I want to be upfront right away, we do not yet know when this codex is coming, only that it is supposedly next in line. However there are some strong hints that it is coming and very soon. Lets take a look at these hints, and you can make of them what you will.


Missing Models
Models gone from display cases at Warhammer World. While not an obvious "codex is ready" type of thing, having quite a few models missing from the display cases means that they are probably having pictures taken for a battle report, or White Dwarf article, or even for the codex itself.

Here is the relevant article that discussed this.
http://natfka.blogspot.com/2013/02/tau-and-eldar-hints-whats-missing.html


Black Library Novel Release
This book has not been mentioned yet, and seems to have a release date in March. At this point it seems obvious that the date will be towards the end of March. This could very well lead into a full on Tau 40k release as well.

If you are looking for the full article discussing this, it was just posted last night at midnight.


Rumored bit from our Comment Section on Faeit 212 yesterday
A big thanks to Shaso_iceborn for visiting us yesterday and joining in on the comment section. He left a nice little tidbit about the timing of Tau for the readers here, and this is it.


shaso_icebornMarch 5, 2013 at 11:03 AM
For Tau lovers, I wouldn't worry about a backache in April as your wallet might just become a lot lighter.

Here is a link to the post that the comments were left on, if you are interested in reading more of what was going on.

31 Comments:

  1. This is the codex I am most excited about because I think they will have the most new stuff added in compared to all of the other armies. It will be really interesting on what direction GW will go with them, what army-wide rule they will have, etc.

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  2. I have to say Im also very excited for this codex, as my gaming group has just been joined by a friend of mine who hasnt played warhammer in about 10 odd years, and hes been painting a Tau army - Id previously been dreading 'translating' the Tau Codex into 6th edition with him (no on in our group plays Tau currently) but this might just save my bacon!

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  3. Curious if they will add in any of the FW crisis suits...

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    1. Hazard suits in the codex would be awesome! Although (depending on how markerlights change) Tetras might be a more useful thing to jump the divide.

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    2. I doubt we'll see anything added from FW as GW seem to not step on FW's toes these days. No FW stuff was added to the Necron, DA, CM or Daemon codices so don't expect to see any FW units in the new Tau book.

      We may see similar concepts as alternatives though...

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    3. I thought Daemons got blight drones, no?

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    4. Necrons only had two units from forgeworld (now three) so they wouldn't have left they with much if they had taken a unit. Daemons have a few alternate models for pre-existing stuff, a couple of daemon/spawn and the odd daemon engine so they gave CSM new daemon engines and a flier 'inspired' by forgeworld. DA don't have anything forgeworld specific beyond the standard dreadnought and rhino/landraider doors all marines get from forgeworld.
      Imperial guard got some things translated through from forgeworld as they have a HUGE choice of options, even after they've taken some units. Tau equally has a huge range in forgeworld so my bet for any army to get forgeworld in plastic would be the tau. Hopefully tetras. I like tetras, tetras are cool!
      QUICK NOTE: I'm not trying to be disrespectful or start an argument Mauler, just giving my opinion :P

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    5. That's fine man, am I getting a reputation or something?! lol

      Yes, Guard were the last codex to get some FW transferrence, I think? Since then GW seem eager to push more FW stuff as '40k legal' to move more resin and allow FW to stand on it's own merit than pinch it's designs like we saw for the Sky Ray, etc.

      Chaos are a stunning example of GW expecting players to use FW units to plug gaps; Chaos have zero flying transports in their own codex but do have a Dreadclaw drop-pod (or did, I think it's AWOL for a redesign!) and Storm Eagle in FW resin they're expected to use instead.

      I wouldn't mind some slightly cheaper not-needing-to-wash plastic units but I really don't expect it :(

      Larschops me ol' chum, Daemons got Plague Drones, which are different to Blight Drones. One is a Plaguebearer astride a giant fly, the other is a hovering daemon engine. I don't really know much about either beyond the specs for the FW Blight Drone which is a autocannon & template flyer and I assume that the new codex Plague Drones are more melee jump infantry?

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    6. I'm sure that if a FW model has sold enough, it will get the plastic treatment (in order to free them to do more "marginal" projects).

      Or alternatively, if the GW are redoing a plastic kit anyway, they will more likely than not include some of the FW options there (because more options will allow them to raiste the price by 5€ or the like).

