40K: Codex Imperial Agents Overview


We’ve got a copy of Codex Imperial Agents and we’re taking a tour – check it out!

Codex Imperial Agents is a weird one. It’s a very different book in terms of structure and content because, while it does have a Sisters of Battle Army list, it has multiple “factions” and each one has their one mini-detachment:

Let’s start with the obvious stuff:

  • This book has a Full army lists for Sisters of Battle but there are no new Sisters units (sorry)
  • Each “faction” has a list of units associated with them and a Detachment so you can run those units in whatever army you want as an allied detachment
  • Some of the “factions” have some very strange structures to them (more on that below)
  • If you’re big on Imperial Allies this book is going to be your new playground

We’ve already hinted at some of the stuff the Sisters are getting so I’m not going to rehash that. I will say that unfortunately there are no new sisters models in the book. But the army list does include a couple of units from the Inquisitorial side of things.

One of the factions I thought was interesting that we mention but don’t show is the Legion of the Damned. Their Detachment is entirely Elites and it allows you to run a bunch of squads from the Legion of the Damned in your army. Another strange detachment was the Aeronautiaca Imperialis one. Their section allows you to add a ton of air support from the Imperial Navy in the form of Valkyries. That’s perfect if you are looking for a way to lock down your tabletop airspace.


The majority of the book is basically that – a consolidated list of Imperial factions an each one has their own unique Detachment with rules and units from that faction you can take. You really need the detachments because most of these factions don’t have a way to take them as a “traditional” ally in your army. The Legion of the Damned example above wouldn’t fit in an army via other means.

Another thing I really liked was the way Games Workshop actually made the Inquisitors related to their Ordos. Now you can really customize your Inquisitor based on what Ordos they are from and that has an impact on the gear they can take as well as which extra units they have access too. It was a really nice touch.


Overall, if you’re looking for a way add in some allied support from the Imperium in the form of Inquisitors, Grey Knights, Deathwatch, Sisters, or a number of other Imperial Agencies then this book is for you. I’m also very curious to see what the competitive crowd does with this book. I think there are lots of things folks will take advantage of in terms of army support and I really want to see what happens to the meta. Imperial Agents hits shelves on the 17th – are you ready?

Codex: Imperial Agents $40


While the Imperium draws great advantage from the unbelievable weight of manpower it can bring to bear, the diversity of its military is its greatest strength. Many, many esoteric factions are expected to answer the call to protect humanity, from the arcane Adeptus Mechanicus, to the merciless, psychically-gifted Grey Knights and all in between. The forces of the Imperium are myriad and distinct, but all follow the Emperor’s divine will – through this common goal, they strive to ensure the continued if fraught survival of Mankind.

This 136-page full-colour Codex presents background and rules for a number of smaller Imperial factions, whose forces fight alongside other armies of the Emperor. Use the rules, datasheets, wargear and detachments included to add members of the following operatives to any army of the Imperium:

– A full army list for the Battle Sisters of the Adepta Sororitas
– Tech-Priest Enginseers and Servitors of the Adeptus Mechanicus
– Valkyries of the Aeronautica Imperialis
– Battle Psykers and Astropaths of the Astra Telepathica
– Priests of the Adeptus Ministorum
– Kill Teams and Corvus Blackstars of the Deathwatch
– Terminator Squads and Nemesis Dreadknights of the Grey Knights
– The Legion of the Damned
– Assassins of the Officio Assassinorum
– Inquisitors of the Inquisition


Oh the Inquisition. We were expecting you…

  • Inquisitor Valeria

    Is the Aeronautica section just Valkyries? No Forge World or Space Marine flyers?

    • Moonsaves

      Well, it’s the Imperial Navy, so no Space Marine options makes sense.

      I think I said in another comment on a similar article that Forge World really needs to get on the same page as GW with their releases. They should really be releasing their own detachment/formation rules that work with the new stuff literally on the day it’s released. That’s just good business sense and would encourage sales.

  • Munn

    Screw this garbage abortion of a cash grab to the sun and back.

    • Nick Vaughn

      I dunno. While I can’t comment on the rules, I do like that several smaller factions can be found in one book, where before this you would be forced to buy over half a dozen books to field some of these models.

      Just imagine if they did this for main factions like Space Wolves or even better, Tyranids (which is an epic rules Easter egg hunt). I appreciate the consolidation.

