Adeptus Astartes: Blood Angels

Blood Angel Tactical Summary as of 10-25-16

The Blood Angels are one of the founding Space Marine chapters known for their blood thirsty, but noble demeanor. The Blood Angels are cursed by the Black Rage which has given rise to there most iconic unit the Death Company. The Blood Angels have a vast number of tactical unit options, but since the current 2014 release of the Blood Angels codex they have been one of the least competitive armies. The problem had been two-fold, expensive units and Formations & Detachments not keeping up with the times.

Thankfully, this has all changed with the 2016 new rules from the Angel’s Blade Campaign Book. This update has given the Blood Angels two new Detachments and a few very powerful Formations. As long as things don’t change too drastically with 8th edition we should see Blood Angels returning the many battlefields. The Archangel’s Orbital Intervention Force, Golden Host, and the Lucifer Armoured Task Formations being the main reasons.

Angel’s Blade Campaign Book also make already underrated Blood Angels units much more playable. Furioso Dreadnoughts and Death Company are some of the most cost effective units you can find. In the past though they just never had good methods to prove their effectiveness. The Death Company Strike Force and Chapter Ancients Formations really do a good job of providing the extra punch these units need. Chapter Ancients Formation also makes Librarian Dreadnoughts playable as they don’t take up valuable HQs otherwise.

Even with the improvements, Games Workshop limits the Blood Angels, unlike their Space Marine brother they lack any “free units” and expensive units like Stormravens Gunships are still shoehorned into Formations and Detachments that would be better without them. At least now with a Detachment like the Angel’s Blade Strike Force you can get enough Sanguinary Priest to really strengthen other Blood Angel units.

Below you find all the quick reference material you need to build an competitive or fluffy Blood Angel army.

As of 10-25-2016 Blood Angel Detachments are…

  • Combined Arms Detachment
  • Allied Detachment
  • Air Superiority Detachment
  • Baal Strike Force
  • Archangels Strike Force
  • Flesh Tearers Strike Force
  • Angel’s Blade Strike Force
  • Lost Brotherhood Strike Force

(See tabs for details)

Combined Arms Detachment

Force Organization

Compulsory: 1 HQ, 2 Troops

Optional: 1 HQ, 4 Troops, 3 Elites, 3 FA, 3 HS, 1 Lord of War, 1 Fortification

Restrictions: All units chosen must have the same Faction (or have no Faction).

Command Benefits:

Ideal Mission Commander: If this Detachment is chosen as your Primary Detachment, you can choose to re-roll the result on the Warlord Trait table.

Objective Secured: All Troops units from this Detachment have the Objective Secured special rule. A unit with this special rule controls objectives even if an enemy scoring unit is within range of the objective marker, unless the enemy unit also has this special rule.

Source: Warhammer 40k 7th ed. Rule Book

Allied Detachment

Force Organization

Compulsory: 1 HQ, 1 Troop

Optional: 1 Troop, 1 Elite, 1 FA, 1 HS

Restrictions: This Detachment cannot be your Primary Detachment. Your Warlord can never be chosen from this Detachment. All units chosen must have the same Faction (or no Faction). All units chosen must have a different Faction to any of the units in your Primary Detachment (or no Faction).

Command Benefits:

Objective Secured: All Troops units from this Detachment have the Objective Secured special rule. A unit with this special rule controls objectives even if an enemy scoring unit is within range of the objective marker, unless the enemy unit also has this special rule.

Source: Warhammer 40k 7th ed. Rule Book

Air Superiority Detachment

Force Organization

Compulsory: 1 Flyer Wing

Optional: 2 Flyer Wings

Restrictions: All Units must have the same Faction.

Command Benefits:

Air Commander: Pick a Wing Leader from this Detachment to be its commander. If the commander is in Reserve, you can re-roll the dice in the Interception sub-phase. If you have Air Superiority and the commander is in Reserve, you can add or subtract 2 from your Reserve Rolls, rather than 1, and your opponent must subtract 2 from their Reserve Rolls.

Combined Formation: You can roll once for all of the Wings in this Detachment to see if they arrive from Reserve. If the roll is successful they all arrive. If it fails none of them do. You can roll individually for each Wing if you prefer.

Objective Secured: All Transports from this Detachment which can Hover have the Objective Secured rule. A unit with this special rule which is Hovering controls objectives even if an enemy scoring unit is within range of the Objective Marker, unless the enemy also has this special rule.

