Monday, 5 March 2012

The end of 40K?

And the beginning of Warhammer 41K perhaps?

So we all know, sixth edition is approaching us fast. I am welcoming it because i'm in a bit of a funk when it comes to playing 40K at the moment (Damn you addictive Blood Bowl and your rule system that makes sense)

A lot has been written on the changes with terms of rules that will be arriving but I haven't really read anything about how the fluff is going to move on.

I got thinking about this after reading the last Night lords novel Void Stalker which I picked up at the 40k doubles last weekend. It made me realise that a lot of the more grim dark books that I have been picking up just lately really seem to be propelling the Imperium of Man and the Galaxy as a whole to some sort of end game.

The Despoilers Black Crusade seems to be getting some momentum going. The Necrons are all waking up, the Nids can't be stopped, Daemons are popping up everywhere and the Golden Throne needs the imperial AA to come out and give it a tune up.

I didn't play 40k in the fourth edition and certainly haven't seen the rule book so I don't know how much or if at all the fluff moved forward with the change. GW do seem to have a propensity towards just sticking extra numbers on dates to keep us in the 41st millennium.

Personally I would welcome a change of pace to the fluff of 40k. I would love them to do with the end of times what they are doing with the Horus Heresy. Make it real, reintroduce mighty characters capable of standing up to the horrors. While Logan and Mephy are hardcore I want to see Russ and Dorn on the battle front squaring up to Horus and Magnus.

So what do you think? Do you want to see the story of 40k move into 41k or stay where it is with mankind on the brink of destruction but not quite there yet?


  1. I'm with you. I want to see the Imperium being crushed on all sides from traitors and Xenos. They've been on the brink long enough, it's time to see it come to fruition. It's time to see mankind shattered and those long lost primarchs make their return to try and keep it all together.

  2. Messanger of Death5 March 2012 at 23:33

    I can't see Games Workshop pushing the story line forward. And there really isn't a need to. The Imperium is a big place and a lot has happened since the Great Crusade. They can just as easily flesh out the past and present.

    Take a look at what Black Library has done with the Horus Heresy Series. Forge World is happily going along working on Imperial Armour books set in the present and past. 

    Of course, I'd love to see the whole Star Child story line fleshed out. Would give Games Workshop a chance to put the spot light on the Inquisition/Imperium, Chaos and Eldar.

  3. Who said those long lost primarchs won't be the catalyst for the destruction of mankind?


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