Getting Started in 40k: Rules and Where to Find Them

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If you’re new to Warhammer 40,000, then the array of different armies and supplemental rules available to them can seem overwhelming. You’ve got your codex, but what about your codex supplement? Does your army have any Forge World units? What’s a Vigilus, anyway? In this article, which we aim to maintain and keep as current as possible, we break down the where and why of Warhammer 40k.

For each faction, we’ll briefly describe the rules available to it narratively, and where and why you might use them, and then link to the various sources of those rules. It’s worth bearing in mind that although our links go to the paper versions of the books (except White Dwarf where the version you can still buy is usually the ePub), most of this stuff is available in either ebook or enhanced iBook versions and they’re also perfectly valid and you should go buy them if you prefer them.

 

My money’s on the Drukhari

The Core Rules

The hardback version of the core rules is found in the Warhammer 40,000 rulebook, available either separately or in the Dark Imperium boxed set. There’s a separate smaller book just called “The Rules” which skips all the fluff and just has rules in. There’s basically no reason to buy the latter thing unless you absolutely hate fluff and really need to spend £30 and not £35; despite coming out 2 years later it’s not even updated for current errata so you aren’t getting ahead of the game there. You’ll also probably want Chapter Approved 2019 which consolidates a bunch of matched play rules that most people will expect to use, a current set of Matched Play missions, and the current points cost for every unit in the game in the separate “Munitorum Field Manual” that’s packed in, plus a host of other stuff besides.

What’s an Index?

If you’re talking to people who’ve been playing a while, they might reference the “Index” books which came out at the same time as 8th edition released. These 5 books had all the datasheets and points at the launch of the game, but they’ve been completely superseded by this point – they are no longer for sale and none of the datasheets are current, either having been released in a codex, in a White Dwarf article, or transferred to “Legends.” Because this is a Games Workshop game, there’s no set standard for “legal” or “tournament official,” but in most places the indexes are gone and there’s no real need to seek them out. Note that  we’re talking about the mainstream index books only – there are also a set of indexes for Forge World, a subsidiary arm of Games Workshop which makes specialist resin kits, and those are very much current at time of writing. This will all be a bit clearer when you read through the individual army entries.

Wait, Legends?

Speaking of Legends, you can find them here on the Warhammer Community website. Legends incorporates rules for models which no longer exist and are therefore not supported. They have game-legal rules, but they’re no longer part of the “main” range and do not receive rebalancing. It’s also where rules go for limited releases like Da Red Gobbo from Christmas 2019. Whether you or your friends want to play with the Legends rules is completely up to you, but be aware that if you’re going to an organised play event like a tournament they probably won’t allow them.

The FAQs and Errata

Finally, it’s worth being aware of the FAQ pages on Warhammer Community, which you can find here. Back in the bad old days FAQs were few and far between, but modern Games Workshop is at least trying to keep on top of the game and release regular updates – books generally receive an FAQ and errata about 2 weeks after release, and then there’s a cycle of bigger updates in April and September which they’ve generally stuck to for the past couple of years. The FAQs and errata for the core rulebook are essential at this point as the printed document has been heavily changed as the edition has worn on. The main rulebook FAQ is here (updated 27/9/19), and Chapter Approved 2019 received several corrections here (updated 10/2/20). The “Big FAQ 2 2018” and “Warhammer 40,000 Update – September 2019” documents on the FAQ section are all incorporated into Chapter Approved 2019.

 

Imperium

Adepta Sororitas/Sisters of Battle

The Sisters of Battle are one of the simplest factions in 40k, owing to their very recent release in November 2019. At time of writing they don’t even have a Psychic Awakening book to draw from, though that will change with Pariah.

The Codex contains the vast majority of the rules for playing Sisters, with a few FAQ tweaks. Their only Forge World unit, the Repressor, is found in the Adeptus Astartes index, and you can’t even buy one any more.

