40K Breaking – Craftworld Eldar are the Next Codex

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It’s Official, Craftworld Eldar are the next Codex! More details? Read on…

That’s right. GW has officially confirmed that Craft world Eldar are the next Codex out for release. That means on the next week or two we’ll get a sneak peek at how those meddling space elves are gonna get away from Old Man Chaos this week…

via Warhammer Community

It’s official – the next codex for Warhammer 40,000 (and the first xenos codex of the new edition!) is Codex: Craftworlds!

You can practically smell the myriad ways in which they’ll be cheating through the screen.

Older hobbyists among you may remember Craftworld Eldar, which contained rules for Ulthwé, Iyanden, Biel-Tan, Altaioc and Saim-Hann. Codex: Craftworlds is the spiritual successor to that book as well as a step forward for the army in line with the other codexes we’ve released so far, featuring five new Craftworld Attributes designed to represent the unique ways these Aeldari go to war. The abilities are powerful, thematic, and flexible, and open up new tactical possibilities for army-building.

These Craftworld Attributes are paired with a range of Stratagems, Warlord Traits, no less than two vastly expanded psychic disciplines and powerful Remnants of Glory. Just check out the Psytronome of Iyanden:

That is, as they say, a spicy meatball. Get some wraith blades or guard in hand to hand and make them fight like two for the price of one. We haven’t seen value like that since, well, Astra Militarum’s Codex, actually.

But that one is full of rules inconsistencies, so we’ll just discount it for now. Time to board the hype train before the Eldar starcannon it into oblivion. At any rate, you can also grab one of the new Start Collecting sets, or the repackaged Ynnead character bundle. Or also get in on a wave of made to order deals–check it out!

This Aeldari release won’t just see the return of some classic rules, but some classic models, too! For one week only, starting Saturday next week, the latest wave of Made to Order models will give you your chance to get your hands on some rare and out of production Craftworlds miniatures. There are Farseers, Exarchs, and, most excitingly, the much-coveted Bonesinger and the classic Rogue Trader Farseer (who looks pretty great for 28 years old!).

You can find out more here. 

In the meantime, get ready for space elves, followed shortly thereafter by space bugs.

  • Kevin Maloney

    Wait, did GW just misspel Alaitoc?

    • YetAnotherFacelessMan

      Yep. Typo.

    • ZeeLobby

      It’s the new IP protected Alaitoc.

      • BT


  • LankTank

    I think this thoroughly confirms no new Eldar models. As they have just repackaged old ones.

    • Dooms Day

      well.. not even that.. they’ve got them up for limited time order.

      • ZeeLobby

        So new models are coming? Or are the old ones being squatted?

        • Charon

          Even better.
          No new models and older collector models which get quite a price on ebay have been “made to order”. So the “best” of both worlds 😀

          • ZeeLobby

            I dunno. People would love new plastic aspects. At least most Eldar players I know. Though the old models are boss. Just the finecast era are dreadful.

          • Charon

            I am less then thrilled my old collectors models dropped in price and I could use a few plastic aspects instead.

          • ZeeLobby

            Haha. True.

          • Randy Randalman

            New plastic Aspects will come, just probably not until after all the codices drop.

          • ZeeLobby

            I’ll be excited if they do, but I still doubt it. I assume it’ll mostly be new units going forward with the occasional redo.

          • My bet is on that as well. They need to move 40k forward in many regards. Which also means to refill the ranks with new stuff people can buy instead of just revisions of the same units and hoping people still buy them. I’d prefer the rehash myself over weird additions, but I’m not the mass in this.

          • ZeeLobby

            In the end I still think you fall into the majority. I just think GW believes they’ll generate more sales towards people who want new stuff than they’ll lose from disgruntled players not buying. I mean it’s the gamble they pulled in AoS, and it seems to be paying off. Guess they want similar returns in 40K.

          • KombatWombat

            On that point, what was the last kit redo that wasn’t broken out into a new faction? Things like Deathguard, Thousand Sons and Deathwatch were all redone… into new factions. They’ve redone a couple of characters as small individual releases (Khârn and Eldrad) but when was the last time they just updated a staple box like an Aspect Warriors or Tactical Squad or Necron Destroyer kit?

