10th Edition Warhammer 40K Announced! Free Rules & More!

March 23, 2023 by brennon

It will come as no surprise to a lot of folks that a new edition of Warhammer 40,000 has been announced by Games Workshop at Adepticon. 10th Edition is on the way offering up their streamlined take on grimdark Sci-Fi wargaming. Check out the trailer below...

Warhammer 40,000 Cinematic Trailer

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The new edition of Warhammer 40,000 is going to be focused (at least at the beginning) on the clash between the Imperium and an emerging threat from the western arm of the galaxy. The Ultramarines have been called to defend previously "safe" worlds from the attacks by Hive Fleet Leviathan that is on the warpath. New miniatures are here to help save the day including the new-look Terminators.

New Space Marine Termiantors - Warhammer 40K

New Space Marine Terminators // Warhammer 40,000

New Space Marine Termiantors - Details - Warhammer 40K

New Space Marine Terminators - Details // Warhammer 40,000

New Space Marine Termiantors - Scale - Warhammer 40K

New Space Marine Terminators - Scale // Warhammer 40,000

The new Terminators have been designed to work with the new scale of the Primaris Space Marines in the Games Workshop range. Their background, lore and use within the game remain pretty much the same so essentially this is just a nice update to the older plastic kits. They are going to come with that traditional loadout that you know and love with a Storm Bolter and Power Fist alongside elements like the Autocannon.

Going up against the Space Marines, we also had a look at some of the new miniatures coming up for the Tyranids. It looks like they are going to be getting the full range refresh that we expected (much like the Necrons for the last edition) starting with the faithful Termagants.

New Termagants - Warhammer 40K

New Termagants // Warhammer 40,000

New Termagants - Details - Warhammer 40K

New Termagants - Details // Warhammer 40,000

New Tyranids - Scale - Warhammer 40K

New Tyranids - Scale // Warhammer 40,000

The cinematic trailer also hints at a lot of additional miniatures coming out to support this Tyranid invasion. We're going to be seeing a new version of the classic Screamer Killer getting thrown back into the mix alongside a lot of rather potent killers (both psychic and not!). The trailer also shows off a good look at new miniatures from this upcoming boxed set including a new Librarian in Terminator Armour, updated takes on Reivers and more.

What's also really neat about this is that it doesn't seem like we have long to wait for 10th Edition either. It is going to be landing in Summer 2023.

Warhammer 40,000 - 10th Edition

A new boxed set and new miniatures mean a new edition of Warhammer 40,000. A more streamlined and refreshed game is in the works apparently that does away with the bloat that has set in for the current edition of the game. Oh, and a lot of it will be FREE from day one.

A New Edition Announced // Warhammer 40,000

So yep, going back to that word "free". On day one of the new edition of Warhammer 40,000 you'll be able to access all of the Core Rules for Warhammer 40,000 plus every single Data Sheet for the various armies you play for free digitally. Much like Indexes of past editions, this means that everyone will be (in theory) on a level playing field when the new edition launches.

Free 10th Edition Index Rules - Warhammer 40K

Free 10th Edition Index Rules // Warhammer 40,000

If you collect Space Marines, Orks, T'au or Tyranids, you will be able to immediately access rules for playing 10th Edition without having to pay a penny. Indexes seem to then be being made available to buy physically if you prefer but in theory, you could just dive in and have fun right away.

I would imagine that Codexes will then follow in the wake of 10th Edition that you'll have to buy into but as a starting point, free is hard to argue with. The team also talked about a new App that was being developed where all of this would be accessible. I would imagine that will be something open to Warhammer Plus subscribers.

Rules Changes - Warhammer 40K

Rules Changes // Warhammer 40,000

No big specifics were discussed but it also seems like the rules are being refreshed. All of your army rules and strategems will now fit on two pages rather than across myriad books (we shall see if it stays that way) and the number of things you need to remember is being cut back significantly. It means that you shouldn't have to do so much flicking back and forth between pages to work out what you need to do and when. The same scaled-down elements apply to Datasheets.

New Datasheet - Warhammer 40K

New Datasheet // Warhammer 40,000

Weapons (both ranged and melee) have now been focused on and statistics have been worked into their readout. Similarly, abilities that might have once been kept on Strategems have now been worked back into the unit entries in most cases. There is also a new statistic that you might have noticed called Objective Control (OC). This allows units to have more control over what they, well, control on the battlefield.

Additionally, the Morale Phase is now being worked into the Command Phase of the game. Miniatures will also no longer be removed as a response to failing Morale checks either. Oh, and the Psychic Phase is being removed and Psychic Powers will now be baked into the abilities available to units. The way they work will be similar but it means more control over a particular unit's ability to cast Psychic Powers on the tabletop.

Gamemode-wise, it looks like Boarding Actions is still fully compatible with the new edition (so don't stop buying your Arks Of Omen books, right?) but they have also talked about a new mode of play called Combat Patrols.

Combat Patrol - Warhammer 40K

Combat Patrol // Warhammer 40,000

The way they described Combat Patrols reminds me of CodeOne for Infinity. It will give you a way to (always) play an army out of the box with free rules. Each Combat Patrol has been "balanced" against each other in theory and alongside that, you'll find rules which have been a little stripped down to make it easier to dive in and start playing. The rules won't be totally different to normal Warhammer 40,000 but they will take out some of the complexity in order to make it quick and easy to start playing the game.

A new edition, new miniatures and a streamlined set of rules. Oh, and free Core Rules and Faction Rules from the off in Indexes! Let's hope people just jump in and use ONLY those Indexes forever and never buy a Codex again!

Will you be taking a look at 10th Edition Warhammer 40,000?

"On day one of the new edition of Warhammer 40,000 you'll be able to access all of the Core Rules for Warhammer 40,000 plus every single Data Sheet for the various armies you play for free..."

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