BREAKING: Adeptus Custodes Rules Reveal Tidal Wave

GW spilled a LOT of details on the new codex today. Here’s the latest:

Here’s what GW’s codex designer talked about today on Twitch regarding the new codex:

Forge World:

  • The codex meshes with the Forge World range – so the existing FW model range will sync with the codex. No word on when the 8th Edition Forge World rules will arrive.

 

Custodian Guard

  • Rank and file of the army.
  • Spears, Sentinel blades, or Stormsheilds.
  • Only TROOPS choice in the codex.
  • You can take the current Custodian 5 model box and turn it into a 3-man unit, an HQ leader and a ELITES Vexilla. So 3 units from a single box.

 

Custodian Wardens: (veterans with 500 years of service)

  • Veteran Custodian Guard: Castellan Axes (S:8 AP-2, D3 damage), A:4
  • Castellan Strike Strategem: 1CP, Select 1 unit armed with Castellan Axes, – Axes become AP-3

 

Miseracordia: (dagger of mercy)

  • Grants +1A (strikes as power sword) 4pts. Usable by most models in the army.

 

Custodes Transports:

  • Venerable Land Raider, BS2+ 6+ ignore damage.

 

Venerable Contemptor Dreadnought:

  • 5+inv., 6+ ignore damage. Provides heavy weapons the army can’t easily get.

 

Allarus Custodes:

  • Terminator Armor, can teleport, can take spear or axes. Unit-size of 3-10

 

Jetbikes:

  • Very potent and there will be “not many” of them in your army.
  • Hurricane bolters, or salvo launchers (flakburst or melta missiles), lances.
  • Have a strategem to take down flyers
  • 14″ move, 6″ advance without rolling.

 

Command Points:

  • “you wont have many”
  • “you will go through them quickly”

 

Shield Captains:

  • Standard HQ. You can build one of these out of any Custodes boxed set (Guard, Allarus, Wardens, Jetbikes)
  • Re-roll hits rolls of 1’s for Custodes within 6″

 

Captain General Trajaan Valoris:

  • Named Character HQ, Watchers Axe: Sx2, Moment Shackle, Re-roll hit and wouwnd rolls for Custodes Units, has a 3+i save.

 

Vexilus Praetor:

  • Standard bearers.
  • All unit boxes can make one except jetbikes.
  • Gives a morale buff to all nearby Imperium units.
  • There are 3 types of banners they can take:

Strategems:

  • Unflinching: Makes your overwatch more effective.
  • Victor of the Blood Games: Choose a Custodes Character, 1 free reroll for them each turn.
  • Shorn of the Mantle: Use when your warlord is killed. Lets you define another warlord on the spot, denying the “slay the Warlord” victory condition.
  • Castellan Strike Strategem: 1CP, Select 1 unit armed with Castellan Axes, – Axes become AP-3

 

Relics:

  • Preatorian Plate: Given to an Custodes character, then select any Imperium character. You can teleport the Custodes character to the defined Imperium character inthe fight phase, placing him within 3″ of the Imperium character. He CAN be placed within 1″ of enemy models.
  • Auric Aquillas: a superior jetbike, 3+I save, and reroll charge rolls.
  • Auric Shackles: Reduce A characteristic of enemy characters. Score extra D3 victory points if you slay enemy warlord.
  • Wrath Angellus: Relic Vexilla – Call down orbital bombardment – mortal wounds on units within 6″ of a spot, enemies hit on 4+, Custodes hit on a 6+
  • Formularis Agressor: Relic Vexilla – Shoots lightning bolts, and acts as a Power Stave in melee.
  • Faith Absolute: Relic Vexilla – Grants Deny the witch to bearer. Army has very few psychic defenses.
  • Obliteratum: Allarus Terminator grenade launcher:  Assault 1 S:10 AP:-4 D:D3

 

Warlord Traits:

  • Champion of the Imperium: Lets Custodes units in your army perform Heroic Interventions
  • Emperor’s Companion: Reroll damage inflicted by the Warlord’s weapons. (D3 damage for example)
  • Radiant Mantle: -1 for enemies to hit the warlord
  • Peerless Warrior: Take a bonus attack for each to-hit roll of 6

 

Notes – Anecdotes:

  • No Custodes weapons inflict Mortal wounds.
  • Army is vulnerable to Mortal Wounds. – make sure to watch out for threats that inflict them.
  • Custodes army was outnumbered 9-1 against Orks in a test game and went toe for toe with VPs.

 

Alternative Color Schemes:

  • There are non-gold schemes.

 

~ Have at it!

 

  • Stephen Henry IV

    Well damn. 🙂

    Also, there is psychic defense. Aegis of the Emperor gives a 6+ FNP specifically against psychically caused mortal wounds. So I’m not sure how accurate this is overall.

