40K: New Blood From New Angles

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That’s right, the Blood Angles are back with some new units, we’re told that one, in particular, is acute one.

By degrees we’re getting more previews about the Blood Angles. And, if you’ll pardon me for seeming obtuse before, I’m all aboard the Blood Angles train this time. I mean the Blood Angles seem like the right army for me–after all they’re a little bit spicier than plane old Space Marines, and thanks to the latest preview up from Warhammer Community, we’ve got a look at some of the new options that Blood Angles can take, which is quite congruent with GW’s desire to showcase the army.

 

So without further obliqueness on my part, let’s get right to the new Blood Angles.

via Games Workshop

So first up, let’s talk Primaris in the faction. Everyone knew this was coming, and interestigly enough, Primaris Marines do have the Red Thirst–buuuut they are apparently immune to the Black Rage, which goes to show that Primaris Marines are, in fact, Daywalkers. Every last Primaris in the Chapter is a Blade. Or at least a Blade Trinity. All of their strengths–none of their weaknesses. So, maybe Sanguinius is gonna have some new favored sons–giving into that rage does lead to those sweet sweet Death Companies though, so maybe being better and more perfect than Marines in every conceivable way is not all its cracked up to be.

Lots of people have asked us on Facebook about the Primaris Space Marines and “The Flaw”, the endless hunger for blood known as the Red Thirst, and the Black Rage, a state where a Blood Angel is overcome with visions of Sanguinius dying and falls into a berserker fury. The Primaris Marines are – at least, so far – immune to the Black Rage, but not the Red Thirst. However, they seem able to channel their fury more effectively, leading to fewer unfortunate “accidents”…

On the tabletop, this means your Primaris units will be able to take advantage of +1 to wound on the charge, just like the rest of your army. This is going to be particularly nasty on units like Inceptors and Reivers, who already excel in close combat – making them even more effective.

Then of course there are the new Terminator Armo(u)rs. The Cataphractii and Tartaros models each offer a different style of attack for your terminators. Give yourself some super-heavy infantry with the Cataphractii armor or some heavily-armed elites in the form of the Tartaros armor.

Cataphractii armour is particularly great for Blood Angels armies. Usually, when equipping your Terminators for assault, you’d have to choose between the greater durability offered by a storm shield and thunder hammer versus the infantry-shredding fury of paired lightning claws. Cataphractii armour has a mighty 4+ save (at the cost of some mobility) before you equip anything else, allowing them to combine both offensive and defensive prowess.

Meanwhile, Tartaros pattern armour is the fastest kind of Terminator armour. The greater mobility permitted by this armour is represented by an extra inch of movement, while these suits can also be equipped with some weapons from the Age of Darkness, like an armour-melting plasma blaster.

It’s not just for your elites – if you want to make for a particularly durable leader for your army, the Captain in Cataphractii armour is a great option, sporting a mighty 3+ invulnerable save! Combine this with the Speed of the Primarch Warlord Trait, and you’ll be able to go toe-to-toe with some of the deadliest combatants in the 41st Millennium with ease.

Well that’s the preview of the new units for today. We’ll likely see more news from the Codex over the weekend, and of course, the Dark Angels are around the corner.

In the meantime, it’s time to make sure your Blood Angles army lines up properly with the new Codex.

  • Kabal1te

    Curious that the previous article on new units for the BA mentioned the Land Speeder Storm but no mention of it here.

  • Fraser1191

    Can someone help me wrack my brain around this warlord trait?
    Cpt Sicarius has a similar ability for Tacticals, I think I understand it but would like a little clarification please

    • Ninety

      Normally, in the Fight phase units that charged fight first then it’s alternate activation starting with whoever’s turn it is. With this ability and similar ones, they get to fight before the alternate activation as if they had charged. Charging takes precedence though so it only takes effect in the second turn of melee combat assuming they don’t fall back or die.

      • Fraser1191

        So if I had sicarius and 3 tac squads in the bubble and all 3 got charged my opponent would get to pick the first fight then I’d pick the second and back to him?

        • Spade McTrowel

          Almost. As long as the second is the Warlord. Then finish all the chargers. Then start alternative activation.

        • GWELLS

          Only the warlord will be able to interrupt, the tacticals don’t get access to the warlord trait. They the tacticals will have to go last, but the warlord can interrupt.

