40K Lore: Meet the New Astra Militarum Regiments

Codex Astra Militarum has a lot of new regiments in it for the numberless ranks of the Astra Militarum. Here’s the best ones.

Sure we have rules for the 8 famous Regiments that have been around for decades – but I like the challenge and modeling opportunities of these new ones.


We’ll take these two at a time and talk about conversion possibilities – and what I would run them as based on their fluff.

Faeburn Vanquishers – look like standard Cadians models with an alternative paint-scheme – and mix in some female heads just for good show. I would also mix in some ministorum bits here and there to reflect their devout nature. Suggested Doctrine – Cadia

Truskan Snowhounds – alternative paintscheme Cadians with cowled headswaps (Grey Knights or old Bretonnians). Easily done. Suggested Doctrine – Valhallan


Ventrillian Nobles – I’d go with Cadians with Empire Pistolliers headswaps, and Empire swords. Suggested Doctrine – Vostroyans

Indigan Preafects – Genestealer Cult bodies with Skitarii heads and backpacks. Suggested Doctrine – Mordians (disciplined fire)


Athonian Tunnel Rats – A tough one. these look like a combo of Chaos cultists, CSM helmets and IG weapons.  Suggested Doctrine – Steel Legion (Hivers who use vehicles)

Miasman Redcowls – Skitari, and Cadian mashups with Empire bits. Suggested Doctrine – Catachans (flamer specialists)


Armageddon Ork Hunters – Catachans  – easy enough.

Mordant Acid-Dogs – Cathchans with Cadian headswaps. Suggested Doctrine – Whatever you want – kind of vague description.

~Which one would you do, and what doctrines would you pick?


  • Rainthezangoose

    Telling people to kitbash your nice looking models onto the horrible old models that make up the core of your new release is not fixing the problem GW.

    • Spacefrisian

      If it looks bad you can always claim its Nurgle, everyone will be amazed by your skills.

      • Rainthezangoose

        I actually used cadain and cultist parts to make my Imperial guard renegade army. I use Loyalist rules for them because frankly the R&H list is still really weak and akward (random lD on units is annoying to keep track of). Looks like a cultists with cadian bits, that’s my core infantry. Looks like a cadian with cultist bits that my veterans.

        • Deacon Ix

          Same – I use the AM Codex and call mine a renegade PDF – still use the Cadian modes as ‘cheap’

    • I_am_Alpharius

      Errrrrrrm….There was a problem? I’m pretty sure no other army have 3 versions, essentially the same, core unit. AM are players kind of spoilt for choice.

      • Rainthezangoose

        Disagree, cadian and catachan models are nearly as old as I am and they are ugly, half the metal/resin mintures too, and the metal/resin model that look nice are not plastic and you don’t want to make a horde army from expensive and difficult materials. The fact the catachan and cadian haven’t been brought in line with the command squad is a joke. The standard jungle fighters next to the command squad look like some cheap bootleg…

        • lunahula .

          It’s not just the appearance that is the problem. I have quite a few plastic cadians from the start collecting and armored fist sets. The arms just do not fit very well onto the torso’s together. To the point where to get a good finish you need to use green stuff to fill the gaps.

          Want to leave the arms off to paint the chest in a sub assembly? Well your arms are going to look not entirely attacked to your torso then!

          Then of course… the hand issue. Lana Kane gorilla hands.

          • Rainthezangoose

            Its the fact that its attack of the clones, 9 identical look dudes plus a sgt who looks a little different.

          • calming rain

            I got recently go mine for GSC but i dont have any issue with arms. You probably read the spure and have to find same picece accordingly.

          • lunahula .

            It’s not a problem with matching, I seperate and bag up parts when cleaned of mould lines to match. It’s the shoulder to arm connection itself which can be at a bad angle or just a poor flat on flat fit and it causes an obvious gap and seam you have to fill. Filling it everytime is bad enough, but that also means you can’t paint in a sub assembly.

          • lmn118

            Have made, literally, hundreds of them and never had that issue.

          • lunahula .

            You are most fortunate then. I envy you. Similar but possibly worse issue on the fit of space marine scout parts as well. They do seem to be more notorious as such.

          • LankTank

            Comissar: I find your lack of faith disturbing.
            Guardsman: I find your mannish hands disturbing.
            Crusader: I find them kind of sexy!

        • af

          What? Cadian models look great, possibly my favorite of all 40K lines. I like that they look restrained and soldierly, in contrast with the usual GW excesses.

          • euansmith

            I like their faces; like grumpy old pontiffs from the statues in the Vatican.

          • ZeeLobby

            They just look clunky imo. Sausage fingers and all. Body armor that’s tank hull thick. Could def use a touch of the new model magic.

          • They’ve not aged well. I was hoping with the fall of Cadia we’d get something new, but considering how the militarum tempestus conquistadors turned out, maybe that’s for the best. If I someday decide to spend my money on something other than IG armor I’ll buy from 3rd parties. It’s not like there is a shortage of 28-32mm sci-fi infantry out there.

          • af

            Disagreed! They’ve aged well and are still among the best sci-fi sculpts GW has to offer. Why, I have some Cadians next to my Genestealer Cults hybrids (which also look pretty cool!) and they mix almost perfectly. Haven’t noticed any hands or limbs out of proportion — given GW’s “heroic” scale, anyway — and they look iconic and distinctive enough that I certainly wouldn’t want to use any third party models. In fact, I don’t even play 40K! I bought the Cadians *specifically because I like their models*.

        • LankTank

          Tell that to Abaddon. You know, the guy who single handidly set the current lore into motion and got nothing?
          You need to remember this is a codex wave to gdt rules, not models but some interesting comversion ideas is supposed to inspire hobbyists

    • zeno666

      GW hates people who are using old models 😉

    • Customer: Can you update Guard Infantry? I can’t tell it apart from my Bolt Action stuff.


  • Arthfael

    The Ventrillian nobles are based off Chris Peach’s converted IG army and can be seen in UK WD391 (July 2012), p42. They were part of the armies showcased in the pages to advertise the hobby’s diversity as part of the release of 6th edition. It’s always to see a personal hobby project make it into official background.

    • Rainthezangoose

      Aye remember that, was always thinking I’d love too do it but couldn’t afford it. He even put empire cannon frames on his heavy weapons teams and everything its beautiful.

  • Son_of_Corax_XIX

    Ork hunters aren’t new and have been around since the third war for Armageddon back in 3rd

  • PrimoFederalist

    It says the Truskan Snowhounds were trained in Cadian tactics.

  • ZeeLobby

    I do love their concept of buy 2 core boxes to make one unit. I really wish bits ordering was still a thing.

    • 301stFeinminsterArmoured
      • ZeeLobby

        google what? Can I order old bits from old models that they don’t produce anymore for reasonable prices? No? OK well then it’s different. If you weren’t around for older GW you’ll never understand :/. Their old bits ordering system was amazing and affordable. Now bits sites have to break up full kits from MSRP and have to offset sales of useless bits with useful ones. Usually you pay a lot more. To the point where paying MSRP for a whole second box is probably worth it.

        • 301stFeinminsterArmoured

          I was there, and you’re right, it was a better system. I merely point out that bitz ordering is still a thing, albeit in the less efficient, more expensive fashion you describe.

  • The Athonian Tunnel Rats aren’t new either. Fifth edition rulebook, just before the Vostroyans.

  • mgdavey

    Doing conversions for core troops is really tough, giving the number you need to do. Much respect to those who do.

  • ken

    *waiting for ganger bits from necromunda* I’ve always been dismayed that there are not more ‘non-regimentary’ bits in order to build those IG groups that are scraps of other forces or hivers.