Hello everyone !!
Today on pre-orders are 2 new codex supplements for Warhammer 40000 Space Marines Armies. Raven Guard and Iron Hands, this post is about the Raven Guards. I mean who doesn't love Space Ninja?
This codex is a thin(80 pages) hardcover book. It's standard GW quality so there is nothing wrong about it.
The 3 main parts of the book are The fluff, the model's pics and the rules!
If iron Hands codex was the hammer this one would be a scalpel ^^
The first 40 pages of the book are dedicated to the Chapter presentation. It's quite complete with a lot of details on the different companies and units. There are also details on the what happened at isstvan V, Ravenfall, the Genetic Manipulation Corax tried to do and some other stuff. Decent fluff.
It's always hard to swallow that Near Precog Primarch were at Isstvan 5 ^^
In this section, we are shown different Space Marines Models Painted in black ^^
One new general ability, a few warlords traits, some relics, more stratagems, and 6 psychics powers.
This power is at the Heart of a Raven Guard game plan ! Snipe/take out Aura & buff bot and then clear the rest of the army. it's a sound plan considering the amount of popular buff combo. Still, I am not sure that +1 to hit and wound is enough to allow this plan. But it' a good start !
There are 6 extra Traits that you can choose from.
Off course the Run and Charge is strong but the No overwatch is super handy to tie in strong firebase
2 list here, one for Raven Guards: Relics of Ravenspire and one for Successor & Raven Guards: Special Issue Wargear.
Relics Of Ravenspire
Yea nothing crazy. Still, Ex tenebris is decent to snipe frail target.
Special Issue Wargears
Mantle : 5+ FNP
Artificer armour : 2+/5++
MCW : +1dmg to one weapon
Digital weapon: one extra attack dealing 1mw if hit
Magic Cloack : 3+ invul in terrain ^^
Raven Guard have a good selection of Stratagem ! you are going to need CP a lot I think.
2 pages of Stratagem, most interesting are :
As you can see you have a large selection of Infiltration and Movement tricks. Can you pull off assassination and stuff with them? it's all about your skill to play the game so in a sense it's interesting.
This Stratagem is going to be great with Smash Captain or JP units going after sturdy target.
let check the Umbramancy Psychic table now
There is one effective combo here: Envelloping Darkness. Prevent Overwatch and minus 1 to hit roll. Then use Shadowstep to Teleport back to safety, or charge, or do something cool. It's vital if you plan to charge into an Iron Hands bastion waiting for you with a 3+ reroll 1 overwatch salvo.
That's it for the Raven Guard rules lets check the unit now!
He's a quite strong actually, very good pistol sniping and dealing extra mortal wounds on 6+ (so 5+ against characters). Powerful charge potential, 7 attacks on charge with +1 +1 to hit and wounds vs characters, stack nicely with lay low the tyrant for another extra +1 on wound rolls. As the claw allow wound reroll at worse it's 3+ with reroll.
Chapter Master bubble and Charge reroll bubble help as well.
Target Sighted Stratagem from the Space Marines codex is vital, it will cost 3CP but allow Stalker Intercessor to snipe and deal extra mortal wounds on 6+ (so 5+). It's expensive but with the new Stalker bolt rifle, you will get a lot of value out of it. Don't forget to split shooting if you need to.
Scout Squad with sniper rifles and camo cloak they are not very expensive, they infiltrate, shoot at 36", Snipe, deal mortal wound on 6+, get a 2+save in cover and -1 to hit. If Dev doctrine is up you also get Ap -1
Eliminator Squad Off course Eliminator are awesome with Raven Guards. They are Amped up scout ! At 63 points only per unit they are always a good investment.
To conclude, the game plan for Raven Guards is removing Characters asap and charge in with: Smash Captain, Vanguards, Phobos ....
Any question ? ask away !
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