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#1 FFG Ross Watson

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Posted 23 April 2010 - 04:48 AM

Greetings, Deathwatch fans!

This week, I am pleased to present the fifth Space Marine Chapter of the Deathwatch core rulebook: The Blood Angels. Enjoy!



#2 Brother Praetus

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Posted 23 April 2010 - 04:59 AM

Well, there we have it.  Blood Angels a go-go.  Now to wait for the final chapter and see if I'm correct in it being Hammers of Retribution.  That would be nice.

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#3 Lord Richter Castus

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Posted 23 April 2010 - 05:09 AM

All right. Very excited. Although there was the art of the BA on the front page, I was stil a bit worried that my faves were taking so long to be announced. You know, nervous jitters and the like. Here's hoping the Thirst and the Rage add for some cool mechanics.



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Posted 23 April 2010 - 05:19 AM

Brother Praetus said:

Well, there we have it.  Blood Angels a go-go.  Now to wait for the final chapter and see if I'm correct in it being Hammers of Retribution.  That would be nice.

-=Brother Praetus=-

Aye, I'd love to see them given some fluff, given they are FFG's personalised chapter.

And so glad to see the Blood Angels, will be fun to play one of them!


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#5 TS Luikart

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Posted 23 April 2010 - 05:30 AM

Actually, the Hammers of Retribution are my chapter.

But I promise to make all my notes and some of the paint jobs of my troops  public after Deathwatch is released.

 

 



#6 Aajav-Khan

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Posted 23 April 2010 - 05:50 AM

TS Luikart said:

Actually, the Hammers of Retribution are my chapter.

But I promise to make all my notes and some of the paint jobs of my troops  public after Deathwatch is released.

     Please do .

     So Blood Angels fulfill the circle of in-print 40K Codex Chapters as suspected. Now we can go on and have the final frenzied speculation about the "Mystery Chapter".

     So what have we learned so far? Each Chapter has its own 1) table for advances, 2) special abilities and 3) "Demeanour". The first two are pretty self-explanatory but  what is the last one supposed to mean? Some sort of in-game mechanic like in World of Darkness? 



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Posted 23 April 2010 - 06:11 AM

Aajav-Khan said:

TS Luikart said:

 

Actually, the Hammers of Retribution are my chapter.

But I promise to make all my notes and some of the paint jobs of my troops  public after Deathwatch is released.

 

 

     Please do .

     So Blood Angels fulfill the circle of in-print 40K Codex Chapters as suspected. Now we can go on and have the final frenzied speculation about the "Mystery Chapter".

     So what have we learned so far? Each Chapter has its own 1) table for advances, 2) special abilities and 3) "Demeanour". The first two are pretty self-explanatory but  what is the last one supposed to mean? Some sort of in-game mechanic like in World of Darkness? 

The demeanour does interest me too.  That and the Special abilities and traits section.  I'm guessing that the traits section will be a mechanic think like in the other systems.

I'm thinking the demeanours will be a less mechanic thing and more like a guide for rping them.



#8 The Wyzard

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Posted 23 April 2010 - 06:17 AM

For a clue as to the mechanical nature of Demeanors, one might speculate they're related to some of the mechanics in WFRP3.  You know, kissing cousins, at least.   

 

In any event, it's the most intriguing thing I've seen so far from the previews.



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Posted 23 April 2010 - 11:17 AM

Actually, the writing and develpment for Purge the Unclean was done by Black Libraries.  The Hammers of Retribution are as GW as any other chapter. 



#10 Brother Praetus

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Posted 23 April 2010 - 11:31 AM

Cynical Cat said:

Actually, the writing and develpment for Purge the Unclean was done by Black Libraries.  The Hammers of Retribution are as GW as any other chapter. 

Cynical,

Legally speaking quite possible, but without knowing any specifics about the contract under which T.S. Luikart worked on PtU, that cannot be said with a 100% degree of certainty.  They may have let him maintain his intellectual property pending it being utilized in further materials.  Who knows?  For that matter, who knows if T.S. is male or female?  I default to male due to the propensity of male authors in the role-playing community, but I could be wrong...  Any way, a little rambling now, so I think I might be done.

