Well the new codex has been read through and even had a test run around the block. Farseer Elorrah was kind enough to let me write this blog entry for her. Never mind the twitch – I hear that goes away after Mind War wears off completely.
We might as well start with her. Elorrah’s signature power has always been Eldritch Storm. You can’t be much of a Bringer of the Storm without it, and now it seems it’s worth a damn. Warp charge 2 seems steep (especially with all the other WC2 powers) but with Haywire AND Fleshbane you can’t really go wrong. Mindwar is a double edged sword now rather than just cutting one direction. Still, another favorite. I’m not sure if it’s worth 2 warp charges. Fortune, always classic. Re-roll armour saves. Two warp charge? that seems steep. Doom and Guide are still with us as well and that’s good.
Death Mission – we won’t even go there.
Level 3 psyker? Check. Still got the jetbike? Check. Witchblade a force weapon? …. Well, I guess you can’t have it all. She DOES get a Remnants of Glory wargear item as well, but I didn’t bite. Definitely an improvement. Quite a bit cheaper than I used to run her too. (130 now vs 200+ before)
Ry’hanna (bike Autarch) got a discount as well, and she got a nifty new flaming sword too.
The rest of the list looks very similar to my army lists of yore and everything worked pretty much how it used to. Shining Spears, Rangers, Reapers are much nicer that they can walk now and also get upgraded to S8 rockets. Swooping Hawks don’t scatter!
Wind Riders and Tank pilots are now BS 4. That I’m still getting used to. All those 3’s used to mean failure for me. I’m liking this alot.
The Crimson Hunter has won my heart. That thing is so amazingly easy to keep on the board. I’m used to my Ork Dakkajet flying right across and off the other side, but Vector Dancer is awesome. Upgrade to an Exarch with Marksman’s eye and he becomes a flying assassin, precision shooting on 5+ with AP2 weapons. I hope to get another one at some point. I don’t know if I’ll ever get around to testing the Wraithfighter at all.
I haven’t tried the Wraithblades or Knight yet. That will follow.
Banshees… My wayward little dolls. I’m sorry for what the mean med did to you all. They took away your cover bonus/grenade ignoring masks and gave you a -5 to Init mask. And forgot to give you grenades. Doom is a crapshoot now, and 2 WC points, so it’s tougher to support you. But hey, they gave you Acrobatic as a bonus, but then changed it from Move thru Cover to +3″ run. Oh, remember that “Pass Ld or be WS1” thing your Exarch got? Yeah it’s just Fear now. And your Scorpion brothers? Yeah they get 3 USRs to your 1 half assed one.
Well we can’t all be winners, and this is probably my only gripe about the new Codex other than “How do I put all this on the table?!?”