On to Marines? Looking like Marines come out next. Interesting, I am a bit surprised they were not one of the first ones, but still… I DO have a Crimson Fists army and another huge mess of generic ancient Marines, so I’ll be getting the book at least.
Going over the rumors and leaks, I have to admit I am a bit concerned that this might either be broken good or complete crap like the Dark Angels.
The rumors I am liking:
Scouts getting the Land Speeder Storm as a dedicated Transport: Why did this take so long? IIRC, the model was out before the 5th edition codex. Personally I never bought the kit because it was “eh” at best and ate up a second slot… Also, might or might not be able to do cool things like flank and hit the table assaulting, etc… So, if I can use the open top skimmer as a dedicated transport for the Shotgun Scouts I have in my CF army if I convert one of the many Speeder models… So, neat, but certainly I think NOT over powered in any way shape or form.
AA Rhino: Sounding more and more like an actual dedicated AAA vehicle. FINALLY? Not that the needing to field your own fliers was a problem or anything… OK, it was a VERY sore point for me at least… But in any case, looking like the Marines will have some decent AAA threats. Have to admit I am REALLY kind of hoping that all of the other flavors of Marine will get this kit as well right out of the box. My Wolves and Fleshtearers would be well served by having access to this tank… Not something I am counting on though given GW…
On the fence about:
Grav Weapons: Have to wait and see I think. If the info is correct and they wound based on the target’s armor save and are AP 2, then I think they might be overly powerful. As long as they are rareish like Melta weapons, then I am not really seeing any real problem… OTOH, if they are common, cheap and better than Melta? Well…
Things I am NOT looking forward to:
Vanguard Vets: Word is they lose their ability to Assault from Deep Strike. If this is true, then why would anyone ever take this unit? They become just another 3+ armor save Assault Squad. Extra Attacks I guess and I COULD spend a crapton of points/money and go TH/SS for some reason… Still a lot of EXPENSIVE 3+ save bodies that still cannot get into Assault easily enough. Thinking about facing Tau, I drop in, get hit by Interceptors, some of which are large blast Marine Killing weapons… Then I sit around a turn while the Tau shoot at me with full BS or more likely), THEN I get to take the few survivors (if any) and try to assault into the supporting overwatch fire of doom, which might be at higher BS if there are enough markerlights… Really? So, this tells me that this will not ever actually happen on a gaming table… I guess my BA based Fleshtearers will still do this for now assuming they do not FAQ them out of existence.
Guess that leads me to my next thing I am either on the fence about of not looking forward to: Is this Vanilla only, or will a lot of the changes be propagated through all of the “Marine” Codices? Right now, my Wolves are at best and Ally force, incapable I believe of taking on a top tier list on their own. The DA are just bad all around lacking serious cover from the Heldrakes and now Tau combos. The BA are an assault or fast Rhino Hull based army, neither of which will work overly well in the modern era. Not saying that it auto loses, just that the Xenos’ ability to simply kill Marines in 3+ (and even 2+) armor has passed the old standard of 4’s across the board for characteristics and 3+ armor being enough to win games… The Bolter itself is certainly showing its age as well. Range, Str and AP are all average… To put it in modern perspective, the lack of say, Rending like the Eldar get, the Necron’s 6’s glance Vehicles or the Tau’s greater range, Str and extra rules… Well, why bother really? I wind up with an inferior weapon on an expensive trooper who is now easily taken down by the things further up the power spiral… I guess the Marines will themselves be going down in cost, so at least they won’t be so expensive on their own… Just a wait and see what, if anything else changes and whether the “3+ Armor Mafia” can get back to competing on the tabletop…