Spoke to Phil at fw,
-Said that the black libary books are a large influence to what they will be doing for the pre hearsy stuff.
-They would never do an emperor model, stating some things should be left alone/untouched.
-Will do primarch models plus chaos counterparts.
-Possibility of prehearsy xenos races (if in horus hearsy) but not priority as hearsy stuff is a big project.
-They are trying to get an Imperial armour masterclass book out every 12-18months, talk about doing terrain and warhammer forge specific books.
Cataphractii Pattern Terminators and Weapon Sets
Terminator armour is the finest protective wargear in the arsenal of the Legiones Astartes. Several different Tactical Dreadnought Armour patterns were developed roughly concurrently by different Forge Worlds during the later decades of the Great Crusade, and most of these, such as the Indomitus, Tartaros and Saturnine patterns, were functionally identical.
The Cataphractii Pattern was amongst the first issued, and suits of this type were even more heavily protected than their contemporaries. Slab-like ceramite pauldrons housed additional shield generators, although this formidable protection came at the cost of the wearer’s speed, and the trade between agility and survivability meant that this pattern was beginning to decline among some Legions at the outbreak of the Heresy.
Designed by Will Hayes, the iconic Cataphractii Pattern Terminators is a set of 5 detailed multi-part resin models which includes an optional bare head and a grenade harness. Will has also designed three weapons sets. The Cataphractii Power Fist set contains 5 combi-bolters, a power sword, 4 power fists and a chainfist, while the Cataphractii Power Axe set contains 5 power axes, a power sword and 5 combi-bolters. The third set is the Cataphractii Special Weapons Set, comprising two sets of lightning claws, two thunder hammers, a power sword, a power maul, a chainfist, a plasma blaster, a twin-linked autocannon and a heavy flamer.
Rules for fielding squads of Cataphractii Pattern Terminators can be found in the Space Marine Legion army list contained in The Horus Heresy Book I: Betrayal.
Space Marine Legion Command Upgrade Packs
The Legiones Astartes maintains the ancient martial traditions of Terra; their officers and sergeants often marking themselves out with a helmet crest in the manner of the Romanii of Ancient Terra, while each squad, company and Chapter bears a standard as a rallying point in the midst of battle, and a spur to glory. Each squad maintains constant co-ordination with other elements of their Legion, be they in orbit or in other theatres of war on a given world, using so-called nuncio-voxes which are often built into a modified power armour backpack and helm.
Will Hayes and Mark Bedford have designed sets of MkII, MkIII and MkIV Legion Command Upgrades for use with our Armour Marks. Each set contains two crested officer’s helmets, two vexilla icons and two nuncio-vox helmets and backpacks. These detailed resin components each allow you to represent several squad upgrades from the Space Marine Legion army list in The Horus Heresy Book I: Betrayal on the tabletop.
All seven of these fantastically detailed kits will be on sale in limited numbers at Games Day UK, in advance of their scheduled release date
- Warlord table for Legion Space Marine Commanders.
- Zone Mortalis and super-heavy rules in book.
- Mechanicus in book... not a full list.
- Lords of War (Primarchs and super-heavies) limited to 25% of army.
- World Eaters may exchange chainswords for chainaxes (AP4) for free.
- Marines with sniper rifles, special rules for bolters, 10 heavy weapons in a devastator squad...
legion seeker squad ( headhunters , designed to take out enemy command elements , 5-10 strong , special issue ammo ' marked for death' special rule , gain preffered enemy against one enemy unit or independant character )
legion outrider squad ( 3-10 bike squad , scout special rule , all bikes have twin linked bolters.. ALL marines can swap these out for twin linked flamers , melta guns or plasma guns, 1 in 3 can have power weapon , hand flamer or plasma pistol )
legion attack bike squadron (1-5 strong h. bolter can be swapped out for h. flamer, autocannon or multi-melta )
legion jetbike sky-hunter squadron (3-10 strong , 1 in 3 can replace jetbike mounted h.bolter with multi-melta , volkite cannon or plasma cannon , deep strike special rule )
legion land speeder squadron (1-5 strong , and speeder may replace h. bolter with h. flamer or multi-melta . any speeder can add a havoc launcher , h. bolter , PLASMA CANNON! or graviton gun in addition. any speeder can also take upto 2 H.K.M's )
legion storm eagle gunship ( as before )
legion heavy support squad (5-10 strong all marines in squad ( including sergeant! have a h. bolter . all may swap out for a different weapon , but MUST all take the same kind of weapon . H. flamer , autocannon , missile launcher ( may be upgraded to carry flakk) multi-melta , plasma cannon , volkite culverin or lascannon. entire squad may have hardened armour )
legion predator strike squadron ( 1-3 predators , includes all the forgeworld options EXCEPT twinlinked lascannon. predator turret autocannon is now heavy 4)
legion land raider battle squadron ( 1-3 landraiders any of which may be phobos or proteus , but only one of which may be an achilles )
0-1 legion artillery tank squadron ( 1-3 of a whirlwind , basilisk or medusa. ww may be upgraded to anti-air )
legion vindicator ( as before , but can take pintle mounted h.bolter / h. flamer or havoc launcher )
legion spartan assault tank (25 troop carry capacity , quad lascannons may be swapped for rapier destroyers , may take frag launchers. assault vehicle , 5 hull points )
legion caestus assault ram ( largely unchanged )
gods of war
legion fellblade super heavy tank (turret mounted twin ' accelerator cannon' high explosive round - 100" range , strength 8 ap 3 ord 1 , 7" blast , primary weapon
armour piercing shell - 100" range ,heavy 1, strength 9 ap 2, armourbane ,3" blast
legion typhon heavy siege tank ( basically a ****** huge vindicator , no transport capacity. dreadhammer siege cannon. 24" if moving , 48" if stationary, strength 10 ap 1, ord 1 , 7" blast no cover saves . has crushing weight special rule . auto passes difficult or dangerous terrain tests for rubble ,barricades , walls , ruined buildings or wreckage.
auto inflicts strength 10 ap 2 ram damage NO MATTER HOW FAR IT HAS MOVED ! )
legion thunderhawk gunship ( largely unchanged)
legion thunderhawk transporter ( largely unchanged )
legion cerberus heavy tank destroyer (super heavy land raider , twin linked neutron destroyer laser battery)
legion malcador assault tank ( largley unchanged , may only take battlecannon and twin linked lascannon turrets )
bear in mind this is the briefest glimpse , not counting all the different weapon options , new weapons , legion specific squads and mechanicus units
If the first book for Istvaan as others have said is Iron hands, Salamanders, Night Lords and Word Bearers. Then the next book must feature Iron Warriors, Alpha legion and Raven Guard. Although that is only three...
I would also guess at the time frame being one book every 6-9 months.