40K 8th: Warzone Ultramar

Games Workshop is talking about another major Warzone for Warhammer 40,000 8th – Ultramar!

The Realm of Ultramar is arguably the crown jewel of the Imperium of Man. It’s 500 worlds are some of the safest, most prosperous and down right vibrant in all of the Imperium…Or at least they were. Things have been rough on the Ultramar System recently. A Hive Fleet struck deep into the territory of the Ultramarines almost destroying their homeworld. And most recently they were under an assault by a Black Legion invasion force. But the defenders of Ultramar have fought valiantly at every step and with their Primarch returned you can expect they will have the will to keep fighting.

But that brings us to the doorstep of the next edition and the timeline is moving beyond. Now, the Chaos-god Nurgle has set his pustulant sights on Ultramar.

via Warhammer Community

Greedy eyes looked out from the roiling warp. They lingered long over the southern reaches of Ultima Segmentum. Nurgle wanted them for his own. He wished to lavish his gifts upon them, to watch their citizens sprout new growths and lament while other parts rotted and sloughed off.

The worlds of Ultramar were prosperous, well governed and aesthetically beautiful. It is no wonder that such a gem drew the eager eye of Nurgle. Wishing to annex those worlds directly into his own Garden in the Realm of Chaos, the Father of Plagues set his minions to the task. After the Great Rift tore reality and flooded warp energies into the galaxy, Nurgle deemed the time was ripe.

Where seeds of corruption had been planted, where the Plague That Walks, the Oozing Pox, and the Eyerot had decimated overcrowded hive worlds, there did Nurgle put forth his greatest efforts. As darkness closed over those worlds, new, virulent strains of those dreadful diseases started the cycle of death anew. This time, however, the cycle was completed, for there was life also. From the corpses of the fallen burst countless Nurglings. In the devastation that ensued, Cults of Corruption summoned further aid. The following battles – known by the Imperium as the Plague Wars – ended when three systems to the galactic north of Ultramar were corrupted and turned into the Scourge Stars. Calling upon three of his greatest commanders, Nurgle tasked them with next conquering Ultramar.

 

I’m a sucker for a cool galaxy map. This one shows off how those 500 worlds are connected. The Ultramar Sub-Sector is now under assault once again. Who’s side will you join? The fearless defenders of the Imperium or the Pox-fueled warriors of the Chaos-god Nurgle?

 

All these battles are yet to pass – get ready for Warhammer 40,000 8th Edition!

  • Karru

    Another great way to reduce the number of regular Ultramarines in the fluff so they can replace them with Guilmarines!

    No worries that anything drastic will happen in this campaign. Best case scenario is that they will reenact the Battle for Macragge and wipe out the First Company. Worst case, they won’t even go that far and just beat the unliving warp out of Death Guard and Nurgle.

    • Xodis

      Why kill them off when they can just be upgraded…resistance is futile!!

      • Spacefrisian

        Is there enough Calgar left? Havnt heard much of him, could be the next son go chaos in the making.

  • Christie Bryden

    wonder when the tau will get involved… probably next year as they said xeno’s wasnt till then.

    • Karru

      Yeah, most likely.

      My best prediction would be that after Guilliman beats Khorne using Tzeentch and Nurgle as his beating sticks while Slaanesh is used as a shield, Xenos will get more “active”. Ghaz and his WAAAAGH will attack the Imperium from one side while Tau resume their expansion. Eldar will just be the annoyance they have been and Necrons start to get riled up by the most recent events.

      Basically once GW finishes the current story line and once again beats back Abaddon and Chaos using Guilliman’s magnificent power called “plot armour”, Xenos will be the next “threat”. They just have to thin the old marine numbers a bit first.

      • There was also that rumor that the Octavius/Octarius Orks vs Tyranid brawl will expand some more and both come back with a vengeance. At least this part of the fluff has been prepared for for at least two editions now and got Black Library treatment as well, so it seems like the logical conclusion to that arc.
        …unlike what they did with Baal. Screw that.

    • Mathew G. Smith

      Are the Tau even active anymore? Last we saw of them in fluff they’d had the tar beaten out of them and were trapped on their side of the border by a burning nebula.

      • GlynG

        Yep the new chaos warp thing across the galaxy put the flames out. In the meantime they’ve sent out not one but two new spheres of expansion (the fleet for the first one mysteriously went missing, probably as a convenience should GW want to include Tau in a campaign elsewhere in the galaxy at some point).

      • NNextremNN

        “… had the tar beaten out of them …” Except that the mechanicus had to set a whole region of space at flames with some warp magic because they couldn’t deal with the tau anymore and were losing.

