A Comparison Squats material and game-design decision-making from 1994-2004 in White Dwarf and The Citadel Journal (Historia Squataticus Appendix 1)
This table provides a year-by-year summary of the treatment of the Squats from the release of Warhammer 40K 2nd Edition in 1994 to the final reference in 2004. Both 40K and Epic are included in this comparison of White Dwarf and Citadel Journal information.
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|Year||White Dwarf||The Citadel Journal|
|1994||Frequent Epic, not much 40K.||Same as White Dwarf|
|1995||Continued Epic without new minis, not much 40K.||Continued Epic, including 40K/Epic crossover rules|
|1996||Incidental Squats 40K & Epic but no really bad news until end of year's report that the new Epic 40,000 would not have the Squats included at the start.||Frequent 40K and Epic material|
|1997||Only incidental pictures and references, reported as a former army when Epic 40,000 appears in Spring.||Squats Army List for Epic 40,000 published, reports that
Squats left out because they could not get them right in time
(same with Epic Knights) but high level of response from Squats
generals demanded an “unofficial” list until an official army
list was developed.
Squats rules included in 40K and Necromunda articles.
|1998||Febuary issue (217) notes that greatest concern from Warhammer players is “What's happening to the Squats?” but does not address the issue. Later in the year, 40K 3rd edition is announced without any mention of the Squats, but it also massive underestimates of the impact on usability of older models and units, Squats or nots.||Squats featured in several articles for Warhammer 40K, but a
Convention Report from late March states that the decision to
exclude the Squats from Warhammer 40K 3rd edition has
been made, but that they are planning to revive them for 4th
So it seems likely that the decision to keep the Squats out of 40K 3rd edition was made in late 1997 or sometime in 1998.
We can speculate that the decision evolved from trying to reintroduce the Squats to Epic 40,000, but cannot be certain, and there are no known prototypes or unreleased Epic Squats items from the late 1990s. There are also no known 40K Squats from the time either, the 8 Warhammer 40K 2nd edition Squats were done in 1993 or 1994.
But it also clear that GW did not plan on totally eliminating the Squats in 1998, and instead hoped to bring them back to Warhammer 40K (eventually) and Epic 40,000 (hopefully sooner).
|1999||Nothing||Discussion of how to use Squat miniatures in Warhammer 40K by
Jervis Johnson, Warwick Kinrade, and others. Squats are mentioned
in all but one of the 1999 issues.|
Johnson reports that Squats have been left out of 40K 3rd Edition because the designers have failed to come up with enough good ideas about how to make them into a distinct and coherent army.
The general recommendation is to use Squats as Imperial Guard stand-ins or as units within human-dominant IG armies.
|2000||January issue (240) features the “Eaten by Nids” customer-service fail by whoever was responsible for the Letters page.||Mostly comments in letters from readers.|
However, the final issue from the year reports that Epic Squats infantry sprues are available again; the metal vehicles have likely been continuously available as well.
|2001||Nothing||Just one comment in a reader letter.|
|2002||Nothing||The last year for the Citadel Journal, with Warwick Kinrade mentioning the Squats “Counts As” article from Issue 33 (Late Summer 1999) as a favorite.|
|2003||Nothing||Citadel Journal no longer published.|
|2004||Increasingly jittery denials of Space Skaven fail to fully
assuage guilt over treatment of Squats, leading to an editorial
error in the February issue (289) leaving a reference to the
Squats of the Forge World Golgotha being conquered by Ork Warlord
Ghazghkull Thraka due to insufficient support from alleged
Warhammer 40K 4th edition is released in the fall with no revitalized Squats.
|Citadel Journal no longer published.|
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