Source: Supplement: Death from the Skies

Baal Strike Force Detachment

Force Organization

Compulsory: 1 HQ, 2 Troops, 1 Elite

Optional: 1 HQ, 4 Troops, 3 Elites, 3 FA, 3 HS, 1 Lord of War, 1 Fortification

Restrictions: All units in this Detachment must have the Blood Angels Faction (or be fortifications).

Command Benefits:

The Angel’s Virtue: If this Detachment is chosen as your Primary Detachment, you can re-roll the result when rolling on the Warlord Traits table in Codex: Blood Angels.

The Red Thirst: In a turn in which a model from this Formation charges into combat, the model adds 1 to its Initiative characteristic until the end of the Assault phase. A model that has made a disordered charge that turn receives no benefit from the The Red Thirst.

Source: Codex: Blood Angels

Archangels Strike Force Detachment

Force Organization

Compulsory: 1 HQ, 2 Elites

Optional: 1 HQ, 14 Elites

Restrictions: Only units with the Blood Angels Faction, chosen from the following list (plus any Dedicated Transports that they are allowed to take), may be selected as part of this Detachment: Captain, Chaplain, Librarian, Sternguard Veteran Squad, Terminator Squad, Terminator Assault Squad, Vanguard Veteran Squad, Furioso Dreadnought.

Command Benefits:

Lord of the Host: If this Detachment is chosen as your Primary Detachment, you can re-roll the result when rolling on the Archangels Warlord Traits table.

Storm of Angels: You can re-roll failed Reserve Rolls for units in this Detachment with the Deep Strike special rule. In addition, units in this Detachment arriving from Deep Strike Reserve scatter D6? less (normally D6? rather than 2D6?).

Source: Campaign: Shield of Baal: Exterminatus

 Flesh Tearers Strike Force Detachment

Force Organization

Compulsory: 1 HQ, 1 Troop, 1 FA

Optional: 1 HQ, 3 Troops, 1 Elite, 5 FA, 3 HS, Fortification, 1 Lord of War

Restrictions: All units (except fortifications) must have the Blood Angels Faction.

Command Benefits:

Explosion of Bloodlust: Each time a unit from this Detachment successfully charges an enemy unit and the number rolled for its charge range is 10 or more (before modifiers), that unit gains the Rage special rule for the duration of that Assault phase. Note that the unit does not need to move the full distance rolled to gain this effect.

Lord of Cretacia: If this Detachment is chosen as your Primary Detachment, you can re-roll the result when rolling on the Flesh Tearers Warlord Traits table.

Source: Campaign: Shield of Baal: Exterminatus

Angel’s Blade Strike Force Detachment

Force Organization

Command: 0-5 Golden Host Formation, Chapter Ancients Formation, or Leaders of the Angelic Host 1 Terminator Captain, Captain, Tycho, Librarian, Mephiston, Sanguinary Priest, or Brother Corbulo, 0-1 Command Squad, 0-1 Stormraven Gunship

Core: 1+ Battle Demi-Company Formation, Archangels Demi-Company

Auxiliary: 1+ Archangels Orbital Intervention Force Formation, 10h Company Ambush Force Formation, Death Company Strike Force Formation, Lucifer Armoured Task Force Formation, Stormraven Squadron Formation, 1-3 Assault Squads, Bike Squads, Attack Bike Squads, or Land Speeder Squadrons chosen in any combination, 1-3 Devastator Squads, Vindicators, Whirlwinds chosen in any combination.

Restrictions: This Detachment must include a minimum of one Core choice, and one Auxiliary choice. It can optionally include up t five Command choices any number of additional Core or Auxiliary choices, in any combination, and up to two more Command choice for any number of additional Core choice or Auxiliary choices. Only the datasheets listed here can be included in this Detachment, and all units in the Detachment must have the Blood Angel Faction.

Command Benefits:

The Angel’s Virtue: If this Detachment is chosen as your Primary Detachment, you can chose to re-roll the result of the Blood Angels codex Warlord Traits.

The Red Thirst: In a Turn in which a model from this Detachment charges into combat, the model adds 1 to its Initiative unit the end of the Assault phase. A model that has made a disordered charge that turn receives no benefit from the Red Thirst.

