There's some pretty ridiculously cool things that are going with the 'new' books beyond the equipment normalization. For instance: the DA FAQ used the word 'penultimate' at least once. CRAZY! Some equipment costs were even updated too. That's really what I'm excited about - it bodes well for Space Elf buddies in relation to their evil cousins. I'm not saying its gonna happen - just that it could. I could get some much needed pricing love in the future.
|The image we all had in our heads is now a gaming reality.|
Reading around the intertubes, there's a lot of good analysis already. 3++ and Purgatus have jumped into the Dark Angels feet first and I'm already starting to see some lists I like.* However, I just haven't seen much for the Black Templars. Stelek's been giving us some very good tech, but that's about all I've seen (though I may be looking in the wrong places).
Which is a shame, really since the Black Templars are the more tactically interesting of the two armies.
Don't get me wrong, I myself am decidedly more interested in the Dark Angel changes. Its just that once you get past the OMGWTFBBQ of the improved Deathwing, there isn't much going on - the book is still basically crap. That's not to say that the Deathwing isn't fucking terrifying, its just that the book is a one trick pony - like the Eldar and the Tau.
The stripped down and overpriced 'regular' marine section is the big problem. Scouts as an elite choice, gimpy HQs, extra gimpy librarians, overpriced tanks and a complete lack of any army-wide special chapter abilities are not the kind of foundation that's worth building a battle company on. On top of that, the Ravenwing is kindy shitty too - the HQ that unlocks bikes as tropps costs almost twice as much as a regular bike captain, but brings half as much to the table since you can't get the all important tooled-up command squads that make SM biker lists work.
The ONLY thing the regular marine codex can't do better is the wall o' terminators. So the only good build the DA have is the "lots of terminators + not terminators". Kinda lame.
|"I'm unshakable, un-stunnable and can move 12" and still fire. You jelly, BA?"**|
Despite the pants-shitting terror that comes with a viable 25 terminator army, the Black Templars are a better choice. I think a lot of what's driving the DA fever is the fact that their codex got royally screwed last time around and people have been holding a grudge ( I know I have). Being ignored is one thing (BT), but being outright gutted is another.
In any case, everybody wins.
*Though Kirbs has been pumping out the DA lists, it always comes with a healthy dose of realism.
**Painted by Titan 126, as far as I can tell. Whoever, that is.