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Astra Militarum News - Imperial Guard
My name is Murphy and welcome to my latest 40k article! This time we are looking at news for the upcoming release of Codex:Astra Militarum. What's this, you ask? It is Games Workshop's re-branding of the Imperial Guard! Yes, the IG is dead, but the AM now reigns. Long live the Astra Militarum.
Get used to typing that name; it will be here for the entirety of our 40k future. Why the name change? Games Workshop is being proactive with protecting their intellectual property. Imperial Guard is a name that cannot be protected by copyright laws, as it's too generic and actually describes many real-life military organization. However, Astra Militarum is a new name that can be protected and defended in court. Also, it sounds more spacey!
In most of the newer 40k novels, the Space Marines are referred to as Astartes. This is also a unique name that sounds more serious that "marines what travel through space".
So Astra Militarum is here. Let's move on to the news!
Astra Militarum Codex (Imperial Guard)
Looking at the picture above, the Astra Militarum (Imperial Guard - yes, I will stop using the old name shortly!) are getting the 6th edition 40k treatment. That is some gorgeous artwork, bringing the unswerving loyalty of an imperial commissar to life! We don't know yet how many pages this codex has, but I expect it will be a substantial tome, considering all the units that the Astra Militarum will have available to them. The new codex is set to release either in April or May.
Following the trend of all 6th edition codexes, we will expect to see new Warlord Traits, new Relics (or their equivalent), a unified Wargear list that all characters will refer back to, as well as the army list itself. Let's look at some of those units now, as we get information on them.
Astra Militarum Wyvern
The Astra Militarum is getting a new plastic tank kit. It is a dual kit that will make either a Hydra or a Wyvern, both of which can be seen in the pictures to the right. The Hydra will be our go-to anti-air option, though we do not know if the rules will be different than what we have in the current IG codex.
What does the Wyvern do? Basically, it's a pair of heavy mortars on a tank! From what we know so far:
- Heavy Support Battery: Can take up to 3 in a single slot.
- Chimera hull and armor stats.
- Stormshard Mortar: 48" S4 AP6 heavy 2, barrage, blast, ignores cover, shred.
It isn't a powerful weapon, but if you take a full battery of wyverns, you can be pushing out 6 blast markers every turn that completely ignore cover, can snipe with barrage, and re-roll To Wound rolls due to Shred. This is some serious firepower against horde troops!
Astra Militarum Taurox
First, we have a brand new unit. According to the latest White Dwarf Weekly, this kit can actually be made two ways:
- Taurox Prime for the Militarum Tempestus (more on them in a minute).
- Taurox for the Astra Militarum
We don't have any clue about stats yet, but it is obviously a transport vehicle of some kind, with tracks instead of wheels. It appears to have a twin-linked assault cannon (or punisher cannon!) on top and possibly heavy bolters mounted on its sides.
It's purpose is not entirely clear, but it looks completely different from standard Imperial Guard transports. It almost looks like its from a different detachment... which brings us to: Militarum Tempestus!
Militarum Tempestus Scions (Storm Troopers)
Check out the photograph to the right. It depicts the new plastic release of the Militarum Tempestus (or Storm Troopers). They are getting a new unit called Scions, which seem to be specially trained troops formed into a brotherhood. Two notes about these:
- They are no longer called Storm Troopers; they are specifically called Scions of the Militarum Tempestus.
- Militarum Tempestus (Storm Troopers) are getting their own codex!
Yes, that's right. Storm Trooper armies will be a reality coming April 5th. At 72 pages, Codex: Militarum Tempestus looks to me similar to the space marine or Black Legion supplements, in that it will have additional background, warlord traits, relics, and a force organization change, probably moving Scions to Troops as opposed to the Elites they will likely be in the Astra Militarum Codex.
Likely, the Militarum Tempestus will also be available as an allied force to other 40k armies, possibly even to the Astra Militarum itself. This means that your space marines can take an allied unit of storm troopers (sorry, Scions). Time will tell, so check back for more information as it comes in.
Plastic Ogryns Kit
We finally have pictures of the new plastic ogryns kit. Released via White Dwarf Weekly, the new ogryns have two different builds.
One of the builds is your classic ogryn with muscles bulging, sparse armor, and the heavy ripper guns. These guys look like American Marines, to me. One is even chewing on a cigar. Check out the pictures to the right.
The second build included in the kit is brand new. I believe they will be called Bullgryns (name to change upon confirmation). They are more heavily armored than their standard ogryn counterpart. They hold a heavy shield in one hand that looks like it's part of a blast door!
Rumor has it that these bullgryn can provide mobile cover for infantry behind them, using their shields like an aegis defense line. Also, their weapons are said to be a mash up of mortars and grenade launchers.
It's not known if this cannon can be used in melee, as well as shooting, but these guys look tough!
What's more, supposedly this kit is getting a name change too: Militarum Auxillia, or auxiliary troops. This probably wont affect how there are fielded, but it is merging all the other name changes of the Imperial Guard into a unified standard. We have the Astra Militarum (IG), the Militarum Tempestus (Storm Troopers), and now the Militarum Auxillia (auxiliary troops). It all fits together.
Astra Militarum Poll
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More Astra Militarum News
That's about it for the moment. We have a few more pieces of news, but they are not substantiated yet. Rumor has it that we are getting a new tank kit and/or a new giant transport. There's nothing there to substantiate that, yet.
So check back to this article in coming weeks. I will consolidate any new release information as soon as we get it! In the mean time, take the poll to the right, leave a comment below, and check out some of my other 40k articles. The releases are coming fast and furious now, so I have new articles posted all the time.
- New Astra Militarum Codex Review
- Crimson Slaughter Codex Review
- Militarum Tempestus Codex - Storm Troopers
- Imperial Knights Codex Review
- Allies in Warhammer 40k
- Space Marine Codex Review
As always, thanks for reading. Murphy out!