      • memitchell

        I have SoB’s, Inquisitors, Priests and Missionaries, Assassins, Deathwatch Marines, and Grey Knights models scattered around from various boardgame sources, Necromunda, and the OLD days. Nothing wrong with ONE book to rule them all and in the darkness bind them

      • Moonsaves

        Chaos and Orks are probably the worst for rules hunts right now. I know Orks are bad, at least. Off the top of my head, Orks are Codex: Orks, Waaagh! Ghazghkull, Imperial Armour 8, 6th Ed Dread Mob Update PDF, Imperial Armour Aeronautica, The Red Waaagh!, Hour of the Wolf, Stormclaw, White Dwarf (Looted Wagon), and both Forgeworld and GW Apocalypse books.

    • bfmusashi

      Yeah, I’m real mad about getting most of the crap they tore out of the Grey Knights book (for a cash grab) back in a single tome.

    • Zingbaby

      With one book you don’t need to buy 3-4 different codex to build fluffy Imperial forces… which is what we asked for.

      • memitchell

        Dammit GW! Grab my cash!

        • jeff white

          if it weren’t already sold out, before xmas… i simply cannot understand the fools who run this company.

  • mathhammer

    this entire book sounds and looks like they took the epubs and printed them into a book, even the color pages are from the epub.

    • OldHat

      That is essentially what they said it would be. A way to consolidate stuff not in actual print and update some things.

    • Old zogwort

      The problem is that it is advertised as such, but that it clearly isn’t just a copy paste. It removed the most iconic character of SoB and the only Inq unit in the game. This is what all the anger is about.

      • Roleplayer

        I still own the model. I’ll print her rules and insert her in and just not play people who complain.

  • Earth127

    How is this a cash grab? It looks like nice consolidation/ start a new army

    • Moonsaves

      Because selling something that you don’t sell in a certain format with current rules for money is apparently terrible.

      • CMAngelos

        See the problem with this book is its not a 2 dollar buy with a free army included with purchase!

        Honestly though some folks won’t ever be happy, and will always find reasons to complain about stuff.

        • Valeli

          Why should I be happy to have a new, more limited, SoB list in here? Because I have the privilege of having it on paper now? Because I have the privilege of sharing it with X other factions?

          Oh, hurray. Lucky me. I don’t know what I was thinking.

        • ZeeLobby

          I love how the only thing the other side can equate complaints to is “we want everything for free”. You must be a blast in any discourse.

          • CMAngelos

            With the comment refering to this book as a “cash grab”, then yes the comment regarding free stuff I made is fairly valid.

    • Old zogwort

      This isn’t a cash grab at all. I was at the point of professionally printing my digital book myself, just to get a physical book. This would have costed me 20e printing cost 8e shipping and a day of my own time in redesigning the book. I gladly pay for the actual book and at the same time have a set of rules that kicks out all the tournament players abusing your army.

  • Inquisitors already had gear dependent on their Ordo, does this expand it further? How does do their henchmen squads work?

    • Troy G

      Henchmen lost a pile of options. Mainly DCA, Jokaro, Arco Flagalents, and maybe a couple others became their own units, and Pyschers just went away.

      There is a formation that kinda lets you build a former henchmen squad and add in Sisters / DW / GK depending on your Ordos, and they all form 1 unit.

      It works better for deathstars probably than the old henchmen squad, but worse for MSU.

      • Yeah I just found those rules, such a bummer considering I just converted an INQ henchmen squad for Kill Team… http://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/40b2e28a6dd75b2d68d6413726fffe061648bb94813701a656e587347ac6cbbc.png

        • memitchell

          There is actually someone who would object to you bringing an INQ henchmen squad for Kill Team? If so, do post that on YouTube. It will go viral in moments.

          • Old zogwort

            Why would it go viral ? It worked better with the old codex. The old henchman squad had more options and was possible within the kill team rules. This formation can’t be fielded in kill team without breaking the rules and is worse.

      • Old zogwort

        It works great as an allied option, but you need the old book as an INQ player to build an army

  • Kaylum Dicks

    I’m not sure why everyone keeps saying you couldn’t take the Legion of the Damned in an army before. There is a Codex for them from GW, put out in 2014 . Allowing you to field 1-4 units as a detachment. Warlord Traits and a relic. There’s a formation in there with extra rules too.

