Blood Angels, Hot or Not? Elites Part 1

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Written by an equally wonderful and dashingly handsome man, who may himself be hot or not!  This week we take a look at the real meat of the much maligned codex, the Elites.  The Blood Angels are spoiled for Elite unit choices, ranging from bad to not too bad, and have so many choices I have to break them down into two posts again.   So here we go!  Blood Angels, Hot or Not?  Elites part 1.

Command Squad

Blood Angel 2

For me the Blood Angel Command Squad falls squarely in the middle of being terrible and kind of a decent choice.  On the one hand they are now elite choices, like all other Space Marine factions, which lets you take three squads of them within a CAD.  On the other hand, and unlike their Space Marine brothers, the Blood Angel’s Command Squad does not give you the option of upgrading two of the models into a Champion and an Apothecary (Novitiate) you just have to take those two models in your squad no matter what.  Only being able to take 3 special weapons does take some of the bite out of the squad but from a MSU stand point, they aren’t bad little squads to be running around. You can kit them out with jump packs and three melta guns and you have a highly mobile anti-armor threat with Feel No Pain and a power weapon for *only* 155 points.  With the prevalence of Imperial Knights having multiple drop melta squads is a viable way to deal with them.

Verdict – HOT

Death Company Squad

Blood Angel 3

Ah, the eponymous Death Company.  One of the most unique and identifiable units from the Blood Angels faction, the Death Company continue to be a fan favorite and are responsible for many roflstomps on the tabletop worldwide.  With only a single additional attack to distinguish them from a basic Tactical Marine but costing 7 points more, at first glance they don’t seem to be all that great.  That is, of course, until you have a glance at their special rules.  They come stock with Feel No Pain, so no needing babysitting by a Sanguinary Priest.  They are Relentless, which means you can give them Bolters which they can use to blast the enemy before charging into combat but since these guys will usually wipe whatever they hit it’s usually better for them to have the pistol and chainsword for the extra attack.  The very best special rule they have is Rage, which gives them 2 attacks on the charge, bringing the total attacks on the charge to 5 each if equipped with a pistol and CCW.  Attach a Chaplain with the squad and you’re re-rolling those attacks.  You don’t want to go crazy on loading these guys out since a small squad will usually clean up units pretty handily. I would personally run a couple minimum sized squads with a power first and a power weapon and call it a day.  If you REALLY want to annoy Tau players you can run a full sized squad with a couple power fists and jump packs and put in a Chaplain with the Angels Wing, which gives you deep strike accuracy and also makes units’ intercept with snap shots.

Verdict – HOT

Lemartes

Lamartes

Sigh.  Just sighs all day, son.  Lemartes was moved into the already crowded Elite section for the Blood Angels for reasons unknown. I assume that it is because the HQ section was already so dense and they had to change up how Lemartes was taken in the modern codex format.  He used to just be an upgrade to a Death Company squad that would buff the unit.  Unfortunately, Lamartes just costs too many points for what he does, and he takes up one of the important Elite choices.  He doesn’t even allow the Death Company to re-roll their wounds like he used to.  It’s a shame since Lamartes has one of the coolest looking models in the entire 40k model range.   I really don’t think you’ll see this guy outside of a friendly game at your friend’s parent’s house.

Verdict – NOT

Sanguinary Guard

Blood Angel 4

This is a hard one for me to review because I always feel like I’m the only BA player that doesn’t like these guys.  As with the Death Company, they boast the same stat line as a basic Tactical Marine, but with an additional attack.  The come with nifty 2+ armor and Furious Charge, which gives them S5 master-crafted power swords on the charge.  They can get upgrades like power fists for dirt cheap as well.  They are highly mobile due to their jump packs but don’t come stock with Feel No Pain like the Death Company do so they will need to have a Sanguinary Priest attached if you plan on increasing their survivability.  My issue with them is that they cost a lot of points, almost as much as a Terminator, but have no invulnerable save to show for their price tag.   With one wound and T4, it’s really common to see these 175-200 point units evaporate from massed S5+ shooting attacks.  I just can’t justify their point cost for what they do and for that I have to give them them a tactical Terminator thumbs down. If you can make a good case for them and want to put me in my place, let me know what is working for you and your load-outs in the comments section. I really do want these guys to work.