            You could be waiting a very long time for plastic Aspects…

          • LankTank

            I think iy was the marine tac kit??

        • Dooms Day

          no new models… and the old ones aren’t being removed.. there putting Old models they dont make anymore up for purchase for 1 week only.

          • LankTank

            I think it reinforces my opinion of no new models until all codex’s drop excluding startwr box armies

    • Watcherzero

      At least Eldar are getting a set of dice for each Craftworld, Guard and Mechanicus didn’t get even that.

      • DeCold

        Yeah, that seems biased

      • Spade McTrowel

        Not Craftworld. For each of the most common Aspect Warriors.

        • TenDM

          That’s much more useful.

      • LankTank

        Yeah but guard went from under dogs to king of the ring.

      • Kristian

        Really? New dice gets you excited? Really?! New Dice?!?!

  • I_am_Alpharius

    Given GW telegraphed that Eldar would be next with last weekends FB post asking about hobbyist favourite Craftworlds…..this is my shocked face…

    and look how its two weeks after the Astra Militarum Codex release date…and wait what’s this Codex Tyranids out on the 11th November…oh and that two weeks after the Codex Craftworld….I sensing a pattern here…my prediction is that mystery Codex One will be out on 25th November and mystery Codex Two will be out on the 9th December*

    Also que Tyranid players getting excited by the fact the article mentions “…It’s not just new rules…” and jumping to the conclusion that this obviously is proof of new miniature, when really all it was talking about was the art.

    *note: given this runs into xmas period, it will not surprise me if mystery codex’s one and two get published on the same weekend.

    • LankTank

      We know orkz are one oof them as mentioned on warhammer comm (cant remember which article) but who is behind bachelor door number 3?

      • I_am_Alpharius

        WH-Com community has not say a pep about the final two codices. I suspect there will be a statement made this week or the next. However, Orks are a fairly good bet; they’ve a substantial range of plastics for nearly every unit, many of which are quiet new; and with Orks, being one of the popular iconic races, would fit with the armies that have already been done.

    • J Mad

      Nah, i think Chapter Approve will be out late November and then we will get another 1 off game and some Large Collection boxes for Holidays. Then Jan will be 2 Codex’s.

      • I_am_Alpharius

        GW have already explicitly stated that the first 10 codex’s will be published before the end of the year. The patter has been a book every two weeks. Chapter Approved was advertised as by Christmas so yeah we’re looking at Nov/Dec time. Christmas focus products tend to be release during the last two weeks of November and the first two weeks of December, in order to catch xmas sales.

        We’ve got a pretty good idea of the release over the next 8 weeks:
        21st Oct – Shadespire
        28th Oct – 2 additional Shadespire Warbands and Codex Craftworlds w/associated goodies.
        4th Nov – Likely Necromunda
        11th Nov – Codex Tyranids (and perhaps Elf Blood Bowl stuff w/additional goodies) [I’d also expect launch of advertisement for Xmas, store/webstore encouraging creation of wishlist etc..]
        18th Nov – Likely Necromunda (if not released on 4th) or additional Gangs for Necromunda
        25th Nov – Likely mystery codex 1 and Focus Xmas aimed product releases and sales Begins
        2nd Dec – Xmas aimed product releases and possible date for Chapter Approved
        9th Dec – Likely mystery codex 2 and Xmas aimed product releases
        16th Dec – Point at which GW will want stores to double down on Xmas salesFinal round of Xmas releases, which would be small, possible Black Library novels
        23th Dec – Likely little to no release, possible Black Library novels
        30th Dec – Likely little to no release, possible Black Library novels

  • GiftoftheMagi

    Considering that the Guard didn’t get any models and the only new stuff is either again more Nurgle or Primaris Marines, I fully expect this to be the new norm: rushing out codexes to fill the gap while they focus the model line on promoting the new Marine look. I also expect that the older Marine models will be completely phased out within 2 years. Save Forge World I expect no new model for any army not Marine or Chaos until at least 2019.

