Friday, June 9, 2017

10 of the Biggest Winners of 8th Edition

Yesterday Discordian and I covered some of the units that find themselves somewhat diminished at the start of 8th edition. Today though we improve our attitude and cover the stuff on the up and up. These all aren't necessarily AMAZING, but they are things that have seen a significant increase in utility or power with the edition change.

Khorne Berzerkers
Wow. Just wow. These guys really are amazing now. THEY GET TO FIGHT TWICE!!! TWICE!!! Ditch the pistols. Axes and chainswords all day, every day for maximum effect. S6 and S5 attacks like CRAZY.

If only they had new models to go with such amazing new rules. I am sure there are plenty of Chaos players running out and buying some right now who in a years time will regret doing so when then get the equivalent of Primaris KBs.

Lord of Skulls

Talk about a turn around. This was hot garbage since the moment it came out. Overcosted and ultimately, not killy enough. BUT NOW it has more firepower than ever before and can shoot EVEN IN CLOSE COMBAT! Heavy D6 and Heavy 12 weapons, all of them with 2, 3 or d3 damage. And then there is it massive cleaver with S16 potential or up to 12 S8 attacks. Just a beast now. And a 5+ INV save all the time.

BUT a word to those running it/facing, this has the be CC w/ INFANTRY ONLY, so if you are going to charge a Lord of Skulls or it charges you, just charge a Rhino in there and it is shut down on the shooting front.

Tyranids

I'm trying to find a army that benefited more from 8th edition better than Tyranids and its hard because they had so far to rise from compared to most armies.

Their units no longer eat themselves outside synapse, HQs became more survivable, monsters can literally explode when they die, instant death is no longer a issue, gaunts got cheaper, and there is far larger emphasis on close combat.

Additionally boring Flyrant/Troop Bomb lists are a thing of the past, Old One-eye literally turned into a lawnmower with teeth (GO LOOK AT HIS PAGE), Trygons can assault out of deep strike, and harpies/crones will be assaulting target any unit turn one.

Turns out not having a matrix formation detachment and shitty formations worked out in their favor, all those hardly used units spent all that time sharpening their teeth.


Dreadnoughts

Turns out toughness on walkers is a good thing. Suffering from middling armour and easy target syndrom before, not even the FAQ with the attack boost helped these guys out too much in 7th. BUT NOW they are much better. Tougher and in general, more firepower (all those Twin Linked Weapons). Expect Dakka-dreads to come back in force.

The Humble Lasgun
Last time I put the Bolter on the Loser's list. Now the Lasgun is definitely on the winners list. This low S, no AP, Rapid Fire 1, 1 damage weapon may seem pathetic HOWEVER it is
1- SUPER CHEAP. Guardsmen are disposable which means...
2- YOU GET A TON OF THEM
3- THEY CAN WOUND ANYTHING
4- ORDERS LET YOU DOUBLE YOUR OUTPUT

These are the champions of the weight of dice game. Sure there are really small percentages they hurt something, but enough of them ARE GUARANTEED TO. And sometimes, all it takes is that 1 last W to make all the difference, especially in a system where monsters and vehicles get progressively worse as they suffer wounds.

Mandrakes
Who gets to jump out of nowhere?! You Do!

Who gets a save in close combat again?! YOU DO! Yes you do!

The only thing missing is Sir Commander and Chief Kheradruakh the M*F*ing Decapitator, and the hopped up on PCP murder shadows band will be back in business coming to a dark alley near you.


Any High Initiative unit without Frag Grenades

Well well well, ain't this a surprise. Turns out removing tons of rules means armies like Tyranids and units Incubi no longer have to be afraid of stubbing their toes.

They will still get shot up by over-watch, but now taking on entrenched units in grassy meadows isn't such a pain.


Grey Knight Librarians

So this is a odd one. At first people are going to see that GK librarians in essence lost a mastery level and have a reduced smite, and say whats the point

Then people will realize that it means that there's a GK unit with access to Librarius Discipline (psychic focus on p.215) and a HQ choice with a 2++ save in close combat.
*missed the restriction against this

I think people will be seeing other HQ options for Gk in the future..... mostly Voldus..... but GK librarians are still are a solid choice in 8th because of how the insert themselves into a GK list. This will probably get more important if GW full-files on the promise that you'll be encouraged to field pure faction lists in the future through rules additions.

