Tabletop Spotlight: Codex Blood Angels

The Blood Angel’s Codex is out an in stores – bring on the Sons of Sanguinius!

Our friends at Dragon’s Lair Comics & Fantasy brought over the Red Space Marines Book Codex: Blood Angels! The Death Company is back in full force and ready to rock and roll:

The Codex follows the exact same format as previous codexes. It’s a 144 Page Hardback and it’s got all the bells and whistles you’d expect. 6 Tactical Objectives, 6 Warlord Traits, 6 Psychic Powers, 6 Relics, and 25 Stratagems for the Blood Angels. Also, you’ll get all your Datasheets, rules, special rules, etc. we were all hoping for in the book as well. There is a new unit in the form of a new Sanguinary Novitiate – which is kind of like an Apothecary. In terms of new models, the Blood Angels did get a new LT:

And a new upgrade kit for the Primaris Marines:

 

So you’l be able to Blood Angel-up your Hellblasters and Intercessors. Oh and speaking of Primaris, naturally all the new Primaris Marines are also added to the army. The Codex goes into more detail about how the Blood Angels and their successor chapters ended up with Primaris and it also skirts around how the BA are adopting these new Primaris Marines. It also hints that Guilliman already knew about their “flaw” and frankly, didn’t really care. He sees the Blood Angels as Brothers-in-arms and an asset for the Imperium…Or he’s already making plans to deal with them. This is Guilliman after all.

Personally, I’m glad to see two big things in this book. The first is an expansion on the Lore of the Blood Angels, post Gathering Storm. The second thing I’m glad to see is that Death Company aren’t just viable again, they are scary if you don’t prep for them. Overall, I think the BA Codex is a good edition to the game – it’s not going to be the next be OP thing, but it’s by no means the weakest book out there! Codex: Blood Angels is out and in stores now!

Codex: Blood Angels $40

Sons of the angel-winged Primarch Sanguinius, the Blood Angels are noble and magnificent, a proud Space Marine chapter with ten millennia of history. They are warrior heroes who descend into battle on flaming wings to stand between the Emperor’s servants and the heretical hordes that seek to destroy them. Yet beneath their heroic exterior lies a dark secret known as the Flaw, a gene-curse that has bedevilled them for millennia, ravaging their souls until they fight as much for a suitably heroic end as they do for victory in the Emperor’s name.

Codex: Blood Angels contains a wealth of background and rules – the definitive book for Blood Angels collectors. Within this 144-page hardback, you’ll find:

– The Angelic Host: the origin of the Blood Angels, the story behind their homeworld of Ball, the horror of the Flaw and the introduction of Primaris Space Marines to their ranks;
– Ordering the Host: a detailed breakdown of the Blood Angels’ Chapter organisation, their heraldries and vehicle markings;
– Colour schemes and heraldries for 8 successor Chapters: Angels Encarmine, Angels Sanguine, Flesh Tearers, Carmine Blades, Angels Vermillion, Blood Drinkers, Knights of the Chalice, and Lamenters;
– A Chronicle of Heroes: a timeline of major Blood Angels engagements, from the founding to the present;
– Background and details on each character and unit available to a Blood Angels army;
– A showcase of beautifully painted Citadel miniatures, with example armies featuring everything from individual images of models to battle scenes on terrain.

Rules

Everything you need to get a Blood Angels army primed for games of Warhammer 40,000 is in here:

– 77 datasheets, providing rules for every Blood Angels unit and miniature;
– Army abilities reflecting the Blood Angels’ methods of war on the tabletop;
– Armoury of Baal: wargear both ranged and close-combat for use by Blood Angels;
– Points values for all miniatures, weapons and wargear for use in Matched Play games;
– Sons of Sanguinius: rules for Battle-forged armies, including:
– 25 unique Stratagems;
– 6 unique Warlord Traits that any Blood Angels commander can use;
– Relics of Baal: 6 rare weapons and artefacts available only to Blood Angels;
– Sanguinary Discipline: 6 psychic powers available to any Blood Angels model with the Psyker keyword;
– 6 Tactical Objectives unique to the Blood Angels.

 

That ain’t Kool-aid…

  • AEZ

    The world of ball

  • Martin B

    I’m happy with this codex, I’ve only managed to have a quick read through but it looks like you could field some very scary lists without being at the game breaking level of OP. Baal predator or two next i think.

  • Dioscuri

    Was enjoying reading the new codex over the weekend. Some quick takeaways –
    – Sanguinary Guard are REALLY GOOD now, and not overpriced.
    – Death Company still very strong.
    – The new Heresy era units (Tartaros, Cataphractii, Contemptor) and fliers (Stormhawk, Stormtalon) are welcome.
    – Dante is a bit disappointing for the oldest not-dreadnaughted Space Marine in the Imperium, and his buff still doesn’t work with with SG, but could help the Death Company.
    – Assault squads can now take 3 x inferno pistols (including the Sergeant!).
    – The book is really gorgeous, but the artwork and lore surrounding the Primaris marines is a bit worrying (see, e.g., the most recent timeline entry on p.23). Makes me wonder if GW might not spring a ‘second Heresy’ type scenario with some Primaris going rogue?