Warhammmer 40,000 7th Edition 16 Rule Changes in White Dwarf issue 16

You may have already seen most of the contents of this week’s White Dwarf. I think just about every page has been plastered over the internet. I’ve included the cover, contents and back page below. I view showing any more as beyond the bounds of fair use.

It’s no secrete the issue is all about the new edition of 40k. There is really good content in this issue about the changes in the rules and background.

Here are the confirmed changes so far.

1) unbound armies: take any units from your codex apart from special characters as many times as you want.

2) All units can now capture objectives, just like Apocalypse.

3) battle forged armies follow. Organisational charts and get extra bonuses.

4) Maelstrom War Missions: Six alternative missions that use 36 tactical objective cards. Each player will have a number of objectives each turn. As each objective is achieved a new one is awarded, along with victory points

5) Psychic phase: all psychic powers are now cast after the movement phase. Each turn you have a warp charge for each psychic in your army plus D6 warp charges.

6) Psychic tests: roll a D6 for any warp charge you want to use , but all doubles 6s or even triples results in perils of the warp event.

7) New Psychic Discipline demonology, enables psychers to summon Demons.

8) Unit coherency is now 6″ vertically.

9) No leadership test is needed for Split Fire.

10) Rules for super heavies, D weapons and all scenery are included in the rule book for use in standard 40k games.

11) wound allocation is now done by weapon type from shooting through to save. So in a tactical squad all flamer shots would need to be resolved before bolters roll to hit.

12) the vehicle damage table has moved by one point, so to destroy a vehicle you now need to roll a seven.

13) Moving through difficult terrain now takes 2 inches off charge distances.

14) Psykers who take all their powers from a single discipline now the Primus power as a bonus.

15) Troops in battle forged armies automatically take any objectives they are contesting unless they are contesting objectives against enemy troops also in battle forged armies.

16) Battle Forged armies can reroll warlord traits

There’s really no reason you can’t start playing with these now. To play with demonology you will need the white dwarf.

Lovely picture in the back page this week. Here is half of it.


Imperial Knights White Dwarf 4 back cover

White Dwarf 4 Review – Imperial Knights

This week’s White Dwarf was the first 40k orientated issue since the last change in format. I must say I was very very impressed.


There are lots of pictures of the knights. Most of which have already been published on the net; they are great non the less.

Imperial Knights White Dwarf 4 back cover

Imperial Knights White Dwarf 4 back cover


There are features written by Jes Godwin and Jervis Johnson about the development or evolution of the knight. I always enjoy it when they draw out the history of the hobby. It’s also astounding to see how much better Jes’s drawings have become.

Paint Splatter and Hobby

The paint splatter and hobby articles are about building and painting the Knights and contain some very useful practical tips that will apply to other models.

Tactics and Rules

There are two pages devoted to how to use the knights, from two different authors and points of view. There are also all the rules need to field a knight.


This issue could easily be mistaken for one of the “good old issues”, from “back in the day”. If you are think you are going to get a Knight this is a must have issue.

This issues gets 5/5 Thunder Hammers from this Chapter master.


Imperial Knights White Dwarf 4 Cover

Imperial Knights White Dwarf 4 Cover

UK Games Day 2013 Report – Part 2: Artists and White Dwarf

I spoke with the artist who did this picture of all the Space Marines lined up for inspection by a chaplain. This picture is displayed in the entrance of warhammer world. He told me the picture was originally black and white but had later been coloured in on a computer. I asked him where the idea for the picture came from. He explained that he was  given a brief to show Space Marines in suits of power armour made up from mixed Mks. He also thought it was very interesting picture because it was static space marine which are often depicted in artwork.

Green Tyranids

White Dwarf: I had quite a lengthy conversation with the Editor Jes. He was asking for feedback on the new format white dwarf, giving them any feedback last year was a bit of a challenge given that I hadn’t got one of the new ones yet. However with 12 months of white dwarf on my shelf it was very easy to give them some feedback . I started of with a  complement this is a really good way to put people at ease and get the truth out of them.  Jes’s Tyranids were in the cabinet, which have been in white dwarf before but the standard of paint work on them is quite amazing. I really don’t think this comes across in white dwarf. The first thing I shared with him was my  frustration when I happen to accidentally flick to the last page the battle report before I’ve read it and find out who has won. I spoke to him about the lack of use of the studio models in the battle reports. He said that he and the staff really wanted to freshen things up by not using these models although they have now pretty much used all of their armies so he was  now considering using studio models again. We also discussed the lack of tactics or at least the lack of information about what new units did in the white dwarf.  I’ve always felt this is something that sometimes comes across in batter reports but at the same time they don’t have all the new models in them, so I’m left wondering which models I want to buy. He said they would and that they were looking into it although it would probably take about five months for the change to happen. We also talked about the detail within the reports, in that they now include turn by turn accounts for the first half the battle. I also spoke about how important it was to get a good picture of the full table with all the armies on it at the start of the report. One issue had a fold out to show this which I said  was actually fantastic because it gives context for the rest the battle. Without this your left wondering how the individual combats are actually relating to what else is going on elsewhere on the table. Next I spoke with him about the weight of content for each system within each issue. As the content is focused on the current release it’s mostly for players of one system. There have been issues with 50 pages of 40k even though it’s a fantasy release months, but it’s far worse for fantansy players, I’m not one of those but I do know people who only play fantasy battle. Some issues are almost totally irrelevant to them. I said it would be ideal if there was a battle report for both Warhammer 40k and fantasy each issue. However I did say I didn’t think this was a good idea if it meant the battle reports got shorter. He really seemed to take this on board and gave an indication that he hadn’t really considered this before and though it  was quite a valid point whether or not that promotes change I don’t know. I finished up by going back and reiterating the importance of some tactics being clear for how the units are used. I must say I thought he was a great chap and really got the impression he was taking the feedback on board, and also finding it valuable. We talked about our own experience of using our Tyrannic collections sharing our frustration with Mawlocs and Trygons being bullet magnets.

Mawloc a bullet Magnet

The Mawloc, a bullet Magnet

White Dwaft Pictures are hitting the net

This post is a warning. There is a review of the September White Dwarf on the internet. It containes pitures of the new space marine kits, a power armour guide (which uses the armour through the ages models) and a blow by blow pictures of the Black Templar vs Chaos Marines battle report. However if you don’t want to know the outcome of the battle report don’t read the artical. Not only is there a picture of the outcome page from white dwarft, there is alos a reference to the result in the concluesion of the review.

I’m not going to link to it, but I’m sure your going to go looking for it. Just remember don’t read to the end.

september white dwarf

No White Dwarf August Review

Sorry readers. There will not be a ChapterMasters review of the August White Dwarf. There are only two 40k related articles. An Iron hands army and a few pictures of a new game board at Warhammer World with Ultramarines and Tyranids fighting across it. For the effort of two Chapter Masters gives this month’s White Dwarf 2/10.

If you like lizard men you will probably want to go grab it.