40K: New Talons of the Emperor Box Set

The Talons of the Emperor are getting a new boxed set for Warhammer 40,000 – Custodes & Sister of Silence strike!

Here comes the Adeptus Custodes and Sisters of Silence in a brand new boxed set for Warhammer 40k! Now, they have rules already but it appears that Games Workshop is repackaging them into a new boxed set with some additional goodies.

via Warhammer Community

“Clad in baroque, golden artificer armour and armed with priceless relic weaponry, the Talons of the Emperor are joining the battlefields of the 41st Millennium.

Rules for using the elite Adeptus Custodes, Sisters of Silence, their vehicles and two brand new detachments (one each) in your games of Warhammer 40,000 will be available very soon, both in this box set and as separate digital downloads.”


From the looks of the contents, it’s pretty safe to assume these are reboxings of the Sprues from Burning of Prospero:


But what else is interesting from the picture above is that they are going to get a couple of transport vehicles, a Contemptor, and what appears to be a couple of “mini” Codexes, too. I’m curious if there will be a “Formation” for the contents so that folks will be able to run them as an ally or starter army right out of the box. This seems like a larger kit than one of the Start Collecting boxes – anyone want to take a stab at the price-point?


The Talons of the Emperor are going on the offensive! Are you ready for them?

  • orionburn

    That is one blingy Rhino & Raider…

  • Godlir


  • Deathwing

    If they want to sell them like hot cakes? $120 bucks.

    Sell well… $140 (5 a model, 50 LR, 20 Rhino, 20 Contemptor)

    GW price point? $220 (10 a model, 60 LR, 30 Rhino, 30 Contemptor)

    • Red_Five_Standing_By

      Retail this set goes for:

      Raider: 74.25
      Rhino: 37.25
      Contemptor: 60
      Custodes: 60 (probable based off price of Cataphractii)
      Custodes: 60 (probable based off price of Cataphractii)

      Total: 291.50

      My guess is that this will sell for 150. Even with cheap discounters on eBay, these kits would likely cost about 200 if purchased separately.

  • Adrien Fowl

    I do not know, I feel that the Rhino doesn’t fit in the mix. I would much prefer another squad instead of that transport. 🙁

    • SilentPony

      Should have been a hover rhino

      • G Ullrich

        …or just leave it to Forgeworld and their new Sisters of Silence transport by adding rules for 40K to it

    • OldHat

      All the good tech for transports they used is likely lost, so they use what they can get… which is apparently generic Rhinos and LRs. Sad because of how epic the FW stuff is.

    • rtheom

      That’s what you get for buying custodes. This is clearly a box to cycle out their excess rhinos, land raiders and crappy calth contemptors.

      • DJ860

        That’s the spirit!

  • LunaWolf

    Man, those bright gold tanks sure look special, don’t they?

    • Derek Lee

      If the standard land raider can hold 12 models again, I’d think that was real special. A squad of 5 with two PA characters attached/+LR would be my dream unit.

  • Funny how the Custodes are back to their Great Crusade era armor after having used different stuff for 10 millennia, and the Sisters are using the same gear too despite being wiped out to a woman 1500 years post-Heresy and never refounded, as even then barely anybody still remembered they existed. How convenient.

    • Cergorach

      These are five of those unfrozen Custodes, there are around 10 million of them still frozen in a big room behind the broom closet in the Emperors throne room…

      • 6Cobra

        They’re about to swarm out and join every damn battle and skirmish taking place in the entire galaxy.

    • Donald Lindsey

      Funny how I keep looking for the game system you wrote…and the 500 or so novels written about the universe you developed…and not finding it.

      • I’ll remind you of that the next time you point out inconsistencies in a movie or – gasp – state a dislike for it, as, obviously, you haven’t successfully directed and written a movie yet yourself, your opinion holds no water.

        For the record, I own hundreds of those novels written about the universe, and this goes counter to even the most recent ones which directly addressed the situation of Custodes and Sisters of Silence.

        • Derek

          The Sister are clearly NOT wiped out, at the end of Wrath of Magnus, the High Lord send an order to the Imperial palace where the Sister are waiting.

          I don’t own a single novel, I just read the one
          published by GW with all the rules and such and it seem to not mess with my head and canon much.

        • NNextremNN

          And yet you can’t say which one you are referring to.

          • How about The Beast Arises? There, most recent example. Sisters of Silence a forgotten institution that only Vulkan and an ancient Inquisitor remember, both of which don’t make it past that conflict. The Sisters get wiped out, after having been in hiding, and never appear again up until this Gathering Storm. Various Inquisitors, including Eisenhorn, have been attempting to re-establish some sort of Pariah schools, and yet they’ve never been Sisters, let alone taken an oath of silence in front of the Emperor’s throne.

