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Tyranid Genecult and Deathwatch Game in Q1 2016


Rumors of a Deathwatch game coming are taking more shape now with additional rumors of a stand alone box game that pits the Deathwatch up against a Genecult. The rumors today came from anonymous sources on Bols, but when coupled with past bits, and an additional snippet of information left on Faeit 212, it seems like this could be on the horizon.


I would be up for a game like this if it comes around.

Please remember that these are rumors.

via Larry Vela on Bols
A source who spoke to BoLS on condition of anonymity, says:
Opposition force for the Deathwatch in the Boardgame is Tyranids.
Look for Genestealers, Warriors, Lictors.
There is a “box only” Lictor Character.
As with Betrayal at Calth – these are standard 40K models fully usable outside the boardgame.
There is chatter of potential Deathwatch op-for xenos expansions for the boardgame (Orks, etc…)

Previous info as listed on Bols
Look for the Deathwatch to arrive in the Grimdark in 2016.
They will make their initial appearance in a boxed boardgame like Execution Force / Betrayal at Calth.
The Deathwatch models are based around a new Deathwatch upgrade sprue.
The sprue will contain items such the distinctive shoulderpads, and specialist equipment and weapons of the Deathwatch.
The Deathwatch sprue will be bundled atop the Sternguard base kit in the boardgame.
The game will allow for you to equip your Killteam’s weapons and equipment in a variety of ways with rules to support them all.
As with Betrayal at Calth – these are standard 40K models fully usable outside the boardgame.
There will be an opposing force the Deathwatch is pitted against with their own models in the box.


On Faeit 212
Squiggly has been leaving behind small snippets of information for a few months, buried in the comment section. This one came up when a Bols source chimed in declaring tyranids and Astra Militarum were coming in jan/feb.

via Squiggly in the Comment Section on Faeit 212 a few weeks ago.
Jan is AoS, no 40k til Feb 2016. The only Tyranid release of the near future is the Deathwatch vs GC game which will be released Q1 2016. 




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  1. So far this isn't screaming Genestealer Cult, which is a real shame as I'd love a return of my 1st army!! This sounds more like an early 'pathfinder' force with the mention of warriors.

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    1. That still doesn't completely rule out Genestealer Hybrids though...

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    2. wrong. it does rule out hybrids if it is nids not GC. hybrids are GC exclusive never saw hybrids in a nid army outside 2nd ed 40k. don't expect to see them in a game with nids...with stealers? sure....with warriors.....NOPE.

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    3. But there's a possibility the next box set will have them. Didn't Hastings say DW & GC? Not necessarily DW vs GC.

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    4. Why not with Warriors? The background says the Hybrids are used as a beacon for the Hive Mind. They are used, then assimilated.

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    5. hybrids would be consumed as the fleet arrives by the purestrains that were once protected by the GC. their "control" over the hybrids and brood brothers diminish so that even those afflicted by hybridization would reel back in the true nature of what they really are. either way the GC influence it once had is dissolved as the former members are digested.

      unless canon fluff is changed/retconned i'd go with nope. or maybe if nids get allies in form of GC then sure......but you do see the fluff breaking that would be? it's like GK summoning daemons.....(kinda)

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    6. yeah as much as i'd love it I find it hard to believe they are reviving genestealer cults, Deathwatch v nids makes way more sense to me. and i'll likely pick it up especially if it has a unique lictor.

      The GS cult rumors are likely just the rumor mongers tacking on words to pull you in to read their post. just because it has genestealers doesn't make it a cult and even the body of the post mentions normal nid units not cult ones.

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    7. Gene cults being a part of this rumor go back to Hastings back in may of last year.

      Here is the rumor. from hastings.
      http://natfka.blogspot.com/2015/05/deathwatch-genestealer-cult-standalone.html
      "G/S Cult Codex & Models (Harlequin sized release)
      Deathwatch Codex & Models (Harlequin sized release)

      ..... well, I may have gotten myself a bit confused about what these actually were, it seems we "may" be seeing these two as a combined set in some fashion, whether that's as another standalone game or as a "starter/campaign" set is yet unclear, although I'm going to assume that these would be unusual choices for a starter box."

