Warhammer Army Book
An Army Book in the Warhammer Fantasy tabletop wargame, is a rules supplement containing information concerning a particular army, environment, or worldwide campaign. Army Books for particular armies were introduced for the fourth edition of the game (prior to that all armies were included in the main rulebook). The sixth edition rendered these obsolete. Until superseded by newer versions, the 6th edition and later books remain valid for the newer editions of Warhammer.
Games Workshop has also released various expansions over the years, including a siege rules supplement and campaign expansions. Expansions and Supplements may or may not be valid over multiple editions, though generally they cycle similarly to the Army Books.
An Army Book normally contains:
- Background - Information about the race and its place in the Warhammer world. This includes artwork, short stories, maps, timelines and copies of fictional documents.
- Bestiary - A list of the units, characters and war machines that can be chosen for use in a battle. This includes their characteristic values, information on their weapon options, and any limitations on their use, as well as background information on each unit. An Army's special magic lore (if applicable) and special magic items are listed here.
- Hobby section - Information on collecting, building and painting an army from the army book. This features outstanding example models painted by the Games Workshop 'Eavy Metal Team as well as Games Workshop's Army Painters and veteran hobbyists.
- Army List - Each entry from the bestiary is arranged by type (Lord, Hero, Core, Special, Rare) and given a points value, with more powerful units costing more points, so that battles are fought between balanced armies. Options and costs are listed here.
- 1 Current Books
- 2 References
No Warhammer Fantasy Army books are considered current as Warhammer: Fantasy Battles game was discontinued by Games Workshop and was replaced with Warhammer: Age of Sigmar game in 2015.
The final version of Warhammer army books was the 8th Edition. The last 8th edition army book was printed in 2014 for Wood Elves, the first army book for The Empire was printed for 4th edition rules in 1993 spanning some 21 years of printing of Warhammer army books for The Game of Fantasy Battles (formerly known as Warhammer Fantasy Battle). The original Warhammer World was destroyed in a Warhammer Fantasy novels/in-game event called End Times in 2015.
8th Edition Army Books are hardcover and full color. 8th Edition was released July 2010.
|Wood Elves||ISBN 978-1782532873||May 2014|
|Dwarfs||ISBN 978-1-78253-239-2||February 2014|
|Dark Elves||ISBN 978-1782530947||October 2013|
|Lizardmen||ISBN 978-1782530534||August 2013|
|High Elves||ISBN 978-1782530084||May 2013|
|Daemons of Chaos||ISBN 978-1908872838||March 2013|
|Warriors of Chaos||ISBN 978-1908872647||February 2013|
|The Empire||ISBN 978-1907964688||April 2012|
|Vampire Counts||ISBN 978-1907964275||January 2012|
|Ogre Kingdoms||ISBN 978-1-907964-11-4||September 2011|
|Tomb Kings||ISBN 978-1841549965||May 2011|
|Orcs & Goblins||ISBN 978-1841549866||March 2011|
|The End Times: Archaon||Volume 5 of the End Times Expansion, contains the grand legion of the everchosen list||TBA||March 2015|
|The End Times: Thanquol||Volume 4 of the End Times Expansion||TBA||January 2015|
|The End Times: Khaine||Volume 3 of the End Times Expansion, contains the combined Elves army lists||TBA||November 2014|
|The End Times: Glottkin||Volume 2 of the End Times Expansion, contains the Legions of Chaos army list||TBA||October 2014|
|The End Times: Nagash||Volume 1 of the End Times Expansion, contains the Undead Legions army list||TBA||August 2014|
|Warhammer Battlefields: The Underway||Campaign Expansion||Digital Release||February 2014|
|Sigmar's Blood||Campaign Expansion||ISBN 978-1782531470||December 2013|
|Scrolls of Binding Compendium||Monster Expansion for Storm of Magic||Digital Release||December 2013|
|Blood in the Snow||Seasonal Scenario||Digital Release||December 2013|
|Vanguard Clash||Linked Battles Scenario||Digital Release||December 2013|
|Triumph and Treachery||Multiplayer Games Expansion||ISBN 978-1782530756||November 2013|
|Warhammer Battlefields: Northern Wastes||Campaign Expansion||Digital Release||October 2013|
|Warhammer Battlefields: Border Wars||Campaign Expansion||Digital Release||August 2013|
|Warhammer Battlefields: Lustria||Campaign Expansion||Digital Release||August 2013|
|Civil War||White Dwarf rules for battles between forces from the same Army Book, also released Digitally||N/A||June–August 2012|
|Monstrous Arcanum||Monsters and Campaign Expansion by Warhammer Forge||unknown||April 2012|
|Blood in the Badlands||Campaign Expansion, Siege rule||ISBN 978-1907964466||December 2011|
|Tamurkhan: Throne of Chaos||Campaign Expansion by Warhammer Forge; Contains the Chaos Dwarf army list||unknown||October 2011|
|Storm of Magic||Magic and Monsters Expansion||ISBN 978-1907964077||July 2011|
Games Workshop and the Black Library (the Publishing arm of GW) have released Battlescrolls for Warhammer Fantasy. They are digitally released and expand the options available to players, as well as contain background on their subject. Most are formations that can be added to any army as a unit outside of the normal army organization. Some (noted below) are additions to specific army lists and are taken following the normal rules for their unit type.
