This happens to be my first post on this, my new blog, and one of the things, other than certain tactical bits of advice that were bursting to be let out, what drove me to start writing this blog.
So, lo, the some 11 years awaited new Grey Knight codex has been released, two full months ago, and to some degree the dust has settled, and people have had the chance to fully absorb the codex.
I think it’s a good codex. It’s reasonably balanced, both internally (as in it is tough to choose what units to take), and externally (despite much moaning, it seems to be able to take on most enemies, while at the same time it does represent an “easy win” against most other codexes, not even tyranids). It’s certainly a decent “apology” codex to all those who for years and years wanted to play a Grey Knight army, in which group I myself would belong to. The previous codex was specifically intended to make an all GK army hard to pull-off.
I even like most of the fluff, ridiculous though it may be. I do, however dislike how they made GK much more like regular marines. They were once WS 5, Strength 6 fearless, with a crippling lack of rhinos. Now they are basically just regular marines, all of whom, granted, are mini librarians, but other than that, they’re merely same old Astartes, but with shinier gear.
But the rules, the rules are good. Well, at least what we think the rules are.
Because Games Workshop, ever known for writing ambiguous rules, has done one of the worst jobs ever with this codex. Epically bad rules-writing. All they had to do was ask your typical 9th grade D&D rules lawyer what to make of these rules, and that would have easily told them how poor these rules were, but no, they couldn’t be brought to do that.
Let’s see how long a list we can make, shall we? After each question, I will make some notes regarding RAW (read as written), RAI (read as intended), and GAP (game as played, which simply means what the consensus has been to play it as, in the lack of any other direction, or perhaps “screw it, rule is fucked) Continue reading »