Top 10 Wishes for the Upcoming Dark Angels Codex Release

Hello all!

Rawdogger here to talk about an army near and dear to my heart, the Dark Angels. All but confirmed to be the next codex released after this weekend’s Space Marines, the Dark Angels have traditionally been seen as the red-headed stepchildren of the 40k universe or at the very least Games Workshop’s Space Marine beta test. As far as I can remember the Dark Angels have had their codex released before the vanilla Space Marines which lead to a lot of frustration in the community when the non-green Marines would get all the cool new toys and rules. The news that the Dark Angels would be getting a codex release AFTER the general Space Marine codex was music to the ears of the 40k community, since it meant that the emo boys in green would most likely get all the swag that their bros would be getting. With this key fact in mind here are the top 10 things I would like to see with this new Dark Angel codex release.

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10. Grav Weaponry – This was the ultimate gear grinding point for Dark Angels players after their release in the 6th edition. Immediately after the Dark Angels codex was released the Space Marines codex came out with a brand new type of weaponry called Graviton Weapons. The world was never the same again.

9. Improved Fliers – Currently the only fliers available to the Dark Angels are the much maligned Nephilim Jetfighter and the Ravenwing Dark Talon. Both of these fliers costs an absurd amount of points without doing much in the game. I’m not saying to put in Stormtalons or Stormravens but at least get the fliers they have up to speed with the rest of the game. This is certainly going to happen since they really couldn’t have sold too many of these kits.

8. More A.A – This kind of goes along with their flier issue. The Dark Angels need anti-air in their codex. No 25 point strength 7 Flakk Missiles do not count as anti-air. I see no reason the Stalker/Hunter tank couldn’t be included in their thin heavy support section. Hopefully they make the Nephilim Jetfighter into a true tank and flier hunter.

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7. A Buff Belial – Does any other character in the 40K universe solicit the same ‘meh’ reaction that Belial does? An incredibly over costed and underpowered character, Belial’s current stats and abilities do not properly reflect the bad ass the Grand Master of the Deathwing should be.

6. Deathwing Troops – Without the character tax. Look, the Deathwing go with Dark Angels like peanut butter goes with chocolate. Making the Deathwing troops without having to take an expensive character would make sense and having the objective secured special rule would go a long way to making the Deathwing a must take option again.

5. Better Deathwing – Yeah I have two wishes for Deathwing in my list, you want to fight about it? Not only should we see the Deathwing get a point reduction due to the confirmed reduction of points per Terminator in the upcoming Space Marine codex, but they should also get a boost to their WS to reflect their status as the most elite of the elite 1st Company Terminator squads.

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4. Scouts with Space Marine Stats – It has been confirmed that Space Marine scouts in the new codex will have the same stat line as a Space Marine albeit with the same 4+ armor save. If the Dark Angel’s Scouts do not get this same boost I’ll be as emo as Sammael at a Taking Back Sunday concert.

3. Ravenwing and Deathwing Formations – This should almost be a sure thing. I would love to see Deathwing and Ravenwing formations that give them cool bonuses when taken.

2. Lower Point Costed Special Characters – With the exception of Azrael, the Dark Angels characters are all horrible over costed. Do you remember that they have a Chaplain character named Asmodai? I didn’t! They also have a Grand Master of the Librarians named Ezekiel who has a power called Mind Worm that no one ever takes. The majority of the character sculpts also need to be completely re-done, as well as the pigeon toed Belial model that came out with the last codex. The fact that the late 90’s Tigurius model was not redone for the new Space Marine codex does not bode well on that front, unfortunately.

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1. Bring back the Brood – I really hope that Games Workshop delves deeply into fractured and troubled past of the Dark Angels. This was a Space Marine legion where half of the legion sided with Horus while half remained loyal to the Emperor during the Horus Heresy. They’ve got some baggage. I want to see dour armies lead by terrifying skull faced Chaplains that strike fear into the hearts of the traitors they hunt down.

So what do you want to see with the imminent release of the Dark Angels Codex? Do you think that Games Workshop will finally show these dudes with ‘tudes the love they’ve been denying them all of these years?

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Raw Dogger, aka, Phat J Sleaze (formerly of the Booty Boyzzz) is a highly opinionated, questionably skilled 40k enthusiast. When not working at Frontline Gaming, he can be found down on Jabroni Avenue.

19 Responses to “Top 10 Wishes for the Upcoming Dark Angels Codex Release”

  1. westrider June 11, 2015 12:59 am
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    You pretty much nailed it. I’d also like to see good internal balance (DW, RW, and ‘GreenWing” all being viable on their own or in combination), HS Vehicle Squadrons with bonuses, Ravenwing being at least reasonable when compared to WS Bikers, cheaper/better Relics, and access to at least some of the SM formations. Not all of them, but some seem very appropriate for DA. The Librarius Conclave was originally a DA Formation, for instance, and the Armoured Task Force, Land Raider Spearhead, and Suppression Force all seem pretty reasonable for DA. But most of those are lesser concerns.

