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Old 11 Sep 2006, 01:05   #1 (permalink)
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I'm trying to come up with a Chapter Master for the Black Mages Chapter. He is a highly psychic Space Marine, who rules his Chapter with a guided hand.

A little about the Chapter: the chapter is about 1/3-1/2 psychically active, with about half of those trained as Librarians; a great deal of their Chaplains are also Librarians. Most likely the only reason that their chapter has not been exterminated is because of their ties with the Ordo Malleus. The Ordo has a research facility there that experiments with psychic equipment and other projects. The Chapter will fire upon any and all Ordo Hereticus ships that arrive in the system without a good reason; they have authority from the head Inquisitor of the research station: Lord Altaris Andari. The Ordo Xenos are regarded as either hated or welcomed, depending on their goals and who they support.

Onto the Master (bold indicates Additional Rules):

Chapter Master Black Mage
Cost WS BS S T W I A Ld Sv
200 pts 5 5 4 4 4 5 5 10 2+/5+

Chapter Master Black Mage is a Special Character. He may only be taken in games of 1750 or more. He may not take any additional items from the Armory

Equipment: Psychic Hood, Terminator Armor, Nemesis Force Sword, Master-Crafted Plasma Pistol
Powers: Veil of Time, Storm of the Emperor's Wrath, Fury of the Ancients
Special Gear: Hat of the Mages
Special Abilites: Strength of the Psyker, Living Lord
RULES:
Nemesis Force Sword: A gift given to him by the Inquisitor Lord Altaris Andari, it functions as a normal Nemesis Force Sword. Treat Chapter Master Black Mage as a Grandmaster.
Hat of the Mages: The very icon of the Chapter, it functions as a Holy Relic.
Strength of the Psyker: The utter mastery of psychic abilities manifests itself through CMBM's years of experience. All psychic abilities used by Chapter Master Black Mage gain +1 S, +1 AP (therefore, an ability with a S3 and AP5 would become S4 and AP4)
Living Lord: CMBM is an HQ choice and must always be taken with at least one other Librarian (whether or not he is in the retinue is entirely up to the player)

Thoughts? Ideas?
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Old 11 Sep 2006, 19:44   #2 (permalink)
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Well he's an uber-character isn't he? We've all wanted to do this at some point, I imagine most of us have done it. But it's never a good idea to pour all these points into just one character. Much better to buy a five man Terminator squad with a couple of assault cannons between them for the same price!

He's definately too good. A special character should never really have more than two special abilities (and even two is pushing it); three is too much, especially when coupled with all his superior wargear.

I suggest you make one major special skill and a number of non-unique minor advantages such as suitably shiny wargear and what-not. A special rule I made for a character in my army was 'lucky track link', as carried by 'Krull', my Terminator Sergeant. It allows the scatter dice to be re-rolled for teleportation and it allows you to force your opponant to re-roll the scatter dice for any ordnance/barrage weapons that hit the squad. They're not exceptionally huge advantages, but they are fun, because everyone loves rolling dice for critical moments. It plays on the tension and gives Krull (and his 'lucky' track link) some character.

You want to design something that's not going to be used so frequently it rapidly becomes regarded as the norm, but something that will come into play only every so often, and has an impact when it does. Lysander's 'Teleport Assault' is a good example of this; it only happens once per game, but it's exremely dramatic when it does.
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Old 11 Sep 2006, 21:19   #3 (permalink)
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Point made Tom. How about this guy?
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Point made Tom. How about this guy?
*Looks baffled* ???

What guy? The Black Mages Chapter Master? Like I said; I think he's too powerful.
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What would reduce him? I took off at least 2 of the powers...
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The psyker deal is WAY too powerfult, I can see increasing the range OR the Str/AP, but not both... and doesn't he get an extra attack for having terminator armor? Termi Honors gives an extra one, right?
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