The 10th Edition of Warhammer 40,000 has brought in many excellent changes to the game, from new game modes and armies to the excellent revision of the rules, making Warhammer 40,000 “simplified, not simple”. The positive impact these upcoming changes have had on the Warhammer community can hardly be put into words, but Games Workshop continues to outdo itself. This Saturday’s Warhammer Fest convention revealed the content of the 10th Edition’s first starter set, Leviathan, and true to its name, it’s absolutely massive.
The Leviathan Starter Set box is absolutely packed with 72 gorgeous, brand-new models, which will amount to two full armies of the Space Marines and Tyranids. And while Games Workshop has already stated that the new rules of the 10th Edition and the new Army Lists will be available on launch date, this set won’t be necessary, but the amount of miniatures and additional contents makes this box extremely valuable, almost a must-buy for Space Marine and Tyranid players.
The Primaris Space Marines Bring the Fight to the Tyranid Horde
The Space Marine roster will be entirely composed of the new Primaris line, featuring a stable host of 25 units:
- A Captain in Terminator Armour – a stalwart warrior wearing a suit of Tactical Dreadnought armor.
- A Primaris Lieutenant – a true Primaris staple, this venerable commander wielding a combi-flamer provides buffs for any unit he is attached to.
- Space Marine Terminators – one of the most iconic Space Marine units, these hulking veterans bring heavy armor, power fists, storm bolters, homing teleporters, and devastating assault cannons to the enemies of Mankind.
- Librarian in Terminator Armour – Librarians play quite differently in the 10th Edition now that the Psychic Phase is gone. Instead, they wield epic weapons and provide unique weapon attacks and buffs to any unit he is attached to.
- Apothecary Biologis in Gravis Armour – wearing the mighty MK10 pattern power armor, this durable Apothecary provides buffs to any unit he is attached to, and thanks to the 10th Edition rules, he might join the likes of the Aggressors, Heavy Intercessors, and Eradicators making them exceptionally deadly.
- Infernus Squad – as the name suggests, this unit is entirely equipped with pyreblaster flamethrowers.
- Ballistus Dreadnought – the first Primaris-sized Dreadnought, this walking juggernaut is armed with its signature ballistus missile launcher and ballistus lascannon.
- Sternguard Veterans – fearsome combatants equipped with specialized Anti-Tyranid weapons.
The Tyranids Have Evolved and Are Deadlier Than Ever
The Tyranid’s new evolutionary line will include a host of never before seen biomorphs, numbering 47 units in total:
- A Winged Tyranid Prime – a winged evolution of the Tyranid Warrior biomorph, delivering death from above and on the ground – an extremely versatile and efficient killer.
- Termagants – the first updated unit in the 10th Edition, the mainstay of any Tyranid invasion force.
- Von Ryan’s Leapers – A deadly variant of the solitary Lictor, these ambush hunters prefer to hunt in packs, making that much deadlier with each added number.
- The Screamer Killer – the biggest and deadliest Carnifex variant, named for the sinister sound it makes when firing its deadly bio-plasma blasts.
- Neurogaunts – a modified version of the gaunt, this unit forms a symbiotic relationship with the back-clinging neurocyte parasites, and will sacrifice itself for the protection of more valuable bioforms without hesitation.
- A Neurotyrant with 2 Neuroloids – What can best be described as a gigantic psychic alternative to a Hive, this unit will amplify the Shadow in the Warp – the deadly silence for all warp-based communication, and a supposed new board-wide rule for the Tyranids. It will also be accompanied by two Neuroloids for extra protection.
- A Psychophage – a huge psyker-eating abomination, which fires the ashes of its fallen foes in blistering torrents.
- Barbgaunts – another modified version of the gaunt, which has fused with a ganglio-parasite, turning it into living artillery.
Further Details on Launch and Product Availability Revealed
While the exact launch date of the Warhammer 40,000’s Leviathan Starter Set was not revealed at Warhammer Fest, it was stated that it is expected to launch sometime during the Summer season. As far as the price range goes, Warhammer Community’s Eddie Eccles has stated that it will cost less than the Horus Heresy Starter Set, but more than the last Warhammer 40,000 launch box. In terms of availability, Eccles has stated that there are “absolutely loads of it”, but it’s important to note that it will be a limited edition, and with the expected high demand for this product, those interested might want to pre-order early. However, Eccles has also noted that all of the Leviathan Starter Set components will become available separately at some point in the future.
Furthermore, hidden beneath the armies lies a massive Leviathan book filled with gorgeous artworks, lore for every faction, and other goodies. Further down the box, the Leviathan Mission Deck will provide players with rules and specially designed missions for Combat Patrols, equipped with a 66-card missions deck. Finally, the construction booklet will provide a lot of useful tips and tricks for painting your army, as well as decal sheets for Humanity’s Angels of Death – the Space Marines.