The Sons of Sanguinius: Any unit from this Detachment that is reduced to half its starting number of models rounding down, immediately gains the Zealot special rule.

Source: Campaign: Angel’s Blade

Lost Brotherhood Strike Force Detachment

Force Organization

Command: 1 Death Company Command 1-3  of the following Astorath, Lemartes, Death Company Chaplain.

Core: 1+ Death Company Strike Force Formation

Auxiliary: 0-5 Archangels Orbital Intervention Force Formation, 10h Company Ambush Force Formation, Lucifer Armoured Task Force Formation, Stormraven Squadron Formation, 1-3 Assault Squads, Bike Squads, Attack Bike Squads, or Land Speeder Squadrons chosen in any combination.

Restrictions: This Detachment must include one Command choice, and minimum of one Core choice. It may include up to five Auxiliary choice and any number of additional Core choices in any combination. Only the datasheets listed here can be included in this Detachment, and all units in the Detachment must have the Blood Angel Faction.

Command Benefits:

The Angel’s Virtue: If this Detachment is chosen as your Primary Detachment, you can chose to re-roll the result when rolling on Warlord Traits tables from Angel’s Blade or the Blood Angels Codex.

The Red Thirst: In a Turn in which a model from this Detachment charges into combat, the model adds 1 to its Initiative unit the end of the Assault phase. A model that has made a disordered charge that turn receives no benefit from the Red Thirst.

Unleashed Upon the Foe: Immediately after setting up a unit from this Detachment during deployment, you can move the unit 6 inches as if they were making a move in a Movement phase. Units that arrive from Reserve do not receive this bonus move.

Source: Campaign: Angel’s Blade

As of 10-25-2016 Blood Angel Unique Item groups are…

 

  • Relics of Baal
  • Relics of Archangels
  • Relics of Cretacia
  • Relics of the Lost

(See tabs for details)

 

Only one of each Relic of Baal may be taken per army.

 

The Crown Angelic 10 pts:

A model with the Crown Angelic has the Fear special rule. In addition, the enemy suffers a -2 penalty to Leadership when taking Fear tests caused by this item.

The Veritas Vitae 15 pts:

A model with the Veritas Vitae generates an additional Warlord Trait from the Strategic Traits table in Warhammer 40,000: The Rules. If the additional trait is the same as the first trait they generated, roll again until a different trait is generated.

Valour’s Edge 20 pts:

Range -, Str User, AP 2, Type: Melee

Fury of Baal 25 pts:

Range 12 inches, Str 7,  AP 2, Type: Pistol, Master-crafted

Gallian’s Staff 10 pts:

Range -, Str +2, AP 4,  Type: Melee, Concussive, Force, Rage-fulled = A model with Gallian’s Staff can re-roll any dice rolls of a 1 when making a Psychic Test, but will immediately suffer a Wound, with no saves of any kind allowed, for each re-rolled dice that is also a 1.

The Angel’s Wing 25 pts:

A model with the Angel’s Wing gains the Jump unit type as described in Warhammer40,000: The Rules. A unit containing a model with The Angel’s Wing may re-roll the scatter dice to determine their final position when arriving by Deep Strike, and may also re-roll any rolls on the Deep Strike Mishap table. Furthermore, any models that target this unit as a result of the Interceptor special rule can only make Snap Shots when doing so.

Units chosen from the Archangels Detachment and Formations can make use of the Relics listed below.

 

Banner of the Archangel Host 30 pts:

One Terminator Assault Squad may carry this banner instead of a company standard. Friendly units with the Blood Angels Faction within 12? of the bearer of the Banner of the Archangel Host re-roll failed Morale checks and Pinning tests. In addition, all friendly models with the Blood Angels Faction in the same unit as this banner have the Preferred Enemy special rule.

Archangel’s Edge 5 pts:

Range -, Str User, AP 3, Type: Melee, Giant Killer = Any To Wound rolls of a 6 have the Instant Death special rule against any model with the Monstrous Creature type.

The Executioner’s Hood 5 pts:

Librarian only. The bearer of the Executioner’s Hood is unaffected by the Shadow in the Warp special rule.

Units chosen from the Flesh Tearers Detachment and Formations can make use of the Relics listed below.

