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Warhammer 40K: What Comes After Codex World Eaters?

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Sep 19 2022

The Leagues of Votann have arrived. Astra Militarum and World Eaters are on deck. But what comes after the Road Map ends?

I don’t remember how old I was as a kid but at some point I looked at a map and thought “what’s after the edge of the map?” I’m betting I was probably in school and that’s when the teacher taught us about the globes and planets and such. But the point was that flat maps that we have, aka Road Maps, are just snippets of a bigger whole. There’s always more beyond the edge of the map.

Games Workshop has given us the Road Map through the end of the winter in 2022 and into the start of 2023. Even though this still feels like an extended summer (here in Texas), we are firmly in Autumn as the Leagues of Votann Army Box has just arrived for Pre-order. I know it’s Autumn not because the leaves are changing color but because people are talking about Pumpkin Spice flavored stuff now.

Pumpkin Spiced Skulls for the Skull Throne!

Up next, according to the Road Map is the Astra Militarum codex. And, to be fair, those players have been waiting the entire edition to get a new book. May the Emperor bless you for your patience…and may he help the rest of us when the Leman Russ tanks arrive. I don’t know what that book is going to look like but I’m shuttering to think about how much of a power creep it’s going to have.

Then again… it could be terrible. Maybe they only get a cursory update and a couple of new unit kits. I don’t really know what to expect with it but I’m very curious to see what GW does with it. But if I’m being completely honest the codex I’m way more interested in is the World Eaters book.


I know it’s coming and it’s just a matter of getting my hands on this one. I’m already trying to knock out my cue for hobby projects before this book arrives because I’m going to build and paint Angron when that kit shows up. I’m also going to go hard on those new Khorne Berzerkers, too.

Also, based on the other news drips from Games Workshop, there’s more planned for the World Eaters. I’m hopeful that it’s a full on army release and we get a bunch of cool support stuff like the Death Guard and Thousand Sons did — and I think we well. What will that look like? Again, I have no idea but I’m excited to find out.

When The Map Edges End…

So. What comes after the World Eaters? Well, there’s no more codexes and we don’t have any “new” 40k army to look forward to (currently). It’s basically the end of the edition. The road has ended for 9th.

Or has it?


Remember when this was a thing?!

There’s bound to be some FAQs out after those books come out. Plus all the models need to be released. That will probably take us through the end of winter at that point. But that’s also all sorta wrapped up in the World Eaters release, right? Once all that “stuff” is out…what’s next?

Are we going to get a refresh for the current books? Perhaps new 9th edition codexes that consolidate the current books with all the supplements for their respective army? That is a possibility. Or will we see a new edition launch with 10th?

If the cycle repeats (again) then we’re at the end of the road. That means it’s time for a new edition. Which probably means a new Space Marine book (hah) along with a new Launch Box set. That’s what the formula has been for many editions. Will it repeat or will Games Workshop try and change it up this time around? Personally, I’d like to see a curve ball from GW. Sure, do a 10th edition relaunch and all that jazz. But what if the Launch Box featured very different armies and not Space Marines vs “X” again.

Do get me wrong…I’m getting pretty used to painting Space Marines and all. But I’m ready for something different. Maybe it’s just the Pumpkin Spice talking but a little variety does keep things interesting. Even it only around every once in a while.

So I have a question. Assuming 10th edition is after and there is a new Launch Box (a la Indomitus) — what would you put in the Launch Box? Pick two armies you’d love to see throw down and let us know what you think in the comments!



I want Tyranids vs World Eaters. Not that I collect both of those armies or anything…I just want to see who’s REALLY devouring planets.

Author: Adam Harrison
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