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#11 SonofDorn

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Posted 23 April 2010 - 12:00 PM

Huzzah! Blood Angels abound!


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#12 Arag

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Posted 23 April 2010 - 01:07 PM

Blood Angels? What a surprise.

 

The only thing that will really surprise me is the last chapter. Everything else was predictable. 

 



#13 Rictus

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Posted 24 April 2010 - 03:23 AM

Okay 5 for 5 as far as the space marine codexes are covered...

Ultramarines, Space Wolves, Dark Angels, Blood Angels, Black Templars...and chapter no.6

Perhaps once the designers have posted the identity of the sixth chapter can then focus on other aspects of DW to tease the punters/consumers with. I would like to perhaps see a map of the Jericho Reach, more revlatory discussions regarding new aspects of DW such as the concept of Renown or perhaps more insight into the actions of the DW within Jericho Reach, perhaps some personalities in the great crusade within the Jericho Reach, among other posssible aspects before the introductory adventure rolls out prior to the release of the book...

Interesting facets of the setting and the mechanics, which if are on par with DH/RT then should indicate that DW will be of very much the same standards as its predecessor.

Previously I would like to see the Iron Hands inclusion, or possibly the Hammers of Retribution from PtU (interesting to read the accompanying fluff on the chapter), but at this point I would just like it to be done and dusted because the process has dragged on a little long. At present any of the other chapters which don't have a codex for WH40K (bar the Legion of the Damned) are equally possible for inclusion...

Coming in no.6, your time is up!



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Posted 24 April 2010 - 07:05 AM

Lord Richter Castus said:

All right. Very excited. Although there was the art of the BA on the front page, I was stil a bit worried that my faves were taking so long to be announced. You know, nervous jitters and the like. Here's hoping the Thirst and the Rage add for some cool mechanics.

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#15 Logan Ambrose

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Posted 24 April 2010 - 08:52 AM

 This is going to be great. There is enough in just these five chapters to take any other chapter and make rules for them. I cant wait.


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Posted 25 April 2010 - 04:18 AM

Brother Praetus said:

Cynical Cat said:

 

Actually, the writing and develpment for Purge the Unclean was done by Black Libraries.  The Hammers of Retribution are as GW as any other chapter. 

 

 

Cynical,

Legally speaking quite possible, but without knowing any specifics about the contract under which T.S. Luikart worked on PtU, that cannot be said with a 100% degree of certainty.  They may have let him maintain his intellectual property pending it being utilized in further materials.  Who knows?  For that matter, who knows if T.S. is male or female?  I default to male due to the propensity of male authors in the role-playing community, but I could be wrong...  Any way, a little rambling now, so I think I might be done.

-=Brother Praetus=-

Highly unlikely, as their standard contracts make clear that any of the material you write for them becomes their IP.



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Posted 26 April 2010 - 10:17 AM

You know this is my own shot in the dark and I know it'll never happen.....but i do enjoy sparking a debate.  What about....The Damned??

the mystery chapter that always seems to show up when needed to help turn the tide and save the day


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#18 Arag

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Posted 26 April 2010 - 10:25 AM


RedSkull said:

You know this is my own shot in the dark and I know it'll never happen.....but i do enjoy sparking a debate.  What about....The Damned??

the mystery chapter that always seems to show up when needed to help turn the tide and save the day

 

While I really love the the Damned for the amount of bad-assery they represent, I really doubt that they will be included. Maybe in a supplement down the road, but even then I think they will be NPCs only..



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Posted 26 April 2010 - 04:52 PM

I'm somewhat surprised the Crimson Fists aren't in there, considering that fluff wise, they're supposed to be the most numerous chapter to give members to the Deathwatch.



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Posted 26 April 2010 - 06:57 PM

Tarkand said:

I'm somewhat surprised the Crimson Fists aren't in there, considering that fluff wise, they're supposed to be the most numerous chapter to give members to the Deathwatch.

If the timeframe is the same as DH, then they would be presently severely undermanned so it actually makes sense.






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