Anything shooty that deep strikes
Crisis suits I am looking at you. Guaranteed Deep Strikes on the turn you want your unit are amazing for killy squad like this. And you can place them anywhere outside of 9" without worrying about mishaps. Score. We may even see normal terminators come back with rules like this. Sure this can be nice for assaulting units too, but they only get a 28% chance to make the 9 inch charge required (before rerolls from command points). Units with a lot of 12" firepower though are guaranteed max performance potential.

Brief List of a few of these units
-Crisis Suits
-Stealth Suits
-Terminators
-Vespids (thats right, I said Vespids. Start playing them Tau players. WAY better now)
-Deffkoptas
-Swooping Hawks
-Scourges
-Inceptors

There are probably a few more but you get the idea

Anyone carrying a special/heavy weapon

Tired of having to choose between wasting your missile launcher on something it is overkill for or not shooting with the other 9 men in your squad because they are out of range or can't hurt the target?

Well be tired no more! SPLIT FIRE FOR EVERYONE AND EVERYTHING HURTS EVERYTHING. So now you can target select that heavy or special weapon at a target it was meant for and pour the rest of the unit into a different target. Conversely, you also won't feel like those other 9 guys in a squad are a complete waste now that they could fire at the same target as their specialized weapon holder and potentially cause damage as well. Wins all around for unit utility.

So who are the winners for you? Let us know in the comments!

Thursday, June 8, 2017

10 of the Biggest Losers of 8th Edition

Having scanned through the indices a couple times, Discordian and I came up with a list of some of the losers of 8th. Don't worry, tomorrow we will hit the winners, but lets start bad and go to good.

This list isn't even neccessarily a list of BAD things in the game. Rather, it is a list of the units that got significantly worse (in our opinion) in the move from 7th to 8th edition. Reasons range from a significant loss in utility, to extreme nerfs in terms of rules reduction.

Coteaz

What a yoyo this guy has done. From meh in the Inquisition book to AMAZING in Imperial Agents and Gathering Storm to meh again. He was the MUST TAKE choice in a Castellans of the Imperium army, but not any more. Such a cool model and such a waste. Sorry Lord of Formosa. With no ObSec in the game, and the fact your "Interceptor" is now just an overwatch... and only for other Ordo Malleus models...well there is nothing really impressive about you.

Paladins
*Not a playable unit pictured
Paladins are never going to really make me happy. Their own fluff hypes them up to much, and then they always just end up coming across as fat terminators.

Last edition my only motivation for taking them was for Feel No Pain and a Banner, the later only because they stole it from my erased ghost knights from the previous edition.

And that's were we start with talking about their issues, both those things no longer are unique to them because the Banner-Man and Apothecary are separate dude units now. Now they literally are a unit of terminators that are just slightly better at being terminators. The two saving graces I can see with them is that you can take less of them (not a joke even though it reads like one, 3-10 man units) and you can take 2 special weapons per 5. The later you don't do if you make use of the former.

I also want to bring up that a base custodian is 52 points and a base paladin is 55. Custodians hit harder, still toughness 5, remembered storm shields were a thing (only 59 points when they do that), their banner is hidden in the unit (and drastically cheaper to include), and are a troops choice in a kitchen sink faction army.

Now Paladins are pyskers and they do get grenades, but both those things have really lost importance. Custodians don't get deep-strike anymore and can't gate, fair enough. But I'm going to point out if a Paladin unit gates, it's actively running away from the two models giving them buffs that used to be in their unit.

I keep trying to say something nice about them, but it always has a caveat. And then I have to ask myself why bother.


Inquisition as a whole

This army really got nerfed with the breaking up of Inquisition Henchman Warbands. Several units don't even have Inquisition as a Keyword anymore (Death Cult Assassins and Crusaders). A lot of wargear has been cut (psychotroke grenades, hell rifles etc. etc.) and all the amazingly cool synergistic effects are just GONE. I know they were there because one of my team mates at adepticon ran them! (somewhere a Texan I know screams in the night)

Along with the nerf coteaz got, this army went from being hard to use/bad to just garbage on its own. Really, it only exists now to be mixed into the Imperial Soup. Sorry.

