The year is at its final moments, and what we are looking at are three, possibly four codices for 2012 (I got the plural version right for once... : ) ).  There are rumors that place Black Templar or Tau first for Warhammer 40k. Which one at the moment seems to be quite the toss up.

So lets get down to it, and take a look at the current rumors for what might be the first 40k codex for 2012. We know it will not be in January, since we already know that Vampire Counts are getting their army book in January. That pushes us out to the very minimum February, but probably March for 40k. I would imagine we would see a Necron second wave though for February.

Will the Black Templar end up being a White Dwarf release? Who knows. This coming year is supposed to be a big year for Warhammer 40k, so anything is possible at this moment.

Thanks to Pa1adin111 for putting this compilation together.

Please remember that these are rumors and until we something in black and white (nice pun), take these with a grain of salt.

via ghost21
Ghost has said that BT are due out before Tau, presumably the next codex. He also said

due to them sitting done for nearly 8 months?... n honestly sword brethren are nice

I believe therefore that the Black Templars should have their own rumor thread rather than cluttering up the other rumor threads. I invite Ghost, as well as any others with information to share to post it here.

kits for sword brethren n nophytes(sp) as ive said im more of a xenos guy but ill provide what i know, vows are less restrictive

i also saw things for something called knights of the inner circle (or something along those lines).. they were named each came from a successor chapter, n the guy who lead them was a bt... it was interesting but as usual salt applies

via Mirbeau
Not as big! But more bizarre! (unless you play fantasy...). That's most of what I know about it. Speculating from that - big buffing thing with a howdah ?!

A bit more for now - in regards to the 'neophytes' (if they continue with that name), I heard they were finecast. Whilst it would leave room for another plastic kit, I hope this isn't true.

Dark Angels are not at all on my radar, doesn't mean they aren't happening anytime soon, but I haven't heard a thing, if ghost's heard anything it is likely to do with black templars.

via Lord Commissar Aquila
4. CSM will get one of the newest dexes in 6th, right after the Marine dex.

5. Tau and BT will get a release soon after CSM; other races updated in 5th will not be updated in 6th as their rules (at least from Guard onwards) are allready suited for 6th. Ward will probably do the BT and might do Tau as well. DA will probably not be updated anytime soon, because its not a popular army and GW does not want to waste money updating one or more armies that almost no one plays with a separate dex.

via  Jordankeeps
"Phill kelly is going to write the Bt codex, so that should be great oh and new units added for bt as well.

via Jared van Kell
A little but nothing solid. What I have heard.

- Phil Kelly is writing the Codex.

- More emphasis on the horde aspect of the army with lots of large units of Initiates and Neophytes.

- Emperors Champion is more in line with the company champion of the Grey Knights but is still 2 wounds. Gains preferred enemy against independent characters and monstrous creatures.

via  Jared van Kell
Some additional bits.
- I forgot to mention the Rightous Zeal rule could be changing to be more along the lines of the Rage USR. Something along the lines of if they fail a Ld test then they are subject to Rage and must advance towards the nearest enemy unit. As yet the details are sketchy.

- All the current special characters (ie: Helbrect and Grimaldius) will remain. Also I had heard of an mention of a special character who is like the greatest of all of the Emperor's Champions and the greatest warrior in the Black Templars. I had heard mention of a bike mounted special character with a lance like weapon but I cannot confirm this yet. "

via superdupermatt
Certain units to get Rage USR is one I've heard repeatedly. (foolishly didn't see the first post... oops!)

Sword Brethren are to get a special rule where when they are assaulted the enemy unit has to re-roll all* successful hits, at the expense of 1 attack. It's called "parry".

Land Raiders, when suffering a 5 or 6 on the damage chart* (so "wrecked" or "destroyed") gets one more turn where it rampage, think along the lines of the machine spirit going bezerk.

No horses as far as I am aware, bikes would be the direction (if any at all) for riding knights.

