I have been getting a lots of emails regarding the release of the Chaos Space Marine codex. I want to be clear for the readers here. I am not a source of anything, rumors are sent to me, or found elsewhere, and I simply report them. This means that in general, and in this case, I do not know anything beyond what everyone here has read on the site.
All I have to go on, is what I have been told by sources and possibly some common sense. I will post up anything I am allowed to. So when I get the information, you bet I will be excited and will have the information up as I receive it.

I know everyone is glued to seeing the first verifiable release rumors for the Chaos Marines this week. So I thought I would share what I know and think about the upcoming release. Most of this is speculation, and just thinking out loud. The rest is what I have been told.

This post is mostly due to the large number of emails I have received. The primary bit of this, is you know as much as I do.

Conversations Behind the Scenes
There hasn't been any leaks yet. Of course I am looking and working to see if we will see anything this weekend or not. TBH I give a pre-release codex about a 50/50 this weekend. I dont expect the codex to be available until the 29th for pre-order and the 6th for a release date. However, there are some rumors pointing towards the 22nd pre-release. The 22nd is very logical to me, as there are several factors leading to it. 

Number one, its works best if GW can release photos and battle reports in the White Dwarf for the upcoming model releases. I cannot see them having new models in the magazine that are not going to be up for pre-order right away.

Second, for a new White Dwarf makeover, they want to make a big splash. A new codex with new units in in-depth battle reports seems like the best way to do this with pics of the dragon and other new units. Not to mention that the chaos codex will be on display at Games Day UK on the 23rd (according to multiple sources). It would be very odd if the codex was not available for pre-order.

Either way sources have been rather quiet regarding the release dates. All I have to go on is what I was told before, and that 29th is the date for pre-orders, and 6th for codex release alongside the first wave of models. There was some confusion, probably on my part, that they might end up doing a 3 wave release. This was all a couple weeks ago, so I think decisions on how to release the codex and models has been made, but they are keeping it a surprise. 

So what does all that mean? I don't know either. 
The facts are.......
White Revamping release on the 22nd. Chaos Marines are in the magazine throughout. 
A rumor has placed pre-orders on the 22nd for the next release.
Game Day UK is on the 23rd, and multiple good sources claim.... the codex will be there.
reliable sources 2 weeks ago claimed that the 29th is pre-order, and the 6th is release date. all new models will be released before the 20th.

I expect a teaser trailer or three. No rumors on that, just speculation. 

Hope that helps, I know it doesn't really, but its all that we have at the moment

37 Comments:

  1. So this told us what was inferred....

    It makes sense for the new WD to shoecase csm. Cuz if not that then what? Pics hopefully soon!

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  2. Ahhh, it's all so ambiguous!

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    1. Welcome to the website.

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  3. finally got my daily basis of Chaos crack.

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  4. I'll bevplaying the old codec until the new comes along. Very exciting times!

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  5. and I forgot.... I just love the picture of the Night Lord Talos in the picture above.

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  6. Anything is better than nothing, so thanks!
    I hope for big announcements this week..

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  7. Like I said on Dakka.. I bet $10 of the taxpayers money that there will be a video on CSM this week.

    I may not win, but I can't lose.

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  8. It makes perfect sense to have WD make its"debut " with csm. I know DA is getting a few new models for their dex, but they will still just be marines in dresses! :P CSM on the other hand are going from emo goth spike punk marines, into beautifully warped champions of the great enemy. Far more to showcase, and many more interesting rules to write about I think.

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    1. If by beautiful you mean terrifying like HR Giger artwork, I agree with you.

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  9. what makes me sceptical about chaos space marine codex being in white dwarf is the fact that the chaos codex we have now is still on sale online!

    when the necrons were getting updated the codex was removed for around a month and yet neither chaos or dark angels codex have been removed. I am starting to worry that we will get a little booklet in this new white dwarf with some new chaos units and rules.

    the suspense is driving me mad - bring the codex out already GW and TAKE MY MONEY!!

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    1. Yeah, the Necrons being removed was the exception though from my recent memory. If you think about it, if somebody buys the codex today and likes it, they will buy the codex again in 2 weeks when it gets updated. Plus, with Dark Vengance selling like mad, you would want a codex out for new players to buy, even if it is about to be old. If I had to take a real stab in the dark though, I would have to guess that their inventory determines when it comes off. I can see them not wanting to produce any more of the Old Necron codex last year, so they stopped, while they have a larger supply of Chaos that they would want to get rid of before it gets scrapped.

      Or I've been drinking too much again. Who knows.

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    2. TAKE MY MONEY!

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    3. Given the fact that Gw has been changing the way they do EVERYTHING, I wouldn't be surprised if they stayed up for sale until the pre release goes up. The US site has the battleforce still up for sale, but the UK site does not. From a business standpoint it makes sense to wait as long as possible before removing a product from the shelves. That goes for the codex as well. If they stopped selling them a month ahead of the replacement, it would greatly increase the amount of shrink for their bottom line. In the end what is pulled becomes a loss. Might as well sell as many as they can and bring that loss down as much as possible.

      Teivel Belial

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  10. Raptors no longer available on the UK and German site, is this recent or have they not been available for a while?

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    1. No, I checked it yesterday. I'm pretty sure it was available then. The only thing which wasn't is the CSM Battleforce.

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    2. Oohhh, good catch. That's a recent change.

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    3. As far as I know, this has not been mentioned before.

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    4. I too, am creeping on the GW website obsessively

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    5. Ok, so the finecast Raptors are going to be replaced by Raptor/Warp Talons kit. My next guess is would be Obliterators being removed and being replaced by the Mauler/Obliterator kit.

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    6. I have just been on the UK website for GW and they said available within 24 hours ?

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    7. Can you add to cart?

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    8. Yeah its back on now, wierd..

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    9. They're messing with our heads man

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  11. Has there been any light shed on the actual name of "the dragon"? the rumors have been around forever, but yet no1 has the name from the codex entry. Didnt BoK say they have the codex, why didnt they say anything? I am tired of reading the dragon is going to be awesome. We have the names for the melee Oblits, Maulers, and the new raptors, Warp Talons, where is the official dragon name?

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    1. Thanks!! HellDrake sounds cooler, more terrifying then just calling it the dragon.

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  12. I wonder what's on Page 11 of the new WD?

    What's usually there?

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  13. Warseer:

    Originally Posted by Erazmus_M_Wattle
    Well I have heard that the Forgefiend box does come with an alternate build.

    The Helldrake may come with an alternate build too but I'm not getting my hopes up on that one.

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  14. Helldrake?
    Sounds like a winner to me!

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  15. The suspense is killing me...
    One thing stands out though... If Games Workshop bring it out for purchase at Games Day and pre-order on the 22nd, won't that affect their normal routine of hype, hype, hype for the week before the release? You won't be eagerly awaiting the blog post giving you scraps of information, you'll be looking at the website which has pics and a full in-depth review of every unit in the new book.
    There's something not quite right about all this...

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    1. It won't be for sale on Games Day. They'll just put it on display.

      And yeah, they'll probably need to hire alot of people to mop up the drool all over the floor.

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  16. I REALLY hope we don't have to hear about the damn WD team all week. I want videos and PICS of CSM

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  17. My local GW is on the 29th haveing a event where people take their units from the boix set and brawl it out, I assumed we'd simply be useing the stat line, but if the 22nd pre-order rumors are true it makes some sense too as we'll have the rules just in time for the event

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  18. Talos image illustrated by me, David Sondered- Studio Colrouphobia

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