The Angry Druchii No.1:Sanguinius weeps
Blood Angels players everywhere were eager for the release of the highly anticipated Codex: “Blood Angels,” myself included. On April 17 our prayers were answered! Not only was there a codex but a host of new models and units. Son’s of Sanguinius every where swarmed their local hobby centers in hopes of obtaining a copy of what we believed to be our Primarchs will.
Alas, when I received my copy I was, disappointed there were gaps in the story line, and holes in the rules. What I saw was the Codex: “Space Marines,” with different cover art, slightly modified rules and some unique equipment.
For an example of this take a long look at “The Red Thirst” special rule, the brief fluff before the actual rule states that every blood angel struggles against “The Red Thirst,” however take a look at your HQ units, not single one suffers from “The Red Thirst” rule. The only one this would be acceptable for would be “Mephiston.” The one whom you would expect it from is “Tycho,” but neither his captain form, nor his Death Company forms, has this rule. Why?
If there were an explanation like – and such is the discipline of the senior blood angels they are capable of restraining “The Red Thirst” except in the most perilous situations- this would make more sense. Perhaps Games Workshop thought that we, the players, would prefer it that way. Not I! I, for one, would love to see “Dante,” lose it – gain the “Furious Charge,” and run rampant across the battle field! Now, don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against Matthew Ward or Games Workshop, I just find it somewhat disappointing.
Story wise, the “Blood Angels,” have always been closer to “Space Wolves,” than, lets say, the “Ultramarines,” but Codex: Blood Angels gave us “Ultramarines,” the only difference is “The Red Thirst”, hand flamers, Infernus pistols, and only a couple of specialized units. As for the story line, the time line, from pages 14 to 17, completely ignored the events of the Blood Angels Omnibus, you would think that would be important enough to include!
Perhaps there will be a FAQ on these confusing matters. Until then on a scale of 1 (Lies & Heresy) to 10 (glory to the Emperor), I give Codex: Blood Angels a 6.5(the Inquisition is keeping a wary eye upon you)! This is solely based on the ability to construct a winning army from this Codex.