|Crypt Scavengers||Ghoul Themed Formation||December 2013|
|Creatures of the Chaos Wastes||Chaos Monster Themed Formation||December 2013|
|The Restless Dead||Skeleton Themed Formation||December 2013|
|Be'lakor, The Dark Master||Lord unit for Daemons and Warriors of Chaos||December 2013|
Previous Edition Warhammer Army Books
Starting with the 4th edition rules, individual Army books were published for various races and realms of the Warhammer world that had coinciding miniatures armies to play the Warhammer Fantasy Battles tabletop game. Earlier versions of the Warhammer Fantasy Battle Game did not have individual Army books.
7th edition was released in September 2006.
|Army||ISBN||Release Date||Replaced By|
|Beastmen||ISBN 978-1-84154-956-9||February 2010||7th Edition was the final edition published|
|Skaven||ISBN 978-1-84154-945-3||November 2009||7th Edition was the final edition published|
|Lizardmen||ISBN 978-1-84154-918-7||February 2009||8th Edition Lizardmen Army Book|
|Warriors of Chaos||ISBN 978-1-84154-898-2||November 2008||8th Edition Warriors of Chaos Army Book|
|Dark Elves||ISBN 978-1-84154-850-0||August 2008||8th Edition Dark Elves Army Book|
|Vampire Counts||ISBN 978-1-84154-863-0||March 2008||8th Edition Vampire Counts Army Book|
|Daemons of Chaos||ISBN 978-1-84154-886-9||May 2008||8th Edition Daemons of Chaos Army Book|
|High Elves||ISBN 978-1-84154-846-3||November 2007||8th Edition High Elves Army Book|
|The Empire||ISBN 978-1-84154-799-2||January 2007||8th Edition The Empire Army Book|
|Orcs & Goblins||ISBN 978-1-84154-785-5||October 2006||8th Edition Orcs & Goblins Army Book|
|Legendary Battles||Large Army Campaign Expansion from White Dwarf||ISBN N/A||2008|
|Mighty Empires||Campaign Expansion||ISBN N/A||2007|
6th Edition was released in October 2000. All army books were initially replaced by a get-by list in Ravening Hordes, distributed for free.
|Army||ISBN||Release Date||Replaced By|
|Dwarfs||ISBN 978-1-84154-690-2||January 2006||8th Edition Dwarfs Army Book|
|Wood Elves||ISBN 1-84154-680-1||September 2005||8th Edition Wood Elves Army Book|
|Ogre Kingdoms||ISBN 1-84154-531-7||January 2005||8th Edition Ogre Kingdoms Army Book|
|Bretonnia||ISBN 1-84154-450-7||February 2004||6th Edition was the final edition published|
|Beasts of Chaos||ISBN 1-84154-387-X||August 2003||7th Edition Beastmen Army Book|
|Lizardmen||ISBN 1-84154-356-X||May 2003||7th Edition Lizardmen Army Book|
|Tomb Kings||ISBN 978-1-84154-336-9||January 2003||8th Edition Tomb Kings Army Book|
|Hordes of Chaos||ISBN 1-84154-222-9||June 2002||7th Edition Warriors of Chaos and Daemons of Chaos Army Books|
|Skaven||ISBN 1-84154-185-0||March 2002||7th Edition Skaven Army Book|
|High Elves||ISBN 1-84154-175-3||January 2002||7th Edition High Elves Army Book|
|Dark Elves||ISBN 1-84154-083-8||June 2001||7th Edition Dark Elves Army Book|
|Vampire Counts||ISBN 1-84154-080-3||April 2001||7th Edition Vampire Counts Army Book|
|Dwarfs||ISBN 1-84154-066-8||January 2001||Second 6th Edition Dwarfs Army Book|
|Orcs & Goblins||ISBN 1-84154-060-9||November 2000||7th Edition Orcs & Goblins Army Book|
|The Empire||ISBN 1-84154-059-5||October 2000||7th Edition The Empire Army Book|
|Ravening Hordes||ISBN 1-84154-063-3||October 2000||Each Army's 6th edition army book—15 "Get You By" Army Lists for Warhammer - the Game of Fantasy Battles|
5th Edition was released in October 1996.
