Following the launch of Rumours Roundup forum, I've collated all the info I can get my paws (geddit?!) on here: https://www.heresy-online.net/forums/...ad.php?t=35579
For your convenience, and to spark some debate on everyone's favourite Viking-dog technophobes, here's the roundup as it stands:
Everyone's favourite Space Puppies are apparently on their way as the next 40K codex following Imperial Guard this May. Current rumours:
Release date -
Originally Posted by radical_psyker
100% certain the Space Wolves book has already been re-written.
99% certain it will be released between Aug and Nov 2009.
80% certain it will be released between Sep and Oct 2009.
(Updated with small changes)
Originally Posted by Shadowphrakt
-If drop pods are taken, the whole army must take them.
-Bjorn the Fellhanded has AV14 on all sides, better stats.
-There is some mad Wulfen character, who has his own personal drop pod. He can choose who he fights in combat, like a challenge in WFB. No-one else can fight him apart from the person he's attacking, unless said model is killed, in which case his squad can then attack him.
-All rules for Named Characters have been rebuffed - all of them can take terminator armour for +50 points. All Named Characters models are getting re-done, if not for the actual release then in subsequent releases.
-Any character can take terminator for 50pts, which includes weapons.
-Runic weapons I believe function as Relic blades, but with something else quite snazzy.
-Wolf Guard (in terminator armour) with lightning claws rack up 6 attacks on the charge each. A very broken thing to do (think this ill be omitted from the final codex) is put them with Ragnar Blackmane, who gives them Fleet of foot and rending, though dont' quote me on rending.
-Wolf guard in terminator armour with lightning claws are costing 60 points.
-Individual Wolf Guard can replace squad leaders - all should look individual.
-No model in the SW codex at all has the option to take a thunderhammer and storm shield.
-Wolf Scouts won't be troops.
-Wulfen are back in and TH SS combo isn't an entry, I believe.
-Wolf Guard as squad leaders are goign to be very indivudiaul - they're encouragin player sot model each like a "captain" if you will - very individual - a veteran - personal trophies and the like.
-From the recent space marine models (barring Hestan) they are shaping up to be very nice. Complete overhaul - as it should be. Blackmane is getting redone. As is Logan Grimnar. And the Wolf Priest Character as well.
As a small observation, when at WHW recently for a usual visit, I noticed that all recent rumoured armies were missing from the Citadel Miniature Hall cabinets - no IG, no Beasts of Chaos, no Skaven, no Space Wolves... Make of that what you will...
In addition - BoLS seem to think we may see a Australian release in October. I think we'll see them at Games Day in September, so that makes sense.
Whispers on the wind tell us the following:
Space Wolves have two new main sets planned:
-Wolf Guard in Terminator armour.
-Plastic Long Fangs set.
Currently the Grey Hunters and Blood Claws aren't getting much of a makeover; however, there is the high probability of a BT/DA style upgrade box/sprue.
There will also be several new metal figures released.
Continued talk and chatter is gelling around a September release slot for the Sons of Russ.
As news comes in, please post up and I can update the roundup. Have fun!