Trying to get into 9th ed 40K: Step 3 – Background Study to Understand the Codex

Well, having slammed straight into a rather confusing jumble of rules and options, picking a list straight from the codex just wasn’t happening.

I think if I’d been more actively playing in 8th ed, and just updating an existing 2000pt army list for , rather than starting with a core chunk of minis and trying to work out what I should be adding, it’d prove much easier.

But I’m doing it the hard way.  Luckily I have enough background with Sisters to understand how the 8th ed codex did work, so I had enough of a background to read through the “9th ed changes” articles on various blog sites to get a feel for what I was seeing.  

These articles are in the order I read them – I would recommend you start with the wargamer.com link first as a brilliant starting point.

Goonhammer’s Adepta Sororitas Codex review isn’t billed as a 8th -> 9th ed update viewpoint, but it felt very much that way to me.  I’m not sure how I’d have found it if I was starting Adepta Sororitas from scratch, but given my familiarity with past codexes, I found it an absolutely invaluable starting point.  I genuinely understood the point of the various rules, and got a much better grip of how they interrelate.

Codex Adepta Sororitas – 9th Edition: The Goonhammer Review

I went on to read Sprues and Brews Codex review too.  This didn’t go into the detail as much as Goonhammer, but was a fantastic quick overview, and will work well as a reminder when I go back into the main codex to try and pick things again.

Warhammer 40,000 Codex Adepta Sororitas Review | 9th Edition

Continuing my reading, I went on to the ArtOfWar40K’s review of the codex.  This was less useful than the others for getting an overall feel for the faction, but the in depth run through of stratagems and how/why the various HQ characters might tie in with upgrades and options was fantastically usefully to genuinely understanding those areas.  I don’t think I’d have understood it at all without reading the Goonhammer and Sprues and Brews articles first, though.

What made it less useful was a really big focus on Bloody Rose armies – I have a load of painted Sisters from the Order of the Martyred Lady!  However, the descriptions of just how the rules interacted was still very useful!!

Adepta Sororitas Breakdown

Next, I went on to read the article here, at Wargamer.com.  And damn.  Its really light on the rules, but gives a brilliant overview of how the Sisters army is likely to play on the battlefield, how the army ties to the lore, and some quick gotchas and highlights.  Honestly – this is the article I wish I’d read first.  Not in depth at all, but enough to give me a feel for the army, and with the bits I pieces I remember from 8th ed, enough to put everything else I’ve read so far into context.

https://www.wargamer.com/warhammer-40k/sisters-of-battle

Now I’m ready to start jotting down everything I’ve learnt so far in one article to help me build my Order of the Martyred Lady list!  One thing already springing out at me is that I’m going to need a clear, step by step, phase by phase checklist to play properly if I’m not playing weekly.

Wow, this is a lot of work.

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