yep, thats pretty much spot on. i prefer the plastic champion that somes with the command squad box set compared to the metal one, i converted one up out of that.Nope.. unfortunately they have been replaced by the lesser "Company Champions".. All you have to do tho is make sure you model him with a combat shield and you can use him as the new CC role tho.. otherwise Emporers Champion is a Black Templar only thing now..
In fact, as cccp_one says, that's a Company Champion (Codex: SM p29): any Codex: SM army can have up to two company champions in a standard FOC army as far as I can see...Chapter Champion is an upgrade option for a command squad model. Any Codex Space Marine army can have one.
...and Son of Horus is right about the Chapter Champion in the Honour Guard (the Honour Guard equivalent of a company champion - Codex: SM p51). The Ancient you refer to is the Bearer of the Banner of Macragge - the Chapter Banner (the Honour Guard equivalent of a company standard bearer). This is definitely only for the Ultramarines as far as Codex: SM allows, but if Son of Horus reckons it's allowable for other chapters in Apoc, I would suggest believing him.I think your refering to the Ultramarines Ancient.. a required if you take the Honor Guard in place of a command squad.
Its not so much that Tyrannic War Vets are against the Codex our outside of it.. its just the benefits of experience... if you knew one persons weak spot would you ignore it if for no other reason than out of tradition??For a week Marneus Calgar went without food or water while meditating on the matter. When he came out of his trance-like state, he told the Ultramarines that they were guilty of the sin of pride. The Codex Astartes was written for the Space Marines, the Space Marines were not created for the Codex Astartes. They would have to adapt and develop new strategies and tactics, even weapons, if they were to be successful against the Tyranid menace. Hit and Run raids were abandoned in place of concentrated defenses and static firepower. This meant that the Ultramarines had to choose a place to defend, and they chose their fortress monastery on Macragge.