Codex: Adepta Sororitas 8th edition released November 2019 (FAQ version 1.0 last updated 31/1/20)
Forge World: Imperial Armour Index – Forces of the Adeptus Astartes (FAQ version 1.7 updated 30/9/19)
Psychic Awakening: Pariah (unreleased)

Sisters of Battle Simulacrum Imperialis Credit: Alfredo Ramirez

Sisters of Battle Simulacrum Imperialis Credit: Alfredo Ramirez

Adeptus Custodes

The Adeptus Custodes have a small, self-contained plastic range, which draws its rules from the Codex. They also have an extensive range of Forge World kits, many originally designed for the Horus Heresy/Warhammer 30k setting, which have been given rules for 40k. These are available from the Warhammer Community website, in the “Downloads” section. The Custodes are expected to make their Psychic Awakening appearance in War of the Spider, as yet unreleased.

Codex: Adeptus Custodes 8th edition released January 2018 (FAQ version 1.1, last updated 29/4/19)
Forge World: Forge World Adeptus Custodes Datasheets last updated 30/8/19
Psychic Awakening: War of the Spider (unreleased)

Custodes Guard Squad

Custodes Guard Squad. Credit: Pendulin

Adeptus Mechanicus

The Adeptus Mechanicus have rules in a bunch of different places, owing to an uneven release schedule – the key Skorpius Dunerider/Disintegrator units currently do not have rules published anywhere outside of the datasheets inside the box. Their points costs are in the Munitorum Field Manual in Chapter Approved 2019. Ad Mech also have a smattering of Forge World units – the Secutarii Hoplites, Titan Guard, and the Terrax-Pattern Assault Drill shared with Space Marines and Chaos Space Marines –  the rules for which are on the Forge World product page (or on the random Community post announcing their existence). There’s also the Tech-priest Manipulus, which you can’t even buy right now despite being a plastic unit with good 40k rules! There’s also Daedalosus, a Tech-priest Enginseer special character who features in the Combat Arena boxed game that you can only buy in the US or Germany, or in the Blackstone Fortress: Escalation expansion available worldwide. Ad Mech will get a further bunch of rules, and new plastic units, in the upcoming Engine War supplement. I hope that at minimum the Skorpius and Manipulus get published in here too. There’s also two specialist detachments in Vigilus Defiant. Finally, and slightly the other way, Ad Mech have a bunch of Knight units in the codex, but these are entirely superseded by the Imperial Knights codex and there’s basically no reason to use the rules in here when you could use those ones instead.

Codex: Adeptus Mechanicus 8th edition released September 2017 (FAQ version 1.4 last updated 27/9/19)
Forge World: Warhammer Community or the Forge World product page
Psychic Awakening: Engine War (unreleased)
Skorpius Dunerider/Disintegrator: In the box
Tech-priest Manipulus: In the Kill Team box if you can find it
Daedalosus: In the Combat Arena or Blackstone Fortress: Escalation boxes
Vigilus: Vigilus Defiant (FAQ version 1.3 updated 14/10/19)

 

Adeptus Mechanicus - Skitarii

Adeptus Mechanicus – Skitarii
Credit: Pendulin

Astra Militarum/Imperial Guard

The Imperial Guard haven’t had a lot of releases in 8th ed, though Sly Marbo was waiting in reserve and Commissar Severina Raine received a new model, and rules, alongside the release of Honourbound. The Guard did get a pile of new rules in Psychic Awakening: The Greater Good which any player will want to pick up if they can. Additionally, the Astra Militarum have probably the greatest number of Forge World units, matched only by the Space Marines, and they got the most specialist detachments of anyone in Vigilus Defiant with 5.