        • Mathew G. Smith

          The Imperial losses were nothing by their standards, the Tau losses were devastating. The Tau leader died. The Imperium decisively wins the war in space and could have glassed the planet at will, they just… inexplicably didn’t.

          That campaign book did write the Tau like Ward writes the Ultramarines, though. In that they aren’t that good, but everybody else just forgets how to fight and never gets even the smallest victory in even when they really should (IG forgot to bring any kind of transport or artillery vehicle for instance). So they had that going for them.

  • Ulrik

    Crucial question is…what will “I Cato Sicarius” do? Will he get high heels to match Primaris? Gets genehanced? Turns traitoris?

    • Xodis

      I expect all special characters to get the Primaris upgrade, minus a few they kill off…that will come back better than ever somehow lol.

      • Karru

        I can’t see Ultramarines losing anyone, they’ll most likely just upgrade them to Guilmarines to encourage people to buy them.

        As for the remaining SM characters, I think they’ll keep them around. Only ones that they might kill off are those that have veeeeery old models.

        • I’m actually interested in how they’ll represent upgraded Special Characters. Will they just get a straight stat upgrade? Will they have two versions, or Primaris as an upgrade to buy?

          Would be pretty silly to just blanket upgrade and remove the old version from future Codex stuff, with all the regular miniatures still out there and on the tables. Especially when you consider that they’ve kept a few dead characters around as well.

          Of course, we DO have a precedent for a character having two profiles/extra rules with Tycho of the Blood Angels. Here’s hoping they’ll go the same route for the upgraded characters.

    • Ronin

      Considering he’s in the Ultramarines index as the first entry, I don’t think he’s going anywhere lol.

    • A funny question is what’s up with all these Imperial Guard Characters we know now that the fluff advanced 200 years. Can regular humans live that long in 40k? Or Tau?

      • Red_Five_Standing_By

        With technological enhancements.

        But I am betting GW will using this as an excuse to create new characters.

        • And why not? It’s about time we see some new characters in 40k. Not only replacing guys for humans, but also new ones. There can’t be just a hand full of important people for all factions 😉 For a single Space Marine Chapter, yea. But not for entire species.

      • SilentPony

        200 years?

        • The Primaris Founding’s timeline / range

          • SilentPony

            So the 8th starter set takes place 200 years after Guilliman comes back, in 200.m42?

      • Porty1119

        Going off the books, definitely. There should definitely be new characters introduced, though.

      • NNextremNN

        Farsight is immortal due to his Dawn blade.
        Shadowsun who knows maybe was put to stasis again or Tau found a way to extend their lifespan. The Imperium already has several ways to extend human life.

        • Yea, the Imperium has ways, but would they be applied to say for example Sly Marbo or any named Imperial Officer?

          • NNextremNN

            Commisar Yarrick I’d say yes, Inquisitors surly, Sly Marbo … he kills death himself and lives forever.

  • Defenestratus

    I can’t even begin to relate how sick I’m becoming of Ultramarines.

    • Karru

      You are in for a treat thanks to the fact that they are starring the entire 8th edition and the fluff for the next unknown number of years. No other chapter exists at this point as nothing more than fodder or a footnote.

    • Sparowl

      How could you be sick of the Greatest Chapter Ever? With the spiritual liege of all Space Marines, Marneus Calgar?

      Look, buddy – it’s good enough for Matt Ward, so it’ll be good enough for you.

      • memitchell

        I for one love Ultramarines. Because I bought an army for cheap from a friend who was leaving the hobby. I for one hate Primarus Marines. Because I have NO desire to buy or paint any more Ultramarines.

      • SilentPony

        Ultramarines are only interesting in HH. Outside of that, they’re just…lame. Baby’s First Space Marines.

    • Red_Five_Standing_By

      How can you be sick of Ultramarines. They basically were not featured in much as far as 7th edition goes. Space Wolves had two campaign books and a box set, Raven Guard and White Scars got two campaign books together, Blood Angels had a box set and a mini-campaign, Deathwatch got a box set, Dark Angels were in the start set. Ultramarines basically did not get featured.

      • John Henry III

        Don’t go mentioning facts, this is an internet comment thread. Meaningless hate is the only acceptable reaction to things

      • Sparowl

        After the 5th edition “Codex: Ultramarines ArE Teh BeStesT!”, some of us will be sick of Ultramarines for a very long time.

        Probably forever.

      • Space Wolves also got a boxset with Orks for Sanctus Reach, where they had campaign books with the two, Imperial Guard and a bit of Grey Knights and Nurgle. Raven Guard had another starter set with Tau recently too for Damocles and Blood Angels and Tyranids faced off in Shield of Baal, with boxset and two campaign books.