Non-codex and Legion marines
I know this is really temporary, but anything other than Vanilla Marines on both the loyalist and chaos sides lost a lot of flavour for now. Really all their flavour. With no chapter tactics any more all the individuality is gone.

There are a few characters here and there that give aura effects, but this are trivial at times and none are really army influencing. At least SW, DA and BA have numerous characters and can distribute them across the field, but something like Raveguard or Salamanders really got hit. 1 Character each with a small 6" bubble. And if for any reason you don't like playing that character, well then all the flavour is gone.

On the Chaos side, it really stink that they have been waiting for Legion rules for ever, just to have them stripped away. I know the Death Guard in particular are hurting right now with apparently lack luster rules in the Dark Imperium box AND they are unable to give the Death Guard keyword to many characteristic units, like Terminators, meaning that what ever characters they do take don't even transfer their rules to such fluffy choices.

Hopefully we don't have to wait to long for codicies. Then again, I am kinda sore that I had to already discard all my 7th ed books, now buy an Index and then will have to buy yet another book to get my real rules.

Bolters

The workhorse of marine armies, the most common army in the game. It isn't that they got worse necessarily (though everything with a 5+ or 6+ armour save is rejoicing)... its that everything is just so much... well better.

The opening of the "Everything wounds everything" is what really takes it down a notch. Lets compare to a lasgun. Against T5 they now wound the same. T6 and 7 the bolter has the slight edge, but T8 or above they are the same again. And it is looking like T8 is a pretty common "Big Guy" or "Vehicle" threshold. So point for point, you are paying more for the Bolter than for the Lasgun (sure they are both 0 points, but that means the cost is built into the model, not the weapon).

Flyers

So here is the thing, min/max move with 90 degree turns kind of sucks on a 4/6' table. Because now the edge of the table is literally oblivion to flyers.

Imperial pilots won't care too much because they largely have hover as a back up plan. And they will also be too busy shooting the massive amounts of twin-linked weapons they always seem to have.....

But everything else can literally check mate itself if they're not careful.

The eradication of fire arcs has given flyers a pretty good edge. But the changes to hard to hit, still being always visible to everything on the table, being assault-able, and the infinitely tall brick wall around the table. It's going to be a rough transition.

Cypher
This isn't the Cypher you are looking for, but he might as well be now
Cypher like a lot of characters suffers from the chronic rules trim down of 8th edition. Largely in 7th he was a support character, actually counter to fluff.

He lost all of that and now just shoots people. He does give fallen a rule..... which they also have naturally themselves if they stay stationary..... And he can be taken with Dark Angels.... (somewhere a Texan I know STILL screams in the night)

You could argue that this is good for him as a person, well not that last part. But it doesn't change the fact he massively lost a lot of force multiplication bonuses he gave to your army when you took him in 7th.


Sniper Drone Team

Sniper Drone Teams didn't necessarily get bad, they just became super inconvenient.

Last edition they were a heavy support choice, were you could take 1-3 marksmen and 3-9 drones. Now the marksmen are a 1 model elite choice and the drones are a 3-6 heavy choice. I accept that characters are now going to be separate (not that marksmen were ever characters), but this is literally equivalent to taking a sergeant out of a devastator squad and saying he goes somewhere else.

Now before you freak out and go look, they didn't do that for devastators.

Hilariously its a great change for the marksmen, just crappy for the drones and FOC. Yes you can inflate the amount of detachments you can take. But how long before the tournament circuits start putting limits on that?

Sniper drones already had to compete with Broadsides and Hammerheads, in 3-4 years of playing I've only seen myself play them. Now they have to compete with that and Riptides, Ghostkeels, Crisis suits (no longer being a troop choice), Bodyguards, and stealth-suits. Couple this with the fact they lost rending, BS5, and 2++ cover save, they kind have moved further from being included in tau lists.

I'll probably still take them......

It has yet to be seen how vital the Sniper Rule will be. But with that low bs... will it be worth it?

Death Company

It is really in comparison to other units that this unit really fails. In particular their closest fluff and game counterpart- Khorne Berzerkers.

The new Berzerkers have 1 more strength than DC and other wise have the same stat line. They cost one point less (16 to DC 17). Berzerkers can be troops in World Eater armies as well.

Special rules wise Berzerkers get the Death to the False Emperor (on a 6+ to hit, gain 1 more attack vs Imperial targets) and they get to fight twice in the Fight Subphase.

