Tabletop Spotlight: Rise of the Primarch

The Rise of the Primarch is here and the new book is under the Tabletop Spotlight!

If you’ve been living under a rock you might have missed our build-up coverage for Rise of the Primarch. We’ve seen tons of pics of the models and rules. We’ve even gone on a Spoiler-filled Teaser Tour of the book. But now the book is in stores and we’re sitting down with our friends at Dragon’s Lair Comics & Fantasy to take a deeper dive into the book:

I won’t go over all the details here, we do that in the video. Plus I feel like we’ve hammered this point home: The “Story” of Warhammer 40,000 is finally advancing. The Gathering Storm parts I & II had some pretty big shifts in the lore and now Rise of the Primarch puts a capstone on the series in a big way. Roboute Guilliman is back in all his Primarch glory. The Fallen, led by Cypher return to aid him and the Grey Knights 3rd Brotherhood gets a new Grand Master.

But that’s not all – Guilliman does make it back to Holy Terra after facing some pretty big challenges thrown at him by the powers of Chaos. And once he’s at the Emperor’s Throne he basically assumes control of the Imperium. Now, I won’t go over all the ramifications or implications of that BUT it’s kind of a BIG deal for the lore side of things. And the place that this leaves the Imperium is basically a much stronger and more unified position than when Guilliman found it.

Aside from the story aspects, this book is packed full of rules for Space Marines, Grey Knights and also the new Fallen Faction.

This new faction opens up some interesting options and probably some weirdness with the allies chart.

Another big thing this book brings is a ton of new optional rules for opponents of Grey Knights. The Daemonic Adversary rules are perfect for spicing up your narrative experience. Just make sure both players are on board to use them as it can require some re-jiggering of points.

Overall, Gathering Storm III: Rise of the Primarch is a game changer for both the lore and the fact that a loyalist Primarch now has returned with rules for 40k! It’s exciting times and I can’t wait to see what’s 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…

The Book
Rise of the Primarch is the third book in the Gathering Storm series. This 136-page hardback introduces the Triumvirate of the Primarch – a trio of heroes including Roboute Guilliman, Primarch of the Ultramarines – and draws the threads of the thrilling story of the Gathering Storm together in dramatic fashion. Heroes new and old rise in defense of the Imperium, and the universe of Warhammer 40,000 will be changed forever.


All Hail Lord Commander Roboute Guilliman, Primarch of the Ultramarines, Son of the Emperor, Champion of the Imperium and Winner of the 2017 Rip Van Winkle Award!

  • Honest Kairos

    Maybe this won’t be a very popular opinion, but here goes. I thought Books 1 and 2 were great. They told good stories, had great characters, the Formations and Grand Detachments were pretty awesome. Book 3, for me, was sort of bland.

    Fluff wise it didn’t really accomplish a whole lot. Guilliman is back, talks to the Chair Emperor, discovers the best course of action to fix the Imperium is “Kill all Xenos.” – which, is kinda what the Imperium has been doing, and it hasn’t proven to be very effective.

    I guess it just seemed like a way to bring Guilliman back and still maintain the status quo.

    • SilentPony

      Depends actually on what the next stage is. It ends on a cliffhanger, so we have no idea what Guilliman intends. The rumor is he’s creating New Space Marines to lead a 2nd Great Crusade while the current Chapters are left to do what they do.
      So that’d be a pretty good paradigm shift. I’m still hoping for a second Loyalist Primarch to come back. Khan, or Vulkan or Russ. Someone to be Guilliman’s strong right hand who the rest of the Imperium knows not to fck with.

      I’ll admit I would have loved more of the flavor boxes of actually dialogue in the 3rd book. Like, I dunno, the apparently super epic and important part where Calgar gives control of the Ultramarines to Guilliman. That would have been cool to read as a little story instead of one sentence.

      • Honest Kairos

        It did leave on a cliffhanger, and I totally enjoy that. It’s something that keeps me very interested in what comes next.

        As for “next returning Primarch” I’m really thinking Russ is up next. Wrath of Magnus and Gathering Storm 3 have both set up Magnus as the current Big Bad, and who better to come back than his 10,000 year blood rival?

        Maybe that weird dimension Magnus got locked in during Book 3 will somehow lead into an encounter with Russ?

        • SilentPony

          Who was Morty’s big enemy? Khan maybe? In the book when Mortarion hears about Guilliman he’s all angry and whatnot, but it does say he can’t do anything because his plans are nearing completion, and he’s gathered the entire Death Guard to him and he’s soon about to assault Ultramar.

