GW: Rumor Engine “Get A Handle On This”

Games Workshop has a new Rumor Engine teaser today. Come check out the situation and get a “handle” on things to come!

via Warhammer Community

The Rumour Engine is back, ready to test your skills of deduction:

Well, I’m pretty sure we can rule out anything from Age of Sigmar this time around.

In fact, I’d like to go ahead and solve this one today…Because I’m pretty sure we’ve seen this bit before.

Battle For Macragge

Anyone else remember the Battle For Macragge Starter Box? Well there was a particular bit that was included:

Now, I’m not 100% sure that it’s the same canister from the set but that’s only because we’ve only got the handle to work with. Then again…I’m feeling pretty confident that we can actually say this one is cracked.


If I am correct and this rumor engine is related to the Battle For Macragge “canister” bit, does that mean we’re going to see a new starter box set released? And if that’s the case, then maybe this is a hat-tip to what’s to come. We know the next two codexes are going to be Craftworld Eldar/Aeldari and Tyranids. Battle For Macragge was Ultramarines vs Tyranids. That’s a pretty big coincidence, don’t you think? Either that or Half-Life 3 is confirmed.


That’s all I got, Internet Detectives. What clues/evidence do you have? What do you think this bit is…and will we ever get a Half-Life 3?!!??!

  • Severius_Tolluck

    Yeah, that is a pretty close match, but what is it for and what comes with it, that is the true wonder. Probably more objective markers. Possibly something for necromunda.

  • pokemastercube .

    if the starter set involves nids, then can we have the BA please as the other half, fluff lately has been focused on the fight with them

    • BigGrim

      Except they’ve been destroyed by Skarbrand and his legions and their skulls are on one of the moons because Tyranids.

      • pokemastercube .

        they were destroyed in the shield of baal story line from last edition, and came back, the nids will just keep comming, look at how many times they been stopped only for more to come. the last event wont have been the end of them going towards baal. even the broken fleet of behemoth is still having a presence near ultramar area

        • Dooms Day

          Yer but this time, The ENTIRE hive fleet that was attacking the BA was destroyed by ka’bandha, like there is nothing left of them/

          • pokemastercube .

            this is GW, recon’s like anything. plus allways can be a different hive fleet

          • Dooms Day

            yer it could be.. but it’d be stupid.. There setting up a story between Ka’bandha and Blood angles. It wouldn’t make sense to go back to the Tyranid stuff, just for Ka’bandha to murder them all again.

          • Admiral Raptor

            Please not again. The leviathan story arc was painfully boring (As are most things that involve the Tyranids). Blood Angels fighting Khorne Daemons for the soul of their chapter is infinitely more appealing.

      • Dooms Day

        It was ka’bandha and Skarbrand

  • DoctorBored

    The big thing that’s inconsistent with these rumor engines is the release schedule of them. They come out randomly, out of order, and there are a few from months ago we’re waiting on figuring out.

    Could be a new starter set, but what if that’s a year away?

    Or, what if you combine this with that eagle from before and get a new vehicle?

    • ZeeLobby

      Yeah, it’s foolish to speculate around any current releases.

  • J Mad

    Dark Eldar and Space Marine Starter, calling it.

  • Defenestratus

    Did that winged/helm thing ever get fleshed out in the model line?

  • Melkor

    Fusion bomb

  • I_am_Alpharius

    New starter set?….Phfffft as if. Starter sets have alway lasted for the duration of an edition. Certainly seems to be the same style engine coil from the old Macragge set. If I were a betting man I would say it will be a part from a new objective set, as the last one was very popular or it will be part a re-release of the Crashed Aquila sprue and/or other bits of scenery from the Macragge set.

    • Luca Lacchini

      Starter set, probably no.
      But “themed” set? Like Blightwar for AoS or that Deathwatch vs Harlequins (Death Masque, IIRC)? With a bunch of discounted minis and a couple of new/exclusive sculpts?

      Hell yes.

      • I_am_Alpharius

        Indeed. Could see that.

    • DoctorBored

      Never say never. Starter sets are easy ways for new players to get into the game, and with a lot of the releases that GW has been coming out with, it’s clear that ‘new players getting into the game’ is exactly what GW wants to do. I could see them doing 6-month gaps between starter sets, each one featuring a different pair of factions so that newbies don’t have to automatically go to Space Marines.

      If the next starter set was Eldar vs. Tyranids, that’d allow a LOT of newbies interested in those factions to get into those armies with supreme ease.

      • I_am_Alpharius

        A “New” player wouldn’t care if a starter set was 6 months old or 6 mins old. Its all NEW to them. I’D have a better chance of winning the lottery than the chance GW will make a new starter set 6 months after just releasing one. Indeed, even more so since GW has also invested in producing 2 additional smaller starter sets in the form of ‘Know No Fear’ and ‘First Strike’! Its simply pie in the sky thinking, that make literally next to no business sense.