Arm them with a chainsword and chainaxe and that would be 4 S6 attacks, 2 S5 attacks and potentially 1 additional attack (with the chainaxe that is one more S6).

Death company get 3 S4 attacks, 4 if they charged (black rage), and a bolt pistol shot. They also have a 1 in 6 chance of ignoring a wound. That is a 6+ FNP essentially. In 7th ed, they got +1S for charging, had 3 attacks, 5 if they charged (Rage), and a 5+ FNP. And Chaplains let them Reroll hits and wounds... in 8th its just hits.

In 8th they get to reroll morale. In 7th they were just plain fearless.

Pretty much completely dumped on. The only way to get them back to a portion of what they did is to surround them with characters now. And still Berzerkers do more damage output.

Grav-Weapons

Haha everything has more wounds! And your stat line got dumped on! Once again are the days where melta and lascannons will reign supreme.

But you're free from the bondage of salvo, so there is that.


So, who are your biggest "Losers"? Tell us in the comments.

Monday, June 5, 2017

Allies of Inconvenience- Episode 5: Primaris Marines and 8th Edition 40k Leak Discussion


Another month and that means another episode!

This month we do a really quick (less than 5 minute) discussion on our hobby progress followed by some great discussion on the fluff of the new Primaris Marin Faction and then dive deep into the full 8th Edition 40k rules leak (and all the shenanigans they entail). Our longest but most fun episode to date, so join us!



00:00 Intro
02:11 Hobby Progress
07:55 Primaris Marine Fluff Discussion
24:07 8th Edition 40k Leak Discussion

Songs and Soundclips
Blue Mark- AtlanUrtag 
Kaap mere- Bugotak

Clip 1 - Rogue One
Clip 4- The Princess Bride

Friday, June 2, 2017

There are over 50 units missing from 8th Edition (not Imperial Armour rules)

8th Edition has leaked. I am not going to tell you where to find it or how to get it, but I myself have seen it all. And I noticed something- Despite GW's assurances, not everything made it into 8th edition (at least for a day one release).


Now some of these are understandable or forgivable. Most of these units happen to be "Character" variants. Sure it was nice to have a little unique character, but they can still be played as their generic version. Less undertandable are the Characters with MODELS that aren't in the game, like the DW Ortan Cassius and Canoness Veridyan, but at least you can use these as non-character units as well.

Other things are even worse- Various custom super heavies that you may have built that are just nothing now. There is also one whole codex entry missing (Vendetta Gunships).

