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40K: Imperial Knights Codex Is Coming Next Week – Renegades Too

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May 27
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GW has announced the Imperial Knights Codex will be out for pre-order next week. This can only mean one thing: soon, we’ll be having whole days of Knights. Check out the Codex and the new Knight Models inside!

That’s right folks, the Imperial Knights Codex pre-order announcement has just gone up. And it looks like there’s a ton of stuff surrounding this release. We talked about how it seemed like GW was gearing up for something big given the state of the last three codexes–and, true to form, here it is. This release comes with a TON of new stuff, let’s take a look.

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There’s nothing quite like an Imperial Knight – one part noble scion from the darkest reaches of mankind’s empire, one part giant freakin’ robot, these titanic warriors encapsulate much of just what makes Warhammer 40,000 so iconic. When the first Imperial Knights came out 3 years ago, they immediately became a favourite of Warhammer 40,000 fans and redefined the scale of warfare on tabletops everywhere.

And as we mentioned, there are a ton of new models accompanying the release of this codex. Including the new Dominus-class Knights:

First and foremost of these new additions are the Dominus-class Knights. These magnificent engines of war are amongst the biggest plastic kits we’ve ever made – each is a walking fortress, bristling with all manner of deadly ordinance. If you’ve been looking for a Lord of War for your Imperium army, this is it – devastate enemies at close range with then Knight Valiant or annihilate foes at a distance with the Knight Castellan.

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Seriously, these guys are armed for bear. And they will doubtless end you. There are also the new Armiger Helverins, who come three to a Lord-of-War slot and are fast, long range fire support type guys.

Compared to the Castellan, they look almost as delicate as an Aeldari vehicle. The Codex itself will soon be out, where you’ll find the rules for these and more:

The personalities of each household – nay, each Imperial Knight – are as diverse as the Chapters of the Adeptus Astartes or Regiments of the Imperial Guard, and now, you’ll finally be able to represent that on the tabletop with nine new Household Traditions. These powerful faction abilities let you customise your collection to suit your play style.

If you prefer to go your own way, well, you’re in luck – the book ALSO features tables for generating your very own Freeblades, complete with epic, tragic backstories. Build your own from the traits you like, or throw caution to the wind and roll for them – you could, for example, end up with a Freeblade who fires with unerring accuracy… but also occasionally falls into murderous rages where he is forced to charge the foe. These rules are thematic, fun, and really let you go to town in bringing these characters to life.

This last part sounds really cool. Building your own Freeblade could be a great way to bolster any kind of force–you could take some Astra Militarum or Adeptus Mechanicus and basically have a Freeblade and her retinue, or have a crusading quixotic knight who follows around your Astartes, much to their chagrin. Very excited to dive into these rules.

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But wait there’s more. Because Renegade is coming back:

For those of you that missed it the first time, Imperial Knights: Renegade is a boxed game that pits two Knights against one another in epic combat. As well as being a great game in its own right, the set costs much less than buying two Knights on their own, AND even features some scenery – we’ve swapped out the older Sector Imperialis stuff for a shiny new Galvanic Magnavent. This kit’s a pretty appealing option for Chaos players too, as you’ll be able to field both Knights inside as Renegades using the rules in Index: Chaos. Handy!

And that about rounds out the announcement. Imperial Knights are coming soon–we’ll be taking a closer look at the Knights through the coming week, so get your scions ready.

Knighty-knight BoLS readers.

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