40K: FW Imperial Armour Preview – Custodes Vehicles

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Where do the Adeptus Custodes get those wonderful toys? Check out what the future holds from Forge World.

Pretty exciting stuff today gang. GW has released a preview of some upcoming new rules they’re working on. Right now you can check out the beta rules for an upcoming Imperial Armour book, featuring the best toys of the Golden Boys.

Seriously though, this is a pretty cool development. It gives the sense that the game is more active, that the rules are alive and in progress. Getting to see what’s being worked on and having a very public playtest of this feels like something the community can really get behind. I hope to see more of these–and more than just Codexes from GW. Seeing development in action is real neat. So let’s dive on in.

There are four units up for preview right now. First up, two Contemptor Dreadnought variants, because everything the Custodes get their golden hands on has to be harder/better/faster/stronger.

There’s the Contemptor-Achilles, which is an incredibly powerful melee combatant. Wielding a dreadnought-scaled version of the Guardian Spear, the Achilles lives up to its namesake. While it might not rage against the death of Patroclus, this unyielding Dreadnought hits harder than most things. With a guaranteed 3-6 damage per hit, and causing a mortal wound on any 6s to hit, whatever the Achilles can get the drop on won’t last long at all.

Then there’s the Contemptor-Exemplar, which is there to show off the cool tech of the Custodes. At the moment it doesn’t have too many potions, but plenty are in development. For now, the Plasma Ejectors and Twin Las-Pulsar are experimental weapons enough. A strength 7, AP -3 flamer is plenty tough. Add to that the 2d3 shot mini las-cannon and you’ll put the hurt on infantry and armor alike.

Then there’s the Caladius Grav-Tank, which is a surprisingly swift heavy weapons platform. With 16″ of movement that drops to 12, then 8, this thing has the speed–and the range–to get it where it needs to be. To top it off, it’s fairly tough,  especially with a 6+ invulnerable and 6+ FNP. And its strength 8 gun will mow down whatever it shoots at–8 shots is plenty enough to ruin anyone’s day.

Finally there’s the Coronus Grav-Carrier, which I can only assume is the most luxurious combat vehicle manufactured by the Imperium. Just in case you didn’t have enough ways of getting your Custodes in there–now here’s a transport. And one that has a fairly mean main gun. It’s great for supporting a squad of Custodes Guard as they contend with heavier armor.


And that’s all there is for now. These are beta rules, and you’ll want to click the link below so you can grab the pdf and see howb you can give GW feedback about the rules. I’m excited to take these to the tabletop, so get out there and get playtesting.

Download the FW Custodes Preview

Of course, power windows and heated seats come standard on every Custodes vehicle.

  • orionburn III

    Pretty awesome. Now do this for Ad Mech and I’ll be throwing money at a new army. Been wanting to start them up for ages but won’t pull that trigger until the 30k range is available to use in 40k.

    • Kabal1te

      This, this, a thousand times this!

  • zeno666
    • af

      Custodes: Always Ugly, All The Time.

      And Golden. Golden and Ugly.

      • orionburn III

        Typically not a fan of gold, but most of the models look okay. Except of that Land Raider. Gads that thing is terrible in gold.

        • zeno666

          Its a very lazy paintscheme, makes the whole thing look rushed.

          • af

            The Land Raider looks like a toy. It doesn’t look like they weathered it or applied any effect to the gold paint. So…shiny.

            Of course, no amount of weathering, shading or whatnot would help the Custodes squad. They look ungainly and overdesigned, regardless of paint scheme.

      • euansmith

        Tiny hands.

      • HeadHunter

        Or, you know, you could go with any of the other Orders in the book that use red, or black, or white.

        • af

          If only the promotional pics here in BoLS ever showed Custodes who weren’t painted golden…

          …their minis would still look awful 🙂

  • David

    Dreadnoughts so pts efficient they actually make imperial knights look playable.

    • Rose Lizrova

      They Messed up the Spear Cost
      75pts is to much

      • Alienerd the unbannable

        Considering a twin las is 50 points and this spear is both a ranged and melee weapon, I wouldn’t say so. At least not without considering rebalancing other weapons.

      • David

        Even that asside 2 are more than an ik cost wise the ik has more firepower, more toughness and better invul and still doesnt make the cut.

  • The Bob

    why no machine spirit is my big thing I am wondering about. Also everything unique makes me a little upset. Currently I have been using grav tanks as counts as land raiders for a while now, current raider looks so ugly and gold.

  • BrassWitch

    All these comments about how ugly the land raiders look in gold make me chuckle.

    Just don’t paint yours gold.

    • HeadHunter

      Indeed – there are a number of other Orders that don’t use a primarily gold scheme. White, black, red… take your pick.

      • Pl4gu3 B4st4rd

        Black with golden parts seems the way to go

  • Skewiff

    What were those aliens in the Fifth Element called again ? 🙂

  • Fraser1191

    Please please please give me rules for skitarii peltast and hoplites!

  • Tushan

    Contemptor exemplar?

    There isnt even a model for that.

    Why not give rules for the sword and shield custodes contemptor instead?

    • AnomanderRake

      It’s the Contemptor-Achillius without the spear. (Yes, it’s an option in 30k. No, nobody’s ever actually done that because the spear is just that awesome.)

      • Tushan

        Not if it is this overpriced.

        Besides, wonder why no shield-sword dreadnought rules when they made rules for the others.

    • HeadHunter

      I’d buy a Galatus in a minute if I could use it in 40K.
      (There are a lot of other Custodes models I’d buy from FW as well)

      • Tushan

        Same here. All the custodes variants and the flyer, oh my!