Legion of the Damned Codex - Warhammer 40k
It's official: the Legion of the Damned has its own codex. Released as a digital download, this new codex allows players to field the Legion of the Damned as a Primary Detachment, or as an Allied detachment.
So exactly what options are included? Let's take a look at a standard Legionnaire first.
Legion of the Damned Rules
We only have to look at the newest Space Marine codex to see what a standard Legionnaire looks like.
- Standard Marine States with a few exceptions
- 2 Attacks base
- Leadership of 10
- Power Armor
- Bolter, Bolt Pistol, Frag, and Krak grenades
The Legion have a host of special rules as well:
- Slow & Purposeful
- Deep Strike (with re-roll scatter), cannot be joined by Independent Characters
- Ranged attacks Ignore Cover
- 3+ Invulnerable Save
Wow! So we have a bunch of deep striking space marines, who can shoot heavy weapons as if standing still, ignore cover, have a 3++ save, and have to be killed to the last man before they are gone. Fun!
Note that the squad can also upgrade with a special weapon AND a heavy weapon, and that the sergeant can also upgrade his weapons.
Let's look now at how you can field Legion of the Damned in your army! These are new rules straight from the digital codex!
Legion of the Damned Forces
Legion of the Damned can be brought two ways: as a Primary Detachment or as an Allied force. Let's look at the details of the Primary Detachment first, then we will get to the Allies.
- 1 Legion of the Damned Squad
- 1 Legion Sergeant is upgraded to your HQ, but he is not an Independent Character. He does have his own Warlord Chart, and the trait effects his whole unit.
- 3 additional Legion of the Damned squads
So there aren't a lot of choices, but it does allow you to bring a lot of these amazing troops. What's more, if you field the Legion as your Primary Detachment, then all units count as scoring! Good luck to your opponent pushing your 3++ power armored ghosts off an objective.
Also, you take an ALLIED Legion detachment with your Primary detachment. The joke is now, Hey Bro, I heard you like Legion of the Damned with your Legion of the Damned... As long as your Primary Detachment is Legion, then all your Legion forces (primary and allied) count as scoring.
Now, what about using the Legion as an Allied Detachment? Here's the deal: the Legion is a Detachment... which means it can be taken in ADDITION to a normal Allied detachment, AND it breaks the Force Org chart. So even for Allies, the Legion has 1 mandatory squad and up to 3 additional squad, and you nominate 1 sergeant as the HQ.
The difference between bringing a Legion detachment as Primary or Allied, is that an Allied Legion detachment is not scoring (unless your Primary is also Legion).
So who can Ally with the Legion?
- All Imperial (and Inquisition)
- Dark Eldar
- Everyone else!
Legion of the Damned Warlord & Relics
With a new codex, the Legion of the Damned get a set of Warlord Traits and a new Relic. Your warlord is actually one of your sergeants that you nominate; he remains a Character (not Independent), but his Warlord Trait affects his entire unit.
- Unit has Soul Blaze.
- If your Warlord's unit is in base contact with an enemy, that enemy unit has -1 LD for every additional Legion unit on the board!
- Units bolter weapons have Armorbane.
- Unit has Feel No Pain.
- Unit can choose when to enter from Reserves.
- Unit has Preferred Enemy (everyone!)
That's a nice list and it's amazing that each entry effects the entire unit. I suppose that makes up for not having a multi-wound IC in your army. Let's look now at the new Relic.
Animus Malorum - Gives the unit Feel No Pain. Each time an enemy unit within 12" fails a Fear, Morale, or Pinning check, one random model of that enemy unit is removed with no saves. In addition, your unit's Feel No Pain is bettered by one, to a max of 2+ Feel No Pain.
That's a pretty fluffy artifact, and has some great rules, too! Combined with the Warlord Trait that gives negative modifiers to LD, this could be a recipe for a deathstar unit growing through the game!
Legion of the Damned Poll
What are your feelings about the Legion codex?
What Do You Think?
That's about it. It is a mini-codex, with only a few options. What separates this from one of GW's dataslates is that introduces a new Primary Detachment and it also includes a lot of great new art and background. I will say that the codex does not solve the mystery of the Legion, but rather gives background for their greatest battles and possible origins based on different perspectives. It's a neat read!
As always, thanks for reading and stick around to comment. Murphy Out!