          • Fraser1191

            I was referring more to Sicarius’s ability, which is giving this ability to Tacticals. I just brought it up cause I didn’t completely understand it/ it’s purpose and it was relevant.

          • GWELLS

            oh ok noted.

          • Michael Cameron

            Yes, If Sicarius’ squads get charged by units with the same ability then combat would be done alternative with the charging player choosing first. Its the same for Emperors Children and the Blood Angels Warlord trait.

  • Mike Forrey

    So i guess with all the news being about BA’s and the DA codex coming out at the same time. DA’s aren’t getting anything but a reprinted bunch of datasheets form the indexes?

    • Dooms Day

      The DA codex goes on preorder next week. It’s only BA tomorrow.

    • I_am_Alpharius

      The DA are getting all similar kinds of goodies. There is a Primaris Lieutenant model comes, that can also be used as name characters called Zakariah. They are getting access to all the Primaris units, Hunters, Stalker, Storm Hawks and, at long last, Scout Bikers!

      • ZeeLobby

        Sigh… Every time I see Primaris my mind translates it to Sigmarines…

        • Fraser1191

          Sounds like a lot of wasted brain power…

          • ZeeLobby

            Cause GW is shoving Primaris so hard down our throats. Yeah, you’re probably right.

          • Fraser1191

            I guess? I mean I only have ones from the dark imperium set and some reivers back when I thought they were gonna be fast attack ( which I still feel strongly about). And I’ll be honest I wasn’t gonna use intercessors over Tacticals for 20 points a guy

    • WhenDidVicesBecomeVirtues

      Pretty sure they’re pacing releases, can’t throw everything at us at once 😛

  • Jonathon Runge

    I hope that the Sanguinor does not come to help Primaris Marines for a similar reason that they do not have the black rage. That and the red thirst causing them to go on blood drives from local populations. Exterminating whole towns and smaller cities; tarnishing the reputation of the Blood Angles. If they go through an entire battle without drinking blood there is a chance that they start feeding on imperial forces. They are not in some blind rage or mentally impaired state. They just don’t see anything wrong with what they are doing.

    My Inquisitors, Custodes, and Sensei will continue their secret war to exterminate the abominations of Cawl. When the Primaris hypnotherapy was cracked the inquisitors realized that the Primaris have no loyalty to the Emperor or mankind. Cawl is the memory of a person used as a mask that thinks it is in control.

    • euansmith

      Just as planned.

  • Drpx

    Immune to Black Rage.
    Can control Red Thirst.
    Fugg’n Sues, the lot of them.

    • Jonathon Runge

      Primaris Marines are boring and make 40k boring and less interesting. I refuse to buy any product including them.

    • For now.

  • Majere613

    I wouldn’t assume that the BA Primaris will stay free of the Black Rage forever. The Lamenters were thought to be immune to it for a long time (instead just being incredibly unlucky) and then they came down with it in spades.
    Incidentally, I wonder if they’re in the book. Probably not, though it’d be nice to get rules for the Banner of Tears.

    • BadMrPumpkin

      There is at least a picture of one. And the relic banner can kinda be a Banner of Tears

    • Andrew Kerkstra

      Ya I mean, Blood Angels are exceptionally long lived and the Black rage takes it sweet time to actually manifest. That and it gives gw an excuse for why there aren’t any primaris death company models.

  • MechBattler

    Glorious Gory Geometry.

  • Damien 1.0

    The DA are getting all similar kinds of goodies. There is a Primaris Lieutenant model comes, that can also be used as name characters called Zakariah. They are getting access to all the Primaris units, Hunters, Stalker, Storm Hawks and, at long last, Scout Bikers!

  • Alexis M

    Normally, in the Fight phase units that charged fight first then it’s alternate activation starting with whoever’s turn it is. With this ability and similar ones, they get to fight before the alternate activation as if they had charged. Charging takes precedence though so it only takes effect in the second turn of melee combat assuming they don’t fall back or die

  • Nicholas Turner

    Isn’t that the same warlord ability that the space wolves just got?

    • Marcet

      Yup, as well as the Legion trait for Emperor’s Children and the same ability virtually all, if not all, Slaanesh daemons have.