40K: Strike Force Ultima Formation Confirmed

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Strike Force Ultima has a deadly new formation inside the box – come take a look at the brutal new possibilities!

The Space Marines are getting an excellent new Box Set in the Form of Strike Force Ultima. We had a feeling that it would contain a new formation but now that has been confirmed – and it’s a really good one too!

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The big thing here is that all the units must come from Reserve. All non-vehicle units must be embarked or be placed in Deep Strike Reserve. That’s a lot of points to be put in Reserve – the plus side is that everything gets to come in First Turn automatically. Oh and when they DO come in, they bring extra shots to the party!

The Drop Pod Stermguard all having an extra shot is pretty nice and it’s got some obvious implications. I’m curious on how that 1 extra shot stacks up with Combi-Weapon’s one use only rule… Aside from that fun rules debate, Terminators with an extra Stormbolter round (or Assault Cannon/Heavy Flamer/Cyclone Missile Launcher shot) could be pretty effective depending on the target unit.

But keep in mind that 1 shot applies to “all ranged weapons carried by models” and by that logic the Land Raider could come in with it’s Twin-linked Lascannon’s blazing away. 4 Shots, twin-linked? Uh, yes please. Same with the Razor back (depending on how you load it up). Sure it only applies until the end of the round, but I’ll take bonus shots where I can get them.

Space Marine Strike Force Ultima $250

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Capable of delivering a fatal blow to virtually any threat the enemy can field, Strike Force Ultima is a shining example of Space Marines’ speed and power. Sternguard Veterans and Tactical Marines slam into battle via their Drop Pod and Razorback, combine their firepower to deliver a blistering cascade of bolter rounds, while the Land Raider carries a Terminator Captain and his honour guard to war. Should the foe attempt aerial supremacy, an imperious command from the Captain sends his Stormhawk Interceptor swooping in to clear the skies and make sure whichever alien sun they orbit shines brightly upon the Emperor’s finest.

You can see the price breakdown below if you needed one more reason to pick-up this Box deal:

Land Raider$74.25

Drop Pod$37.25

Stormhawk$55

Razorback$41.25

Sternguard Squad$50

Terminator Squad$50

Tactical Squad $40

Terminator Captain – $30?

Retail Total: $377.75

Discount: 33.8%

 

Frappe Ultime? That sounds like a new drink at Star Bucks…

  • normann97

    Yay. More First-Turn Deep Strike abuse.
    Dear Space Marine players, don’t whine when in return for this cheating, I will fill the board up with all my Tau Intercepting goodness.
    If Marines don’t play fair, I see no reason why Tau, Eldar or any other faction should listen to whines about how overpowered they are.

    • CMAngelos

      And the Award for the Whiny Schoolchild goes too..

      Seriously though, you DO realize that most people who complain about “Eldar and tau etc” being OP are armies with Crap codexes right? Like yaknow.. CSM, Orks, Nids and so on. And they complain about marines too. Take the chip off your shoulder perhaps?

      • normann97

        I just start collecting CSM (and Chaos Renegades). I have Sisters of Battle.
        Any questions?
        P.S. Really, no thing from Eldar or Tau side is as cheesy, as Marine’s First-Turn-Deep-Strike and Drop Pod abuse. And their Gladius Formation is beyond point of simple OP.

        • Cergorach

          Why do you collect armies that are being discontinued? 😉

          • normann97

            Cause I’m a Monsieur, who knows his taste in sadomasochism.
            P.S. Also, cause I have my Tau, for moments when I want to turn from Sadomasochism, to just masochism with my opponent.

        • CMAngelos

          Sounds like your bitter. Drop pod abuse? Drop pod armies have been a thing since they introduced Drop Pods.

          PS Just because you don’t like the rule doesn’t mean its cheating when someone uses it. 🙂

          Regardless you still sound like a whiny child.

