40K: Astra Militarum – Regiments of Renown

The Astra Militarum is a galaxy-spanning force and these are the top Regiments we’d like to see get rules soon!

We all remember the news that GW announced Astra Militarum, Tyranids and Aeldari as the next 3 books, right? And we also all remember that Pete Foley mentioned that Regimental Rules would be in the next Astra Militarum book, right? Well after seeing this weekend release included a novel, Cadia Stands, we got to talking here at BoLS HQ about which regiments we’d like to see in the new book.

Cadian Shock Troops

Okay, we feel like this one is a gimme. The Cadians are kind of the Poster Boys for Guardsmen. However, we want to see how they have changed after losing their planet. We’re hoping they get some crazy rules to represent their justifiable hatred of Chaos.

Catachan Jungle Fighters

The Catachan Jungle Fighters are probably the AM’s 2nd group of Poster Boys. Here at BoLS we’ve always had a soft spot for these 80’s action heroes of the Imperium. Plus they have some of the best “larger-than-life” characters in their ranks. Colonel “Iron Hand” Straken. Gunnery Sgt. Harkar. Nork Deddog. And we can’t forget the One Man Army, Sly Marbo! Again, we feel like the Catachans are a gimme – but it’s one of those Regiments that we also love for their Over-the-top attitude.

Mordian Iron Guard

There is just something about the Mordian Iron Guard that we like. They are pretty hardcore when you think about it. Each soldier comes to fight in their “Dress Blues” and they are probably the sharpest looking fighting force in the Imperium. They would probably school Blood Angels on how to take care of their fanciest armor! Okay, maybe not that last part – but still, they are known for their iron discipline and their iron resolve.

If they do show up in the new Astra Militarum book (maybe with a plastic infantry kit…I can dream, can’t I) then we hope they get something to reflect that discipline rules-wise. Maybe re-roll failed morale? Maybe extra orders per turn? Who really knows – but they should play as professional as they look!

Tallarn Desert Raiders

When you grow-up in the sands dunes, you learn to move with the flow. For the Tallarn, they have learned to move their armored tanks around like the sand dunes, flowing to the next spot and then fading away. They are masters of guerrilla warfare and “hit-and-run” tactics. They are also a hearty people that come from a harsh climate and are noted for their use of Plasma and Missile launchers. Those weapons seem fitting for a force that likes to stay mobile.

Rules wise, we hope that the Tallarn get something cool for their Armored Units like the Leman Russ, Chimeras, and Hellhounds. If they show up, we hope they stay mobile and don’t play like a static gunline army. We want them to move, move, move!

Attilan Rough Riders

It’s no secret that we’ve been pushing for the Rough Riders to return with new models. If you have the current Index then you should take a look at their Hunting Lance entry again. They are no longer “One Use Only” weapons – they can use them every time they charge now! That makes them a MUCH more useful unit. Plus they move quick. Most of all, we’re just hoping they get a new set of mounted Cavalry models with an updated look… If they get full rules and some extra love, even better! C’mon GW, throw us a bone and at least give the Rough Riders a cool stratagem to use that let’s them roll 3d6 on the charge – or maybe 3d6 and drop the lowest?!

There are several more Regiments of Renown from the Astra Militarum. We don’t know which ones will show up but here’s the ones we didn’t go into detail on:

We’d love to see rules for ALL of these Regiments in the future Astra Militarum book. We don’t know how realistic that is, but we’ve got our fingers crossed. I know Stable Abe is chomping at the bit to get his hands on a new Guard book – it’s kind of his thing.


What Regiments of the Astra Militarum do you hope are in the next AM codex? What about characters? Who do you think will make a return?

  • Severius_Tolluck

    Part of me feels we should be seeing Steel legion have a strong resurgence. Thanks to “The Beast” series. Will see though.

    • ZeeLobby

      One of the coolest imo.

    • Tyr

      Theyre also pictured in the rulebook, which some (or maybe even all?) other metal regiments arent, and theres a decent bit of fluff about them and armageddon in there as well… they seem like the safest candidate when it comes to staying (they also still have almost all of their units available, minus the SL commissar and alternate commander).

      I do wonder what rules they might get though… their “thing” is to be mechanised, not to be particularly strong or stealthy… and yeah, they hate orks, but so do Valhallans… apart from those two things, I cant really think of anything that could be modeled in the rules…

  • AEZ

    Yeah Tanith first and only on every table 😀

  • Dan

    No mention of Praetorians?

    Also if I had to guess there’ll be seven:

    Cadian, Catachan, Mordian, Tallarn, Armageddon, Valhallan, Vostroyan.

    Krieg and Elysian are FW. Attilan and Tanith seem too minor and never really had armies. Although who knows. I’d really like to see them include abhuman, Penal Legion, and “primitive” regiments which give much more significant bonuses but increase point costs or have other tradeoffs. (like squats all get +1 T but cost an extra point-per-model/power level or something)

    • Neal Laxman

      I would agree we won’t see the FW armies in the codex. Unless they transition to core GW products. I would love it if they had bonus rules for all the same regiment, and further rules for portraying multiple regiments made into one through combat losses.

