For more than twenty years, ever since the very first tale of Gaunt’s Ghosts, the Sabbat Worlds Crusade has fascinated fans of Warhammer 40,000 fiction. Very soon, you’ll be able to explore that massive conflict as never before in a detailed and gorgeous A4 background book, The Sabbat Worlds Crusade, written by Dan Abnett.
The Sabbat Worlds Crusade is a reimagining of the original 2005 edition, vastly expanded into a definitive account of the campaign, from its tumultuous beginnings to the great victory detailed in the pages of the Gaunt’s Ghosts novel Anarch. It’s filled with captivating lore, stunning artwork and detailed maps.
Most of all, it’s a fascinating companion piece to the novels, giving you an insight into key characters from the series – including many who’ve never been pictured before.
The book is a treasure trove for anyone wanting to recreate the Sabbat Worlds Crusade on the tabletop, taking an enthralling look at the uniforms and equipment of other forces that fought in the crusade, such as the Vitrian Dragoons, the Royal Volpone Bluebloods and even a trio of Space Marine Chapters.
There are also colour schemes for tank companies and Imperial Navy wings, such as the Phantine Air Corps from Double Eagle – perfect for Aeronautica Imperialis players. There are even Titan colour schemes in case you fancy theming your Adeptus Titanicus battlegroups.
For devotees of the Dark Gods and other enemies of the Imperium, there are also uniform guides and details for the servants of Chaos in the Sabbat Worlds, like the Blood Pact and Sons of Sek, as well as some of the xenos foes the Imperial forces battled as they reconquered the sector.
The narrative that unfolds across the book begins with the opening moves of the crusade, in which Warmaster Slaydo fought for a foothold in the Chaos-infested Sabbat Worlds, and a young commissar called Ibram Gaunt battled at his side, earning glory, fame and a unique position. After the crusade’s first great victory at Balhaut, where Slaydo tragically fell and was replaced by the mercurial Warmaster Macaroth, Gaunt was granted the rank of colonel and was sent to found new regiments on the world of Tanith.
From here, The Sabbat Worlds Crusade turns its attention to the greatest exploits of Gaunt’s Ghosts, as detailed in their novels. It also shows what else is going on across the crusade at the same time, adding depth and providing insights into the effect that the Ghosts’ famous victories had on the greater crusade. Many of these events are depicted in breathtaking artwork, such as the triumphant return of Saint Sabbat from beyond the bounds of death in Sabbat Martyr.
The narrative goes all the way up to the most recent events of the Crusade, including Gaunt’s promotion into the upper echelons of Crusade command and the glorious victory he snatched from the jaws of defeat on Urdesh in Anarch. Of course, there’s some suitably bombastic artwork illustrating this historic event.
You’ll be able to claim your own copy of this spectacular tome when it goes up for pre-order on Saturday. Until then, you can pick up the entire Gaunt’s Ghosts series as eBooks – perfect for catching up before you read the overarching story.
Edited by Tylydox, 04 December 2019 - 04:55 PM.