40K: Gathering Storm III: Rise of the Primarch


March is bringing the next chapter in the Gathering Storm – Rise of the Primarch. Check out the new teaser video from GW!

Games Workshop is back with a new teaser video for Gathering Storm III: Rise of the Primarch. And while we have seen the models, we’re now getting a hint at the story unfolding:

via Games Workshop

via Warhammer Community

Cadia has fallen. Biel-Tan has fractured, Traitor Legions of Chaos march from the now-growing Eye of Terror as Daemons pour from rents in reality that are tearing open all across the galaxy.

Belisarius Cawl, Archmagos Dominus of the Adeptus Mechanicus, failed in his attempts to save Cadia, and now destruction looms over the home world of a First Founding Chapter.

In March, the storm comes to Macragge…

Cawl GS III 1

Belisarius Cawl is back and after his failure on Cadia, he’s determined to get it right this time…

Cawl GS III 2

He’s trying to finish a task that was started 10,000 years ago – but was interrupted when the galaxy burned…

Cypher GS III 1

New allies have arrived from the shadows to aid him…

Grey Knight GS III 1

Allies from the light as well…


Belisarius Cawl, Archmagos Dominus of the Adeptus Mechanicus, has set his binary mind into motion. And this time, failure is NOT an option.


The Gathering Storm has set it’s sights on Macragge…but it might be the spark that wakes slumbering Primarch. March is going to be a crazy month!

  • Boondox

    I’ve been playing 40K since 1987 and I’m extremely excited about this. Progress!!

    • Karru

      Meh, I don’t really care about it. Considering that the current GW writing staff isn’t the most creative bunch, I’m not that excited. I am excited to add Guilliman to my Ultramarine collection though.

      • WindSplash

        presicely, if we had Big Pete and the overfiend tought, now that was a creative and maverick bunch.

        • zeno666


      • zeno666

        I agree, this is happening way too late IMHO.
        Now we can expect Matt Ward-level lore… which reads more like fanboy-fiction.

        • Karru

          Yeah, that’s basically what the current lore has been. Fall of Cadia and Wrath of Magnus had basically the same thing going on with them. Chaos comes in force, is completely unstoppable and then is basically stopped at the last minute by a sudden turn of events. Same thing is going to happen with this one. Chaos comes to Ultramar and Roboute Guilliman and his Ultramarines are having a “hard time” keeping them at bay. This changes suddenly when Cypher appears to “save the day” and Chaos is once again defeated and Imperium wins with a pyrrhic victory.

          • georgelabour

            I’m not sure if ‘planet explodes, and everyone but a few stragglers die’ counts as saved at the last minute.

            I mean, if that had happened in A New Hope we might never have gotten a second Star Wars movie.

          • Karru

            It was more the case of “a good portion of Imperial heroes are fighting a desperate fight to survive. They have no hop… Oh wait, here is this unexpected twist where they all escape because it doesn’t make sense to kill off all the new heroes we just released.”

    • Jared van Kell

      Progress?……. Sounds like heresy to me.

  • Horus84cmd

    Exciting times coming up and a promising outlook for the future of 40K on the horizon. It has been great, in last couples months, to see the narrative finally being driven forward for the first time in over a decade!

    • Seienchin

      I have read the exact statement about the end times and look what it brought us…
      Disclaimer: I really like AoS as a game but I personally feel like the lore is garbage.

      • ZeeLobby

        Yeah. I wouldn’t expect anything different for this sadly. Some people appreciate the new take on writing. Personally I feel like it’s pretty hollow compared to their older stuff. Just think most of those writers must have moved on.

      • Horus84cmd

        Honestly, AoS fluff is no better or worse than some of the WFB fluff over years. Is growing and getting more and more depth with each release. Unfortunately with WFB, the narrative was stuck in a proverbial painted corner in terms of scope of what could be done to it.

        • vlad78

          AOS tenets are garbage, Don’t expect the lore to become really better. You might find some nuggets here and there but overall, the basement is rotten.

          • Dan Wilson

            I wonder how many people were saying the same back in the early days of WFB…

          • ragelion

            I still remember when the emperor of the empire was a drunk. 😀

          • vlad78

            None. The basics of the universe weren’t written until 3rd/4th edition. Chaos wasn’t precisely defined before the realms of chaos books. The relationship between reality and the warp, one echoing the other, wasn’t defined before that. WFB started with a mixture of historical wargame and fantasy generic themes, basically different regiments containing a little bit of nonsensical but fun lore with all of them. Gavin Thorpe is right on this point, WFB proper wasn’t really precise during the first 2 editions.

