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Chapter Approved was a regular column in White Dwarf in which officially approved background and rules information created by the Warhammer 40,000 design team - often the head designer directly - were published. It also included looks 'behind the scenes' at the design process, as well as trial rules and FAQs. These articles were collected into annual-style compilation books several times, also called Chapter Approved and subtitled as the 'Books of the Astronomicon'.

Originating in the first edition of WH40K, it resurfaced during Third Edition, and the tenure of Andy Chambers as the system's head designer (or the Warhammer 40,000 Overfiend, as the position was also then known). Readers of White Dwarf were invited to write in to him with requests for material to be featured; be it rule clarifications, unit discrepancies, a focus on certain background, or even suggest the creation of certain rules and units. These requests were met upon several occasions, with articles stating they were created in response to reader request. Other articles were created to act as player aids or designer soapboxes. The column ceased appearing in the transition to Fourth Edition, only to intermittently resurface some time later, without the 'frontperson' of the departed Andy Chambers.

Chapter Approved Articles

White Dwarf issue Title Subject Author(s) Edition
WD96 Chapter Approved MK14 Jet-Cycle / The Ravenwing Rick Priestley First
WD97 Chapter Approved Legiones Astartes Dave Langford First
WD99 WD01/004 Rules. Tarantula, Mole Mortar, Land Speeder, Black Shadow Side-Car Rick Priestley First
WD100 Dreadnoughts Dreadnoughts Rick Priestley & Bryan Ansell First
WD101 (none) Eldar Dreadnoughts, Land Speeder, Thudd Gun Rick Priestley & Jervis Johnson First
WD104 Imperial Robots Imperial Robots Mike Brunton First
WD104 Robot Classes and Livery Robots First
WD227 Fleet of Foot Eldar Andy Chambers Third
WD227 Dawn Assault Scenario Andy Chambers Third
WD227 Special Characters Dark Angels, Space Wolves, Orks, Chaos, Eldar,Imperial Guard, Heroes of the Imperium Andy Chambers Third
WD228 Marks of Chaos Chaos Space Marines Andy Chambers Third
WD228 Legion of the Damned Codex: Space Marines (3rd Edition) Andy Chambers Third
WD229 Ork Warbikes Orks Andy Chambers Third
WD229 Field a Death Company Army! Codex: Blood Angels (3rd Edition) Gav Thorpe Third
WD230 Necrons Army List Necrons Rick Priestley Third
WD230 Cult Terminators Codex: Chaos Space Marines (3rd Edition) Jervis Johnson Third
WD231 Space Wolves Army List Space Wolves Jervis Johnson Third
WD255 Tyranid Monstrosities Tyranids Pete Haines Third
WD261 Cityfight Designer's Notes Codex: Cityfight Andy Chambers
Jervis Johnson
Pete Haines
WD264 The Regiments on Armageddon Armageddon Ork Hunters
Death Korps of Krieg
Imperial Guard
Andy Chambers
Phil Kelly
WD265 And They Shall Know No Fear Codex: Space Marines (3rd Edition) Pete Haines Third
WD265 Cityfight Sub-plots Codex: Cityfight Andy Chambers Third
WD265 Tyranid Quesions & Answers Codex: Tyranids (3rd Edition) Andy Chambers Third
WD267 Chaos Minor Psyker Powers Chaos Psychic Powers Andy Hoare Third
WD270 Dark Eldar Update Dark Eldar Phil Kelly
Andy Hoare
WD270 Speed Freeks Warboss Kult of Speed Andy Chambers Third
WD270 Space Wolves Questions and Answers Codex: Space Wolves (3rd Edition) Andy Chambers Third
WD270 Codex Space Marines Corrections Codex: Space Marines (3rd Edition) Andy Chambers Third
WD272 Warhammer 40,000 Daemon Rules Preview Daemons Pete Haines
Andy Hoare
WD272 Tau Vehicle Design Rules Tau Pete Haines
Phil Kelly
WD273 Trial Assault Rules Warhammer 40,000 Andy Chambers Third
WD275 Priestly Delegations in Imperial Armies Ministorum Auxilia Andy Hoare Third
WD275 Using Inquisitors in Warhammer 40,000 Ordo Malleus Inquisitors
Inquisitorial Henchmen
Phil Kelly Third
WD276 Necron Q & A / Codex Tau Q + A Codex: Necrons (3rd Edition)
Codex: Tau (3rd Edition)
Andy Chambers
Pete Haines
WD277 The State of the System Warhammer 40,000 Andy Chambers Third
WD279 Daemonhunter's Designer's Notes Codex: Daemonhunters Andy Chambers
Graham McNeill
Phil Kelly
WD279 Trial Rules: The Cursed Founding Black Dragons
Legion of the Damned
Flame Falcons
Andy Hoare
Graham McNeill
Phil Kelly
WD285 Codex: Imperial Guard Desgner's Notes Codex: Imperial Guard (3rd Edition, 2nd Codex) Pete Haines Third
WD285 Mounted Daemonettes of Slaanesh Daemonettes Pete Haines Third
WD285 Tau Rail Rifles Rail Rifles Pete Haines Third
WD285 Eye of Terror Campaign Honours Wargear Andy Hoare Third
WD289 Daemonhunters Q + A Codex: Daemonhunters Phil Kelly Third
WD290 Ork Clanz Ork Clans Andy Chambers
Andy Hoare
WD292 Creature Feature Catachan Devils
Giant Reptiles
Living Dead
Native Hunting Beasts
Lesser Catachan Barking Toad
Xenos Mounts
Andy Chambers
Pete Haines
Andy Hoare
Phil Kelly
Graham McNeill
Matt Ward
WD295 Extremis Diabolus Relictors Phil Kelly
Guy Haley
WD303 Abhumans Abhuman Imperial Guard Andy Hoare Fourth

Chapter Approved Compilations