 

Bones of Baelsor 15 pts:

Dreadnought, Death Company Dreadnought, Furioso Dreadnought or Librarian Dreadnought only. A Dreadnought equipped with the Bones of Baelsor counts Crew Stunned results from the Vehicle Damage table as Crew Shaken results instead. Furthermore, penetrating hits caused by Tyranid bio-plasma, bio-plasmic cannons or venom cannon weapons on a Dreadnought equipped with the Bones of Baelsor are treated as glancing hits instead.

Slayer’s Wrath 10 pts:

Range 24 inches, Str 1, AP 5, Type: Rapid Fire, Master-Crafted, Poison 2+

Shield of Cretacia 5 pts:

Characters with access to the Relics of Baal only. May not be chosen by models wearing Terminator armour. The Shield of Cretacia confers a 3+ armour save. Attacks made against the bearer gain no benefit from the Poisoned special rule.

Units chosen from the Death Company Strike Force Formation or Lost Brotherhood Strike Force can make use of the Relics listed below.

 

The Reliquary Armour 30 pts:

The Reliquary Armour confers a 2+ Armour Save. In addition, the bearer has the Adamantium Will and Crusader special rules.

The Guardian’s Blade 30 pts:

Range -, Str User, AP 2, Type: Melee, Master-Crafted, Armourbane, Two-Handed

The Blood Shard 30 pts:

The bearer of the Blood Shard has the Counter-attack special rule.

Baal’s Vengeance 20 pts:

Range Template, Str X, AP 6 Type: Pistol, Poisoned (+4)

Fyrestrom 25 pts:

Range 12″, Str 8, AP 1, Type: Pistol, Melta, Master-Crafted

The Gilded Crozius 25 pts:

Death Company Chaplain only. Replaces the model’s crozius arcanum. All models in the bearer’s unit that has Feel No Pain special rule can re-roll Feel No Pain rolls of 1

Range -, Str +2, AP 3, Type: Melee, Concussive, Master-crafted

As of 10-25-16

The next section features all the various Formations each faction has. Expand each Formation for detailed information for, including (red highlighted) links to shopping lists for each Formation.

Blood Angel Battle Company Formation

Blood Angel Battle Company Formation

Requirements: 1 Captain, 1 Chaplain, 1 Command Squad, 6 Tactical Squads, 2 Assault Squads, 2 Devastator Squads, 1 Death Company Squad, 1 Dreadnought, 1 Furioso Dreadnought

Restrictions: None.

Special Rules:

The Angel’s Virtue: If this Formation is chosen as your Primary Detachment, you can re-roll the result when rolling on the Warlord Traits table in Codex: Blood Angels.

Objective Secured: All Troops units from this Formation have the Objective Secured special rule. A unit with this special rule controls objectives even if an enemy scoring unit is within range of the Objective Marker, unless the enemy unit also has this special rule.

The Red Thirst: In a turn in which a model from this Formation charges into combat, the model adds 1 to its Initiative characteristic until the end of the Assault phase. A model that has made a disordered charge that turn receives no benefit from the The Red Thirst.

Source: Codex: Blood Angels

Flesh Tearers Vanguard Strike Force Formation

Flesh Tearers Vanguard Strike Force Formation

Requirements: 3 Tactical Squads, 1 Assault Squad, 1 Vanguard Veteran Squad, 1 Furioso Dreadnought

Restrictions: None.

Special Rules:

Leading by Example: Whilst this Formation’s Vanguard Veteran squad is alive and on the battlefield, all units in this Formation ignore the penalties for disordered charges (including the penalty described in The Red Thirst, below) and have the Stubborn special rule.

The Red Thirst: In a turn in which a model from this Formation charges into combat, the model adds 1 to its Initiative characteristic until the end of the Assault phase. A model that has made a disordered charge that turn receives no benefit from the The Red Thirst.

Source: Campaign: Shield of Baal: Exterminatus & White Dwarf 47

 

Angel’s Wrath Intervention Force Formation

Angel’s Wrath Intervention Force Formation

Requirements: 1 Vanguard Veteran Squad, 2 Assault Squads

Restrictions: All models in this Formation must be equipped with jump packs.

Special Rules:

Guided Drop: This Formation must be placed in Deep Strike Reserve. Make a single Reserve roll for the entire Formation. If successful, all units arrive from the Formation. The Formation’s unit of Vanguard Veterans must be placed first, and units of Assault Marines do not scatter so long as the first model is placed within 6” of the Vanguard Veteran unit.