          So if Mortarion and new Death Guard are the next big Chaos release, they’d have to make a 2nd loyalist Primarch to balance the odds. And from my Heresy knowledge the only Primarch Mortarion really got pissed at was the Khan.

          • Honest Kairos

            Weirdly, Khan was the only Loyalist that Mortarion got pissed at. Morty is/was an odd one. At frequent points during multiple HH books, he was more prone to hate his allied Traitor Primarchs because they embraced Psyker arts and such. I think it’d be kinda cool if he had Cypher-esque rules regarding a very unique Ally graph.

          • YetAnotherFacelessMan

            Morty’s big enemy already has a miniature. The glorious grey knight who blew open Mortarion’s chest and carved a fallen grey knight’s name into his heart. I am, of course, speaking of Kaldor Draigo.

            Got any warp dust?!

          • Keith Wilson

            Morty and his boys are coming …. its going to be “wrath of magnus” style. Will be fun in the introduce 1 or 2 completely new units for DG

    • Talos2

      I’ve enjoyed it. I think it sets out a more outward looking imperium rather than just an imperium trying desperately to survive the latest nightmare and trying to turn the imperium from being something probably slightly worse than chaos in its approach to its citizens to actually trying to be an imperium of man again. Just the impression I got anyway

    • Charon

      To be fair all 3 have been lacking. Cadia was not very satisfying and was basically a constant “abaddon unleashes X, the defenders are already on the brink of defeat but cadia stands. Abbadon unleashes Y, the defenders are already on the brink of defeat but cadia stands. Abbadon unleashes Z, the defenders are already on the brink of defeat but cadia stands. Abbadon blows up the planet.”
      In Biel tan I still dont like the Visrach and how he is basically stalking his love interest in a complete contradiction to everything established in the Path of the Eldar books.
      None of the characters who were builind up the storyline around Ynnead were actually responsible for the Ynnari and are reduced to side characters.
      The 3rd one is just the sad ending of a trilogy that didnt have a particular good start anyways.

      • Honest Kairos

        See, I actually really did enjoy everything about Book 1. It had a sense of “big things are about to happen.” if that makes sense. Book 2 may not have been (again, just my opinion) quite as impactful, but it did add a cool perspective to the conflict. It was Book 3 that I had disappointment with, sort of a “That’s it?” feeling.

  • Private Skittles

    Can somebody summarize this book for me?

    • Honest Kairos

      There’s a lot of continuation from Books 1 and 2, but some key points of 3 are

      – Warp Storms intensify and Macragge is invaded. Enter Magnus.

      – Cawl and Yvrainne bring Guilliman back through techno sorcery.

      – Celestine and Greyfax decide to hang out with Harlequins and kill a lot of Thousand Sons.

      – Not really sure why Cypher bothers showing up to be honest.

      – Not really sure why the Grey Knights show up to be honest.

      – Magnus and Guilliman face off. Guilliman gets beat down.

      – Somebody casts a spell that locks Magnus in a pocket dimension.

      – Guilliman goes to Terra. Has Cypher arrested, talks to the Emperor, decides the Imperium is just fine and is named Lord Commander of the Imperium.

      • Kinsman

        Cypher is arrested?! WTF is up with this guy? Does he still have the Blade? Was it taken from him or did Guilliman have trouble taking it from him, too?

        I’m really super duper excited about 40k right now. This story has my interest very high.

        I’m so hoping that 8th brings me back to the game, somehow.

        • Honest Kairos

          He still has it, because apparently when Custodes arrest you, they don’t frisk or disarm you.

          • Keith Wilson

            question remains: whose sword is he really carrying …. Rowboat’s reaction to it didnt seem like “hey that’s the lion’s sword”

          • Honest Kairos

            I’m of the suspicion it’s an Anatheme. I have no proof to back it up, just based on Big Bobby G’s reaction to seeing it.

        • Honest Kairos

          Also, there’s never a bad time to jump back in! I’m very hopeful 8th will be great, but in the meantime, 7th is still a lot of fun.

          Hope you get brought back to the fold soon!

  • TheWanderingJewels

    Wish they would Novelize this and expand the fluff. would help fill in the holes the GS series created

    • Honest Kairos

      Yes. This!

      • TheWanderingJewels

        Well The Fall of Cadia could be a Big book by itself or 2 books. The Fall of the Craft Worlds should be Three Books for obvious reasons. Roboute’s Awakening should be treated with all the weight it deserves, as well as all of the follow on shenanigans he has to worth through. Hell you could get a book series out of all the Meta he has to crawl through and try to correct