Adeptus Custodes Clash With Genestealers In 40K Shadow Throne

November 1, 2021 by brennon

Games Workshop are going to be introducing two new Codexes into the running for Warhammer 40,000 before the end of 2021. Adeptus Custodes and Genestealer Cults are going to be getting new books and a new boxed set, Shadow Throne.

Shadow Throne Box - Warhammer 40000

Shadow Throne // Warhammer 40,000

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Shadow Throne follows the emergence of the Genestealer Cults on Terra itself. When the seat of The Emperor himself is threatened it falls to the Adeptus Custodes to root out the interlopers and purge them from the planet.

Shadow Throne Contents - Warhammer 40000

Shadow Throne Contents // Warhammer 40,000

The box will follow the Adeptus Custodes as they delve deep into the inner workings of Terra and root out the Genestealer Cults who have taken up residence. Familiar miniatures make up the core of each force here but there are also two new miniatures in Shadow Throne for those who like playing as each faction.

Aristothes Carvellan leads the way for the Adeptus Custodes, a Blade Champion who puts even his fellow Custodes to shame.

Aristothes Carvellan - Warhammer 40000

Aristothes Carvellan // Warhammer 40,000

He is clad in the same archaic-yet-effective armour as his Battle-Brothers and could be a great sub-commander for a larger force of Custodes on the tabletop. If you're making a smaller army then he would make a pretty effective close combat leader too. He even gets to switch between three different fighting styles so he can take on monsters, solo combatants and larger swarms equally easily.

When faced by the golden armoured transhuman warriors of the Imperium, how do you win? Well, the Genestealer Cults have secret weapons and one of them comes in the form of Mersea Thrayk.

Mersea Thrayk - Warhammer 40000

Mersea Thrayk // Warhammer 40,000

She is a Reductus Saboteur and her job is to make it incredibly difficult for the Adeptus Custodes to get close to their foes. It's a little hard to do any fighting when the very building you're running through is wired with explosives and could vanish into a pile of rubble at the press of a plunger.

I do like this match-up. You've got the (somewhat) straightforward Adeptus Custodes who want to get into the fighting quickly and brutally murder their foes. Arrayed against them are the Genestealer Cults who are all about subterfuge and trickery, drawing their enemies in only to vanish into the shadows, springing their traps. A thinkers army perhaps!

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Both factions are also going to get themselves new books. The Adeptus Custodes offering brings all of the Talons Of The Emperor together and allows you to integrate the Sisters Of Silence into your Custodes armies properly.

Codex Adeptus Custodes - Warhammer 40000

Codex: Adeptus Custodes // Warhammer 40,000

This also makes the Adeptus Custodes a fully-fledged army in their own right. This is certainly an elite army in every sense of the word and the new Stratagems, Relics, and Warlord Traits are there to make them effective at their job. Protecting The Emperor, guarding Terra and vanquishing Xenos.

The Genestealer Cults get themselves an equally bumper packed Codex with loads of new options for using them on the tabletop.

Codex Genestealer Cults - Warhammer 40000

Codex: Genestealer Cults // Warhammer 40,000

There are loads of tricks and tactics within this book for using the Genestealer Cults on the tabletop. They are one of those forces where pre-planning and good use of Command Points are integral to their success. If you can win the battle before it has even begun then you're guaranteed to be there when the Day Of Ascension finally comes. You'll be in the belly of a big Tyranid beast but at least you'll be happy about it.

As someone who has been intrigued by the Adeptus Custodes of late, this one is looking pretty interesting. I'm sure it will make Henry Cavill happy at any rate! I wonder how many of his Custodes he has actually painted?

Are you going to be picking up Shadow Throne?

"I'm sure it will make Henry Cavill happy at any rate!"

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