Monday, December 28, 2015

Forge World Teases Dark Furies and Model Masterclass!


 

The Dark Furies are coming!

Saturday, December 26, 2015

40k: Dreadnoughts On the Rebound



Reprinted from Bell of Lost Souls and posted by Black Blow Fly, December 21, 2015.

Today we take a look at the dreadnought and see what is has to offer and what can make it competitive.

Hey everybody it’s your friendly neighborhood Black Blow Fly swinging through your neck of the woods to spread some holiday cheer and mischief ! A lot of people say the dreadnought is no longer competitive with all the xenos monstrous creatures that are so popular these days. The thought is that a dreadnought can be one shotted which while true is something that can be mitigated. If you think about it dreadnoughts are about as close as you can get to a monstrous creature for Space Marines.

So let’s take a look at the dreadnought and see what is has to offer and what can make it competitive. It has its strengths and weaknesses like any other unit… The right build and possibly a transport can make them truly shine.

Strengths and Weaknesses

Strengths

If you play Space Marines you know the basic dreadnought got a nice boost with four base attacks now – this was a great buff – first and foremost S10 AP2 is no joke, especially when striking at initiative. This is a natural counter to deathstars, Imperial Knights, other super heavies and monstrous creatures… Even the mighty gargantuan must take heed.

There are several variants that stand above the rest:

    • Contemptor (Forgeworld)
    • Furioso
    • Ironclad
    • Leviathan (Forgeworld)

All of these chassis have a fundamental component in common:

Front armor 13 which is what opposing models strike against in melee. The Ironclad and new Leviathan also have side armor 13 which is huge as a lot of armies really struggle versus this level and is impervious to the majority of ranged weapons. The Contemptor and Leviathan also have an invulnerable save which is huge in itself.

Both the Contemptor and Leviathan are from Forgeworld with lots of options for a high degree of customization… You pay for what you get. My standard Chaos Contemptor always has a heavy conversion beamer which can drop a S10 AP1 large blast – place it on the back line and in a corner if necessary to maximize range… It can easily earn back its points. I remember one sixth edition game versus Tau in which the Contemptor almost single handily beat a highly optimized army.

The Mortis pattern Contemptor with dual Kheres assault cannons is another monster – 12 BS5 shot at S6 that rend – plus it has free access to Skyfire as well.


The new Leviathan is truly a beast in close combat and can even take out gargantuan creatures… That’s pretty amazing!!! It’s siege claw can generate additional wounds in close combat which gives it the ability to go toe to toe with super big baddies such as even a Wraithknight. The Leviathan has the equivalent of assault grenades and strikes at initiative 5. It also has a 4++ invulnerable save and access to immunity to ranged melta weapons via Ceramite Plates. 4 hull points is also another big plus. This is the most survivable walker… Sure it’s a lot of points but you get it all back in spades.

The best build for The Furioso is a frag cannon and heavy flamer – two S6 rending templates followed up with a heavy flamer template. This weaponry provides you direct access to ignoring cover saves… The drop pod for delivery is the way to go with this one.

There is another walker that should be mentioned – the Soul Grinder which also falls into this tier and has an invulnerable save as well. While it’s technically not a dreadnought it’s basically the same thing with its own unique rules.

Finally there is the Maulerfiend which has become quite popular with the advent of Khorne Daemonkin. While extremely fast with a 12″ move its armor 12 and like the Soul Grinder has WS3 which basically halves it’s number of attacks in melee. They are good at what they do and fairly cheap for what you get but not my style.

Monstrous creatures tend to struggle versus armor 13 in melee since most are base S6… this means they must use Smash attack (S10) which is only one attack. I have seen a single dreadnought hold up a host of Dark Eldar Talos for several turns while slowly whittling them down. To me this is a big deal if properly exploited.

Basically you have to decide if you want your dreadnought geared for melee or shooting – some can do both quite well too. I tend to for the combination which makes them more versatile.

Weaknesses

As I mentioned earlier the biggest weakness is one shot can destroy any dreadnought. The melta bomb is also really bad news which bypasses Ceramite Plates. They are also slow. The good news is these cons can be mitigated to a strong degree if yours willing to invest in the right transport which brings us to our next subject…

How to Deliver the Dreadnought

If you go big then you go strong. A basic drop pod is the bare minimum standard required to get them where you need them. My philosophy is in for a penny in for a pound… Lucius pattern drop pods, the Dreadclaw and Stormraven are your best options. The beauty of the latter two transports is they are both flyers and can deliver the dreadnaught directly into melee.


I often run two Mortis pattern Contemptors with the dual Kheres assault cannons, both riding in separate Dreadclaws, for my 30k Sons of Horus army. You can take them in a talon which means they both arrive the same turn. They seem to always do something spectacular.

Favorite Builds

Chaos Contemptor – Extra armor – Heavy conversion beamer – DCCW with plasma blaster – Havoc missile launcher – Dedication to Khorne

He is not cheap but he has never failed to impress and has won many games for me. He actually does not require a transport due to range of his primary weapon.

Leviathan – Siege Claw (inbuilt meltagun) – Storm cannon – Armored Ceramite 

Conclusion

A lot of people will tell you that the dreadnought is not competitive but I have seen them do very well. It is an investment in points to get the most out of a dreadnought and they are suited towards particular types of armies. The Forgeworld models are really awesome looking and fun to play… so check it out.



Thanks to Black Bow Fly and BoLS for this awesome article!

Loken
 

Friday, December 25, 2015

Merry Christmas!



Seasons Greetings!

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Corax is Coming!



And he is bad ass!

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

New Black Library Horus Heresy Bundles




New Black Library Bundles

Friday, December 18, 2015

The Thousand Sons Are Here!




Forge World has released the Thousand Sons and they do not disappoint!

Friday, December 11, 2015

Forge World New Releases and New Bundles!




Forge World has a major release and some new bundles.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Kabuki Models announces Custodes Bundle



Want Custodes?  Kabuki has got em!

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Garro Arrives!



Garro is finally here and he looks good!

Friday, December 4, 2015

Forge World Releases Ordinatus!



Ordinatus is here!

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Warhammer World Day Trip



Loken here.  I will be flying over to Nottingham for a day at Warhammer World this Saturday, December 5th.  Any Horus Heresy fans who are in the area, please come by and share a pint at Bugman's or a game at Warhammer World. 

If you want to come by email me at alec@propworx.com.

And I plan to spend some coin here...


See you there!

Loken



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