There is a named Emperor's Champion, he's meant to be the longest living EC in the Black Templars history, or somesuch.

via  ghost21
relic dreadnaughts, like a mobile requiary bearer... is what i had heard
expect bt to be the landraider spam army

via  Marshal Laeroth
I cannot find the rumor threads stating it (there were several, but I don't have the time to search too deeply). HOWEVER, I do have a friend in the UK that actually met Phil and talked to him about that particular rumor. To which Phil confirmed. I was told that he sounded very enthusiastic about the project, but wouldn't go into details or timelines. Just that he was writing the book and the BT were coming (that could mean 2 years though).

And this which they say is from WARSEER, I didn't see it here, but I guess I missed it.

i was down the local GW today, and found some interesting stuff on black templars. so far as the internet says, they're before/after chaos space marines (or legions), before or very shortly after 6th, given that they're current incarnation won't be suitable for 6th. Anyways, what i found out was the following:

there's going to be a named emperors champion, who's old by BT standards, and has been EC for a while. long enough to be better than the standard one.

initiates will be cheaper, around 11 points, and neotyphes around 6pts. still, expect some drawbacks to this.

there'll be a new named character on a bike with eternal warrior, and also eternal warrior killer.

and possibly some dreadnought/knight style thing that fits with the rest of the army, in line with the big stuff from GK and BA.

oh, last thing, possibly some upgrade that lets land raiders be destroyed by the enemy, but still 'live' for a turn. final shoot and move, the explode in a last ditch suicide run or someut.

I got most of this from a staff member, so take it with a pinch of salt, but this guy's usually pretty accurate with stuff like this....

via Bloodcrusade
From the rumors I've been hearing it's more of something along the lines of:
1)Helbrecht(Cheaper with rules to make Sword Brethren either Scoring or Troops)

2)Grimaldus(Rules update)

3)Special Champion

4)Draco(Will be making the transfer from White Dwarf to Codex with rule amendments)

These are the *guaranteed* Special Characters with rumors of:
1) Marshal/Castellan for drop pod armies(Reminiscent of one of our own's Custom Codex, believe it was Sigismund Himself?)

2)Terminator HQ(Allows for termies as scoring or as Troops for 'BlackWing')

Haven't heard anything of being allowed to bring Bikes as Troops if your 'Captain' rides one, which I'm thankful for. There's a Chapter for that and it's White Scars.

Special Units being brought to the Codex:
1)Chaplain Dreadnought(Same reroll hits on charge, probably fealess to all units with-in 6" like Grimaldus)

2)Durandal Dreadnought(Being brought from White Dwarf into the Codex, haven't heard the rules will change- maybe one more base attack?)

3)Assault Rhino Chassis(Been rumored/hoped for a long time, whether from the Rhino or a new vehicle on it's chassis)


  1. You didn't get the plural correct. If we wrote _Codex_ in italics as if it were a word in another language, we would use that language's pluralization rules. Since we are not doing so, "Codex" is a word in English. That means we use the English rules. So... "Codexes" is correct.

    1. Actually plural of Codex is Codices.

  2. these ''knights of the inner circle'' sound more like Dark Angels

  3. first anon. The online dictionaries I referrenced all said codices is the plural form of the word.

  4. "DA will probably not be updated anytime soon, because its not a popular army and GW does not want to waste money updating one or more armies that almost no one plays with a separate dex."

    Hilarious! GW's recipe for DA:
    1) Write shitty codex immediately outdone by the next vanilla SM codex
    2) Wait years to update DA wargear to match vanilla wargear with the same name (Storm Shields and Cyclones)
    3) Push back a potential new codex because "no one is playing the army [which we ruined]"

  5. @ first anon
    Plural of Codex is Codices... use a dictionary, sheesh.