    • kingcobra668

      When you say everyone… do you mean no one?

      • memitchell

        When I say “everyone” I mostly mean almost ALL the voices in my head. Mostly.

    • OldHat

      But it wasn’t in print. The point of this book was to consolidate all these sub-factions in a physical book.

  • Kevin Maloney

    So instead of giving us Sisters players anything new, they instead gave us the same army as before, AND took away the Living Saint, one of our few competitive options?

    Thank you, GW. Thanks an effing lot

    • Cosmic_Seth

      Living Saint was a bit of a crutch though, I wouldn’t have been too upset if they gave the cannoness her wings back, but it doesn’t look like it.

      However, I do like the one turn super faith rule, gives the sisters an almost +2 save for one round; that ain’t nothing.

      • gordonshumway

        No, it actually is nothing, because no person in their right mind would trade ObSec for that. Ever.

        • Cosmic_Seth

          Oh, I had no idea they lose ObSec, that’s plain stupid then. I retract my statement (trying to find a silver lining)

          • gordonshumway

            Yeah I get it, but there is none to this turdburger GW is trying to feed us.

          • Valeli

            Yeah. This book is pure silliness and nothing but a holiday money grab if something actual isn’t in the offing.

            (And if something actual is in the offing, why put out this book now if stat changes/point cost alterations are imminent….. That sends me down a negative train of thought.)

            For sisters, at least. Maybe the other factions got treated better, but from the last article I read here my impression is they really weren’t. Not by much, at least.

      • Valeli

        I agree, and crutches should be kicked away.

        Lousy cripples, using them just because they let them approach competitive walking speeds. They’ll be much better off crawling.

        They’ll thanks us someday, when they realize what we’ve done for them.

    • Roleplayer

      I’ll just keep using Celestine. Nothing else has changed so she fits in easily. The community can just say sisters players can still use Celestine.
      If I play a pick up game and someone says no to her, I’ll just play someone else 😛

    • Reven

      That video when they were talking about the DCA’s being a new unit for the Sister’s roster made me cringe. They also said Celestians were a good unit. -.-

  • Koen Cambré

    Yeah, the more you guys are covering this, the more I’m disappointed.

    I was hoping on some cool rules where you’d get benefits when the different ordos team up with their militant wings… Not this… weak… watered down version of every army to add a random squad to your army.

    I think I’ll just leave the 40k rulebloat behind and see what they will do with it when 8th swings around. The way 40k is going, they could do with an AoS treatment in terms of just taking what you want, without having to buy a crapton of books to be able to do it.

  • gordonshumway

    I love everyone trying to pretend this release isn’t absolute garbage compared to, oh, anything else GW has released in the past 6 months or so…

    This is a complete slap in the face to Sisters players. They should have just gotten rid of our army, that would honestly feel less bad than this affront.

    • memitchell

      In 25 years of 40K gaming (more or less), I’ve seen two Sisters Armies. And, one of them was mine (sold off 15 years ago). I like’em, but I ain’t convinced GW is sitting on a Gold Mine, here.

      • gordonshumway

        This is a ridiculous response. GSC were completely unplayed with about equally low interest, probably at the same level as Sisters currently. GW gives them new kits, new rules, and (this is important) actually makes those new rules both FUN and COMPETITIVE. And wow, look, guess what is flying off the shelves and even placing well in tournaments.

        • memitchell

          Hmmm…Nope. Not feeling it.

          • gordonshumway

            Oh I see, you are a troll. Got it.

          • memitchell

            No, I didn’t call you ridiculous, and a troll. Look in the mirror.

        • ZeeLobby

          LoL. GW does no wrong!

          • Evil Otto

            Where are you getting THAT from? He made a good point, that GW took an army that no one played (GSC), created new models and new rules, and suddenly they’re popular. That’s actually good business. The point is that they could do the same thing with the SoB. There seems to be a lot of interest in the army, but they’ve been difficult to get over the years and most of the models are older than dirt.

          • ZeeLobby

            I meant it in reference to memitchell who he was responding to. Certain people just turn their blinders up to 100 when it comes to defending GW. I think a sisters refresh makes WAY more sense than GSC.

