With 2019 behind us and 2020 just beginning, we still have a ton on our plate in terms of new releases on the way. With kits and products dropping weekly, we’re still seeing GW keep pace with previewing all-new content. With that said, we’ll be going over what’s on the radar for releases within the year.
February 2020: First Week:
Warhammer Community just let us in on the new releases for this week. Psychic Awakening, Tau, Genestealers, and Titanicus are all getting love. Let’s check out what they are exactly!
Psychic Awakening: The Greater Good
The Greater Good is the latest book in the Psychic Awakening series, focusing on the ambitious T’au Empire, stalwart Astra Militarum and Ordo Tempestus, and insidious Genestealer Cults. You’ll find new rules, Relics, Warlord Traits and Stratagems for all four factions, wrapped in a thrilling story exploring a sprawling war that leaves them all paranoid and reeling.
It’s also important to note that in typical fashion we can pick up either a limited collectors edition with a special cover and art or the standard edition.
Shadowsun, O’Shaserra leads the Fifth Sphere Expansion, rocking an upgraded XV22 Stalker Battlesuit! This suit is positively bristling with weapons, and she’s also accompanied by MV37 Advanced Guardian and MV62 Command-link Drones.
We saw Shadowsun a while back and now her release is finally landing. On a side note, you can now take her to lead any sept, not just the one she used to lead.
Start Collecting: Genestealer Cults
The Start Collecting! Genestealer Cults box is stuffed with models, including Acolytes (including an Iconward), Neophytes and an Achilles Ridgerunner. If you’re thinking about throwing in your lot with the uprising, or you want to swell the ranks of your ongoing rebellion, this box is essential.
Pretty standard Start Collecting box that is perfect if you want to get into the army. It also will pair great with the new rules coming in this week Psychic Awakening!
Previously found in the Starn’s Disciples box for Warhammer 40,000: Kill Team, this three-armed shootist will soon be available separately to assassinate enemy leaders and inspire nearby cultists to greater acts of fervour.
This guy is not only a sweet model but has seen some decent competitive play. Being able to get him separately from the Kill-team box is a welcome change!
Adeptus Titanicus Starter Box
This impressive set includes 2 Reaver Titans, 2 Warhounds, and 2 Cerastus Knights, plus all the tokens, dice, and counters you need to play the game. Split it with a friend for two balanced forces, or keep it all to yourself – we won’t blame you.
This new box set is a perfect place to start for a new player or even veterans as none of these models overlap with the Grand Master Edition.
Adeptus Titanicus Warbringer Nemesis Titan
This coming week also heralds the release of a completely new class of Titan – the Warbringer Nemesis. Even though it’s about the same size as the Reaver class, its main armament is a Warlord-grade quake cannon!
This new model is relatively new even to tabletop, so seeing it get added to Titanicus so quickly is a great sign for anyone who loves the game already!
Adeptus Titanicus Manufacturing District Terrain
The Adeptus Titanicus Manufactorum Imperialis terrain set includes four of them, plus loads of cranes, stacks of barrels, silos, and pipelines. Use them to heighten the sense of scale on your bases, add a lived-in industrial feel to your tabletop terrain, or grab a couple of boxes to create an entire manufacturing district!
While all of this terrain set will be epic scale to match the Titanicus models, that doesn’t mean you can’t use them in other games. If you are an especially creative hobbier you might even be able to use these in dioramas to create a huge sense of depth, with less room.
Shadow and Iron
New rules and updates are always exciting news to hear, if you are a Titanicus player this is awesome news for you.
Adeptus Titanicus Terminals
Soon, you’ll notice that new Titan models (starting with the Warbringer Nemesis) will be supplied with a card-style Command Terminal right in the box – we’ll continue to offer the heavier board versions separately if you prefer them. A new style pack with terminals for a Warlord, Warbringer Nemesis, Reaver, and two Warhounds will be up for pre-order next weekend.
The announcement of terminals inclusion in new models is a welcome quality of life change. Of course, if you want the big boards for the new model you can pick that up.
Adeptus Titanicus Transfer Sheets
It’s always important to give your models a personal touch, transfer decals are just one easy way to do that!
These Monsters were revealed a few months back during the latter half of 2019. We don’t know the full details and rules on these minis just yet. However, we know they’re coming to Warcry.
Sisters of Battle Battle Sanctum
It looks like the Battle Sanctum was indeed a terrain piece lying in wait. The key giveaways are that once it’s set up, it can’t move and you can throw Infantry dudes and dudettes inside to man the walls.
As for the kits of the Sisters, we haven’t seen their full unit range drop just yet. The Repentia, massive two-handed eviscerator-wielding ladies are glass cannons. They may lack any real armor, but once you get them into melee, it can be brutal.
