Tuesday, February 15, 2011

More Special Characters from Imperial Armour 9

They're green!
Of course they get +1 Cover Save!
Last time, we explored the possibilities Captain Tarnus Vale gives a Space Marine Army. This time, let's check out the sneaky Chapter Master of the Raptors, Lias Issodon.

Chapter Master Lias Issodon - 140 points

Issodon is the leader of the Raptors, who are apparently even more sneaky than the Night Lords and Alpha Legion combined! His special Chapter Tactics rule is that all units exchange Combat Tactics for the Stealth Univeral Special Rule.

This is insanely good! Space Marines benefit greatly from cover against low-AP weapons. Giving them all +1 to their cover save is pretty ridiculous. However, just like Tarnus Vale, only foot troops have Combat Tactics and benefit from his buff.

He also gives your opponent -1 to any reserve rolls, and 1 unit D6 wounds or a glancing hit after deployment. This is also awesome, but we won't be exploiting this today.

Let's try a list! 1500 points:

Chapter Master Lias Issodon
Space Marine Captain w/Relic Blade, Artificer Armour & Space Marine Bike

4 Space Marine Bikes w/2 Flamers, Attack Bike
4 Space Marine Bikes w/2 Flamers, Attack Bike
4 Space Marine Bikes w/2 Meltaguns, Attack Bile w/Multi-Melta

2 Attack Bikes w/Multi-Meltas
2 Attack Bikes w/Multi-Meltas
2 Attack Bikes w/Multi-Meltas

5 Devastator Squad w/4 Missile Launchers
Thunderfire Cannon
Thunderfire Cannon

No Scouts in this list, even though they would also benefit greatly from Issodon's abilities.

We exploit Issodon's Chapter Tactics twice in this list:

  1. The Techmarines manning the Thunderfire cannons can use Bolster Defences on two ruins giving 2+ cover saves to themselves, Issodon, the Devastators and any bikes hiding behind the terrain piece at the start of the game.
  2. The (apparently stealthy) Bikes can Turbo-boost, giving themselves 2+ cover saves until they are ready to strike (with 4 Flamers, 2 Heavy Bolters, 7 Multi-Meltas and 2 Meltaguns. Oh, and a bunch of Twin-Linked Bolters).

What do you guys think? Is it to powerful? Try it out, and let me know how it went! ;)