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40k/ Fantasy Release Order


The Bell of Lost Souls put out a release order today, and for the most part it lines up with what we have been hearing. Until recently anyhow.


Now we know that both Space Wolves and Blood Angels were being worked on alongside the Space Marine codex and for a long time the release order below is what we were being told through rumors. Recently though we have been hearing something a little different, that instead of Space Wolves coming after Orks, Blood Angels would indeed be in their place.

So when you look at this list, realize its very likely that these two (Blood Angels and Space Wolves) may be swapped. Of course as 2014 progresses we will be getting some more detailed information.

Please remember that these are rumors.

via Larry Vela on Bols
40k Release Order
Here's the latest word we've heard on the next 12 months, in order of release:
On the Warhammer 40,000 side of things:
Five 40k books minimum, more if they can be fit in:
Tyranids
Imperial Guard
Orks
Space Wolves
Dark Eldar
------------------ the "if they can fit them in line"
Blood Angels
Necrons
Grey Knights

Warhammer Fantasy Rumors
Fantasy Release Order
Don't forget to have these Warhammer Fantasy titles interspersed in there throughout the year as well:
Dwarfs (Q1)
Wood Elves (Q2)
Brettonia (Q3-4)
Warhammer 9th Edition (coming in Summer) is the big maybe in 2014.  We have contradictory chatter out there, but more of it is still saying yes.

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  1. hmm, interesting, but didn't they just release the digitial Blood Angel codex ? And Eddie chimed in on the digital fantasy rules release that they are not releasing stuff which is obsolete soon™

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    1. Assuming they maintain an alternating schedule between 40k and Fantasy this schedule would put Blood Angels, at the absolute earliest, in November.

      If they use any months to release supplements ala Escalation or a new fantasy rulebook it would push Blood Angels back to January or later which seems like a reasonable gulf (in GW terms) between the release of the digital Codex and a new 6th Ed one.

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    2. Well, guess that depends on your definition of "soon"...

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    3. And youre Definition of "Not"

      Remember when they said they would never Phase out a dex. When asked about BT?
      They didnt, did they? :D
      Not funny

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    4. Do not worry. Blood angels will be sucked into next space marine codex. After all, both follow the codex astartes...

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    5. Would getting absorbed into the standard SM Dex really be so bad?

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    6. A year or better is not "soon" by any means.

      On my Angles getting pulled into SM dex: I honestly wouldnt mind if that happened, so long as GW maintained an identity for them. This would not be hard for any of the chapters, after all the BA only really have 2 unique special rules for the army (Red thirst/Black Rage and Descent of Angels). If GW wished to keep furioso dreads and baal predators unique to BA and successors, they could add a line that said "these options are only available to detachments using the Blood Angels chapter tactics" or something along those lines. Hell, they could do similar things to the other chapters as well and make a super-codex for all MEQ armies of the Imperium. I dont personally see this happening, as it is not precisely a good idea from a financial standpoint, but I believe that with a modicum of forethought a super-dex could be implemented and maintain the flavor of each of its subjects. Even if they had to implement a mini-section for each, say a 3 page blurb of unique units available to each set of chapter tactics and the changes to the FoC, it could be done.

      Nay sayers be damned, I say we find ways something COULD work, perhaps even send it up as an idea to those on high, and see what happens.

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    7. @Jesse Sinclair: it was merely a digital update to the existing Blood Angels codex, not their official 6th edition book (which will be able hardbound book).

      Also, the supplements and expansion books don't disrupt the codex/army book releases. GW has said that, and they've proven it with digital releases coming at completely random times.

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    8. @Moriar. I would think (just opinion, I have no stats to back it up) that Super-Dex + Chapter specific Codex Supplements (instead of these weird company specific ones) would sell better and free up the design team more to maybe branch out into some oft demanded armies like Mechanicum and etc.

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    9. @McDoogle. Please read peoples posts before correcting them. I never said that it was their 6th book, I said that if this release order was correct it would put about a year, maybe more, between the digital release of the 5th ed Dex and the new 6th one. Which may not be considered 'soon' by GW's standards.

      Codex Supplements do not interfere with the release schedule but rulebook supplements entirely do (hence why I said 'ala Escalation'). Escalation/Stronghold Assault and, more importantly, Apocalypse were released in months without Codex releases so it is reasonable that if, say Planetstrike, were re-released, or a Warhammer Fantasy version of Apocalypse, it would push a Codex out of that month.

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    10. I'd be more than happy to see BA's consolidated into the next SM codex as long as they kept their flavour. For myself, since BT's were wrapped up this edition i'm more tempted than ever to start a small BT crusade.

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    11. I think all SM/Chaos should be in their own respective codexs with variance by chapter tactics. That way supplements can focus on unique parts but gives great flexibility to playing the armies...