          Also.. if you’re not playing Tau or Eldar why are you complaining about “All them muhrenez that whine about your OP Intercepterness?” Seems like a poorly thought out argument to give you a bad reason to complain.

          • normann97

            It’s not me, who makes entire treads on forums about “OP Tau/Eldar”. Seems like Space Marines want all other armies to be nerfed to oblivion, so only they win (which is quite obvious, considering your avatar).
            Also, you can pretend that current meta is not a race of who can OP more than others – it changes nothing. Like last addition of Psychic powers from Angels of Death book wasn’t just a blunt buff to make Marines even more OP – those new Psychic Powers had no real reason to be added, other than to buff sales of Marines. They aren’t bound to any new faction (like new Broodmind stuff for ‘Stealers), they’re just here and added out of nowhere.

          • CMAngelos

            Ahh yes judge a book by its cover i suppose, I have a Blood Ravens icon because im a fan of the Dawn of War games, However I play 30k Primarily with a collection of Imperial Fists and Mechanicum. So your “Marines wanna see tau and eldar smashed” has Zero effect on me. 🙂

            As for 40k yes i do have a blood ravens army as well as a Sisters of Battle army and refused to use any formations since i prefer the CAD force org system. And as of yet i have not said one thing about Eldar, Tau, Or anyone else being oh-so-op plz nurfz!

            So.. Try again dear friend.. You failed this time.

          • WellSpokenMan

            Yeah, he should have gone with the “another socially maladjusted internet toughguy” approach with a side of “I’m superior to you because I like this thing.” I can understand being tired of the complaining, but damn.

    • nurglitch

      Queensbury rules, pip pip!

  • Polynikes

    Seriously? The combi rule is obvious, you get an extra shot that turn if you use the one use or not. Type of weapon is irrelevant. But you think a land raider carries it’s weapons, no they’re mounted.

    Why are you confused at all? Is this because you’re American. I didn’t think the language and definitions were that dissimilar from ours.

    • Mike mad cow

      ^ this guy is a Dick-cheese

      • Median Trace

        A proper stereotyping rebuttal would be, “Why are you being so rude? Is it because you are English?”

      • WellSpokenMan

        I blame the parents.

    • Eric Buchanan

      In english, the difference isn’t as cut and dry. In real world speech carry is often used as a synonym for mounted.

      You could say:
      an A-10 warthog carries an underslung avenger cannon to shred tanks.

      If you said the following it would sound weird to most Americans:
      an a-10 warthog mounts an underslung avenger cannon to shred tanks.

      • ZeeLobby

        Honestly, as an American my whole life, both sound fine to me. The true freedome-eagle way would have been to say: An a-10 warthog “packs” an underslung avenger cannon to shred tanks.

        • Commissar Molotov

          Gawd bless ‘Merica!

        • Martin B

          oh ok, learnt something there. So my thunderhawk is packin’ a turbo laser. Sounds cool

          • euansmith

            I think that the correct military nomenclature would be that your Thunderhawk “rocks” a turbo laser.

          • ZeeLobby

            rocks works too. America approves of this message.

          • ZeeLobby

            Yup! You’ve been inducted as a temporary Eagle Freedom Fighter. America! SQUAWWWWWW

        • Eric Buchanan

          Really? from my perspective it sounds like the Warthog is humping the gun in the 2nd version. But, I understand you are just here to disagree so carry on.

          • ZeeLobby

            Eh, I work with military sponsors occasionally, and mount is the technical term, so I might be biased.

    • Benderisgreat

      So you’re what, French? Or just a dick?

      • normann97

        Why not both?

        • Benderisgreat

          The one implies the other, really.

          • ZeeLobby

            LoL!

    • Andrew Thomas

      A little early for semantic rules lawyering, eh?

  • Deacon Ix

    So this is a way to get a Stormhawk in a BA force?

    • Cergorach

      I don’t think so, this is a SM force.

    • Andrew Thomas

      Cough, Air Superiority Detachment. Take 2 and declare them to be Iron Hands, for free IWND.

