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40K Retro Corner: Index Astartes Vol. I

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Mar 14 2019

Fire-up the Waaaay Back Machine – it’s time to revisit a classic from the vault of knowledge. Join us for a tour through the Index Astartes!

The Index Astartes vol. I is the first book in a 4 part series that covers the lore and history of the Space Marine Chapters and Traitor Legions. Today, we’re taking a stroll through the beginnings of the Space Marines:

This book covers 4 of the original Space Marine Legions ( Dark Angels, Emperor’s Children, Iron Warriors, White Scars). And yes, it DOES go over the history of Traitor Legions as well. Plus we get some insights into the Flesh Tearers Successor Chapter. We also get a look at the creation of a Space Marine – including ALL the implants and that process.


The Index Astartes also goes over the Codex Astartes and how Chapters are to be organized and it delves into the creation and histories of Dreadnoughts and Space Marine Librarians.

This supplement was produced as a collection of these articles that were originally created for White Dwarf. They were reprinted in the book and players could collect them for the lore of their favorite chapters and also because they had rules in them for a few of those chapters as well.

For example, in this Index Astartes, you have rules to field the Iron Warriors as an army. They had their own special rules and could even take a Corrupted Vehicle. At the time, this was pretty ground breaking stuff – there hadn’t really been a way to take or field “divergent” lists that weren’t in their respective Codexes. If you’ve ever heard an old Iron Warrior’s Player lament about the good ol’ days when they could take 4 Heavy Choices, this concept is from that era.


Alas, even these rules and lore tid-bits would get re-worked and re-written for later editions. But that’s why we have the Index Astartes collection – to remember where we’ve been!

If you want to learn more about the Index Astartes, Check out the Lexicanum!


Author: Adam Harrison
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