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Forgeworld: Horus Heresy Book Three-Extermination

The latest book for the Horus Heresy is about to become available at the Forgeworld Open Day event going on this coming weekend. While the releases wont be available for a couple weeks yet to the general public, we are sure to get a good look at what is coming late Sunday or early Monday.

The artwork in these books is just incredible, and here are the releases coming this weekend from Forgeworld. There is a lot more information on each of these releases by following the links.

via Forgeworld
The Horus Heresy Book Three – Extermination
The third and final part of the Isstvan trilogy. This book details the aftermath of the Isstvan V Dropsite Massacre, and two other major battles fought between the Loyalist and Traitor Legions as the Horus Heresy swept out from the Isstvan system and into the wider Imperium of Mankind: the Battle of Phall and the Battle of Paramar. Also featured are the background and game rules for the four Legions covered in this book: the Alpha Legion, Imperial Fists, Raven Guard and Iron Warriors, and a Mechanicum army list, plus new campaigns and vehicles.
This lavishly illustrated, full colour, 285 page hardcover book is leather bound with metal corner clasps stamped with the Imperial Aquila and features a red ribbon bookmark and foil edged pages as well as an embossed cover and spine.
Legion Astartes Crusade Army List 
This contains the collated and updated Legion army list from all three books in the Horus Heresy Isstvan trilogy in one leather bound, 96 page hard back, lightweight and easy to carry book.

Legion Astartes Isstvan Campaign Legions 
A leather bound, hard cover, 116 page book with rules for specific units and characters for the twelve Legions involved in the battles presented in the Isstvan trilogy.
The Horus Heresy Illuminations - The Art of the Isstvan TrilogyThis 56 page book contains our favourite artwork from the Isstvan trilogy, along with a number of unpublished concept drawings. This soft cover book is also housed within its own leather bound slip case and is only available with the Collector's Edition.

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  1. Looks like lots more Mechanicus goodies. The 'Taghmata Omnissiah' army list has a dedicated transport section. Hoping this means more admech vehicles.

  2. Legion Falchion and Legion Stormblade niceeee!!!!!

  3. Alpha Legion, sweet! I hope the twins are on their way, too :)

    1. I am excited for Perturabo to get an awesome model =D

    2. Only Alpharius in this one according to the table of contents

    3. Nope, all four Primarchs are there.

    4. wow dan, bit naive haha. he means only alpharius and no omegon....

    5. They look identical, right? So he's both! :D

    6. I read Khall Sithis as replying to Daniil Osudin, not a big deal really.

  4. So, I only plan on getting into 30k if there is a Thousand Sons Army list - can someone who already plays answer some questions?

    How many books are necessary to play? Are the complete game rules in every book? Or does it use 40k rules + army specific rules?

    I'm hoping I'm able to just buy one of Forgeworld's massively expensive books, lol.

    1. Thousand Sons are what I'm waiting on too. Unfortunately their book isn't released yet, but should be up next! So lets all hope for T-sons around Christmas!

    2. The answer is that we don't know exactly until the Prospero book is released, hopefully later this year. That will be the beginning of a new trilogy, so may contain a whole army list for Thousand Sons and other legions. However, if this is not the case, you will need to buy HH Book 1 as well to get the Legion Crusade Army list (the generic 30k marine list), or the Book 3 limited edition, which has a slightly updated version of the same list.

      Or, you could wait and see what else FW release in the next couple of years, as another limited edition may appear with the same list, as well as Thousand Sons rules (like what has happened with the Istvaan Limited Edition, which has rules for all the 12 legions released so far).

    3. Thanks Greylock. I'll wait and see. I may end up just using the money to do another 40k army and use future Thousand Sons models.

    4. I thought they said Prospero around Games Day 2014?

    5. While on the topic of HH books, I'd like to add that they are actually good value by GW standards... Take the HH Book 3 Limited Edition, for example:

      It includes:
      2 Armylists (Legion Crusade + Mechanicum) (2 GW codexes= £60)
      12 Legion-specific sets of special rules (GW would make these into 12 small supplements lets be kind and say £15 each = £180)
      1 Artbook (GW=~£10)

      That's £250 by GW standards, over £100 more than FW's price. And that's not accounting for the fact that it's limited edition and are books of incredible quality, probably doubling GW's price. Providing you want all the things the set gives you, that's quite a 'bargain' ;)

      This is consistent across all the books as well - with the Lord of War system, deathzone mortalis rules, multiple campaign and game systems and apocalypse appendices in most books you're effectively getting 30k Escalation and supplements like War Zones and Planetstrike all in one book. As well as special legion rules and army lists. Not too shabby at all for £70, as long as that's what you're interested in.

