Watch a badass cutscene for the new Warhammer 40,000: Kill Team


If you want to immerse yourself in the tabletop world of Warhammer 40,000 but aren’t ready to buy and paint a full Warhammer army, the Skirmish-Scale Kill Team spin-off is a great alternative. As revealed in the action-packed cinematic trailer above and developed in the latest Warhammer Preview livestream, Kill Team is about to be refreshed with new rules and a new set.

Kill Team: Octarius will be coming with plastic miniatures for the two squads you can see brutally killing each other in this trailer, the Death Korps of Krieg (Imperial veterans in gas masks) and Ork Kommandos (Ork specialists who are a a little more devious than usual), as well as lands depicting Ork Ruins. The box also comes complete with a 30 “by 22” game board, dice, combat gauges and tokens, 54 tactical operations cards and two rule books.

As to how the rules evolve, that remains to be revealed. Kill Team is expected to move further away from the rules of Warhammer 40,000 and come closer to Games Workshop’s other skirmish warfare game, Age of Sigmar: Warcry, though it probably isn’t so simplified than that.

The Octarius Frame connects this box to the upcoming Campaign Book for Warhammer 40,000, which will detail a war in the Octarius Sector between the Ork Empire that has ruled it for millennia and a Tyranid Hive Fleet hijacked by a rogue Inquisitor. The conflict risks spreading to the rest of the galaxy, so the Imperium gets involved in an attempt to contain it. More and more orks are drawn to the prospect of a good biff, and new models for their giant beasts are on the way (I have a soft spot for one that looks like a landshark).

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It will be interesting to see if the storyline for the next campaign is reflected in any of the video games. There is a precedent: Battlefleet Gothic: Armada 2 dealt with the fall of Cadia, the upcoming Battlesector strategy game takes place after the devastation of Baal, and the upcoming Darktide co-op shooter will apparently tie into current events in the larger frame. 40K as well.

The Kill Team: Octarius box set will be available for pre-order in August and only available “while supplies last”. If you’re an existing 40K player who just wants to get the miniatures, they’ll be sold separately at a later date so you don’t have to buy the entire box and then try to whip up the pieces you don’t want. eBay.

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