Each codex had its own dataslate tyranid invasion rising leviathan ii pdf style for the title. All of these longer codexes had a standard black border and common title style. All codexes had a standard grey metal-effect border and common title style. 5th Edition Codexes have continued this styling.
All codexes had a standard grey name and the word codex. Early 7th Edition Codexes continued this styling. These codexes had a standard white name with their faction type. Codexes for particular armies were introduced for the second edition of the game. The third edition rendered these obsolete, and a new series began, including introducing codexes for battlezones and campaigns.
Until superseded by newer versions, the 3rd edition and later codexes remained valid for the newer editions of Warhammer 40,000. Codex’ is now a term solely used for army books. The rules for all models from 7th Edition onwards have been produced as datasheets. These are normally a concise page containing all the necessary rules for a model or unit. The introduction of 8th edition saw a large rules overhaul, and all prior codexes were rendered obsolete. On release, 8th edition introduced Indexes to introduce rules for all their armies, before again eventually releasing individual codexes.
Background – Information about the force and its place in the Warhammer 40,000 universe. This includes artwork, short stories, and copies of fictional documents from the future. Bestiary – A description of the units, characters and vehicles that can be chosen for use in a battle. This includes their characteristic values, information on their weapons, and any limitations on their use, as well as background information on the unit. Hobby section – Information on collecting, building and painting an army from the codex.
Army list – The items in the bestiary are arranged by type and given a points value, with more powerful units costing more points, so that battles are fought between balanced armies. Options are also given here along with their cost. Army List – This contains datasheets for every unit and a wargear list. In 7th edition datasheets contained the complete rules and points values needed to field a unit and a picture of the model from the Citadel Miniatures range, along with a description of the unit, as per the old bestiary. In 8th edition a datasheet contains the complete rules for fielding a unit including power level and keywords.
The points for matched play have been moved from the datasheet to the Appendix. Appendix – In 7th edition this contained a complete, detailed list of all the army’s weapons, special rules, psychic powers, warlord traits and any detachments or tactical objectives it may have. It also contains a quick reference sheet at the very back. Rules for models produced by Forgeworld are available as part of the Imperial Armour series of books, also published by Forgeworld. The range of codexes is regularly updated with new editions of armies and occasionally new army codexes. However, all codexes prior editions of Warhammer 40,000 are still valid in the current edition, unless a later version has replaced it.
Upon the launch of 8th Edition, all codexes 7th Edition and prior were invalidated due to a rules overhaul and therefore incompatibility. On launch they were replaced with Indexes to provide compatible rules. 8th Edition was released in June 2017. Expansions for Warhammer 40,000 provide alternative ways to play the game.
With the release of 8th Edition, all 7th Edition codexes and expansions were rendered obsolete. Four of the most popular expansions were rereleased in the main rulebook upon launch. 7th Edition was released May 2014. On 22nd April 2017 Games Workshop announced via their Warhammer Community Website that when 8th Edition was released, all Army codexes would be obsolete.
6th Edition was released June 2012. Codex Supplements have their parent faction noted in brackets. 5th Edition was released in 2008. 4th Edition was released in 2004. 3rd Edition was released in 1998.