Games Workshop has revealed its annual range of Warhammer 40k Battleforces for 2022, naming the eight lucky tabletop armies who’ll get their own Christmas gift box set this year. Read on to find out who gets a Battleforce – and what each box is set to contain.
The new 2022 40k Battleforces were announced by GW via a Warhammer Community article on Monday, but the firm neglected to mention when they’ll go on sale, or how much they’ll cost – so far we only know which Warhammer 40k factions get a box; their names; and the models included.
The 2021 range cost $210 / £130, but it’s very possible this year’s will be priced a little higher, given varied price rises on other GW lines since then, and ongoing production and supply problems.
There are two more boxes than GW released in 2021 (but they’re both specific Space Marine chapters) and not a single Warhammer 40k Xenos army gets its own Battleforce this year, compared to Orks and Necrons in 2021 (have all the Xenos been naughty or something?).
Worth noting for fantasy fans: GW also announced a range of eight Warhammer Age of Sigmar Battleforces for 2022.
The Warhammer 40k Battleforces for 2022 are:
- Space Marines (Imperial Fists) – Bastion Strike Force
- Space Marines (Raven Guard) – Ravenstrike Battleforce
- Thousand Sons – Court of the Crimson King
- Death Guard – Council of the Death Lord
- Imperial Knights – Chainbreaker Lance
- Adeptus Mechanicus – Elimination Maniple
- Adeptus Custodes – Watchers of the Gate
- Adepta Sororitas – Sanctorum Guard
Space Marines (Imperial Fists) – Bastion Strike Force
Yellowest of yellow Space Marines, the stalwart sons of Rogal Dorn (the primarch, not the Imperial Guard’s Rogal Dorn Battle Tank) get a total of 19 models in their Imperial Fists Bastion Strike Force box – namely:
Space Marines (Raven Guard) – Ravenstrike Battleforce
Masters of stealth and infiltration, the Raven Guard Ravenstrike Battleforce offers 17 total models:
- Kayvaan Shrike x 1
- Librarian in Phobos Armour x 1
- Invictor Tactical Warsuit x 2
- Eliminators x 3
- Primaris Reivers x 10
Thousand Sons – Court of the Crimson King
Death Guard – Council of the Death Lord
Imperial Knights – Chainbreaker Lance
Getting a full, workable army of Imperial Knights in one box (with some level of saving baked in) is a rare opportunity – so we’ll keep a close eye on the pricing on the Imperial Knights Chainbreaker Lance Battleforce.
Not counting good old Sir Hektur’s on-foot mini, this box comes with five models total, namely:
Adeptus Mechanicus – Elimination Maniple
A fairly varied mix of Adeptus Mechanicus units that looks like a solid starter army out of the box, the Adeptus Mechanicus Elimination Maniple Battleforce comes with 20 models total, including:
- Archmagos Dominus Belisarius Cawl x 1
- Kataphron Destroyers / Breachers x 6
- Kastelan Robots x 2
- Cybernetica Datasmith x 1
- Skitarii Vanguard x 10
Adeptus Custodes – Watchers of the Gate
Not only do the Adeptus Custodes have the distinction of being Sherlock Holmes’ 40k army (according to celeb fan of Warhammer 40k Henry Cavill at least) – they also get their own 2022 Battleforce – praise the Omnissiah!
The Adeptus Custodes Watchers of the Gate Battleforce has a total of 22 models:
- Captain-General Trajann Valoris x 1
- Vertus Praetors x 3
- Allarus Custodians x 3
- Custodian Guards x 15
Adepta Sororitas – Sanctorum Guard
The blessed warriors of the Sisters of Battle featured on last year’s Battleforce line-up, and GW’s Monday preview shows they return in 2022 with the Adepta Sororitas Sanctorum Guard Battleforce. The box contains 22 models total, including:
- Abbess Sanctorum Morvenn Vahl x 1
- Paragon Warsuits x 6
- Celestian Sacresants x 5
- Battle Sisters x 10