      Yes, I am a massive FW fanboy, but with good reason. The quality that comes out of that place is incredible, if hugely expensive.

    6. Yeah, so later this year, Jagged. When I said next couple of years I was meaning the release of the end of the next trilogy (Prospero, Calth, Signus) and whatever cool stuff may come then.

      Glad I could help Gue'vesa

    7. 30k is based around the 40k ruleset so you still need a 40k rulebook for the core game mechanics. Beyond that the 30k books have everything else like scenarios, game types, new FOCs, deployment patterns, units & costs...

      It's basically between 40k and Apoc in scale and involvement. There's some variation in the 40k core mechanics in places, and the HH rulebooks also work as campaigns for the events in the Heresy itself but you can play it like a slightly bigger 40k without the scenarios and whatnot.

      There's no 30k Thousand Sons yet:

      HH 1 - Betrayal: Istvaan III, Sons Of Horus, World Eaters, Emperor's Children & Death Guard

      HH 2 - Massacre: Istvaan V, Iron Hands, Night Lords, Salamanders & Word Bearers (plus some Mechanicum and HH1 units)

      HH 3 - Extermination: post Istvaan V, Raven Guard, Iron Warriors, Alpha Legion & apparently Imperial Fists (to tie-in with the war that develops between them and the Iron Warriors?) and probably more Mechanicum & Army units

      So if the force wasn't deployed during the Istvaan campaign it's not been HHed yet. Book 4 should be later this year and focused on the events on Prospero so there's your Xmas present for Thousand Sons...and Wolves, Custodes & Sisters Of Silence.

      Book 5 should be out around this time next year (booo, my Dark Angels!!) and centres on the Sigmus Prime and other encounters around the edges of the Heresy so should be Blood Angels, Dark Angels, Daemons and apparently Dark Mechanicum. Rounding up the second trilogy next Xmas should be book 6 with Ultramarines, Imperial Army and most likely White Scars and/or more Word Bearers and Titans.

      Beyond that...I dunno! But I have both HH books so far and the quality of them humbles the 40k BRB and codices, IMO. They are fine works and are a rulebook, multi-codex & campaign book in one. I think they're well worth the cost.

    8. Well, that took a bit longer to write at work than I expected...the other guys beat me to it :]

    9. Well said Mauler. Pretty much covered it all :)

      If you are a 40k SM/chaos player you will love the heresy. The game is a lot more balanced and you find that MOST people build their army's around fluff and what units they like the look of. You very rarely find any power players and the community is generally a lot friendlier and always fun games. Check out for a dedicated heresy forum. It has a lot of activity and a friendly community.

    10. Yeah, I've not played any games yet but it's pretty clear from the rules that it's a more involved ruleset that attracts the more mature players. Plus, it's usually the mature guys that can afford an all-FW force :'(

    11. Thanks for the additional info Mauler. It will largely depend on finding a group to play with, or getting my 40k friends (who are all xeno-lovers) to buy into the idea of a Xeno-free game.

    12. I'm waiting for the Sisters of Silence to drop. That, along with TGG, will make my Sisters army ahhhhhhmaaaaazing

    13. On this same topic- how interchangeable is 30K with 40K? I know it's based on the same rule set, but would I be able to play against a friend's Tyranid army in friendly games for instance? Would it balance out, or would there be problems? That's really the only thing holding me back...that and the wallet impact. I'd probably bite the bullet and go for it if I knew I could play more people.

    14. I don't think I'll ever play a game of 30K, or collect the armies ... but the books are worth it for the story, artwork and insane amount of detail that goes into each book. I'll be collecting the entire set, just for those reasons.

    15. Check out

      We report directly from all events. We will be at the Open Day so keep your eyes peeled Sunday :)

    16. Dieter - I'd imagine that 30k vs 40k should be fair. The points costings look alright to me, you find that some units are slightly cheaper than their 40k space marine equivalent, but some are probably more expensive too, so it balances out in the end. At least, it will be as balanced as anything you get in 40k at the moment - probably moreso, if you consider, say, a Taidar list facing some Orks or Sisters of Battle or whichever army is considered worst at the moment. I think that legions vs Tyranids would be a good match :)

      One thing to consider is that it's the Horus Heresy so the system is designed mainly for marine vs marine combat, so things that are not so good against power armour are cheaper in heresy lists. For example, AP 4 chainaxes are only 1pt for Workd Eaters, and rotor cannons are probably cheap when you look at how well they would shred 4+ armour infantry. But overall I think it's fairly balanced.

