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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 10-15-17, 03:46 PM Thread Starter
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Default How to the various Space Marines work?

Newb here.

As I'm bouncing back and forth between what army I want to start with, every time I see something that looks makes it harder to choose. And there's a lot of awesome so....I'm probably going to have to just get drunk one evening and place and order and then see what comes and go from

Anyways...when it comes to the various different SM chapters....I know some have (or will have) their own Codex so those will definitely be different from the others. Grey Knights, Blood Angels, Space Wolves, ect. But for those that won't have their own codex...are there any rules or play differences between them and a standard SM?

Is it just going to be a color scheme and fluff difference or are there small differences that are in the SM codex that gives them some different rules?

There's so many awesome looking's hard to decide on an army.
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Hey, can't help but notice you've got two near identical threads going on.

The Codex: SM armies all kind of play the same but with subtle tweaks in strategy while the satellite Codex books (BA, SW, GK, etc) offer quite different options in terms of units and strategies employed.

Ultimately they are still a little samey as the core units are all Space Marines.

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Yeah...I guess I do...haha...I totally forgot I had that thread posted. My brain has been fried trying to figure this out and decide on where to start and sadly 2 weeks later after the original thread...I'm not any better off as far as trying to nail it down. I know it shouldn't be that difficult...but for some is. So I'll re-visit my original thread and this one can be disregarded.

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Overall, yes each of the chapters has differing rules. Chapters like the Ultramarines, Raven Guard, Imperial Fists, and Iron Hands (to just name a few) are all generally the same with each having a few unique rules (Raven Guard impose a penalty on opponents shooting at units beyond a certain range, Imperial Fists get a bonus when shooting certain weapons, Ultramarines get rerolls for morale, Iron Hands get a bonus save to avoid damage, etc.)

Chapters like the Grey Knights, Space Wolves, or Blood Angels have drastically different rules or layouts that alter the way they play compared to other chapters. Space Wolves are more character heavy, Grey Knights are a bit tougher with a lot of psychic units, and Blood Angels employ faster units. These chapters have their own unique units (stormwolf, dreadknight, and honour guard to give examples) in addition to unique rules.

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