Signals from the Frontline #560: GW Announces the next 5 Codexes (Casts added!)

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Date: 9-6-17


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  • Games Workshop gave out quite a bit of awesome information at the NOVA Open seminar.
    • The next 5 40k Codexes
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  • Next week: Deathguard inbound and Mortarion! Hold crap he is a beast.

  • There’s more information about the Blight War raging in the AoS universe!

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36 Responses to “Signals from the Frontline #560: GW Announces the next 5 Codexes (Casts added!)”

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    Nick Wenker September 6, 2017 9:46 am #

    I am still trying to guess, based on what we know so far, how Death Guard will be legitimately competitive. It’s a tough balance and I appreciate that that GW is trying to get creative to bring some life into an army that has been pretty limp for many years.

    On Facebook they said that the army is supposed to be viable and fun because it can move slowly and shoot, then get close and start procc’ing auras, then fight in melee, so it is active in all parts of the game.

    Maybe, but the army is full of slow, expensive units that are not all that amazing in assault (especially without the mobility to readjust positioning in later turns or to reach melee quickly in the early turns), and are even more so-so in shooting. A Plague Marine with a blight launcher is decent shooting but is 34 points and 24″ range on a guy that moves 5″. Compare that to mortars, or dark reapers, or flyers, or snipers, etc. And then add in that so far, Death Guard seems to have much less access to improved points efficiency from rerolling to-hit and to-wound…

    Seems like that DG are bad at mobility, shooting, and melee in exchange for being able to do a small amount of each + be durable. But with how points efficient and deadly the melee and especially the shooting of other armies can be, I don’t think the durability is worth all that much as a trade-off.

    I am really hoping there is some secret sauce in the new codex…points drops, really powerful aura combinations and psychic powers…just something to give all these slow, expensive units a lift. Really looking forward to seeing what the Tallyman does. Would love to be able to really roll hard with my Death Guard after 6 years of building and sculpting the army, but almost never playing them.

    • Reecius
      Reecius September 6, 2017 11:13 am #

      I think they are quite good, myself and give you lots of very solid units. Time will tell, of course, but in our games we’ve enjoyed playing them quite a bit.

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        Nick Wenker September 6, 2017 11:57 am #

        Great, good to hear!

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        Dbiesto September 8, 2017 4:16 pm #

        Can they still take hell drakes, warp talons, raptors, obliterators and bikers? On paper they are slow, before you consider other units to add to the army.

        • Reecius
          Reecius September 8, 2017 5:59 pm #

          They’re actually faster than you think but hang tight until tomorrow for frankie’s review!

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            Threllen September 8, 2017 6:10 pm

            We already saw their chapter tactic that shows they can move and fire heavy or advance and fire assault without penalty. That alone makes them faster than people might think. Especially with a bell dude next to them for double advance rolls.

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            Dbiesto September 9, 2017 12:57 am

            Will def take a listen when i have the time! Frankies Nurgle army was always an uphill fight back in 5th last time i fought him. Also a solid dark eldar player!

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      Anggul September 7, 2017 3:52 am #

      I think we need to judge their firepower based on everything. I’m interested to see the stats of the big mortar tank, that could easily solve range issues.

      Also they’re still chaos marines, I would hope they still have access to predators and such.

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      Blight September 8, 2017 11:30 am #

      Why is it I see this exact same statement on multiple forums? Is it all you? Are people copying you?

      • Reecius
        Reecius September 8, 2017 12:16 pm #

        Who was that in reply to?

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          Blight September 8, 2017 3:01 pm #

          I’ve seen this statement word for word in a few places. Just seemed odd.

          • Reecius
            Reecius September 8, 2017 3:18 pm

            Ah, got you. Well, Frankie is writing a Deathguard review behind me right now and he is stoked. He thinks it is a great book.

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    rvd1ofakind September 6, 2017 10:48 am #

    The problem with units like Celestine, Girlyman, etc is that when you see them ALL the time you just get too tired of them. You guys might say “not overpowered” but it is a fact that you are seeing them in almost every Imperium army and you are seeing a LOT more Imperium armies than Xenos armies in top tables of tournaments.

    So every game instead of “hm… how do I deal with this unit”, you go “oh boy, this is the 3rd Celestine I face today…”

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      rvd1ofakind September 6, 2017 10:54 am #

      PS: I still don’t understand the point in reading of lists of top 10 and top armies as they are written here.

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        rvd1ofakind September 6, 2017 11:06 am #

        Also: great podcast today. Thank you for answering so many questions

      • Reecius
        Reecius September 6, 2017 11:10 am #

        The reading of top 10 lists and top 10 armies as they are written? I don’t understand what you are saying.

