The new Blood Angels codex will be released in April 2010. This thread tries to sum up the current state of rumours.
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A first collection was made by Angeloftheblood:
Now some stuff you can take for given, by The Voice. All of this is The Truth:Alright the dude our "rumor ranger" is not feeling up to it this time and seeing how I well I live and breath BA I thought I would give it a shot..... wish me luck
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Incoming! Blood Angels
This April the Blood Angels will be re-launched with an all-new Codex and range of plastic and metal miniatures. One of the oldest and noblest of all Space Marine Chapters, the Blood Angels have stood fast against the enemies of the Imperium since the Great Crusade and it was their Primarch Sanguinius, who laid down his life to aid the Emperor against Horus in the final hours of the Warmaster’s rebellion. The new Codex explores the background and history of these superhuman warriors like never before, and contains new artwork depicting some of their greatest battles and most powerful champions.
The Blood Angels have always been a powerful close combat army and have been made even deadlier thanks to a range of specialist wargear, the ability to field Assault Squads as Troops choices, and more Dreadnoughts than any other Space Marine Chapter, including a Death Company Dreadnought and the fabled Furioso Dreadnought. The Sons of Sanguinius will be deep striking onto a tabletop near you this April – now’s the time to practice painting red.
Rumored box sets by Ebolahond
there will be 3 plastic sets
no troop choices
2/3 of that is capable of flight........ more or less
Dante rumored his ax will give him plus one str but not much else also rumored he might have a re-sculpt
Mephistion over 300 points and also rumored to be getting a re-sculpt
Lemartes has gone missing from GW's online store maybe a re-sculpt(one can hope)
Tycho There may be three different virsions of him in the new codex not said how
Moriar will be coming back, not as an hq choice, but he will take up 1 elite slot and 1 heavy support slot. this is beacuse he is allegedly going to come with the choice to buy up to two bodyguard dreadnoughts (they would also be furioso). Or at least this is what the rumor is.
Corbulo no news yet
Honor Guard possible plastic box set but could just be a general box to make DC, RAS, VAS and honor gaurd. Exalted and Honour Guard look very elegant. They dont have broadswords but rapiers. But there are also some heavier wepaons like chainaxes. According to the color pages the Honour Guard has lots of options, special weapons, banners, relics, stormshields.Rulewise, the Honour Guard can attack after deepstriking, WS 5, A2.
Terminators talk of a box set due to the space hulk terminators but nothing solid
Furioso possible movement to the fast attack slot with Ven furioso as elites also possible re-cut of normal dread box to include Furioso parts
Dreads talk of 1-3 in heavy but nothing solid
Techmarines Rumors of a new SC tech marine Victor with a gun servitor beast named unholt, could just be talk but has popped up many times
VAS see honor guard
Scouts metal box set being talked about with a mad max feel to them just rumors nothing solid
RAS see honor guard
Tactical Squad rumors of twin linked heavy weapons if inside auspix range?
Attack Bikes no news
Bikes no news
Land Speeders no news
Dev Squads no news
Land Raider nothing new about current ones but talk of new pattern the Tantalus also been said that the Tantalus is a drop/gun ship with lots of assault cannons
Whirlwind no news
Predator maybe recut to include ball parts
Vindicator no news
Baal see predator
NEW Unit (I love the sound of this one)"Exhalted Assault Squad" not sure what to make of this it could be a named VAS or the new name for VAS but they are rumored to have wrist mounted storm bolters, relic blades deep strike then assault sounds amazing but only talk/wishlisting but still some good sources mention them so who knows. Exalted are all equiped with the same wargear: wristmounted stormbolter, rapier, jump packs with wings.Exalted have hit & run, only WS4 and powerweapons with +1 strength. They have also mastered the red fury and therefore don't have this rule.
New Flier Rumors of something using the Valk large oval base came up talk of it being the Tantalus gun/drop ship hopefully more to come.
