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Games Workshop Pre-Order Preview: Horus Heresy: Age of Darkness begins!

They said it was coming in June and Games Workshop is starting things early with an extended pre-order launch for Horus Heresy: Age of Darkness. The new “core” game launches this coming Saturday with a load of releases to go with it.

Warhammer: The Horus Heresy – The Age of Darkness launches with a box set packed with everything you need to start. It’ll be available in English, French, and German. Within the box, you get 54 plastic miniatures, enough for two forces or one giant one. It includes 2 Legion Praetors, 10 Cataphractii Terminators, 40 highly customizable Tactical Space Marines in Mk VI power armor, one Contemptor Dreadnought, and one Spartan Assault Tank. All the miniatures except the Terminators are new models.

Also features is a 336-page hardback rulebook, 36-page construction guide, introductory army lists, and two four-page rules reference sheets.

There’s also 20 six-sided dice, two blast templates, one flame template, two classic red plastic measuring sticks, and a transfer sheet.

If you order the set directly from the Games Workshop webstore, you’ll also get an exclusive reaction token and card set (while supplies last). That’s eight metal tokens and a deck of eight cards to keep track of the game’s six reactions and two advance reactions.

You’ll be able to expand your game with the Liber Astartes. This Loyalist bible features rules, lore, unit profiles for each of the nine Legion Astartes that remained loyal. The 344-page hardback is packed with everything you need to dive further into your loyalist force and will be available in English, French, and German.

Liber Astartes

For those looking to topple the Emperor, you’ll want to get The Liber Hereticus. The 352-page hardback contains the full roster rules, and background for all nine Traitor Legions. It’ll be available in English, French, and German.

The Liber Hereticus

The Legiones Astartes Special Weapons Upgrade Set allows you to upgrade your squads into Legion Tactical Support Squads. The set contains 10 weapons each of six types – flamers, plasma guns, meltaguns, rotor cannons, volkite chargers, and volkite calivers.

Legiones Astartes Special Weapons Upgrade Set

The Legiones Astartes Heavy Weapons Upgrade Set (Missile Launchers and Heavy Bolters) delivers a bit more punch featuring 10 missile launchers, 10 heavy bolters, and associated arms.

Legiones Astartes Heavy Weapons Upgrade Set (Missile Launchers and Heavy Bolters)

Expand your force with the Kratos Heavy Assault Tank. There’s three options for the turret gun, four apiece for the hull weapons and the sponsons, nine choices of pintle gun, plus dozer blades, searchlights, and gunners. There’s also a datasheet for you to field it in your games of Warhammer 40,000!

Kratos Heavy Assault Tank

The Deimos Pattern Rhino will get your squad into battle a bit quicker and with some protection.

Deimos Pattern Rhino

Expand your force with the Mk III Tactical Squad. Repackaged for the new edition, it features 20 multipose Legion Astartes.

Mk III Tactical Squad

How about the Mk IV Tactical Squad instead? It features 20 Space Marines for your force.

Mk IV Tactical Squad

Thousand Sons get some early help with Ahzek Ahriman, the Chief Librarian. Originally released in the Burning of Prospero set, the plastic model will be available on its own for the first time.

Ahzek Ahriman

Keep track of the entire Imperium with the Carta Galactica: The Imperium of Mankind. It’s printed on a massive 1,000mm x 890mm fold-out poster, and it’s the essential guide to the galactic state of play.

Carta Galactica: The Imperium of Mankind

Get The Horus Heresy Legion Transfer Sheets to make your Legion stand out a little more. Each contains more than 500 decals.

The Horus Heresy Legion Transfer Sheets

Show off your loyalty to your legion with The Horus Heresy Legion Dice. The sets feature 20 six-sided dice, one is a scatter die. There’s also the Legion emblem where the six should be.

The Horus Heresy Legion Dice

There’ll be In-store Swag to celebrate. Head to your local Warhammer store for lodge coins, keyrings, pin badges, and vehicle damage counters and some independent stores will have them too.

In-store Swag

Forge World is getting in on the action.