Codex: Astra Militarum 8th edition released October 2017 (FAQ version 1.4 updated 27/9/19)
Forge World: Imperial Armour Index – Forces of the Astra Militarum (FAQ version 1.7 released 30/9/19)
Psychic Awakening: The Greater Good (FAQ version 1.0 updated 11/3/20)
Vigilus: Vigilus Defiant (FAQ version 1.3 updated 14/10/19)
Sly Marbo: Datasheet
Severina Raine: Datasheet

Credit: Dan “SexCannon” Boyd

Blood Angels

The Blood Angels are not too complicated, with a Codex, a Psychic Awakening book, and the Forge World index. In common with the other “independent” Space Marine codexes (Dark Angels and Space Wolves) their access to the Phobos range of units comes through their Psychic Awakening book, as does the most current version of the Intercessor datasheet and the current – and generally the only tournament-legal – rules for Chief Librarian Mephiston. Also like other Space Marine factions, they can access the Terrax-Pattern Assault Drill.

Codex: Blood Angels 8th edition released December 2017 (FAQ version 1.4 last updated 30/9/19)
Forge World: Imperial Armour Index – Forces of the Adeptus Astartes (FAQ version 1.7 updated 30.9/19)
Psychic Awakening: Blood of Baal (FAQ version 1.1 updated 27/02/20)
Terrax-Pattern Assault Drill: Warhammer Community or the Forge World product page

Primaris Mephiston. Credit: Crab-Stuffed Mushrooms

Dark Angels

The Dark Angels, much like the Blood Angels, have a Codex, Psychic Awakening, and access to the shared Space Marine Forge World index. Unlike the Blood Angels, they got a little love in the Vigilus Defiant campaign book, with the Ravenwing Attack Squadron appearing in that book and being pretty good, especially now that the best stuff in the faction is Ravenwing-based. The rules for Master Lazarus, their special character Company Master, are in Psychic Awakening too.

Codex: Dark Angels 8th edition released December 2017 (FAQ version 1.4 last updated 30/9/19)
Forge World: Imperial Armour Index – Forces of the Adeptus Astartes (FAQ version 1.7 updated 30.9/19)
Psychic Awakening: Ritual of the Damned (FAQ version 1.1 updated 27/02/20)
Terrax-Pattern Assault Drill: Warhammer Community or the Forge World product page
Vigilus: Vigilus Defiant (FAQ version 1.3 updated 14/10/19)

Deathwing Terminator Praetor

Deathwing Terminator Praetor. Credit: Jack Hunter

Deathwatch

The Deathwatch are a little unlucky with their rules, lacking any access to the new Phobos units from the Space Marine codex, and missing out on rules in a Psychic Awakening book and instead getting a pretty thin update article in the May 2020 White Dwarf. They can use the Repulsor Executioner, and the rules to do so are on the Warhammer Community website since they didn’t get updated anywhere else, and happily they’re also still allowed to use the Terrax-Pattern Assault Drill.

Codex: Deathwatch 8th edition released May 2018 (FAQ version 1.5 last updated 30/9/19)
Forge World: Imperial Armour Index – Forces of the Adeptus Astartes (FAQ version 1.7 updated 30.9/19)
Psychic Awakening: White Dwarf 453
Repulsor Executioner:
Here, just randomly on the WHC site in “Downloads”
Terrax-Pattern Assault Drill: Warhammer Community or the Forge World product page

Deathwatch Primaris Watch-Captain. Credit: RichyP

Grey Knights

The Grey Knights had one of the first codexes of 8th edition, and it showed – for a long time they were considered very poor. However, their Psychic Awakening update gave them a turbo-boost to the top of the meta, and Grey Knights armies are now very successful at tournaments. It’s an essential pick-up for any Grey Knight player. The Knights of Titan also have access to some Forge World units in the Adeptus Astartes index.

