Next Forge World rules previewed are for Metalica (see below).
Another option to address AdMechs atrocious combat abilities, the Metalica rule leans towards affecting infantry more with their range of assault / rapid fire weapons compared to the heavy hitters. Whether any of these make the infantry more applicable is unlikely without some changes in the codex though.
We do get to see another one of the generic stratagems though which is great – 1CP for +1 to hit (or +2) is nothing to be sneered at and while it is most effective on a larger unit to gain advantages of its bonuses to hit, it unfortunately is keyworded to Skitarri. Still good but limits its application a fair amount.
The Metalica Warlord Trait is basically the Ultramarine Chapter Tactic – you can fall back and shoot at a -1 penalty but it is within 6″ of the Warlord. Not stuck to just infantry though so your monsters / vehicles can gain this as well – not bad.
The Adamantium Relic is okay. It has a great profile but only gets one attack and AdMech are not exactly scary in combat regardless. If there is nothing better, nice to have as a 3D backup but I am sure there will be something better… right?
Forge World Focus: Metalica
One of the most exciting features of the new Adeptus Mechanicus codex is rules for seven different forge worlds, allowing you to customise your collection more than ever before with powerful and thematic new abilities. This week, we’ll be previewing what the forge world rules mean for your army in our daily previews of Codex: Adeptus Mechanicus in advance of the pre-order this Saturday:
When you think of the Adeptus Mechanicus, mobility might not be the first word that comes to mind – yet the forces of Metalica make for a mobile force, capable of advancing rapidly while suppressing the foe with a withering hail of fire.
Metalica’s forge world dogma is Relentless March:
This is a versatile dogma that is superb for the line infantry of the Adeptus Mechanicus, allowing your Skitarii Vanguard and Skitarii Rangers to quickly close in on the optimum firing range for their weapons.
As we’ve said above, Skitarii Rangers benefit from being able to advance and use their rapid fire weapons. Throw in the Protector Doctrina Imperative and you’ll all but mitigate your reduced accuracy for doing so!
The Tech-Priest Dominus is a great leader for the Metalica army. As well as allowing you to take advantage of the powerful Ordered Efficiency Warlord Trait, the Adamantine Arm adds some much-needed power in melee and has the potential to catch enemy combat characters off guard!
Metalica is the army for you if you want to keep your forces mobile while maintaining a steady fusillade of firepower. Come back tomorrow when we’ll be checking out Lucius, the indomitable armoursmiths of the Adeptus Mechanicus.