Astra Militarum – Codex Overview

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Come take a look at Codex: Astra Militarum with us, and you too can be a tactical genius.

That’s right friends, we’ve got our mitts on the Imperial Guard’s new book–come take a first look at what’s inside, and get our initial impressions. There’s a lot to unpack, so let’s get cracking!

There’s a lot going on in this codex–it’s one of the most detailed ones out there, but then that should come as no surprise to veteran commanders. Every regiment comes with their own set of warlord traits and orders, they update the rules for some old favorites, and in general get a decent update as they join the ranks of codex-having armies.

In fact, as far as the bookkeeping codexes go,  I’d say this one is probably the most well done. They get the full update most armies do–at least 6 psychic powers, a full suite of stratagems and relics–but everything seems to fit together better here.

Though not as massive a release as the Space Marines with all their Primaris pals, this book feels like it adds almost as much. When folks around the office were looking through it, it was usually shocked outbursts of “oh no, that’s going to be so good,” followed by the almost guilty laughter at some new interaction. Orders, stratagems, and more Orders. This book is for people who enjoy a little finesse with their tactics and overwhelming firepower.

And, as is our custom now, we’ll be putting this book through its paces all week long on our Twitch Stream. Starting tomorrow, you can take part in an in-depth Q&A dedicated to the coded, and all week long you can see the Codex (and the Guard) on parade. So be sure and tune in–come to have your codex questions answered, stay to see how fast a squad of Leman Russes can table an army.

We go live at 2pm ET tomorrow – have your questions ready!


This codex is the second-most uplifting primer an imperial infantryman can read.

  • georgelabour

    A little finesse…with their overwhelming firepower….

    I’m keeping that line.

  • Dennis J. Pechavar

    After a few years/editions of being a lower end book I’m glad to see my beloved Imperial Guard doing well. The balance of when the rest of the armies get their books will be interesting.

    • SilentPony

      That’s something people need to remember. Death Guard, CSM, Guard, are all riding high, but only ’cause no one else has a Codex. Once Wolves, Eldar and Genestealer Cult drop, those 3 won’t be top tier anymore.

      • Marcet

        No one else? Did you miss the Space Marine, Admech and GK codices?

        • SilentPony

          I honestly did forget about them. I can’t remember the last time I saw generic Marines of any chapter, Mech or GK on the table.
          I’m sure people play them, but at my local store, not one I’ve seen.

          • Marcet

            Heh, strange, Admech and marines are quite popular around here, GK not so much.

      • Dennis J. Pechavar

        The usual suspects will still probably be the top armies. We should enjoy our moment in the sun and the hate people heap on us. Soon enough we will hear how Eldar are broken, Tau are broken, necrons are broken… And Harlequins are just right 🙂

  • Watcherzero

    Buffs to overall damage output and to underperforming units (vehicles) with nerfs to the overperforming (Conscripts and Scion/Vet plasma), not a single change or stratagem that increases survivability apart from one relic giving a 4+ invul to one infantry character and generic Neddog bodyguards with a weaker bodyguard save. Though some are arguing that you can stack buffs and CP’s to give a Bullgryn 0+ 2++ saves using Celestine and Cover neglecting to mention that unit can then not shoot or move out of cover and that if you shoot Celestine it will automatically suffer mortal wounds. It will likely be FAQ’d as blatent rule abuse.

    • Jory4001

      Ive been wondering how Celestine adds to their save… its specifically says it only adds 1 to shield of faith saves, for Astra militarum and ministorum without shield of faith it gives a 6++.

      Are people saying that giving a 6++ to something with a ++ save already just makes it better?

  • memitchell

    BoLS guys. About the video. After three minutes of that one guy whispering, and Larry mimicking him, I gave up. I’m not a lip reader.

  • Carey_Mahoney

    So, is it the Wyvern that’s going to be “so good “? I’d be interested to know more on that.

    • spla5hmummy

      I hope not. I bought one yesterday and my buddies will think i’m ‘that guy’! 🙂

  • Rainthezangoose

    Codex are cool and rules are fun but what I are about is models, what are we getting in the way of kits. What to add to my renegade and heretics.

  • 301stFeinminsterArmoured

    You guys totally skipped the Regiment-Specific Tank Orders. Tallarn Armoured is going to be brutal now, as the combo of their WT, RT, and Tank order is going to make them extra fast and impossible to pin down.