    • All of this is straight from the person that designed it… https://www.twitch.tv/videos/219848274

    • Reven

      Yes, but 6+ saves aren’t very exactly reliable. It also doesn’t effect debuffs like paroxysm which they lack the means to deny without allies.

  • Jim Cook

    Nothing for Sagittarum? I am a bit disappointed.

    • Bootneck

      It says at the top, so there will be other options:-

      The codex meshes with the Forge World range – so the existing FW model range will sync with the codex. No word on when the 8th Edition Forge World rules will arrive.

    • euansmith

      Yeah, I was hoping for a plastic Sagittarum up-grade sprue.

      • Rasheed Jones

        Me and you both.

  • Kabal1te

    I have a felling this is going to sell initially like mad and then drop off like a cliff. This is not an edition that favors high point cost units and armies that get very few command points

    • Ronin

      A lot of folks do buy things based on rule of cool, though. If they’re not good this edition, there’s always the next which is why I never sell any of my models. HOARD ALL THE 40k!

    • Pl4gu3 B4st4rd

      They’ll fight 1vs10 and maths will do the rest.

    • Anasa

      I’m sure many will buy a box or two to add into whatever imperial soup list they are making.

    • Bootneck

      I’ve been to two GT tourneys in the last few months with a small elite army and finished both times in the top 10 out of 100.

      So i’ll take that with a pinch of salt.

    • This feels like an “impulse purchase faction” dropped out of the blue with very low model count and sexy models. So max numbers of people can pick them up right off the bat.

      Kinda similar to the original Imperial Knight codex came out.

      • Marcus Clark

        Custodies and an imperial knight, that sounds fun.

    • Huntard

      Advantage however is that a lot of this range can easily be used for 30k play. The Allarus looking a sight better than Aquilons and same for the bikes. Heck even the wardens box presents the best option now for Heteron Guard.

  • Carey_Mahoney

    That “Shorn of the Mantle” stratagem is cool.

    Also, GW and FW Custodes combined sounds like an impressive view on the tabletop. Can’t wait to see pics of a full collection of ’em somewhere on the web.

    • euansmith

      “Shorn of the Mantle” is suspiciously like the ” I Am Alpharius” Warlord Trait. Just how loyal are these guys? 😉

      • lorieth

        It should be called “Shorn of the Dead”. 😉

        • euansmith

          Isn’t that the rule that allows Conscripts to find a Plasmagun over the bar at the Winchester 😀

  • BaronSnakPak

    In the index, you can only take one vexila per detachment. I wonder if thats changed in the codex.

    • Bootneck

      Also in the index the LR gets a 5++ Aegis of the Emperor save, but no mention of it here.

  • Dayton Obre

    Hear that? That’s the sound of a hundred grey knight players crying in remorse

    • Bootneck

      Silver really is second best!!

      • OUCH – that’s gonna leave a mark.

    • Ng Sam

      GW: Your (GK players) pain shall be legendary!!

    • ieyke

      That’s fine. The plastic Grey Knight models suck, and the 5th Edition Grey Knight Codex ruined their fluff.
      Not to mention the godawful Dreadknight.

      I say that as a 3rd/4th Edition Daemonhunters player.
      I haven’t touched them since.

      So yea, *shrug* who cares if Custodes make Grey Knights look like chumps?

  • NihlusX

    If nothing else I’ll buy a unit of those jetbikes to add my imperials

    • Maitre Lord Ironfist

      Maybe some Bikes might be a good support for an Force.

      IWhen i got the dex to look up i might check if the bikes with HQ are worth for a fast suuport for my Grey Knights. Since i miss Bikes 😛

  • quinten

    A lot of folks do buy things based on rule of cool, though. If they’re not good this edition, there’s always the next which is why I never sell any of my models. HOARD ALL THE 40k!

  • heikoharoldfr

    That “Shorn of the Mantle” stratagem is cool.Also, GW and FW Custodes combined sounds like an impressive view on the tabletop. Looking forward to see pics of a full collection of ’em somewhere on the web.

  • cecil

    That “Shorn of the Mantle” stratagem is cool.Also, GW and FW Custodes combined sounds like an impressive view on the tabletop. Looking forward to see pics of a full collection of ’em somewhere on the web.

  • defensive

    I can already see the -2 to hit standard bearer, teleporting into combat like some fist of the north star move.

    Amazing.

    • BaronSnakPak

      -1 to hit in the shooting phase.

    • Warrior24_7

      Already making up rules that don’t exist…

  • nathan:)

    Silver really is second best!!

  • Warrior24_7

    Hmmm… Tau should shoot these guys to pieces. I CAN’T WAIT to wipe this army from the board! My Iron Warriors, Demons, DE! These will be easy games.