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Codex: Space Marines Review Part 6 – Librarius Psychic Powers

Greetings, fellow gits! In today’s installment of our Codex: Space Marines review, we will look at the Psychic Powers available from the Librarius discipline.

Space Marine Librarians were for a good long while my (and a lot of poeple’s) go-to Character to fill the mandatory HQ slot in ye olde Force Org chart. In 7th, they became even more popular with the advent of the Librarian Conclave Formation, which made them just absolutely bonkers when added as part of a Deathstar list (raise your hand if you’re glad Invisibility has been taken behind the woodshed). In 8th, libbies have been dialled back quite a bit, and other Characters (notably Captains) have received considerable boosts that to me has made Librarians much less desirable. That is not to say they are useless or anything, but unfortunately, the Librarius discipline is perhaps not the strongest of all the psychic disciplines in 40k… Anywho… let’s dig in, shall we?

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Codex: Space Marines Review Part 5 – Relics

Greetings, fellow paragons of virility! And welcome to this latest installment of our review of the new Space Marines Codex! Today, we look at the Relics, both generic and Chapter-specific ones. Much like the Chapter Tactics and Warlord Traits, the quality of the Relics varies greatly, unfortunately. I reiterate that a bit more attention being paid to their design would have largely avoided this issue. But looks like New GW is still somewhat Old GW…

It’s worth mentioning as well that when I say something is bad, it’s not always an issue of the item in question being objectively bad. Rather, it is oftentimes a question of opportunity cost. Indeed, the Relic (or whatever else I’m talking about) might be perfectly fine if you compare it to nothing else, but when your analysis begins to take into account the fact that selecting one Relic prevents you from taking another one, you really need to start comparing your options to get a more complete idea of the real value of your pick. It would have been useful to state this in one of my earlier articles, I now realise, but I just didn’t think of it at the time. Hindsight is 20/20, as they say…

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Codex: Space Marines Review Part 4 – Warlord Traits

Good day, fellow carbon-based sentient lifeforms! Today we continue our review of the new Space Marines Codex with a look at their Warlord traits.

One change from 7th that I particularly like in 8th is that you get to pick your Trait. This is a huge game-changer as you can tailor your Trait to maximise the effectiveness of your force rather than picking a table and hoping for the best.

Much like the Stratagems we looked at in my last article, the new Warlord Traits are a bit hit-and-miss. This can be a bit of a problem if you are using named Characters as they HAVE to use their Chapter-specific Traits, and unfortunately some of these are real stinkers… Anywho, let’s dive in, shall we?

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Codex: Space Marines Review Part 3 – Stratagems

Good day, honoured guest! Today, we continue our review of the new Space Marine Codex with a look at their brand-spanking new Stratagems!

As I’ll detail below, these vary in quality from extremely useful to good-but-situational to meh to lolbad. In many cases, just a bit of tweaking would have avoided this all-over-the-placeness. Read more »

Codex: Space Marines Review Part 2 – Chapter Tactics

Good day, dear friends! Today, we continue our review of the new Space Marines codex with a look at their updated Chapter Tactics.

As I mentioned in the previous article, to gain the benefits of Chapter Tactics (or CTs, for short), you must only use units with the ADEPTUS ASTARTES keyword and with the same Chapter keyword in a Detachment; that means no “Imperial Soup” mix and match of Imperial units. This is admittedly a bit of an inconvenience, but not one that is insurmountable by any means. Given that Defenders of Humanity has almost the same requirements, the incentive to work your list around those limitations is fairly strong.

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Codex: Space Marines Review Part 1 – Defenders of Humanity

Good day all! It’s been a bit since I last wrote something but I’m back with a look at the new Codex: Space Marines. The first thing I wanted to cover was the new massively powerful rule Marines are getting called Defenders of Humanity.

For those of you who have played through 7th edition, this is the good ol’ Objective Secured rule, slightly altered. As I had pointed out in a previous article I wrote, Marines are at an inate disadvantage when it comes to scoring objectives under the 8th edition rules as our armies will frequently be outnumbered by our opponents. Well, Defenders of Humanity (which I’ll refer to as DoH from this point on for brevity’s sake) takes that worry and throws it out the window. You could have 150 conscripts piled on to an objective, but if there’s a single Tactical Marine at the center of the pile, you OWN that objective, baby!

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Space Marines in 8th Edition – Stratagems and Primaris Space Marines

Blessings to you, Citizen! Today, we look at how Stratagems and the new Primaris Marines are going to affect our favourite Emperor’s Avenging Angels, the Space Marines!

The revelation that every Battle-forged army starts the game with 3 Command Points is a bit of a relief: as I had discussed previously, Marine armies will likely have more difficulty than say Imperial Guard to fill out the requirements of the bigger Detachments that give out more Command Points (given the higher individual cost of our units). Therefore, having 3 CPs to start with lessens the impact of that inescapable fact.

I wonder who will bring bonus CPs aside from Bjorn? I’d bet Dante for the Blood Angels will, but for Marines? Perhaps Calgar and/or Sicarius, but not sure who else.

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Space Marines in 8th Edition – Datasheets, Points and Power Levels

Welcome back! In this instalment, we look at how Datasheets, Points and Power Levels are going to impact the Marines.

The first thing that is worth noting about Datasheets is that it will still be possible to have units switch spots on the Force Org chart. That is not a huge surprise but it is a relief to know that all-bike armies will still be a thing in all likeliness. It will be interesting to know if White Scars can get Bike Squads as a default Troops choice… probably not but it would be cool if so. Next, the fact that the Aspiring Sorcerer has Ld 8 vice the common 7 of the Rubrics is likely indicative that most if not all squad leaders will continue to have an extra point of Ld over their squaddies. How that translates for Marines is hard to say for sure: maybe only Veteran Sergeants will have Ld 8, or maybe all Sergeants will. Nevertheless, and as we discussed in a previous article, Morale is going to matter a heck of a lot more now, so spending some points on upgrading Sergeants to veterans may be a much wiser (if not outright necessary) move. Read more »

Space Marines in 8th Edition – Weapons Part 2

Ladies and gentlemen, good day! In this instalment, we will look at the effect the new weapons rules revealed by GW will have on Space Marine armies.

First off, twin-linked weapons have been completely reworked, and in a way that is more beneficial for Marines (and other high BS armies) than for those not endowed with high marksmanship. This is simple math: the old rule to twin-linked resulted in 33% more hits for a weapon fired by a BS4 model, whereas a BS2 model (like say, an Ork) would see a whopping 66% increase in hits with a twin-linked weapon. Now, both will get twice as many hits, which is a boost to both low and high BS armies, but more so for the latter than the former.

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Space Marines in 8th Edition – Large Models, Infantry and Characters

Greetings, citizens! In this article, we will look at how Space Marines are affected by the changes to large models, infantry and characters.

So there’s not a lot of info for us to talk about in the Large Models reveal. We already knew Damage tables were going to be a thing. The question is: which of our models will get them, and which won’t. Smart money is that Land Raiders will, but the rest is up for debate. Dreadnoughts and Guilliman didn’t seem to have them (though this may have been simple subterfuge on GW’s part), so it makes me wonder whether Rhino-hulled vehicles will or won’t. I’m guessing that Rhinos and Razorbacks (and Whirlwinds?) may not, and Preds + Vindis may. Read more »