  5. RAVEN GUARD! finally! Color me excited.

    1. No....colour you stealth black so you blend into the shadows like a ninja crow....

    2. Ninja Crows - that'd totally be the name of my RG successor chapter :D

  6. I want a kaban machine to put against imperial knights (hh mechanicum novel)

  7. I am just one click away of getting into 30K. Really not sure yet what faction to take, but so far, especially after seeing the Horus model, I am tending towards Sons of Horus, also a nice army color to paint and the army has quite a lot of unique models released already.

    I would kill for a exact release schedule for the next years, cant wait for more Primarchs to appear.

    Do not really know much about the Heresy, never read the fiction, but what would follow chronologically after Massacre in case of storyevents ?

    1. I have already a Blood Angels (40k) force that I could field as a 30k force with some IF allies but I have a hard time choosing opponents.
      I'm interested in SoH aswell (and more Luna Wolves but I need heretic) I also like the death guard. Hard to choose.

      I would suggest to take a few old or second hand models and test several traitor paint schemes to see how it would look like with your skills.

      I had a blast painting death guard and world eaters, no really found of what I've done with my Sons of Horus.

    2. To Miniwar Monger:

      After Massacre alot happens the legions become somewhat divided and there are loads of different battles. To name a few:
      There are so many more.

      My gaming group doesn't play anything but Great Crusade or Heresy. Check out our blog -

    3. Thanks for your replies guys.

      @Kevin: Good idea Kevin. Maybe I will order the two books first, together with a few minis from FW, like those awesome MKIV Command Teams or Praetors. Those Heresy Imperial Fists schemes in the book III preview look sweet.

      @Khall : Thank you for listing the battles, totally gonna dig into them tonight. You got a sweet website there bunny ! Really inspiring. So jealous you get to go to FW open day. I live in Cologne/Germany so its a bit too far for a day trip. If I d go there, I would love to pick up the Horus mini. Hopefully we soon will be able to order through GW stores.

      Happy Gaming mates !

    4. So here's my story:

      My first 40K army was Night Lords, but I've since morphed into mostly Death Guard. I'd seen the 1st FW HH book and was impressed at the content and quality, but wasn't ready to drop the USD$ equivalent of £70 on it. Then Book 2, Massacre came out with my beloved NLs in it. Both HH books moved up my "What Next to Buy from FW" list. Then the wife nixed the idea of me picking up the Drop Zone Commander Christmas Bundle, which was an awesome deal, on account if "You've already got too much Warhammer crap as it is, no new game systems!" So I used that to my advantage and asked that I spend what I would've spent on the DZC bundle for HH Books 1 & 2, to which she assented since, theoretically, I wouldn't have to buy any more models to go with them. (*snicker*)

      So I read Betrayal, and it really got my juices flowing about the Horus Heresy. I wanted more details, so I bought Horus Rising, the first book of the HH novel series, and got hooked. So far I've read up thru The Flight of the Eisenstein, but have stalled a little on account of workload, and needing to take a small break from novel reading, plus there's been a lot of chaosy goodness that's cropped up recently, so I've been a little distracted. But I'll be picking up the HH story with Fulgrim soon; I want to get up to the Istvaan V Drop Site Massacre in the HH novel timeline before I crack open Massacre.

      So, yeah, the FW HH books are a great way to gateway into the HH novels, if you haven't read them already...


    5. I feell an itch at a certai place a real marine in power armor couldnt reach witrhout taking his gloves of. Lets call it an heretical itch.

      I d really like to get deeper into the Heresy stuff, but at the same time I dont want to read all the books, and further I am quite the reader and fear the books might come out pretty crappy in the end. So id like to stick to the creme de la creme of the Heresy fiction.
      What are the Best / Essential reads in the series ?

      I d like to give em a shot.

  8. When are we going to see white scars. I can't wait to see what they do to them in 30 k. This is the only reason I don't have a 30 k army

  9. With those spaceships artwork, I wonder if Forgeworld could release a HH book around naval battle (and of course a few miniatures).

    Wishlisting ... wishlisting :)

  10. Has anyone noticed in the 'Legion Asrartes Crusade Army List' the Consul points and rules have changed? Master of Signals is now 45 points and Librarian is only level 2.