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Warhammer 40k Horus Heresy Legions Imperialis release date

Warhammer Epic was one of Games Workshop's flagship game lines in the '90s before petering out after the millennium, and it's back with a new name.

Warhammer the Horus Heresy Legions Imperialis launch box models - a huge army of small scale Space Marine and Solar Auxilia tanks, infantry, and Titans

Epic, the wargame of tiny minis and massive armies set in the Warhammer 40k universe, is coming back, under the lengthy new name Warhammer The Horus Heresy: Legions Imperialis. The game was announced during Games Workshop’s “Not Warhammer 40k Preview” Twitch stream on July 1.

Games Workshop has confirmed that the starter set for Legions Imperialis will be available for pre-order on November 18, and will release on December 2.

The Legion Imperialis starter set contains:

  • Two Warhound Scout Titans
  • Two Solar Auxilia Malcador Heavy battle Tanks
  • Four Solar Auxilia Leman Russ Battle Tanks
  • Four Solar Auxilia Aethon heavy sentinels
  • Two Solar Auxilia Legate Commander or tactical command sections
  • Eight Solar Auxilia auxiliaries units
  • Four Solar Auxilia auxiliaries with flamers units
  • Four Solar Auxilia veletarii shock troops units
  • Four Solar Auxilia Charonite Ogryn squads
  • Two Space Marine Command Squads
  • Eight Space Marine tactical squads
  • Two Space Marine assault squads
  • Two Space Marine support squads
  • Two Space Marine heavy support squads
  • Two Space Marine Cataphractii Terminator squads
  • Three Space Marine Sicaran Battle Tanks
  • Three Space Marine Predator Battle Tanks
  • Four Space Marine Contemptor Dreadnoughts
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According to GW’s announcement, the box set comes with everything you need to play, including the rulebook. The game will be in the same scale as Adeptus Titanicus, and existing collections of Warhammer Titans and era-appropriate aircraft from Aeronautica Imperialis (like Space Marine Thunderhawks) can be used in the game.

Warhammer Community manager Eddie Eccles stated on the live stream that the game will be “well supported” with terrain in the right scale, and the starter set will  launch alongside “loads” of other products for the game.

Warhammer the Horus Heresy Legions Imperialis release date - Warhound Titans from the starter set

The Warhound Titans in the starter set are armed with new weapons that haven’t been released in plastic before: Ursus Claws, Shock Lances, Volkite Eradicator, Missile pods, and an Incisor pattern Melta lance.

The models are on thinner bases so that the tiny miniatures don’t stand too proud from the tabletop.

GW first made small scale ‘Epic’ miniatures for the original 1988 edition of Adeptus Titanicus. This pitted two forces of Imperial Warhammer Titans against one another in battles within a polystyrene city. That game was the origin of the Horus Heresy story: Games Workshop only had the funds to make the mold for one kit, so a civil war explained why both forces used the same titans.

Epic: Space Marine added infantry and tanks to the game, and numerous supplements added many of the Warhammer 40k factions we recognise today: Astra Militarum, Eldar, Orks, Squats (the precursors to the Leagues of Votann), Chaos Space Marines, and Tyranids. In the ’00s the line moved to Forge World, which added T’au Empire troops.

Epic was the origin of many Warhammer 40k vehicles and monsters that were simply too big to make in 40k scale at the time. The Astra Militarum Baneblade, Imperial Knights, and the Daemon Primarchs Angron, Mortarion, Magnus the Red, and Fulgrim all first appeared as dinky Epic miniatures.

Fans of the Horus Heresy are well served, as GW also previewed two new Imperial Knights on the Cerastus Chassis at the preview. The preview also featured an amazing new Cities of Sigmar launch box.

If you’re impatient for the release of Legion Imperialis, or want to start building up an amazing terrain collection, and have a 3D printer, check out Full Spectrum Dominance, a wargame and digital miniature line that looks like Warhammer 40k meets Command and Conquer.