Codex Imperial Agents: Inquisition Detachment & More


BoLS will be bringing you Codex Imperial Agents coverage all week. Today we peek inside the cover at the Inquisition’s organization and relics.


The Inquisition – WHAT A SHOW! The Inquisition HERE WE GO!


 GW’s Design Studio has taken a fundamentally different approach with this codex.  This is a book that brings as much stuff as it leaves behind.  By that I mean for every new force in this book, there are some very unusual absences and hints at what may be coming in the future.  This is a book with 9 new armies and not a single new miniature.  You’ll find a lot of old friends long left out in the cold given a new lease on life, and new unexpected ways of fielding armies that already have standalone codexes alongside other Imperial organizations.

The Inquisition

OK, let’s begin and take a look at the updated Inquisition’s Detachment:


MAKE WAY – the Inquisitorial Representative is in the house! (and he’s brought 0-3 of his Elite toadies with him)

Neat trick on getting to roll a bonus Warlord Trait.  Let’s be hones here, no Inquisitor is going to play second fiddle on the battlefield to anyone in the Imperium short of a Primarch.

Ok, moving on, let’s take a look at the all new Inquisitorial formation: the Henchmen Warband.


All the usual suspects are in here from the Crusaders to everyone’s favorite MacGyver Space Orangutans, Acolytes and various hanger-ons.  The big difference is the Chambers Militant rule which finally gives the formation some actual connection to the fluff. You now have a concrete connection between which Ordo you choose for your Inquisitor and the available accompanying squad – be they Sisters, Grey Knights or Deathwatch.  VERY COOL! Remember from up above that the Ordo of your Inquisitor also gives you a particular warlord trait chart to roll off (and all 3 are fluffy and different).  I hope that this is kind of a halfway house which will result in the Inquisition being fielded in a manner that more closely matches the fluff and not just an excuse to go Servo Skull shopping. BONUS: Servo-Skulls are GONE! 


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Finally let’s take a look at one sample relic.  The Tome of Vethric is great from both it’s penmanship-challenged use (HA!), to what is perhaps the first piece of equipment in the game to punish complex multi-faction army lists.  I think this Vethric and I would see eye to eye…


Just try to make an allied 5-codex army you xenos scum!

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

~Have fun folks, and check back tomorrow as we wrap up our Imperial Agents coverage.

  • Simon Chatterley

    I’ll tell you what no one expected.

    No one expected Chaos Space Marines and the Imperium to get books at the same time and for the Chaos book to be the best one.

    • Old zogwort

      It is quite decent if you see it as an supplement, instead of a army invalidating codex replacement. But yea even then the CSM supplements looks better.

      • Maitre Lord Ironfist

        at the base we got CSM and imperial abivalent CSM! (I mean SoB)

      • Randy Randalman

        It is a supplement. Like Angels of Death. So the last half of the opening sentence isn’t applicable.

        • Victor Hartmann

          We’ll see. GW says it’s a replacement on FaceBook and the online store. A tight reading of the semantics leaves a glimmer of hope that you are correct but really, we’ll just have to wait and see. Since SoB and Inq are digital, it only takes a single update to bring them in compliance with the new book.

        • Nameless

          its a supplement, but most of the pages are reprinted unit profiles… there are very few formations, and whilst there are new detachments many of the ones we have seen offer any real benefit.

    • Spacefrisian

      I thought no one suspected the Spanish Chaos spacemarines..or was it Spanish Inquisition.

      • euansmith

        It turns out it was the Spanish Chaos Inquisition. We live in confusing times.

        • Simon Chatterley

          I was going to write something witty about the Spanish Chaos Inquisition but each time it basically ended up as a Scientology joke….

          • euansmith

            Under the Arch Auditor El’Ron Johnson?

      • kingcobra668

        Its “expects.”

        • monkeypuzzle

          It’s “it’s”!

          • kingcobra668

            Pretty big difference between my phone’s swipe keyboard missing punctuation and the community perpetually using the wrong *word=.

