Tabletop Spotlight: Angel’s Blade

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The Tabletop Spotlight is on Angel’s Blade – Part Two of the Black Crusade series!

Last week when Traitor’s Hate hit store shelves I was enthusiastic about the release. But this week when Drake from Dragon’s Lair Comics & Fantasy came by and had Angel’s Blade I was ready to jump in:

Angel’s Blade picks up in  parallel with Traitor’s Hate. You get the Imperial version of events through the eyes of the Blood Angel’s chapter of Space Marines. This isn’t that surprising to anyone that has been keeping up with the release thus far.  What should be exciting for everyone is that this is more of the Black Crusade “Campaign” which is kind of a big deal for fans of the lore – and this book has TONS of story in it. I would recommend checking it out just for that alone!

But if you’re not a huge fan of the Lore or are just more interested in the rules portion of the book then this one has you covered. This book has new datasheets for Terminator Captains, Death Company Chaplains, Assault Squads and even Devastator Squads. The last two are also pretty important because as we pointed out earlier those datasheets supersede the ones in the codex.

Those changes aren’t world-shattering as the Devastator one in particular really just gave Blood Angel’s access to Grav-Cannons. This book also contains some great new Relics to use:

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Aside from those new items the book has even more stuff for Blood Angel’s players. Updated vehicle squadron rules, more wargear, new Formations and a “Decurion” style detachment for both “regular” Blood Angels and also Death Company. It’s the first time in a LONG time you can run an entire Death Company Army complete with their own Warlord Table and Tactical Objectives.

I’m not even going to get into all the little bonuses the Formations give you either – go check out the book for those. Seriously, Sanguinary Guard Assaulting from Deep Strike is bad news for folks in Power Armor.

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If you’re a Blood Angel’s player I would rate this one as a must buy. With the changes to some of the core codex units it’s hard to argue that you won’t need this book. Plus, you’ll get access to all the other cool stuff in the book – I don’t really see any downsides to that! I’m personally excited to get to run my Land Speeder Squadron and get that extra 6″ move due to having at least 3. Hey – the ‘Red Ones’ do go FASTA!

Angel’s Blade $49.50

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A campaign supplement for Warhammer 40,000, containing a story from the beginning of the 13th Black Crusade from the perspective of the Blood Angels, featuring new rules content for that Chapter.

The Story

The shadow of a huge fleet of Crimson Slaughter and Black Legion forces falls across the Diamor System, as Abaddon the Despoiler’s 13th Black Crusade is launched. This shadow is met by the righteous fury of the Blood Angels; leading a mighty coalition of Adeptus Mechanicus and Imperial Knights, the Sons of Sanguinius fight bitterly against the servants of Chaos.

Yet the fires of war that consume the worlds of the Diamor System are revealing dark secrets, harbingers of a terrible doom that even the Blood Angels will be hard-pressed to prevent coming to fruition…

 

Angel’s Blade vs Traitor’s Hate – Who do you think “won” with this release?

  • Djbz

    I believe the Blood Shard Wins the award for “Most useless Relic ever”

    • Charon

      Still more useful than the Orbs of despair 😀

      • Djbz

        I can’t even remember that one.
        What’s it do and for how much?

        • Charon

          DE Coven item. 8″ S1, Instant death 25 points.