fellow Farseers and Autarchs. for far too long has our lost aspect, rare grav tanks, and other lesser elder cultures been neglected. Lets talk about the new book and how it effects us.
I'm going to start with what I wanted from this book, Bel'Anath:
He is now 150 points, his sundered spear no longer has ap but is still S5. he is now psyker level 3, comes stock with molten beam, fireshield, and doom, he may take a command squad style fire dragon squad (and if he joins them his warlord trait is that he gains the exarch power.) He received a fusion pistol as well as runes of the farseer, and his statline is much better than your typical farseer. Irrilyth:
He is now 180, his warlord trait requires any unit within 12 inches to make a leadership test (stacking with shadow of death) to shoot at him and his squad at full bs otherwise they must snapshot. the spear of twilight now is S+2/+1 ap2/3 so it got better. he still has his plethora of special abilities so he's a nice buy if you are looking to run a phoenix lordshadow specters:
OH MAN did these guys get better, they are now 75pt's for 3 and can add up to 7 (ala dark reapers), they come stocked with haywire grenades, have fear (xenos armies beware
), the exarch upgrade is 10 points, and that now includes shadow of death, the prisim blaster is still 15 points, but it's still s7 ap 2 heavy 2, ghostlight. the stats got updated to the Craftworld Elder dex format. So yea, need to get another squad of 5 regular spectres. You still need to have a squad of these guys in your army to give your Autarch the option of taking their equipment.Warp Hunters:
185 points for a strength D-1 heavy d3+1 barrage (so damaging anything on 3+) they can be taken in squads of up to 3 so I will normally run at 2d3+3 (I only have 2 at the moment). there is a formation that makes the cannon S:D ordenance, but requires all units in the formation to have line of sight ( new aux formation for any craftworld formation)Wraithseer:
Ok the big daddy Wraithseer. this guy can be the most expensive HQ you can get, he has his normal Wraithlord statline, S+2 ap2 ghostspear, 5+invuln wraithshield, but here's the best part, we have D-Cannons again! at +60 pts we have the 24 inch barrage S:D goodness
I also want to talk about the formations that we now have access to,
before we start on these lets be clear that these follow the same rules for the craftworld warhost from craftworlds. that said lets beginMymeara guardian battle host:
uses a farseer or bel'anath, 0-1 warlock conclave 3 squads of defenders, 1-3 ranger squads, and 1-3 warwalker squads OR a single wasp squad. This is a variation on the "pale court battle host) which used the farseer, warlock conclave (optional), and 3 defender guardian squads. in this formation however the rangers grant the guardian squads move through cover. the warwalkers gain pinning if their target was the target of a guardian squad. there is a drawback however, this isn't the guardian warhost, so you have to pay for your heavy weapon platforms.lord of the undying host
: this is another formation(command option) but allows you to bring 3 units of wraithblades and a wraithseer, who gets 2d6 and his choice of results on the warlord traits rolled (no table restriction). also the wraithblades get to re-roll 1's to hit when they attack in CC.Fist of Vaul:
Wanna know out answer to those troublesome vindicator trios? this formation is up your ally. You use 2-3 warp hunters they get the ability Warp Breach: all models in the formation can choose to fire all at the same target and you can increase the area to large blast (2) or massive blast (3) with a 72 inch range at true S:D With the Ordnance 1, and twin-linked special rules. again all models must have line of sight to the target to use this rule.
I think I've rambled long enough. I purposefully didn't cover the corsairs because, well, they have enough coverage already. I guess this brings into question if this is actually part of the Craftworld Warhost list, and if so then do you still get the auto run 6 if you field a core and at least 1 aux choice?
Lets talk about this, what are your thought? your ideas? did I miss something? Am I speaking Rubbish? I wanna know.