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Codex: Space Marines (3rd Edition)

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Codex: Space Marines
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Author(s) Andy Chambers, Jervis Johnson & Gavin Thorpe
Cover Artist David Gallagher
Illustrator(s) Alex Boyd, Wayne England, Des Hanley, Neil Hodgson, Nuala Kinrade, Paul Smith, John Wigley & Richard Wright
Released 1998
Pages 48
ISBN ISBN 1-869893-28-X
Preceded by Codex: Ultramarines (2nd Edition)
Followed by Codex: Space Marines (4th Edition)

The General Structure

The Space Marines Codex is an expansion book for the Games Workshop Table Top game Warhammer 40,000. This book was published for the first time in 1998, and is for the 3rd edition of Warhammer 40,000.

The book has 48 pages and the cover is printed in color while the majority of the book remains in black and white, although there are sixteen pages, in addition to the front and back inside cover, of colour images of miniatures.



  • Introduction to Space Marines
  • Why Collect a Space Marine Army
  • What's In This Book

Army List

This book contains a complete army list for using a Space Marines army. Further special rules, equipment as well as a Summary table is included.

Hobby Section

This book contains hobby information on:

  • Choosing a Space Marine Army
  • Expanding Your Army
  • Space Marine Tactics
  • Space Marine Chapter Colours
  • How to Paint an Ultramarine
  • Painting Space Marines
  • Making Terrain
  • How to Paint Space Marine Vehicles
  • Adding Extra Detail to Vehicles
  • 'Eavy Metal Showcase


  • Space Marine Wargear
  • Characters
  • Space Marine Scenario: Planetfall Mission

Special character models

This book contains background and special character rules for:


This book contains background information and fiction on:

Other Publications

  • Codex, a general overview of all Codex publications.