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Reading around the forums ive seen alot of Mat Ward hate going on, and being new to grey knights, the fluff seems good to me... so getting to the point I would like to see what every ones opinion of the new fluff is and why.
The beef I've seen with the fluff is actually not with the general GK fluff, its with the character fluff (Draigo especially). I feel that though some things came off a bit 'fanboyish' in the book, that Mr. Ward was trying to get across the impressive nature of Grey Knights as a chapter. He just may have gone a bit far with it lol. However, the internet will rage at everything because they can.
Continuing with my input, I really like the fluff, all of it. It gives the impression that the GK's are srs bidness and that Daemons should be wary when they make incursions into realspace. Heck, I even like Draigo's fluff. I think it's awesome having the Supreme Grand Master of the GK's muckin' about in the Warp causing trouble for the daemonic.
Poor old Matt was almost on a hiding to nothing. People were complaining about him doing the codex before they had seen anything in writing. I feel he did a good job. Some excellent characters, some cool fluff, some hints about the (even) darker future for mankind. He showed that when push comes to shove, the GKs are not the unrealistic ideal, but a pragmatic group of warriors not afraid to kill off a couple of thousand in order to protect millions of others. There is almost a touch of Death Korps of Krieg in their thinking, in that the individual does not matter (DKOK are my other favourite army).
As for the units, apart from needing henchmen if I was soldiers to carry melta, the stat line of the bog standard GK (I would have liked to have seen two base attacks and perhaps a WS of 5) and some odd points here and there that may(or may not) get FAQ'd, he did OK. There is a huge amount of flexibility in the dex. I don't know all the other codexes, but are there any others where you can put two 1500 point armies together where one has over 100 models and the other has about 12 (you can do it in 7, but that's not my point). The fact that you have to spend time putting a 1500 point list together shows they need to be carefully used, but then if IG are the Emperors hammer and Space Marine are the knife, GK are the laser scalpel. I find it amusing that where everyone used to put 1500-2000 points lists together, they are now putting 2500 point lists together. They want all the cool stuff on the table at once. That is unlikely to be possible in normal games, but that is OK.
Kaldor "Mary Sue" Draigo is probably the best/worst example of the new fluff. Oh well... At least the Grey Knights have one flaw: they are sad they can never be Ultramarines...
Shame the fluff is so fanboy-ish and facepalm-inducing, because the rules are excellent even though a FAQ is needed; the sooner the better.
Yes, I do think Mr. Ward should change professions.
To be honest some of the fluff made me wonder why the Grey Knights were needed:.....
"Hello - here's the Good News -we're the Grey Knights - we've come to end a Daemonic Incursion before it happens"
*Bless the Emperor we're saved from something we didn't know existed"
"Here's the Bad News - after we save you we're going to virus bomb you out of existence because we're a secret..."
"Errrrrr - what!"
Might just as well have virus bombed the planet to start with and saved on the cost of all those elite warriors - maybe give their kit to somebody who can use it without having to kill everyone they save.....
Only an idiot fights a war on two fronts. Only the heir to the throne of the kingdom of idiots would fight a war on twelve fronts.