Meteoric Impact: Immediately after deploying, any enemy units within 6” of any units from this Formation suffer a Strength 4 AP- hit for each of their models which is within 6” of a model from this Formation. In addition, these enemy units must move as if they are in difficult terrain until the end of their next turn.

Source: White Dwarf 47

Angel’s Fury Spearhead Force Formation

Angel’s Fury Spearhead Force Formation

Requirements: 3 Tactical Squads, 3 Stormraven Gunships

Restrictions: Each Tactical squad must include 10 models. The Sergeant of each Tactical squad in this Formation must take a teleport homer as a free upgrade. This Formation’s Tactical squads cannot take Dedicated Transports, and must begin the game embarked in the Stormraven Gunships from this Formation.

Special Rules:

Augur Triangulation: If a friendly unit with the Blood Angels Faction arrives from Deep Strike Reserve within 12” of at least two models from this Formation equipped with teleport homers, then it does not scatter, and can charge on the same turn it arrives.

Objective Secured: All Troops units from this Formation have the Objective Secured special rule (see page 122 of Warhammer 40,000: The Rules).

Spearhead Strike Force: When making Reserve Rolls, make a single roll for the entire Formation, which you can choose to re-roll. If successful, all units arrive from the Formation. You can make a Reserve Roll for this Formation from the start of Turn 1.

Source: White Dwarf 47

 

Flesh Tearers Blood Rain Strike Force Formation

Flesh Tearers Blood Rain Strike Force Formation

Requirements: 1 Death Company Squad, 1 Vanguard Veteran Squad, 1 Assault Squad, 1 Furioso Dreadnought. 1 Stormraven Gunship

Restrictions: All models in this Formation must either be equipped with jump packs or begin the game embarked upon this Formation’s Stormraven Gunship.

Special Rules: Crusader.

Crimson Thunderbolt: On a turn in which a unit from this Formation disembarks from this Formation’s Stormraven Gunship, it can re-roll failed charge rolls and has the Rage special rule. Poised to Strike: All units in this Formation equipped with jump packs must be placed in Deep Strike Reserve. When making Reserve Rolls, make a single roll for the entire Formation, which you can choose to re-roll. If successful, all units in this Formation arrive from Reserve.

Rain of Blood: When a unit from this Formation arrives by Deep Strike, it gains the Counter-attack and Fearless special rules until the start of your next turn.

Source: White Dwarf 47

Archangels Orbital Intervention Force Formation

Archangels Orbital Intervention Force Formation

Requirements: 3 Terminator or Terminator Assault Squads (in any combination)

Restrictions: None.

Special Rules:

Swift Deployment: All unit in this Formation must be held back in Deep Strike Reserve. When making Reserve Rolls, make a single roll for the entire Formation. On a successful Reserves Roll, all of the units in this Formation arrive from Deep Strike Reserve. Units in this Formation can Run and then shoot on the turn they arrive by Deep Strike.

Source: Campaign: Shield of Baal: Exterminatus

Archangels Sanguine Wing Formation

Archangels Sanguine Wing Formation

Requirements: 2 Vanguard Veteran Squads, 1 Sternguard Veteran Squad, 1 Stormraven Gunship

Restrictions: All units of Vanguard Veteran and Sternguard Veterans must include 10 models. Vanguard Veterans must be equipped with jump packs.

Special Rules:

Surgical Strike Force: This Formation’s unit of Sternguard Veterans begins the game embarked upon the Formation’s Stormraven Gunship. The Formation’s Vanguard Veterans must be placed in Deep Strike Reserve. When making Reserve Rolls, make a single roll for the entire Formation, which you can choose to re-roll. On a successful Reserves Roll, all of the units in this Formation arrive from Reserve.

1st Company Armoury: Vanguard Veteran Squads from this Formation can take a single power weapon or lightning claw per model as a free upgrade. Sternguard Veteran Squads from this Formation can take a single storm bolter or combi-weapon per model as a free upgrade.

Source: Campaign: Shield of Baal: Exterminatus

Archangels Demi-Company Formation

Archangels Demi-Company Formation

Requirements: 1 Captain or 1 Chaplain, 2 Furioso Dreadnoughts, 5 squads chosen in any combination from Terminator Squads, Terminator Assault Squads, Sternguard Veteran Squads

Restrictions: The Formation’s Captain or Chaplain must be equipped with Terminator armor.

