GW: Rumor Engine “The Eagle Has Landed”

Games Workshop’s latest Rumor Engine is here and this teaser is soaring to new heights!

via Warhammer Community

It’s Rumour Engine time, and this one is of something we think is PARTICULARLY awesome – if only we could tell you what it is…

Okay – that’s a pretty big teaser today! There is one force that immediately comes to mind just based off of this iconography:


That’s right – the Space Cops of the Grim-Dark, The Adeptus Arbites, fit this all most too perfectly.

Now, considering Necromunda is coming soon and the Arbites are know to patrol that beat…well, it fits! But before we rule out all the other options, let’s at least take a look at them:

Stormcast Eternals

Granted, they are more into “Lightning & Hammers” as their go-to, but they do have quite a few bird-like things as well.

Astra Militarum

Maybe Lord Solar Mecharius is back with a fancy new piece of wargear! It’s not like the Arbites are the only Imperial faction that rocks the Eagle…


The Aelfs of Age of Sigmar are also known to rock bird motifs, too. What if that’s NOT an eagle but a redesign of a Phoenix?

Adeptus Custodies

Oh and let’s not discount the Emperor’s Golden Boys either. They totally have Imperial Eagles all over their armor!


Whatever it is, this Rumor Engine looks pretty cool. Maybe GW has been watching a lot of Portlandia and decided to put a bird on it. Regardless, I’m looking forward to seeing this model when it gets revealed in full!


Okay Internet Detective Agency – you know what to do! Let us know your best guesses in the comments below!

  • Severius_Tolluck

    Arbites would be awesome, maybe a bit of a stretch at the moment. Could also be the front end of a vehicle. Or its a primarch shoulder? Hmm.

    • Dooms Day

      The lion maybe?? I dont know.

      • Iconoc1ast

        That would be awesome!!

        • Dooms Day

          hes more then likely going to be the next primarch released

          • Iconoc1ast

            I live in hope…

          • EnTyme

            But we just got a Chaos Primarch. Why would they release another?

          • Dooms Day

            because there releasing all the alive primarchs

          • Muninwing

            yuk yuk… that wasn’t even funny the first time…

      • Severius_Tolluck

        That has been hinted at for some time now,

    • memitchell

      Arbites Strategems:

      Speed Kills: Advancing Opponent units that roll a “6” take a Mortal Wound.
      Police Brutality: Arbites re-roll hits and wounds for one turn.
      SWAT Cops: Arbites storming buildings get a 4++ save.

      • That’s actually pretty good.

  • Dusty

    It’s got to be the Astra Militarum… Isn’t their codex on pre-order this week?

    • I_am_Alpharius

      The AM Codex is like the CSM and GK release. So no new kits. I suspect all the remaining 4 armies, getting a codex before xmas won’t be getting new models.

    • Dooms Day

      more then likely not. Nothing in the WD with that kinda thing in there and Astra militarum are just going to be like the other codexs (expect spacemarines and deathguard) No new units.

  • kobalt60

    It’s not an eagle, it’s a a hawk. A plastic hawk. And it thunders

  • Andy Wise

    ‘particularly’ is emphasised. Anyone aware of an army that uses particle weapons? Ad mech maybe?

    • Bakvrad

      Or because it’s part of something

  • Watcherzero

    From the pitting of the plastic it looks to be very small, my first thought when seeing it was how similar it looked to the totems on top of company banners, the lion you can put atop the scions banner.

  • Spacefrisian

    Like everything…Those are plastic Sisters of battle

    (one day this will be correct right?)

    • Fredddy

      Happened with the plastic Valkyrie. Took 10 years- but happened: it was the 121234th time it was rumoured when it finally arrived.

  • zeno666

    Does anyone besides GW actually enjoy these “rumours”?

    I remember a time when rumours was interesting. But then GW sued everyone and started doing their own rumours, everything went bland.
    Like everything they touch these days.

    • dave long island

      Darn right rumors used to be fun: I remember the website Portents, and man was that a great site. They knew when the CEO had eaten too much fiber in their breakfast and which White Dwarf personality wore their socks to bed… (Fat Bloke….). Man that was a great site.

      • zeno666

        Oh yeah, Portents was the name of that great site!

  • Iconoc1ast

    Its an arbiteaser

  • I_am_Alpharius

    My immediate first thought was Adeptus Arbites. However that seems like a odd “gang” for Necromunda to get done early on; there are the 6 core houses that I would imagine are being done first. It has the feeling of something inanimate, like a shoulder pad/armour piece or banner-top etc…, always a little hard to tell when you’re looking a grey plastic, without any context.

    My money would possible be on something Elfin for AoS or one of the gangs from Shadespire?

    • Son_of_Corax_XIX

      Andy Hoare said at the last open day that Arbites arent coming to necromunda but something similar is.

  • 301stFeinminsterArmoured

    Horus Heresy: Path of Heaven, so void combat between Emperor’s Children and White Scars?

  • Lumpenprole

    It’s Royal Porn Rogal Dorn!

  • Jack Jomar

    battlefleet gothic?

  • ragelion

    I think it’s dorn.

  • Chris Hateley

    It’s a space marine.

  • Chet Atkinson

    Anyone else bored with these ‘rumour engine’ pics? It’ll be a couple of months before it comes to fruition anyway.

  • Martin Cann

    My money’s on plastic Sammael on jet bike.

  • piglette

    Imagine an Arbites force: Future helicopter things, riot shields, police lights, motorcycle cops, over-the-top crowd control weapons, chemical weapons, stun batons, shot guns. One can dream.

  • Fabian Brandt

    Looks like the Shoulders of Rogal Dorn to me

  • Rush Darling

    If only eagle/bird iconography wasn’t practically ubiquitous. That’s quite a lengthy article just to point out that it’s probably not Tyranids.

    Which means it’s Genestealer Cult, obviously.

    • Vepr

      Limo hood ornament.

  • MightyOrang

    IG is coming next. It’ll be something for them…probably the imperial band.

  • Hagwert

    There is a big clue in this months temporal distort in WD about Arbites coming back.

    • I_am_Alpharius

      Indeed…relating to a release of models for them…in a WD from 25 years ago. Pretty sure that has jack and poo influence on future releases

  • Calarax

    rogal dorn confirmed!!!1!!!!!!!!1!

  • Horus Lupercal

    Judge Dredd obviously

  • Legence

    As everyone gets new vehicles, probably the cooler grill figure of a new Astra militarum bantley(∩▽∩)

  • Vepr

    Red Breasted Nuthatch, case closed.

  • jmaximum

    I can’t find an image for it, but back in the olden days of the Rogue Trader metal minis, there was an Eagle Warrior marine with a full eagle shoulder pad….. they could be bringing them back!

  • Anthony Combs

    That would be AWESOME especially right now. Blue Lives Matter! Yours does not. FOR THE EMPEROR!