    • pad_uk

      But, but, but….. they told us they were a miniature company that make figures for collectors…..
      (I think you’re spot on by the way)

      • GiftoftheMagi

        Let’s be fair: the man that tried to push that idea was the one that “left” the company last year (kirby I think his name was).

        And I don’t want to be right, but all signs point to an aggressive takeover of Primaris models over the next 6-9 months at least. While I am glad to see Death Guard get new looks, Nurgle has been heavily pushed for a couple years now. I think Tzeentch and especially Slaanesh could use some love.

        But it’s a bit too obvious that Death Guard got a Codex and models right after Space Marines…and right after they got released in the big box WITH Primaris Marines. Kinda like making sure you have a few Cobra bad guys for your 40+ G.I.Joe figures to fight against. And now we had a Guard Codex with nothing new save a re-model of a Forge World line and yet ANOTHER Primaris vehicle (and a superheavy to boot!), and a Eldar Codex and statement saying nothing new is coming, just some old re-releases.

        I think in the rush to re-Codex everything, they are willing to sacrifice new models and simply focus on the one line that they always focus on, until it completely replaces regular Marines (and yes, they will then expect you to dump your old models and buy the new, becuase I fully expect 9th Edition will have no rules for old Marines).

        • ILikeToColourRed

          didnt tzeentch get a wave of new models last year for both fantasy and 40k?

    • Dennis J. Pechavar

      Well they did also mention that Cawl has bigger things on the way… Primaris will get lots of new toys.

  • SonoftheMountain

    So I’m guessing Dark Eldar (not using the dumb new name) will get a later book, but what about the Ynnari stuff?

    • I_am_Alpharius

      Ynnari will likely be another book. However, it would be negligent not to note what, WH-Com have said about the Ynnari Triumvirate box, as this could imply they won’t* be getting a codex…..so who really knows?

      “Next week also sees the Triumvirate of Ynnead repackaged for the new edition. As well as three awesome character models, this set contains full datasheets for everything inside, as well rules for fielding Ynnari detachments in your army, meaning you won’t need anything else to use them with your Craftworlds codex!”

      *I feel there is a very slim chance of this.

      • electricsheep89

        According to the facebook community team, the rules in the triumvirate box is just a copy of what is in the index – and of course free in the form of the FAQ because they completely changed what was written in the index. Seems to literally be a ‘matter of convenience’ so that people can take craftworlds as ynnari without needing the index.

        I see ynnari getting a book down the line, but after all other Aeldari, and possibly when they get a little further into their storyline. Possibly with the release of some unique models.

        • I_am_Alpharius

          Ah cool. That makes sense.

      • GiftoftheMagi

        I kinda see them as in add-on option, not a true force. At best they will be mentioned in the other Eldar codexes, but I don’t see GW making the commitment to making any new models for any line save Primaris and Chaos for at least until 2019.

  • Marco Marantz

    While I think 8th ed is already a bust this codex will determine so beyond any doubt. If Eldar are to retain their place at or near the top of the tree, and eclipse IG then this will likely require an edition breaking codex.

    • LankTank

      Why do I think that all it takes is for eldar to beat IG with decent snipers and you will be talking aboutabout codex creep even if Eldar struggle against other codex that have dropped? I still see no power creep as Gk are no better than marines and I still see cSM and DG as relatively equal. Guard have an advantage for now until horde destroying armies like orks, nids and tau get their respective codexowners.

      • LankTank

        And as 2ndpoint, marines do better against guard than DG usually, so wheres the power creep?

      • J Mad

        Honestly, just cheaper units is enough. They have all the tools, sadly many of them are way to costly.

      • Marco Marantz

        Its speculation at this point but given the overall strengths of eldar last edition, and their units currently, its unlikely. They are decent against all factions. the way you categorize codecies, its like you see them in different tiers, rock/papper/scissors which is still not acceptable in terms of balance. No the codecies havent gotten better with every single one but we’ve only had a few and IG was certainly a step up. As i said, what they do with eldar will be a good indicator. to deny that codecies dont generally get better is to deny the history of this game.

