40K: Top 5 Astra Militarum Units We Want

The Astra Militarum are on deck to get a new Codex in November – Will they get new units? We sure hope so!

After the events of the Fall of Cadia (hint: Cadia got FRAGGED) the Astra Militarum really need a fresh start. Sure, the Primaris Space Marines are getting all the attention now but we all know the real strength of the Imperium rests on the Anvil that is the Guard! With that in mind, we settled on a few units we’d like to see in the next Astra Militarum Codex to represent the changes the AM have gone through since Cadia. Some of these aren’t new, but we think they would make excellent additions to the model range none the less!

Rough Riders

After such a shocking blow to the man-power of the Imperium why not enlist the help of some Horse-power! Bring back the Rough Riders and give them an awesome new kit. Nothing says “The Future” like Mounted Calvary on Horseback!

Conscript Squad

We need a new box of Astra Militarum Conscripts. Now that Cadia is gone, it doesn’t make sense that all conscripts are still decked out in standard issue Cadian gear. They should get a new kit of 5 single pose models that cost $100 and they should be the only “tournament legal” models for Conscripts. EVER. No exceptions. (That should cut down on 50 man blob squads, right?)

We could even do a couple of different themes. Penal Legion was one of my favorites. Aventine did an awesome Penal Legion army way back when. Also, I really like these new recruits from the underhive. They seem so loyal! I was a little confused as to why they thought the Emperor had 4 arms, but whatever – they have great tasting kool-aid:

Commissar Tank

Hey, Forge World already has a model we just need it to be a real kit! I think it should also have rules like Commissars and impact vehicles like they impact infantry. For example, any time a tank moves backwards the Commissar Tank immediately fires all of it’s weapons at the coward! That will teach them to run away from the enemies of the Imperium. In fact, anytime anyone fails a morale check instead of losing 1 model, I think this Commissar Tank should bring down the full wrath of the Emperor on them as well – the tank should get a full round of shooting on that unit as if it was the shooting phase. If you kill the cowards, they can’t encourage the others to run!

Sly Marbo

The Man. The Myth. The Legend. I’m not even joking right now. Give us a new Sly Marbo miniature. (I mean, I know he’d be like 150 years old at this point, but you know what – it’s the future man.)

Robo-Lord Castellan Creed

He’s not the Hero we want in the Imperium. He’s the Hero we deserve. Bring back Creed with some slight….modifications. As a bonus, I think that he should get a special body guard unit of Necron Flayed Ones. Why? Because he wears a leather coat like a cape and they wear leathers as capes, too:

People Leather is still technically leather…just sayin.


What do you think of our totally serious and 100% not-joking list of Astra Militarum units?! Pretty awesome RIGHT?! Tell us your unit suggestion/model wish-list in the comments below!

  • Bradley Macduff

    what about a new solar macharius

    • DJ860

      Isn’t he dead?

  • ja_kub_sz

    Sly Marbo, don’t we already have him?… What about a commando/predator era homage to Arnold?

    Call him Arnhold Schwartzen! Have him holding a tyranid skull of some sort in one hand, and a massive bolter with grenade launcher combo in the other. Put a stogie in his mouth and make sure he’s extra jacked and BOOM!

    You got a new jungle fighting icon!

    Now that would be awesome!

    • Porty1119

      I would actually buy that model.

    • georgelabour

      A jungle fighting icon known for muscles and big weapons. Perhaps one that’s known to have killed a camouflaged predator alien in close combat.

      You mean like Harker and his squad of Catachan devils? 😛

      Oh, and one of the original catachan sergeants also had a stogie. Though he was a bit chubby to be ahnold.

      • Chad Underdonk

        He was the lieutenant, and the carapace was where the extra bulk came from!

    • Tshiva keln

      Check out mad robot miniatures. They do all the components to build the “rescue team” any likeness to Arnie and co from Predator is purely coincidental, I’m sure. I’ve got them and they are sweet.

  • ja_kub_sz

    Just imagine the special rules….

    “Ain’t got time to bleed!” And “I’ll be back!”

    The possible awesomeness is virtually endless!

    • Damon Sherman

      “Ain’t Got time to bleed” was Jesse Ventura.

      • ja_kub_sz

        I know, but the line is too good not to be used.

  • ja_kub_sz

    Seriously… An Arnold Schwarzenegger jungle fighting imperial guard character would be freaking epic in the truest sense of the word.

    • Spacefrisian

      And Harkers weapon isnt hint enough, payback…Did you even see Predator?

      Hollywood Hootsman even has an army like him anyways.

    • BrianDavion

      it’s that every catachen ever though?

      • ja_kub_sz

        I know, I know… but then what’s the point of Sly?

        I’m just saying Harker of course fits the build, but really if they have one they should have the other.

        Arnhold Schwartzen!

  • Kritarion

    We need a model of All-Imperial Hero, the one and Only Ciaphas Cain

  • X078

    How about proper looking infantry and not “WW1 jumpsuit with Hockey protection” or “WW1 jump suit with medieval knight breastplate and beret”…

    • OldHat

      Well what exactly do you expect them to wear against lasers and daemons?

