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Breaking down 8th Edition Weapons

Following on from our Sisters review and our mathammer articles (specifically the Tau one) I thought it was time to have a look at how we analyse weapons. This maybe really apparent to many people but it’s good to discuss.

So first things first, what is in a weapon profile.

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Codex: Space Marines Review Part 6 – Librarius Psychic Powers

Greetings, fellow gits! In today’s installment of our Codex: Space Marines review, we will look at the Psychic Powers available from the Librarius discipline.

Space Marine Librarians were for a good long while my (and a lot of poeple’s) go-to Character to fill the mandatory HQ slot in ye olde Force Org chart. In 7th, they became even more popular with the advent of the Librarian Conclave Formation, which made them just absolutely bonkers when added as part of a Deathstar list (raise your hand if you’re glad Invisibility has been taken behind the woodshed). In 8th, libbies have been dialled back quite a bit, and other Characters (notably Captains) have received considerable boosts that to me has made Librarians much less desirable. That is not to say they are useless or anything, but unfortunately, the Librarius discipline is perhaps not the strongest of all the psychic disciplines in 40k… Anywho… let’s dig in, shall we?

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Codex: Space Marines Review Part 5 – Relics

Greetings, fellow paragons of virility! And welcome to this latest installment of our review of the new Space Marines Codex! Today, we look at the Relics, both generic and Chapter-specific ones. Much like the Chapter Tactics and Warlord Traits, the quality of the Relics varies greatly, unfortunately. I reiterate that a bit more attention being paid to their design would have largely avoided this issue. But looks like New GW is still somewhat Old GW…

It’s worth mentioning as well that when I say something is bad, it’s not always an issue of the item in question being objectively bad. Rather, it is oftentimes a question of opportunity cost. Indeed, the Relic (or whatever else I’m talking about) might be perfectly fine if you compare it to nothing else, but when your analysis begins to take into account the fact that selecting one Relic prevents you from taking another one, you really need to start comparing your options to get a more complete idea of the real value of your pick. It would have been useful to state this in one of my earlier articles, I now realise, but I just didn’t think of it at the time. Hindsight is 20/20, as they say…

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Quickfire Summary and Review – Sisters of Battle / Adepta Sororitas

We have not done a mathammer of Sisters of Battle yet but it’s not exactly rocket science – they have meltas and flamers. Go. With that in mind and given there has been some questions and buzz around Sisters, it appears to be a perfect time for some discussion and analysis of them. Maybe one day Games Workshop will give us multi-part plastic kits as well… Anyway, we all remember the lovely days of Flamestorm / Immo spam and the success those types of lists had in 5th edition.

As before with the Tau post, while more time has passed and games are under the belt, things will rapidly change with the codex release timeframes but for now, we shall look at must have, okay and bad units.

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Codex: Space Marines Review Part 4 – Warlord Traits

Good day, fellow carbon-based sentient lifeforms! Today we continue our review of the new Space Marines Codex with a look at their Warlord traits.

One change from 7th that I particularly like in 8th is that you get to pick your Trait. This is a huge game-changer as you can tailor your Trait to maximise the effectiveness of your force rather than picking a table and hoping for the best.

Much like the Stratagems we looked at in my last article, the new Warlord Traits are a bit hit-and-miss. This can be a bit of a problem if you are using named Characters as they HAVE to use their Chapter-specific Traits, and unfortunately some of these are real stinkers… Anywho, let’s dive in, shall we?

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New “Matched Play” Rules

For those of you who have not seen Warhammer Community, there have been a few key changes summarised as follows:

  • +1 to go first roll is now the Matched Play rule rather than a tournament change;
  • all Troops have access to Objective Secured;
  • Flyers can not hold objectives.

This really puts the nail in the coffin for flyer lists while also disappointingly giving every Troops Objective Secured back. I think it would have been quite interesting to see what armies did and did not get this but really helps some of those armies that like taking big units of their Troops (Imperial Guard, Tyranids and Orks looking at you) over the more elite based armies / Troops who do not want to be in the open for long (Grey Knights / Marines, Eldar, Tau, etc.).

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Codex: Space Marines Review Part 3 – Stratagems

Good day, honoured guest! Today, we continue our review of the new Space Marine Codex with a look at their brand-spanking new Stratagems!

As I’ll detail below, these vary in quality from extremely useful to good-but-situational to meh to lolbad. In many cases, just a bit of tweaking would have avoided this all-over-the-placeness. Read more »

Codex Preview – Grey Knights (UPDATED)

In addition to the Warhammer Community post previewing the Codex for Grey Knights, there has been a video floating about flipping through the new codex. Facebook has summarised as follows:

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Legion Focus – World Eaters

This is easy to understand – smash face in combat and while it is certainly better than say the Iron Warriors, it is not as OMGWTFBBQBALLZ amazing as is being made out to be. Close combat units are still going to be good in close combat and this will help them against the heavy multi-wound models but it’s not going to turn bad combat units *looks at CSM* into good ones. I feel like GW is also pushing Terminators and Raptors in these posts… This does help the pillow fisted nature of some combat units so its certainly not bad and unlike the Night Lords, will always be able to have an impact (assuming you don’t let your opponent get charges off on you all the time). Fury of Khorne is a nice stratagem but expensive at 3CP and does not allow your big heavy hitters like Princes go again (Lords fall under Infantry though). Their psychic defenses are very nice without needing a Psyker though.

Anyway, details below.

Legion Focus: World Eaters

The Chaos Space Marines codex is nearly here, and with it, rules for seven Chaos Legions as well as Renegade Chaos Marines. We’ll be previewing these in detail in the coming week, as well as looking at some of the new Stratagems and the best units in the new codex for each Legion.  We’ll be looking at the Emperor’s ChildrenIron Warriors, Night Lords, World Eaters, Alpha Legion, Black Legion, Word Bearers and the Renegade Chapters. If you’re wondering where the Death Guard and Thousand Sons are, don’t panic! Both these armies are getting codexes of their own.

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Legion Focus – Night Lords

Morale is something that has had minimal impact on the game to date – most of the armies with the ability to run large mobs of units have rather easy ways to circumnavigate this. Night Lords certainly will not change this – Synapse, Commissars and Mob Rule, etc. will still be able to largely ignore these effects but if there are ways to remove those characters, you’re going to be putting a lot of pressure on those types of armies they are not accustomed to. It can also invalidate the MSU protection against Morale as suddenly losing one model can become four. It’s not going to evaporate weakened enemy units like the fluff blurb suggests (even if you could get three units within range of multiple MSU units, -3 on Morale still requires you to kill three models from each to get them to a 50% chance of taking extra Morale losses) but can certainly magnify damage at key points in a game. Is it the best thing ever? No. Is it better than Iron Warriors? Yes.  Will it at times have no baring or impact? Yes. Their stratagem we have been shown is also great – -1 to hit on a particular unit after an enemy has declared shooting can reduce an important units shooting effectiveness and also protect that important unit. It’s easy to get around but will mess up the opponent’s shooting order.

Legion Focus: Night Lords

The Chaos Space Marines codex is nearly here, and with it, rules for seven Chaos Legions as well as Renegade Chaos Marines. We’ll be previewing these in detail in the coming week, as well as looking at some of the new Stratagems and the best units in the new codex for each Legion.  We’ll be looking at the Emperor’s Children, Iron Warriors, Night Lords, World Eaters, Alpha Legion, Black Legion, Word Bearers and the Renegade Chapters. If you’re wondering where the Death Guard and Thousand Sons are, don’t panic! Both these armies are getting Codexes of their own.

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