It seems now we have a cover for the 40k flier supplement "Death from the Skies". It looks like this compendium is real, and is just around the corner with a rumored release date of February 16th. I have included below the rest of the current rumors surrounding this release.


Although this looks legit, please take it as a rumor until we get something official.

via Lorizael (the photo is also from Lorizael)
My sources say this will be a 70 page "compendium". 

It will have updated 6th edition rules for flyers: 

Stormraven (now available to space marines and BT) 
Storm Talon 
Ork Bomba / dakka jet / burna bomba 
Valkyrie / vendetta 
Razorwing & Voide Raven 
Night Scythe / doom scythe 

also dog fighting rules from crusade of fire and a new flyers scenario. 
I'm told this book will be a range item and not a limited release.

via Kroothawk
A new 40k supplement book will be released on 16th February:
"Death from the Skies" (26€, mail order only, chance of being in English only).
More when I know more. But it certainly sounds like a flyer supplement.


via DarkWarrior1981 on Warseer
This is not as exciting as people may think. I saw the advert for the book at a local store; It contains only rules for fliers still on sale or with a codex entry (the Dark Eldar bomber is in), some fliers have their rules updated to 6th edition (whatever this means exactly). The only thing actually new is, that the Stormraven is now available to Codex Space Marines and Black Templars as well. Also you will find the flier rules from Crusade of Fire and new missions. The book will be on sale (no pre-order) from 16th of February, is direct only (so not from your FLGS), english language only and will not be limited stock.

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  2. I will be upset if these are just a compilation of rules for the available flies and not really anything new.

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    1. It makes obvious commercial sense to simply reprint with the updated errata. A nice, easy earner with almost no work involved.

      I honestly don't mind that. It's not a compulsary purchase to play the game.

      I would like new greater daemons though.

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    2. I don't really mind, so long as there are new flyer releases alongside...

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  3. I'm really perplexed by this, is it going to overwrite codex rules for these units? Or will it just print the version that is currently Erratted/FAQ'ed into reality, along with reprinting rules and adding a scenario?

    And if they change the rules in some way, will they release a FAQ for those books that includes the new data, or will everyone who owns a Necrons codex be expected to buy this and then carry it with them for every game? Ugh.

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    1. Any rules that differ, will presumably have to be taken from the most recent publication...

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    3. These rules will overrule the rules in your codex.

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    4. Obviously if there are rules changes the most recent version of the rules is the official one, but that wasn't what I was getting at. The question is whether the rules are new, or if its just the current rules for these units (ie, take the version in the Necron book for a night scythe and just print out the rules added by the 6th edition faq for hull points, etc), and then, if the rules are new, whether GW will require all players who use a flyer to buy this book and also lug it around with their other books on top of everything else, or if they will update the 6th edition FAQ for these armies to include all changes, ensuring that if you have your codex and FAQ, you don't need another book to play. I suppose we'll have to wait and see because the rumors people haven't given us much in the way of details.

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  4. I'm really not sure the purpose of this book tbh aside from being a money grab. Re-evaluated points costs and dropping AV down to 11 on the imperial flyers would be nice but I can't see GW nerfing these things for risk of hurting sales.

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    1. You mean there are people out there that haven't already bought Vendettas in the last two years?

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  5. What's the point of this release? Seems superfluous.

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  6. Throw Eldar, Tau and Tyranids a bone, please...

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    1. My thoughts, too. A way to play a dogfight when there isn't even a (non-FW) model for an army makes the supplement kind of useless to me.

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    2. I see your point too. If it came with a release of models, and had rules for said models, then it would make this a no-brainer.

      I would also like to see an Imperial Guard flyer, such as the Vulture, as an alternative to the Valkyrie.

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  7. Good cover pic!

    Hope Space Wolves have any flier soon...

    We are in disadvantage!

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    1. Or at least some flakk for Whirlwinds, Missile Launchers and Cyclone Launchers.

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    2. The way my group playes, the first codex with the cost of flack missiles came out and as long as you paid those points you could take flack missiles.

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    3. HA HA funny Wolfen, space wolves can just spam missiles like you always have to deal with flyers. You don't need anything else in your army to make it broken.

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  8. Is it just me or is that the artwork from the Storm Talon's box?

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    1. It's just you.

      But I think it's the art from the front cover of the WD when it was released.

      My first thought had been photoshop job too.

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    2. Yeah, it's the painting of the White Dwarf picture.