Zephyrim/ Seraphim Combo Box
Diologus & Imagifier
The Canoness already got an update before the individual kit has even been released. Now, wargear only goes from plasma pistol and power sword OR bolt pistol and chainsword.
Sisters of Battle Rhino
Sisters of Battle Immolator
Immolator with Flame weapon option
The Immolator’s Sister, the Exorcist is on GW’s site for $80. And taking the same chassis with new plastic bits and switching up the damage profile a bit, we think $80 is another pricetag GW is going to slap on this kit.
Ghazghkull Thraka’s New Model
Cult Mechanicus Archaeopter Stratoraptor & Transvector
“It’s not just the Ecclesiarchy that will be receiving reinforcements – the Tech Adepts of Mars are preparing to unleash their latest creation on the enemies of the Omnissiah. Look to the skies, for the Archaeopter is on its way!”
This archaic-looking aircraft can be assembled in one of three patterns – a gunship, bomber or transport variant – and will provide your Adeptus Mechanicus forces with a suite of new tactical options.
Serberys: Sulphurhounds & Raiders
Now the Adeptus Mechanicus are getting even more new goodies! Here are the latest reveals spotted at the 2020 LVO:
It would appear that these new units both come from the same kit, but act different enough that they didn’t just want the weapons to be wargear options. Perhaps, they have different special rules depending on which variant you decide on; Combat or shooting?
These cyber-bird-men-things don’t just look stunning – they’re ideal support units in the Adeptus Mechanicus roster, capable of dropping in and picking off key targets while the rest of your troops advance.
Based on their appearance, it’s probably fair to say these may behave like faster, maybe infiltrating ground troops. Perhaps they may have movement abilities and hopefully the ability to target characters through troops!
Psychic Awakening: Engine War
This supplement will see the war for the Imperium’s soul kick into high gear, as Imperial Knights, Chaos Knights, the Adeptus Mechanicus and Daemons of Chaos battle amidst revelations of hidden sub-cults, twisted schemes and even more surprises…
Not much to say about it yet, but now that we know about it, we can expect to hear more news and hints about rules soon! Look for this to arrive in April if it follows March’s Saga of the Beast.
These rumors were first spotted on Bolter and Chainsword with multiple users chiming in. In short, there was a new heavy infantry unit mentioned for the Ad Mech that had some early sketch ideas seen as far back with the Skitarii Duneriders.
On the topic of Ad Mech support in 8th, a user named Marshall Rohr said:
I got the sense that both it [the Skorpius Dunerider] and the Astartes’ Executioner were bumped up from their slots as part of support waves in 2020 so that GW could pretend they actually had some tie-in products for the Apocalypse release. The Executioner was really a square peg among this year’s Vanguard releases and the Skorpius could very well have been planned for release alongside the Archaeopter and the Hephaestons, plus whatever else.
Replying to Marshall on Hephaestons, Lord Nord said:
Heavy Skitarii, according to the designers’ sketchbook which was shown alongside the Skorpius model. They were stated to take up twice as many slots in the transport as regular Skitarii.
Now that the Hephaestons were mentioned with the Skorpius Dunerider, a user named Burni posted up some early sketch designs of the Hephaeston weapons that were compiled with early Dunerider concept art
Age of Sigmar: Lumineth Realmlords
Vanari Auralan Wardens
First up for “Pointy Aelves” they give us a look at the new spearmen! These may be the standard battleline of the faction, but there is no lack of detail and symbology on each of these guys.
The Light of Eltharion
The comment about the hollow armor adds an interesting twist to Eltharions return. It suggests that maybe this is just a manifestation or even a conjuration by Teclis! While we don’t know much about the new lore or model, we do know that Eltharion was exceptional at killing Orks and encouraged his people to improve their defenses in the past.
Last up is the top dog himself, the Aelven God Teclis. While they didn’t give many hints on rules, we do know about his ascension. Hopefully, he will be able to stand his ground versus Nagash and Archaon. Whether that will be via magic or fighting prowess, we don’t really know yet. He has in the past been known for magic, so that will definitely play a part in his warscroll.
The new battletome fully explores the origins and nature of the Seraphon in the Mortal Realms. You’ll have the chance to find out how the original refugees from the world-that-was became the celestially charged Starborne, and how the Seraphon are changing into the Coalesced – whatever that means.
We can all probably agree that it was about time for Seraphon to have their time in the spotlight. And while Aelves (Lumineth Realm-lords) were also announced at the LVO, both factions are more than likely going to be hitting shelves almost back-to-back with each other.
Seraphon Terrain piece?