  • Wayne Molina

    Does look neat. But yuck more space Marines. If I wanted to at Marines though this sounds great. How many points is this roughly?

    • normann97

      Should be around 1250-1500 with wargear.

      • Wayne Molina

        That’s pretty cool, I like the “army in a box” idea.

    • Cergorach

      Because we didin’t just have a whole new army of Genestealer Cult…

      • TexBlade

        Because heaven forbid GW not release two non-Emperium goodies in a row…

        • Cergorach

          Because more then half the armies that are out are Imperium. Most of our Galaxy is populated by imperial subjects, the whole 40k game is imperial centric.

          And while not 25% of the galaxy is filled with with imperial SM, it is the most popular faction by far! GW sells what’s popular, if your favorite faction is not popular, it’s your fault for not getting more fans into your faction! 😉

          My favorite faction is Eldar (including Harlies, excluding DE), but I still have a ton of SM. And a box like this still makes it cheaper to ‘complete’ my collection…

          • TexBlade

            Lovely circular argument you make. They make up more than half because they are the most popular and they are the most popular because they make up more than half.

            If GW put equal love and attention into all the armies then more armies would be popular. I guarantee you CSM models and books would sell significantly better if GW stopped writing such poor performing rules for them.

          • Cergorach

            I’m pretty sure your quite new to 40k… Both SM and Orks were BIG in the RT era, Orks didn’t stay that big. Eldar got a big introduction, probably the biggest ever in a WD, Eldar stayed popular for a long time, but over the last decade probably the army that’s slipping the most. Squats, Genestealer Cults, and Sisters got squished completely, until recently for the Cults… DE were introduced, died out. Do you really think that was due not enough support or just not as popular as the rest?

            Of course SM are quite iconic, so they will always be the GW icon for 40k. If SM sold like sh!te, GW wouldn’t keep producing them. I think Tyranids are cool, but how many new units would that army support beyond what they already have? I know a few, but GW tries to stay relevant for more then a few years, so yeah a new Tactical Squad is a GOOD idea from a sales point of view. Replacing the old Genestealers is less so, especially when you ‘recently’ released Space Hulk and Overkill, both having a Genestealers. Tau are getting odd things like the Stormsurge, they even have terrain!

          • ZeeLobby

            All of what you said is true, but none of it proves that chicken/egg syndrome isn’t what’s continued the trend. Look at Warmachine/Hordes. Cygnar by FAR gets way more fluff then other factions. The majority of novels involve Cygnar fighting somebody. While they are popular, all of the factions are well represented at events. Why? Because all of the factions can do well at those events. Because all of them have the tools that are necessary to do so.

            Will any other race outdo Space Marines in popularity, no. But if other factions were supported, advanced and updated like they were, you’d definitely see a much more diverse field.

          • TexBlade

            I might be newer to 40k than you, but I am at least still smart enough to know a self feeding loop when I see one. GW gives the most and best things to most Imperial armies. Sometimes other armies get cool things too, like the Tau terrain, but the lion’s share goes to SM. As such SM sell more, which means GW is going to pump more effort into their cash cow. Is that simple enough for you to get or should I break out the box of crayola crayons and draw it out in a medium you are more used to?

          • Kevin Buesse

            That would require an idea of what the hell GW wanted to do with CSM. Are they renegades, chaos worshipers, or the old legions who mix and match? Can’t decide so they bounce around instead of doing the right thing and dumping the resources in to create the C:SM sized book to cover it all.

            Imagine if like SM you could build one of several viable builds out of a CSM book. Also they utterly need to get new plastics out for like half the model line all of which costs money GW doesn’t seem inclined to spend.

          • Karru

            The problem currently GW has with CSM is that their idea of CSM is pure RNG with no strategy involved.