The Primarchs are being repackaged for the new edition. You can get these resin figures to help lead your force.

Sons of Horus and Imperial Fists Mk VI Heads and Shoulder Pads will allow you to build your Legion and each features 11 resin heads and 10 sculpted shoulder pads for every Legion. The Imperial Fists and Sons of Horus are the first two to be released.

The Middle-Earth Strategy Battle Game is getting releases with the highlight being Grimbeorn. You’ll get this leader of the Beormings as well as the bear he can turn into.


You’ll also be able to get Beornings, hardy people who are also a strong, tough, and fierce force.


From Black Library comes a few releases.

Cthonia’s Reckoning (Special edition/Hardback/eBook/MP3) is an anthology featuring seven all-new short stories – Sons of Cthonia by John French, To the Last by Michael F Haspil, The Gangs Beneath by Gary Kloster, The Flesh Harvest by Nicholas Wolf, Traitor’s Faith by Noah Van Nguyen, For Hate’s Sake by Gav Thorpe, and Postulant by Chris Forrester.

Cthonia’s Reckoning

Lupercal’s War features 21 short stories and an introduction to the Horus Heresy.

Lupercal’s War

You’ll also be able to get The Horus Heresy Bookmark.

The Horus Heresy Bookmark

In French, you can get Cthonia’s Reckoning and Sons of the Emperor: An Anthology.

In German, you can get Horus Heresy Omnibus VIII.

Horus Heresy Omnibus VIII

The Horus Heresy: Age of Darkness Gets Chapter Specific Upgrades

The Horus Heresy: Age of Darkness is going to be released soon and the latest reveal is chapter specific upgrades. Each chapter will get unique sets of heads and shoulder pads.

The first sets revealed are for the VII Legion, Imperial Fists!

The MKVI Heads upgrade set features 11 detailed resin helmets. There will be three sets each of three different designs, plus one helmet with a transverse crest for Praetors and Sergeants, and one bare head.

Also coming are shoulder pads. This set features 10 resin pauldrons with five designs.

What will be interesting is how well they might fit with First Born Space Marines. It looks like Horus Heresy figures are a bit larger than the classic figures but, it still might work. We’ll have to wait and see!

The Horus Heresy’s Plastic Sicaran Revealed

With The Horus Heresy: Age of Darkness releasing next month, Games Workshop has been revealing many of the releases we’ll be seeing for the game. Some are plastic takes on formerly resin kits. The latest reveal is the Sicaran!

Designed by Roboute Guilliman and Ferrus Manus, the Sicaran is a high-speed destroyer tank. It’s a complement to the Predator and Land Raider. With its speed it can outflank the enemy’s slower vehicles attacking weaker armor.

The plastic kit comes with a giant autocannon, and your choice of heavy bolters, lascannons, heavy flamer, or volkite culverins as sponson weapons. There’s also a choice of combi-weapons, a havoc launcher, a multi-melta, a heavy bolter, or a heavy flamer as a pintle-mounted weapon.

Even better, the tank can be used in games of The Horus Heresy: Age of Darkness as well as Warhammer 40K for both Space Marine and Chaos Space Marine forces. Expect this to be a popular kit when released!

The Horus Heresy Gets more Reveals with Lucius and other factions

After a weekend of massive reveals for the upcoming The Horus Heresy: Age of Darkness, Games Workshop kicks off the week with a bit more.

Lucius is known as the Faultless Blade, and you’ll be able to field him for your Emperor’s Children army. Lucius was known for his abilities in personal combat… plus his arrogant attitude. He saw the Horus Heresy as a way to test himself against other legions.

His close combat abilities will have you using him to seek out other enemy characters and challenging them in battle.

Check out the miniature featuring his ornate artificer armor and Blade of Laer!


The weekend’s reveals were focused on what’s launching with the game (or soon after) but what about down the road? While the initial announcements covered loyal and traitor Space Marine forces, that’s not all you’ll be able to play with.

Factions like the Mechanicum, the Solar Auxilia, and the Talons of the Emperor will be joining them very soon and that includes full Knight armies.

