M41 during the events of the Anphelion Project Solomon Lok, veteran of the Hrud infestation on Chincare , was the Ordo Xenos Inquisitor Lord charged by his brethren with investigating the sudden loss of contact with an Imperial Adeptus Mechanicus biological research facility on Beta Anphelion IV in The Imperial task force soon learned the horrible truth; the Adeptus Mechanicus Tech-priests on Beta Anphelion IV had been conducting biological research upon captured sub-species of Tyranids. Their containment of the savage xenos had ultimately failed and the Tyranids had escaped into the wild, rapidly increased their numbers and then wiped out the small population of the Imperial research station on the world. After a fierce battle on Beta Anphelion IV, the Red Scorpions were ordered to withdraw from the hopeless situation, but they were to evacuate only themselves, and none of the other Imperial personnel, who could fit aboard the Red Scorpions transports. In a last stand, Lok succeeded in slaying a Hierophant Bio-Titan , only to see two more stride out of the ammonia fog of Beta Anphelion.
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Most of the vehicles included are Leman Russ variants and artillery pieces that were absorbed into the next Imperial Guard codex this book was written back in 3rd Edition , and the other vehicles Baneblade variants, Imperial Navy flyers, and support vehicles have all been included in later Imperial Armour volumes -- note that this is the only volume not sold by Forge World any more, although a new edition has been released see below.
Volume Two - Space Marines and Forces of the Inquisition[ edit ] Again, no big story, but lots of lore about the many vehicles and their variants used by the Space Marines and Inquisition which includes the Grey Knights and Sisters of Battle -- rather, the Daemonhunters and Witch Hunters , as they were called at the time. The story goes that the desert world of Taros gets investigated by the Administratum , as its tithe and production estimates are out-of-date. The delegation finds that, while Taros is meeting its mineral quotas to the local Forge World , it seems to be mining much more without growing its stockpiles; they discover that the planetary governor has been cutting a deal with the Tau.
They also fail to re-take the planet, and the Tau actually win! The Raptors also got a little screen time, with some handy illustrations of their color schemes. The Tyranids get most of the love in this book, with new biomorphs, Monstrous and Gargantuan Creatures, and big flyers, though the Red Scorpions and Elysian Drop Troops get a few more rules.
It turns out that Cardinal Xaphan has taken over, deciding that the Decree Passive was for weaklings, and that he could rid the Imperium of heretics much more effectively by taking direct command. The Imperium disagrees once they find out about this , and decides that the fastest way to bring Xaphan to heel is with the Death Korps of Krieg. Some new super-heavy vehicles, the Macharius Heavy Tank and the Gorgon Armored Assault Transport , as well as special siege equipment, also get rules.
Imperial Armour Apocalypse[ edit ] After years of experimentation including experimental rules in previous Imperial Armour volumes , Games Workshop releases the Apocalypse expansion for running massive Warhammer 40, games.
Forge World releases this volume to update the rules on their super-heavies and flyers, as well as include some new formations. In particular, lots of Berserkers and Plague Marines arrive, and then the Chaos Titans and flyers come in to attack the Krieg lines from the rear. In response, Segmentum Command sends their own Titan legion and Imperial Navy support, as well as reinforcements for the Kriegers. The Engineers manage to mine and collapse a whole section of the fortress wall, and the Kriegers surge into the gap.
Unfortunately, they are held there. The Red Scorpions are asked to help, and they agree, seeing as there are hundreds of Chaos Space Marines to be killed. Though few of the Marines committed survive the assault, they manage to clear the breach and leave it in Imperial control. With the citadel itself in view, the Kriegers prepare to mount their final assault, when Inquisitor Hector Rex shows up and assumes direct control -- it seems that the taint of Chaos is even worse than any had expected New units include another Macharius variant and the Malcador tank, as well as some updates on rules for Chaos Space Marine vehicles.
Unfortunately, the forces of Chaos are hard at work assembling a massive warp portal, and they unleash daemons onto Vraks. He gets cast back into the Warp by Inquisitor Rex, and then the Angels of Absolution successors of the Dark Angels arrive, to settle the score from Volume Five and take some prisoners.
They destroy the leadership, and the Grey Knights clear out the deepest levels of the citadel and finally close the warp portal. About the only positive outcome was that the Traitor Titans lost more than the Loyal Titans.
This book is where most of the Apocalypse units for Orks now come from. The Imperium disagrees and sends in the Space Marines to put him in his place, starting what would later be called the Badab War. Huron calls in his favors with the other Maelstrom Warders to keep control of the sector, though the Loyalists close in around him. They are essentially Imperial Guard with some Space Marine support or Marines with meat-shields, depending on your perspective and play-style.
