Author: Robin Cruddace
State: Awaiting September Release
Cover features Sicarius
Less Ultramarine-centric (which gives more chapters the spotlight and then allowing for a proper expansion on the Ultramarines in a supplement)
7 different Limited Editions, priced at $115 USD (regular edition is rumored to be $58 USD)
Black Templars moved back into the codex. Confirmed by multiple sources
Black Templars get special mention in the White Dwarf by Robin Cruddace on why they were moved, and are the Battle Report army vs CSM/Daemons Confirmed by multiple sources
Black Templars are featured as one of the Limited Edition books:
Space Marine Strikeforce $220 USD - 39 models
New Codex Rules
New codex focus is on synergies between units
Grav Weapons being introduced (wound vs armor save)
Combat Tactics for the following Chapters: Ultramarines, White Scars, Imperial Fist, Salamanders, Iron Hands, and Raven Guard. They have two special rules per choice.
Black Templars are in the codex. They have some restrictions on certain options they can and can not take, but they do have access to both Centurions and Thunderfire Cannons (other options haven't been reported yet). They retain the Crusade Squads as a unique chapter choice as well as the Emperor's Champion, and have unique chapter Tactics.
New Captain Model Confirmed $30 USD - Plastic Clampack
New Librarian Model Confirmed $30 USD - Plastic Clampack
New Chaplain Model Confirmed $30 USD - Plastic Clampack
Reclusiam Command Squad 5 Man $90 USD - 5 Model Command Squad, Razorback, and Chaplain
Generic characters will be able to purchase alternate Combat Tactics options to represent a wider range of Chapters/companies.
Special characters will still exist, but will not be required to run a specific chapter or company anymore.
New Sternguard Kit Confirmed $50 USD - 5 Model Plastic Box
Dreadnoughts give bonuses to nearby units due to their "Inspiring Presence"
Vanguard Veterans moved to Elites
Legion of the Damned have "flaming projectiles" and ignore cover.
New Tactical Squad Box (with Graviton Pistol and Graviton Gun options in addition to everything else). $40 USD - 10 model Plastic Box
Graviton Weapons roll to wound vs armor
Graviton Gun is rumored to be a Special Weapon choice
Rhino variants: Command, Medic and Armored Recovery, all of those are purchasable upgrades and give their squad a bonus.
Assault Centurions Confirmed $78 USD - 3 Model box shared with Devastator Centurions
Assault Centurions have Siege Drills (which are S9 melee weapons) and come equipped with twin-linked flamers and Ironclad assault launchers. They can upgrade the Flamers to Meltas and the Assault Launcher can be upgraded to Hurricane Bolters. They also have the following Special Rules: Slow and Purposeful, Decimator Protocols (Can fire up to two weapons in each shooting phase), Very Bulky, Chapter Tactics, and ATSKNF. They can purchase an Omniscope which gives the Night Fight and Split Fire special rules. They can purchase a Land Raider as a dedicated transport. Lastly they have a 2+ save, no Invulnerable save and their Strength and Toughness is 5.
AA Tank: "the Hunter" Confirmed $65 USD - combined Kit with Stalker Tank
AA Tank: "the Stalker" Confirmed $65 USD - Combined Kit with Hunter Tank
Devastator Centurions Confirmed $78 USD - 3 Model box shared with Assault Centurions
Devastator Centurion come equipped with twin-linked Heavy Bolters and Hurricane Bolters. Hurricane Bolters can be upgraded to Missiles and the Heavy Bolters upgraded to Twin-Lascannon or Grav-cannon and grav-amp. They also have the following Special Rules: Slow and Purposeful, Decimator Protocols (Can fire up to two weapons in each shooting phase), Very Bulky, Chapter Tactics, and ATSKNF. They can purchase an Omniscope which gives the Night Fight and Split Fire special rules. They can purchase a Land Raider as a dedicated transport. They can be purchased in squads up to 6. Lastly they have a 2+ save, no Invulnerable save and their Strength and Toughness is 5.
Centurions: A fairly recent adoption by the Space Marines, these suits are only 5,000 years old and are primarily used for line breaking. They are not piloted by Veterans, but rather by Assault Marines and Devastators instead.
I'll see you next week with more developments!