|Army||ISBN||Release Date||Replaced By|
|Vampire Counts||ISBN 1-869893-75-1||June 1999||Ravening Hordes|
|Dogs of War||ISBN 1-872372-02-3||September 1998||Regiments of Renown, then Discontinued|
|Champions of Chaos (Chaos Special Characters)||ISBN 1-872372-29-5||May 1998||Ravening Hordes|
|Realm of Chaos||ISBN 1-872372-60-0 (2nd Edition) ISBN 1-869893-90-5 (1st Edition)||January 1998||Ravening Hordes|
|High Elves||ISBN 978-1-872372-21-1||May 1997||Ravening Hordes|
|Lizardmen||ISBN 1-872372-56-2||February 1997||Ravening Hordes|
|Bretonnia||ISBN 1-872372-59-7||November 1996, 1999||Ravening Hordes|
4th Edition was released in October 1992. It was the first edition to feature individual army books.
|Army||ISBN||Release Date||Replaced By|
|Wood Elves||ISBN 1-872372-45-7||May 1996||Ravening Hordes|
|Dark Elves||ISBN 1-872372-88-0||July 1995||Ravening Hordes|
|White Dwarf Presents: Chaos Dwarfs||ISBN 1-872372-80-5||December 1994||Ravening Hordes, then Discontinued, then Tamurkhan: Throne of Chaos from Warhammer Forge|
|Chaos||No ISBN came as a boxed set||August 1994||5th Edition Realm of Chaos Box|
|Undead||ISBN 1-872372-67-8||May 1994||5th Edition Vampire Counts Army Book and Ravening Hordes for Tomb Kings|
|Skaven||ISBN 1-872372-69-4||December 1993||Ravening Hordes|
|Dwarfs||ISBN 1-872372-66-X||June 1993||Ravening Hordes|
|Orcs & Goblins||ISBN 1-872372-64-3||April 1993||Ravening Hordes|
|High Elves||ISBN 1-872372-63-5||February 1993||5th Edition High Elves Army Book|
|The Empire||ISBN 1-87237235-X||January 1993||Ravening Hordes|
|Conquest of the New World||Campaign Expansion||ISBN 978-1841545929||2005|
|Lustria||Campaign Expansion||ISBN 1-84154-644-5||May 2005|
|Storm of Chaos||Campaign Expansion||ISBN 1-84154-460-4||June 2004|
|Warhammer Chronicles 2004||Q&A, Eratta, etc||ISBN 978-1841544229||2003|
|The General's Compendium||Campaigns, Scenarios & More||ISBN 1-84154-436-1||2003|
|Warhammer Chronicles 2003||Q&A, Eratta, etc||ISBN 978-1841542966||2003|
|Warhammer Skirmish||Skirmish Scenarios||ISBN 978-8374600125||2002|
|Dark Shadows||Campaign Expansion||ISBN 978-1-84154-198-3||August 2001|
|Warhammer annual 2002||Q&A, Eratta, etc||ISBN 978-1841541655||2001|
|Warhammer Siege||Siege Warfare Expansion||ISBN 1-869893-44-1||August 1998|
|Tears of Isha||Campaign Expansion, Paper buildings||unknown||1998|
|Perilous Quest||Campaign Expansion, Paper buildings||unknown||1997|
|Circle of Blood||Campaign Expansion, Paper buildings||unknown||1997|
|Idol of Gork||Campaign Expansion, Paper buildings||unknown||1997|
|The Grudge of Drong||Campaign Expansion, Paper buildings||unknown||1997|
|Warhammer Magic||5th Edition Magic rules and cards||unknown||December 1996|
|Chronicles of War (White Dwarf Presents)||Articles from White Dwarf Magazine, Paper buildings||ISBN 978-1872372914||December 1995|
|Arcane Magic||Magic Expansion for 4th Edition||unknown||February 1995|
|Battle Magic||Magic rules and cards for 4th Edition||unknown||December 1992|