40K: Dark Angels Inbound

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Get your ravenwings out and prepare to brood, Dark Angels are coming.

That’s right, everyone’s favorite grim and brooding, broody grim boys are finally getting a codex of their own. And here at BoLS, we like to joke about them being a legion of Heretic Astartes who are just trying to cover up the fact that they’ve fallen, but that’s not fair to the Dark Angels or their players. They’re just traitors, not necessarily heretics.

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Next weekend, another First Founding Chapter of Space Marines will be brought fully into the Dark Millennium with new units, commanders and a codex. We are of course referring to the Dark Angels – a Chapter steeped deeply in mystery, betrayal, and vengeance.

And of course the codex is also chock full of new (to the Dark Angels) units which, if you’ve seen the Blood Angels Codex releases should come as no surprise to anyone. All the familiar faces are there: Primaris, Hunters, Stalkers, Cataphractii and Tartaros Terminators, all that jazz. And of course, an explanation for how the Primaris fit in with the chapter:

Of course, you’ll be able to make use of the Primaris Space Marines, as well as following the story of how they were integrated into this famously suspicious and mistrustful Chapter.

Even the Primaris can turn against the Emperor, I suppose. But wait, do you want to represent the full extent of their treason? If your army has Space Wolves as well as Dark Angels, they can try to kill each other for advantage. Of course it’s all brushed off as a “ritual duel” but, well, see for yourself:

So not only do you get to increase your stats by a fairly significant bump, you also get to inflict a mortal wound on a loyalist Marine as well. Double victory for the Ravenwings. Of course, they’ll also get some new kits top help make your Primaris Dark Angel-centric.

If you’re bringing your existing Dark Angels army into the new era, there’s a range of new kits designed to help you do that. As well as Lieutenant Zakariah, you’ll be able to pick up the Dark Angels Primaris Upgrades and a range of boxed units that come with them in the box, helping you tie your Primaris units to the rest of your collection. Our favourite piece is the hand resting on the Calibanite power sword, conveying the easy gravitas of the sons of the Lion.

That’s it for now, but we’re sure to see more in the coming week, so stay tuned.

It’s even in their nickname: Sons of the Lyin’

  • Drpx

    “Azrael, I chose you!”
    “Bjorn, I chose you!”
    “Infantry! It said Infan-“

    • Ninety

      Okay, that made me spit my drink

    • Spacefrisian

      I choose you Pikachu.

  • Melchior

    *Engage maximum brooding*

  • Erik Giersdorf

    the real question is whether or not the Fallen get primaris …

    • AEZ

      I should hope that is really out of the question. It’s not like it’s a bolter lying around this Primaris tech.

    • WhenDidVicesBecomeVirtues

      To me I couldn’t see it making sense fluff wise. Even if there are DA primaris from the HH, they wouldn’t be aware of what took place with Luther.

      • Ted

        They already said Fabius Bile is trying to re-create them.

  • Kabal1te

    So at this point can we say that the rumors BoLS were helping spread all over the place last month about Lion being in the dark angels codex were false? I can’t say I am in any way surprised either.

    • vlad78

      Well shortly after the Lion rumour spread, someone who predicted Mortarion said it is BS, next year it seems the wolf king will return. (of course with the usual grain of salt)

  • Fraser1191

    Okay I like that stratagem!

    • Kabal1te

      I will admit I think it is a nice fluffy stratagem. It is nice to see parts of the lore reflected with rules. It isn’t going to make me want to collect dark angels though.

      • pokemastercube .

        i expect it to be in the wolf codex too

        • Kabal1te

          Probably though it would be redundant if it was.

          • pokemastercube .

            hasnt stopped them doing that sort of thing before, look at most of the stratigums in codex’s, they are the same thing with different names

          • Marcet

            I’m sure someone would argue that it’s two different stratagems and as such both can be used once. In which case it’s not entirely redundant. But I would call it somewhat cheesy.

      • Snord

        That Primaris figure isn’t going to get me back into the Dark Angels either…

    • Marcus Clark

      what, how often do you ever..ever…everrrr see DA and SW co-op. While its kinda funny, its also highly redundant

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  • pokemastercube .

    the big question i have is: do deathwing in catapharactii or tartaros armour repain part of the normal deathwing squad or are they seperate squads? (IE could u have any member of a deathwing squad wearing 1 of the other armours)

    • Dooms Day

      Well no. There a separate squad. Why would you be able to mix and match? You can’t do it anywhere else

      • pokemastercube .

        well, DA terminators dont follow the codex astarties anyway as they can mix and match weapons in the squad (i know SW can too but they dont follow the codex at all) so there is no reason why they cant mix armours in a squad other then mobility reasons

        • Marcus Clark

          your Terminators would look awful. But no I wouldn’t imagine this is possible. More likely DA just get more variant Terminator Squads.
          What would be better would be to see DA finally get Dreadnought Chaplin’s. And access to flying transports

        • Dooms Day

          By anywhere I mean ANYWHERE not just Chapters (except Killteams). There are Very few units that have multiple types of models in them anymore. So no. That isn’t going to happen.

    • Bakvrad

      Simple: no.
      More interesting would have been, do knights get different armor 😉
      (Answer is also no, there is no box for it)

  • Jack

    That primaris looks horrible

    • Marcus Clark

      Looks like he as a horny smirk grin

    • Jonathon Runge

      That’s how you know it is a Primaris.

  • Chet Atkinson

    That Primaris chap is a bit snide lol
    PS Primaris for everyone = ker-ching for GW. I wonder if we’ll get Centurions and the other strict-codex chapter goodies

    • Kabal1te

      Since blood angels didn’t get centurions, thunderfire cannons and a few other things. I wouldn’t count on it.

      • pokemastercube .

        centurions kinda make sence when u think about it: given how tight it is in one, if the pilot succumbs to the black rage when inside it, he will try ripping it apart to get out and kill others

        • Wampasaurus

          It doesn’t seem to cause problems to the Death Company Dreadnoughts that also are suffering from the Black Rage. Also the artisans of Baal are legendary. Like they couldn’t figure out how to build a Centurion or something? I was disappointed to not get Thunderfire or Centurions or any flavor

  • Dennis J. Pechavar

    That model looks…poor in quality. It is mostly the paint job but that face is horribly sculpt. All I want to know is if Deathwing and Ravenwing are going to be viable again. I will be really happy if speeders are good as they aren’t durable at all right now.

  • kingcharlesii

    That primaris looks horrible

  • GnomesForge

    Dark Angels as traitors jokes went out of style at least a few years ago.