Space Marines Special Characters in 40K 6th Edition

Warhammer 40K Space Marines Marneus Calgar

This is in many ways part 2 of today’s (yesterday’s?) wave of Warhammer 40K Space Marines rumours. The first part covered Space Marines Warlord Traits and Chapter Tactics.

This post, likewise made possible by Talk Wargaming, covers the rumours on the Space Marines Special Characters in the upcoming 6th edition Space Marines Codex.

Without further ado, have a look! Remember that is still all rumours, so don’t start buying (or throwing away) miniatures just yet!

6th Edition Space Marines Special Characters Rumours

Marneus Calgar: 

  • +25 Points
  • Artificer Armor standard (2+)
  • God of War: May use a single Combat Doctrine twice per game
  • Titanic Might: Re-rolls all armor penetrating hits in close combat. He may reroll glancing hits to attempt to get a penetrating hit. Must accept the second roll even if it is worse than the first.
  • Weapons and Ammo still the same. Terminator Armor still has Frag and Krak Grenades. Retain his Teleport Homer.
  • Terminator Armor is 10 points and doesn’t prevent sweeping advances.Warlord Trait: Rolls 3 times on the Warlord Table, rerolling doubles, and chooses a single Warlord Trait.

Captain Cato Sicarius:

  • -15 points
  • Surprise Attack: +1 to Reserve Rolls
  • Weapons still the same
  • Battle-forged Heros: Pick a Tactical Squad and they gain Counter-Attack, Infiltrate or Scout.
  • May still use the Coup-de-Grace with his sword.
  • Lost Rites of Battle
  • Warlord Trait: Imperium Sword


  • -65 points
  • +1 Wound
  • Master Psyker: May re-roll any or all of his rolls to choose which powers he knows. He has access to all the powers.
  • ML3
  • Hood of Hellfire: Psychic Hood that allows you to re-roll failed psychic tests
  • Rod of Tigiruis: Same as before with the addition of Soulblaze
  • Gift of Prescience: If your army contains Tigirius you may choose to re-roll reserves and apply the result to units of the same attachement.
  • Warlord Trait: Storm of Fire


  • Zealot
  • All equipment the same
  • Warlord Trait: Angel of Death


  • Chapter Tactics: Ultramarines
  • Same points cost
  • Same rules

Sergeant Chronus:

  • -20 points
  • +1LD
  • His vehicle gains It Will not Die


  • -35 points (bike is still 20 point upgrade)
  • Bike does D3 Hammer of Wrath hits
  • Furious Charge
  • If Khan is your warlord friendly models with the Chapter Tactics White Scars special rule that are bikes or have dedicated transports have the Scout special rule.
  • Khan makes all bike squads who are 5 bikes or more count as troop choices.
  • Warlord Trait: Champion of Humanity


  • The Forgefather: If Vulkan is your warlord, all meltas, multi-meltas and combi-meltas in this detachment become twin-linked.
  • Lost Digital Weapons
  • No longer Master Crafts Thunderhammers
  • Warlord Trait: Iron Resolve


  • -10 points
  • Stealth
  • Before deploying Shrike can only join a Jump Infantry unit
  • Lost Fleet
  • Weapons stayed the same
  • Warlord Trait: Angel of Death


  • +30 Points
  • No more Bolter Defenses
  • Icon of Obstinancey: All models with the Imperial Fist Chapter Tactics re-roll failed morale and pinning checks
  • Same wargear
  • Warlord Trait: Champion of Humanity

Chapter Master Pedro Kantor:

  • +1 Attack
  • Oath of Rynn: If Chapter Master Kantor is your Warlord all models in Crimson Fist detachments have the Preferred Enemy (Orks) Special Rule. Furthermore, all such models within 12″ of Kantor have +1 Attack while he lives. This bonus does not affector Kantor, and is not cimulative with the similar bonuses that the Chapter Banner gives.
  • Still has Hold the Line: Crimson Fist Sternguard Veterans are scoring
  • Same Wargear and points
  • Warlord Trait: Iron Resolve


  • +5 points
  • +1 WS
  • Rites of Battle – Gone
  • Crusade of Wrath: Once per game, during the Assault Phase, all models with the Black Templar Chapter Tactics gain Hatred and Fleet until the end of the phase.
  • Sword of the High Marshalls is the same (+D3 attack on the charge)


  • -10 Points
  • -1 BS
  • +1 Wound
  • -1 Attack
  • It will Not Die (replaced “Only in Death Does Duty End”)
  • Zealot
  • Relics of Hellsreach: Any Black Templar in 6″ of a servitor gains a 6++ Invunerable save.
  • Unmatched Zeal: Black Templar models within of 6″ of Chaplain of Grimaldus have the Zealot special rule.

Emperor’s Champion:

  • Uses HQ Slot
  • +50 Points
  • 2+/4++
  • Black Sword: AP2, Mastercrafted
  • Combat Stances: Smite the Unclean - +2 Strength, Black Sword is two-handed and unwieldy; Slay the Heretic - Rolls of 6s to wound are Instant Death
  • Bolt Pistol gives extra attack (unless using Smite the Unclean)


These rules for the Special Characters seem a bit more tame (sane?) than those seen before. Marneus Calgar being able to pick one out of three Warlord Traits is a rather different best than Marneus Calgar being able to take three Warlord Traits, for example.

It will be interesting to see which version will be closer to the final version.

Leave a comment and let me know what you think!


Image: Golden Demon-winning Marneus Calgar by Joseph Tomaszewski.


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  • Bellarius

    Requires less smurfs. Though i’m at least glad they didn’t add more.

    • damaddok

      Yeah, I still think Chronus is an odd fit for the Ultramarines. He should’ve been part of the Iron Hands or, even better, Aurora Chapter.

  • Panagiotis Galanis

    I like the new changes,
    if there is an army encouraging single character heroics that’s the space marines! Also I like that rules and info on other first founding chapters will be added, that is certainly something long overdue.

  • Gonewild

    Its going to be a big dex, and I’m happy about that. I’m still on the fence about the delineation set for independent characters and their respective chapter(s), but I’ll wait until the codex is actually released to verify that issue.

    I was really hoping that Black Templar would get their own book- that is my one regret.

  • ZockMotte InServorüstung AufDo

    Calgar only +10 points but lysander +30? oO wtf?

    • Zweischneid

      Actually, the rumours say Calgar goes up +25 points (to 275), though the Armour of Antilochus is “only” +10 pts on top of that now (it used to be +15 pts.)

      Ultimately, Calgar in Terminator Armour will be 285 pts. and Lysander still “only” 230 pts. if these rumours are spot-on.

  • Beaviz100

    Give Kantor a 2+ save at least. It’s embarrassing having a Chapter Master that has a save of 3+ and almost anything kills him now.

    • Zweischneid

      Well. He didn’t get a 2+.