  2. Deuce11 June 11, 2015 6:00 am
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    Fingers crossed

  3. Seshem June 11, 2015 6:53 am
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    Fast attack drop pods. So i can take Skitarri allies and haywire the crap outta them in the back field as my raven wing advance from the front.

  4. iNcontroL June 11, 2015 8:37 am
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    I just want Tasty to be happy ^__________^;

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    Reecius June 11, 2015 8:54 am
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    “If the Dark Angel’s Scouts do not get this same boost I’ll be as emo as Sammael at a Taking Back Sunday concert.”

    Lol, legend! haha

  6. Jural June 11, 2015 9:11 am
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    What if we let HQ’s in terminator armor take weapons other than power axes, power staves, or power swords? Honestly, I would like to see the HQ’s have the same options as the Space Marine Codex, but how about we at least can field a non-useless weapon on our overcosted HQ?

  7. Variance Hammer June 11, 2015 9:23 am
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    Overall: Just a codex where the Space Marines cannot immediately start humming “Anything you can do I can do better…”

  8. Deuce11 June 11, 2015 9:31 am
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    It seems most players just want to be rolled up into the new SM dex, with SCs, chapter tactics and formations befitting the First Legion.

    • Kian Alden June 11, 2015 12:42 pm
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      Are you suggesting that they become a supplement? Something along the lines of Clan Raukaan or Sentinels of Terra? In my opinion that would be a very good solution, as it allows Dark Angels to have plenty of uniqueness without sacrificing the rules that all Space Marines get (the rumored chapter tactics changes for example).

      • Punchymango June 11, 2015 2:24 pm
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        Hell, at this point the only reason BA and DA are separate books is legacy; the chapter tactics/supplement framework GW now uses could easily accommodate both factions as offshoots of generic SM. Just a do a Legion of the Damned style supplement for death company/sang guard and ravenwing/deathwing units.

        People would howl and wail and gnash their teeth, but the upside would be avoiding silly inconsistencies like BA and DA scouts abruptly being scrubs compared to regular SM scouts.

      • westrider June 11, 2015 2:24 pm
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        Honestly, yeah, I think going back to being a supplement like they were back in 3rd would be an excellent option. It would be a bit more robust supplement than CoT or CR, because they’d need to work in the handful of unique Units, but a unique Chapter Tactic, Relic selection, Detachments/Formations, and Special Characters could cover the rest.

        Frankly, the Space Wolves are the only canonical SM Chapter that I feel is too divergent to be handled by a supplement.

  9. Lord Krungharr June 11, 2015 9:31 am
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    I was hoping they’d become the masters of plasma, with them all twinlinked or avoiding Gets Hot altogether. But keep those rad grenade launchers and power field generators! I have need of those…

  10. SilverSaint June 11, 2015 10:34 am
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    I wonder if if the Librarius Conclave equivalent for DA will get changed to allow them to summon deamons for 3 dice near 100% as well, like how Tig now can (unless I misread something).

  11. HeavyMetalMan June 11, 2015 11:43 am
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    Hopefully our landspeeders will go down in points as well, and RW bikes, and black knights. Pretty much all the Ravenwing stuff needs to go down in points as well as the DW stuff.

  12. wellspokenman June 11, 2015 11:50 am
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    I’d like to see ICs take Plasma Talons on their bikes. PFGs as Vehicle Wargear would be pretty slick. Ravenwing Squads should get Skilled Rider. Other than that, I just want to be able to do what the Vanillas can do with comparable units.

  13. fleetofclaw June 11, 2015 11:28 pm
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    Dark Angels, the one army no one would be upset to see getting some serious buffs. I wouldn’t even mind Eldar level OP, they deserve it!

  14. Nick Schroedel June 12, 2015 4:22 pm
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    The LS Vengeance and Darkshroud should both have Sable Claw’s armor line.

    And or make an turret upgrade sprue to put Plasma Storm Battery on a razor back/predator. We know the gun itself costs 90 points. should be able to stick it on darn near anything for that point cost.

  15. amnesiadidit June 12, 2015 4:54 pm
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    A way to make the DA fallen and have Cypher without having to use CSM! Cause the fallen need to have DA rules

  16. Alyzire June 13, 2015 8:51 am
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    I will assume the point drop for terminators will happen. The increase to WS and becoming troop choices however are unlikely at best because they are not Grey Knights. In fact I assume it will be streamlined like the rest of the books and taking Belial won’t unlock them as troops anymore either.