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I just got the 5th ed Codex today, and I am not overly happy with it. Mainly with the cost increase of my fav units, Tyrants, and Carnifexs..in 4th ed I never ran a nidzilla list, but I would always have a Tyrant and 2-3 Fexs. This might be a little tough now because of the points increase. Anyway one dilema I have is that 2 of my Fexs each have a barbed strangler and a venom cannon, which in 5th ed, you can not do.
It does suck that I will have to re model these guys, and I am debating how I want to to it. Was thinking of keeping the venom cannons, and putting on scything talons, and have them move around a lot more than they used to, or perhaps going straight out melee fex, and just toss on 2 sets of talons. My old strat with these guys however was to sit them on an objective and just deny the whole game, things are gonna have to change there I guess.
My other 2 fexs will be dakka fex, as I think these guys may even be better than the original dakka fex....12 shots vs 8, though u dont get to re roll wounds anymore.
Anyway, basically I am just looking to see what people suggest about re modelling my venom cannon/barbed strangler fexs...I would like some long ranged support, but you cant have both weps, so tough call.
Well basicly you have really only 2 choices if you still want some ranged fex support either a heavy weapon and a pair of ST just to keep it as cheap as possible or a heavy weapon and then a set of devourers or deathspitters.
A Carnifex with Bioplasma on a Spore is also pretty good.
Having pondered over this for a bit, as much as I don't really wanna remodel them, I think I am going to drop the venom cannon off them, and just toss on some scything talons. I like how venom cannon is a blast now, but small blast at BS3 can be sketchy, where the large blast on the straglethorn will usually hit something With the Zoanthrope's lance shots I think I got some good anti tank punch, as I always took 2 of these guys in 4th ed anyway
I'm sad to see the huge points increase the fexes got as well. I've got four of them at the moment, but will convert two of them into a tervigon and a tyrannofex. The ones i have left will probably be CC oriented. Mycetic spore and bio plasma sounds like a good plan right now, but I've only took a short peek in the codex so far, will get it on saturday though.
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I haven't yet looked at the new dex, but from every army list i see, it seems like the only Heavy Support way to go now is with the Trygon. This saddens me because I have 2 fexes (magnetized) that are itching for some battle. What do you all think is the best use for a fex in the new edition (not the trash can)?
Magnetised? Turn it into a Tervigon. Give it 4x Scything Claws, magnetise some Termagaunts to the base, and voila! The fluff says Tervigons can stand on the hind legs to attack, so it fits. You could also convert one of the extra back plates with another row of chimneys, and also magnetise it. That would be completely WYSIWYG.
My only real disappointment is that crushing claws aren't worth it now. I have a set of FW crushing claws that I ended up taking off a fex because it just isn't useful on it anymore.
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I got the new codex, I think the points increase is a bit much for some of their stuff. The Hive Tyrants wings should let it go like a jetbike for the price.
The Carnifex now comes in broods. All the Carnifexes in a brood must be indentical in what they take, silly because only a few of their options will affect how the others work. That means it is best to think about if you want them in one brood or separate. Close combat weapons and bioplasma is a very good option now, crushing claws doesn't ruin how many attacks the thing gets now. Bioplasma will melt alot of enemies at short range and they can be very powerful on a charge.
The ranged options are ok but things but I think a brood of Zoanthropes will do far better to kill tanks than a brood of three Carnifexes with heavy venom cannons. One thing is that they don't lose attacks if they replace their scything talons with ranged weapons. This means a Carnifex with two sets of devourers will still be good in assault. Those types may become hany in a mixed role.
I will use the naked variant for this weekend. Why?
I believe that Fexes are a valuable tank hunter(!, not catcher;-)) unit because with 5 attacks on the charge that can be rerolled you get 1.5 hits on vehicles you need to roll a 6 for.
EDIT: Do you have the balls to play a fex and buy a Trygon just because you like the miniature?:-P
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