Overview: Codex Space Marines

We’ve got our copy of the Codex: Space Marine and we’re taking a tour of the contents!

The first codex for 8th Edition will be hitting shelves this weekend and we’ve got our copy on hand to show-up some of the cool things you can expect to find for the Space Marines:

Let’s talk physical facts first:

  • 208 pages, full color, Hardback
  • 85 Datasheets
  • 26 Stratagems
  • More Warlord Traits – 6 “generic” and 8 other options for specific chapters
  • 14 Chapter Relics
  • 6 Librarius Discipline Psychic Powers
  • 6 Tactical Objectives
  • …and a whole lot more

Now, we run through a lot of those things in the video but we don’t go page-by-page. However, I will say that having the entire codex does help us to verify/correct some of the assumptions we had to make based on the info we gleaned from Games Workshop last week.

Chapter Tactics only work for Battle-forged armies and only applies to Infantry, Bikers, and Dreadnought units. So if you were worried about Raven Guard with Stormravens flying around and being -2 to hit, you can breathe easier.

Another interesting thing is confirmed as well and that is successor Chapters (like the Crimson Fists) can use their founding Chapter Tactics. This makes things like Bolter Drill make a lot more sense:

“How can Pedro Kantor use this ability when he’s not an Imperial Fist Infantry?” Because not only can he use their Chapter Tactic, he can also use their unique Stratagem as well:

This is great news for anyone that created their own chapter or successor chapter – You can still choose to customize your personal chapter based on their founding chapter!

In terms of layout, Codex Space Marine paints a pretty vivid picture of what Games Workshop has in store for the rest of the books. We’re going to be seeing a ton of background and lore – and new info as the universe has aged a few decades (or hundreds of years – timelines are weird sometimes). We also get a hint that Games Workshop is taking those Sub-factions seriously by dedicating lots of space in the book to talking about them. After most of the background, each unit/unit type in the book also gets a nod in the book as well. The Close Support Squad section, for example, covers Bikes and Land Speeders. The Fire Support Squad Section covers new units like the Hellblasters, Aggressors and older units like Deveastators and Centurions. These sections are where you can learn the use and history of some of these units and it’s a great place to get lost in.

Each named Character also gets their time in the spot light with a full page spread and artwork on the page. These pages catch you up their history and what they have been up to in 8th edition (so far). A lot of this background is new or updated so it’s worth a look even if you’re an old vet! Next up we get the obligatory Miniatures Spread which is appreciated and inspiring. There are a couple of units we spotted that aren’t available yet – but are coming soon from Games Workshop. The Chaplain, Apothecary, and Repulsor Tank for example.

All of that is just the first 1/2 of the book – the last half are all your rules and datasheets. Again, it’s 85 sheets for the Space Marines! That’s a TON of units and options to pack into the book. You’ll also get the full Space Marine Armory, wargear and of course POINTS for Matched Play. If the rest of the codexs follow this format, they should all be in good shape and pretty easy to use.

Codex Adeptus Astartes Space Marines has set the bar pretty high for the rest of the Codex release. I’m looking forward to what else GW has in store for the rest of the year with 9 more books planned before Christmas. I hope they can keep the quality up along with the pace – and based on what we’ve seen so far I think they will. Codex Space Marines hits store shelves this weekend!


Codex: Space Marines (Hardback) $50

The 41st Millennium is an age of war and darkness. The Imperium is assailed from all sides, but standing between civilisation and annihilation is a warrior brotherhood. Forged through forgotten science and strengthened by duty and training, they are the Angels of Death – the Space Marines – and they were made for battle. By their heroics does Humanity endure. They are few – there are but a thousand Chapters, numbering a thousand each – yet through bravery, consummate skill and unceasing dedication, they are sufficient. Space Marines launch thunderbolt strikes into the heart of the foe, battling constantly against overwhelming odds to ensure the continued survival of Mankind itself.


The Defenders of Humanity are coming to rain vengeance upon the heads of the enemies of mankind…

  • KurtAngle2

    Please tell us Guilliman has been nerfed points wise

    • JoBane

      I hope so. 480 pts at least.

