Heroes of the Imperium

It’s a bumper week for the Imperium of Man, as heroes old and new are released, along with a brand new codex!

For ten thousand years, the Adeptus Custodes have been confined mostly to the Sol System, bound by ancient dictates to defend the Throneworld from threats internal and external and standing vigil over the Emperor. But with the Cicatrix Maledictum splitting the galaxy in twain and darkness falling over swathes of the Imperium, the Golden Host marches forth once more – and they’ve brought a new codex with them.

Codex: Adeptus Custodes is your essential guide to the Ten Thousand, featuring army background, miniatures showcases (including variant colour schemes if you want your host to be slightly less golden) and all the rules you need to field your Adeptus Custodes miniatures in games of Warhammer 40,000. There are 12 new and updated datasheets covering the entire range of models usable in an Adeptus Custodes force, plus loads of rules that can be used by Battle-forged Detachments of the Emperor’s guardians. These include 27 unique Stratagems, 13 Relics of Terra, 6 Warlord Traits and 6 Tactical Objectives, and of course, there are points values for every model and piece of wargear, allowing you to build a force for matched play.

The codex is available in hardback and eBook formats, as well as an iBooks-exclusive Enhanced Edition that is packed with features to make browsing the book and finding rules a breeze. If you want something as lavish as Custodian armour, you can pick up either the Collector’s Edition or Limited Edition. The former has a soft touch cover with artwork on the front and back (and the original codex art inside), plus black page edges and a marker ribbon. The Limited Edition has a unique cloth-bound cover and gold-edged pages, and it’s packaged in a slipcase with loads of goodies – 6 Adeptus Custodes-themed metal Tactical Objective markers, cards for the datasheets in the book, and a double-sided poster that includes the codex cover art, six different Custodian colour schemes and a map of the Imperium.

In addition to the codex, you can pick up a pack of Datacards: Adeptus Custodes, which includes all 36 Tactical Objectives and 30 Stratagems, all on handy cards with themed artwork on the card backs. And if you want to roll dice worthy of your warriors, the Adeptus Custodes Dice set contains 20 golden dice with black symbols, each of them a formidable 16mm in size. Each face has a stylised border, and the 1s have been replaced with skulls, while the 6s have the sigil of the Adeptus Custodes.

However, dice are no good without models to roll them for… and this week also sees the first releases in the new Adeptus Custodes range. First up are the Allarus Custodians. Considered elite even among the storied ranks of the Custodian Guard, these heroes are clad in Allarus Terminator armour, the finest war-plate the Imperium has to offer. The models can be armed with either a guardian spear or a castellan axe, along with their deadly balistus grenade launchers, and the kit also comes with optional misericordia (the power knives many Custodians carry) as well as alternative heads for each of the three models. This versatile kit can also build leaders for your army, including options for a Shield-Captain and Vexilus Praetor.

Speaking of leaders, also available to pre-order now is Trajann Valoris, Captain-General of the Adeptus Custodes. One of the Imperium’s greatest heroes, he is the commander of the Ten Thousand with all the power of one of the High Lords of Terra – and he’s just as powerful on the tabletop as well! His Watcher’s Axe (incorporating the ancient bolt weapon, the Eagle’s Scream) can deal heavy damage to even the mightiest of foes, while his ornate armour and the Dark Age relic known as the Moment Shackle are proof against most attacks. His Legendary Commander ability also powers up all Adeptus Custodes around him, allowing them to re-roll hit and wound rolls of 1, making him the lynchpin of a Custodian assault.

But Trajann Valoris is not the only Imperial hero on pre-order now. Several of the models from last year’s Triumvirate of the Imperium and Triumvirate of the Primarch are now available separately. Roboute Guilliman, Primarch of the Ultramarines, brings the power of the Emperor’s sons to the tabletop and is actually a perfect accompaniment to an Adeptus Custodes army, as several of his abilities work on any models with the Imperium keyword (plus it makes narrative sense to have the Imperial Regent accompanied by the Custodians). Celestine, the Living Saint and her two Geminae Superia can bless nearby allies with the Emperor’s grace, as well as being powerful – and extremely difficult to kill – heroes in their own right. Finally, the prodigious psychic might and steely determination of Inquisitor Greyfax make her a valuable ally against enemy Psykers and Daemons.

There is one fly in the Imperial ointment, however… also available to pre-order is Cypher. This mysterious, robed Fallen Angel, wielding twin pistols and with a suspiciously lion-y sword on his back, is loyal to none but himself, and his motives are shrouded in mystery. He aided Guilliman during the events of the Gathering Storm, but who can say what his eventual goals are? Appropriately, he can be used in both Imperial and Chaos armies, where his gunslinging abilities and the favour of some sort of gods (but which ones?) make him a useful figure to have in a close-range firefight.

Each of these kits, along with the new codex, datacards and dice, can be pre-ordered now, ready for release next weekend, and to pass the week while you wait to pick them up, you can see the Adeptus Custodes in battle in the Black Library novel The Emperor’s Legion, or catch up with Roboute Guilliman in Dark Imperium and Saint Celestine in Shroud of Night.

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