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Codex: Imperial Guard (5th Edition)

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Codex: Imperial Guard
Author(s) Robin Cruddace
Editor(s) Graham Davey & Andrew Kenrick
Cover Artist David Gallagher
Illustrator(s) John Blanche, Dave Gallagher, Alex Boyd, Paul Dainton, Robin Carey, Neil Hodgson & Nuala Kinrade
Released May 2009
Pages 104
ISBN ISBN 978-1841549231
Preceded by Codex: Imperial Guard (3rd Edition, 2nd Codex)
Followed by Codex: Astra Militarum (6th Edition)

The General Structure

Codex: Imperial Guard is an expansion book for the Games Workshop tabletop game Warhammer 40,000. This edition of the book was published for the first time May 2, 2009 for the 5th edition of Warhammer 40,000. It was the second codex released for that edition of the game.

The book has 104 pages and the cover is printed in colour while the majority of the book remains in black and white, although there are several pages in colour throughout the book, including the hobby section in the middle.


Army List

This book contains a complete army list for using an Imperial Guard army. Further special rules and equipment are included, such as the new 'Orders' system.


This section of the codex explains how regiments of the Imperial Guard are recruited and organized. The section also details some of the most famous Imperial Guard regiments, such as the Cadian Shock Troops and the Catachan Jungle Fighters.

Additionaly, it provides a general overview of the life of Lord Solar Macharius during the Macharian Crusade, a general Timeline of major battles and wars of the Imperial Guard and a basic guise to the various support agencies for the Guard, such as the Schola Progenium.

Special Characters

This book contains background and special character rules for:

Hobby Section

This section contains a selection of Imperial Guard units and how they are painted including characters, squads and vehicles.

Other Publications

  • Codex, a general overview of all Codex publications.