Codex: Grey Knights 8th edition released August 2017 (FAQ version 1.4 updated 27/9/19)
Psychic Awakening: Ritual of the Damned (FAQ version 1.1 updated 27/02/20)
Forge World: Imperial Armour Index – Forces of the Adeptus Astartes (FAQ version 1.7 updated 30.9/19)

Grey Knight Kill Team

Grey Knight Kill Team
Credit: Pendulin

Imperial Knights

The Imperial Knights came roaring onto the scene in June 2018, warhorns blaring and feet stomping. As well as the three core plastic kits, there’s an extensive range of Forge World Knights of different classes, which were originally included in a Forge World index but received extensive re-working to function after the codex release – make sure you read the index FAQ. The Knights are due an update (along with their Chaos counterparts) in Psychic Awakening: Engine War.

Codex: Imperial Knights 8th edition released June 2018 (FAQ version 1.2 updated 29/5/19)
Forge World: Imperial Armour Index – Forces of the Astra Militarum (FAQ version 1.7 released 30/9/19)
Psychic Awakening: Engine War (unreleased)

Knight Gallant. Credit: SRM

Inquisition

Like the Assassins, the Inquisition appear in a White Dwarf supplementary article, in this case in the November 2019 issue. They also have some Forge World bits and pieces, including some special characters which range from “interesting” to “crucial,” which you can find in the Forge World Adeptus Astartes index. There’s also Inquisitor Eisenhorn, whose rules are in his box but can also be found on Warhammer Community.

Rules: White Dwarf, November 2019
Forge World: Imperial Armour Index – Forces of the Adeptus Astartes (FAQ version 1.7 updated 30.9/19)
Psychic Awakening: Pariah (unreleased)
Inquisitor Eisenhorn: Warhammer Community

Inquisitor Karamazov and his warband. Credit: Crab-Stuffed Mushrooms

Officio Assassinorum

The Imperial Assassins very likely single-handedly forced GW to bring back digital White Dwarf, since their rules were released in the March 2019 White Dwarf and then never yet reprinted, at a time where the only copies were physical ones. Eventually a digital edition appeared and it remains the only way to get the assassin rules, for now – they’re presumably being reprinted in War of the Spider.

Rules: White Dwarf, March 2019 (FAQ version 1.0 last updated 4/11/19)
Psychic Awakening: War of the Spider (unreleased)

Vindicare Assassin. Credit: Corrode

Sisters of Silence

The Sisters of Silence were dragged out of Index: Imperium 1 with a very low effort White Dwarf release. They’re due to show up in War of the Spider as a combined “Talons of the Emperor” faction with the Adeptus Custodes, which hopefully will breathe some life into them.

Rules: White Dwarf October 2019

Space Marines

Space Marines had the first codex of 8th edition released back in August 2017. 2 years later, in August 2019, they got a completely new and updated book full of new units, new rules, new stratagems and psychic powers, etc.Unlike the Chaos Space Marines, who got an updated book which was a “v2” of their original 8th ed codex and was, to some extent, cross-compatible with the old one, the Space Marines one completely replaces the previous version. If you can’t find Eliminators or Incursors or the Phobos warlord traits in your codex, then you probably need to replace it. As well as the base codex, Space Marines have six “codex supplement” books which give rules for each of the six First Founding chapters other than Blood Angels/Dark Angels/Space Wolves. Additionally, there’s rules for the Black Templars in Psychic Awakening: Faith and Fury (as well as a set of upgrades for all Marine characters) and a number of specialist detachments in the Vigilus Defiant book – the generic Indomitus Crusaders, and then unique ones for Ultramarines, Imperial Fists, and Crimson Fists. Space Marines also have an extensive list of Forge World units and special characters representing a range of successor Chapters.

Codex: Space Marines 8th edition released August 2019 (FAQ version 1.2 updated 27/2/20) – make sure you get the up to date second version!
Forge World: Imperial Armour Index – Forces of the Adeptus Astartes (FAQ version 1.7 updated 30.9/19)
Psychic Awakening: Faith and Fury (FAQ version 1.0 updated 27/02/20)
Terrax-Pattern Assault Drill: Warhammer Community or the Forge World product page
Vigilus: Vigilus Defiant (FAQ version 1.3 updated 14/10/19)

Imperial Fists converted Carab Culln Leviathan Dreadnought

Imperial Fists converted Carab Culln Leviathan Dreadnought. Credit: Jack Hunter

Black Templars

The Black Templars got a kind of demi-supplement in Faith and Fury (see above). They also have the Sword Brethren specialist detachment in Vigilus Defiant.

