40K: New Faction Rules in Chapter Approved

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Chapter Approved has some new rules for your favorite faction, assuming your favorite faction is one of the eleven featured in the book.

Hang two lanterns by sea, and one on the land! Chapter Approved is coming! Chapter Approved is coming! Get out your red coats–it’s cold outside! Wait just a minute, men–we’re about to get to what the rules of the game are. May I just say, they seem rather revolutionary. So let us declare our independence from Codexes, and toss your Indexes into the ocean. Chapter Approved is here.

via Warhammer Community

Since the release of 8th Edition, we’ve had eight different codexes, and each one has rounded out the armies–and while this is great and each one (except for Grey Knights, maybe) has added some new and interesting things to the games, the fact is, the Codexes add so much that if you’re playing without one you’re on the back foot to begin with. But! Chapter Approved is set to change all that.

In addition to having the VDR mechanics, and the apocalypse missions, and all the other fun amazing cool stuff, they ALSO have expanded faction rules for these armies:

Each one of these groups will be getting a Warlord Trait, Relic, at least one Stratagem, and in some cases even more. These are designed to add some thematic character to your army and should put you on a more even footing with those armies that have codexes already.

As you’d expect, these Stratagems and Warlord Traits are as useful and characterful as any you’ll find in a codex. The Harlequin’s Prismatic Blur, for example, helps bolster their armour saves as they blitz up the field, and it’s a fantastic way to keep your transports safe.

That’s really good! Take a unit and get them into position, then have them sit pretty with a 3+ Invulnerable save so that they don’t get shot off the table–make sure you can keep your Harlequins in fighting form while advancing up the table. But hey did you want to see an example of a relic?

Meanwhile, if you’re looking for a particularly novel Warlord for your army, why not choose an Imperial Knight? Take a super-heavy detachment made purely of Questor Mechanicus or Questor Imperialis units – that’s Imperial Knights and Adeptus Mechanicus Knights to you and me – and one of them can be your warlord, allowing them to take a trait, and perhaps more importantly, the brutal Ravager relic:

And since you’re putting this on an Imperial Knight, this makes them that much grosser in combat. 6 damage is nothing to heck with, so, get ready to wreck shop. Orks, similarly, get a stratagem, though, admittedly, theirs feels like it would be more appropriate as a faction rule. Or at least a unit rule. Although it may well be a special unit rule, and this just is a way to get everyone access to more dakka, which is what every good Orkson wants.

It doesn’t get Orkier than this. And we also have a look at the Space Wolves for you.

With Blood Angels and Dark Angels both on the way, we haven’t forgotten about the other non-codex compliant Chapter. We’re, of course, talking about the Space Wolves. Thanks to some nifty errata, Space Wolves armies already have access to an array of Primaris units to accompany some old favourites. In Chapter Approved, as well as an array of points changes (more on those soon!), Space Wolves players will be able to take full advantage of a new Stratagem that turns bolt weapons into a deadly close combat deterrents:

We’ve only scratched the surface (did you know, for example, that Haemonculus Covens, Wych Cults and Kabals all get a Warlord Trait of their own?), and if you play any of these factions, points changes aside, you’ll want to get your hands on Chapter Approved.

There you have it. A chance for some new stratagems, new missions and of course, the Ravager. We’ll have more Chapter Approved updates as they come out.

  • Red_Five_Standing_By

    Love it!

  • Aurion Shidhe

    Nice! Looking forward to the book.

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  • Sniddy

    ‘A’ Warlord Trait, ‘A’ Relic, at least one Stratagem, and in some cases even more!

    Yes I’m sure the codex less are on a more ‘even footing’


    Obsec is more key, sure we’ll get more goodies but all in all this is a bandaid on a gaping wound…

    • NeinNeinNein

      You know they said that with CA troops would get obsec a couple months ago, right?

      • Sniddy

        I know and that will help a lot more then a relic a stratagem a trait

        • Brad Parks

          It’s not a “will help”, they already have it, it was in a FAQ or Developer’s Commentary that all troop choices in a battle forged list get ObSec.

    • LankTank

      Well they can’t exactly release all the goodies from the codex they need to sell for each faction

  • Kabal1te

    I am still very concerned about seeing separate rules for the different dark eldar subfaction keywords. It’s basically taking an already thin codex and splitting it into 3 different factions. I think this is a bad idea.