      So no. again not rumor mongers making stuff up to draw hits. Squiggly mentions Gene cults in the main body of the post.

      Please read entire posts before accusing. This gets old.

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    8. ^ will see when it drops until then everything is "FALSE" until proven to be truth.. it gets old sure but it's part of the territory

      no one takes things as fact before seeing something first hand without "pictures" so i don't doubt this will be any different.

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    9. Nah, I prefer to stay in the midde, keep an open mind with the thinking that it could be false or tue.

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    10. Rumours... Rumours everywhere :P

      https://www.instagram.com/p/-JX9fFjvbj/?taken-by=teh_original_trenchfoot

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  2. Seems more up my street so far than execution force... memories of the tyranid attack board game might be clouding my judgement somewhat though!

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    1. Tyranid Attack... Nothing like fighting through the narrow arteries of a Hive Ship with nothing but a bolt pistol and a knife.

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    2. Pssst... https://www.instagram.com/p/-JX9fFjvbj/?taken-by=teh_original_trenchfoot

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  3. Yeah sure..., lets roll out all the tiny supplemental factions that are interessting 10 dudes on the continent and leave Major factions completly in the dust.

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    1. Because Tyranids and Marines are completely marginal.

      :|

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    2. I would love to see genecult and deathwing, but isn't it stupid to say a release for those minor offshoots would equate to a marines and tyrants expansion? That's like saying marine players should be pumped for a grey knights release, or elder players should be excited for a dark radar release.

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    3. Yes because everyone hates Harlequins and skitarii


      /sarcasm

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    4. updates everything and adds new games.

      chaos left out in the rain.

      100% legit.

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    5. Silence Chaos players. Your Imperial brothers need more toys. :-P

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    6. They should just alternate releases between single weeks with these boxed games/mini factions, and multi-week releases for Chaos, Orks, DEldar, etc.

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    7. looks at his chaos marine army....then looks over at his MASSIVE imperial space marine army..... ~nods appreciatively~ yep that's also legit @ Starchild.

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    8. Chaos Codex release date...reset the counter, some one bitched on the internet...

      ;)

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  4. Can't say I'm placing much stock in this until I see it verified by someone with a proven record.

    As a long-time fan and owner of 1st gen Space Hulk, Deathwing & Genestealer expansions, I'd like to be wrong.

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    1. +1
      Also IG got a nice buff with the montak book. Formations & such.

      BA & Orks & Chaos would need a dex more aswell.

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    2. Is there room on this boat for 1 more?

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    3. Hmmmm.... Did you bring your 1st ed rule book where the emperor has "personally commanded" the Blood Angels to board the "Sin of Damnation"? If so.... Welcome Aboard!!!!

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    4. My old black and white Space Hulk books are in a ring binder at home; making full use of dem 90s ring binder markings in GW manuals :D

      YOU ARE *ALL* WELCOME ABOARD THE H.M.S. MAULER'S PRIDE, YES!

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    5. Tyranid Hive Ship interior for a Space Hulk expansion?

      https://www.instagram.com/p/-JX9fFjvbj/?taken-by=teh_original_trenchfoot

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  5. I hope that the tyranids get all new models! Then count me in. Otherwise I have enough lictors and warriors and stealers....

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  6. I would definitely get a Deathwatch Vs Genestealer cult game!
    It would be awesauce of the highest quality to see a Hybrid Genestealer in the new plastics...
    Let alone a Magus...
    :)

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    1. it would be on another level of awesome if they done a magus and new
      hybrids...... *crosses fingers in hope that it becoems reality* ~readies his disappointment hat in anticipation~

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    2. Well, we can skip the Cult Limosines. They never made models for those anyway. But a Magus? Yes please.

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    3. taurox would make for an interesting "cult" vehicle/limo. (wheeled though maybe)

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    4. Would it be just human hybrids though...?

      Imagine that...Tau with a claw-arm...lol

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    5. Haha!
      Tau you say.... Crab Tau....
      Oh yeah!

