GW Confirms New 40k Squats With a Brand New Miniature!

40k-squats-return-rumors-warhammerThis is no April fools, Games Workshop has confirmed 40k Squats as a new faction called the Leagues of Votann, and even showed the first miniature!

We’ve been hearing rumors for some time now about Squats actually making a triumphant return to Warhammer 40k (basically since they went away). Now, it looks like all the hoopla behind the possible spoof video (we’ll show you below), they have fully confirmed them! 

Warhammer Community unveiled the new mini along with what the faction will actually be called, the Leagues of Votann! If you’ve been waiting patiently, well, you still have a few months to go, but it looks like all the Doomsday clocks over at GW have more or less been fulfilled.

Well, i’s hard to say if the plastic Thunderhawk counts or not, but maybe that’s the next big thing to look forward to after this faction! Let’s check out some of the rumors and what we saw yesterday, then get into the new mini! 

Doomsday Clocks Coming True

Over the past few years, there have been some clues pointing to a possible Squat comeback. A triumphant return to the limelight could very well happen and we will be laughing with joy! Next to Plastic Sisters of Battle, Squats were next biggest hobbyist’s dream for a Warhammer 40k army release.

Games-Workshop-doomsday-clocksWe’ve actually seen a couple of minis for them in the past few years since the big reveal by Duncan in the reset the clocks video back in 2018.

Squats in 40k We’ve Seen Already…

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Ragnir is a Squat ammo-jack who can be taken along by anyone in Necromunda. Help keep your gang’s shooting strong with three ammo crate models as well! If the new squats all look this cool, who wouldn’t collect them?

ragnir gunnstein 2He was released back from Forge-World in July 2019 so it’s been a couple of years since he came out, however, he is just the second Squat released by GW since, well like forever…


Grendl Grendlsen came out about a year earlier and we’ve been dreaming about Squats in 40k ever since. Even though there are only two models, GW hasn’t been one to only make one-offs recently. There have been some Necromunda hangers-on that are sort of their own thing, but they are generally from a previous race.

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Squats are interesting because they are something entirely their own, and we know how GW loves to bring things back for a new Warhammer 40k release if they think they have a market for them! And telling by this response, they definitely have a market for them!

RUMORS: Space Hulk & 40k Squats In One Box?

On April 1st, 2022, (KEEP IN MIND THATS APRIL FOOLS DAY) Games Workshop released the following video that has a tiny surprise at the end…

a short announcement

With the galaxy split in twain, and Xenos threats and the forces of Chaos in the ascendant, a new power rises:

Could it really mean the return of the Squats? Well, yes apparently, as they tried to pull the old double bluff on us!

GW Confirms New 40k Squats aka the Leagues of Votann


April Fool’s joke? The Leagues of Votann don’t do jokes! Or probably April for that matter…
40k Squats
Yes, they’re really real. In an April Fools double-bluff that had Tzeentch himself scratching his feathered head, Humanity’s long-lost cousins actually are making their return to the 41st Millennium as a full Warhammer 40,000 faction.
The model itself is really sweet and honestly, the name change is probably a good thing as it just sounds cool. But we won’t mind if you call them by their OG name!
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These warriors have a long and proud martial history, and to those who aren’t on their bad side, they’re known as the Leagues of Votann – though they refer to themselves as Kin.

Although their civilisation shares common roots with Humanity, the Leagues of Votann have an uneasy relationship with the Imperium of Man. Unlike their superstitious Human cousins, the Leagues emerged from the Age of Strife with far more of their ancient technology intact, including some infamous advances the Imperium would consider extremely heretical.

This is a cool idea in terms of weaponry as well. It looks like you just won’t have shorter Guardsmen with Lasguns or something like that. Let’s just hope they have some really cool weapons!

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Their knack for science and a headstrong nature make for skilled warriors backed up by reliable weaponry, as you can see from even this basic trooper. And while there’s no love lost between the Leagues of Votann and Humankind, the resurgence of Chaos and ascendent xenos hordes mean there are usually more pressing concerns than fighting each other.

Lastly, they say it will be a few months before we see them, but we’re sure there will be teasers and lore galore in the meantime!

Here’s all the latest on the upcoming rules updates and points changes for Warhammer 40k.

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Here’s the most up-to-date list of new Games Workshop bits from preview models that we should keep an eye out for. Click on the gallery above to see dozens of Rumor Engines with new models still left to be revealed!

All the Newest GW Model & Rules Previews For 2022

Are you excited about the return of Squats er the Leagues of Votann? Will you be picking some of them up when they drop?

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