Decadence and Decay Preview- Dark Angels and Drukhari

The Next Big Narrative for Warhammer 40,000- Rust and Rot is here. Is this a possibility that the Dark Mechanicus will be coming? It certainly looks like GW is laying down the foundation for the perfect storm to bring them in.

We will be updating as the event continues.

Warzone Charadon

Death Guard sent by Abbaddon to take Metallica ( A Primary Forgeworld). A new move by the forces of Chaos. 

There are new rules for many factions including Death Guard, Imperial Knights, Drukhari, and more.

There’s more than just the background of an epic war zone in here, the book also includes new rules for:

Death Guard

Adeptus Mechanicus

Imperial and Chaos Knights


The warriors of Commorragh are keen to take advantage of the chaos and confusion caused by Typhus’ invasion. Alongside these codex supplements are rules for playing through the Charadon campaign yourself. Can you claim Metalica for the Death Guard or will you try to stop Typhus?

The Plague Purge Mission Pack allows everyone to join the fun in the Charadon war zone with a host of specific Crusade rules. Send your army campaigning through a land of rust and decay, and pick up some new relics and abilities along the way. In the same way as Beyond the Veil, this pack gives you a whole new region of space to set your campaigns in.

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Dark Angels Codex Supplement is coming!

This codex supplement is packed with indispensable background on the most secretive of all of the Space Marine Chapters. You’ll also be able to:

  • Launch faster and more deadly Ravenwing assaults
  • Initiate units (including Dreadnoughts!) into the Deathwing
  • Hunt the Fallen with a range of new Stratagems and Relics

With Deathwing Vanguard Detachments and Ravenwing Outrider Detachments both getting the Objective Secured ability on some of their key units, you’ll be able to field some incredibly powerful and tactically flexible, mixed Dark Angels armies.

The codex supplement also introduces some amazing new Crusade rules. With a focus, unsurprisingly, on hunting the Fallen, your army gains new rules and abilities as they catch these traitors to the Imperium. Even better, once you catch them, you can interrogate them!

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Rules for Dark Angels

Drukhari Codex!

Drukhari Rules- Incubi get nasty
The first xenos codex of 2021 makes the Drukhari faster and deadlier than ever before. You’ll see:

More attacks
Higher damage
Lethal combat output across the board
The stabbiest of the Aeldari are about to get stabbier. Their new rules allow you to take the realspace raiding force you’ve dreamed of without being penalised in Command point cost. Want to run a pure Wych cult? You can do that. Have an urge to mix up Kabals with Haemonculi Covens? Do it! The book also introduces new Crusade rules that allow you to expand your influence and become a feared crime lord of Commorragh.

Whether you’re planning a mighty realspace raid or starting a Crusade army, you’ll definitely want to include some Incubi, who are now more lethal than ever.

Incubi will easily slice through anything that gets in their way. Now that their klaives are Damage 2, even Space Marines will be no match for them in combat.

Don’t worry, though – the galaxy isn’t entirely at the mercy of the new Drukhari threat. Here come the Dark Angels with a new codex supplement that you’re bound to fall in love with.


Van Saar

Along with in-depth background on House Van Saar, the book includes:

  • fresh ways to use them in games of Necromunda
  • unique technological advancements
  • gang-specific strategies
  • new fighters such as the Archeoteks and Neoteks.

These units represent the two ends of the experience scale in the Van Saar gang. Archeoteks have mastered the most potent of the clan’s technology over many years. Meanwhile, Neoteks are young hotheads, flying around on their grav-cutters, trying to avoid the low-hanging dangers of the underhive. Obviously, members of other gangs just shake their fists and mutter about the “juves these days”.

Middle Earth

Fans of the Middle-earth Strategy Battle Game are going to be exTREEmely excited about our next reveal. In fact, you won’t beLEAF what we’re going to show you!

This is the first time that Treebeard has been seen in plastic. Not only is it an incredible model, but he’s also a force to be reckoned with on the tabletop. 

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Treebeard even comes with new models of Merry and Pippin, and you can have them seated on top of the Ent or separate. Eagle-eyed viewers might notice that the Hobbits are bigger than their previous models – that’s because they’ve been drinking Ent-draught! Oh, and if you think we’re going to apologise for those puns then you’re BARKing up the wrong tree.

Underworlds Expansion

New Warbands

We know that the Direchasm boxed set drops in just a few short weeks, and we’re going to look at the first warband expansion for the new season of Warhammer Underworlds. Get ready to hack, slash, and zap your way to glory with Khagra’s Ravagers.

This Slaves to Darkness warband is led by a pair of sisters – one a wizard, the other a warrior. It’s good to see that even amongst Chaos-worshipping mortals seeking to desecrate a living mountain, families stick together.

Age of Sigmar
Yes, it’s the glorious return of Sigvald! This fan favourite from the world-that-was is making a triumphant return – well, we knew that Slaanesh would have to give him a chance to get vengeance after that incident with the troll.*

The new model is bigger and better looking than ever, which is a bold claim since Sigvald was already extremely beautiful, but come on, just look at that flowing mane. Glorious.

Of course, we couldn’t showcase such a magnificent character without also giving you a peek at some of the forces he’ll be commanding. First up are the Myrmidesh Painbringers. That’s not just a clever name, either – armed with wicked scimitars, this is a unit that will definitely be bringing the pain.

Then there are the Symbaresh Twinsouls. These are mortals who have forged dark pacts with the lesser daemons of Slaanesh, sharing their bodies in return for a measure of their power.