Chaplain Grimaldus

Chaplain Grimaldus. Credit: SRM

Crimson Fists/Imperial Fists

The Imperial Fists got their own codex supplement, which also features their younger brethren, the Crimson Fists. Both Chapters also have a specialist detachment each in Vigilus Defiant.

Codex Supplement: Imperial Fists (FAQ version 1.0 updated 19/11/19)

Imperial Fists Redemptor Dreadnought

Imperial Fists Redemptor Dreadnought. Credit: Jack Hunter

Iron Hands

The Iron Hands also have a codex supplement. It’s worth noting that Hands are the most extensively-FAQed faction in 40k – a lot of the book has been changed or updated, and even more than normal it’s vital to make sure you’re using the current version of several rules such as Cogitated Martyrdom or Iron Father Feirros’ aura.

Codex Supplement: Iron Hands (FAQ version 1.1 updated 27/2/20)

Iron Hands Intercessor by Booley

Iron Hands Intercessor. Credit: Jack Hunter

Raven Guard

The Raven Guard got their codex supplement alongside the Iron Hands in September 2019. Their FAQ is a little lighter than the Iron Hands one, but it does make a critical change to the “Master of Ambush” Warlord trait.

Codex Supplement: Raven Guard (FAQ version 1.1 updated 27/2/20)

Raven Guard Primaris Eliminators

Raven Guard Primaris Eliminators. Credit: Dan Boyd

Salamanders

The Salamanders were the last Chapter to receive their supplement alongside the Imperial Fists.

Codex Supplement: Salamanders (FAQ version 1.0 updated 19/11/19)

Credit: Chris ‘whiteshark12’ Cowie

Ultramarines

The Ultramarines were one of the first two supplements, alongside the White Scars in August 2019. As well as their codex, they have a specialist detachment in Vigilus Defiant which enhances Victrix Guard – it’s actually pretty handy and well worth using if you have some in your army.

Codex Supplement: Ultramarines (FAQ version 1.1 updated 4/11/19)

Roboute Guilliman leading an Ultramarines charge. Credit: Patrick Robins

White Scars

The White Scars supplement was released alongside the Ultramarines in August 2019. Other than that, they’re down the line Space Marines, as above.

Codex Supplement: White Scars (FAQ version 1.1 updated 27/9/19)

White Scars - Richyp - Step 4

White Scars Intercessor Sergeant. Credit: Richyp

Space Wolves

The Sons of Russ were the last Space Marine Chapter to receive a codex, in August 2018. Frustratingly the English-language version was immediately erratad as it was printed with an incorrect version of the Warlord traits, so if you have the paper book check to make sure you have the right ones – they’re in the FAQ. They got a specialist detachment in Vigilus Defiant, too, and they have the standard set of Marine options from Forge World. Finally, they showed up in Psychic Awakening: Saga of the Beast with an updated datasheet for Ragnar and a pile of new stratagems.

Codex: Space Wolves 8th edition released August 2018 (FAQ version 1.4 updated 30/9/19)
Forge World: Imperial Armour Index – Forces of the Adeptus Astartes (FAQ version 1.7 updated 30.9/19)
Psychic Awakening: Saga of the Beast
Terrax-Pattern Assault Drill: Warhammer Community or the Forge World product page
Vigilus: Vigilus Defiant (FAQ version 1.3 updated 14/10/19)

Haldor Icepelt Credit: Alfredo Ramirez

Haldor Icepelt Credit: Alfredo Ramirez

 

Chaos

Chaos Daemons

Chaos Daemons have a codex, a somewhat weird selection of Forge World units, and will appear in the upcoming Psychic Awakening: Engine War book. They also got a single Specialist Detachment in Vigilus Ablaze (for Khorne Daemons), and there’s a bunch of updated Daemon datasheets which right now live in Chapter Approved 2019 – mostly for the Slaanesh Daemons released alongside the Hedonites of Slaanesh book for Age of Sigmar, but also including updated info for Horrors, Bloodcrushers, and Flesh Hounds. Hopefully these will be consolidated into Engine War.