            TH Detachment and Warband both focus on the D66 Boon Table. Then you have things like Daemon Weapons that damage you on a roll of a 1. Possessed and Spawns have random ability that is rolled each turn. Instead of giving CSM rules that allow them to build a strategy around, they do this. This is one of the reason why you don’t see CSM being played, instead people focus on KDK, since at least they have a strategy to build around. The Bloodtithe was such a good idea that I hope we see something like that in the future. No RNG D66 table, that sees use maybe once every 100 games without the use of Gift of Chaos.

          • Kevin Buesse

            Well RNG is fine if pointed properly. The problem is GW seems to assume all their things are equal and you’re going to get only the results you need when you need them.

            They seem to never believe you’ll get a bad roll and so they point their rules on with RNG as if they were all upside.

            Plus there’s just too much random to the point it bogs things down and the results are generally useless.

          • TexBlade

            Everything you say GW needs to do with CSM they have already done and continue to do with SM. They choose not to put the effort into CSM because they don’t see CSM models selling and CSM models don’t sell because GW doesn’t put equal effort into them as SM.

          • Xodis

            True, but there is still the age old question of

            Are SM’s more popular because of everything they get?
            or
            Are SM’s popular regardless so they just get everything?

            Honestly seems like CSM’s, Sisters, and Orks are the most popular since even though they range from sucking to borderline forgotten there are still quite a few literally begging for upgrades.

          • ZeeLobby

            But they don’t purchase new models for them. So as far as GW is concerned, they aren’t popular at all.

          • Xodis

            Seems like people still buy CSM models, especially Khorne since we get so much of it.

          • ZeeLobby

            I’m almost positive that this can be linked to AoS frankly. The reusability of designs in CAD can be a huge money saver. Khorne is very popular in AoS because it’s one of the starter factions and phone based sales across both lines have been up because of it (I’ve seen several different CSM armies with berserkers from the AoS line). Also KdK is a book with some actual power (though it ranges drastically throughout.) I mean the parallel between SM and Stormcast Eternals and KDK and Bloodhound is very obvious.

            I’m sure that somewhere in their timeline the plan was to have focused releases across both systems. I’m hoping that means they’ll eventually get to the other 3 gods. It’s actually funny because the updates of CSM internally are a very good parallel of SM updates across 40K. They built a good book , KDK, that plays well, with unique new rules, and an awesome centerpiece model. And people bought a lot of it. So then they released more khorne stuff, and people bought more. What GW fails to see is how this cyclical praise ends in a less diverse and honestly less interesting game to play.

          • Xodis

            I agree, though even prior to AoS we got decent CSM support, Black Legion and crimson slaughter specifically. Really weak as far as playability, but the fluff was good.

          • ZeeLobby

            Yeah. Crimson Slaughter was just odd to me. Especially after already having a codex that was pretty much void of any legion aspects anyway. I just wasn’t a huge fan of supplements in general. Many were pretty short and lacking. Would have just preferred thicker codexes, haha.

          • Admiral Raptor

            A good point. I have both a kdk and bloodbound army because of the cheap AoS starter. I’d love the other three gods to get that kind of love.

          • Stephan McColl

            With regards to the Sisters – would you spend £50 on a ten man squad when an army needs several let alone the rest of the needed units. I like the concept of the Sisters but couldn’t justify the costs. I’d imagine its the same for others therefore they seem unpopular so GW don’t produce new models which keeps them unpopular. I think SM have a very good range. But GW need to diversify their attention to include other armies.

          • ZeeLobby

            And that’s the cyclical issue. No one buys them now, why update them? Why buy them when they’re old models that never get updates? As a company GW needs to put its foot down and say, were updating our lines, here’s the schedule, were sticking to it independent of sales. And they’d have to do this for probably several years. I just don’t see them having the cajones to do this.

          • ZeeLobby

            Everybody has SMs because everybody has tried to play something else, got roflstomped, and then wen’t back to space marines.

          • Charon

            Imperium =/= Space Marines.
            It almost feels like there is a new space marine release very few weeks.. oh wait… there is.

