What? oh, C’mon.. the chance to add a few new models? of course I am thinking about allies.
I started with models I already had.
I have a fairly large guard army, and the cheapness of the stuff.. for the firepower you get.. it’s just wrong. example, two veteran units, primaris Psyker and two vendattas… sure you could bump those up to three and still be inside the forge org for allies.. but wait..In the heavy slot you could add three leman russ MBT’s.. or three Hydras… and a psyker battle squad in the elite slot.. wow.
Add some cheap enginseers to help out your vehicles and backfield shooters…
And we haven't even discussed artillery. this codex is the ultimate for power gamer mining outside of the GK it’ presents an awful lot of options.
My guard are painted in desert colours.
And my wolves have snow bases.
that, right there.. I can’t do that. Maybe somewhere down the line I’ll add some vostroyans or vallhallans.. or model up some housecarls.. but nope, wont be using guard right now.
I have an old Inquisition army, that’s how this blog started and why it’s called what it is, a radical inquisitor… but I cant bring myself to play from the fromagerie that is the GK codex.. and I know that sounds rich coming from a guy with wolves and guard.. but there it is..
also, GK aren't battle brothers with wolves.
Here’s a nice option, and one of the two I intend to explore.
Battle brothers, check, able to still model them as Space Wolves and therefore keep using the models in the core army.. check..
Fast, Scoring, T5, shooty and survivable in assault.. awesome. also opens up the stormtalon, a much needed anti air unit for the Space Wolves.. space marine captain with relic blade, sgt with fist, MM attack bike and a Meltagun and flamer in the squad..
I still have a spare vanilla biker so I can still run the unit as swiftclaw if I swap him out for a special.
Only question is whether to use Khan.. with the cap added to the squad and the talon escorting that’s a decent blob to come in from outflank…
More battle brothers.
Let’s first consider a cheap option I already have the models for. I mean sure, we can talk about death company in stormravens modelled as wulfen, and we might have to go there.. but for now, lets look at:
Assault squads, x2 5 man, melta or flamer, led by a libby.
can still model them as wolves, can still use them as sky claws and rune priest..
and two of my favourite words.. fast.. scoring…
sure I could run a single squad and combat squad them.. I could do that twice and get twenty of these blokes on the boards.. but this is a decent start..
Also.. I could run a Baal pred…… assault cannons are going to rule this edition, I can feel it :)
Heres the quick libby conversion I put together wile considering this.
The last viable option in my mind, and still a bit out there as Dark Angels aren't battle brothers..
Worthy of consideration I believe because cheap, scoring hammernators are going to be everywhere this edition, and one of the best counters.. is more cheap, scoring hammernators.. :)
This one doesn't open up much though, and while the scoring part is nice, wolf guard are still a viable option. Its a nice idea, but I like speeeed….
So the Space marine and Blood angel codices will be the ones I explore..
I haven't included templars not least because I don't know the codex well, but moreover because I feel the above offers better options than anything that codex could offer.
so let me know your thoughts, am I derranged? am I heading for trouble modelling my allies the same as my core army? should I consider GK codex options?
What units should I consider acquiring and modelling next? a Space Wolves Baal pred? more bikers? Wulfen in a stormraven?
I’m just full of questions today, huh? :)