|Asomodai is back! But not like this :(|
|From 2nd Edition up to 4th, the Dark Angel's codex books over the years.|
|An excellent illustration changed and not really for the better.|
Overall, everything throughout seems well written. At times it seems a little trite, but the origins of Space Marines has been written about so much it is to be expected. I really enjoyed the History of the Dark Angels section, which talked about notable events in DA history in the form of a timeline, stretching from directly after the Horus Heresy to the 41st millennium. It is nice because it gives perspective of how much time has passed since the Heresy and the DA taken up the title the Unforgiven.
It was good to see Interrogator-Chaplain Asomodai back as a special character (with the Blades of Reason!); he seemed a curious omission from the last book. His background material was modified a little, making him more fanatical in his quest to find the Fallen. While this sounds fine, it is accomplished in somewhat ridiculous ways, making his character seem rather myopic and stupid. He placed a Penance of Silence on all of the 7th company because they were laughing? I was pleased to see they included a short story about Asomodai interrogating a Fallen that originally appeared in the Angels of Death codex, however. Overall, I feel he was a missed opportunity to be something great. This is compounded by the awful new model for him (there simply was no reason to replace Jes Goodwyn’s classic rendition; every aspect of the new one falls below the old). Although understandable, it is a shame they did not include any other more unusual DA special characters. It would have been neat to see Brother Bethor (bearer of the Sacred Standards) or Veteran sergeant Naaman (Scout sergeant who died during the events of Piscina IV).
I realize this post is getting rather long, so I think I will cut it off here. In the future, I might talk a bit about the rules, particularly after playing a few games. To sum everything up, I think it is a good codex, with high production values in most areas (aside from some questionable tampering with the art and it receiving an errata within days of its release). It adds a lot in terms of variety when compared to their last codex, which opens up many options in list building as well as modeling.
As they say: Never forget. Never forgive!
- Godwyn Fischig