Black Library: March-April Releases & Big Hint

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Black Library is showing off their major upcoming releases for Q1-2 and there’s some big hints for 40K.

Black Library is now dropping lists of major upcoming books about 3 months out to start getting folks excited.  Everyone gets to ooh and aww at the books but there’s the other half of the story.

GW has a very, very long history of tying major game releases to synchronized Black Library products, so they drop in the same week.  Take a look at these books from March and April.

Do you see the pattern I see?

March Releases

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When the vital forge world of Orestes comes under attack by a legion of Chaos Titans, the planet is forced to appeal for help. The Titans of Legio Invicta, although fresh from combat and in desperate need of refit and repair, respond, committing their own force of war engines to the battle. As the god-machines stride to war, the world trembles, for the devastation they unleash could destroy the very world they have pledged to save.

Written by Dan Abnett

Even as the Imperium faces the renegade Legions of the Warmaster, the ruling Council of Terra is becoming paralysed from within by increasingly petty bureaucracy. Fabricator General Kane has seen his fellow Mechanicum adepts dismissed again and again by the High Lords – with his traitorous predecessor Kelbor-Hal still at large on the Red Planet, the political status of the tech-priesthood remains ambiguous. New alliances must be forged from the old, if Mars and Terra are to survive the final battle.

Written by David Annandale

When the ageing commander of the Warlord-class Battle Titan Imperius Dictatio dies in the heat of battle, it falls to Cadet Princeps Erwin Hekate to take control of the mighty war machine and save it – and his comrades – from certain destruction. Fusing his mind with the spirit of Imperius Dictatio and bending the construct to his will, Hekate takes the towering Titan into battle against the foes of the Imperium.

Written by Dan Abnett with Andy Lanning

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Dante $ 15.99 (Limited Edition) $ 65.00
Dante is Chapter Master of one of the noblest but most troubled Chapters of Space Marines in the Imperium: the Blood Angels. From the time of his birth in the rad-scarred wastes of Baal Secundus, he was destined for glory and strife. From his apotheosis to Scout, to the hive cities of Armageddon and the alien menace of the Cryptus system, Dante has waged war against all the enemies of the Imperium. He has witnessed the divine, and struggled against the darkness within all sons of Sanguinius. Longer lived than any other Chapter Master, this is his chronicle, his great and storied legend.

Written by Guy Haley

The shrine world of Divinatus Prime has become lost to the light of the Astronomican and no ship can piece its veil. Only the Lord of Death himself, Blood Angels Chief Librarian Mephiston, has any hope of discerning the fate of this once pious world. After enacting a powerful blood ritual, Mephiston and an honour guard of his fellow Blood Angels reach the stricken shrine world to find it seized by religious civil war. Each faction fights for dominance of a potent artefact, the Blade Petrific, said to be wrought by the Emperor Himself. Yet there is more at work here than a mere ideological schism, for Mephiston believes Divinatus Prime could offer answers to how he became the Lord of Death, he who resisted the Black Rage, and possibly even a way to end the curse of ‘the Flaw’ in all Blood Angels.

Written by Darius Hinks

April Releases

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Waging a bitter war of vengeance against Hive Fleet Kraken across Ultima Segmentum, the Scythes of the Emperor must continue to look to the future if the Chapter is to survive. In a distant system of the Sotharan League, a lone Apothecary has become stranded before a fresh tyranid invasion – and the stock of Space Marine gene-seed he bears is too great a treasure to abandon to the xenos. Striking from the air, Assault Squad Cassander must push deep into enemy-held territory if they are to mount a recovery mission, facing all the winged spawned horrors of the hive ship Daedalus.

Written by L J Goulding

Driven almost to the brink of self-destruction at Isstvan V, the Iron Hands now seek vengeance for the murder of their primarch Ferrus Manus. Gathering survivors from the Raven Guard and the Salamanders aboard any vessels capable of warp travel, these Shattered Legions wage a new campaign of annihilation against the traitor forces across the galaxy – a campaign masterminded by legendary warleader Shadrak Meduson. This Horus Heresy anthology contains ten short stories by authors including Dan Abnett, Chris Wraight, John French and many more. Also, in the novella The Seventh Serpent, Graham McNeill revisits the ragtag crew of the starship Sisypheum as they are drawn into a war of subterfuge against the Alpha Legion.
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Born to a life of political conflict, Perturabo was always considered a child prodigy among the people of Olympia – indeed, his philosophical and scientific works were beyond compare. But then, after his rediscovery by the Emperor and decades of thankless military campaigning on the Great Crusade, the primarch begins to resent his Legion’s place in the Imperium. When word reaches him of turmoil on his adoptive home world, he orders the Iron Warriors to abandon their campaign against the alien hrud and crush this emerging rebellion by any means necessary…

