Hello everybody,

This thread is for the Retribution version of the Wrath of the Blood Ravens mod.

Install the mod by unraring it to the main retribution folder, and running Astartes.bat file.

Gamma release link:



New Beta Download link:


Old Alpha Download link:



Gabriel Gorgutz and BloodRavage (Aradiel) have very kindly given me permission to use their modifications and models. I am very grateful, and here are the threads to their epic mods.



Here is my own mod for Chaos Rising.


Credits: Here are all the people who contributed to Retribution modding. I have copied the original credits for fullness, and I will do my best to update them if something changes.

The Codex Edition mod team:

Special thanks for the valuable feedback to the balancing team and community, and to Xenenator for organizing this page.
HEROES OF THE IMPERIUM: Take a moment to honor these brave souls, without whom the Light of the Astronomican would have gone out long ago...
Bloodravage, Master of the Forge (Models, textures, animations, the Standard Bearer, new weapon fx, pintle guns and too many awesome models to list here, check out his mod Destroyer40k)
Canis Lupus, Chapter Master (Models, textures, animations, new Eldar features, worked on pintle guns with Bloodravage)
Horus Heretic, Warmaster of Chaos and the WOA + FOK team
Full credits to the WOA team can be found here: Woa + FoK Modteam -http://fok.dow-mods.com/index.php
Smokin' Joe NL, 1st Company Captain (organizing games, getting new people into the mod, being a top player since the very first release, balance info, and overall support)
Swarmlord Sovereign, The Great Devourer (helping to organize games and get new people into the mod, balance info, becoming a top player and writing some of the up-coming player guides, being a source for lore and tt accuracy, especially for SM and Nids)
Shuma, Master of the Armoury (models, textures)
RagnarR40k, Master Artificer and Codicier (artwork, chapters and banners, game ideas)
Caid, Master of the Eldar Warhost (Dark Reaper models and weapons)
Jaylo138, Master of the Armoury (models, textures for terminator Chaplain)
Hangar-8, Keeper of the Chapter Heraldry (artwork, chapters and banners)
Darrius88, Master Reclusiarch (chaplain model and textures)
Shadowninja009, for helping me with some models and the scout heavy bolter issues.
Unusualfashion/OneProduct, Master of the Librarium (coding, many instances of help getting things to work)
Miguel, Master of the Librarium (coding, many instances of getting wargear and other issues cleared up)

The Destroyer 40k mod team :

Thank you to NastyNoodle for her understanding, and for the continued use of the Tau models used within the Tau race.
-Tau models crated by NastyNoodle:
-Tau Firewarriors, Tau Heavy Weapons team, Kroot, Drones, Crisis Suits, Devilfish, Skyray, Hammerhead variants, and all Tau troop and vehicle weapons.

Thank you to Shuma for the use of the listed models and textures, I hope that I have included them all:
-Dreadnought weapons and textures, chaplain, terminator chaplain, comander terminator helmet, chaos plague lord, khorne champion, veteran helmets, black templar models and multiple weapons textures.

Thank you as well to HorusHeretic for the use of new marine and chaos bolter textures, sternguand and vanguard armour pieces, khorne berzerkers, thousand sons, chaos terminator helms, whirlwind launcher, and predator side mounted lascannons.

Edit: And of course Bloodravage himself!

The Wrath of the Blood Ravens mod team :

Aliblabla, Jaylo138, Zetrial for making their super mods and support.
Special Thanks to Shuma for his unit models.
Netrogor and Rodzaju for their inspiring modding.
Predi and Leves for the faithul testing and ideas that they provided.
Predi (Malcador) again for the help with the item descriptions!
Corsix, Exo Elite and TheEndlessGrey, Copernicus and Dekhranic for their great tools and wisdom.
Buguba, Miguel and Gorb for advices.
Darrius86 for his Chaplain.
Shuma for the wonderful Chaos Terminators, Rubric marines, Khorne berzerkers and Space Marine Helmets.
Nerevarine for his help with the corrupted Chaos Marines.
Kolaris for the Sternguard Ammunition mod.
Chaos Godstone for fixing the angel gate bug.