      • Valeli

        I’ve seen three, including mine. For a very long period of time I hadn’t seen more ork list than that either though, until Nob Bikers were a thing. And I haven’t seen many ork lists lately either…..

        Small sample size and all that, absolutely. But come on. Lack of support drives lack of sales. Same reason I saw so few Bret armies in fantasy. Who in their right mind wants to invest hundreds in an army that hasn’t been supported in three editions?

        Even worse if that army happens to be all metal.

  • Old zogwort

    Whoo thank you guys this was all I wanted to see. They just buffed my army and kicked out all the servo skull thieves : D

  • Carey_Mahoney

    What’s that senseless sentence “Now you can really customize your Inquisitors based on what Ordos they are from […].” supposed to mean? It was already like that!

  • Old zogwort

    I read it again. The new henchmen squad formation is humorously unfit to make an INQ army with. It completely invalidates MSU style inq lists, and any normal build will now result in you rolling 10+ times on the warlord table….
    Lets just use this book as an addition to the codex.

    • Matt Mo

      My sentiments exactly. I’ll keep playing the old digidex and pray the Inquisition get a proper Codex: Inquisition come 8th with new plastic henchmen options

    • Roleplayer

      Yeah I’ll keep using Celestine as nothing has changed in the codex to invalidate her at all.

      Sisters are so weak I can’t see any reasonable person complaining.

  • Old zogwort

    My army just got degraded to: pay 25pt to get a roll on the warlord trait table. This might be worse than the servo skull thievery, or the coteaz clone wars

  • Matt Mo

    My MAIN army is Inquisition with Grey Knights to taste.. Not sure how I feel about all the stuff I’ve been reading..

    I sure hope I can still take 3 full squads of henchmen and take one huge CC blob and stick it in a LR and go to town. I also hope my inquisitor and his buddies can still fly around in a Valkyrie or pick and choose from various transports across different imperial codices. I read there are not psykers in the henchmen list at all.. That’s such a kick in the pants. I sure hope it ain’t so. I was really stoked when I read this was coming out as I figured it was going to be similar to the Daemonhunters codex of yore which was one of my favorite rules/fluff dexes of all time! But this is just.. well weird and confusing…

    Is there no longer just a detachment with 1-2 HQ and 1-3 elites like in the digital codex? Does this book replace the digital codex and is this now the Inquisition codex? If so I’m disappointed. At least with what I’ve read about it. I guess I’ll get a copy and try to be optimistic. At least that formation that lets you add different chamber militant units depending on the Ordo of your inquisitor seems like fun 🙂

    • Old zogwort

      Let me point out what is going to change for you as a fellow INQ player if you are not using both books side by side.
      -Any inquisitor you field using the new detachments results in you rolling on a warlord trait table.
      -The new inq detachment is roughly the same. But it no longer has the option to field the henchmen squad -> So just forget that this exists
      -The Henchmen squad is a formation. This formation represents the old inq detachment since it has similar options. The detachment now looks like:
      1 INQ
      1 Henchmensquad with
      Compulsory Acolytes, a more expensive psyker, and no heavy weapon servitors
      0-1 Grey knight terminators, sisters or dw vets.
      This results in you having to field 1 INQ per henchmen squad. my plan is to use the books side by side and approach this book as a supplement, to avoid 10+ warlord traits and bloated henchmen squads.

  • Ms Chickenpox

    This must be the worst book review ever. If you are doing one, a tip. Read the older books first! So you know what was in them and there gear etc. SoB have always had deathcult but they where better in the last digital codex because they where a unit with crusaders and arco flagelants and they cost 15p then too. And if its not a copy paste, why not show something new? Everything you showed was the same as the digital codex except the one A boost on the Celestians.
    Did you even open the digital Inquisition book or the digital SoB before you did this????

    • ZeeLobby

      Eh, it’s BoLS, if it’s GW, and it’s the latest, it’s all that matters, and is great!

    • Old zogwort

      Na I like the review a lot. BOLS is cool for showing this to us 🙂 . And no not everything is the same. This is exactly what all INQ players wanted to see, this video was extremely informative for those who own a INQ army. The mismatch in expectations and quality of the rules isn’t up to bols, its GW who wrote this book, and posted the silly facebook message.

  • Mr.Fister

    that is just one big gw ding dong flapping in the face for the SOB fans like me who where waiting for new models.