Blackstone Fortress: Zoat Model
Now, a single Zoat model is on the way to Blackstone Fortress. Just don’t assume that these will be coming back to the Tyranids in 40k…It looks like it’s sticking to Blackstone Fortress, which is beginning to turn into a menagerie of beasts full of nostalgia.
Back in the distant past of Warhammer 40,000 they were a race of strange creatures who served as heralds for the Tyranid Hive Fleets before disappearing, seemingly forever. (We all assumed they’d just been eaten…)
Sons of Behemat
Sons of Behemat were mentioned in the same video preview as the Zoats in Blackstone Fortress. Could that have been GW throwing the rumor community a bone and nudging us that there is something else coming for Age of Sigmar?
It’s difficult to tell what exactly the Sons of Behemat will look like in terms of support. But now, we have seen them mentioned in a GW video and also appeared in Warscroll form in a shipping document.
And for those who don’t know already, Behemat is a massive godbeast from Ghur AKA FATHER OF THE GARGANTS!
Aeronautica Imperialis: Skies of Fire Expansion
Certainly a step in the right direction for GW expanding their AI player base, you don’t have to pick between Imperial Guard or Orks anymore. Tau are joining the fight with some really sweet looking minis. Specifically the Barracuda and Tigershark. For the Imperial Guard, they’ll be hitting the table with Navy Vultures and Avenger Strike Fighters
There is a new Box Set on the way coming with these models and everything you need to play called The Skies of Fire. And for the Tau fans, they gave us a tease at what kind of wargear they’ll be bringing to play.
If you think the weaponry of the T’au Empire is deadly on the ground, just wait until you see the aircraft of the Air Caste! Here’s a hint – almost all of them pack railguns and missile pods with unlimited ammo!
Along with all that, a new campaign book is on the way called Taros Air War. This is going to be touching on all the battles that took place to retake Taros from the Tau. There’s really not too much we know besides that.
Necromunda: House of Chains
In the latest wave coming to Necromunda, the Goliath gang is getting another pass over from GW. With these two models revealed, Stimmers are brutes that will be ready to bully just about any other ganger off the map.
Goliath gangers respect physical strength above all else, and sometimes that results in an obsession with growth and combat chems. Such is the case with the massive Stimmers – over-muscled brutes wielding massive weapons as though they’re mere playthings.
The Forge Born are another new set of minis underway. Being considerably smaller, they have some pretty nasty weaponry. Lore wise, they’re the equivalent of Scouts in Space Marines. They are trying to prove their worth by running through suicide missions for the gang.
And finally, if you’re wanting to run these models, you’ll need to get a copy of the House of Chains book. This will have all the details for running your Goliath gang in a new way as well as missions to play through with your friends and even a gang of Ogryn.
The House of Chains is a huge update for Goliath gangs, including house alliances, unique scenarios, themed terrain features, and even Slave Ogryn gangs.
Horus Heresy Campaign Book Nine- Crusade
Another campaign book is also coming pitting Dark Angels and Night Lords against one another in the Thramas sector. It’ll be titled “Crusade” and we can also expect new models (probably Legion-specific) to hit the arsenal as well.
That’s not all! Along with the book, 2020 will see some amazing new models released that tie in with the Thramas conflict – all of which we’ll take a look at in due time. Meanwhile, the Siege of Terra series from Black Library will continue apace as Horus and the traitors press on with their attack on the Imperial Palace.
Kill Team: Killzones Supplement
Kill Team is getting an interesting wave of support called “Kill Team Killzones” This is more than likely going to be a supplement for different maps/missions. However, this release is largely left in the dark right now.
Now, let’s look back at some of the most “weighty” rumors out there that are still kicking.
If you missed the rumors from BoLS once again, there is even more that’s being tacked on to the rumor details.
- About four faction supplement books are left before the new edition arrives. (probably once Psychic Awakening concludes)
- Endless Psychic Powers are coming. Similar to Endless Spells in AoS. (This would make sense to see with the new “awakening” of Psykers across real-space).
- The Endless Psychic Powers will be coming in a small box set similar to Malign Sorcery in AoS when Endless Spells were first introduced.
- Flyers might be getting a total rework on how they operate.
With all of this taken into account, it seems that there’s a substantial amount of reasonable talk emerging about a new edition. There has been new word after new word and it’s beginning to gather a little bit of weight. There aren’t any outlying changes that seem too difficult to believe either. With that said, the general conclusion about all this looks to be that 40k will be picking up even more AoS-style elements.
One of the more interesting possibilities to think about might be the Psychic Phase being moved before the movement phase!
As time moves on, we’re sure we will see these products break the horizon. Previews are bound to give us a deeper look at what we may want to spend our money on. But in the meantime, which reveal has you the most interested?