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  9. Speculating:
    - IG and Necron flyers get adjusted, maybe stat or pointwise
    - Play a game against a guy who fields IG/Necrons
    - "No, I did not buy the compendium and the rules are not in a FAQ, so I'll use the statlines from the codex"

    So WHAT is the purpose of this book? The special flyer rules from the CoF book are extremely clunky and I can not imagine someone using them in a regular game more than once and all those flyers are options in their dexes already, so you get nothing new (except SM).

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    1. Oh and to add to this:
      Possible english only, mail order only. WHY? That thing makes even less sense than a WD inlet that is not released online and is forgotten and not available again after 2-3 months.

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    2. You've added to my anxiety, haha. I'm not buying a book I can't flip through in the store, especially not after they released crusade of fire as "pay us money before you know what it is or you can't get one" limited release.

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    3. If it's anything like the limited edition products GW puts out, it'll be sitting on Australian store shelves for 6 or more months before they manage to flog it off to some kid.

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  10. So instead of updating the White Dwarf flyer rules and putting them on the net for free, GW is gonna charge for them. NICE!!

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  12. Brilliant. I only collect SW and DA and they're gonna be the only chapters without a stormraven. Thank the emperor for allies!

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  13. So are the rumored Eldar, Tau & Nid flyers false rumors then? Why would they release a book on flyers that doesn't have any of the supposedly soon to be released flyers in it?

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    1. This is a compendium, its purpose is to give rules for those who missed the WD/Limited print the rules came from, this includes new players just joining... I suspect we will still see a flyer wave as it will make the missions more attractive, and the Tau/Eldar data sheets will sell tons if WDs... Why not put those flyers into the book? Because A:it will boost WD, and DftS sales, and both have a a codex slated for this year.

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  14. So much crying in this thread. *sigh*

    As an Ork player who didn't get the WD where the Ork Flyer rules were released, it would be a worthwhile purchase. I also missed out on Crusade of Fire.

    The Space Marine Codex also does not have the rules for the Storm Talon.

    I do hope the Storm Raven becoming available to SM's and BT's is a false rumor. I like the diversification of flyers keeping chapters unique. I play Dark Angels as my main army anyway, so it doesn't really affect me anyway. I'd much rather see each chapter get their own unique flyers like we did.

    Regardless, there's a lot they can do with this release. We'll see for sure soon enough.

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    1. Not crying no, more perplexed and thinking WTF GW?!. We know GW are unscrupulous but this seems a new low if it forces us to go out and buy it just if we want flyers in our armies. Especially those with recently updated CSM or DA books.

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    2. It's not unscrupulous. People who have wanted GW to start putting rules in WD again for a long time. They crave it. A time comes when things are out of print long enough that it justifies a Compendium.

      If you want to talk about unscrupulous lets talk about "for profit prisons" or sweat shops in 3rd world countries making most of the crap we buy at Wal-Mart. That's unscrupulous.

      Giving people what they want, and then repackaging it again for sale in a variant format down the road is far from unscrupulous.

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    3. dont forget taxes. Completely out of control.

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    4. Hey, it ain't just me thinking it. I'm a CSM player who has just spent a fortune on the new CSM. Now I'm going to need this on top just to play a Helldrake if it contains updated rules for it. Paying the insane prices for the models is one thing but paying for what sounds like an errata is totally another so excuse me for being a bit miffed..

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    5. Based on rumors, the 6th edition books aren't included, this is just updating 5th edition flyers to 6th edition.

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  15. I know this will be hard to believe but Ive heard the Necrons flyers are getting a buff - AV12 all around plus points reduction.

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    1. I heard Necron flyers will get free railguns and IG flyers become armor 10. Ask yourself, when was the last time a suppliment book altered stats or point costs to codex entries...

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  16. I'm going to step out on a limb here and say that this book will not matter. Why? It's a 40k supplement. Remember how much impact Spearhead had in the game? How about assaulting from deep strike suddenly becoming rampant in 40k? It didn't. I think that is exactly the case with this supplement.

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  17. Does anyone know if the updates will be applied to the iBook Codexes? I've got the digital-SM one and it was updated with the Talon...

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  18. What do people not understand about these rules NOT overriding their codex? GW hasn't released a suppliment that did that since Chapter Approved. This book will have special rules and missions which can be used at the players option like Crusade of Fire does now. The sky is not falling.

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    1. What are you not understanding about missions and scenarios being optional but that if this adjusts statlines, points costs, etc of specific models/units outside of specific missions/scenarios, then it would be an update/override to codexs.

