Monday, January 25, 2010

New Blood Angels = Chaos?

If like me, you have been seeing the new Blood Angels rumors making their rounds in the blogosphere. I have had no interest really in them, having hated BA since their 3rd edition rhino rushing overpowered days. Saying this, I think now I may start liking them. Not that I'm gonna play Blood Angels, but will probably use this codex for some of my Chaos models, namely Night Lords.

While not usually an advocate of "counts as" armies, I feel like this one could just fit the bill of what I'm looking for. I started a Night Lords army before the Chaos codex was neutered and lost all the Legion-specific rules. I loved the fluff of an army with lots of assault troops that overwhelmed the enemy with decisive strike attacks. According to the rumors the new BA will be just this, fast and assault oriented. I think this codex could be a good holdover codex for some Chaos players wanting to play this style but really not having the options in the current codex. Even Khorne Berzerkers could fit into this theme. Obliterators would be out, but who cares when you could get drop-podding dual CCW dreads. The more I think about this idea the more I get excited about the possibilities of having a Chaos army that actually has some options. So do you guys think the new Blood Angel codex could be a good option to keep Chaos players competitive and enjoying a new realm of tactical possibilities or do you think everyone should just use a codex for its intended purposes.

I know lately I have been letting the blog down, but the computer I had all my upcoming post pics on crashed and I lost several posts that I had planned. After this I was disgusted for a while and let it go. Hopefully, soon I'll get some more pics taken and start more regular updates. In the meantime, I have built up an 1850 pt, mostly infantry, Sisters of Battle army that includes 88 SOB, 1 Rhino and 2 Immolators. I will post a list soon. And this weekend I'm pretty excited about getting to play some games with a couple guys I haven't played in years.


  1. I definitely think you should use the new codex if it suits you.

    The game rules (including the codexes) should be balanced and fair. That has nothing to do with the models your opponent is fielding. If the codex allows you to play Blood Angels fairly, then it's, well, a fair codex.

    How you choose to model your army is up to you.

    So there's no reason you shouldn't use the codex to 'count as' something else. Especially as with a fast, assaulty, jump packing army, you won't even be counting much stuff as something different.

    The colour scheme will be the main change!

  2. Well seeing that I'm using the current Blood Angels codex to represent my Red Corsairs, I wouldn't see any problem with Khorne Bezerkers or Night Lords being represented by the BA rules. Then again anything could be anything with "count-as" but atleast its not a stretch...

  3. I think you're quite right that a number of Chaos players are going to switch over to this. It's happened in the past. Plus, not everyone wants to play "Dual-Lash, 9 Oblit, and the rest are Plague Marines" type lists...

    I forsee a number of Khorne players taking this route.

    I think Angelic Despot's right. Play the rules you like with the fluff you like. Just make sure that there's no ambiguity about what models are representing what.

  4. I haven't even seen the new rules or rumors, but I was thinking Angels of Khorne. I want to do lots of Jump Infantry, but the universe seems to think Rhinos or even Drop Pods are better, so like I said. I'm thinking of doing lots of jump infantry. If the Blood Angels allows jump infantry as Troop choices I may give it a go some day...

    Too many projects, too little energy.