40K: New Year, New Predictions

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As 2017 winds to a close, let us look to the future. Where things are doubtless grim and dark.

The year winds to a close, and each separate dying ember of the blaze that was 2017 now works its ghost upon the floor. And now, at year end to stir all our fancy into smiling, let us gaze into the dread eye of the future and see what it holds in store for us. Yes, now is the time to steel or souls and engage in that most human of activities, wild speculation about what might happen.

With that in mind, here are a few predictions for 2018.

Codexes, Codexes, and more Codexes

Aka I want to be able to look back at this post a year from now and have been right about one thing at the very least. It is a fairly safe bet that we’ll see more Codexes over 2018. And it seems fitting that the “year of Xenos” should kick off with Chaos–I’m more surprised it wasn’t a Deathwatch Codex. But for some actual prognosticating: I think we’ll see Necron and Tau Codexes sooner than you think. This leads me to my second prediction:

Orks get a Big Dex

I have a feeling that Orks will have a Codex that, like the Tyranids, really changes them up and brings out the flavor. The Tyranid ‘dex was the most exciting of 2017, I’m calling it now: Orks as the most exciting of 2018. One of the things that 8th does well is play up the flavor of each of the armies. Say what you will about how much you enjoy the rules, there’s absolutely no denying that each army can really feel different. Whether it’s the wrath and fury of a Blood Angels Death Company, the resilient inevitability of the Death Guard or the Generic Space Marinity of the Ultramarines, 8th let’s the flavor soak into the rules. And I’m excited to see what this means for the greenskins.

Releases with Character

Characters have made a return to prominence in a big way. If you’re not charging in with your special character and having them get the work of your army done, then you’re leaving on then to support the workhorse units in your own army. 8th Edition rewards synergy and is full of ways to gain rerolls, bonuses to hit or wound. And with characters mattering as much as they do (just try and make an army without special characters), I bet we see either new friends, or old models get some new love. We know that Heralds of Nurgle are diversifying, for instance, and I bet we see more of that in the new year.

Primary Primacy

This might be another gimme. But it really does feel like they’re going to release another Primarch next year. 8th Edition is getting a little more Epic, and larger than life characters find a home on the tabletop. You can’t swing a pustulent bileworm without hitting a Mortarion, and he’s usually hanging out with Magnus. I think that’s just the beginning. As the Imperium vs. Chaos conflict heats up, we’ll see more Primarchs trave the field. We know for a fact Lionel Darkangelman is hiding out, just waiting to come out of stasis. Things look very much like the Wolftime, so old Lemony “Snicket” Russ will probably come a-calling. Fulgrim is probably warming up for a new concert with his Emperor’s Children while Lorgar proves he can do what Abbadon’t. You get the idea. As for who and when–my gut feeling: Lion El’Johnson for the Imperium and Fulgrim for Chaos.

More Dakka

The new Leman Russ is the gold standard for tanks. A sign that GW knows single shot weapons just aren’t what they used to be. Mark my words, we’ll see vehicles that rely on one big punch getting a bit of a rework in the coming year.

What are your predictions for 2018? How many of these words will I be eating next year? Let us know what you think in the comments! 

  • AmorousBadger

    BOLS will post some hand-wringing about how a unit from the latest codex is ‘ruining the meta’ or some such bollocks. It will invariably be revealed in the comments that the actual rules of the game mean that you can’t do what they’re getting themselves into a tizz about.

    • Monkeybrains

      BOLS will also publicize a hitherto unknown “game breaking” play style, leading it to becoming the current meta, until such a time as they write an article on how to defeat it, or it gets FAQ’d leading to whining about FAQ bloat.

  • Havik110

    Heres hoping Dark lances on raiders get more than 1 shot if they dont move

    • euansmith

      Wouldn’t it be more fluffy for your Raiders to get 2 shots if they moved at least 12″; encouraging them to zoom around the table top, spewing bolts of Stygian energy and keening like a Bulgarian Female Choir.

      • Havik110

        I definitely agree

      • eMtoN

        I’d be happy with either.

      • Koldan

        The only problem is players that say: “My Raider/Ravager moves in a circle and returns to its starting point.”

        But if we are at wishlisting, i would wish that bladevanes were not close combat weapon, instead they should give a rule, that deals damage when the vehicle is moving through an enemy unit. Fits the fluff way better, which tells for instance of poor soldiers that get caught by a hook and get dragged behind the raider over the battlefiled. It encourages movement, but also to move in the thick of battle, which also fits the drukhari fluffwise better then staying at maximum shooting range.

        • euansmith

          Yeah, I should have said, “Ends its move at least 12″ from its starting point.” 😉

    • Nightshade878

      Nono, we should get bonuses IF we move. Speed is our thing! Or it’s supposed to be, at any rate.

  • euansmith

    I’m going out on a limb, and predicting the release of a new Marine model?

    • Jesse Cavazos


      • zeno666

        Sight beyond sight!

  • Coltcabunny

    Wasn’t this posted only a few days ago?

  • MightyOrang

    Khorne / World Eaters / Berzerkers codex and full court press on a level comparable to that seen with Nurgle.

    • vlad78

      With a 72” charge distance. They can even charge from their case. You won’t even have to put them on the table before rolling for your attacks. 8th strategy at its finest.

  • Drpx

    Primaris drop to 50% their current pts cost in Chapter Approved.
    More broken shooting/wombo combos
    Sisters of Battle get squatted but we get a few random chick heads in Guard to make up for that.
    Female Space Marines. Nerds rage and soil their adult diapers.
    Sculpts of non-Caucasians released,
    GW accused of racial stereotyping and caricature.
    More puff pieces for Feminist 40k until the attention results in their being exposed as creepers.
    9th edition drops a month after the last codex is released.

    • Cheyennevan

      Sisters of Battle codex released three weeks before ninth edition. No new sculpts or models.

    • zeno666

      Some great predictions right there

  • Jonathon Runge

    I will continue to enjoy playing Horus Heresy and 7th edition rules over 8th. Also, I will buy the Wrath and Glory 40k rpg and mark out Cawl and the Primaris Marines.

    • euansmith

      Redacting text is so grim dark. I approve. 😀

    • YetAnotherFacelessMan

      And I’ll continue using my half-eldar Ultramarine librarian and Inquisitor Obiwan Sherlock Clousseau to lead my army of Squats against those horrible Zoats!