Well, it’s official. Black boxes are in the shops and the Grey Knights are up on the webpage.
I gotta say, this is the most pissed off I’ve been at a GW release in a long time. Please bear with me, as I try to explain my frustration. What I have to say isn’t all bad either.
The basic Grey Knights and Termis are pretty cool looking, for sure. The GK design from the Daemonhunters book was very solid, and the metal models were nice. Definitely a little hard to convert, though. Raise your hand if you cut Captain Stern to pieces and prayed to the immortal Emperor that you would somehow figure out how to make it all work in the end.
The new ones, being plastic and having a bajillion different heads, shoulder pads, weapons and poses, will be a breeze to work with by comparison. Same goes for the Grey Knights in power armor. They look pretty solid. That’s definitely one of the good things.
I’m sorry guys, I am trying to keep this site relatively PG (unlike Jaded Gamercast!) but I can’t help myself with this thing. GW should have designed some kind of Nemesis Force Coathanger to take care of this thing long before it came to term.
This is about as cool as wolves riding wolves while wearing pants made from wolves. Like the flying shortbus which was conveniently BS’ed into existence for the Blood Angels book (and also included in the Grey Knights, of course), I just can’t stand to look at this thing. It’s stupid, it’s unnecessary, and there’s no reason why it needed to be in the book. Want a vehicle to serve as a heavy weapon platform that can also pull some close combat duty? That’s what Dreadnoughts are for. Seriously.
It’s the combination of things that are done really well and things that are just lazy/stupid that absolutely drives me nuts. The plastic kits have a ton of crisp detail and cool components … but the double ammo magazines on every single stormbolter look so much worse than the old belt feeds. The option to build halberds, double handed swords, two swords, staves and hammers is cool … but giving them all different rules is completely over-the-top. Whose bright idea was it to make the staff grant a 2++ invulnerable save? I guess people will stop whining about storm shields now, which has to count for something.
It’s probably too early to get into too much detail about the rules though, since many of us have seen little beyond the rumors and leaked PDF. I’m not terribly excited though, as I fear more of it will be true than I want to admit. I am willing to give the benefit of the doubt, as so many new books look terrifying at first glance, but turn out to be fairly mild when taken holistically and fielded on the table top. It’s easier to notice the strengths of an army than the subtle weaknesses.
Anyway, I would like to wrap this up and give everything a chance to settle in a bit. When that’s over, and I will have had a chance to take in the Orcs and Goblins book as well, I am looking forward to doing a piece that compares the different directions that 40k and Fantasy seem to be taking right now. I think it’s incredibly interesting to compare the two. Maybe we’ll even make a few quick predictions about the Tomb Kings army book due in May.
And I will be the first to admit that I am possibly being a giant hypocrite regarding the Dreadknight. I have a massive rage on for the Dreadknight because it’s a Terminator riding around in the chest of a giant stupid robot, but my #1 wish for the Khemri book is for them to include rules and a model for Sehenesmet, Vizier of Quatar. Yes, he’s the 595pt special character Bone Giant with a Liche Priest entombed in his chest. I do have a literature degree, so the irony is not lost on me.