Hey everyone! Adam, from TFG Radio, here to talk about things that we don’t see anymore, and I don’t mean wins (for me).
I have gone through a lot f models over the years. I have bought, sold, and bought again a number of armies in my time. Games Workshop always has, and still does, make the best looking miniatures in the industry. I know there are plenty of miniature manufacturers that make models just as good, and sometimes better, but I don’t think they have the same volume of quality that Games Workshop produces. The models look so good that one can’t wait to get them together, painted and ready for the battlefield. Unfortunately, since I am, or was (you decide), a competitive player, there are many units that have, at one point or another, been a must have in an army but have fallen on hard times. one of these units is the Chaplain.
Just look at the picture above. How cool is that model? from the beginning, the image of a Space Marine Chaplain has just the coolest look about it. From the skull shaped helmet to the bone armor some of them wear, they just ooze character to me. They were practically a must have in your army in previous editions. Unfortunately, in this edition the special ability of the Chaplain does not mesh well with most current Space Marine armies that you see vying for the top spots in tournaments*. Although rerolling wound rolls is good, it is during the assault phase and not too many Space Marine armies are built to be an assault army. Sure, could maybe take him and a small assault oriented squad of guys to maybe act as a countercharge element, but if you really needed him to do that you may have already lost the game. You still see them on occasion, but you really won’t see them consistently in a winning list. except maybe because they just had the model and nothing else to spend the points on.
It’s probably my Mexican heritage showing through** with my fascination of the Chaplain and wanting him to be good again. I think the image above is the best way of showing the state the Chaplain is in right now in 8th edition. Interred in a Chaplain Dreadnought, due to the models being essentially dead. This new form allows the Chaplain , as a concept, to continue to serve in form that greatly benefits the Chapter that it serves. They have now become an inexpensive unit that has a high toughness, more wounds, doesn’t degrade, can carry 2 lascannons, has 6+ Feel No Pain, and even give nearby units +1 strength in close combat. All for about 200 points. I hope when Games Workshop releases the updated Space Marine book, they will rework the humble Chaplain so that he may once again take his place among the other heroes of the Imperium.
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