Vengeance of the Blood Ravens team and helpful people:

Canis Lupus/LupusXIII and Sterling/SweetBeatrice for their help and contributions with models like the Predator Executioner and Leman Russ Demolisher.

Minimod mod team:

Thanks to Sweet Beatrice, Shuma, Horus Heretic and the WOA team, Shadowninja, Orkfaeller, Uncle Anaesthesia, Hadrun and Konfi, I'll update some specific Chapters and Legions.

Elite mod team:
David CZ for his new Dark Reapers!
Orkfaeller for his Cadian medics and Krieg Quartermasters!

Horusheretic and Mirage Knight and the Warpstorm over Aurelia team:


Cucc from Relicnews forums : Getting me a new, working edition of Dekrhanic's packing tools!

Thank all of the above people for their hard work.

My mod here will try to give these fantastic units a new feel and style. After all, I wish to create a new experience, and not just rename the original mods. I will also be trying to help out with the Codex Edition mod with some of the coding.

This is not a codex mod, but a movie marines lore mod. This means the marines here are powered according to the lore, but I will try to balance this by making the other factions units more numerous and faster and cheaper to make.

After all, a proper ork horde or Tyranid swarm is hundreds of xenos strong!

I have the following plans so far. These are just plans, depending on permissions and my skills (Hard ones marked with a * ) if I can implement them.

Space Marines : Commanders will be Chapter captain, Legion captain * and Grey Knight Brother Captain. Chaplains, Techmarines and Apothecaries, Librarians and Emperor's Champions will be available to all as secondary heroes. GKs can summon the IG Inquisitor lady.
Chaos : Khorne Lord and Nurgle Lord and Sorcerer, plus summonable Plague Champion. May get khorne champion as summonable too.
Guard : Commanders Cadian general, Shuma style Krieg General , Tau commander. Commissar and Inquisitor are Summonable.
Eldar : I think Gabriel Gorgutz has it right with the WSE repaced by the Autarch. WSE will be a support hero available to all.
Orks : I am not sure, but Codex mod's setup seems fine: Warboss, Mekboy, Weirdboy. Kommando nob will be secondary hero.
Tyranids : Same as before, though I may turn the Swarmlord into a hero. Give him "staregic options" as the wargear, which enhances all tyranids on the map in a certain way. Like Resilience gives more health, Aggression more damage, Fleet more speed.

Heavy weapons: All of these can turn around to fire.
SM and CSM and nids : No teardown or setup time. You just need to be stationary and the superhuman reflexes and strenght will do the rest.
Orks and Eldar: No teardown, very short setup. (1-2sec) Super strenght or speed gets the job done fast.
IG and Tau : Little teardown, longer setup (3-4sec) . These guys take time to set up.

Weapon ranges:
Short: meltas and flamers, around 20.
Medium : Rifles and such, around 40.
Long: Heavy weapons and snipers, around 60.

Also, all meltas will be changed from Mars pattern to Esteban VII pattern, so they will act like in the Space marine game. Baneblade and Demolisher guns fire automatically, not as an ability.
Population limit, from greatest to smallest : Tyranids-800, Orks-600, Guard-500, Eldar-300, Marines-100. All personnal take up 1 pop.
Speed, from fastest to slowest: Eldar and some nids, Marines and some nids, orks and some nids, guard.
There is a frag-krak missile switch for all imperial/Chaos missiles.
Plasma cannons use the Executioner plasma shot model too. Its cooler. Works with the eldar plasma grenade detonation visuals. Very striking.

Permissions and such : Please ask me first, either here or on Relic Forums.

Here is a few book examples of Astartes:
Safe for work link.

For those with 32 Windows:
You need to edit the Bat file. Its like a text file.