      Oh and we should all get orbital D weapons... :)

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    12. As a BA player I would also be very happy to have the sons of sanguinius released as an extension to the SM codex.

      Also, the digital codex is just the BAv5 codex, in epub format rather than in paper. Its release doesn't mean anything about BAv6 schedule.

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    13. Jesse, your way works better in my opinion as well. I didnt intend to say that my way was best, if I did. A touch of alcohol and irrational hatred can go a long way ;). Terry set me off a bit, the recent sky-is-falling attitude has really gotten my back up.

      I dont really care what GW does to the rules themselves, as long as they remain in a playable format that keeps the flavor of the individual armies intact.

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    14. Hell no! BA should never be "absoebed" into the Ultramarines codex. That would be terrible. You might as well just have two big codexes, Imperial and Xenos.

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    15. Hell no! BA should never be "absoebed" into the Ultramarines codex. That would be terrible. You might as well just have two big codexes, Imperial and Xenos.

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  2. With the recent release of a the digital version wouldn't the Space Wolves be more likely to be released than BA? What happened with the people that had the old digital SM codex?

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    1. while that makes sense, I was told it was to tie into blood angels vs ork supplements and dataslates.

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    2. kind of like what we are about to see with the Tyranid Release and the dataslates scheduled for January.

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    3. It depends on do you believe your source or gw digital since they contradict. But then if they do no one will bother with re released old codices.

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    5. It would make sense for gw to start testing for leaks with false info.

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  3. Obviously cant prove, but due to licensing terms with Hobbit folks they cant put out a new ruleset. That was word at HSC at beginning of the year or could have been at the end of last year...months blend in this far past

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  4. It's going to blow my mind if i get two codex releases within a decade of one another. I felt like the red headed step child as a necron player, the new book helped dramatically(though it was a weird fit in 5th edition) but I'm enjoying the flexibility of the codex quite a bit and only a few units really require "fixing". Whatever, gift horse and all.

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  5. I think we can push DE back further. GW will probably releas a Box or Boxes dedicated to "the battle of 5 armys" from the hobbit 3.
    Its very much a sure thing. If not it will at least push release back further. WFB will also take up 2 months for book and Box. And they wont leave them with out a dex. Its just not enough months for this to happen.

    I would also not hope for BAs. They have flyers and dont need anything from a playability standpoint. Ofc they are Not strong but so are DAs & as some claim CsM.
    I hope for less SM all together. What about Chaos god Books? Or a proper SOB releas?

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    1. Yeah chaos god books were rumored for half a year now.

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  6. No full Adepta Sororitas codex? Ffs at this point I've all but given up on them. No Escelation support, still no flyers or anti air, no new models... may be using them as counts as Blood Angels at best.

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    1. They got Titan Legion and Imperial Navy support for Escalation

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    2. Don't forget FW and allies for normal games! And if you have the models already, I think we can use the stormraven formation, just without the transporting

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  7. Bretonnia last? Really? Because the disappearing models say otherwise, BOLS.

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    1. It makes sense in a way, we've had dwarf rumors for years now, the most recent ones putting them close to the lizardmen. Then we've had the elf rumors and both high and dark elves have been updated.

      Going by this schedule I would think brettonians will be the first into 9th edition, possibly getting the same October/November release slot as the dark elves did, as we all know the brettonians need a massive overhaul (although admittedly I like most of their plastics).

      The missing models might be a bit of a problem, but it might be that its a calculated risk on GWs part. And really we have been waiting for a brettonian release for what? Over 10 years now? A couple of months won't kill us.

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    2. I suppose, but the disappearing models (as we talked last week) put some credence to the theory, especially since the army right now can't be played by new people due to essential models going walkies.

      Thus, I'd have thought priority for GeeDubs would be to fill said gaps.

      Then again, if released so close to 9th Edition, maybe this means they've buffed Cavalry again? X3

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  8. This means... Rune Priests stay legal for longer? Time to get building Rune Priests on bikes methinks... :-)

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  9. I hope this schedule stays like this. Been recently playing with my Bretonnians using an Unofficial updated version of the army book and it plays a lot better with the current Warhammer edition than the 10 year old one does. Even bought 4 new boxes of KotR to replenish my ranks. However that being said I've recently started Dropzone Commander and loving every game I've played, win or loose.Seems most of my money will be sinking into Dropzone until the new IG and Bretonnia books are released.

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  10. Are there any news about (chaos) codex supplements in the near future?

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    1. Yes, he just chooses not to mention them.

      Seriously why do people ask about rumors not posted. Natfka is very prompt with posts.

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  11. IG, Orks, and Blood Angels.....makes me wonder if some sort of Armageddon supplement isn't in the works.

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    1. Didn't they already do Warzone: Armageddon (or something similar) in the Apocalypse book?

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