Blood Angels Get a New Formation



Take a look at the Blood Angel’s latest tricks coming in 40K’s newest Start Collecting boxed set:

Every Start Collecting set has an enclosed formation to get new players onto the tabletop with a fully legal force right out of the box.  It’s a fantastic idea and with the Blood Angels getting the FAQ treatment this week what better time could there be for a new set?

Start Collecting! Blood Angels $85


Staunch defenders of the Imperium from their earliest days, the Blood Angels are a proud and noble Space Marine Chapter who fight to protect the Emperor’s realm and to atone for their own hidden failings. For they hide an inner darkness, a gene-curse which reduces their most courageous warriors to raving, blood-mad beasts.

This is a great-value box set that gives you an immediate collection of fantastic Blood Angels miniatures, which you can assemble and use right away in games of Warhammer 40,000! You’ll receive a ten-man Blood Angels Tactical Squad, a Blood Angels Terminator Captain, a Blood Angels Baal Predator and an exclusive Blood Angels Formation datasheet – special rules which confer certain abilities on this set when fielded together on the gaming table!

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In general, the Start Collecting formation aren’t going to knock your socks off, as they are aimed squarely at newcomers just entering the game.  This one however isn’t that bad at all.  Basically you get a Warmachine-stype mini-feat handing out Feel No Pain and It Will Not Die for a turn.  That will make for one extra hard to erase Tac Squad – just the ting for holding that objective on the gam’e final turn.


~ For Sanguinius!

  • Kritarion

    Seems nifty.

  • Tempest

    Looks decent for smaller point games and for small scale allies, but the Terminator Captain is a bit of a gut punch.

    Nothing wrong with having it per se, but if it’s attached to the Tac Squad as a bit of a melee beatstick, the squad loses the ability to Sweeping Advance hirting them in the long run.

    Overall I’d skip this in favour of a regular CAD/AD/FTST detachment with a Sanguinary Priest as the HQ.

    • BT

      Couldn’t you do both?

      I mean, get your basic CAD and use this formation out of that CAD. You can still get a second HQ (Libby or Priest) to do what you want. Yeah, it still means you are tailoring your list around this, but none of the units are bad. It doesn’t pay to get BA Scouts, for example.

      • Pascalnz

        it does now:) yay errata!

        • Dustin Nottingham

          How does this work unless your runing a decurion detachment which blood angels don’t have formations do not fulfill detachments

          • Deacon Ix

            As long as every unit is a member of a formation or a CAD you can mix and match and it is still a battle forged army, for Example I run a CAD CSM with a Helbrute Formation.

          • Pascalnz

            I was saying it pays to take scouts now, the errata makes them ws bs 4 🙂

    • Red_Five_Standing_By

      I would stick the Captain in with some other terminators but keep him within 12 inches of the tac squad and predator.

  • Shiwan8

    Seems like ok.

    • ZeeLobby

      In a world of DE, Ork, and CSM codexes it would be fun. If only we lived in that world :(.

      • Shiwan8

        If only. Instead we have terrain moving 1st turn assaulting deathstars more often than not.

      • Drew_Da_Destroya

        I live in that world… I’m the Ork/DE player.
        Except my opponents usually do not live in that world. One guy is Eldar/Necron/Blood Angels (so sometimes I can actually win a game). The other guy is Tau.

        We had a CSM/Tyranid player, but he pretty much quit.

        • ZeeLobby

          Yeah, at this point I’ve sold my Orks… I keep holding onto my DE and BA, and pray that something will change, but I really haven’t taken them out of the box. I run Tau in highlander, but my games even with a restricted list go from pistol whipping a blind kid easy, to game decided by turn 2 hard, and thats with TAU! It’s annoying.

          • Drew_Da_Destroya

            I’ve put too much work into my Orks to give them up, honestly. I’m still pretty proud of several of the models, even if the army itself gets stomped more often than not.

            With DE, I’ve started running Harlequins with DE allies, and that’s been a lot more fun lately. While I haven’t done as much work on them, the DE models are just gorgeous, so I guess I’ll wait until they’re playable again.

            There are such ridiculous power level balance issues in 7th edition, though, that most games are just like you said… ridiculous stompings by turn 2. Even when they go longer, the game has long since been decided.

  • Joka

    Ok, so basically i can estimate the pred to be in 12″ of the captain, harmed but not destroyed in a game out of 3… then i’d have a 1/3 chance to get a HP back for it… it is once out of 9 games statistically. IWND is crap on the cap and… i guess FNP is kinda good but BA aren’t hurting for way to get it.
    All in all not that great really. Could prove useful, but you are losing out the Init. bonus from the BSF or (if you’re so inclined) Obsec wich can be good for the Captain or Tacs respectively. Is that worth it? Not on my book frankly.

    • Deacon Ix

      The BSF is the only thing the BA really have going for them

  • Moik

    I miss non-fetishe marines.

  • Jacob

    Seriously guys, spellcheck is not a difficult thing to use… (“stype” “ting” “gam’e”)

    • Seth


    • Davor Mackovic

      I think they are trying to get a job at GW. 😛

    • Lee Williams

      Foolish spelling mistakes make me think “FIRE BAD”. I can’t believe these dudes don’t realize how fast poor spelling / spellcheck use can turn a reasonable article into something that should have been written with crayons.

  • SilentPony

    Wouldn’t it have worked better with a 10 man assault squad, the Space Marine captain box, and a spare jump pack?

    • Admiral Raptor

      It absolutely would have.

    • Red_Five_Standing_By

      Yes but then it would not have fulfilled its role as a starter set with 1 HQ, 1 Troop and something else.

      This formation would have been way better if they had used any HQ choice that was not in termy armor.

      • SilentPony

        Wait, don’t Blood Angels have Assault Squads as Troops?

        • Red_Five_Standing_By

          Not in the New codex.

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  • Jim Collins

    Why is the german one the only one with an exclamation point.