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Codex: Space Marines (5th Edition)

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Codex: Space Marines
Author(s) Matthew Ward
Editor(s) Andrew Kenrick
Cover Artist Alex Boyd
Illustrator(s) John Blanche, Dave Gallagher, Alex Boyd, Paul Dainton, Robin Carey
Released October 2008
Pages 144
ISBN ISBN 1-841-54894-4
Preceded by Codex: Space Marines (4th Edition)
Followed by Codex: Space Marines (6th Edition)

The General Structure

Codex: Space Marines is an expansion book for the Games Workshop tabletop game Warhammer 40,000. This edition of the book was published for the first time in 2008, and is for the 5th edition of Warhammer 40,000. It was the first codex released for that edition of the game.

The book has 144 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. The book cover features a squad of Ultramarines battling against Chaos Space Marines, supported by a Dreadnought. The back cover image features several units of miniatures.


Army List

This book contains a complete army list for using a generic (or codex) Space Marine army. Further special rules and equipment are included.


This book contains background information and fiction on:

  • Origins of the Space Marines
  • History of the Ultramarines
  • Codex Chapters
  • Famous Battles

Special characters

This book contains background and special character rules for:

Hobby Section

This section contains a selection of Space Marines units and how they are painted including characters, squads and vehicles. This section also describes how to create your own unique chapters.

Additional Information

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