Monday, March 26, 2012

The Lamenters

The Lamenters are the only chapter involved in the Badab War that doesn’t use Codex: Space Marines; they are a Blood Angels successor and thus use their codex. They are a fleet-based Chapter on the side of the secessionists, and their role in the war was mainly to raid Imperial shipping. Like all of the Sons of Sanguinius, the Lamenters prefer shock assault tactics, though their history means that they have relatively few of the rarer artifacts, such as Glaives Encarmine, Angelus Bolters, Land Raiders, and Baal Predators.

The Lamenters’ character is one of nobility and honor, mixed with cynicism and despair because their most honorable actions always backfire on the Chapter. Despite this, they continue to act with honor, despite their dwindling numbers and seemingly endless bad luck.

Malakim Phoros

Malakim Phoros is the Chapter Master of the Lamenters. He has the statline of a standard Chapter Master, but he picks up an extra attack, and he carries the fairly standard armament of a Glaive Encarmine and an infernus pistol (named Catechist).

Phoros is mainly an assault character, and doesn’t do much to support the army as a whole. He makes the squad he joins Fearless, and any enemy squad losing an assault to him must re-roll successful Morale tests for falling back. This could be handy, as, at the very least, it will allow you to force more No Retreat wounds on enemy marines. Finally, he gets an extra point of strength and an extra attack once he takes a wound, though he and any unit he joins are then subject to Rage.  


  1. I don't know why, but I have always loved the lamenters. Maybe because they are the only BA successor chapter that has overcome the Black Rage. Maybe because of their unusual colour scheme. DOn't know.

    Do you have more info on the chapter is a whole?

    Anyway, again a nice read. It feels a bit like reading Index Astartes articles in the old days of White Dwarf. Looking forward to more of these.


  2. I've always had a soft spot for the Lamenters, but in my case I think it comes down to the paint scheme. I have a thing for yellow marines for some reason. I almost started a Lamenters army but couldn't justify having two Blood Angels armies.

    I do have more background on the Lamenters. The goal of this series of articles is to provide an introduction to all of the Badab War Chapters and talk about how they play and what their characters do. Once that's done, it would be a lot of fun to write up Index Astartes style articles for some of the more obscure Chapters. It would give me something to do with all of my old White Dwarves and codices.


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