       [koh-deks] noun,
    *******plural co·di·ces  [koh-duh-seez, kod-uh-]*******
    1. a quire of manuscript pages held together by stitching: the earliest form of book, replacing the scrolls and wax tablets of earlier times.
    2. a manuscript volume, usually of an ancient classic or the Scriptures.
    3. Archaic . a code; book of statutes.
    1575–85; < Latin cōdex, caudex tree-trunk, book (formed orig. from wooden tablets); compare code

  6. codices is indeed that one and only correct plural. This is just like how data is a plural word (almost always used incorrectly as a singular form) and medium/media instead of the made up words mediums (unless you're talking about psychics) and medias.

  7. so tau might be in april instead? (damn)

  8. Flashkid123: Nothing about the correct plural for "codex"? ;)

    I really hope that the BT are next up in line. Tau wouldn't hurt, but I started playing 40K (again since 2nd ed) with BT a few years back and watched since in envy how all my buddies have hade nice new SCs, wargear and what not for their armies. Maybe it's finally Mr. Helbrecht's and his boys turn.

    I really hope that GW is just keeping tight lipped about the BT rumour because of the Hobbit. Otherwise the lack of rumours is not very promising and the worst I fear is the dreaded White Dwarf Codex.

  9. This codexes/codices stuff has happened before on this blog. Everyone who is in doubt:
    Codices is the grammatically correct form. Most people in this hobby don't care less and end up saying whatever comes to mind, which is normally codexes. In my opinion, it doesn't matter, as long as the people you are talking to can understand what you mean.
    @AoM: I always find it hilarious when people talk about mediums as a plural of media.

  10. @Shrike

    The 'devils' in the detail. Sorry, couldn't resist. Bad pun on 'mediums'.


    CODICES! We've been over this before and it's CODICES! If you choose to say codexes, ok. Who cares! English language is not what it used to be, and I live in England. People call me posh because I actually know how to speak my own language.

    They'd 'ave me talkin' like dis al' der time. With at least a dozen obsenities and a blasphemy thrown in.


    Thank you for the rumours. I'm interested in Tau, but not sold on them yet. Perhaps this codex will see me open my wallet. Templars are my favourite marines. Enough said there. Don't care who is first and who is second, just as long as neither get the WD treatment.

  11. @Thorson no reason to yell at everyone. I made comment to correct the first Anon, (I am #3 Anon). Anyway, I know people say Codexes, and we all know what they mean. People even say the word codexes! I just had the attitude cause the first anon was trying to be the english teacher, but was wrong.

    I only been in this debate once before, and only because someone had asked what was the correct word, codexes or codices. I was happy to answer at that time.

    PLUS - Iz b wont'n me sumz Tau! no watz I be sayin'!!! watz u say brutha!

  12. @Anon above

    Apologies if it came across as a rant. I'm actually in a very good mood, as you'll see by the terrible pun which started my comments.

    Still, I admit you can't see my facial expression, nor hear a tone of voice.

    My bad!

    Sorry for any offence. None intended.

    I do know 'watz ya be sayin' I think. I'm very excited by the Tau rumours. Hope we get an AWESOME codex with COOL models.

  13. Cannot wait for the Tau stuff. I love the suits! My friend always complains I have too many Stealth Suits, and they are all of the original variant, I like those more. Still wanting to make a Farsight Enclave and a Kroot Merc army. I have the original Kroot Merc print-out, which is hells more better than the new one they have!

  14. @Thorson: Tau are also tempting me, but I'm going to wait for Chaos Legions first.
    Or as some people say, Yo blud, Tau's well sick, innit? Only Chaos's like more badass 'n' pwnage, 'n I's like me wants moar F***ing awesomeness, so's I's bored s***less waiting for da f***ers!
    The sad thing is, I know people who actually talk like that most of the time.

  15. I should not add more fuel to the fire but the 25th anniversary model is crimson fists a second founding, which is identical to black templars and closely related to imperial fists.

    I look forward to bad ass sword brethern or terminators with 3 attacks and rending lightning claws.

    Empreors champion that can take punishment aswell.

    These are far fetched but would make them good in assault against armour and attacks.


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