            But he’s wrong when he compares with AOS. AOS basic tenets are already defined. We know how Sigmar survived, and it makes no sense in light of former material. By the end of 3rd and 4th edition, WFB enjoyed great coherency (AND really really innovative ideas compared to ADD)

            Magic is self sutaining in AOS whereas it wasn’t in WFB. Chaos could only win in WFB, yet victory meant defeat for chaos because it is the living species which fueled the warp with their feelings, which was far more interesting that the senseless infinite state of war we have know.

          • Silas7

            ” senseless infinite state of war” Oh snap! AOS is now 40K!?!?

          • vlad78

            GW wanted to, but they forgot the alchemical formula.

          • luke snell


      • The End Times started out fantastic. Nagash shook things up marvelously. The changes were drastic in places but also revitalizing. By Khaine it was still relatively alright (and that one was written by Ward before he left!), but the last two books sank the ship by just scrapping things left and right, exploding the moon and what not.

        I wouldn’t be surprised if Nagash had been intended, originally, as a longer-lasting shakeup. It was the longest of the books too, and had the highest quality writing. It also continued on from the Sigmar’s Blood campaign. It wouldn’t surprise me one bit if after that the writing got rushed more, and the decision to scrap WHFB entirely had become the sole driving factor rather than advancing the storyline. Nagash had enough potential changes in the Old World to justify new kits for Brets, Undead, Empire and co, and instead they just drove it against a wall without a seat belt.

        • nuggy

          I have got to say that I loved all of the books sans the closing bits of the last one. My one gripe with them where that we never got any time to simply read them and play out the story for our self.
          The end times where marketed as a campaign but no one really got the time to pump up their forces before it was all over. If they just had dropped Nagash and allowed us to explore this new part of the setting and play then they probably wouldn’t have had to push any other of the book for several months, maybe a year with some novels and updated minis/armies books in between.
          I’m really liking AoS but there where just so much interesting material that they just cut with the ET that I’m still a bit baffled looking back even now.

  • ZeeLobby

    Have really gone full comic book as far as the writing/plot goes. Can totally understand why people love it, even if it isn’t my cup of tea.

    “Tune in next week!”

    • Iconoc1ast


  • orionburn

    As cool as it is that Gulliman is coming back it’s what’s going on with Cypher that has me most intrigued. Haven’t picked up the first two books but will probably have to cave for this one. Hoping this sets the stage for the return of the Lion this year.

    • Dennis J. Pechavar

      After how they have changed the Lion over the years I’m not exactly excited to see how they mess with him this time. Now Cypher I am very excited to see in action!

      • Iconoc1ast

        So want cypher!

    • Jared van Kell

      When Lorgar and the Word Bearers attack the Rock I believe is the last rumour regarding the Lion returning.

  • WindSplash

    muhh progress on 40k

    It doesnt matter if it progresses, if it has crappy writting then it’s a bad idea.

    Now they are ripping Transformers, the resurrection of Optimus Prime.

  • Cameron

    Why do i even read the comments? I do this to myself…

    • DJ860

      Was literally just thinking the same thing.

  • Crevab

    “He’s trying to finish a task that was started 10,000 years ago – but was interrupted when the galaxy burned…”

    Given the context of the picture; Gulliman has a long overdue order at the tailor?

  • Loki Nahat

    just when you thought it couldn’t get any worse, power rangers ho!

  • georgelabour

    After reading fracturing I have a sneaking suspcicion a certain snake bodied individual will make an appearance in whatever story hooks comes after this one.

  • MechBattler

    Well, now that’s interesting. That image has not just Cypher, but other Chaos Marines in it. Could it be that he’s leading the Fallen back into the fold? Or maybe, just maybe, it’s…. the ALPHA LEGION?! How cool would it be for a faction of the Alpha Legion to return to the loyalists?

  • Crablezworth

    Landed clearly over the shark, what a jump

  • Mike X (Official)

    The “allies from the shadows” bit, is that referring to Cypher?

  • Cannibal Nicorpse

    Seems like Matt Ward is back to GW