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I have a copy of the WD that the rules are in. However, I need to know if I can use them in a tournament. I always make my lists geared towards tournaments (RTT, GT, Gamesday). That way I can practice for when I go. That being said, I want to use zealots but I'm pretty sure I can't use them in tournaments because they are not in my codex. However, I'm not 100% sure. Anybody know for sure that can help me out???
Depends on whether the rules for them have the "Chapter Approved" stamp.
The WD Codex: Blood Angels for example says "Chapter Approved" so they're legal in tournaments.
They do have the chapter approved stamp last time i checked
Last edited by Cyric the Mad; September 4th, 2008 at 00:18.
Chapter Approved does not make anything automatically legal for tournaments! It really does depend on the opinion of the organiser of each individual event, all you can do is ask. There is no universal standard of tournament rules. Last year they were legal for the US GT circuit, but I'm pretty sure not in the UK. The 'official' GW position in the UK lately has been that only things printed in books are legal at the GT. (One assumes they will allow Blood Angels also...!)
There are tons upon tons of Chapter-Approved stuff.
My shop doesn't use them, but it seems that many players use Zealots,
and most opponents aren't complaining about them.
Any unit that looks good and dies gloriously in large numbers tends to satisfy opponents.
After all... isn't that why we play 40K?
Sisters Repentia: Wow what beautiful models! Wow what terrible rules! -stjohn70
I would just build up a list with them, and another list without them, and play with both. Also I would find the tournament organizers and simply ask. It's not like you're equiping them with jump packs and terminator armor for 4 points a model. They're shirtless men with maces for crying out loud!
And over there we have the labyrinth guards.
One always lies, one always tells the truth, and one stabs people who ask tricky questions.
20 las pistol shots followed by 60 attacks on the charge is just nasty to begin with even space marines don't stand up to the raw number of attacks. If you can afford the priest in this units that is a big boost with rerolls. Insanely big boost with excruciators.
20 shots average 10 hits 5 wounds vs most armies (3.3 against marines). 1-2 dead right there. Now here comes the fun the charge.
Excrutiators (if you have them) 20 attacks 12.1 hits 8 wounds against most armies (6 against marines) 4-2 dead before anything else is done more against lightly armored enemies.
64 attacks without evicerators and only with fanatics this is
64 with 32 hits avg 16 wounds (10.6 against marines) 8 dead against most armies (3 dead marines in most realities 4 statistically) with a priest that is 20ish% increase in kills. With evicerators on fanatics you lose 4 attacks but get 6 of the hits as 5 unsavable wounds even against marines (or 3 dead termies).
This is all sort of basic andwithout taking any hits first so this is good in an ork or IG fight against others not quite as good but you can make up for it by careful manuevering to support units already being assaulted or being assaulted by better armored squads. Depending on how you use them they are a very effective force multiplier.
I have had some major fun playing zealots (I use the old frateris militia models with repentia for zealots with evicerators. I also use redemptionists from necromunda for fanatics not using evicerators and characters in the unit. They make great priests and are easily customized.
My zealots have always earned their points if not double. However once in a while a fanatic who is too zealous will blow up a transport or tank nearby and kill half the models from the explosion. I usually think this is hillarious. Well maybe not in ard boyz but otherwise hillarious.
Plus they are scoring units so when you are down to a few left run them into cover near a hold point and have them lie on their bellies (go to ground) the rest of the game if you can.
What issue of WD is the zealots in?
I think it is 182 but it is easier to just call the hotline to GW and they will email you a copy of the zealot rules.