  • Jared Swenson

    To be honest, this is a pretty disappointing book. The more I read about it, the less I want to buy it. I usually take a really positive stance on any 40k release, and this has gotten me more or less discouraged. I was hoping to have some inspiration or motivation to go back and finish painting my huge inquisitorial warband I built a while ago, and this is not doing it. Maybe I am out of line here, believe me, I am ready to be proven wrong on this, and hope I am.

    • Spacefrisian

      Iam more concerned that if i buy it i will be angry later one when GW brings out an actuall Sororitas dex, cause thats the only part iam interested in.

      • Moik

        Whoa, dude. Glass half full. If GW releases a sororitas codex it’ll be a miracle that you should appreciate!

        • Muninwing

          because GW learned how to copy-paste?

    • Randy Randalman

      It’s not Codex: Inquisition or Sisters of Battle. It’s just a way to add those things to an existing Imperial army, all located in one convenient book.

      Those armies will get their own codex when they get a full range of plastics.

      • gordonshumway

        It’s cute you believe this despite GW saying the exact opposite.

        • kingcobra668

          You’re going to have to provide a source for that saucy comment.

          • Nameless

            “This 136-page full-colour Codex” -Games workshop webpage.

            “A full army list for the Battle Sisters of the Adepta Sororitas” -same Games workshop webpage.

          • kingcobra668

            “Do you have any bandanas?”

            “Yeah, here is an apple.”

            Okay then.

          • Nameless

            I was providing the source for you, that games workshop considers this fist a codex, not a supplement and secondly this is the full army list for the Sisters of Battle. thus rendering the statement from Randy Randalman that “it’s not Codex: Inquisition or Sisters of Battle” false (at least as far as sisters).

          • Munn

            I don’t know how to link specific facebook post but under the advert for made to order imperial agents, posted on December 11, the official warhammer 40k facebook page responds to a question about this with: ‘The Imperial Agents book presents a revised and updated version of the Adepta Sororitas army list. It is indeed intended to replace the digital version.’

      • Severius_Tolluck

        It’s rare I I even responds to this guy, rarer still to agree with him, however that is how the long game seems to be going.

    • Carey_Mahoney

      Yeah. It could be kinda easy to get Inquisition right (e.g. Codex Witch Hunters or the latest Codex Inquisition), but no, they certainly botched it this time around.

  • knightsanguis

    This book looks like it would be great for Kill Team, but poor for the main game. Infantry-focused armies don’t tend to last long these days because of all the fliers and super-heavies around (I speak from experience there)

    • Tangamarine

      Except for the fact kill team only has a single elites slot and no formations, meaning you can only get one type of squad, ala a mere fraction of what you used to be able to get out of one henchmen squad

    • Yeah actually it’s awful for Kill Team, you basically cannot play INQ in it anymore without house rules. There goes the Kill Team I just converted last month, made just for Kill Team.

  • Maitre Lord Ironfist

    Would be nice too see how Warbands work outside the Foration. Do the Occupied Squats count as Warbands so i can Add Priests or Jokaero too it?

    • The INQ elites choices are Acolytes, Jokaero, and Daemonhosts. If you want to take Henchmen like before you have to take the formation.

  • Victor Hartmann

    “The Tome of Vethric is great from both it’s penmanship-challenged use (HA!), to what is perhaps the first piece of equipment in the game to punish complex multi-faction army lists.”

    Perhaps it is the first but it isn’t new. The Tome of Vethric was already in the Inquisition digital codex. This version simply adds Harlequins and Gene Stealer Cults to the list.

    Also, separate Warlord traits for different Ordo already exists in the Inquisition digital codex. Haven’t seen a leak yet for those so it’s unknown if they have changed.

    So far, Imperial Agents has:

    1. A lot of little tweaks which could have been easily added with a minor update to the digital codex

    2. A few major deletions which are not welcome at all. St. Celestine in particular.

    3. Some rather strange formations which are no improvement over what was in the digital codexes for Sisters of Battle and Inquisition

    All in all, it feels rather outdated so far. As if it were written pre-Space Marines codex with a few minor adjustments. Still waiting for the other shoes to drop. Is the best still yet to come? Or have we already seen the best this book has to offer?