Special Rules: Stubborn.

Lord of the Host: If this Formation is chosen as your Primary Detachment, you can re-roll the result when rolling on the Archangels Warlord Traits table.

Storm of Angels: You can re-roll failed Reserve Rolls for units in this Formation with the Deep Strike special rule. In addition, units in this Formation arriving from Deep Strike Reserve scatter D6? less (normally D6? rather than 2D6?).

Source: Campaign: Shield of Baal: Exterminatus

The Archangels Formation

The Archangels Formation

Requirements: 1 Captain, 1 Chaplain, 4 Furioso Dreadnoughts, 10 squads chosen in any combination from Terminator Squads, Terminator Assault Squads, Sternguard Veteran Squads, Vanguard Veteran Squads

Restrictions: None

Special Rules: Stubborn. Elite Strike Force: You make Reserve rolls for units from this Formation from your first turn. Lord of the Host: If this Formation is chosen as your Primary Detachment, you can re-roll the result when rolling on the Archangels Warlord Traits table. Storm of Angels: You can re-roll failed Reserve Rolls for units in this Formation with the Deep Strike special rule. In addition, units in this Formation arriving from Deep Strike Reserve scatter D6? less (normally D6? rather than 2D6?).

Source: Campaign: Shield of Baal: Exterminatus

Blooded Demi-Company Formation

Blooded Demi-Company Formation

Requirements: 1 Captain or Chaplain, 1 Command Squad (only if Captain is taken), 3 Tactical Squads, 1 Assault Squad, 1 Devastator Squad, 1 Dreadnought, 1 Furioso Dreadnought (only if Chaplain is taken)

Restrictions: None

Special Rules: 

The Angel’s Virtue: If this Formation is chosen as your Primary Detachment, you can re-roll the result when rolling on the Warlord Traits table in Codex: Blood Angels.

The Red Thirst: In a turn in which a model from this Formation charges into combat, the model adds 1 to its Initiative characteristic until the end of the Assault phase. A model that has made a disordered charge that turn receives no benefit from the The Red Thirst.

Source: Campaign: Shield of Baal: Exterminatus

Strike Force Mortalis Formation

 Strike Force Mortalis Formation

Requirements: 1 Chaplain, 3 Death Company Squads, 2 Death Company Dreadnoughts, 1 Stormraven Gunship

Restrictions: None

Special Rules: Crusader.

Fury of the Forlorn: At the start of any Fight sub-phase, Death Company models from this Formation that do not have the Rampage special rule gain +1 Attacks if the combat they are in contains more enemy models than friendly models. This bonus lasts until the end of the phase. For the purposes of determining whether or not this special rule is activated, count all models locked in the combat, not just those that are engaged. A model that has made a disordered charge that turn receives no benefit from this rule.

Source: Campaign: Shield of Baal: Exterminatus

Dante’s Avenging Host Formation

Dante’s Avenging Host Formation

Requirements: Commander Dante, Mephiston, 1 Librarian, 1 Sanguinary Priest, 1 unit of Sanguinary Guard, 1 Blooded Demi-company Formation, 3 Stormraven Gunships

Restrictions: The Blooded Demi-company must include the Chaplain, but must otherwise adhere to all of the restrictions detailed in its corresponding Formation datasheet. All units not equipped with jump packs or beginning the game embarked upon the Formation’s Stormraven Gunships must begin the game embarked in Drop Pods, purchased at the normal points cost.

Special Rules: 

Objective Secured: All non-vehicle units in this Formation have the Objective Secured special rule. A unit with this special rule controls objectives even if an enemy scoring unit is within range of the objective marker, unless the enemy unit also has this special rule.

Storm of Angels: You can re-roll failed Reserve rolls for units in this Formation with the Deep Strike special rule. In addition, units in this Formation arriving from Deep Strike Reserve scatter D6? less (normally D6? rather than 2D6?).

Source: Campaign: Shield of Baal: Exterminatus

Lysios Relief Force Formation

Lysios Relief Force Formation

Requirements: Gabriel Seth, 1 Tactical Squad, 1 Vanguard Veterans Squad, 1 Baal Predator, 1 Predator, 1 Stormraven Gunship

Restrictions: None

Special Rules: Crusader.