    • Red_Five_Standing_By

      I am curious to see if they release a “Forces of the Eldar” codex that includes rules for making Harlequins, Ynnarri, Haemonculus Covens, Wych Cults and Kabals

      • AkulaK

        This will be in the Ynnari codex i guess, if there will ever be one.

      • Havik110

        Id like to see options like giving wyches access to blasters and shredders again. And 3.5 edition wych weapons if your army is battle forged. On top of the fact that I want to move at least 12 and charge out of my raiders. (bring back 12 inch charge drug and always strikes 1st 6 and 4 respectively…never thought id wish for 3.5 dex)

    • James Regan

      it’s like marines, or eldar, or ad-mech or imperial guard. They have been doing it with every new codex, after all. Daemons even traditionally have 4 seperate armies, plus ~3 units they can share (daemon princes, furies and soul grinders).

    • Drew_Da_Destroya

      Yeah, I’m pretty curious about this myself. I’d like to see them be allowed to mix and match Kabals, Cults, and Covens within a Detachment. Otherwise, splashing some Kabal into your Wych Cult is gonna be very difficult.

    • J Mad

      Thats good, Wyches need different rules compare to Kabals, and coven needs completely different ones.

  • AkulaK

    The Harlequins one is really nice, -1 to hit 3++ vehicules are going to be really tough (and you can add the -1 to wound with the shadoweer’s aura).

    • Drew_Da_Destroya

      Screw the vehicles and use it on the bikes. -1 to hit, 3++, charge after advancing? Yes, please, and thank you.

  • BT

    Sounds like a lot of money for a page of rules per group. I play two of those groups, and I still find it hard to justify this. Besides, not like we will not be able to read it online at some point and time.

    • J Mad

      I thought it also was coming with new Missions and even BRB rule changes?

    • Red_Five_Standing_By

      The book includes rules for Apocalypse games, brand new matched play missions, new variant rules for open and narrative play as well as a complete overhaul of the matched play points for all armies.

      • euansmith

        But, aside from that, what has Chapter Approved ever done for us?

        • Erich Schoenholtz

          Or the Romans…LOL.

  • Randy Randalman

    Great way to give those armies a boost while we await their codices. (Which will all be out in 2018. Even Sisters.)

  • Gunther Clone C

    Was not expecting this. A wonderful surprise for my GSC, Wolves, Quins, and Orks

  • Maitre Lord Ironfist

    Oh 🙁 No Inquisition – So i guess:
    BA/DA next (they are out too) next ist Inquisition then.

  • eMtoN

    As a DE player who had has ynnari punched in the face, I’m looking forward to getting back to pure dark kin.

    • Gamecock13

      Here is to hoping they give us back some survivability. I’m getting decimated by Tyranids currently. Wyches in particular need an overhaul.

      • Wampasaurus

        The term decimated is being used incorrectly here. In Latin decimate or decimation means “The removal of a tenth”, first noted in the 5th century BC when a Roman General ordered lots be drawn and the other 9 men to kill the tenth.

        We of The Hive Mind take MUCH more than that of your Biomass

        • Gamecock13

          Yeah yeah, simmer down. You got a codex sooner than us in a seemingly random fashion. I wouldn’t begin with the theatrics.

        • Erich Schoenholtz

          Neerrrrrrrdddd!!! LOL.

  • georgelabour

    The ork strategem really should let extra sixes generate more attacks. Why you ask?

    Because you can NEVER get enough Dakka!

    However keeping things consistent is understandable. Even if it does make Baby Ghazghkull grumpy.

    • euansmith

      Indeed. It wouldn’t add many more attacks on average (120 Shots produces and average of 20 extra roll, would produce around 3 more rolls), but would be MOAW Orky.

      • LankTank

        I’m reading it as 30 Shoota boyz, 60 Shots, 20 hits. HALF of them likely to be 6 so 10 more orks making a shooting attack again, 20 shots, 6 more hits.
        The difference between this and DttFE for example is that in combat you make a single attack per the amount in your characteristic using the weapon profile. But with shooting you make a single shooting attack, and you get as many shots as stated on the profile

        • euansmith


    • Laszlo

      my big blocks of grots are going to get extra shots on 5+
      thats nice for a cheap unit like that.
      I knew that having way tooo many grots wasnt just a big tarpit…

  • Christie Bryden

    factions that will be getting books, but dont have them yet.