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Hi I was reading through the codex and for the first time went into depths with the culexus assassin, which I for some reason never really bothered to read about because almost everybody seems to think its the worst assassin their is, and therefor I sort of just discarded it from the beginning.
What I would like to know is when using the animus speculum does penitent henchmen then count as psykers when within 12'?
Because if it does just two plane inquisitors with each 6 penitents come out at only 124 points - this would make the animus a range 12 str. 5 ap. 1 assault 16.
But does it work this way???
On page 24 it gives the requirements to be counted as a psyker and as a personal rule i'd ignore anything in the fluff text when looking to apply it.
Penitents don't make psychic tests, nor are they specifically named psykers in rules section of their entry.
As per p. 24 WHCodex (Psyker Terminology) penitents are not psykers in the codex. Therefore you don't gain advantage from them with your Culexus and you get only the boni from the Inquisitors being psykers for him.
EDIT: damn, while I was on the phone A.T. already wrote it...oh well.
Kill the mutant! Purge the unclean!
You're also, as an aside, only allowed to have three of the same type of henchman per retinue.
The assasin doenst suck he is more intricate in his uses. Grey knight terminators count as psykers and so do justicars so u can try that tatic with them and easily be able to bolster the number of shots on the Animus Speculum
Remember that the new IG Psyker Battle Squad (up to 9 Psyker models!) is quite popular.
Grey Knight Terminators, on the other hand, is in a grey area (pun not intended). It says the whole unit can take Holocaust, a psychic power, but only the BC can actually channel it. You might want to clarify with the opponent before play to avoid any in-game arguments.