We’ve had a lot of questions over the past few weeks about what the new codex means for some of the galaxy’s less “by the book” Chapters – specifically, forces like the noble Blood Angels, the stoic Dark Angels and the ferocious Space Wolves. Here’s what you need to know, if your Space Marines force is made of warriors from one of these Chapters:
The new Codex: Space Marines is an awesome book – packed with new content that any Warhammer 40,000 fan is going to be interested in. From a rules perspective, it’s true that this book is designed primarily for those Chapters that broadly follow the Codex Astartes – the descendants of Guilliman, Dorn, Corax, Vulkan, Khan and Ferrus – so the Chapter Tactics, Warlord Traits, Relics and Stratagems in the book are designed for use by those First Founding Chapters and their Successors.
If your Chapter of choice is that of another bloodline – those of Sanguinius, Russ or the Lion – you’re still going to get some new stuff with this release – like the massive Redemptor Dreadnought and the terrifying Reiver shock troops.
As to whether you want to pick up the new Space Marines codex for yourself – it’s up to you. The rules for those new Space Marines Primaris units will all be in the box sets themselves, and matched play points will be published for free on the Warhammer Community and Games Workshop websites. That said, it‘d certainly be quite convenient to have all the rules to hand in a codex, and we’d like to think that there’s plenty in the new book that any Warhammer 40,000 fan would enjoy, whether they intend to play with a Space Marines army or not (and of course, it never hurts to know your enemy…).
Blood Angels, Dark Angels and Space Wolves army lists in Index: Imperium 1 all let you use units from the Space Marines section of that book. If you own the new codex, you should feel free to use those same units’ Datasheets from that book instead, until your own codex comes out.
If you have a Deathwatch army, the same applies. For the Deathwatch, as well as new units, if you have the new Codex: Space Marines, feel free to use the full range of powers from the Space Marines Librarius Discipline in there for your Librarians. You’re equally welcome to stick with the Index powers if you prefer.
The most specialised Chapter of Space Marines in the galaxy, the Daemon-hunting Grey Knights, needn’t worry about any of that, as their own codex is mere weeks away, complete with new Stratagems, Warlord Traits, Relics and more besides.
Finally, if you don’t have a Space Marines army, don’t worry – it really won’t be long before you have a codex of your own. We’re committed to supporting all of Warhammer 40,000’s major factions with codexes. You may be envious of Space Marines and their Chapter Tactics and Stratagems now but just think: soon you’ll have your own tricks and ploys to play, and unique rules for your Traitor Legion, Astra Militarum Regiment or Forge World of choice.
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