            The Custodes meanwhile haven’t left the Throneworld in millennia and barely even showed up outside the inner sanctum of the Palace. Didn’t matter if Orks are literally having an attack moon in orbit. At least Guilliman is able to drag them out of hiding now, but their numbers better be severely limited because they have no way of replenishing their numbers and undergoing proper training like they used to without the Emperor.

          • NNextremNN

            Now were talking

            Also GW can’t make anyone happy and many wanted to use sisters in 40K tabletop and those people pay money to do so. The people who don’t want them in 40K don’t pay money for that.

            And it’s not that the custodes had to face many threats in the palace. So I assume most of them are still alive. Not much actual battle experience but many time to train.

            Also the added Land Raider Rhino and Contemtor proves for me this was just made to get money. But I don’t care I will get is just not use it in that combination.

          • AgamemnonIlias

            The very same “Beast Arises”-Series in which Black Templars deploy Land Raider Crusaders in M32? Hell of a reference…

            Without sarcasm: As already stated they are referred to in “Wrath of Magnus” and possibly in the last instalment of “Gathering Storm”, I also enjoy the novels, but the codices can’t be ignored.
            Additionally, GW had never been shy to rework the fluff. Knights appeared in Epic, but they weren’t integrated into books, before the Horus Heresy Books and the plastic kit made them more prominent.

          • Damistar

            One could make the argument that the galaxy is a big place and the Inquisition has many secrets. Thus the Sisters of Silence could have been refounded and kept hidden until they were needed.

          • Red_Five_Standing_By

            Whose to say they were even killed off? Maybe some inquisitors just set their order up on Terra or some other world and used them sparingly for 8,500 years until poop hit the fan what with Guilliman awakening, the eldar getting and new god and Cadia being blown up.

          • Red_Five_Standing_By

            Vulkan is a perpetual. He can’t die.

    • Graham Roden
    • Philip Estabrook

      Was it ever stated they changed their armor other than shifting from red to black in mourning? Yes, we have the black leather pants and no shirt nonsense of the regular guards, but it isn’t as though they threw their armor away.

      • euansmith

        “You, Custode, you are improperly dressed on duty!”

        “Well, that armour is smelly, and claustrophobic, and chaffs. And, since we never leave the Palace these days, and never see any action… what’s the point? At least, this way, I get to show off my impressive physique.”

        “Are you wearing fluffy slippers?!”

    • Ryan Williams

      The Silent Sisterhood was formally disbanded after the end of the Age of Apostasy.

      At least, on paper. See the book.

      • Red_Five_Standing_By

        Those were Daughters of the Emperor.

        And they were just the precursor to the Sisters of Battle.

        • Ryan Williams

          Nope. You’re thinking of the Sisters of Battle, who weren’t disbanded, merely renamed.

          So, to repeat the point, read the book and see where you went wrong.

    • Admiral Raptor

      Only the fans care about the fluff. GW couldn’t care less since there’s money to be made by ignoring it.

      • DJ860

        What a ridiculous statement. What’s actually true is that only the “fans” moan about the fluff, GW have the creative control to write a story that benefits their business, welcome to the real world.

  • Parthis

    Rhinos, Land Raiders… please FW, let’s have some great rules for the Grav Carriers, Tanks and Dreads.

  • Private Skittles

    I wish I could get excited about their box-set Contemptor…it’s just so static and bland compared to what Forge World creates.

    • Especially since they just revealed their own Custodes Contemptor anyway

    • Red_Five_Standing_By

      I just break mine and pose them.

    • Iconoc1ast

      that contemptor was such a disappointment. when BAC rumours dropped i so excited to get a plastic contemptor after getting a FW dread. but sadly they really fumbled it. it reminds me of the space marines in the 2nd ed wh40k box.

      the rest of BAC is awesome though!

      • Iconoc1ast
        • SilentPony

          Honestly it’s not bad. I use the plastic dreads as fillers, get the loadouts I want without FW prices.
          Sure the FW dreads are more dynamic and better looking, but having 3-6 of them in an army is pricey

          • AreyouaNazi? Isthatyourelf?

            In Australia you can buy a resin dread from FW, arm it however you like and ship it over for cheaper than buying a Calth dread in GW.

            On a side note, I wonder why their sales are down here…

  • Jani Jalassalo

    Really hoping those FW models available to use in 40k Talons of the Emperor, Rhinos and Land Raiders are neat but not really that fitting to Emperor’s Finest bodyguards and witch hunters.

