In the darkness of the forty-first millennium, mankind is assailed on all fronts by perfidious aliens, degenerate traitors and treacherous rebels. There is no escape from the horror and the slaughter, the only alternative is to meet the threats and defeat them. This is the destiny of the Space Marines of the Adeptus Astartes, fearless champions of humanity and unforgiving crusaders against the enemies of the Emperor of Mankind. Inside you will find: 1) Army list - The complete Space Marine army list, which allows you to choose your forces for a tabletop battle. Also included are special rules for selecting unique traits to personalise your own chapter. 2) Background - Details of the legendary origins of the Space Marines, their illustrious battle history and their current methods of recruitment, training and fighting. 3) Hobby section - Guidance on the iconography and heraldry of the Space Marines, together with expert tips on collecting, painting and modelling a Space Marine army. 4) Special characters - Complete rules and background information for five special characters, Lord Marneus Calgar, Chief Librarian Tigurius, Chaplain Cassius, Imperial Fists and Captain Shirke of the Raven Guard. In addition there are rules for two special ultramarine units, the Honour Guard of the Chapter banner and Tyrannic War Veterans. Although all of the pages are in place this book is in a poor used condition, with the spine cracked and lots of creasing to the cover and the corners of the pages, the cellophane protecting the cover is also peeling in several pages and the edges of the pages are yellowing.