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Tabletop Spotlight: Rise of the Primarch

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Mar 16 2017

The Rise of the Primarch is here and the new book is under the Tabletop Spotlight!

If you’ve been living under a rock you might have missed our build-up coverage for Rise of the Primarch. We’ve seen tons of pics of the models and rules. We’ve even gone on a Spoiler-filled Teaser Tour of the book. But now the book is in stores and we’re sitting down with our friends at Dragon’s Lair Comics & Fantasy to take a deeper dive into the book:

I won’t go over all the details here, we do that in the video. Plus I feel like we’ve hammered this point home: The “Story” of Warhammer 40,000 is finally advancing. The Gathering Storm parts I & II had some pretty big shifts in the lore and now Rise of the Primarch puts a capstone on the series in a big way. Roboute Guilliman is back in all his Primarch glory. The Fallen, led by Cypher return to aid him and the Grey Knights 3rd Brotherhood gets a new Grand Master.

But that’s not all – Guilliman does make it back to Holy Terra after facing some pretty big challenges thrown at him by the powers of Chaos. And once he’s at the Emperor’s Throne he basically assumes control of the Imperium. Now, I won’t go over all the ramifications or implications of that BUT it’s kind of a BIG deal for the lore side of things. And the place that this leaves the Imperium is basically a much stronger and more unified position than when Guilliman found it.

Aside from the story aspects, this book is packed full of rules for Space Marines, Grey Knights and also the new Fallen Faction.


This new faction opens up some interesting options and probably some weirdness with the allies chart.

Another big thing this book brings is a ton of new optional rules for opponents of Grey Knights. The Daemonic Adversary rules are perfect for spicing up your narrative experience. Just make sure both players are on board to use them as it can require some re-jiggering of points.

Overall, Gathering Storm III: Rise of the Primarch is a game changer for both the lore and the fact that a loyalist Primarch now has returned with rules for 40k! It’s exciting times and I can’t wait to see what’s next…

The Gathering Storm: Rise of the Primarch $50

Cadia, the long-standing symbol of Imperial defiance against the relentlessly encroaching tides of Chaos, has fallen to the fury of Abaddon’s Thirteenth Black Crusade. Craftworld Biel-Tan has been shattered, along with the dreams of their restoration to prominence. Chaos is ascending – all across the galaxy, raging Warp storms cause havoc as reality itself twists in agony.

Hope, however, remains. An alliance of Ynnari and Celestinian forces has found common ground in their desire to ward off Chaos. These heroes of the Imperium and warriors of the Aeldari race through the webway to Macragge, there to attempt the unthinkable – awaken Roboute Guilliman, Primarch of the Ultramarines, and seek his leadership in this desperate battle for nothing less than survival. The Storm Gathers…


The Book
Rise of the Primarch is the third book in the Gathering Storm series. This 136-page hardback introduces the Triumvirate of the Primarch – a trio of heroes including Roboute Guilliman, Primarch of the Ultramarines – and draws the threads of the thrilling story of the Gathering Storm together in dramatic fashion. Heroes new and old rise in defense of the Imperium, and the universe of Warhammer 40,000 will be changed forever.


All Hail Lord Commander Roboute Guilliman, Primarch of the Ultramarines, Son of the Emperor, Champion of the Imperium and Winner of the 2017 Rip Van Winkle Award!

Author: Adam Harrison
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