40K: Our Favorite Heirlooms of the Astra Militarum

Who brings Heirlooms to battle? The Astra Militarum does – because these are the Heirlooms of Conquest!

We’ve been digging into Codex: Astra Militarum all week and we’ve been impressed/terrified by them so far. The pack a mean punch even before you start adding in their Relics. We’ve gone through their list and picked out a few that we really liked. We think a few of these are going to be regulars on the tabletop where as some of them we picked just because we liked the concept more than the execution. And others just had some great flavor text. So with that said these are our favorite Heirlooms of Conquest for the Astra Militarum:

The Laurels of Command

Sometimes you just need to stack orders. The Laurels of Command allow you to to issue more orders to a unit on a +4. This is a really powerful relic for the Astra Militarum and if you’ve been keeping track of the Orders they can issue, the Stratagems they have, their Warlord Trait options, and the unique Regimental abilities, I’m pretty sure you’ll understand why it’s our first pick.

The Dagger of Tu’sakh

This might sound like a pretty typical “outflank” ability – and it is…for the most part. However, we felt like the Astra Militarum can optimize the heck out of this thing. Melta Vets + a Company Commander seem like an obvious choice. But don’t discount Plasma as an option. Heck, even a squad of 30 Conscripts showing up and doing “First Rank, Fire! Second Rank, Fire!” could be pretty bad for a LOT of armies…

Kurov’s Aquila

There is a particular Warlord Trait that allows AM Warlords to get back spent Command Points on a 5+ and if you bring this with you to battle, you could really extend your Command Point count. When the Astra Militarum can spend Command Points their Stratagems it can go south for their opponent really quick.

Pietrov’s MK 45

A pistol that is AP -1 and 2 damage is nice. But a Pistol that lets you replicate a Commissar’s ability is even better! This is probably going to end up with an officer who can issue orders anyways – why not double up on their effectiveness.

Astra Militarum Melee Weapons

Let’s be honest – you never really expect much from a Guardsmen in close combat. That’s why we’re lumping all their Melee Weapon Relics together. There are restrictions on who can use which – but that doesn’t really matter. The fact is that if these are on a character like a Company Commander they have a good shot at slaying an enemy character in a fight. We liked them for the surprise factor and because they each have their own flavor. The Blade of Conquest pairs particularly well a few of the more Close Combat oriented Warlord Traits.

The Astra Militarum have quite a few more relics to choose from and each one definitely has it’s uses. There are more than a few combos we spotted when going over this book and we’re looking forward to seeing them on the tabletop.


Do you have a favorite relic already? Let us know in the comments below!

  • Rayna M. McCowan

    Personally prefer the Firstborn’s armor Heirlooom, but, I do run a company commander with a power fist and plasma pistol so I intend for them to take hits.

  • Daniel Lee George Zimmerman

    the ability to turn anyone into a commissar is a great ability

  • The Dagger of Tu’sakh can be taken by a Tank Commander. Sure, that tank is going down and you lose out on orders, but a Punisher with an Infantry unit that can’t take orders anyway (cough, Bullgryns, cough) could be really, really disruptive.

    • leadfoot352

      That can’t work, because Bullgryns don’t have regiments.

      • Yep, No Bullgryns then. I would never actually do this anyway. Not my style.

      • Blightstar

        Actually if you give it to Commissar or other non-regiment character then you could roll up with bullgryns. Primaris Psyker or Priest is pretty good choice.

  • euansmith

    The Hair Shirt Weaving Machine was the favourite Hairloom on Masochistus VII.

  • ReveredChaplainDrake

    *reads Claw of the Desert Tigers*
    *reads Dagger of Tu’sakh*

    …You guys *sure* this isn’t the Genestealer Cult codex? I haven’t been this confused about army identity since those Night Lords codecies with Blood Angels inexplicably on their covers.

  • Marco Marantz

    Blade of Conquest even better than Drachnyen’s profile…a weapon for whom Abaddon launched an entire Black Crusade to acquire and busted open some impenetrable fortress in one hit. LOL.