Codex: Chaos Daemons 8th edition released January 2018 (FAQ version 1.5 updated 29/4/19)
Forge World: Imperial Armour Index – Forces of Chaos (FAQ version 1.5 updated 30/9/19)
Psychic Awakening: Engine War (unreleased)
Updated Datasheets: Chapter Approved 2019

The Contorted Epitome. Credit: Steel_Mentor

Chaos Knights

Chaos Knights got their first full codex in July 2019, and like their Imperial counterparts they got updated rules to use the Forge World Knights as well. They’re due to make an appearance in Psychic Awakening: Engine War.

Codex: Chaos Knights 8th edition released July 2019 (FAQ version 1.1 updated 29/4/19)
Forge World: Imperial Armour Index – Forces of Chaos (FAQ version 1.5 updated 30/9/19)
Psychic Awakening: Engine War (unreleased)

I need a bigger light box

Chaos Knight. Credit: Pvt_Snafu

Chaos Space Marines

Chaos Space Marines are one of the most extensive factions in 40k, with rules all over the place. They had a version 1 of their codex early in the edition, and then a new version 2 released in March 2019. In some ways they’re actually worse than Space Marines, since they didn’t get everything incorporated into their updated book – the v2 was a refresh of the old book rather than a completely new one. One of the weirdest things is that there’s a whole set of Warlord traits for psykers – which are good and tournament-legal! – which only appears in the out of print booklet that came with the Shadowspear boxed set. There is currently no good, legal way to find these except to try and eBay the booklet. Chaos also got a Vigilus book entirely to itself, of which the majority relates to Chaos Space Marines, including a bunch of new Renegade Chapter rules and a pile of specialist detachments. On top of all that, there’s rules for Chaos Marines in the Faith & Fury Psychic Awakening supplement, but there will also be an “Agents of Bile” section in War of the Spider which will apply to them too.

Codex: Chaos Space Marines 8th edition v2 released March 2019 (FAQ version 2.1 updated 27/9/19) – technically you can use the version 1 book and the updated information in the Shadowspear booklet, but you’re better off just buying the current codex
Forge World: Imperial Armour Index – Forces of Chaos (FAQ version 1.5 updated 30/9/19)
Psychic Awakening: Faith & Fury (FAQ version 1.0 updated 6/1/20) and War of the Spider (unreleased)
Vigilus: Vigilus Ablaze (FAQ version 1.0 updated 29/4/19)
Psyker Warlord traits: Shadowspear booklet
Terrax-Pattern Assault Drill: Warhammer Community or the Forge World product page

Chaos Lord and Chaos Space Marines. Credit: genola

Death Guard

The Death Guard were a new book for 8th edition, released alongside the original version of the Space Marines 8th ed codex way back in June. Unlike Marines, they’ve not had an update since, which makes them the oldest remaining codex in 8th. They’re due to feature in the Psychic Awakening: War of the Spider book, which will give them a breath of new life or, I guess, a breath of corruption and death. They can also access some of the same Forge World units as other Chaos Space Marines – check the index FAQ for details. They might also be able to take the Terrax Assault Drill, or maybe not – if you want it, check the Chaos Space Marines section.