    • Thomas

      They’ve done several starter sets for AoS in quick sucession so who knows?

      • I_am_Alpharius

        Just No! Really No! and to ram it home NO! GW haven’t there is only been one main starter! There is not a set with entirely different armies in!

        Now, just like 40K now has, AoS also has the ‘Thunder and Blood’ and ‘Storm of Sigmar’; both of which use the same model from the core starter set. Its the same thing 40K has done with the sets of ‘Know No Fear’ and ‘First Strike’; which like AoS utilise the same model from the main starter set. Indeed the AoS ones came first, and I’d imagine formed a tester format for 40K. Both games smaller set all fit into the current GW strategy to offer product, often with new hobbyist in mind, that offer a range of entry price points.

        • Dooms Day

          First Stike uses different models entirely. The same army yes, but not the same.

          Blight war is also Tagged as a starter set on the AoS store.

          • Luca Lacchini

            Blightwar lacks dice and range rulers, how can it be a Starter set? It’s a (great) expansion set for sure, but not really packaged for new, starting gamers.

          • I_am_Alpharius

            Ditto as @lucalacchini:disqus points out. Likely just tagged wrong on the webstore. The 40K “Start Here” tab has the Ork ‘Start Collecting’ box assigned to it, but thats hardly a starter set in the same vain as Dark imperium.

          • Dooms Day

            I honestly doubted it was tagged wrong till I saw theres no dice.. I just assumed it did like all boxed games. I douby the ork start collecting is wrong though. Orks are a very iconic race for 40K afterall.

            Though saying that long fangs are listed psykers

      • Luca Lacchini

        They’ve done different sizes of the same starter set for AoS (basic box, Thunder and Blood, Storm of Sigmar), and for WH40K too (Dark Imperium, Know no Fear, First Strike), but all these are not really unique starter sets per se.

    • Dooms Day

      It seems like GW is putting alot more into box sets however. Notice how all the starter boxes (aside Dark imperium) are called A warhammer 40k Starter set. Would be the point in putting that there if they weren’t to do more?

      It kinda sounds stupid but it could be the new kinda thing we should expect

      • I_am_Alpharius

        Erm because using “A” is the correct written English? That, and there are effectively three different entry price points with the 3 available starter sets.

        • Dooms Day

          Yes it but here suggests more of them. the main Starter set for AoS is just called Warhammer age of sigmar starter set. If there was just one, they would just call it The warhammer 40k Starter set.

          It could be that they make more, or just regular Box sets, that only last a set amount of time. IE Blightwar that are also Starter sets.

          • I_am_Alpharius

            I feel you’re reading waaaaaay too much into the titling of boxes or what GW would classify as a ‘starter set’. Which FYI are sets that give you everything you need to play, barring paints.

  • eMtoN

    It’s a canister that releases a neurotoxin which disrupts the connection to the hive mind. The Ultrasmurfs will finally get their revenge on the nids and start throwing them back out of the galaxy.

    • zeno666

      I think you’re right.
      GW will kill every enemy of the imperium. The Imperial Army will go on vacation and only space marines will be available to buy.
      They will release a space marine training scenario once per year to keep their players occupied.

      • Khelban Blackstaff

        With GW paying so little attention to there own products. I’M surprised this hasn’t happened already. Alien armies are there for target practice and quickly disposed of in the fluff.

        Let’s hope the new rules bring some power and fun back to the non-Marine armies. Will Tyranids finally get good rules? Stay tuned!

  • rtheom

    Probably been said, but they’re likely releasing the crashed argus lighter as a “new” terrain kit.

  • Chris Hateley

    It’s a space marine.

  • Ardiel Suárez

    Battle for Macragge was one of the most succesful starters Games Workshop has ever released. I wonder if they are planing to re-release it with new models and scenery. I would buy it the first seccond.

    But I see another posibility, that canister was, indeed, a power generator for the ship that could explode at any time. What if this means something big is going to explode in the 40k universe? Like a neww invation on terra. I wonder…

    • I_am_Alpharius

      You can get the models in the US. GW have produce a package of kits tailored aimed to be sold through more general retail outlets, as part of their strategy for cracking the American market far more than they have.

      • Ardiel Suárez

        Thats from black reach, not Battle for Macregge. The interesting thing about it was the tyranid and imperial scenery.

        • I_am_Alpharius

          Doh! Idiot me! Retracted and excommunicated. I shall hand myself to the Commissariat for nominal execution…. 🙁

  • thegreatmoronos

    love the half-life reference and graphic… that made me lol

  • Spacefrisian

    Could say its Plastic battlesisters, but this time it is one of the secret bomb markers from Sly Marbo.

  • piglette

    Eldar bike pump.