I normally do not do the whole rumor thing. I prefer to focus more on army building, tactica, and battle reports. But, with the Dark angels codex release rumored to be right around the corner, I decided to round up all the rumors and see if maybe we get a decent idea of what to expect with the new Dark Angel codex.
The Dark Angels codex is rumored to be released by the end of the year. Some sources say November, while others are saying December. Along with the codex release, we will see at least 3-4 boxed sets of miniatures in this release.
First, as far as the Army special rules, these are the things that I have compiled from several rumor sources:
Army wide will see stubborn units with "inner circle" units maintaining fearless. ATSKNF will remain in effect for stubborn units. There is also something that represents the chapter's proficiency with plasma - as of now, I'm not sure if this will be in the form of a special rule, or just gear selection options, but we can definitely expect more plasma. A new Warlord traits list will be coming (this table may well encompass all of the special rules that are being rumored). And a new list of at least 4 Psyker powers...I doubt we will see cards for just 4 powers, unless they come out with the codex. There will be some type of special bonus the army will get for hunting the fallen, which will be represented via winning challenges.
For Army selection, our special characters will be getting some love. All of the characters from the previous codex remain, but we will be seeing the addition of at least 2-3 more characters to include a chaplain type. I found this list on Faeit 212:
Belial - not needed for deathwing
Sammael - not needed for ravenwing
Barakiel - named Techmarine/master of the forge! Note: barakiel is known as Angel of Lightning in references
Sabrael - guardian of the inner circle, gives bonus to inner circle unit
Company Master TA option
Command squad ( option to take TA or bikes with Belial or Sammael respectively, and apothecary, standard bearer, 1 heavy weapon)
Chaplains (x3 can function independently like sanguinary priests in BA,
or form a unit w special rules). Only characters if independent.
Inner circle unit ( name is not known) tasked with hunting down one
enemy unit, special rules for doing so. Can death wing assault, can
assault on deep strike. But glass cannon, great in assault, but standard
PA so will be easily shot up.
Brother-interrogators - this unit wears chaplain style death masks, but
are not chaplains, they are a specialist unit adept at near range
combat, standard armament is dual bolt pistols and power maul. Can
Ravenwing Bike squad not sure how it differs from ravenwing assault squad.
Ravenwing assault squad
Ravenwing support squad
Ravenclaw air superiority fighter
Whirlwind w flakk options
Devastator w flakk options
Siege cannon ( this is supposedly the Techmarine cannon described earlier)
There is also rumors that there will be a new vehicle or variant in the heavy slot. All I have read rumored it to be a new predator plasma variant. I also recently heard a rumor about a possible plasma Land Raider variant, but who knows. Also, the dreadnought in the Heavy slot is rumored to be a Mortis dread with special rules.
Standard Dedicated Transports are there, Rhino, razorback, and Drop
Pods. I have conflicting rumors the Land Raider is in as a Dedicated
Transport for Terminators.
New landspeeder (Storm?)
Its bigger than the StormTalon, but the fuselage has a landspeeder style
to it. I took it to mean squarish. The wings are supposedly fanned
forward like an Aquila. I am also going to assume that this will not be a second flyer, so maybe this is the "ravenclaw" in the rumor above.
Now all of these things are rumors, but considering how accurate these sources were on the Chaos codex, I am getting rather excited. The biggest things I wanted to see out of a new codex was parity with Codex: Space Marines, more special characters, a chapter-specific special rule bringing us back to the glory days of being stubborn, and maybe a new unit or two, especially a flyer. And by the rumors I am seeing, these all appear to be coming.