Written by Guy Haley

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Lord of the mystical and uncanny, Magnus the Red has long studied the ancient crafts of sorcery. A psyker without peer, save only for the Emperor himself, he commands his loyal followers of the Thousand Sons Legion in the Great Crusade, though also vigilant for any lost knowledge they might recover from the remains of dead human civilisations. Now, fighting alongside his brother Perturabo of the Iron Warriors, Magnus begins to foresee an approaching nexus of fate – will he remain true to their mutual aims, or divert his own efforts towards furthering his own mastery of the warp?

Written by Graham McNeill

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The Battle Titans of the Adeptus Titanicus are towering war engines, striding to war as holy effigies of the Omnissiah. Greatest of all are the mighty Warlord Titans, their weapons bringing righteous death to alien and heretic alike. Still reeling from a near disastrous battle against tyranids, the Pallidus Morr demi-legio is assigned to a new warzone, a nearby forge world which has fallen under the sway of Chaos. Here their battered war-machines must fight alongside another Titan Legion, the Imperial Hunters. As city after city falls before the relentless tread of Chaos war machines, the Imperium’s only chance of victory lies in the two legios putting aside their differences and fighting as one.

Written by David Annandale

 

Hmm, Almost half of the titles deal with titans. I can’t read all of those March-April releases and not think of this:

Adeptus Titanicus:

Release has been put back. Mix of reasons including GW releasing this may be a very popular choice (really? Who would have thought?). Gives them more time to work on things and allow a bigger initial release with more models etc.

So far the Warlord, Reaver and Questoris Knights have been 3D modelled for the new game. Warhound is currenty being worked on…” Read the rest of it here…

~There’s a LOT of giant metal stompy content in there don’t ya think? 

  • zeno666

    Wow, Scythes of the Emperor. The crops will get reaped! …

    • cudgel

      Always loved their paint scheme.

      • Seb

        Damn straight, everything nasty has yellow and black. Just check out that titan. He’s scary just because of his yellow and black stripes.

        I may be biased of course. Ahem.

    • Seb

      They had me at hello.

  • Golden Yak

    Nice, Perturabo stuff. Wonder if the Blood Angel character books are being released in prep for some Blood Angel vs. Tyranid action as part of the Black Crusade events.

    • pokemastercube .

      blood angels allready have been seen in the black crusade with the trators hate/angels blade books, it did cost them a entire company going to the black rage

      • Golden Yak

        Cool, I hadn’t heard of those books.

    • Froggars .

      What have Tyranids with the 13th Black Crusade to do?

      • Golden Yak

        Nothing yet! But I read elsewhere that the tyranids are currently invading the Blood Angels home system. Although those events might already have ended before the Black Crusade started up.

  • All of these Titan stories have been scheduled for these slots for months now. Warlord: Fury of the God-Machine has been listed on Amazon for an April release for half a year. The Binary Succession since October or somesuch.

    Yes, it is likely that they placed these around the time when Titanicus was supposed to be released originally, but with the recent statements of it being pushed back, that seems pretty unlikely to still be the case. Heck, they probably didn’t want to mess up their release schedule at Black Library and move those releases they’ve already teased for months and talked about at Black Library Live as well.

  • euansmith

    “We want you to write a book about a giant robot. The only problem might be the deadline; its a tight ‘un.”

    • Horus84cmd

      As long as they have autobots, decepticons and michael-bay-explosions, then it is all good

  • Kritarion

    Can we take a second to appreciate the cover art for the Binary succession? I want that as a print.

    • Jonathan B.

      “Sorry to bother you, Emperor sir, but we have a little problem outside.”

    • memitchell

      It is a thing to behold. Good call.

    • Bayne MacGregor

      It’s on the horus heresy calender for this year. If not sold out already buy it, cut that artwork out and frame it.

      • Kritarion

        Dayum. But not the high quality print I would want.

  • Deathwing

    The scythes story hitting around this time is great as they are as of 999M41 still in battle with the hive fleets with what little chapter strength they have left.
    Story sounds like a chance to bring a reminder of whats going on outside the 13th black crusade around the galaxy

    • Seb

      Dont forget, there is the Giant’s Coffin novel/anthology release this month too.