Codex: Death Guard 8th edition released September 2017 (FAQ version 1.6 updated 27/9/19)
Forge World: Imperial Armour Index – Forces of Chaos (FAQ version 1.5 updated 30/9/19)
Psychic Awakening: War of the Spider (unreleased)

Mortarion, Primarch of the Death Guard. Credit: Zuul the Cat

Thousand Sons

The Thousand Sons got their first full fat codex in 8th edition, becoming a fully separate faction in the transition to 8th ed (unlike the Khorne Daemonkin who just disappeared completely, rip). Their new codex incorporated the Mutalith Vortex Beast into their line-up. They later featured in Psychic Awakening: Ritual of the Damned, which gave them some great buffs. Like the Death Guard, they have some access to the Forge World Chaos index.

Codex: Thousand Sons 8th edition released February 2018 (FAQ version 1.4 updated 27/9/19)
Forge World: Imperial Armour Index – Forces of Chaos (FAQ version 1.5 updated 30/9/19)
Psychic Awakening: Ritual of the Damned (FAQ version 1.1 updated 27/02/20)

Thousand Sons Aspiring Sorcerer

Thousand Sons Aspiring Sorcerer. Credit: Alfredo Ramirez

Xenos

Craftworlds

The Craftworld Eldar have had few releases in 8th edition, and therefore are pretty much just Codex + Psychic Awakening, though there are also a couple of Vigilus detachments worth checking out – Windriders buff your bikes, and the Spirit Host will help any Wraith units you want to put on the table. PA is pretty important for the extra psychic lore, aspect powers, and custom sub-faction traits. There’s also some Forge World units in the Xenos index.

Codex: Craftworlds 8th edition released October 2017 (FAQ version 1.4 updated 27/9/19)
Forge World: Imperial Armour Index – Forces of the Xenos (FAQ version 1.5 updated 30/9/19)
Psychic Awakening: Phoenix Rising (FAQ version 1.0 updated 26/11/19)
Vigilus:
Vigilus Defiant (FAQ version 1.3 updated 14/10/19)

Craftworld Eldar. Credit: BuffaloChicken

Drukhari

The Drukhari, as Dark Eldar now call themselves, are mostly contained to a single codex. They have a couple of Forge World units in the Tantalus and Reaper which are in a Forge World Index, and the Incubi and Drazhar datasheets were updated in Phoenix Rising. They also got some custom sub-faction traits in that book, but well, read them for yourself and see if you care. Like the other Eldar factions, they can also soup with Ynnari, conveniently also in Phoenix Rising.

Codex: Drukhari 8th edition released April 2018 (FAQ version 1.3 updated 29/5/19)
Forge World: Imperial Armour Index – Forces of the Xenos (FAQ version 1.5 updated 30/9/19)
Psychic Awakening: Phoenix Rising (FAQ version 1.0 updated 26/11/19)

Drukhari Wracks. Credit: Corrode

Harlequins

Harlequins have a tiny little model range, no Forge World units, and haven’t yet received a Psychic Awakening update – there should be one in White Dwarf in June 2020. They’re probably the most straightforward faction in the game, hooray.

Codex: Harlequins 8th edition released May 2018 (FAQ version 1.2 updated 29/4/19)

A Harlequins Shadowseer

Harlequins Shadowseer. Credit: Corrode

Ynnari

Ynnari are a weird sub-faction of Eldar, with only 3 units of their own (the special characters that make up the Triumvirate of Ynnead). They slot in with either Craftworlds, Drukhari, or Harlequins armies, with some restrictions, so you’ll find most of the relevant info for them in those sections. Otherwise, their most up to date rules are in Phoenix Rising.

Psychic Awakening: Phoenix Rising (FAQ version 1.0 updated 26/11/19)

The Yncarne

The Yncarne. Credit: Corrode

Genestealer Cults

Genestealer Cults are in a strange position – they can take their own units as per the Codex, and there are some “Brood Brothers” datasheets which are similar to the ones in the Astra Militarum codex, but they can also take a single “Brood Brothers” detachment which draws units from the Astra Militarum codex. If you want to do that, then also refer yourself to the Astra Militarum section above – you’ll need the Codex and FAQ, and you can take the Forge World units Guard can, though GSC have no Forge World units of their own. Luckily, GSC and Guard share a Psychic Awakening book, though none of what’s in there for Guard can be used by the bug boys. There’s also two useful specialist detachments in Vigilus Defiant.

