40K: Rise of the Primarch Teaser Tour

The BoLS Crew takes a look inside the covers of Gathering Storm III: Rise of the Primarch – Join us on a teaser tour!

Let’s just start by saying: SPOILER ALERT!

If you don’t want this book Spoiled, just walk away because we are going to be talk about some of the events that happen in the new Gathering Storm III: Rise of the Primarch. So consider this your last warning!





Still Here? Let’s Roll!

Now this IS NOT a page-by-page flip through of the book. We do show off quite a few things in the book and give you a good idea of what you can expect within the covers:

Where to begin?! This book basically picks up moments after Fracture of Biel-Tan. The combined forces of the Aeldari and remaining Ad Mech/Imperial remnants have just crossed the webway and find themselves on the planet Laphis in the Macragge System.

The Macragge System is actually under siege by the forces of Chaos who are attempting to prevent Guilliman’s return. You see, they have also had rumors and felt “grim tidings” in the warp and are attempting to circumvent this possible future from happening. And, to be fair, they do a pretty good job…They are besieging the Fortress of Hera where Guilliman has been entombed in stasis.

Unfortunately for them Cawl and Yvraine are on the scene and they are attempting to repair Guilliman. They lose power and the stasis field begins to fail…but, as you may have guessed from the title, Guilliman wakes. And he’s PISSED. It’s been over 9,000 years and he’s back on his home turf. As he comes around, news gets out and inspires the Ultramarines. Needless to say, Chaos has a bad time…

They spend a good bit of time re-organizing and re-deploying under Guilliman’s command. One of things I really appreciated about this Primarch is his super-human attention to detail. That and he listens to everyone in his command structure. He’s constantly getting updates from Calgar, Tigirus, Celestine, Cawl, and he even listens to the Aeldari. He’s like a sponge that is just soaking up all the data he can so he can make informed decisions based on facts and figures. And it pays dividends!

Fast-forwarding a bit, they secure the system and Guilliman is coronated as Commander of the Ultramarines. It’s a pretty big ceremony with Celestine placing the “Crown” on his head again.  On top of that, he rescinds the Heresey-Era Treaties of the 500 worlds, basically removing their autonomous status and folding them back into the rule of Macragge. Guilliman then makes the call that he needs to go to Terra and he leaves Calgar in charge to watch over the system in his absence. Marneus has his work cut out for him and this is a pretty big responsibility – He’s basically got to get the other planet’s in order and it’s going to be a busy time for him.

Dad’s back…but I still get to sit in the comfy chair for a bit longer…

The Aeldari do “bow out” at this point having helped bring Guilliman back. They’ve also shed blood and helped to defend Macragge so it’s kind of an awkward good bye. They basically say, “We’re on board to fight Chaos…for now.” And “don’t forget, you owe us one.” without ever really saying those words. But Guilliman knows what’s going on. On top of that, The Aeldari figure they might not be too welcomed where Guilliman is heading, being Terra and all.

What happens next is a pretty epic “road trip” through the warp. I’m going to gloss over a lot of the details here because you really should check the book out for yourself but let’s just say there are lots of daemons and chaos marines involved. Kairos Fateweaver shows up, Skarbrand shows up, Magnus pops in – I’m pretty sure there is Chaos Fortress involved at some point…Oh and they pick-up a few new Hitch-hikers: Cypher and the Fallen.

But Guilliman isn’t the only one to have a “fun” trip. I skipped over the fact that the Grey Knights showed up back at Macragge. Well, after a daemonic invasion Voldus get’s promoted to Grand Master by none other than Draigo who shows up for a few paragraphs and then has to go back to the warp. Draigo is so impressed with Voldus’ fighting and psychic abilities he dubs him Grand Master on the spot…It was a short, but impressive interview process.

Eventually, the crew makes it way to Terra. Now, I’m not going to ruin the ending for you, but I will say it ends on a pretty positive note. At least positive for the Grim Dark. Guilliman makes it to the Emperor’s chamber and no one “dies” although he does spend some time in there alone. When he comes out he’s got a plan and a mission. The Imperium is back and it’s time for him to take the reigns…

Overall, it’s a relatively quick read. It’s a lot like the previous installments. Things happen and a pretty quick pace and there are TONS of cameos in the book. A couple of other “primarchs” pop-in for a few pages, but they are of the Daemon variety. They are all scheming and have their own machinations and plans…

Aside from actually advancing the narrative of the 40k universe for roughly 90 pages, this book also has a bunch of new missions and scenarios. If you want to actually play through the story you can by following the missions as presented. It’s a nice touch for the more narrative focused players out there.

Rules wise, this book contains all the goodies for all three members of this Tirumvirate: Guilliman, Cypher and Voldus. We get to see a new faction added with Fallen and Cypher. And let’s not forget all those new formations/detachments across the board for the Space Marines, Grey Knights and Fallen.

I know a lot of folks have been looking at Guilliman’s stats and have noticed that he’s a Monstrous Creature (Character) and have been thinking, “That’s terrible. He’s as vulnerable as a Carnifex to Drop-pod Grav Spam!” And while that’s partially true, there is a formation in the book that will allow him to get Look Out, Sir rolls. So while he might not be able to join a unit, he can basically function like he’s part of one.

