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So, the dust has settled on Istvaan III, Ancient Rylanor is hanging on his lonesome while carrion birds feed on the decrepit remains of the betrayed on Istvaan V. But what of the rest of the war? We know their is another trilogy coming but not alot else. I used to believe that it would be Book 4: Inferno, released at Games Day 2014 with Leman Russ in a dual with Magnus but, after conversations with Alan Bligh at open day, maybe Prospero won't burn as soon as we believe- I look into this a little bit more later...
Here is my opinion (complete conjecture based on no imperial truth) on what will be heading our way over the next 3 books. 12 legions down. 6(8) to go. This is in no particular order and is based on the books in the trilogy being the same length as the first trilogy. If FW decide they will do smaller books then this becomes invalid.
Angels and Daemons (catchy right? Lol)
In my opinion the book based around the Blood Angels in the Signis cluster and Dark Angels in, as yet, unconfirmed campaigns, will be the quickest and easiest to complete and was hinted at during a seminar at Games Day last year. Exactly the type of project that can be completed in 4 months and released at Games Day THIS year. Both legions involved were less divergent during the Great Crusade/Heresy and would therefore only need small releases. The only reason this may be pushed back is to tie-in with a fleshing-out of the Dark Angels by Black Library.
Blood Angels Special Units:
Sanguinary Guard - I remember these, or a variation of them, being around in 'Fear to Tread,' it makes sense they would get rules. Probably quite similar to the ones in 40k....just less depressed lol.
Deathstorm Strike Force - either enter from drop assault or deepstrike (jump pack). This is a formation that the Blood Angels used. Maybe charge from reserve?
Blood Angel Special Characters:
Raldoron - First Captain. Just because he is probably the most notable in Heresy alongside the next guy...
Nassir Amit - Fifth company captain, also known as the Flesh Tearer. He is super cool :)
Sanguinius - the Angel, the last flying Primarch lol. Can't wait to see this dudes model. Hopefully he will eventually fit into a dual with bad-man Horus. His rules should be at least equal to those of Angron.
Rite of War:
Something to do with speed and drop pods lol...
Dark Angels Special Units:
Not really sure about these. Maybe Deathwing and Ravenwing? Of 2 of the other 6 wings they have? Lol
Dark Angel Special Characters:
Corswain - because he was very active against the Night Lords.
Luther - he was massive in the history of the chapter.
Lion El' Jonson - bit of a douchebag. Have a feeling he will be quite tough though.
Rite of War:
They were a very effective legion, not sure how this will be portrayed. As long as they don't automatically give continent-destroying siege weapons to Iron Warriors in every battle I don't mind...
I think the Angels and Daemons book will focus around the Signus cluster battles and Dark Angels against Sons of Horus and Night Lords. The Daemon rules are already released through GW. Maybe just add in some nice models with cool rules?
This book will be a big undertaking and I don't feel it would be completed by Games Day. There is too much to do:
2 quite divergent legion army lists
Sisters of Silence
I will be so impressed if this is completed AND play-tested fully in 5 months.
Vlka Fenryka Special Units:
A named destroyer squad - not entirely sure but they seem very proud of their underhanded and unethical way of war. We know they used them.
Wulfen - these mutant-abominations were rife in the legion during the Great Crusade. Weird how the Emperor ignored that....
Vlka Fenryka Special Characters:
Bjorn - Alan Bligh practically confirmed this at open day
Lord Gunnar Gunnhilt - because he is the captain of the Routs first company
Othere Wyrdmake - because, you know, you have to have an ironic inclusion in the war against the psykers lol
The Wolf King - Leman Russ with Freki and Geri. Drake believes that Simon Egans is working on this now. He should be a tough Primarch, no doubt. I hope they keep a level head and don't pamper to the very whingy and vocal Space Wolf fans and make him tougher than Angron. Eh Drake? Lol ;)
Rite of War:
Something completely brutal...army-wide rage? Lol
Thousand Sons Special units:
Probably be small psyker squads based around some of the disciplines.
Thousand Son Special Characters:
Ahriman - he has got to be there right?
Phosis T'Kar - Leader of the Raptora
Hathor Maat - Leader of the Pavoni
Magnus the Red - will be an awesome model I'm sure. I hope he is psyker level 4 and can choose to use any 4 each turn.
Rite of War:
Maybe this will change depending on the HQ choice taken? Different brotherhoods have different generic army-wide powers?
These guys will be really tough. Constantin Valdor will definitely be in there. Maybe others will too?
Sisters of Silence:
Really looking forward to these, not just as a model range but rules-wise too. I reckon that it could be something as simple as a modifier to your deny the witch role depending on how many sister units are within range. Kendal is a must too.
I am looking forward to this book, but with the sheer amount of content it will take longer than 4-5 months to write and publish. If this is the next book released, don't expect it at Games Day 2014...in my opinion :)
I am looking forward to this book more than anything I can think of currently...no joke....
I can't wait to field Roboute Guilliman. Anyway...in my opinion it makes sense to put the White Scars in this book (my final legion lol) and do a short campaign on Chondax against Orks. Could do some new units and models just to complete the range. I also believe we will see the Imperial Army list in this book.
Ultramarine Special Units:
Guilliman has an honour guard, I cant remember the name. Drake will edit this with it. Lol
I think that will likely be it.
Ultramarine Special Characters:
Marius Gage - 1st company commander. Fought on Calth.
Aeonid Thiel - because he is wonderously epic!
Remus Ventanus - 4th company commander. Lead the ground battle of Calth.
The Avenging Son - Roboute Guilliman. I know he isn't the hardest Primarch. But please remember, he defeated Lorgar before being charged by Angron, he then fought both briefly and held his own! He was defeated in the end and would have died. As far as we know he is also the only loyal primarch to kill another primarch. I just hope his rules have him as being at least as good as the top-tier primarchs lol
Rite of War:
Efficient. Maybe slight point reduction on units?
White Scar Special Units:
Keshig - should come in terminator or power armour flavours. Bodyguards to a Khan.
Bike unit - some fast close combat bike unit please!!
White Scar Special Characters:
Qin Xa - head of the Keshig
Yesugei - bad-ass librarian. Probably my favourite non-primarch character.
Shiban Khan - pivotal in the continued loyalty of the legion.
Jaghatai Khan - known as the Warhawk and the warrior. Not a lot is known about him. He is a very well thought of combatant. Be interesting to see how tough he is. Hope he comes with a bike option.
Rite of War:
Speed, speed, speed! Expert rider all round lol
Titan Legion's Lysander and Oberon - worked alondside the Ultramarines on Calth.
Will hopefully be similar to that of Imperial Guard (not gunna call them that stoopid new name). Just hope they come with a nice model range which is slightly more to scale the current enormous Cadian lol
And thats my belief for the next 2 years. If you want to discuss or expand on what I have written, please do so below :) interesting times lol
There will obviously be other units thrown in here and there, as well as other characters (where the hell is Lucius? Lol)
Thats it from me for now though. Thanks for reading :)