        I think the last Ultramarines set was Black Reach, and before that Macragge. Long ago now.

        • Red_Five_Standing_By

          And the Imperial Fists and Iron Hands both got supplemental Codexes.

          I mean, if anything, the Ultramarines have been patently ignored.

    • Ronin

      Exactly how I felt about Space Wolves getting all the campaigns in 7th. 😛

    • Carey_Mahoney

      We’re all in the same boat…

    • Danny Carr

      Does it even matter what chapter they use? It’s the same story ever time whatever colour of marine. Whichever chapter GW is focusing on gets pushed to the limit where they could face extinction, has their marines especially special characters pull of ridiculous stunts, lose hundreds of marines and maybe a planet or 2 and then something gets pulled out of thin air to save them from the brink of ruin. As it is the only difference I ever see it makes is what colour marines is on their advertising and box sets. It’s been that way since the Tyranids ate the Ultramarines 1st company.

      The Blood Angels were for some reason saved by Ka’Bandha a demon and their greatest enemy, then on top of that conveniently Guiliman’s arrives with the primaris there so BA can rebuild just when they need it most. Space Wolves had the Dark Angels, Inquisition and elements of FOURTEEN chapters then a demon primarch and his legion hell bent on destroying them yet they somehow survived to go heroically fight chaos. That’s plot armour as thick as an Ork Boy.

      • Red_Five_Standing_By

        You do realize most of the population of Fenris was murdered, right?

        And that the Dark Anegls didn’t fully save the Wolves as they had been manipulated by Tzeench.

        • Danny Carr

          The Ultramarines lost “the jewel of ultramar” when Prandium was destroyed, hundreds of marines and their first company. They survived relatively unchanged.

          The blood Angels lost 1 or 2 of Baals moons and hundreds of marines. They will survive because of Ka’Bandha and Primaris. They will survive relatively unchanged.

          Space Wolves lost some of the population of Fenris….so will recruit from Fenris and the rest of the system. They will survive relatively unchanged. .

          Any chapter that has the spotlight on it does ridiculous things that portray them as the best thing ever and been able to survive things that really should have left the entire chapter dead and buried.

          Recently it was the space wolves. At the moment it’s the Ultramarinea. Eventually it’ll be someone else. I just don’t see why it matters which one is GWs golden boy as they treat them the same we pretty much all know how it’ll play out.

      • Shawn

        Well, the only colors I haven’t seen get plot armor are black and silver.

        • Red_Five_Standing_By

          Grey Knights bathed in the blood of nuns to defeat some Daemons back in 5th edition…

          • Shawn

            Gotcha. I missed that one. LOL. I was thinking space marine chapter though, lol.

  • Alexis Muscat

    I won’t join any of them : I’ll stand in the rift drugging myself to absolute extasy .

    • Carey_Mahoney

      Good choice!

  • Mr.Gold

    go to w w w . m i n i w a r s . e u (remove spaces)

    and search Adeptus Mechanicus

    for a full leak of the AdMech rules

    my favourite rules changes are (in no particular order):

    Fulgurite Electropriests

    Dominus auto heals D3 wounds per turn as well as repair another AdMech
    unit D3 (and datasmith can auto heal the KR D3 per turn as well)!!

    Kastellan Robots no longer need to be bought alongside the datasmith
    (although he is still the only one that can change the protocols)

    the Aegis Protocol (on the KR) gives +1 to armour and invulnerable saves (aka a 2+/4++, and reflecting on a 5++)!!

    if you use the protector protocol on the KR with full Phosphor weapons TWO of them shoot 36 S6 AP-2 shots!

    Plasma Culverins have D6 shots each with the plasma format.

    the Neutron Laser is now NASTY

    you only need to target a unit with phosphor to deny their cover bonus (not even hit)!

    just about every unit has at least a 6++ (rather than FNP on the skitarii).

    what do you think…

  • Thomas Gilchrist

    I wont love this campaign unless it ends with Nurgle losing but at the cost of having to launch an exterminatus on ultramar

    • NNextremNN

      An Exterminatus on the whole region of space? Like all of that 500 planets?

  • Carey_Mahoney

    So, it’s evident now what the next Warzones will be: Rynn’s World, Caliban (/The Rock), Medusa, Chogoris, Nocturn,… You get the point.

    • Red_Five_Standing_By

      GW said there might be a 3rd Fenris one as well. Although that is dubious if the timeline has advanced 200 years.

      • Mathew G. Smith

        Russ shows up, “I’m here to stop Magnus! …I missed it, didn’t I?”

  • Zero

    I wonder how much the individual boxes will be for the Primaris and Death Guard and what options are inside.. can’t wait to do some kit bashing!