Codex: Genestealer Cults 8th edition released February 2019 (FAQ version 1.2 updated 27/9/19)
Psychic Awakening: The Greater Good (FAQ version 1.0 updated 11/3/20)
Vigilus: Vigilus Defiant (FAQ version 1.3 updated 14/10/19)

Neophyte Hybrids

Genestealer Cults Neophyte Hybrids. Credit: Corrode

Tyranids

The insidious Tyranids have a fairly straightforward set of rules, with a Codex, units in the Forge World Xenos index, and an appearance in Psychic Awakening: Blood of Baal opposite the Blood Angels.

Codex: Tyranids 8th edition released November 2017 (FAQ version 1.5 updated 27/9/19)
Forge World: Imperial Armour Index – Forces of the Xenos (FAQ version 1.5 updated 30/9/19)
Psychic Awakening: Blood of Baal (FAQ version 1.1 updated 27/02/20)

Tyranid Hormagaunts

Tyranid Hormagaunts
Credit: Pendulin

Necrons

The Necrons are still waiting for their Psychic Awakening supplement; they’ll be appearing in Pariah later in 2020. They have their codex of course, from back in 2018, and some Forge World units in the Xenos index. Additionally, they have the Seraptek Heavy Construct, which has its rules on the Forge World website.

Codex: Necrons 8th edition released March 2018 (FAQ version 1.2 updated 29/4/19)
Forge World: Imperial Armour Index – Forces of the Xenos (FAQ version 1.5 updated 30/9/19)
Seraptek Heavy Construct: Datasheet
Psychic Awakening: Pariah (unreleased)

Necron Overlord

Necron Overlord. Credit: Corrode

Orks

The Orks were one of the last codexes updated for 8th edition, releasing in November 2018 alongside a pile of new models. They’re in a slightly unusual situation in that they have datasheets which are survivors from the Legends cull of out of print models – if you’re looking for the datasheet for the Big Mek with Kustom Force Field, it’s in Saga of the Beast along with the other Ork updates including the new Ghazgkull datasheet. Saga of the Beast is the most recent PA book released at time of writing, and hasn’t yet been FAQed. Orks also got a few specialist detachments in Vigilus Defiant, of which one is basically essential just for the relic shokk attack gun.

Codex: Orks 8th edition released November 2018 (FAQ version 1.2 updated 27/9/19)
Forge World: Imperial Armour Index – Forces of the Xenos (FAQ version 1.5 updated 30/9/19)
Psychic Awakening: Saga of the Beast
Vigilus: Vigilus Defiant (FAQ version 1.3 updated 14/10/19)

Ork Kommandoes. Credit: SRM

T’au Empire

The T’au gained an apostrophe back in Index 40k and they seem to be keeping it. Their codex arrived in March 2018, with an update in Psychic Awakening: The Greater Good for which they were the cover stars and which featured update rules for Commander Shadowsun, as well as incorporating the rules for The Eight originally found in Chapter Approved 2018. T’au have a number of Forge World units, which appear in the Xenos index.

Codex: T’au Empire 8th edition released March 2018 (FAQ version 1.4 updated 14/10/19)
Forge World: Imperial Armour Index – Forces of the Xenos (FAQ version 1.5 updated 30/9/19)
Psychic Awakening: The Greater Good (FAQ version 1.0 updated 11/3/20)

Tau Riptide

Tau Riptide. Credit: Jack Hunter

 

Get after it!

So that’s it… for now, anyways. We’ll be updating this periodically as new rules are released in the future, keeping it up-to-date for new players. If you have any questions or comments, or if there’s anything we missed, drop us a note in the comments below or email us at contact@goonhammer.com.

 

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