      Ratings (not squats) would be a good call for new models and add some sniper only antics. We’ve got a newish orgryns kit.

      Finally #beastmenarecitizenstoo!

      • Koen Diepen Van

        I think we won´t see much of anything in the form of IG regiments. A different chapter or legion is just the same model painted differently. A different regiment is a other range of models. I highly doubt gw would do that. That just does not seem financially sound. It does seem awesome to be fair but. If I was in charge of a multinational company i would take economic factors over the rule of cool.

        • Heinz Fiction

          Maybe they release a modular plastic kit to build multiple regiments from. You know: helmet = Cadia, bandana = Catachan, fur hat = Valhalla…

          • Krev_Grazl

            That would be cool. Most of the regiments do have different clothing, but I’m sure a clever designer could work around that to make a flexible kit. They are fond of multi-purpose kits (Tervigon, Maulerfiend etc.)

        • grim

          im pretty sure they introduced the regiment keyword system in the indexes for this reason. What would be awesome is a generic table of stratagems / abilities you can choose from and keyword your army.

  • pokemastercube .

    death corps and elsians wont make it to the coex as they are FW’s guard armies, like how the red scorpions are the space marines they use whenever they need to do something majort with that wont interfear with codex background

    • Matthew Hoag

      Don’t forget the Minotaurs.

      • pokemastercube .

        i only said red scoprions as a example, there are a few chapters they use overall

  • Scott Heinig

    Elysians are cool but I’d love some Harakoni Warhawks!

  • Aurion Shidhe

    I would happily direct deposit my next several paychecks into GW’s account if we saw plastic Vostroyans. Hell, I’d be geeked over an affordable re-release of their metal models.

    • Tyr

      … why would you need a re-release? A price cut would be sufficient. And even then, the metal guard models are actually reasonably affordable when you look at GWs current prices… I mean, theyre 7 € more than the plastic cadians, but actually cost *less* than some newer kits… admech skitarii are 1€ more expensive for 10, ruststalkers are *6* € more expensive for *5*…

      And yeah, sure, you need a decent amount of minis for your average guard army, but still… It could be a lot worse.

      • Muninwing

        you will never get a price cut. someone else will buy it for asking.

        • Tyr

          Yeah, was just pointing out that they dont really need to do a re-release. Either option seems somewhat unlikely, in any case.

  • Frostasche

    A small mistake at the beginning of the articel, GW never announced a Codex: Aeldari, they announced a codex for craftworld eldar, new name for them is Asuryani. Aeldari is the umbrella term for Harlequins, Asuryani, Drukhari, Ynnari, Exoditen, … together.

    Calleing the codex Aeldari would be like calling the Codex: Astra Militarum Codex: Imperium.

    • luke-vdv

      They’re all stupid names.

      • Frostasche

        I personally like them, especially Drukhari is a name that is quite back to the roots. It sounds like a merge of Aenari and the old Warhammer Fantasy name for dark elves: Druuchi.

        And it does not change a thing, it is still a mistake in the articel, that should be corrected. GW did not announce a Codex: Aeldari.

        • luke-vdv

          I don’t mind the names existing, but if they do another stupid name change all so that they can trademark it despite it never being a problem before, then it is stupid.

  • IT

    What?! No Savlar Chem Dogs? One of the best regiments.

    • Muninwing

      it’s funny how they could do every regiment if they just released some basic parts.

      (A) tight uniform jacket vs (B) greatcoat vs (C) tanktop
      (D) helmet vs (E) bandana vs (F) fur hat vs (G) pith helmet vs (H) rebreather
      (I) BDU cargo pants vs (J) jodhpurs

      now you have the option to mix and match, to do
      Cadians (ADI)
      Catachans (AEI)
      Vostroyans (BFJ)
      Salvar (CHI would look cool)
      Steel Legion (BDI)
      Praetorians (AGJ)
      Mordians (ADJ)
      Valhallans (BFI)

      and you could mix and match… so your conscripts might have slightly different uniforms, your HQs could be kitbashed or modded, and it would be a reason to buy new kits.

  • Da Gargoyle

    What about that limited release Regiment that fought at the Big Tuff Riva. Back in the day it was a nod to Zulu Dawn but would still make a colourful unit

    • Squirreli

      Praetoria. Have ’em, love ’em but don’t expect to see GW revisit the strong colonial non-scifi theme of the regiment. They go for 6€+ a lasgunner on Ebay though, so there’s a market for them for sure 😉

  • Unimpressed

    very bad choice of regiments …

    i would like to see a completely new poster boy regiment with cadia destroyed …

    • Muninwing

      Cadia will always be the poster children.

  • onlyonepinman

    This just looks like a list of all the old GW Imperial Guard regiments.

    • Muninwing

      it is.

      • onlyonepinman

        Tune in next week folks as we list all the Eldar Craftworlds

  • Richard Stinson

    I’d like to see Penal Legions like the Savlar Chem Dogs. Letting their platoon leaders be Arbites!