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The Horus Heresy: Age of Darkness

The Horus Heresy: Age of Darkness
Manufacturer Games Workshop
Released June 2022
Players 2
Preceded by The Horus Heresy: Burning of Prospero

The Horus Heresy: Age of Darkness is the starter set for the 2nd edition of the Horus Heresy Game System, released in 2022.

Formerly produced by Forge World (company), Games Workshop Studio took over the design and production of the main Horus Heresy tabletop game line of product. It uses plastic miniatures, as opposed to the resin from their Forge World counterparts.[1]


An Age of Darkness has descended upon the galaxy. Horus Lupercal, Warmaster of the Emperor's armies, has turned against his gene-father and sent the Imperium spiralling into bloody civil war. Of the eighteen great Space Marine Legions, finest of all humanity's soldiers, fully half have sided with the traitorous Warmaster, while the remainder stand staunchly loyal to the Emperor. It is a war of brother against brother, Space Marine against Space Marine, which has seen the might of the Imperium's vast armies turned upon itself in a cataclysm of fire and blood.[2]


In Warhammer: The Horus Heresy you will pit mighty armies of superhuman warriors against each other in apocalyptic tabletop battles. Choose your favoured Legion, from the knightly Dark Angels to the duplicitous Alpha Legion, build your own army from a range of spectacular Citadel and Forge World miniatures, and clash with fellow players in wargames of staggering tactical depth. The tale of the Horus Heresy is the bedrock of Warhammer 40,000's rich history, and this boxed game is the perfect first step to joining the epic conflicts that reshaped the galaxy.[2]

The eighteen Space Marine Legions, once united in a crusade to consolidate all Humanity beneath the Emperor’s banner, are riven by betrayal. Now, they fight each other in the bloodiest conflict the galaxy has ever known.[2]



A 336-page hardback Warhammer: The Horus Heresy – Age of Darkness Rulebook (2022), including:[2]

  • Extensive background on the Emperor, the Great Crusade, the [[Imperium, the 18 Legiones Astartes, and the galaxy-spanning conflict that became known as the Horus Heresy[2]
  • Core rules for playing Warhammer: The Horus Heresy, including general principles, shooting and fighting, unit types, special rules, and more[2]
  • Rules for the five modes of play: Narrative Play, Campaign Play, Open Play, Team Play, and Matched Play[2]
  • A miniatures showcase containing eight armies created by members of the Warhammer: The Horus Heresy Studio and beyond[2]



  • Two 4-page Warhammer: The Horus Heresy Reference Sheets[2]
  • 20 six-sided dice and one Scatter dice[2]
  • Three weapon templates in translucent orange plastic[2]
  • Two red plastic measuring sticks[2]
  • One Warhammer: The Horus Heresy transfer sheet, with more than 300 transfers to customise your miniatures with the iconography of the Imperial Fists and Sons of Horus[2]
  • A 36-page construction guide which also features an introductory army list[2]


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