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The Thousand Sons factions have been in the Warhammer 40,000 universe since the early editions of the game. Over the years they have become a fan-favorite faction, which their first units appearing in the Horus Heresy and miniatures produced by Forge World.  What makes The Thousand Sons faction unique among the Space Marine Legions is their ability harness their psychic ability, incorporating warrior mystics and sorcerers in their ranks and the beasts that the more powerful Daemonic sorcerers have summoned.

Games Workshop has announced the first ever Codex for The Thousand Sons. The new codex draws on material from previously published codices like the Codex: Chaos Space Marines and Codex: Chaos Daemons so that this codex is complete for anyone building a Thousand Sons army.

Here are some of the new units found in Codex: Thousand Sons.

The Rubric Marines of the Rubricae are the classic unit.  They are bolstered by their own special Rhinos, Land Raiders, and Defilers. Thousand Sons stratagems provide unique movement capabilities for units and lethal attacks for vehicles.

Next are the Sorcerers, who benefit from the collective strength of their psychic energy, increasing the range of their psychic powers, of which there are three to choose from. These powers not only shield your units but also attack and weaken your foes.  Powerful Daemonic sorcerers such as Daemon Princes of Tzeentch and Magnus the Red benefit from these powers also.

Finally, the Tzaangor, beastmen in service of the Chas God Tzeentch, round out the Thousand Sons Legion. A Tzaangor unit of regular beastmen and the more powerful Tzaangor Enlightend form the bulk of the beastmen units of The Thousand Sons.  Units can be supported by Tzaangors that have been turned into abominable Chaos Spawns, monstrous beasts such as the Mutalith Vortex Beast, or spellcasting Tzaangor Shaman who can strengthen the attacks of Tzaangor units.

To discover more about The Thousand Sons, visit The Warhammer Community as they dig deeper in their Faction Focus series in the coming weeks.

Codex: The Thousand Sons is available for pre-order now.

betrayal at calth

For over 25 years, Space Marines and their chaotic brethren have been dueling on table tops around the world.  From small, lunchtime skirmishes to massive, all-day affairs with vast hordes of units on both sides, many gamers were first introduced to the world of hobby gaming through the world of Warhammer 40,000.  Now, players can pursue this same experience as a boardgame with The Horus Heresy: Betrayal at Calth.  Not a box starter for Warhammer 40,000, this is a boardgame set in the same universe featuring squads of space marines, both loyal and traitorous, playing through several different missions featuring tactically different gameplay and scenarios.  From the feature page:

The Horus Heresy: Betrayal At Calth is a fantastic standalone boxed game of claustrophobic tunnel combat, set during the Word Bearers’ invasion of the Ultramarine world of Calth. Emphasising fast-paced squad-based combat during six exciting missions, it allows players to choose their side and command a force of beautifully detailed Citadel miniatures in a brutal war for survival, during one of the iconic battles of the Horus Heresy.

With a modest collection of miniatures, including over thirty space marines and a Dreadnought, this looks to be a great jumping off point for exploring the hobby of side minis gaming: miniature assembly and painting.  Be sure to check out Battling Brushes with Sam and Rob on The Dice Tower YouTube page to get some great tips on painting minis!  The Horus Heresy: Betrayal at Calth is available now from Games Workshop.