Eventually, the remnants of his forces flee into the Maelstrom. The rest is history. Imperial Armour Apocalypse Second Edition[ edit ] Enough time has passed that Forge World has to update the rules for old models and release rules for new ones. As a sign of Forge World becoming more "mainstream," this is the first volume to have a "stamp of approval" on its rules. The Eldar of Alaitoc and Mymeara, with Corsair support, are looking for the armor of Irillyth, the Phoenix Lord who founded the Shadow Spectres Aspect Shrine on Mymeara he went out to preemptively eliminate the titular Doom, but never returned.
They sense his essence after his millennia-long absence on the ice-world of Betalis III, and fight their way into the manufactory complex to get him, under cover of a massive aerial assault. They successfully recover his armor and re-awaken his spirit. Though Eldar sustain heavy loses during retreat after reaching their goal, so this time its more tie then pure xenos victory as usual. This volume introduces the Eldar Corsair army list lots of fast things and flyers, with a complete Tactica , as well as a new Path for Craftworld Eldar Aspect Warriors the Shadow Spectres and a new Wolf Lord character.
Imperial Armour Aeronautica[ edit ] As 6th Edition now includes flyers, lots of Forge World models need to have rules updated and lots of armies need anti-air support. Volume One - Second Edition: Imperial Guard[ edit ] With 6th Edition out the door and no Imperial Guard Codex expected anytime soon, Forge World released an update to Volume One which includes updated rules for all of the tanks and super-heavy vehicles available to the Imperial Guard.
The Armoured Battlegroup army list Leman Russ tanks as troops! The Orphean War begins, and Imperium calls in the Minotaurs and Death Korps of Krieg when all the shit hits the fan, who barely manage to fight them off. By which we means humans were curbstomped anyways, but actually managed to evacuate some forces and dealt some damage in return - before that battle Necrons left no survivers to tell the tale. It should be noted that this requires an epic space battle that shows that Necron spaceships are still just as overpowered as they were in Battlefleet Gothic.
The Death Korps gets a new Assault Brigade army list which is very similar to the Siege Brigade army list, with a number of somewhat-important differences -- see our tactica , whereas the Necrons get the Dark Harvest quasi-army list; it has some changes to units including Necron Lords and Lychguard , and Flayed Ones can be taken as Troops, but most of the "new" units can be taken for the main book as well.
Those new units include the Night Shroud , a new Cronssant with a black-hole bomb; a Tesseract Ark, basically a Catacomb Command Barge that also has a black-hole bomb; the Tomb Sentinel, a new Tomb Stalker variant with a big old gun; and updates for the already-released minis, like the Tomb Stalker and Canoptek Acanthrites.
The Minotaurs also get a few new characters. Forge World left in the rules for Tau space vehicles, and even gave them a fancy " Battlefleet Gothic " stamp of approval, even though their Battlefleet Gothic and other Specialist Games products had been discontinued.
This is especially surprising because the missions that involved other Specialist Games products, namely the Epic and Kill Team missions, were either converted into conventional Warhammer 40, games or, in one case, removed.
Volume Four - Second Edition: The Anphelion Project[ edit ] Relatively similar to its original counterpart, but it adds some more characters to the Red Scorpions, an army list for Detachment D, rules for Zone Mortalis games, and revised rules for the FW Tyranid superheavies, including a new unit in the Dimachaeron think a bigger, uglier Lictor.
It also updates the Chaos Renegades lists introduced in the Vraks trilogy we have a tactica. In fact, they also sell a bundle of this volume with volumes 5, 6, and 7 for just 30 pounds more than IA13 itself. The Siege of Vraks[ edit ] An unnumbered volume which combines the lore from all three Siege of Vraks books and contains Vraks-specific characters, units, and army rules for the Death Korps of Krieg and Renegades and Heretics.
Presumably, it was left unnumbered because calling a book "Volume Five, Six, and Seven - Second Edition" would start to look like a license plate. The Doom of Mymeara[ edit ] Another unnumbered volume, though unlike with Siege of Vraks, removing the number was strictly unnecessary as the original book only consisted of one volume, so its really just an update rather than a consolidation.
It provides revised rules for pretty much everything in the original volume, bringing the standard up a considerable notch. Rules for all of the special characters were redone for better or for worse, and the Eldar Corsairs were given a massive overhaul without making them into something unrecognisable. Adeptus Mechanicus and Red Scorpions vs Tau. Expect a lot of rock-em sock-em robots as the 30k Cybernetica Automata go up against the new Tau Battlesuits if it ever comes out. Including new rules for Secutarii Skitarii and what looks to be an update to the Taros campaign Tau rules, as well as Red Scorpions Chapter Master Carab Culln being turned into a Leviathan Dreadnought, giving him officially more rules than any other named GW character ever with a whopping four different versions of him.
Imperial Armour Volume 4: The Anphelion Project