New SC talk of some successor chapters getting characters strongest rumor is Seth
Furious Charge army wide, 2 attacks base, bolter pistol and ccw everything "Blood Angels-ish" has popped up but once again nothing solid
You can thank Linksys for this little gem also:
Quote Yes. Speed is one of the main themes of the codex. (in response to whether chaplains add fleet to DC)
A little bit of background: another main theme of the codex is that the curse is becoming stronger. In reaction to this there is a kind of philosophical schism inside the chapter - nothing like civil war but an ongoing dispute. The Sanguinians try to adhere to the principle of their primarch and take the curse as a test of character. They try to overcome the affects and stay as civil as possible. Dante is the leader of this faction and it is the more influential. The Faustians however try to use the curse. They believe it was a gift of their dying Primarch to his children, that he gave them his strength. But it was wasted for millenia by overly hesitant chapter masters. The Faustians were a minor group and only prominent inside the Flesh Tearer Chapter. The ascend of the Lord of Death however sparked a fast growth of this group. Mephiston was the living proof that the black rage was not a curse but a only locked door on the way to the full potential of the Blood Angels. Sanguinary Priest Faustus is the most influential member. He is the lord of the tower of Amareo and has studied the black rage for centuries. The successor chapter have similiar groups. The only exceptions are the Flesh Tearers and Angels Sanguine. The former are all Faustians, the latter all Sanguinians.Speed is one of the main themes of the codex.
Scryer supplied these product codes (anyone know how he does this?)
<Space Marines metal blister code> - £10.00 / US$17.00 / 15,00 € / Oz$28.00*
<Space Marines metal blister code> - £10.00 / US$17.00 / 15,00 € / Oz$28.00*
<Space Marines metal blister code> - £10.00 / US$20.00 / 17,50 € / Oz$33.00^
<Space Marines metal blister code> - _£8.00 / US$15.00 / 12,50 € / Oz$22.00†
<Space Marines metal blister code> - £10.00 / US$16.50 / 13,00 € / Oz$28.00‡
<Space Marines metal blister code> - _£5.00 / _US$9.00 / _7,80 € / Oz$17.00§
* Same 4-market prices as Kayvaan Shrike, Sgt Chronus and Kor'sarro Khan (and the current Corbulo and Dante)
^ Same as Lysander (and one could argue similiar enough to Vulkan He'stan and the current Mephiston and Tycho)
† Same as Cassius, Telion, Kantor and Damned Sergeant with Bolt Pistol and Power Weapon
‡ Same as Damned Legionnaires with Bolters
§ Same or similar enough to the all-over-the-place prices of existing shoulder pads bitz packs
Sanguinor has muscular armour similar to the current Dante miniature. His single engine Jump Pack has large wings on the sides and a halo on top. He adopts the classic “exalted angel” pose similar to Celestine with arched back and arms flung wide. His face is passive with shoulder length, wavy hair. His left hand holds a small grail, his right holds a sword.
Astorath has muscular armour similar to the current Mephiston miniature. He has a shouting head with long, flowing hair and a single engine Jump Pack with small wings on the sides. He is posed to be coming down in a hard 2-handed overhead swipe with an axe that’s handle is crafted to resemble a spine.Sanguinor has the typical broad-bladed sword used by most Space Marines. The Blade is a hand-span wide, straight, with a diamond point and a Fuller. The Guard is a typical cross guard, slightly embellished and with no Quillions. The Grip is about a one and a half hander, and the Pommel is quite plain.Concerning the rumours of a Venerable Dread with options for two CCW, usable for Furioso Cybots:Chapter Master Gabriel Seth is armed with an Eviscerator (or very large Chainsword) which is longer than he is, double edged, with a very long grip (about 3.5-4 hand spans). He has fairly standard Power Armour, sparsely adorned with some scrollwork etc, and his backpack sports a cloak, small wings and an Iron Halo. His right shoulder pad has trim shaped like a saw blade, and his left sports a Flesh Tearers symbol with a single wing, similar to Tycho’s heraldry. He is posed running forward, pulling back for a two-handed sideways sweep of his blade and has the standard yelling head.
There are plenty of other decorative options including multpile head options.Anybody interested in the context of those quotes can follow the respective links.