Only time will tell who got the better end of that deal…

Wow! That’s a LOT of great stuff on the way. We’ll be taking in-depth looks at everything as we get closer to their releases, so make sure that you’re signed up to our newsletter to get the latest info delivered straight to your inbox. If you enjoyed this, you’ll definitely want to tune into the next Preview Online, which will be full of Black Library goodness – stay tuned in the next week to learn more. 


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    1. Couldn't agree more. We learn virtually nothing about new models for 40k for death guard, Dark Eldar (I refuse to call them by their new name), or the Dark Angels. The Interrogator portion isn't going to excite dark angel fans, and knowing that a new planet has been targeted by Abaddon is hardly anything unexpected.

    2. The Dark Angels interactions with The Fallen would all be really cool—if only a single human being had ever played The Fallen.

    3. Lmfao so true. I've met zero Fallen players as their rules suck compared to black legion, Thousand Sons, or death guard. I have a Thousand Sons army as well myself.

    4. Overhype and under-deliver is basically the theme of the previews this year.

    5. I thought that too, but the 8th codex was a stratagem that randomly pick an enemy model as a member of the fallen or having information on them or something. There will probably be a strat in this supplement that is similar otherwise Dark Angels will have the worst Crusade rules in all of 40k

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  3. Will be removing Sigvald's horns, they look shit

  4. That first Van Saar mini looks a bit naff, the extra arm / weapon looks tacked on and like it would inhibit the right whats the points?

    I like the Chaos Sorceror & the Female Warrior.

    I can see Sigvald being converted to The Emperor. The Slannesh Chaos Warriors look cool, those heads would be good for Emperor's Children.

    1. Yeah wth is up with that? One of the arms doesnt even look like a gun. It just looks like a claw and nothing more. It doesnt help that they have bare hands either. The Van Saar models look messy.

  5. That new Sigvard model might make me start with AoS

  6. Codex supplements for new or as yet unreleased Codexes.......
    40K is becoming very bloated already into 9th!

    1. I don't mind it so much if the Codex includes the important rules from the supplement....
      But the real issue right now is the pricing of rules.
      Other games have free apps where all the points are updated, but GW wants to charge you for that too.

    2. Them being greedy and screwing up the launch of their app led to me recommending people getting the pdfs snd epubs elsewhere which led to me getting blocked from following them or commenting on any of their facebook posts. I admit it was well deserved, but so was my suggestion in all fairness.

  7. were you expecting anything different. GW ran out of ideas for where to take its game and lore ages ago. 40k is now firmly in Homer Simpson's make-up shot-gun territory.

  8. I was so scared, I thought that I had to buy the supplement book, but it turns out that its not for real 40k games, its for crusade.

    Phew, I keep getting worried that I'll miss out on all those sweet rules that'll be in the DG codex... oh shit, they cut it into pieces and sold it back to me as multiple products!

    1. There's two supplement books though... (War Zone Charadon and Plague Purge). So you're not entirely in the clear yet.

  9. I actually loved this preview. The Slaanesh stuff is outstanding as is the Slaves to Darkness Underworlds set. Indeed, the Underworlds stuff will be getting added to my Bretonnian warband as soon as possible.

    The new Van Saar stuff is pretty cool. I'm getting some strong Necron feels from the hoverboard whilst its also tickling some Judge Dredd "Chopper" vibes.

    About campaign books and crusade supplements - they're *not* essential to the game. The only essentials you need are just the rule book and the relevant Codex (sometimes a supplement for extra flavor). Its not rules bloat at all. You don't have to take them with you and its the same thing as Dungeons and Dragons source books - choose the campaign setting you want to play in and use the relevant books. Or don't and use the vanilla rules and Codexes.

    I honestly can't remember all this mental complaining about campaign books when Armageddon, Lustria, Storm of Chaos, Storm of Magic ect came out. They're "take it or leave it" add ons. And now I'm whinging about whingers. Christ - what is my life?

    1. The problem is Wizards of the Coast creates a game that appeases the majority of their fans instead of the minority. This has kept Magic and D&D running for such a long time. Games workshop however has a history of appeasing the smaller percentage of their fan base and ruining their games rules. It happened to 40k before, and it happened with AOS end of times. I would hardly say comparing the two companies even remotely close. I would say comparing Games Workshop to another british company Jagex more logical. Jagex lost the newer half of their company to China for destroying ita fan base. They create brilliant ideas over there, but their cultural system of do as I say and obey generated from their historical monarchical system causes a lot of their companies to fall short on a global standing. Aston Martin was recently acquired by Mercedes for example due to their inability to compete globally. The saying the customer is always right is something they have yet to learn there, and I experienced that working in the offices of Land Rover. Great ideas, but poorly executed for consumer satisfaction.

    2. You're putting chaos in your bretonian warband? Are you a bot?

    3. "You're putting chaos in your bretonian warband? Are you a bot?"

      @Slite - No. But I should have been a little clearer. I'm converting Chaos Warriors into Bretonnians by filling in the capes, removing chaos symbols and adding details with my bits box (mostly heads) and greenstuff as necessary. Its mostly for Warcry, but a small army wouldn't be impossible.

      I'm also converting House Cawdor models up into Men-At-Arms\Peasants to be used as Chaos Marauders.

      I'll send Natfka some photos and see if he puts them into Whats On Your Table....

    4. Dunno if this link will work, but I did a blog post about 2 months ago on my site about them.

      Scheduled to do a few update posts tomorrow, actually :)