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A friend of mine who has the 40k book already (But has signed a promise not to reveal the contents early... yeah right) leaked something to me from the new 40k book. Actually, he leaked several things to me, but here's a couple that I remember.
Apparently NOTHING gets to shoot at one target and charge another target anymore. Terminators, Bikes, Dreadnaughts, Obliterators and anything else that used to be able to shoot at one thing and charge another just became less useful.
All that the SFP rule allows you to do anymore is move and shoot exactly as if stationary.
Bikes can shoot as many weapons as they have riders now, which means attack bikes can shoot both weapons which is kind of nice.
Most importantly for bikers, however, is that the rule has been clearly defined now: ALL weapons on a bike, whether they are carried in the hands of the rider or mounted to the bike itself, count as being bike mounted. This means that Space Marine bikes with plasma guns are just as good as Chaos Bikes with plasma guns, since they ALL benefit from the new Stable Firing Platform rule.
I suppose a TMC also must assault what it shoots at? And does this mean if you shoot at a target not in assault range, you can't assault at all?
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Terminators usefulness is getting more and more debatable. Being able to be picked off behind troops, no shoot one/charge another. Although it must be said that their Deep Striking ability has been given a boost.
Actually, terminators just keep getting worse and worse. Their save still sucks compared to 2nd edition, they can't be screened anymore and now they can't shoot at one thing and charge another.
Deep striking for them has only become marginally better. How many times have you seen people roll two one's while deep striking? I've never had it happen to me or an opponent. Ever.
Units have to pass a morale check to shoot at a target that is not the closest. In other words, yes, they can be screened somewhat.Originally posted by H0urg1ass@Aug 23 2004, 00:21
...they can't be screened anymore...[snapback]201574[/snapback]
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I still doubt it will change much of a players game, especially from a smurf's view.
Termies, while getting buffed with their 'crux terminatus' save, have never been useful anyway and nearly never get their points back in a battle. The players i feel quite sorry for now are deathwing players, which with their already expensive army...
But I have to see what the new SM codex has avaliable to really say anything about this.. maybe GW WILL add something to compensate this..
As for the bikers: maybe now storm claw bikers will make up for their expensivfe points..