Lemartes, Guardian of the Lost, will get a brand new and much better miniature upon release. He stands atop a small pile or rubble, feet together, with right arm pointing a Bolt Pistol and left arm at ease holding a Crozius topped with a 2-headed eagle. His armour is adorned with many rivets and purity seals. His right shoulder pad is a jawless skull, and his left sports an embossed Blood Angels icon. His torso has a harness for his Jump Pack which itself is adorned with chains and charms and has the Blood Angels icon embossed on top of both intake vents. His helmet is a haloed skull with pipes to the sides of the mouth, but this time the eyes have lenses and the halo is more subtle.
Due to the German page 40kings we got some rumours concerning Mephiston, the Furioso Librarian, and psychic powers. Vovin kindly translated them. These are to be taken with a grain of salt:
It seems like the first copies of the actual book show up. Frgt/10 got this scrap:Ok, here a hand-made translation. The internet translations are rather ... inconvenient.
I omit the chit-chat at the beginning and summarize the relevant parts instead of doing of a word for word translation.
1. article: Mephiston
- costs: 325 points + x (this is a guess of the authors and not part of the actual rumours)
- stats:gigantic, better than before
- special rules: ATSKNF, IC, Lord of Death, psyker, knows all 6 psychic powers
- weapons: Scarlet Fang, Force weapon, Plasma pistol, grenades, Psychic hood
- Lord of Death: no Red Thirst (army wide special rule, if leadershiptest fails wehen enemy is in 12" unit has rage), no Furious charge (otherwise army wide special rule), instead: Feel no Pain, Fearless, Eternal Warrior
-Scarlet Fang: can replace instant death power with one of the other psychic powers. He can use this power without psychic test and it no longer counts as psychic power but instead as normal special rule. A psychic hoodfor example is useless against this power.
2. article: Furioso Librarian:
- costs: expensive, way more than a Dreadnought (unclear if this is also speculation or part of the rumour)
- stats: common Dreadnought stats with some small spikes. He is a Furioso too.
- rules: walker, Furioso Supremo, Red Thirst, Furious Charge
- items: 2 dreadnought ccw, one with melta gun, one with stormbolter, smoke launcher, searchlight
normal options like heavy flamer
- can take 2 powers: Quickening, Might of Heroes, Shockwave
- transports: Drop Pod, Tantalus Drop Ship
- Furioso Supremo: can cast one power with leadership 10. He takes a glancing hit from every Peril of the warp attack. Otherwise he doesn't count as psyker in every regard!
article 3: psychic powers:
Quickening: used at the start of the turn, gives (only the psyker) beast movement. If the psyker is not infantery, he gets fleet. He has to be on the table to cast it (comment from me: to my understanding that means you can't use it in a transport). If Mephiston is casting this spell, his unit gets the faster movement too.
Blood Stasis: shooting power, 12" range, 5" blast, every non vehicle unit under the blast template counts as being in difficult terrain. If they move they get a S10 AP2 hit for every 1 on the difficult terrain test. If they shoot, they get a S5 AP- hit for every 1 on the roll to hit.
Might of Heroes: used at the start of the assault phase. one model in 6" (that includes the psyker) gets D3 extra attacks
Primarchs Grace: used at the start of the turn, Librarian and unit can ignore terrain until the end of the round
Living Darkness: shooting power, 6" range, 5" blast, stays in place until the start of the next Blood Angel turn. No line of sight can be traced through the marker except the targeting unit has Acute Senses USR
Shockwave: shooting power, vehicles in 12" get a S6 AP1 hit against its side armour. in 6" 2 hits and in 3" 3 hits. cover saves are not allowed.
Transfixing Gaze (Mephiston only): begin of the assault phase, hinders enemy to attack, like Genestealer Broodlord, on a draw nothing happens
Vortex of Blood (Mephiston only): can use it before he attcks. every model in base to base contact makes a Toughness test. If it fails it gets a wound. saves are allowed. If at least one wound was caused every successful hit roll from this on until the end of the round against Mephiston has to be rerolled.
Just spoke to a staffer who has seen the new book, few interesting things got said:
• the Baal pred can take a flamestorm cannon turret
• the death company is a unique unit, but you can have a 30man squad
• lemartes is a character upgrade for the death company instead of an hq choice
• the lander does not exist, or he completely missed it when looking at the dex. I'm tipping the former