Next Week’s pre-orders: The Ever-changing and the Ever-vigilant

Next week, the Adeptus Custodes are receiving some reinforcement from two new elite units – but they’re followed closely by the sinister forces of the Thousand Sons and their Tzaangor servants.

Every member of the Adeptus Custodes is a master of warfare in all of its forms, but certain members show particularly notable talents. Those who excel at surgical strikes and hold particular loathing for enemy commanders serve with the Allarus Custodians (now available for pre-order), while some can take their enhanced reaction speeds and immense dexterity and marry them to a Dawneagle Jetbike; part bike, part indomitable weapons platform. These are known as the Vertus Praetors, and next week, you’ll be able to pre-order them for your army.

On the tabletop, you’ll find these guys invaluable, capable of surging up the table ahead of your main force and tying up key enemies or taking objectives. Alternatively, equip yours with salvo launchers and they’ll act as versatile tank and aircraft hunters – indeed, thanks to the Fly keyword, you’ll even be able to bring down particularly stubborn Stormravens with a concentrated lance charge – how very Warhammer 40,000! You’ll be able to use your kit to build a Shield-Captain on Dawneagle Jetbike, too, a great HQ for a rapid-assault Adeptus Custodes army.

Some members of the Adeptus Custodes have something that can’t be manufactured or trained – raw experience. The very oldest of the Golden Legion are known as Custodian Wardens, each several centuries old and imbued with several lifetimes worth of practice overseeing the greatest military operation in the Imperium – the defence of Terra.

In your army, Custodian Wardens boast additional wargear compared to their less experienced brethren, such as the mighty castellan axe, and, thanks to their oaths of service, can resist wounds that would lay another man low. They’re perfect for defending objectives or holding your opponent’s most dangerous units with. Like the Vertus Praetors kit, you’ll be able to use this set to build a Shield-Captain, as well as a Vexilus Praetor, a support unit whose abilities can boost both Adeptus Custodes and Imperium armies as he bears aloft the vexilla of his shield company.

Meanwhile, on the other side of the Cicatrix Maledictum, some of the Emperor’s most hated foes are about to receive their first ever codex (can you believe it?).

The Thousand Sons have long been an iconic part of the Warhammer 40,000 universe, growing from a reference in Rogue Trader to the Rubric Marines to the first army to receive a Primarch in the new era of Warhammer 40,000. Now, the Thousand Sons are being transformed into a faction in their own right, replete with unique units, rules and much more besides.

Codex: Thousand Sons contains in-depth insight into how the sons of Magnus fight, as well as what life looks like on Soritarius. Inside, you’ll find a wealth of material to inspire your army and Stratagems, Relics and more to help you realise your dream force. Want to build a coven of sorcerers with Magnus the Red at the centre? With 18 psychic powers across three Psychic Disciplines, you’re spoilt for choice. Fancy a chittering horde of Tzaangors and other beasts of Chaos? With new rules for the Tzaangor Enlightened, Tzaangor Shaman and Mutalith Vortex Beast, you can do just that.

Indeed, to help you add Tzaangors to your army, we’re making the Tzaangor Upgrade Pack available separately. You’ll be able to use this to arm any Tzaangors in your collection with autopistols and chainswords – indeed, combine a few of these with the Changecult Battleforce set and you’ll be able to transform it into a very fluid Warhammer 40,000 force.

You’ll be able to pre-order the latest Adeptus Custodes and Thousand Sons releases next week – in the meantime, the Allarus Custodians and Trajann Valoris are available for pre-order right now, and if you’d like to find out more about the Thousand Sons, there is a wealth of Black Library fiction starring them, from the Horus Heresy novel ‘A Thousand Sons’ to John French’s Ahriman trilogy, which you can pick up in a handy omnibus edition.

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