        • LankTank

          Codex creep is having each following codex noticeably more powerful than its predecessor on all fronts. I merely indicated that if that was true during 8th, and it was “already bust” as you stated, then there could be no prior codex that would still be able to compete as well as Death Guard which was the 4th codex. Or mechanicum the 5th. But again I would not say that these 2 codexes are better than marines or csm, the first 2 codexes. So other than AM being a hard to beat codex CURRENTLY as the codexes in circulation struggle with hordes, I would like to see an example of power creep in 8th

          • Marco Marantz

            Your first sentence is not correct and has never been correct. It is not every codex being better than its predecessor in sequence, especially across all unit types. Heck, some codecies have been ok save for a small number of units or abilities (which are often fielded disproportionately or en masse). SM codex was always going to be decent on account of the majority of people in the hobby playing some form of SM. Chaos was a weaker, AM was better than Chaos but not overly strong, GK was about on par with SM or arguably better. IG have been the first to shift gears, going beyond even SM. If Eldar are stronger again it will set the trend.

        • LankTank

          And there is a slight paper scissors rock element with particular wargear or units being more effective against certain units more than others, and some armies having more ready access to them. for example against AM access to snipers, and then Chaos almost inability to get one, and definitely inability to get enough for them to be effective

          • Marco Marantz

            Yes id agree with this.

  • Vachones

    I have this feeling that we will see new Ynnari units or even Exodites before we get updates to older Eldar models. GW can make more money selling new models than updating old models. We might see a few updates here and there (i.e. Eldrad), but I would not hold my breath for new plastic aspects or Phoenix Lords.

  • majbjörn

    I have a feeling this will be a weak Eldar codex…

  • DoctorBored

    Neat. Repackaged and reused kits for Eldar. Bit of a slap in the face considering they are in dire need of some updated kits. 🙁 I’m getting real tired of Death Guard…

    • memitchell

      So, you’re saying you’re “real tied” of great new minis, and a fully rejuvenated DG that has its own unique play style? C’mon, Man.

      • DoctorBored

        I would have been happy if Death Guard got the same treatment as Thousand Sons. New cult troop, cult terminators, Primarch, and cult leader. Boom, done. Instead, they also got a bunch of extra bits, characters, and tanks that have drawn this release out quite a long while. It’s just taken too long. Like Overwatch releasing Sombra. I’m tired of hearing about it and ready to get onto some new models for some other factions that need some love.

    • sloth42

      I have a feeling that the Primaris will be the equivilant of stormcast. By this i mean new units here – primaris get a unit to counter that, ohh this new army come out “exodites for example, here primaris you need to counter them….. just like stormcast have had.

      • DoctorBored

        Yeah, I’m kind of worried about that happening, especially when so many of these other armies need way more attention than Space Marines to be brought into the modern age.

    • ILikeToColourRed

      i know, they’ve been getting new models for years now….

      jokes aside eldar need plastic aspect warriors just as much as chaos needed updated death guard

  • memitchell

    Made to Order models…

    Get’em while they’re not hot.

  • eMtoN

    I have to admit that I am a little disappointed. The ynnari storyline was shaping up to be an absolutely huge change for the entire Eldar race. It could have been a way to reimagine them. Now it’s looking more like a half baked and likely discarded idea.

  • Chaosrex

    Soooo what kind of stupid cheese is Eldars gonna get that makes them once again a broken army thats no fun to play with/against this time?( since new edition or not, GW still havn’t found out how game balance works…)

    • DoctorBored

      It’s because they only know how to balance Space Marines.

  • palaeomerus

    I want them to sell me some old metal knights and eldar titans if they’re bringing back the retro. Heck the old metal robots and dreadnoughts would be cool too.

  • Finally, some Xenos. Now we just need some new models, even if the Eldar now get the made-to-order. Those are not new models, they are ones we didn’t buy because they were old, that we are now buying because they are old. Right…