Relief Force: All non-vehicle units in this Formation that do not have the Deep Strike special rule or the Jump unit type must be embarked upon a transport vehicle which may not be a Drop Pod. All units in this Formation must be placed in Reserve. When making Reserve Rolls, make a single roll for the entire Formation. On a successful Reserves Roll, all of the units in this Formation arrive from Reserve.

Source: Campaign: Shield of Baal: Exterminatus

The Defenders of the Cathedium Formation

The Defenders of the Cathedium Formation

Requirements: 1 Terminator Squad, 1 Death Company Squad, 2 Tactical Squads, 1 Assault Squad, 1 Furioso Dreadnought

Restrictions: None

Special Rules: Counter-attack, Stubborn.

Source: Campaign: Shield of Baal: Exterminatus

Strike Force Razorwind Formation

Strike Force Razorwind Formation

Requirements: 1 Lysios Relief Force Formation, 1 The Defenders of the Cathedrum Formation

Restrictions: None.

Special Rules: 

Exemplar of Defiance: All non-vehicle units from this Formation within 12? of Seth have the Fearless special rule. Reinforcements Inbound: Make Reserve Rolls for units from this Formation from your first turn. Make Reserve Rolls as normal for any of these units that do not arrive in your first turn.

Source: Campaign: Shield of Baal: Exterminatus

Strike Force Deathstorm Formation

Strike Force Deathstorm Formation

Requirements: Captain Karlaen, 1 Squad Alphaeus, 1 Raphen’s Death Company, 1 Cassor the Damned

Restrictions: None.

Special Rules: 

Against all Odds: All units in this Formation have the Fearless special rule. Models that already have the Fearless special Rule instead gain the Counter-attack special rule.

Bloody Toll: Once Per game, at the start of any Assault phase, Captain Karlaen can call for a Bloody Toll. On the turn he does so, all units in this Formation re-roll al failed To Wound rolls unit the end of the phase.

Source: Campaign: Shield of Baal: Deathstorm

Blood Angel Carmine Host Formation

Blood Angel Carmine Host Formation

Requirements: 1 Captain, 1 Tactical Squad, 1 Baal Predator

Restrictions: Captain must be equipped in Terminator Armour.

Special Rules: 

Honour the Primarch: Once per game, at the start of the turn until the beginning of the next turn, the Captain and any units from this formation that are within 12 inches of him have the Feel No Pain and Will Not Die special rules

Source: Start Collecting!: Blood Angels

Battle-Demi Company Formation

Battle-Demi Company Formation

Requirements: 1 Captain or Chaplain, 1 Command Squad if Captain taken, 3 Tactical Squads, 1 Assault Squad, Attack Bike, or Land Speeder unit, 1 Devastator Squad, 1 Dreadnought, 1 Furioso Dreadnought if Chaplain is taken.

Restrictions: None.

Special Rules: 

The Angel’s Virtue: If this Formation is your Primary Detachment, you can re-roll the result when rolling on the Warlord Traits Table in Codex: Blood Angels.

The Red Thirst: In a Turn in which a model from this Formation charges into combat, the model adds 1 to its Initiative unit the end of the Assault phase. A model that has made a disordered charge that turn receives no benefit from the Red Thirst.

Source: Campaign: Angel’s Blade

Archangels Orbital Intervention Force Formation

Archangels Orbital Intervention Force Formation

Requirements: 3 Terminator Squads or Terminator Assault Squads in any combination.

Restrictions: None.

Special Rules: 

The Swift Deployment: All units in this Formation must be held back in Deep Strike Reserve. When making Reserve Rolls,make a single roll for the entire Formation. On a successful Reserve Roll, all of the units in this Formation arrive from Deep Strike Reserve.

Orbital Intervention: Terminator Squads in this Formation can shoot twice on the turn they arrive from Deep Strike. The second round of shooting doesn’t need to target the same enemy unit. Terminator Assault Squads in this Formation can instead charge on the turn they arrive from Deep Strike Reserve, but always count as making a disordered charge when they do so.

Source: Campaign: Angel’s Blade

Archangels Demi-Company Formation

Archangels Demi-Company Formation

Requirements: 1 Terminator Captain, 2 Furioso Dreadnoughts, 5 Terminator Squads, Terminator Assault Squads, Vanguard Veteran Squads, or Sternguard Veteran Squads in any combination.

