Pretty sure I just saved 40k. Everybody take a Sharpie and cross out “Codex: Grey Knights” everywhere this text appears. Replace with “Codex: Pre-Heresy Thousand Sons” and you are good to go.
Dreadknight rules can work for Magnus the Red. If anyone deserves T7 and crazy armor/wargear, it’s a Primarch.
The different cults can represent some of the different GK squad types, as well. Pyrae love fire and firepower, so they would work for either Purgation or Purifier squads. Pavoni have bio-electric lightning as a common offensive power, so again Purifiers work. Corvidae and Athanaeans are all into mind-reading and precognition, so they could get fudged into the Interceptor squads maybe. Tactical brilliance = random teleportation … whatever. Maybe that’s pushing it a bit 😀
If you want to run a Relictors army without using the incredibly lame Chaos Space Marines codex, you could use GK as well. Crowe with his daemon weapon is a perfect fit for the leader of that army. Just avoid the completely over-the-top unit choices and you will have a suitable Relictor force I think. This is pretty much the only way I can see GK and Daemonhosts in the same army list … mixing the extreme puritans and radicals in almost any other context just makes me cry.
Anyway, I think I finally found a way to make the Grey Knight codex bearable. You’re welcome.
In the grim darkness of the far future there is no such thing as subtlety.
This whole discussion started as a sarcastic Facebook status update, lifting my quote from the previous article. Before I knew it, there were a couple dozen posts on the subject. Reactions continue to be incredibly mixed on Grey Knights. People like me see some great potential for “counts as” lists such like the Thousand Sons and Relictors, Jordan simply sees them as a viable list when put alongside Space Wolves and Blood Angels, and Adam actually suggested using them as Dark Mechanicum proxies. Crazy psychic powers representing the bizarre forbidden warp-tainted tech from Mechanicum, which is a great book by the way. One of the best of the Horus Heresy series.
What do you think? Does a healthy does of DIY redeem the codex? Or does the fact that we are all looking so goddamn hard for a fix simply show how badly GW pooped the bed on this book (and the Chaos Space Marines to a certain extent)?
As Tom puts it:
You know what is really sad here… the real evidence that GW has coathangered 40k? That you could make a more characterful chaos army using the Grey Knights book than Codex: Chaos Space Marines…