman (commonly scoffed at for their flashlights) run Daemons and 'Nids over with their many, cheap tanks. MC's and assaults need a big boost to be competitive in 6th edition. Namely, 18" assaulting range standard. I know it sounds ridiculous, but it's one of the few ways to balace shooting with close combat, especially in larger battles. And large battles are where it's at.


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