The Truth Behind Codex Imperial Agents? – REVIEW

By Rob Baer | December 17th, 2016 | Categories: Product Review, Sisters of Battle, Videos, Warhammer 40k

female inquisitor sisters

Confused about the new Imperial Agents codex? Come see the truth behind what is and isn’t in the new book in our first look review of the new supplement.

At first glance the book itself seems to be a “poor mans” Imperial faction answer to the Chaos Traitor Legions book, as both are the same number of pages, and feature rules for nine different variants on the same main faction as well.

imperial agents traitors legion

One however is hardcover, one is softcover (Traitor Legions), perhaps indicating which Games Workshop expected to sell more of. Remember per how GW operates, this release was in motion long before the boisterous “Dust Bins” video that auspiciously drew everyones attention to the real possibility of plastic Sisters of Battle in the near future.


So it’s no surprise there has been a lot of confusion with what’s going on in the new Imperial Agents Codex. Some folks that had the codex in hand early made statements that caused a lot of readers to believe that because certain items were missing in this book, as if they had just vanished from 7th Edition 40k entirely.

That seems to not be the case at all, in fact after reading the book. So we’re breaking the new supplement down today for everyone to keep your salt levels at normal.

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First off If you read the header to the rules section it seems to to indicate this codex is just a big compilation of the digital rules with additional formation detachments to allow you to play them easier with your existing Armies of the Imperium.


These detachments also, in most cases, confer a new Command Benefit for said faction as well.


So for instance if you just wanted to still take an Inquisitor using the new Inquisitorial Representative Detachment (to get servo skulls for instance) you would have go to the Codex Inquisition for said HQ choice as he is indeed Inquisitional Faction and complies with the single restriction to this Detachment!

imperial agents detachments


This seems to reiterate our analysts of the Codex based on the header pages above as well. You can take units that have the same faction as the detachments presented in the front of each unit section in Imperial Agents and as long as you meet the compulsory slots, and restrictions (bracketed in red above arrow) you can plug ANY applicable units into these formation detachments. Again in most cases, gaining the new Command Benefit listed.


Some things to keep in mind about this new book however is that just like the Iron Priests in Curse of the Wulfen book, there are now several duplicate datasheets for the Armies of the Imperium. Does that mean one datasheet supersedes the other? Good question!

So in the long run, this codex may just be a good thing for the hobby as it allows you new exciting ways to slot in small groups of miniatures from your collection into existing armies, and get a sweet command benefit to boot!

Now that the picture is starting to become a little bit clearer, press play on our video review of all nine factions in codex Imperial Agents!

How do you feel about this book, now?

About the Author: Rob Baer

Virginia Restless, Miniature Painter & Cat Dad. I blame LEGOs. There was something about those little-colored blocks that started it all... Twitter @catdaddymbg
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