Find ('reg query "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Valve\Steam" /v "InstallPath"')
Replace with ('reg query "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Valve\Steam" /v "InstallPath"')

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0 comments by DeusImperator on Dec 15th, 2014

Balance changes:
-Howling Banshee damages slightly increased.
-Dark Reaper damage slightly decreased.
-Zoanthropes are now cheaper per model and come in squads of 3.
-Veteran health bonus added to some units as detailed in the previous blog.

I'm cosindering the following changes:

-Lowering the damage of rapid fire anti infantry heavy weapons like Heavy bolters, shuriken cannons, Barbed Stranglers.
-Lowering the rate of fire of anti tank and AOE heavy weapons like Plasma cannons or lascannons.
-Lowering the damage of high-power AOE artillery like Whirlwinds, Skyrays and Manticores.

No changes are planned for special weapons like melta guns, rifle weapons like bolters, or melee weapons like power swords yet.

I know some of these values needed changing before the Veteran health upgrade, but I would like to know the opinions about these weapons after the health increase upgraded.

Do they still need a nerf? Maybe, but maybe a smaller one than before.

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Vengeance of the Blood Ravens 1.0

Vengeance of the Blood Ravens 1.0

Dec 15, 2014 Full Version 22 comments

Install the mod into your main Dow II retribution folder. Readme file included with Credits and instructions. Run either with Astartes.bat, or go to your...

Vengeance of the Blood Ravens Gamma -OUTDATED-

Vengeance of the Blood Ravens Gamma -OUTDATED-

Mar 27, 2014 Full Version 42 comments

The new, more complete and less-bugged version of my Warhammer 40k lore mod. Extract to main Retribution folder.

Vengeance of the Blood Ravens Beta -OUTDATED-

Vengeance of the Blood Ravens Beta -OUTDATED-

Jan 30, 2014 Full Version 51 comments

This is the Beta release of my Vengeance of the Blood Ravens mod. Unpack into your main Dow II Retribution folder, and launch with Astartes.bat Enjoy...

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Dinovart 1hour 43mins ago says:

Very nice mod, but spacemarines are too overpowered. 2 squads-tactical and heavy weapons- destroyed my Swarmlord, Hive tyrant and hierodule. Maybe I`m wrong and heretic, but codex is useless when whole game becomes unbalanced.

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nedstarkisawesome Jan 21 2015, 12:45pm says:

first of all great mod i really enjoy it
however today i wanted to play a normal game with legiones astartes and the color schme is all weird instead of the normal color all commanders have gray armors(except for helmet and cape which are the right color) and the space marines suads have grey backpacks and torso or for mk2 armor entirely black with just a red helmet btw it worked fine a week ago
is my game damaged or is it just a problem with steam updating something wrong
pls answer as soon as possible thank you

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DeusImperator Creator
DeusImperator Jan 21 2015, 5:18pm replied:

I'm not sure what's wrong. Possibly an update or something, try reinstailling the mod.

Do you got any other mods installed? They may clash.

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nedstarkisawesome Jan 22 2015, 12:26pm replied:

i have elite and destroyer40k

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DeusImperator Creator
DeusImperator Jan 19 2015, 12:54pm replied:

Propably you need English, yes.

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Dinovart 1hour 38mins ago replied:

Скачай отсюда же мод Destroyer 40k v2.0. Он устанавливается через собственный exe-файл, укажи в качестве пути корневой каталог игры. Потом скачай этот мод, разархивируй и скопируй полученные файлы в корневую папку игры. Создай новый ярлык игры, правая кнопка мыши-свойства-ярлык-в поле объект добавь название мода, чтобы получилось примерно как у меня (путь к игре у тебя другой): "F:\Warhammer 40.000.Dawn Of War 2.Retribution.v + 18 DLC\DOW2.exe" -nomovies -modname Astartes -dev

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DeusImperator Creator
DeusImperator Jan 19 2015, 12:54pm replied:

Got no idea what you are saying.

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Dinovart 1hour 35mins ago replied:

He asked installation instructions, but he is russian and probably doesn`t speak english. I`m also russian and posted a comment with this instruction.

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