Games Workshop Explain 40k 8th Edition Datasheets

May 11, 2017 by brennon

Games Workshop has been continuing to deliver snippets of information on the new edition of Warhammer 40,000. Their latest sneak peeks into the future of the game came with the role of Datasheets in the game.

Rubic Marines

The Warhammer Community Blog focused in on the Datasheets for the Rubic Marines. Here you can see how their stat lines work within the larger picture, framed against their abilities, weapons and more.

Rubic Marines Data Sheet

Noticeably it is very similar to the design of the Age of Sigmar Warscrolls where everything is self-contained rather than split amongst multiple tomes. Even weapon statistics are recorded here so you don’t have to flick between books.

You’ll also notice the abundance of keywords listed at the bottom as well for both the game at large and the army themselves. It’s kind of cool that they’re called Heretic Astartes no too. Weapons are then dealt out in a similar fashion as before and the Power Rating increases the units ‘cost’ as you add more into the mix.

Characters & Infantry

In addition, earlier posts from the last couple of days focused in on the role of Infantry and Characters. The big news was that Characters no longer join units so can’t hide from firepower. However, if a Character with ten wounds or less is not the closest target the enemy must fire at a different one – the maelstrom of battle and all that.

We also got to see the toned down and simplified To Wound Chart.

Wound Chart

This spells it out nicely and while not a massive departure from what we’ve seen before it should be a little easier for new players to get their head around. No need for a matrix anymore!

What do you make of the new Datasheets and the way Characters and Infantry work now?

"Noticeably it is very similar to the design of the Age of Sigmar Warscrolls where everything is self-contained rather than split amongst multiple tomes..."