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Codex: Space Marines Review Part 9 – Chronus, Telion, Lysander & Kantor

Greetings, fellow Peters, Pauls and Marys! Glad to have you visit us! Today we continue our look at the special characters from Codex: Space Marines. We shall set our sights on Sergeant Antaro Chronus (A.K.A. the Spear of Macragge) and Sergeant Toras Telion of the Ultramarines, Captain Darnath “my hammer is shaped like a fist so I can fist you while I hammer you” Lysander of the Imperial Fists and Crimson Fist Chapter Master Pedro Kantor. Are these great heroes of the Space Marines rendered justice on the tabletop? Or do they fall short? Maybe a bit of both? Let’s see, shall we?

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Codex: Space Marines Review Part 8 – Calgar, Tigurius, Cassius & Sicarius

Greetings, fellow male catalogue underwear models! Today, we finally start digging into the core of the Marine codex with a look at Chapter Master Marneus Calgar, Chief Librarian Tigurius, Chaplain Cassius and Captain Sicarius, all of whom are Ultramarine special Characters. In the past, only Tigurius has been worth a damn, competitively, and I’m afraid this state of affair continues in 8th edition. Unfortunately, the shadow of the 13th Legion’s progenitor looms large over his children; it is impossible not to take him into consideration when analysing units that fulfill a similar-ish role in the army, and he’s so ridiculously good that he casts a damn long shadow that is nigh impossible to get out of. Let’s take a closer, Ultramarine-hued look, shall we? Read more »

Codex: Space Marines Review Part 7 – Chapter, The Lost Librarius and And They Shall Know No Fear

Good day, fellow <Chapter> Battle Brothers! I’m back from 2 weeks of leave and a business trip, ready and eager to resume my blog writing. Today, we continue our review of the Space Marines codex with a look at the <Chapter>, Lost Librarius and And They Shall Know No Fear special rules. This segment will conclude our analysis of the “generic” portion of the Marine rules; in the next instalment, we will start digging into the meat of the Codex with unit reviews (starting with the special Characters). That’s when things will start to get REALLY interesting! I can’t wait to get started!

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Grey Knights Codex Review – Part 3: Relics and Warlord Traits

Part 3 of the Grey Knights codex review is a lot more straight forward than Part 1 where the Psychic table and special rules can dial up the Grey Knights ability to compete on the tabletop or Part 2 where timing and use of Command Points is really important. The Relics and Warlord Traits, while important, are not nearly in the same conversation unfortunately. Let’s start with the Relics. Remember, Relics cannot be given to named characters (so two of the most important characters for Grey Knights, Draigo and Voldus, do not get any use out of these) and you can have one Relic if you have a Grey Knights Warlord for free. Also remember, the GMDK can only have the Domina Liber Daemonica, easily the worst one of the lot, so taking the GMDK plus Draigo / Voldus does lose you out on a bit of Relic support unless taking a Banner character (Paladin / Brotherhood Ancient) as well (and that’s a lot of points into expensive characters).

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Grey Knights Codex Review – Part 2: Stratagems

Following on from our initial look at Grey Knight special rules and psychic powers, we take a look at their “unique” Stratagems. I say unique in quotation marks as many of them are similar across the other two books which have been released already. We will touch on these as we go through it but there are a nice handful of totally Grey Knight ones. Grey Knights will always find it a bit harder to get Command Points than other armies, particularly if they are after Defenders of Titan / Brotherhood of Psykers special rules (remember though, your army only needs to contain a Grey Knights unit detachment in a Battle-Forged army to access these). Their base HQs are expensive – even their cheap ones are closer to 200 points than 100 points, so your initial investment for a standard Battalion and 3 CP is steep. Adding in one or two Imperial Soup detachments for an extra one or two CP is not hard but you’re really massaging the numbers. Unfortunately, Draigo does not have a CP bonus unlike most of the other big chapter masters of renown but he does most of his work with a sword so I guess that makes sense… Anyway, a Battle Forged Grey Knights army is looking at 6-7 CP, maybe, maybe 8, unless you look to do another Imperial Soup Battalion detachment. We will err on the side of caution and consider 6-7 CP our ballpark.

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Grey Knights Codex Review – Part 1: Special Rules and Psychic Powers

Welcome to the codex review for Grey Knights. Unlike Space Marines and their codex review by Desc440, there are a lot less things to review before getting to the actual units within the codex so we will be going through these probably quite a bit quicker and I am going to combine some of the early posts given the lack of options in comparison. I was hoping to have the Weapons of Grey Knights done first but still finalising the spreadsheet math there, look out for it soon. First off, we will look at the army wide special rules and along with the Sanctic Discipline.

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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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