Restrictions: None.

Special Rules: Stubborn.

Elite Strike Force: Make Reserve Rolls for units in this Formation from your first turn. Storm of Angels: You can re-roll failed Reserve Rolls for units in this Formation arriving from Deep Strike Reserves scatter D6? less.

The Angel’s Virtue: If this formation is chosen as your Primary Detachment, you can re-roll the result when rolling on the Warlord Traits table in Codex Blood Angels.

Source: Campaign: Angel’s Blade

10th Company Ambush Force Formation

10th Company Ambush Force Formation

Requirements: 3-5 Scout Squads or Scout Bike Squads in any combination.

Restrictions: Scout Bike Squads in this Formation must be equipped with cluster mines.

Special Rules:

Concealed Positions: Each unit from this Formation that deploys using the Infiltrate special rule and does not have the Stealth special rule is Concealed. A concealed unit has the Stealth special rule unit Moves, Runs, Turbo Boosts, Charges, or Falls Back, at which one point it immediately loses the Stealth special rule for the rest of the battle.

The Trap is Sprung: During the first game turn, all units from this Formation have the Precision Shots special rule.

Source: Campaign: Angel’s Blade

Death Company Strike Force Formation

Death Company Strike Force Formation

Requirements: 1 Death Company Chaplain, 3 Death Company Squads, 1-3 Death Company Dreadnoughts.

Restrictions: Any Death Company Squad in this Formation can take a Stormraven as a Dedicated Transport.

Special Rules:

The Black Rage: All models in Death Company Squads from this Formation and all Death Company Dreadnoughts from this Formation add 1 to their Attacks characteristic whilst they are within 12? of their Formation Death Company Chaplain.

Source: Campaign: Angel’s Blade

Golden Host Formation

Golden Host Formation

Restrictions: None.
Special Rules:
Airborne Assault: From the second turn, you can choose the turn in which the units from this Formation arrive from Reserves. All units in the Formation must arrive on the same turn, and all must Deep Strike onto the battlefield. You can re-roll the scatter dice when units from this Formation arrive from Deep Strike Reserve.
Glory of Sanguinius: Units in this Formation can charge on the turn from Deep Strike Reserve, but always count as making a disordered charge when they do so.
Source: Campaign: Angel’s Blade
Chapter Ancients Formation

Chapter Ancients Formation

Requirements: 3-5 Librarian Dreadnoughts, Dreadnoughts, or Furioso Dreadnoughts in any combination.

Restrictions: None.

Special Rules:

Well-timed Blow: Once per battle, at the start of any Blood Angels turn, the Dreadnoughts in this Formation can deliver a Well-timed Blow. When they do so, shoot as if it were the Shooting phase, or Pile In and fight as if it were the Shooting phase, or Pile In and fight as if it were the Fight sub-phase. Different Dreadnoughts can carry out different actions if desired, so some might move, some shoot and some fight. Dreadnoughts that shoot or fight can do so again later in the same turn.

Source: Campaign: Angel’s Blade

Stormraven Squadron Formation

Stormraven Squadron Formation

Restrictions: None.
Special Rules:
Annihilation Strike: Once per battle, at the start of any of your turns, you can pick an enemy unit anywhere on the battle to be the target of an Annihilation Strike. When you do so, any Stormraven Gunships from this Formation that are within 72 inches of the target unit and have line of sight to the target must fire all of their remaining stormstrike missiles at it. Conduct the attacks as if they were being carried out in the Shooting Phase. No other attacks can be made by the Stormraven Gunships in this Formation. The Stormraven Gunships can shoot again in the Shooting phase of teh same turn, using the weapons they have remaining, and not counting the stormstrike missiles they used against the number of attacks that can be made that turn.
Source: Campaign: Angel’s Blade
Lucifer Armoured Task Force Formation

Lucifer Armoured Task Force Formation

Requirements: 1 Techmarine, 3-5 Baal Predator or Predator in any combination, 1-3 Land Raiders, Land Raider Crusaders, Land Raider Redeemers in any combination.

Restrictions: None.

Special Rules: Scout.

First Into Battle: All Predators and Land Raiders in this Formation have overcharged engines giving them all the Fast unit type.

Source: Campaign: Angel’s Blade

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