      We don't know for sure until the book is in hand so unless you're looking at a copy you might want to avoid making statements as if you know how it will be worded.

      I agree, the sky is not falling.

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    2. Let me put it this way, there won't be any point adjusts or different statlines besides additional options available to certain units. These options won't be available for standard missions much like an Apoc formation. It doesn't override a codex, but might be a nice buy if someone wants a hardcopy with info on a model/unit that was introduced in White Dwarf.

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    3. Concrete statements on what comes in the new books should be left to those who actually know instead of those who are only guessing.

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    4. Comments on a rumour blog should be taken with a grain of salt by the intelligent rather than over-analyzed by those who steal them for "news".

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  19. What a tremendous waste of money. Stunts like this by GW will only lead to more and more piracy, as people become unwilling to pay for something that "SHOULD" be free.

    $75 dollars should provide you with a flyer and rules to use it. I'm moving more towards fantasy so I don't have to put up with this flyer nonsense.

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  20. I dont see what the big deal is about. This is a compendium, meaning that it will be a collation of rules from all existing codexes pertaining to flyers. The updated "rules" will simply be the changing of rules etc that are already featured in the online FAQs. For example, the removal of aerial assault from the Dark Eldar Razorwing jet. It should feature all the White Dwarf flyer rules too, for those who missed them.

    This will not be a must buy in order to play the game. Chances are those folks who have a flyer in their army will already have obtained 6th edition rules or updates for them. And for those who dont, or do not wish to buy it, there are many a forum out there where you can collate the rules for them.

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  21. 70 pages seems to be a bit much for 11 flyers and some errata. Even if each indvidual flyer got 2 pages, it still strikes me as being a bit high in the page count.

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    1. I agree. If it's real, that suggests some additional content. The Crusade Dog Fight rules only took up 5 pages, but half of that was pictures due to the layout of the book.

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  22. Isn't that a nid in the top left corner?

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  23. I want to call shenanigans on the whole thing. In fact I'd put money on this cover being a fake. The typography just looks slightly off to me. The 'A' looks like it's been enlarged from a smaller font version even though there are larger examples to photoshop from. The only letter not easily available to be photoshopped from the previous three hardback book releases is 'T' and that can easily be replicated from the 'E' and 'I". I'm yet to be convinced especially as it seems to be a promo shot rather than a picture of the cover.

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    1. We'll know for sure in a couple of weeks. The rumour puts this release at mid-Feb (I'm going to guess the 15-16th just because that's a weekend) so if we don't hear anything by the end of the month, then we know it's bunk.

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  24. You might not be saying that when we know what it costs! If there are no new flyers in the book for races that don't have them then what is the point?

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  25. I really hope the Stormraven rumour is bull, if it's true it'll just make people want to play their marines as Vanilla marines AGAIN just so they can get access to the stormraven and the stormtalon. The diversity is the only reason I see for them to even have multiple marine books, if Vanilla marines get everything from all the other codex's then what's the point in playing any of the other codex's?!?1?

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  26. So I've been thinking about this for a while, and let's assume 22 pages for the existing flyers (1 page of fluff/rules and 1 full spread image each), and then 5 pages for the "who buys what and at what cost" section, that puts us at 27 pages, toss in another 10 pages for dog fight rules (being generous here) and we sit at 37 pages.

    So what fills the rest? 33 pages of pretty model shots, a couple of alternate missions/game types and that's it? I think we're going to see more than what we're being told so far. At least if this book is 70 pages long.

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  27. My guess would be new Tau and Eldar fliers also, anticipating their new codexes later this year. Space Wolves and Sisters need some flying love too, and their codexes are way off, so something for them could well come out of the blue. Or, GW could tease us by introducing some FW fliers into the 40K proper, leading us to speculate whether plastics are on the way in the future or not (for example, Vendetta, Hydra, Medusa, Colossus and Griffon are still FW only, years after their entry into the IG Codex proper!).

    Amidst cries of "but we would have heard!", remember that most of the "leaks" are certainly not from the Lenton HQ (except the leaker of The List and someone did get the boot for that), through a "broken telephone" at best, and there will always be surprises that rumours did not anticipate.

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  28. Might be worth double checking your source cos I smell BS

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  29. My theory: This is the whole Walls of Martyrs in reverse. Except instead of the big set being limited and smaller sets available; they will release 3-4 small books of limited release and then sell a big volume that collects them all. It seems like they are already double dipping material from Crusade of fire.

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