  • SilentPony

    Still disappointing how small they retconned Titans to be.

    • nurglitch

      Retconned?

      • SilentPony

        Titans used to be HUGE. Now they’re barely the size of a Jaeger from Pacific Rim

        • nurglitch

          They were never that big.

          • SilentPony

            No, they used to be huge. So big they’d be able to go toe-to- toe with Mass Effect Reapers, and those are like 3km tall

          • nurglitch

            Nope. Original Adeptus Titanicus had them equipped with lascannons, plasma cannons, and autocannons and being about 100m max, and closer to 30m for Warlords.

          • SilentPony

            The Validus is an Imperator so large is walked across the oceans of Armageddon while still above water.
            It also had guns that were “kilometer long” and fired shells as big as battle tanks.

            Source: Blood in the Machine

          • nurglitch

            Invalid.

          • SilentPony

            Actually, not to put too fine a point on it, its literally canon. As in officially published.

            Come to think of it, the Heresy Book Betrayal says there’s a class even larger than the Imperator, the Apocalypse pattern God-Engine Titan. (pg139)
            So that thing must be as big as an entire mountain range.

          • nurglitch

            Again, wildly disagrees with most everything else written about Titans and is therefore invalid.

          • SilentPony

            That’s not how canon works. The old canon, with Titans being only being 100m tall is now the invalid canon. Its old canon.
            The newer canon is the huge massive ocean striding canon. Because its new, compared to the old.
            Just like they no longer have lascanons and plasma canons, they’re no longer only 100m tall.
            Just like the Legions only being 10,000 strong is now invalidating with Forge World and Black Library putting them between 60,000-250,000.
            We don’t get to pick and choose our canon, especially some from different eras and incarnations of the game. Titans are no longer small.

          • nurglitch

            Wrong again.

          • SilentPony

            That’s not how canon works. The old canon, with Titans being only being 100m tall is now the invalid canon. Its old canon.
            The newer canon is the huge massive ocean striding canon. Because its new, compared to the old.
            Just like they no longer have lascanons and plasma canons, they’re no longer only 100m tall.
            Just like the Legions only being 10,000 strong is now invalidating with Forge World and Black Library putting them between 60,000-250,000.
            We don’t get to pick and choose our canon, especially some from different eras and incarnations of the game. Titans are no longer small.

    • Christopher Witecki

      Yeah that’s very odd. Doesn’t that invalidate the size of the 28mm Titans they already made?

      • SilentPony

        It does. It was a terrible idea to make the Warlord titan. Going by the canon, that’s not a unit that should be played on tabletop scale. It’d make a fine table itself to fight over, but they’re so monstrously huge they shouldn’t fit on a table at all!

    • Bayne MacGregor

      Titans scale was all over the place though.

      • Christopher Witecki

        How so?

        • SilentPony

          Its true. Titan scale was all over the place for awhile. There are pictures from the 90s that have Reaver titans taller than an entire city, others of Warlord titans taller than mountains, others of Warlords barely as big as the actual Reaver models, some say the Imperators are only like 200 feet tall, other sources have them taller than the oceans of Armageddon are deep, etc…
          Just like Space Marine Legion size changes with every story, so to do the Titan sizes change with the needs of the narrative.

          • 6Cobra

            ..None moreso than the picture right up there on the cover of “Titan” with a Warlord towering over a mountain, its scale evident in the miniscule ladder and doorway in the support structure for the gatling blaster.

          • Jack Jomar

            That one’s my favourite cover and story and artwork in general of a warlord, pretty much ever.

        • Bayne MacGregor

          Look at one of the online copies of the original Adeptus Titanicus rulebook art. Look at the cutaway illustration for example showing the crew.. then look at the Corvus Assault Arm and Head, where multiple stands of infantry are contained inside a warlord titan? Let alone the landing pad etc.

    • Noah Jerge

      I thought that the larger GW kits are a smaller scale than the smaller miniatures.

  • Christopher Witecki

    If only GW put this much effort into the gaming side of things and actually tried to out compete the other 6mm manufacturers instead of changing Epic scales. Like the kid who changes the games rules once the games started when he realizes he’s losing…

    • euansmith

      I think that part of the reason for the scale change is to also compete with their younger self. There are still loads of old Epic minis in circulation. 😉

  • MechBattler

    Can Dante survive… DANTE MUST DIE MODE?!?