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Codex: Blood Angels
Codex Blood Angles FCover.jpg
Author(s) Gavin Thorpe
Cover Artist Dave Gallagher
Illustrator(s) Dave Gallagher, Alexander Boyd, Wayne England, Des Hanley. Neil Hodgson, Nuala Kinrade, Paul Smith, John Wigley
Released 1998
Revised in 2001
Pages 24
ISBN ISBN 1 869893 45 X
Preceded by Codex: Angels of Death
Followed by Codex: Blood Angels (4th Edition)

The General Structure

Codex: Blood Angels is an expansion book for the Games Workshop Table Top game Warhammer 40,000. This edition of the book was published for the first time in 1998. It is for the 3rd edition of Warhammer 40,000 and expands on Codex: Space Marines. It was Reprinted in 2001, containing corrections of the various mistakes that had appeared in the original printing.

The book has 24 pages and the cover is printed in colour while the majority of the book remains in black and white, although there are several pages of colour images of miniatures.


Army List

This book contains a complete army list for using a Space Marine army of the Blood Angels Chapter or one of their successor chapters. Further special rules and equipment are included.


The Blood Angels

All Space Marines are held in awe and dread by the citizens of the Imperium. To most they are aloof: distant avenging angels who bring ruination and destruction upon the heads of the Emperor's enemies. Yet even amongst the battle-eager Space Marines of the Adeptus Astartes, the Blood Angels have a fearsome reputation.

One of the celebrated First Founding Chapters, the Blood Angels have fought the enemies of mankind for ten long millennia. Their Primarch, the noble Sanguinius, is revered across the Imperium as a mighty hero and legends of the Chapter's deeds have reached every corner of the galaxy.

However, tales abound of their bloodthirsty exploits and stories of the dark flaw which mar them. Few know the whole truth or realise the inner pain and anguish that drives the Blood Angels into battle with a righteous fury that few others can match.

The Black Rage

Blood angels are gripped by the spirit of Sanguinius and are prone to entering a berserk frenzy of bloodletting in battle. This is terrifying to behold as they unleash their righteous fury, butchering any enemy that lie in their path.

The Death Company

On the eve of battle, the Blood Angels kneel in prayer and their thoughts turn to their Primarch. Some are overcome by the gene-memory of their Primarch's violent death and succumb to the Black Rage.

Special character models

Codex: Blood Angels contains special rules for The Blood Angels Special Characters:

Hobby Section

Other Publications

  • Codex, a general overview of all Codex publications.
  • Codex: Blood Angels lists codexes for other editions of Warhammer 40,000