      • KurtAngle2

        That or his Aura gets nerfed (Even though we already know that rule hasn’t changed at all)

        • JoBane

          Yeah I agree. Or change the buff entirely. Like something more defensive like FNP +5 on infantry and bike within 6 inches. Anyway he should be over 450 pts. Way too powerful like he is right now and I’m playing Space Marine.

    • Red_Five_Standing_By

      Please do nerf. The man melts everything he touches.

    • tylran

      Guilliman is unchanged. They confirmed in the yesterday’s stream.

  • YetAnotherFacelessMan

    “I’ll just mix the different chapter tactics together, because I don’t see anything that says I can’t!”

    “Wait for the book to come out. There’s probably something we aren’t seeing yet. We don’t know all the details.”

    Well… told you so.

    • Discoqing

      Who is saying what, and what did you tell us so?

      • ZeeLobby

        I dunno, but he sounds like a cool guy! I bet he tells lots of people things!

        • YetAnotherFacelessMan

          Oh man, don’t you know it. 😉

          In the discussion of chapter tactics last week, there were those who were saying “since this applies to everyone with that chapter, why would you not just assign each unit in your Imperium army a different chapter, getting the most beneficial chapter tactic in the process.”

          I cautioned that we should wait for more information before trying to break the system, since that is the sort of exploit that it would only take a single sentence to stop, and now we have that sentence. “… so long as every unit from that detachment is drawn from the same chapter” it says.

          So, it seems like it’s an incentive to play with solid detachments of the same type of space marine. You could still have Raven Guard devastators and White Scar bikers, but you’d need multiple detachments, which are restricted in matched play and (likely) tournaments.

          Thank you for reading. I look forward to the next time.

          • ZeeLobby

            Lol. Just tired of the “I told you so” segment of the community. Not saying you are a regular, but it does little to promote friendship or community in general.

          • benn grimm
          • YetAnotherFacelessMan

            “I told you so” is an acknowledgement of foresight, not an act of hindsight. “You should have listened to me” would be hindsight, but I didn’t say that… ah well, 20/20.

          • benn grimm

            Lol. Possibly. Comes across pretty similar though and Captain Hindsight is pretty funny…)

          • YetAnotherFacelessMan

            It’s part of the problem with a rumorsite like BoLS. Everyone here is only getting a fraction of the full picture and then reacting. Looking back through the comments in the buildup to 8th makes me cringe.

            You want friendship and community? Go to your local gamestore. We’re just text on the internet and most of us are idiots.

  • tylran

    Any changes on Primaris units’ points costs? Or Guilliman? Primaris Marine still 20 pts base?

  • highwind

    Lias Issodon likes this!

  • Deathwing

    That gun the chaplain is carrying.
    Just makes you want to tell those heretics
    “dead or alive you’re coming with me”

    • Witch Beatrice

      if you look at that chaplain gun really close it looks exactly like a Nerf Mega Magnus pistol from a few years ago lol

  • loveone789

    first thing i’m gonna do with that chaplain… reaper conversion

  • Denoobie

    In the fluff section, what percentage of the art is recycled from previous releases?

  • davepak

    thanks for the info on chapter tactics and the overall view – but a bigger question is regarding points and wargear;
    Did any units change?

  • AircoolUK

    So I can use Chapter Tactics with my vehicles and flyers, right?

    • Ryan Cunningham

      nope, you can only use chapter tactics with Infantry, Bikers, and dreadnoughts

      • AircoolUK

        Apologies, I forget that sarcasm doesn’t translate well over the internet 😉

  • Brandon Prouty

    are legion of the damned in this book?

    • YetAnotherFacelessMan

      It seems doubtful at this point. From what I’ve read in the articles, it seems like they’re just going to be in the index. It’s a little odd, given that they have a paragraph about how cool they were in the fluff for right after the big rift opened. Still, you can play with the index rules (no one is taking my Rhino Primaris from me, I just finished the danged thing!) since it’s not like the legion of the damned should change this shortly.

      • Red_Five_Standing_By

        They did have their own “codex”, so maybe GW will update them in a different product down the line

  • James Arnoldi

    So…my Crimson Fists get the worst chapter tactic. Umm… yay?