    • Carey_Mahoney

      Yeah. The jump suits wouldn’t be the problem. The overall models are.

  • generalchaos34

    A brand new guard character would be nice actually, maybe a supreme commander, or a nice Sgt upgrade (ala Bastonne). Outside of a possible rough riders kit I see zero chance of them giving us anything new. Thats the only unit that you cannot get a model for currently. Another smart possibility would be a vets box with tons of options to fill in spots all over for things like command squads, shotgun vets, etc. And if GW really liked money, they would make a plastic Steel Legion/ Valhallan box (its really just a head swap + gear if you think about it)

    • Chad Underdonk

      You’ll never see Valhallans displaying their ankles like those Steel Legion Harlots!


      • generalchaos34

        Actually I’d love to see a new named commander for the Guard that is a lady, break up the boys club and preferably shove a power fist into the crotch of the first space wolf that tries to mansplain tactics to her.

        • darthrex354

          I think a power fist to the crotch is foreplay to a Space Wolf.

    • BrianDavion

      TECHNICLY we have the supreme commander already as the supreme commander of the Imperial Armed forces is actually Gulliman. Still I get what you mean, sort of a high ranking general, perhaps one of Gulliman’s “Leuitenants”

  • SilentPony

    *Slap* Commissar Holt!

  • Carey_Mahoney

    Plastic Rough Riders!! With robot horses, please! Nope, no cyborg horses, robots! As in 80s cartoons. You know it’s gonna be awesome, GW!

    And Ratling Snipers!! With Stumper Muckstart as an add-on. Who’ll need Vindicares if you have these?

    • OldHat

      They already have Ratling sniper models.

      • Carey_Mahoney

        I mean plastic ones. And cooler ones…

        • OldHat

          Cooler?! Impossible. Plastic? ….also impossible, given their niche nature.

          • Carey_Mahoney

            No way, dude.

    • Laurence J Sinclair

      Galaxy Rangers!

      • Carlill

        That’s Mal Reynolds from Firefly you dolt.

    • I_am_Alpharius
      • Carey_Mahoney

        Not quite. That’s a cyborg horse, I’d say.

      • Simon Chatterley

        I’d sell every model I owned and play just them. Best cartoon ever. You know you are onto a good thing when your horse is armed with a blunderbus

    • Chad Underdonk

      I’d love for them to make plastic rough riders. Then maybe more of the old Attilans would hit ebay and I could fulfill my dream of 120 Screaming Attilans festooned with grenades and laspistols charging across the table against the Emperor’s enemies!

  • palaeomerus

    Make new plastic catachans that don’t look like bloated action figures w/ arm seams.

  • Forget new units, I want female Guard, plastic Valhallans, or ideally female plastic Valhallans.

    Give me my 597th already gorrammit.

  • Muhamad Adhi Setiadi

    Rough Rider unit, with T.R. look-alike as Commander.

  • Wouter van Driel

    I want rough riders on motorbikes.

  • Unimpressed

    nobody wants any of the 5 units above …
    what AM really needs is a good fast attck choice like the FW “war buggy” the rough riders are considering the background of cavalry an idiotic choice … one needs to train the horses, to feed the horses and if the horse is wounded you need a new horse because you have to kill the horse …

  • Ronin

    Ciaphas Cain, please!

  • Rayna M. McCowan

    Plastic Rough Riders sure, but, bring the Vendette back into the codex itself, the Tauros and Tauros Venator to help spruce up the fast attack choices too. Flesh out the company commander like they did for the Space Marine Captain being able to take an upgrade to Chapter Master, let us bring our dreams to life of having our Lord Generals, not just CREEEEEEEED!!!

    Getting an old Guard army back in plastic would go a long ways though for diversity’s sake on the TT, Cadian’s are bog standard due to Catachan just look bad for the most part unless you want them as genestealer cultists/mutants, or penal legions, true t-shirt saves. Steel legion and Valhallan would be two fitting ones. One is at to fore front of a major conflict (Armageddon) and the other is a fan favorite due to Ciaphas Cain. The Vostroyan First Born would also be a nice legion to have come back as well into plastics (more in line with their art than their models, that nice big breast plate would be pretty unique as well as the other furred coats, mix and match kits).

    Realistically, the IG is super heavy in the Elite choices and rather thin in troops (visually), fast attack, fliers (with out forge world), and heavy support is a mixed bag imo, it could serve for a bit of fluffing out, but, at the same time it mostly needs some fixing. The rules as is in heavy support options are the most painful making some options just nonviable in even fun play as you won’t ever realistically do anything with them (vanquisher leman russ) making some options extinct on tabletop or one trick ponies that are bogged down in rules that make them look far more scary than they are (deathstrike missiles, hilariously not that scary or powerful like people tend to think, good, but, not good enough to waste a slot on, take a basilisk squad instead).

  • Leics Fox

    how about a light tank or two; or some variety to the massed artillery the guard is supposedly famous for; or finally a Testudo model…steel legion rumours being true would also be great