Another set of Horus Heresy rumors is doing the rounds with details of what and when the new edition will bring.
You will remember that a few weeks back, we got images from what looks like a new Horus Heresy boxed set:
The Initial Images
“So – would anyone like to see some pics of the new Horus Heresy boxset due out……soon?
New Plastic Contemptor
Possible plastic characters (heralds/praetors?)
And some Cataphractii.
No? Nobody? Ok well here’s some pics anyway.”
The 2nd Batch
- The Horus Heresy range will be getting a major release later in the year.
- It will receive a massive rules overhaul at the same time. (contradictory chatter says 9th Edition ruleset)
- The core units of the Horus Heresy range will be moved to plastic over time.
- The Horus Heresy Range will move from Forge World’s control, over to the main GW Design Studio
The 3rd Batch
A BoLS reader forwarded this image which is all the above shots stitched together into a single shot. Then he got out the magnifying glass to count up everything in it:
This looks like:
- Mk VI Beakies – 40 models
- Cataphractii Termys – 10 models
- Contemptor Dread – 1 model
- Spartan Assault Tank – 1 model
- Commanders – 2 models
Right off the bat – that is a giant amount of models. While some of these don’t exist currently we have very close comparisons to estimate what this would cost if you bought it a la carte:
- Mk VI Beakies – 40 models @$50 per 10 – based on Mk3 minis.
- Cataphractii Termys – 10 models @$65 per 5 – based on Cataphractii minis.
- Contemptor Dread – 1 model @$60 per – based on Contemptor minis.
- Spartan Assault Tank – 1 model @$100 per – based on Repulsor Executioner.
- Commanders – 2 models @$35 apiece – based on marine commander minis.
That works out to a total of: $560
There are rumors of a price point for this box of $350
The New Rumors
The latest set is all over Facebook and Reddit 40K groups over the last few hours. Here they are:
“As known, we will get a Horus Heresy reboot in November. A little Bird twittered…
Note that some Points were maybe already leaked.
New “Edition” in Nov 2021
GW will overtake Horus Heresy as a “new” System from FW
Own Ruleset like the last one from FW, not a 9th Edition 40k adaption like many guess
Many new Plastic Sets are planned to replace FW Resin Models which will be also useful with 40k Armies
GW will overtake the Decals for all 18 Legions, Characteres and very Legion specific Stuff remains with FW
As a new Main System, Horus Heresy Story will expanded with Themed Expansions like the “Warzone” Books in 40k – the reboot beginns with the Battle for the Sol System, later they will revisit earlier “Warzones” like Istvaan III, Istvaan V, Prospero, Tallarn ect. with focus on certain Factions
Warzone Expansions replace the “Black Books” permanently
Horus Heresy is planned over many Years and will also Expanded into a “Age of Darkness” Game with multiple Setting, including the Scourge or the Great Crusade (see The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit as “Middleearth” SBG)”
There’s a lot to unpack here. The November timeframe fits in with the general “mystery box-big release” type of thing that GW likes to throw out right around the holidays. This is the time of year when people get loose with their wallets and gift-giving behavior sets in. If GW wanted to do a high ticket-price relaunch – November makes sense. Previous HH boxed sets have been released then.
There are now more reports of the relaunch NOT being 9th Edition, and keeping it’s own ruleset (in theory staying with 7th Edition). The Scatter-die in the image up there lends a lot of weight to that.
More plastic sets are obvious, and GW would want to prioritize the larger generic kits over more niche single Legion minis (read as all the characters), so leaving FW to cover all the minor items makes perfect sense. The 40K rules part is already in effect as most of the 30K range already has 40K rules. It would be nice to see all the Mechanicum, and Solar Auxillia stuff make the jump. About time!
Decals are nice, but we will have to see if GW proper can keep up with the extremely high quality of the FW legion sheets, or turn them into something more on par with the general 40K sheets.
Warzone books are nothing new, and GW has done them on and off in several editions from the recent 9th Edition ones, back to the Apocalypse ones, and many more. However, I personally consider the Black Leatherbound HH volumes to be the highest quality printed materials GW has ever produced in its entire history. I think it would be a big blow to the look and feel of 30K to see them get the default “Codex-Supplement” treatment like everyone else.
We will have to wait and see how this develops.
~What do you think of such a giant reboot and what are the key 30K features that are make-or-break for you to get onboard?