Nice background section, some well painted models in the gallery sections, clear unit lists and some amazing artwork. This is a must for all Blood Angel or successor chapter players.
Why oh why do you need a full codex for Blood Angles? That goes for EVERY chapter with the exception of (maybe) Space Wolves in my books. Space Wolves have a unique organisation with Wolf Guard units/unit leaders that make it slightly more likely they need a codex to themselves. Grey Knights don’t count and as they have too few units and should be put in the Daemon Hunters codex.
Why the moaning then? Furiso Dreadnoughts – aren’t they essentially normal dreadnoughts with an extra CCW and no Multi Melta? Baal Predators – some ancient technical data was uncovered allowing them to strap an Assault Cannon onto a Predator and now the Mechanicus are annoyed because this technology is not theirs – but they can make Razorbacks with Assault Cannons?
Don’t even get me started on the Storm Raven – a piece of kit used by only a few Chapters, or that they have so many Land Raiders that they are used as common transport vehicles. Surely (here is the real rub of it for me) the Ultramarines would have pretty much everything – friendly with Mars, adopting new technologies (Razorbacks and Land Raider Redeemers) etc.
The Sanguinor gets his own paragraph here due to him irritating me. An excellent model, awesome statline and one of the best potential NMM paint jobs i’ve seen are in the plus side. A character who no one knows, and just appears out of thin air to kick arse and then disappear sounds familiar – oh, thats it, Legion of the Damned – is pushing it too far for me. The Legion of the Damned can do this due to their unique place in the background of the Hobby, a single character not of the legion sounds a bit silly to me.
Don’t get me wrong the Death Company and Sanguinary Guard are good additions and are Blood Angel only (as they should be) as per the very good background. The Characters are colourful and interesting (except the Sanquinor who is crazy) and again deserve a space.
Unless GW really bulk up the background sections of these books I feel that (for Space Marines) the way to go would be to release 1 monster sized codex with loads of background, a force selection chart and an awesome gallery.
In the force selection chart there would be a few page for each Chapter (+ successors). The 1st page would include all rule changes and alterations to the force organisation chart, followed by Characters and Units – maybe 10 pages for Ultramarines, Blood Angels, Space Wolves, Dark Angels, Black Templars and 5 for White Scars, Imperial Fists, Crimson Fists, Salamanders etc.
This would allow each Chapter to get Special Characters, Units and Rules, but ‘typical’ units and vehicles would be available to all and would be updated across the board all in one hit.
Example 1 – Blood Angels Fast Vehicles – +?? points per vehicle
Example 2 – Blood Angels – Instead of Combat Tactics all units have Red Thirst
GW are doing a great job with their Special Characters altering the armies – why not allow the armies to do it in their own section of the space marine codex?
I’d love to hear all your opinions – however please don’t comment on the Money GW are making by having the Codex separate – everyone understands that it is a way of a) constantly updating armies, b) making people buy the latest army and c) making people buy multiple Codex.