    • mathhammer

      I fear this is it, Even the pictures I see from the book are just the ones from the epubs.

      They cut and pasted the the epubs, made some minor changes (most of them not good) and threw it out the door.

      I like they gathered it all in one place, but they should have either left the rules alone, or have done some real work. This is a really half a$$ job (lazy is another word).

      At least make some new pretty pictures…..

    • oddball21

      funny thing is adding stealer cults to The Tome of Vethric is completely useless yay you gain monster hunter against an army that doesnt have any monstrous creatures in it lol

  • Tox

    So basically what was needed was for basic henchmen to be troops so Inquisition could used standard CAD, there being no excuse since they removed all the more elite units from the basic henchmen warband. Still no longer able to make an Inquisition army.

    • Old zogwort

      You are a genius. What if they made basic acolytes troops… :D. We still don’t know this for sure but if it is this supplement suddenly opens up CADs and all the other cool stuff

      [Edit] Never mind we all know that there are no INQ troops since their formation is lacking a way to field them

    • My Inq collection, painstakingly gathered and converted over years and 3 editions is now an unfieldable mess!

  • SonoftheMountain

    so the Sisters are back to working for the Inquisition? Are they dumping the Eccesiarchy ties?

    • Simon Chatterley

      The Sisters were always a Chamber Militant of the Inquisition. So nothing has changed really.

      • Carey_Mahoney

        That’s not true. They are the Chamber Militant of the Adeptus Ministorum and used to be since their first release (even before that, actually –> 2nd ed. Sourcebook). That part of the fluff was changed in 4th ed. to them being part of the Ordo Haereticus ( –> Codex Witch Hunters), so you’re not entirely wrong with that, but some years later it was reverted back to the old fluff, making them exclusively belonging to the Ecclesiarchy agai ( –> their horrible WD mini-Codex).

  • Aezeal

    Ow terrible not everything is OP.

    • Munn

      If you seriously think THAT’S what the problem is then you’re not paying attention.

      • hazal

        its that they took all the sub-par stuff and somehow made them more sub-par.

  • Roald

    As the inquisition faction FOC “inquisitorial representative” gives an additional warlord trait to a single inquisitor in that FOC, and any battleforged army may consist of any number of CADs, allied detachments, formations, and faction FOCs, it looks to me like it would be possible to add any number of FOCs each with a single inquisitor to add up multiple additional warlord traits… Right?

    • BurpinforDayz

      Yeah but I don’t know why you’d want to that.

  • Carey_Mahoney

    That henchmen formation could have been so cool, with the option of adding the heavy armoured guys of each Ordo in. But then again… a whole henchmen warband with only one Arco-Flagellant??? Or Crusader? Why, just why???? What a waste of ink for writing such a crappy formation rule…

    • Justin

      I read it a bit differently. It refers to the deathcult, flagellant, crusaders entry in the sisters of battle section. Deathcults start at 2 and can add up to 10. I believe it is the same with the others. Therefore a henchmen formation could have 10 crusaders, 10 flagellants, and 10 deathcults all in one unit if you wanted to go crazy.

      I base this off the fact that they use the plural of deathcult assassins, crusaders, and flagellants while units you can truly only have one of (engineers and astropaths) are refereed to in the singular. Also, the photo GW used of this formation (not shown above) has two crusaders, two deathcult, and three flagellants in it.

    • disqus_Cv7iWVGot1

      As an example, if you look closely it says 0-1 Death Cult assassins (note that the word is in plural), which are now served in a “squad” with a minimum size of 2. I would imagine that the other units follow a similar vein; you can add up to one squad of assassins, crusaders etc, but there can be several of either in that squad. You are NOT hard capped at one assassin/arco-flagellant/crusader per formation.

      As for enginseers, that might not be as unfluffy as you think; it could indeed be a reference to the old inquisitor Mechanicum characters, like Delphan Gruss.

      • Carey_Mahoney

        We just figured that out. But thanks anyway (seriously). Now I have more time to rant about the omission of Servo Skulls.

  • Shane

    This book is a stinky diaper. The only things worth it will have to come from the DW and GK formations, ad the Inq Warband formation which is kind of cool.