40K: Blood Angels Codex – First Look

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Come join the BoLS Crew as we take a look inside the Blood Angels Codex.

That’s right, despite my warning against the dark power that’s imbued within the pages of the Blood Angels Codex, both Adam Harry and StableAbe opened up the pages of their new codex. I fear they have been touched by that dark power that lies sealed within–I shall name it here, reader, for it must be named lest its villainy thrive in secret. I speak of course of the power that hungers for blood–a vampiric thirst which can only be quenched with the blood of the living.

Now I see it in their dark, shadow-haunted eyes. There is an empty gleaming malice where once life and joy danced. And upon their brow, the seeming of a pall drifts, unseen except by those who know what to look for. I counsel you, put down in record even your doubts and surmises. Hereafter it may be of interest to you to see how true you guess. We learn from failure, not from success.

Though it may be too late for the, dear readers, it is not too late for you. As you can see, this book contains new rules and new stratagems, yes–but these are mere temptations If you purchase this book, do so knowing that this Red Thirst is a warning–one which you must prepare yourself to endure. For in the light of knowledge, the shadow of darkness is obliterated. Forewarned is forearmed, and so armed go forth, if you may.

Forearmed on your forearms, even.

As to the accursed Codex, its evil is matched only by its usefulness. The Blood Angels are a powerful army of vampires indeed. Their units are able to make use of highly mobile rules, which come in handy in eighth edition, and they have Stratagems at their disposal to capitalize on their mobility even more.

And thanks to the power of the Blood Angels’ Librarian Dreadnoughts, which are capable of wielding powerful psychics, they can use the Wings of Sanguinius and Magna-Grapples to pull themselves across the field on a blood-borne wind to devastate their enemies’ ranks before they have a chance to be shot off of the field. And so, uninjured shall they collide into enemy lines, hoping to slake their unnatural thirst.

Then there is the Death Company itself, which is a beastly beating and then some. Backed by the rules in the Codex, they are capable of pulling off an incredible feat of mobility on turn one, standing a good chance of charging a unit and then fighting twice in the same phase, enabling you to destroy enemy after enemy before they’ve had a chance to act. Assuming you can go first–though, if you’re taking a unit of Death Company odds are good you will be going first–they are incredibly expensive. Especially if you arm all of them with Power Fists (which you not only CAN but SHOULD do).

And that’s just a taste of things to come. We’ll be showcasing their armies all week on our Twitch Stream, so prepare yourself to bear witness to these vampiric harbingers–though they claim to strive for good, all vampires are evil. I publish this with the hope that it reaches someone–I fear even now they know I know.

I can hear them at the door, clawing and calling out to me–I shall remain here to ensure this is sent. Farewell, readers.

  • Rafał Pytlak

    Power fists? No, no,no…only DC option is DOUBLE CHAINSWORD baby!

    • Michael Cameron

      Good luck taking down anything with decent toughness with strength 4. I run Chosen with powerfists and 6 of them can take down dreadnoughts. Chainswords would be awesome against notmal infantry though. So many attacks.

      • To take down big guy, use the librarian dreadnought 😉

        • Michael Cameron

          If it doesnt get popped by bulk heavy weapons fire. I prefer Rhino rush with lots of power fists.

          • Librarian dread is a character, good positioning before the charge, and it can’t be shot by anything ^^

      • Rafał Pytlak

        Who uses DC for heavy stuff anyway? They are the infantry lawnmower. Plus power fists don’t look so cool. Power claws…now were talking

      • arkhanist

        They’re strength 5 if a priest is nearby and now red thirst adds 1 to the wound roll when charging or charged.

        So that’s wounding T9 on 4+. Not bad for a psychopath with a chainsword! And of course, you can give as many as you can afford power weapons or fists.

        Definitely more an infantry blender though. BA get most of the usual marine stuff to take down heavies, including the ‘new’ flyers finally.

    • Huntard

      But they can’t currently do that with either the Index or new BA datasheet. Only Vanguard Vets are baller supreme enough to run around with double chainswords. DC with bolters and chainswords though? They make Grey Hunters wish they were as cool.

      • Rafał Pytlak

        Well use rule of cool: “dude i know my minis have dual chains, but lets pretend they have bolters in the offhand. They just dont look so dashing on the shelf”.

    • The Harrower

      Too bad DC can’t take double chainswords.

  • Still beating that dead vampire trope, I see..

    • Rasheed Jones

      Hey, people are still making “dark angels are traitors” jokes, you just gotta roll with it.

      • Yeah, that one usually also comes from people who haven’t touched a Black Library novel in a decade. They’re both ridiculous stereotypes.

        • Sybarite

          Glad you defend the vulnerable minorities out there 😀

          • It’s more the thing that reading the same “jokes” for years and years when they’ve been either straight up refuted or were never remotely accurate to begin with is annoying. Repetition ad nauseum doesn’t make these things funny, I’m afraid.

          • Rasheed Jones

            Memes aren’t meant to be funny, they’re meant to remind us that as Icarus did when he flew too close to the sun, the pride of man will bring about its inevitable downfall.