This is coming from Neil Kerr’s blog:
Release date – 1st September and it is a hard back like the 8e WFB Army Books.
There is an Eye of the Gods esque table (Warriors of Chaos players will know what I am talking about) that you get to roll on whenever a character kills another character in a challenge, or a Walker or Monstrous Creature. There is a multitude of gifts (and curses) that your Characters can acquire which range from +1 Save, +1 Toughness, or becoming either a Spawn or a Daemon Prince!!!
Chaos Cultists are definitely in, as is the ‘Dragon’ – think Necron Night Scythe with the main chassis been replaced by a massive mechanical dragon head with segmented wings sweeping forward and around from it.
On top of those there are also:
Dark Apostles – evil Chaplains basically
Warsmiths – evil Techmarine that can curse vehicles and degrade terrain.
A new Daemon Engine – half way between a Dreadnought and a Defiler.
Speaking of Defilers as they are Daemons they have a 5+ Inv save.
‘Cult’ units are all Elites and are unlocked to Troops by appropriate HQ choices, but there are no Cult Terminators which makes me sad.
Obliterators are exclusively for shooting – so no powerfists. BUT there is a new unit which is basically a close combat Obliterator.
There are 2 types of Raptors now; regular CSM with Jump Packs, and then some kind of Possessed Daemonic Raptors that all come with Lightning Claws!
Possessed are meant to be amazing, and take a lot of benefits from the Eye of the Gods esque table.
There are NO Daemons in the Codex because that is what Allies are for.
I’m ashamed to admit that my enthusiasm for my Death Guard is waning as more information is released. I’m being a bit of a fluff bunny from here on in (no surprise, surely!)
If we hark back to the Chaos Codex from second edition, the cover boldly showing Abaddon triumphantly calling forth his Chaos minions to, “burn the galaxy in the name of the Warmaster!!” and then look at what the rumours are foretelling. I think Abaddon would throw himself on the Daemon Sword, Drach’nyen.
Where has all the colour and variation gone from humanity’s greatest threat in the galaxy? Even if we visit the *shudder* current codex, the many flavours of Chaos Marines have been replaced by little more than Chaos Renegades. Where are the Warsmiths, leading forth seige destroying Iron Warriors festooned with heavy weapons (and nine Obliterators!)?
Where are the Alpha Legion with their tricksiness Infiltrators?
Where are the Night Lords with their masses of Fast Attack choices performing lightning terror raids on the enemy?
Where are my Chaos Legions, I ask you! WHERE?!
The current codex describes Chaos Renegades, not Chaos Space Marines. The upcoming codex (if the rumours hold true) are following down the path to further mediocrity and de-evolution from the colour and Chaos we used to know and love. I really, really hope that I’m proven worng and mis-interpreting the rumours and rules.
Until then, it’s Sisters for Sixth!