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I'm thinking of starting a BA army in the near future as I like their fluff and I want a quick assault army after my range blob of Necrons I currently use. Not too worried about tactics or being competitive yet, but what I wonder is the future of the BA as a 40k army. I'd really be worried of them being phased out, but with the announcement of the new Space Wolves codex, it brings back some hope.
So, what do you guys think? Is it worth starting to collect the unique stuff like the Baal and Furioso models or will they just end up as proxies for units in a normal SM army after they kick the can?
Well, as long as they just have the WD articles as rules, they are in a kind of limbo, they need a true codex to survive, imo. So perhaps after SW - Xenos - BA?
Hmm, it is weird they went from a stand alone codex to a WD article... I guess that could be a bad sign. Doesn't make sense to me in that it's one of the few chapters to actually have modified units with the Baal and Furisoso and we all know GW loves selling more models so why cut those? Another reason it'd be crazy is them being tied so close to the Horus Heresy.
Not saying they need an update before the Xenos that still use 3rd Ed books still, so it could be a couple years til they are updated or kicked I guess.
Blood angels could easily be printed into a codex, i think there's a good change GW will do this as it's mostly printing cost as the codex is present, it just needs to be rendered to paper.
They might have to rewrite some things, make up more fluff, but it would be a pretty cheap update.
Obviously they'll never cut the Blood Angels from the fluff, but I remember when the WD list came out they said it meant there would be no new codex for quite some time.
It seems odd to me that GW would neglect an army with so many unique units and such cool fluff, especially if the whispers of a blood raven codex are true. Why give a chapter that doesn't need it a codex, and let BA players suffer? Damn marketing types.
Blood Angels will keep on sticking around. With the .pdf codex you can get off their website, they are fine for quite some time. I think they probably realized they didnt have the slots/resources for a full paper codex roll out, so they rolled out a WD codex and made it digitial. A free codex? All the better!
I've wanted to start a BA army for some time too, and have the same concern. I heard a while ago that BA and Templars were in the works, so I have hope yet...They better not scrap my favorite legion! Also, when they make the new codex (which they better do), I hope they actually have some interesting rules like they did before and like the Space Wolves sound like they will have.
Blood Angels are supposedly feared even by imperials, and imperial worlds will only call on their help in the most extreme circumstances because they are so crazy. I would think that with the popularity of vampires these days that BA would be a popular and profitable choice to make now. They should make a rule for red thirst like black rage, make them more vampiric and make the death company more interesting. Also, if Wolves are getting an Assault cannon Land Raider, I think the Baal Predator needs an upgrade (maybe to a variant like the IG tank that fires 20 shots)
Well it was said at Games Day that they are working on the Blood Angels and Dark Angels. Both these armies are still popular and as such they aren't going anywhere for a very long time. Until they become horribly unpopular nothing negative is going to happen. At worst they'll become another standard army in the space marine codex like Imperial Fists or Salamanders.
Warhammer 40k: Blood Angels, Imperial Guard, Grey Knights, Space Lizards (wolves), Kroot, Witch Hunters, Dark Eldar
Warhammer: Lizardmen, Empire, Vampire Counts, Brettonians, High Elves, Skaven