A couple of paragraphs of my paraphrasing doesn’t really do this book justice. But hopefully you’re interested enough to want to go and pick this book up for yourself. If nothing else, it will get folks talking about the state of the 40k universe again – and where the Imperium goes from here. It’s a good capstone to the Gathering Storm story arc and it’s a solid enough foundation to move ahead.

Looking Ahead

I get the sense that these books are going to set the stage for when 8th edition drops. I don’t think a retcon of these events is coming – I think GW is going to build off of these events for a new era of 40k. The Storm has been gathered. The pieces are in place. There will be a reckoning between the forces of Chaos and the forces of the Imperium. I don’t know what’s in store but I can’t wait to find out what happens next!

The Gathering Storm: Rise of the Primarch $50

Cadia, the long-standing symbol of Imperial defiance against the relentlessly encroaching tides of Chaos, has fallen to the fury of Abaddon’s Thirteenth Black Crusade. Craftworld Biel-Tan has been shattered, along with the dreams of their restoration to prominence. Chaos is ascending – all across the galaxy, raging Warp storms cause havoc as reality itself twists in agony.

Hope, however, remains. An alliance of Ynnari and Celestinian forces has found common ground in their desire to ward off Chaos. These heroes of the Imperium and warriors of the Aeldari race through the webway to Macragge, there to attempt the unthinkable – awaken Roboute Guilliman, Primarch of the Ultramarines, and seek his leadership in this desperate battle for nothing less than survival. The Storm Gathers…


Guilliman is BACK and he’s ready to punch Chaos in the face!

  • Horus84cmd

    I’d put good money on more Primarchs (loyal and heretical) returning from the aether/grave.

    I would presume every army will get similar “iconic” character/large models done too.

    • Silas7

      one can hope.

    • I can see the each army getting it’s own unique huge all powerful commander in chief unit, except for Tau.

      Of all the races the Tau are the only ones who don’t a character that is this grander than life ultimate role model for their faction.

      The Mechanicus has Crawl (which he is awesome).

      The SM have Guilliman (and by extension the Imperium).

      The Astra Militarum could do this with the glorius return of Creed, who somehow against all odds managed to survive the fall of Cadia and in the process becomes what his Icon the Lord Solar Maccharian was at the side of Guilliman (who will of course accept him with open arms)

      Chaos has Abbadon and the other Primarchs.

      The Orks have Ghazgkull and taking into account the Beast series which just wrapped up I can see him becoming a new Beast in stature and power.

      The Necrons have the Silent King (who would be the one to trully unite the Necrons, it’s literally in his background)

      The Tyranids have the Swarmlord, who just needs to be buffed up, since his backstory pretty much is explicit in that he is the favored son of the Hive Mind and has the accumen, instincts and power to back it up.

      The Eldar already have many, not the least of which includes the nascent Ynnari with the Yncairne pretty much being this.

      Only the Tau lack this central all powerful figure that is both a strategic, tactical and personal combat monster all rolled in one.

      • euansmith
      • nope none

        Some new ethereal pops up and recovers the paradox of duality staff. That ethereal puts the staff in a modified Stormsurge. That SS is now WS5, BS3, S6, T6, W8, I3, A3, Ld10 3+ with a 4++ with a 5+++. The unit has the Paradox of Duality rule. Also All 4 ethereal powers are active army wide with a new power added for fun! Instead of missile arms. the Stormsurge has each of the shoulder guns, 1 missile pod “arm” with cluster rockets, SMS and either the flamer/BC/AFP. The other arm holds a D sword.


      • Raven Jax

        I’m actually okay with this. It fits with the Tau fluff. It’s a communal “we’re all working together,” rather than a “we’re all following that guy.”

      • Graham Bartram

        Until Shadowsun puts on the new Gundam-Banzai ZX128+ super mega awesome anime gigantic battlesuit as she inevitably will once her brain is fused to the Every-Tau-Hero-Ever Super awesome Mega Memory Engram Turbo Chip. You can quote me on that too.

    • NNextremNN

      There are enough missing primarchs before they have to rob graves.

      I hope for a big Shas’o Kais battlesuite and Maybe that deserted Inquisitor (whose name I constantly forget) with his Naga advisor and some new Etheral Character for the Tau.

    • Timotheus

      As I stated before:
      I know it might be far-fetched and a lot of you GW-kiddos including BoLS would not even prefer this over having all their favourite legendary SciFi-Rambos towering assembled and painted next to their tactical marines on the table but…..what if GW WON’T bring back all other possible primarchs?? What if they take the last exit on the road to loosing all their left integrity and make the miraculous return of two primarchs a unique highlighted happening and choose not to mock the fluff and storyline of recent decades formed by way more skilled and dedicated writers and bring back every legendary character and their daughter just to boost sales on the current generation of sensationalists?? I don’t really dare to hope this but most people here seem to think of it as being impossible….

  • Red_Five_Standing_By

    Wait, Guilliman took back the 500 systems? He’s re-created Old Ultramar?

    • adamharry

      Yes…Mostly. And while he’s on his epic road trip Calgar is in charge.

  • __

    “A couple of other “primarchs” pop-in for a few pages, but they are of the Daemon variety.”

    But in the dramatis personae it only mentions Guilliman and Magnus???

    • adamharry

      They aren’t part of the “story arc” – they are part of one of the blown-out pages as a sort of side arc. That’s why they aren’t in the Dramatis Personae page. We cover that in the video.

      • __

        Ah ok, thanks for the clarification

  • Ronin

    I just hope he can ride a transport. 🙁