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Alright, so if you have an army of regular Space Marines (Ultramarines), you can add Space Wolves, Dark Angels, Blood Angels, Etc. to your army of Space Marines as long as you get their Codex, right? I would like some clarification on this topic before i decide to expand,
So if I wanted Dark Angels, I would have to have a whole seperate army?
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So if I wanted Dark Angels, I would need to have a whole seperate army?
You can or you can simply have your army "count-as" a dark angel successor chapter. But you cannot mix and match within the same list. i.e. you cannot have spacewolf and darkangel units in the same list.
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basically, you can't mix the rules of two (or more) different codex together for one army.
If you are using multiple detachments, each army would use the rules of their relevant codex. Basically its like you are using two different armies at once. Using Blood Angels and Dark Angels together would be like using Orks and Tyranid in the same list; each detachment should follow the force organization chart and have at least 1 HQ and 2 troops. Just because both armies are in power armor doesn't mean they are the same.
The "counts as" rule can let you use models normally used in other codexes in the same codex but using the rules from the codex you are having them "count as." Example: Tactical marines could be used as tactical marines from any other codex, Blood Angels Death Company could easily count as Assault Marines from any codex or Vangaurd Veterans from Space Marine Codex. They are, of course, no longer death company in this case.
Counts as is also nice when making your own HQ. You can model him with the same wargear as special characters in the codex and give them the same rules (and point cost) but make him painted and modeled unique for your own chapter.