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  7. In. And also in for about 4 of the Deathwatch sprues to dress up my Sternguard kits.

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  8. Warriors?
    Compared to the Cult that will be far less popular an idea.
    We Warriors and Genestealers in Deathstorm.
    Sure there's a need for plastic Lictors at some point, but wasn't there rumours of new stealer sprues coming anyway? So this'd be to shift old stealer sprue stock, add new plastic lictors? We got the old stealer sprues in Deathstorm, and the special Broodlord was enough to draw many in, but a special Lictor? Not sure how big a draw that will have on many Tyranid players.

    The proper implementation of an Ad Mech army after all these years was quite successful. The Genestealer Cults return would be likewise, people have been similarly on about it for years. If they just go with vanguard Tyranids instead of Cult they will miss a huge opportunity.

    They'd miss the chance to revive the stealer lore that made them scary, that made them popular. They'd miss the chance to create the same buzz as the Mechanicus created. They'd miss the chance to pull back more old-school players like the Mechanicus did (i know several who returned to 40k because of that!).

    I hope this news of warriors and lictors over cult is incorrect. If it's warriors and Lictors i can't be sure i'll buy it, i have plenty of those so i'd grab it only if it's cheap (Ha! As if!) or i have nothing else i am looking to buy. But if it's the Cult i will be sure to buy it... and i fear many other Tyranid players may feel the same.

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    1. I doubt stealers will be playable even after a Major buff.

      I can See them getting point drops & more attacks & Formation rules. But i dont See them makeing a 180`

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    2. I agree with what you're saying, but I think we should wait until there's some solid info. Just because it was rumored DW vs GC doesn't mean they're mutually exclusive. Maybe nids in the DW box to burn up old stock, then GC box to follow.

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    3. My message was to BattyBattyBats.

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    4. Agreed. The whole infiltration and genetic contamination thing was what made Genestealers actually frightening, more than prancing around gaming tables getting shot to pieces or being slaughtered in space hulks.

      GW has a way of killing the horror stories that once made 40k fascinating. Necrons had the cosmic horror sucked out of them by Mat Ward. Chaos was toned down to Sesame Street levels of kid friendliness following Realm of Chaos. If Hybrids come back I may forgive these slights.

      GW, make the galaxy properly scary again dammit.

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    5. Lictors and genestealers are why I started with Tyranids. so I'm sold on this box already. XD

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    6. @starchild, Hell Yeah bring back the sinister!!! The horror in 40k has been reduced to "Return of the Living Dead" levels nowadays.

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    7. Yeah it is more than a bit like they forgot all about the Grim and the Darkness...

      Though the two Mechanicus codices do have some of the old dark bitter humour, like in the timeline point where data from the attack on Tyran is used to formulate a fully effective anti-tyranid tactic.. and then is filed away and forgot.

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  9. We still can hope it will be like dark vengeance. marines = nid warriors, cultists = cultists. Wouldn't make sense considering the background but hey: this company brought us space wolves on ...well space wolves.

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  10. I would be interested to hear more of the facts didn't come from BoLS. So much salt needed.

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  11. I wonder if the lictor character would get 40k rules as a special bonus ... probably not but one can hope

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  12. *phew*

    Tyranids dodged a bullet, yet another Cruddex was looming. Sail on, Flyrants!

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    1. CHAMBERS COME BACK, ALL IS FORGIVEN :'(

      </3 :'(

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  13. Deathwatch for Warhammer 40,000 in February...
    Horus Heresy: Retribution in February has the rules for Blackshields and Knights-Errant...
    Knights-Errant in plastic for Horus Heresy in February...thus continuing the plastic Heresy

    Both use the =][= symbol on their shoulder pad...

    just saying :D

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  14. please, please, please, please, let it be Genestealer Cult!

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  15. Plastic lictors? Sign me up for three boxes!
    New hybrids would be even better.
    Providing it's not #toogoodtobetrue ...

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    1. Lictors, warriors nah....

      Patriarch, hybrids and a re-release of the Deathstorm Broodlord. Hell yeah!

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