Each major faction will receive their own books but to start a Legacies of the Age of Darkness PDF will be made available for free to get players going. That will include rules for discontinued models. Current players will then be able to join in on the new edition as soon as possible!

Warhammer Fest 2022: The Horus Heresy: Age of Darkness Revealed

The Horus Heresy is going mainstream with a brand-new box set launching in June. On the final day of Warhammer Fest 2022, Games Workshop shined the spotlight on the anticipated game with lots of reveals as to what’s to come.

The Horus Heresy: Age of Darkness box set is packed with enough for two players to start or can be all used by one to build their legion! It’s packed with 40 Space Marine Legionairies in Mark VI Power Armour. This is the core of any army and even more important in this edition.

To lead them are two Praetors who are as decadent as you’d expect for the time.

The Contemptor Dreadnought brings heavy support and comes with loads of weapons and the ability to position it the way you want.

How about a Spartan, which is able to transport 26 Space Marines in power armour. The first time in plastic, it’s armed with lascannons to destroy the enemy.

The Spartan was originally designed to get Terminators into battle. The set also features 10 of them in Cataphractii plate!

The box set also feature templates, measuring sticks, dice, and a new rulebook!

All of that will cost less than £200 or $300 (US) when it launches.

Also revealed are the first two Legion Astartes army books. One will be for Loyalists while the other for the Traitor Legions.

The Liber Astartes book features profiles for shared units, weapons, special weapons, and guides to build your forces.

Liber Hereticus contains rules for all nine Traitor Legions, including Rites of War, Primarchs, Legion-specific units and wargear. If you’re of a more Loyalist bent, the Liber Astartes contains the same for the nine Loyalist Legions.

Each faction will get its own book in the future, so this is just the beginning!

If you want to build out your force, you’ll be able to get the Mark VI Tactical Squad on its own. The box features 20 Space Marines so you can make two 10-man squads or one giant 20-man squad!

Mark VI Tactical Squad

If you like the look of other armor, you’ll be able to get Mark III and Mark IV Tactical Squads, each also featuring units of 20!

Geigor Fell-hand and Azhek Ahriman were originally released in the Burning of Prospero box set and they’ll now be available on their own for the first time with rules in their respective Liber Astartes books!

Geigor Fell-hand and Azhek Ahriman

In one of the more intriguing announcements, Games Workshop has revealed new weapon upgrade kits. You’ll be able to turn your Tactical Squads into Tactical Support or Legion Heavy Support Squads.

The Special Weapons upgrade set contains 10 meltaguns, 10 plasma guns, 10 volkite calivers, 10 volkite chargers, 10 flamers, and 10 rotor cannons.

There’s an upgrade kit containing 10 heavy bolters and 10 missile launchers.

There’s also a kit featuring 10 plasma cannons, 10 heavy flamers, and 10 multi-meltas.

Finally, there’s a kit featuring 10 volkite culverins, 10 lascannons, and 10 autocannons.

Those looking for bits even for their 40K forces will be picking these up!

Speaking of use in 40K… the Deimos-pattern Rhino is an update to the classic Rhino kit back from Rogue Trader days. The kit features lots of options like pintle-mounted weapons and wargear. They can be taken by any legion and is similar to the Rhino from Forge World. Expect this to be a hot kit for both games.

Speaking of tanks, the Kratos is getting a plastic kit as well. It has loads of options to blast away the enemy including a battlecannon, volkite cardanelle, or melta blast-gun.

You’ll also be able to explore the world of the Horus Heresy with new books from Black Library.

Lupercal’s War contains 21 stories from some of the most prominent authors including Dan Abnett, Graham McNeil, and John French.

Lupercal’s War

Cthonia’s Reckoning is an anthology of brand-new lore. As Horus is off trying to capture Terra, you’ll discover what is happening on his homeworld of Cthonia.

Cthonia’s Reckoning

Rogal Dorn: The Emperor’s Crusader by Gav Thorpe expands the Primarch’s story as Dorn is tasked with expanding the Great Crusade by his immortal father.

Rogal Dorn: The Emperor’s Crusader