Verdict – NOT

Dreadnought

Blood Angel 5

The Blood Angel’s stock Dreadnought is nothing to write home about.  For a laugh you should take one with a multi-melta and power fist with a Storm Bolter on foot just to see your opponent’s face.  The Blood Angel Dreadnought has one less attack than their more handsome Space Marine cousins’ version so it has that going for it, which is nice.  I’m really trying to write at least a paragraph for this unit but it’s becoming a struggle. It’s a unit that’s just not very good even in the Space Marines codex and it’s even worse in the Blood Angel codex.  There is almost no reason to take this unit unless you only have a single regular Dreadnought in your collection and need 100 points to make a 500 point list.

Verdict – NOT

So there we have it, another Blood Angels, Hot of Not? is a wrap.  I really do think the strength of the codex is in the elites section and with a couple of exceptions here and there they are for the most part solid choices.  Join me next week for part 2 of the Blood Angels, Hot or Not? elites.

How do you run the elites in this list?  Let us know your secrets to running Blood Angels in the comments below.

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11 Responses to “Blood Angels, Hot or Not? Elites Part 1”

  1. Matthew Reise February 25, 2016 5:15 am
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    While I agree on the stock Dreadnought I’m surprised you didn’t address the Furioso. AV13 with a frag cannon and heavy flamer is quite a bit different and can be useful in a drop pod. If nothing else it provides a target that your opponent really can’t ignore and it’s great for dealing with massed infantry.

    • Mark February 25, 2016 8:01 am
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      Its only part 1 of the elites

    • Reecius
      Reecius February 25, 2016 10:05 am
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      Poor walkers get bones by Grav, though =/

      • punchymango February 25, 2016 1:56 pm
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        A frag/flamer furioso can at least do work the turn it lands, and if immobilized but not killed it can still create a “do not move infantry near me or imma set their asses on fire” zone around it, forcing the opponent to fire more stuff at it until it actually dies.

        It’ll almost certainly do more work than a single multi-melta dread, is all I’m saying.

  2. fleetofclaw February 25, 2016 7:39 am
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    The thing that swings my preference in favor of Sanguinary Guard vs Deah Co is that Death Co are usually one hit wonders – they lose a ton of their killing power after the first round of combat or if your opponent denies you the charge. Also in most cases a 2+ save is more staying power in CC, and adding a Priest closes the gap. And let’s face it…you’re gonna have a priest in your list. Just my 2 cents. Loving the articles.

    • Jason
      Jason February 25, 2016 2:25 pm
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      Yeah, Death Company normally finds themselves demolishing a unit then getting shot to pieces the following turn. Best way to run DC is minimum squad size so it doesn’t hurt so bad once that happens. Thanks for reading!

  3. Nightman February 25, 2016 1:12 pm
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    Sanguinary Guard are not that bad compared to our other mediorce units. Not saying they are amazing, but they have to be played dirt cheap. At 165 points they are decent at grabbing a quarters with the least amount of counters. Putting in priests and IC’s makes them a large liable investment. Forget the banner and pistol upgrades. Loosing 165 points is not the end of the world and vs things like necrons, orks etc. they are solid.

    They really synergize badly with priests actually. Vs grav lists, feel no pain won’t really help the other ap2 weapons are usually ID. So your paying a 75 point tax that helps vs dakka, it does help them but not enough to warrant 75pts. The ws5 is somewhat redundant due to to master crafted.

    • Jason
      Jason February 25, 2016 2:24 pm
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      I agree the best way to run them is as cheaply as possible but for the same amount of points I can take 3 5 man scout units that can hold objectives just as easily. They just cost too many points for a 1W T4 model, at least Terminators have an invul save.

      • Nightman February 25, 2016 2:43 pm
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        Yeah, I ran 30 close combat scouts tonight. The amount of str5 attacks make them scary if anything gets to close, like transports and random msu.

        Hammernators on foot with a priest is a really solid centre of the table unit for less than 300 points. Even though they are slow i have better success with them than SG. They are slow, but in progressive missions with good objective placement they sure can get in the way.

  4. Jonathan E February 28, 2016 9:34 am
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    I disagree about the sanguinary guard if you run a squad of five with inferno pistols for 215 pt can kill almost any transport then assault the troops inside= one dead unit as they strike at init 5 with ap3 stock, possible hammer of wraith if you don’t use their jumppacks just keep them hidden near ap2 units

  5. Gary May 18, 2016 11:11 pm
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    Hi there

    Late to the discussion I run my sanguinary guard as a 7 man unit

    Banner
    Powerfist
    Axe
    Rest with swords

    Add Dante & sanguinary priest

    They’ve never let me down