Thursday, 5 February 2015

Necron Codex Review: special characters and warlord trait

Welcome to part 2 of my review of the new necron codex. This time ill be reviewing special characters, note this will only be Named characters in the HQ section. So no C'Tan or lord of war.

Warlord Traits
1.Enduring Will: Eternal Warrior
2.Eternal Madness: Zealot
3.Immortal Hubris: all units in 12" re-roll failed morale, pinning and fear tests.
4.Hyperlogical Strategist: + or - 1 to reserve and sieze rolls.
5.Implacable Conqueror: Relentless and crusader
6.Honourable Combatant: Must issue and accept challenge, gains hatred if characters deny challenge.

Nemesor Zahndrekh 150pts

WS5 BS5 S5 T5 W3 I2 A3 LD10 2+

So he has dropped 35pts! He lost his orb and Phased Reinforcements special rule. He gained +1 to his WS & BS like all overlords. Adaptive tactics has changed so now he may pick a warlord trait each friendly turn replacing his current one Eternal Madness. From both the codex and rulebook! Thats quite game changing if picked right.

Counter tactics now allows you to gain counter attack, furious charge, hit and run, split fire, stealth and tank hunters if a unit with any of these rules are with 24".

Yea he is quite worth it.

Vargard Obyron 120pts

WS6 BS4 S5 T5 W3 I2 A3 LD10 2+

So he dropped 40pts. Quite a hefty amount, so vargards duty is now he auto passes initiative test for glorious intervention. Meh. Cleaving Counter Blow is now only in a challenge and is at intiative step one, but there is no cap on how many bonus attacks he gains.

Ths ghostwalk mantle is now one use per game, its basicily the old veil of darkness. Obyron and his unit dont scatter if within 12" of Zahndrekh but not if he is in the same unit.

Hes not bad. Still quite a combat beast, mainly in challenges.

Illuminor Szeras 110pts

WS4 BS4 S4 T4 W2 I2 A4 LD10 3+

He went up by 10pts. He gained fear and lord of technomancy which means all units within 6" of him gain +1 to RP.

Mechanical Augmentation stayed the same. And now he is the only model with an Eldritch Lance. Which now has Lance!

Still awesome. Probably one of the best charavters in the book.

Orikan The Diviner 120pts

WS4 BS4 S4 T4 W2 I2 A2 LD10 4+
WS5 BS5 S7 T7 W4 I4 A4 LD10 4+

He dropped 45pts. Is a Master chronomaster so gives his unit +1 to RP and re-rolls of 1's. His staff of tomorrow is strength of user, ap2 and re rolls failed hits.

He goes into beast model if you roll less than the current turn and now stays in beast mode for the entire game!

Crypteks in general are looking like the most viable hqs.

Anrakyr The Traveller 160pts

WS5 BS5 S5 T5 W3 I2 A3 LD10 3+

Dropped 5pts. Has implacable conqueror, Pyrrhian eternals stayed the same. Mind in the machine is now 12" instead of 18" and on a 4+ instead of a 3+.

He quite meh. Maybe if he was 130pts.

Trazyn The inifinite 130pts

WS5 BS5 S5 T5 W3 I2 A3 LD10 3+

He went down 45pts, has the enduring will warlord trait. Surrogate host is now only characters, he now comes back on D3 wounds.

The Empathic Obliterator, is now +2 strength, ap4 and now if a character is slain in a challenge, all models of the same faction within 6" suffers a strength 4 ap- hit.

Hes still pretty decent in my opinion. Not bad but to use his ability to its full potention you need to have some throw away characters.