    • Red_Five_Standing_By

      The Imperium can’t make as many awesome stuff as it used to. Easier to just hand them Land Raiders and Rhinos.

  • Glen Gorman

    Its attractive to me for the dread, and the transport, otherwise not worth anything. Custodes=new grey knights because they made the grey knights into an army choice and here we go again. approximately 189.00 CAN so 150.00 can would be worth while. I think it will be priced to high to be of interest.

  • Paul Andrighetti

    I am going to go out on a limb and say that the “New Space Marines” that Hastings talks about in his rumors is going to be the Castodes. That they are going to get a large range of minis and sort of get the Sigmarine treatment.

    • Red_Five_Standing_By


  • Rainthezangoose

    Seems a bit rude to release this before selling SOS or Custodes on their own first.

    • NNextremNN

      Well a single Sister or Custodes pack will probably cost half or a third of what this set will cost.

      • Rainthezangoose

        Its more to do with the fact that alot of people who want sister and custodes who wouln’t have otherwise bought the other stuff but are suckers/really want the SOS/AC but have no other option.

        • Philip Estabrook

          This will likely be far more economical than individually stocking up on boxes of either.

        • Red_Five_Standing_By

          eBay? 40 bucks for Custodes, like 30 for the Sisters. Way less than GW’s likely prices (60 for Custodes, 40 for Sisters).

  • OldHat

    “priceless relic weaponry…” And… you know, super-generic Rhinos and Land Raiders.

    • Rainthezangoose

      Yeah this needed a free “upgrade sprue” even if it was just some symbols you could have suck to the side of the armour in sister and custode iconography. Plus something so basic should be expected as standard for such a high cost luxury item.

  • Justin Dicken

    Missed opportunity for G-Dubs here. Imagine if this box had the special custodes dread and a couple of hover tanks. It would sell like hotcakes. This one’ll depend solely on the price point. If it’s $120 people will be like “Why not?” Because you’ll essentially be getting a cheap-a$$ land raider. Any more than that and it’s not worth it.

    • DJ860

      Perhaps, there might be a reason that they’re not mixing FW and GW products. Not a legal reason perhaps, but a reason nonetheless as they’re essentially separate entities.

      I would certainly have been bad-ass to have had that dread in there though.

  • piglette

    Cuss Toads

    • Graymantle

      Oh man, hearing so many peeps mispronounce them this way is painful. The “e” is not silent—same as “Astartes.”

  • Drew_Da_Destroya

    “Rules for using the elite Adeptus Custodes, Sisters of Silence, their vehicles and two brand new detachments (one each)”

    “I’m curious if there will be a “Formation” for the contents so that folks will be able to run them as an ally or starter army right out of the box.”

    Man, I wonder where the answer to this question could possibly be?

  • Curtis Cunningham

    Another step in merging the 30k/40k models. I really think they are moving toward allowing all models to be played with either 30k or 40k rules

    • David Leimbach

      It won’t happen, but it’s cool to throw a bit of 30k stuff (a very little) into your 40k army as relics still owned and used by the chapters.

    • Red_Five_Standing_By

      No, won’t happen.

      What may happen is a one way street where most of the 30k stuff will find a home in the 41st millennium.

  • Carey_Mahoney

    It says Gathering Storm.
    Cool stuff.

    • Carey_Mahoney

      Wait… does that mean Gathering Storm will be the name of AoS40k?

      • euansmith

        Surely that will be, “Storm of War”!!!!!

  • shady

    Oh joyous day, another formation. I was thinking to myself when I woke up this morning “I hope we get more formations”.

  • WhenDidVicesBecomeVirtues

    Start Collecting: Adeptus Custodes 😛

    • Cristhian Mario Landa Rivera

      And Sisters of Silence.

  • BloodAngel

    I am glad that they seem to be making “formations” out of boxed sets. In the old days, you had cool boxed sets, but maybe didn’t use half the miniatures because they didn’t fit into your overall army.

  • AnomanderRake

    Yes. Obviously. We didn’t need anything new or interesting, we needed to give a ninth book the Land Raider (and a tenth book the Rhino) so we could get 15-20-year-old kits spraypainted gold.

  • AreyouaNazi? Isthatyourelf?

    “Sales are down this month, what do we do?”

    “Ride Book VII’s coat tails with a new formation box?”

    “Brilliant. How soon can you have it ready by?”

    “Uh… 8 months with unique and varied sculpts that emphasise the darkness of the future and gives a real character to the army.”

    “Oh. That’s far too long.”

    “Well, we can always just chuck that Contemptor in that everybody hates and some old marine tanks?”

    “Brilliant, have it on the shelves next week.”