Monday, February 8, 2010

"leaked" Blood Angels codex - possible phony?

Howdy doody!

Well apparently a full BA codex has been leaked, aswell as a contents page.

I for one really can't wait to see when the 'dex is released if this is correct, however my opinon shall not be known as to thier legitimacies - here's a few interesting points for those of you trying to decide for yourselves.

Beware possible spoilers however! :)

Here's the inconsistencies I've noticed so far

-The dex and contents page do not match up.. the Dex says refer to the scouts entry on page 35, however the contents say scouts are on page 40. Same for Veteran Assault on page 37, but the contents say there is no Veteran Assault squad (only assault squad, Honor guard and Exalted) some of the pages do connect though, for example the commander being on page 38

- The dex's "master crafted power sword" entry. Given that Tycho has TWO weapons that are master crafted, and not power swords, this seems like an unusual entry. Alot of the things in the dex are written EXACTLY like the Space Marine dex. that's plausible, however why not 'Master-Crafted Weapons' entry? there are other weapons that are not power swords, that are master-crafted. the power sword entries only difference is that it says 'master crafted power swords swords count as power weapons' .. ya der!

- Wording. Some rules just seem to be worded in an unusual way. GW has a fairly specific way of writing thier rules. an example is "The Eviscerator: it counts as a chain fist" this is not how GW tend to write thier rules. also this entry is not in the wargear section, but under a character. Its a normal weapon - for how GW write the rules for eviscerator, see the Daemonhunters codex.

- Points. The dex's points cost seem quite off. The Red Thirst according to the Dex is quite awesome (at least I think so), to say the least, giving Furious charge in some cases, and adding Rage aswell in others. One special character even claims to give Furiois Charge, Fleet and Rage in place of Red Thirst. Some squads are equal to or cheaper than the Standard SM codex in points cost. This alone seems odd, but add to that some characters, such as the Chaplain, has more special rules which are really cool, and costs the same as a standard SM Chaplian.

- Dreadnaughts. The dex claims they have furious charge if you take the Death Company upgrade.... what good is this? +1 str? they have 10.. you only get the benefit of +1 Initiative. and then you also have Rage to deal with, with the cost why would anyone bother, ever?

4 comments:

  1. "Wording. Some rules just seem to be worded in an unusual way. GW has a fairly specific way of writing thier rules. an example is "The Eviscerator: it counts as a chain fist" this is not how GW tend to write thier rules. also this entry is not in the wargear section, but under a character. Its a normal weapon - for how GW write the rules for eviscerator, see the Daemonhunters codex."

    The only thing that I have to say (other than not seeing the 'leaked' Codex) is that if the Eviscerator is a unique character upgraded weapon (ala the Combi-Melta Chaplain Cassius weilds) then it would appear in that character's entry and not in the general wargear section.

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  2. That's correct, however the SM codex has an entry under the 'dex for 'Combi Weapons' (much like the 'Master Crafted weapons' entry listed earlier) and then the special rules that cassius has in regards to his combi weapon are listed under his entry.

    This seems like a pretty common way that GW format things. it was mainly how they worded the rule itself i.e. "Eviscerator: It counts as a chain fist. etc. etc." If you look at the Daemonhunter 'dex it has information on the size and type of sword it is and finishes with "For all other intents and purposes the Eviscerator counts as a chain fist" - This is how GW tend to word rules best that I can tell.

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  3. Personally, I have only seen the 'text only' version of the codex, but I have heard about the pdf version. Things just don't seem right with it. Stuff has leaked out before and pretty much every retailer will have it in a black box in a few weeks anyway, this just doesn't seem credible.

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  4. > you only get the benefit of +1 Initiative. and then you also have Rage to deal with, with the cost why would anyone bother, ever?

    Why would anyone ever bother to give a carnifex toxin? 2+ to wound is better than re-rolls with 4+. Why would anyone ever pay 1 point to give gaunts a 12" S3 Assault 1 synchronized weapon instead of their usual 12" S4 Assault 1 weapon? The initiative bonus has some use, at least.

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