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    7. @Mauler: Nah it's not you personally, I'm just aware that emotionless writing can come across the wrong way when contradicting people. I wouldn't expect you to but then I didn't expect to get called a 'fox news watching american dumbass' or something for sticking up for Naftka xD

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  4. Who is that bitchin space pimp in the picture?

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    1. He, alone, made my day.

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    2. I think he's an Ordo Xenos Inquisitor and his bitches are DeathWatches.

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    3. Hahhahaaa - they need to release that model: "Space Huggybear"

      For the Tau, sounds like they'll have a lot of fluff to answer for, given that whole "battle brother with Space Marines"-thing in the Allies matrix.

      Wonder if the book will manage to stay at 107 pages.

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    4. I took him to be an Imperial Governor or Navel officer, but with Death Watch back up, likely the most foppish Ordo Xenos Inquisitor in the universe.

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  5. Hmm, purchase tau models or pay rent...guess i might be living out of a box by the end of april

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    1. Live in the boxes that the models come in and you'll be able to spend even more money!

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  6. Take this with a grain of salt, but I heard May for Tau.

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    1. I heard the same thing myself, from a friend of friend etc... I hope it's April and I suspect the April WD released at the end of that month will focus on them.

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  7. If it's April, I'll be very happy. I'm after some fresh robots and aliens to paint. :D Can't wait!

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  8. I'm excited about this and not so much. On a products side, its nice to know that GW has their 6th ed system in tow and seem to have most of the codex already lined up and SHOULD be able to get all of the major dex out in the fabled 3 year cycle. This further solidifies that with this rumor.

    That said, having read 2/3 of the codexes (haven't looked at Daemons) that have been released I'm questioning if these are even being playtested and not just randomly generated by the program that is working the over all rule set. Not that the rule set is BAD, it just doesn't seem nearly as interesting and fluffy as past 40k editions.

    With that in mind, I'd say we might be knee deep in codex for our favorite armies by this time next year, and that's a good thing. I might just be missing some of the love and fun that seems to be in rather short supply in these new codex's. All 3 of them coming in at 105pg respectively seems very assembly line to me. However, a quick turnaround for a dex means, we're all the closer to getting a Dark Eldar update. MWUAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH!!!!!! Fools!!!

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    1. The big push for a more balanced rule set by players seems to have caused some move at GW. The lack of events by them might be part of this as well. Instead of continuing to run tournaments with lopsided results maybe they decided to take a break and start back when everything was updated. 104 pages may very well be a limit put on each book for very practical reasons. (cost,shelf space, packaging, time) Given that codex size ranges from 64-104 pages with the oldest being the smallest, a 104 page size would give 8 more pages to most while the oldest ones would get 40 more pages. Yes a few don't follow the pattern like the Space Marine codex and its 144 pages (the only non new codex to get digital treatment) but it also gets the catch all treatment.

      Anyway this is just my two cents.

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  9. With the trend in more recent cod... Rulebooks (alright, EVERYTHING is more recent than Tau now), what are the odds of farsight unlocking a pure battlesuit army? That would be pretty cool. And if that's doable now I apologise, although I'm sure they still have a +1 unit of firewarriors rule in the codex

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  10. Probably much less of an indicator than the book you posted about last night, but there's also this book that seems to be heavily featuring Tau that is slated for a March release http://www.blacklibrary.com/warhammer-40000/fire-caste.html I say it's probably not much of an indicator because it's still an Imperial Guard centric book, the enemy just happens to be Tau, but if the codex is coming it's still interesting timing.

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  11. My typical luck, ive been waiting "6 more months" for a tau codex, now one seems imminent im out of the country for 6 months!

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  12. If January was DA, Feb WoC and March a dual release, would it be more plausible that April would be a wfb month and Tau/40K in May?

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    1. Maybe, but that would make three in a row for WFB, if they do 40K it would only be two in a row.

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  13. By your logic a 40k dex would make more sense I think as the last dex before the duel release was wfb

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  14. All these years waiting for a codex for my Tau army... I have enjoyed them so much, i am one of the ones thinking the old dex still can do a good work. But I can asure one thing: If i find that new content is EXTREMELY expensive, according to latest releases, I'll keep my old codex (it is fun anyway) and I'll keep playing with my actual models with the old rules (I play with my family, so no problems here), anyway I own about 2,000 Tau points and they win a lot of games.

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  15. It is unlikely that the missing models are to do with a battle report, as in all the previous battle reports in White Dwarf the players have been using their own personal armies.

    So I would conclude that in fact the models are missing because they are being photographed for a new book, either codex or other book.

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