Version 7 of Warhammer 40,000? What about Horus Heresy – 30k ? Battles in the Age of Darkness!
Unless you’ve been in space or far away from technology, you’ve heard the rumours about a new version of 40k. The stores have removed stock, the web store is showing no availability – it can only mean one thing. Or maybe two. We’re getting a new book, but is it version 6.5 or version 7. Does it really matter? You’re going to get a new book either way.
I won’t go into detail about the new version of 40k – every group, blog and forum is foaming about it. Instead, I wanted to talk about 30k – the Horus Heresy. A new version always has a knock on for expansions, codices and other supplements. Forge World’s Horus Heresy series has already taken two hits, with the changes to 40k and super-heavies. Now it’s taking another, but how much will change and how relevant will the existing books be?
Well, Forgeworld have dropped a nice hint, alongside the release of two army list books:
96 page hard back book containing the complete profiles, special rules and wargear, compiled and updated, for the core Legiones Astartes Legion Crusade Army list for Warhammer 40,000 and the Battles in the Age of Darkness gaming expansion. It allows Horus Heresy players to carry something lighter to their Warhammer 40,000 games than the weighty tomes of our main volumes, and is also intended to be used both as a resource for constructing and collecting your armies, and as a handy reference during play
There are two things to take away from this.
1. Horus Heresy rules compatible with 40k. Yes, we’ve been doing it anyway, but this shows a sanctioned nod to it.
2. “Battles in the Age of Darkness” gaming expansion. Will this be a global Horus Heresy tomb bringing the armies into 7th edition, or will it adapt the non-Imperial armies to Horus Heresy? I’m hoping it does both!