Soooooo, my FLGS is planning on doing a FW order. I plan to contribute to this. However, I face a tough decision of three units that all will fill an outstanding niche in my armies:
First, the new and improved DreadClaw
It’s a flyer, works as a drop pod in that it is a deep striking transport, has assault launchers plus it is an assault vehicle. Overall, it allows me to not only get my troops into combat but my dreads as well. However, it weighs in at almost 100 points for a no gun transport that will likely move only a single time, plus if it’s shot down the occupants likely die. This is, right now, my most likely choice. It’s a CSM fast attack option so it fills a slot I rarely use.
Choice 2, the Khorne Bloodslaughterers. I like these guys.
These bubbas are walkers, as tough to kill as a contemptor for a much lower cost. Rocking fleet, daemon, a pretty good front AV, and D3 extra attacks on the charge they are just nasty. Top it off, giving them an impaler lets them hit on a 4+. It’s not an auto-hit, so it can hit FLIERS! It’s a S8 shooting attack, so it’s a reasonably good anti-air. Top it off, if I pen a vehicle or wound an MC, I drag it 2D6 inches closer and if I get it in B2B I assault it (and if not…well, then I just assault it in the assault phase!) It’s a heavy support option which are frequently filled in my daemons between seeker chariots, soul grinders, and Khorne Skull cannons. However, tack in you can take them in units and they are just a nasty threat, no matter what.
Choice 3, the Decimator engine.
Yeah, these guys are elites. It’s a slot I again rarely use. Especially for CSMs as I rarely use terminators or cult troops. Really, it would only compete with mutilators or my contemptor. This guy is rocking the daemon rule, high AVs, and a host of nasty guns. His siege claws allow me to hit everything in a transport with a heavy flamer while he can be armed for pretty cheap with storm lasers which can have up to 5 shots per gun at S6 AP3. Top it off, he can shrug off weapon destroyed and immobilized results and if you glance him down, he can stand back up again. However, he is super pricey, with over 200 points base, before you add in dedication or weapons. However, like the blood slaughterer, he can be CSM OR Daemons. On the plus side, his rules state that if he has a dedication and is in a daemon army, he takes on the rule Daemon of x (where x is the dedication). This means that if he is Nurgle he gets shrouded. Slaanesh he gets fleet and rending, making him very fast. Overall, he is a nasty killer, and side by side with a contemptor with butcher cannons, it is 8 S8 AP4 and 6-10 S6 AP3 shots per turn…the kind of firepower to make any army quiver in fear.
They all cost roughly the same dollar value. However, I am stumped as I have little experience with each (I have run all of them in proxy at least once). I would love to hear from the community. If you have used them, or been on the receiving end, what were your thoughts?
Thanks for reading,