This is easily.. very easily.. one of the most bizarre RAW/RAI disputes I’ve come across in a long time. Do not enter without your most detail-obsessed mindset.
First things first, without a doubt, among the most surprising things about the new Space Marines Codex is the fact that the Black Templars Space Marines – former masters of their own Codex – got rolled into the book (yeah… sorry to keep rubbing that in).
Perhaps the main reason I was sceptical of this rumour – when it was first heard ahead of the Codex release – was the fact that Black Templars have their own entry in the allies chart of the Warhammer 40K rule book (as do Space Wolves, Dark Angels, etc..).
The Black Templar entry obviously is different from the entry for regular Codex Space Marines.
- Detachments from Codex Space Marines and Tau are Battle Brothers. Black Templars and Tau only Allies of Convenience.
- Space Marines and Sisters of Battle are Allies of Convenience. Black Templars and Sisters only Desperate Allies.
- Space Marines and Orks are Desperate Allies. Grimaldus allied with Orks? Not even in Apocalypse!
#1 – Black Templars and Allies in 6th Edition?
So the dispute now revolves around the question whether Black Templars in 6th Edition now use the entry for Codex Space Marines or the old entry for Codex Black Templars. I’ll try to present both sides (though I must admit I am very much biased towards one of them).
Opinion 1: Black Templars use the old “Codex Black Templar” entry
One side would see Black Templars using their old entry in the allies chart. The cannot ally with Orks. They’d be Desperate Allies with Sisters of Battle, etc.. .
The argument for this version rests chiefly on the 78 of the new Space Marines Codex, which clearly was written to cover questions such as this one.
Older publications would, presumably, include the Warhammer 40K 6th Edition rulebook, along with the allies chart. The entry referring to “Codex: Black Templars” (or just “Black Templars”) in the allies chart would be replaced with “Codex: Space Marines using the Black Templars Chapter Tactics“. A very literal “replacement” of the former for the latter.
The new 6th Edition Space Marines Codex would make use of two entries in the allies chart, depending on the Chapter Tactics you picked (one entry for Black Templars Chapter Tactics, one entry for all other Chapter Tactics).
Option 2: Black Templars use the regular Codex Space Marines entry
The other side would have Black Templars use the Space Marines entry for allies, making them (among other things) Allies of Convenience with Sisters of Battles and Battle Brothers with the Tau Empire.
One argument to this end are some of the new fluff in the new Space Marines Codex.
Page 51 states:
That doesn’t sound at all like “Desperate Allies“, and more like a fairly explicit attempt to change the Black Templars relationship with the rest of the Imperium to something more amiable.
The second argument, furthermore, adds that there simply is no Codex: Black Templars anymore and it should all be treated as “Codex: Space Marines” (with Black Templars Chapter Tactics).
This would include the allies-matrix.
#2 – Your Thoughts?
So what do you think applies?
If someone sets up an army of Black Templars with Adepta Sororitas or Tau across the table, how would you expect them to play?
Which side of the argument (as presented by me) seems more reasonable to you?
It may seem like a small thing, but it obviously could be a major issue for people actually collecting these armies. So leave a comment and let me know what you think (and why)!