Here is the total list. There are 53 (or 54 if you count the Revenant twice for Eldar and Dark Eldar) units that didn't make it into the game. In the list I have included the unit, their faction, their current rules source, and a brief summary of their actual usability in 8th ed (like if there is a generic, non character version of them or not).
  • Canoness Veridyan- SoB, rules included with model- Special made model, still playable as a generic version of unit
  • Death Company Chaplain- BA, Angel's Blade- Model playable as a generic version of a DIFFERENT unit (generic Chaplain) 
  • Cassor the Damned- BA, Shield of Baal Death Storm- Model playable as a generic version of unit
  • Rafen's Death Company- BA, Shield of Baal Death Storm- Models playable as a generic version of unit
  • Captain Karlean- BA, Shield of Baal Death Storm- Special made model, still playable as a generic version of unit (and was kinda already invalidated by Angel's Blade)
  • Squad Alphaeus- BA, Shield of Baal Death Storm- Models playable as a generic version of unit
  • Fortress of Arrogance- IG, Apocalypse- Model playable as a generic version of unit
  • Traitor's Bane- IG , Apocalypse Warzone Pandorax- Model playable as a generic version of unit
  • Vendetta- IG, Codex- NON EXISTENT
  • Sly Marbo- IG, THIS PDF GW JUST RELEASED!!!!- NON EXISTENT
  • The Children of Cryptus- Nids, Shield of Baal Death Storm- Models playable as a generic version of unit
  • Phodian Hive Warriors- Nids, Shield of Baal Death Storm- Models playable as a generic version of unit
  • The Beast of Phodia- Nids, Shield of Baal Death Storm- Model playable as a generic version of unit
  • Death's Companion's- Harlequins, Death Masque- Model playable as a generic version of unit
  • Company of the Threefold Stranger- Harlequins, Death Masque- Model playable as a generic version of unit
  • Inriam's Spectre- Harlequins, Death Masque- Model playable as a generic version of unit
  • The Blades of Fate- Harlequins, Death Masque- Models playable as a generic version of unit
  • The Serpent's Breath- Harlequins, Death Masque- Model playable as a generic version of unit
  • Squad Crull- DW, Death Masque- Models playable as a generic version of unit
  • Squad Galatael- DW, Death Masque- Models playable as a generic version of unit
  • Venerable Dreadnough Nihilus- DW, Death Masque- Model playable as a generic version of unit
  • Ortan Cassius- DW, Overkill- Special made model, still playable as a generic version of unit
  • Jensus Natorian- DW, Overkill- Special made model, still playable as a generic version of unit
  • Squad Donatus- DW, Overkill- Special made model, still playable as a generic version of unit
  • Edryc Setorax- DW, Overkill- Special made model, still playable as a generic version of unit
  • Antor Delassio- DW, Overkill- Special made model, still playable as a generic version of unit
  • Garran Branatar- DW, Overkill- Special made model, still playable as a generic version of unit
  • Jetek Suberei- DW, Overkill- Special made model, still playable as a generic version of unit
  • Patriarch Gossar- GSC, Overkill- Special made model, still playable as a generic version of unit
  • Mags Orthan Trysst- GSC, Overkill- Special made model, still playable as a generic version of unit
  • Primus Vorgan Trysst- GSC, Overkill- Special made model, still playable as a generic version of unit
  • The Favoured Disciples- GSC, Overkill- Special made model, still playable as a generic version of unit
  • The Faithful Throng- GSC, Overkill- Special made model, still playable as a generic version of unit
  • The Purestrain Princelings- GSC, Overkill- Special made model, still playable as a generic version of unit
  • The Brother's Abberant- GSC, Overkill- Special made model, still playable as a generic version of unit
  • The Fierce Eye's Wolf Guard- SW, Sanctus Reach Stormclaw- Models playable as a generic version of unit
  • Hengist Ironaxe's Grey Hunters- SW, Sanctus Reach Stormclaw- Models playable as a generic version of unit
  • Egil Redfist's Blood Claws- SW, Sanctus Reach Stormclaw- Models playable as a generic version of unit
  • Grukk Face-Rippa- Orks, Sanctus Reach Stormclaw- Model playable as a generic version of unit
  • Skrak's Skull Nobz- Orks, Sanctus Reach Stormclaw- Models playable as a generic version of unit
  • Rustgob's Runts- Orks, Sanctus Reach Stormclaw- Models playable as a generic version of unit
  • Krumpa's Killa Kanz- Orks, Sanctus Reach Stormclaw- Models playable as a generic version of unit
  • Skullhamma Battle Fortress- Orks, Apocalypse- NON EXISTENT
  • Looted Wagon- Orks, White Dwarf PDF- NON EXISTENT
  • Obsidian Knight- Imperial Knights,, Apocalypse Warzone Damocles- Model playable as a generic version of unit
  • Plague Reaper of Nurgle- CSM , Apocalypse Warzone Pandorax- NON EXISTENT
  • Tower of Skulls- CSM , Apocalypse Warzone Pandorax- NON EXISTENT
Now there are a few things that GW has the rules for that will likely be in Imperial Armour in the future instead. So I expect to see these rules when the FW rules drop, but as of right now in 7th the most current rules are GW rules, not FW, and they are not in 8th as is.

  • Big Mek Stompa- Orks, Apocalypse
  • Gargantuan Squiggoth- Orks, Apocalypse
  • Tiger Shark- Tau, Escalation
  • Reaver Titan- Apocalypse
  • Warhound Titan- Apocalypse
  • Phantom Titan- Apocalypse
  • Revenant Titan- Eldar and Dark Eldar, Escalation


What I find strangest is the random special characters from supplements that made it while others didn't. Why did Ortan Cassius get cut while Watch Captain Artemis made it?  Why was the Imperial Space Marine included, but not Canoness Veridyan.


Also, why are vendettas gone? Maybe they are moving to Imperial Armour since FW sells the conversion kit)?

So did I miss anything? I mean, if the design studio could, I can be forgiven that right? Let us know in the comments if we did or how you feel about some of the units from list above now being gone.