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          rvd1ofakind September 6, 2017 11:13 am #

          The tradition of reading the best players in every army etc. I’m 99% sure 99% of the people tune out and go browse the web at that point 😀

          • Reecius
            Reecius September 6, 2017 11:17 am

            Oh, haha. Yeah, we like to give people their moment in the sun if they earn it =)

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    Threllen September 6, 2017 11:09 am #

    Hey Reece, regarding the Malefic Lords models – there is a unit entry called “Rogue Psyker Coven” with models called “Rogue Psyker.” I’d be willing to bet a lot that those “Rogue Psykers” models on Forgeworld’s websites are supposed to represent those guys :-). Granted both entries (Malefic Lord and the coven) are bare-handed psykers so it wouldn’t be unreasonable to use them as a proxy for Malefic Lords. I just don’t think it’s fair to say you have to be buying those guys and not using other proxies when they aren’t really the correct model, either.

    • Reecius
      Reecius September 6, 2017 11:11 am #

      I could be wrong, of course, but I am fairly certain those are meant to be the Malefic lords.

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        Anggul September 7, 2017 3:55 am #

        It’s not hard to convert cool-looking chaos renegade psykers though. It would be pretty boring to see the same two models over and over again when the GW range has so much to work with.

        If I played them I would consider converting Kairic Acolytes and such.

        • Reecius
          Reecius September 7, 2017 3:47 pm #

          It comes down to the rule of cool. The gentleman I played at NOVA had 13 beastmen as his Malefic Lords and a 3rd party model as his Super Chicken….lol. Not fun at all, in any respect.

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            Anggul September 7, 2017 11:58 pm

            Yeah, well-converted Bray Shamans would be pretty cool, mutated beastmen are a thing in 40k after all. Just throwing down some Gors and calling them sorcerers… not so much.

          • Reecius
            Reecius September 8, 2017 6:04 pm

            Yeah, exactly! If it was a total beast man army with cool conversions? Awesome. But it was just beast men thrown in a miss matched army, lol.

          • Michael Corr
            Michael Corr September 9, 2017 10:57 am

            What is the super chicken?

          • Reecius
            Reecius September 9, 2017 11:32 am

            Daemon Lord of Tzeentch from Forgeworld, the giant turkey, massively overpowered and under-priced.

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    GeekmasterK September 6, 2017 11:51 am #

    I’ve noticed in my local area, people are already complaining about Death Guard being too powerful. Based on incomplete information, some are declaring that codex creep is happening again. I haven’t even involved myself in this conversation, because I find it silly. The information is incomplete, and until you see the whole codex and test it on the table, you won’t really know if power creep actually happened. And if something was overpowered, New GW would FAQ it. Mind you this is a very small percentage even talking about the alleged return of codex creep, but still, the knee-jerk jumping to conclusions never fails, LOL!

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      Threllen September 6, 2017 1:15 pm #

      They seem very durable (always have been) and very good at dealing damage when getting close. The obvious drawback is that they’re slow as heck, expensive, and lack high range (unless we’re missing some new toys). Definitely need to wait for the whole picture to become apparent before going “oh my god they get mortal wound auras therefore they’re OP.”

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        GeekmasterK September 6, 2017 1:42 pm #

        The drawbacks are the exact reason I think they’re fine. Strong, but not broken. There’s still a lot we don’t know until the codex releases, but there will always be a few who jump to conclusions based on incomplete information. And those who only look at the strengths, but ignore the weaknesses, and declare it to be OP.

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      Anggul September 7, 2017 3:56 am #

      Some people just seem to get off on bitching about things they don’t know about, against all logic and reason.

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        GeekmasterK September 7, 2017 3:26 pm #

        Having been into 40k since the start of 5th edition, this is something I learned very quickly. And it still holds true even now.

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    The Cramp September 8, 2017 10:38 am #

    It was WWI where the marines were called “Höllenhunde,” by the Germans. The US used it on recruitment posters after the war, with a bulldog chasing a dachsund. Hilarious.

    • Reecius
      Reecius September 8, 2017 10:41 am #

      Thanks for the correction and that is awesome, haha

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      PrimoFederalist September 11, 2017 4:44 am #

      You mean “Teufel Hunden”.

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    Zugkop September 8, 2017 1:53 pm #

    I pray to Gork and Mork that GW will kinda buff the Warbikers and bring ‘eavy Armour back to the Boys in Chapter Approved or in the Ork Codex.

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