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Thoughts on Spearhead/Spearhead Arrival
Old 27 May 2010, 15:40   #1 (permalink)
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I hadn't seen a topic on this anywhere yet so I thought I'd start one here.

Well, for those who subscribe to White Dwarf, the latest GW expansion, Spearhead, is upon us. Being a mixture of White Dwarf and the GW website, this is the cheapest expansion they've ever done but the idea is to buy more tanks so it does fall down a bit there.

Having looked through the WD part of the rules, it looks fairly simple yet they have clearly thought through most of the rules.
It does make sense to have big tank battles such as those you read about in the fluff and I'm glad that there is a sensible option for this.
The battle report they've included looks like fun with more emphasis on the many long-range tank weapons available and some useful special rules which you get from Spearhead units.

The only downside I can see at the moment is that the rules for the actual spearhead units will only be available online which would be fine except they haven't put them up yet. Fingers-crossed for that being remedied in the next few days.

So this certainly looks good for Guard players with all those Russ tanks and the Tau might improve due to the longer range for this type of battle (set up on short table edges and fight lengthways).

Anyway, after that quick intro. What are your thoughts on Spearhead?
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Old 27 May 2010, 17:00   #2 (permalink)
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Looking at the new units and the sample picture, it looks like Apocalypse to me.

But with more tanks. ;D
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Old 27 May 2010, 17:17   #3 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by Be'gel D'verl
Looking at the new units and the sample picture, it looks like Apocalypse to me.

But with more tanks. ;D
Apocalypse was a bit daft though. They didn't really think it through, they just said "put your models on the table and fight". This at least has limits on what you can take and it actually makes sense it gaming terms.
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Old 28 May 2010, 15:38   #4 (permalink)
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Apologiyes for the direct link, but I can not find a page that links to it!

So here is a list of spearheads you can take in the battles!

Some of them look great!

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Old 28 May 2010, 15:49   #5 (permalink)
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I actually quite like this- inspiring me to collect an IG army :shifty:

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Old 28 May 2010, 23:07   #6 (permalink)
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Well just to get the link at hand...


currently reading it :sadnshocked:
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Old 29 May 2010, 00:06   #7 (permalink)
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This looks pretty cool. It's a shame I don't own that many battle tanks. I like the rules - it's chaotic and insane but there's a nice order and balance to it.
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Old 29 May 2010, 02:46   #8 (permalink)
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CM Seth, you could always use the Massive Attack spearhead... I'm considering using it myself with 5 troop choices full of kroot and kroot hounds... equiped with bombs! So many bombs!
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Old 29 May 2010, 02:48   #9 (permalink)
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Little to no help for Tau: Check
Give big advantages to mainly Imperial things: Check

Not interested in this expansion at all. Aside from practically giving away the Tau ability to choose different targets for weapons (yes I know Super Heavies had it as well, but we had the only way to do it en masse in normal 40k) the only real thing we gained was the ability to shoot our SMS now... Yay! We kinda sorta got our limited shooting ability of 4th back at the expense of allowing Predators/Vendetta's/Anything with side weapons actually worth a damn to do it better.

What about the actual formations (don't re-badge them, you guys know what they are)?
True we can get a 3+ cover save + Infiltrate, but I have better things to do with around 30 pts a vehicle tbh.
In return can you see what Vendettas/Hydras with Archaeotech Las cannons will do to us? Or Tooled out Preds?

Want to bring more pain to the CC game? Well 6 MC's later and you can easily do this. Luckily it's only Nids that can do this atm from what I can tell.

F this, just like Planetstrike, my Tau didn't get nearly enough to make the game enjoyable. Can they still win? Most definitely. Will it be fun for the effort? Not from what I can see if they continue with this stupid shtlk.

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Old 29 May 2010, 03:06   #10 (permalink)
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Hmmm two outflanking Land Raider Crusaders... Sounds like fun.
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