Why do Chaos Daemons get to have all the fun? How about another army that we can use in BOTH AoS & 40K?
For the longest time Warhammer 40k and Warhammer Fantasy were rumored to be based in the same galaxy or setting. The early Realm of Chaos books like Lost and the Damned and Slaves to Darkness did little to hide this – especially when you had things like Plasma weapons as “mutations” and the Origin of the Emperor in the books…
Fast forward to now. It still seems like both game settings still have a common thread and that thread is the Warp/Chaos. And the beings that live in the Warp (Chaos Daemons) have been the one army that has been allowed to cross over from both systems…for now! I think it’s time Games Workshop added another army with some cross over appeal. Hey, we’re all on round bases now, right?! So here’s our list of 5 armies we’d like to see with rules for BOTH systems.
These guys are a stones throw away from 40k as it is – lets look at their lore:
- Slann are basically powerful Psykers
- They can travel in Space
- They are servants of the Old Ones
Maybe use them as a way to bring back more nods to the Old Ones. They could be dubbed “The New Ones” and they’d be Lizards for 40k!
I know a lot of folks were already thinking about these models as… you guessed it: Squats! To be fair, I can’t really blame them. Why? Well, aside from the fact that they are all in high-tech armor, have based their society on science, and can travel among the mortal realms – look at some of the early sketches from the rumored Demiurg Race:
I, for one, welcome the Kharadron Overlords as a viable army for both 40k and AoS!
The Skaven are 1/2 way there already! Seriously, they have that mix of whacky warpstone infused tech. Maybe they open a breach or something. Plus there’s that whole “The Horned Rat is the 5th member of the Chaos Pantheon” plot thread that GW has pretty much dropped anyhow. (BTW, now that Slaanesh is back, are we going to get that brought up? No? Okay then…) On top of that – Plague Monks:
You can’t tell me the Stormfiends wouldn’t be at home on a 40k table with round bases. LOOK AT THEM!
Plus, we already know that the Skaven have “Rocket Tech” and have probably communicated with the Aeldari already. Google “Farsqueaker” – it’s canon. (Thanquol, The End Times Volume IV)
Who rides Cold Ones, uses Aeldari Tech, and has already made appearances in 40k? Exodites! This army would be awesome as a cross over force. I’d finally get to have the Dino-Riders Army I’ve always wanted…
Lore-wise, I’ll admit this one probably doesn’t make a TON of sense. No, I’m going based on pure aesthetics. Also, because the Exodites are just “high-tech” enough they could thematically work in either setting, which is why they would make a great cross over army. Calvary on Cold Ones. Ancient Aeldari close-combat and missile weapons. Aeldari riding flying Lizards…It could work! We’ve just gotten a massive re-launch of the High Elves from AoS. And the Mysterious Kragnos is on the way. It could be time for a conversion/crossover!
This one, I think, works a little too well. It works so well, a fan-made battletome popped up in support of the idea!
But really think about it:
- A Threat from Beyond
- Insatiable Hunger
- Hivemind culture
If you’ve ever wanted to mix in a little Cthulhu with your Warhammer then the Tyranids are the way to go. On top of that, a lot of the art work wants to show them getting into melee and clawing/smashing/slashing their way to that tasty-tasty biomass. The Mortal Realms seems like a wonderful fit – it’s got lots of Biomass to devour and folks tend to favor getting up close and personal to do their fighting.
What army do you think would be a good candidate as a new “Crossover” army? Let us know in the comments!