      • Wayne Molina

        We did, it didn’t need another Marine boxed army as well; how about an Eldar boxed army or an Ork boxed army or a Necron one, or even you know a Genestealer Cult one (not those lame web bundles that don’t save money). Seems they just cycle different marine “strike forces” in a box, when one goes out they change something and add a new one.

  • Commissar Molotov

    I’m totally ordering a “Frappe Ultime” at the coffee shop tomorrow.

    • Xodis

      Careful, it sounds like it will hit you hard real fast and leave you a little spread out and disoriented right after.

      • Admiral Raptor

        Sounds like my kind of drink!

    • NovaeVox

      Iced coffee, doubleshot of espresso, delivered by drone. I’m sure Seattle has top men on that.

      • BodyMassage

        Top. Men.

    • ZeeLobby

      I can’t unsee “Fappe Ultima”

      • Commissar Molotov

        Curls dem toes!

  • Benderisgreat

    One Frappe Ultime, please. No foam, double whip, extra blueberries.

    Anyone whining that this is powerful needs to have their heads examined. A “one of each” army is not a good army. Sure, if they were 10 squads of Deathwatch in drop pods spamming S7 weapons you could cry, but looking at the formation, you can’t because it’s nothing any other army can’t handle.

  • Crablezworth

    Fromation DLC…

  • The Angry Templar

    *sigh* can we get one that will let us use Crusader Squads now, please? Like just one Formation… Ultrasmurfs, White Scars and Raven Guard are giving us a bad name…

    • NovaeVox

      GW gave Templars the Pluto treatment.

      • generalanvilpants

        Seriously. I wish Forgeworld would adopt the Black Templars as their house army instead of the Red Scorpions. We MIGHT actually get some good rules and models for them then!

  • orionburn

    What’s a Stermguard? At least you didn’t swap out the ‘t’ with a ‘p’.

    • Commissar Molotov

      Oh, lawsy!

    • NovaeVox

      The Emperor protects!

      • orionburn

        Trojan Legion?

    • euansmith

      Space Marine Gene-seed is a valuable commodity.

  • BodyMassage

    So… when can we expect similar Strike Forces for Orks, Tyranids, Necrons, etc?

    Oh, only space marines…?

    Color me surprised…

    • Painjunky

      I’m sure the dark elder strike force is only days away.

  • Commissar Molotov

    Somebody on Facebook just pointed out that since the Land Raider has a capacity of 10 models (and termies take up two spaces) the Termie Captain won’t have a ride!

    • Xodis

      Yeah hopefully someone has some spare Land Raider parts and can create something other than the generic LR. Otherwise its kind of sad lol

      • generalanvilpants

        Even if they had the parts though there is no option to field a Land Raider variant. Just the stock Land Raider.

        Maybe one day GW will bring back 4 x man Terminator Command Squads…

        • Xodis

          As a CSM player who doesn’t get variant LRs, do formations for SM’s normally specify if they can take a variant or not?

    • euansmith

      The Captain runs along in front of the Landraider with the red flag. http://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/24614381b334390ee4f0b167ac87b4c10a977055c342a25f78cc618e037101c6.jpg

  • BurpinforDayz

    I’m pretty sure the reason GW isn’t motivated to move forward with CSM in a big way is that they are having issues developing design concepts for new CSM sculpts. If you think about it it seems that the design team has only centered around Khorne bloodbound/AoS chaos stuff recently and I’m certain that’s one of the reasons for why Kharn was the only new model promoted in traitors hate (his style is almost identical to the khorne bloodbound minis). In short

    GWs updated design team don’t know how to design CSM models in a way that fits the fluff and practicality required.

    • Timotheus

      I can hardly believe that. Even a dedicated but limited hobby modeler like me could update the classic CSM Squad by using a vanilla tactical squad and some Greenstuff and Bits. Just ask the designer of the CSM of the dark vengeance box to do a full 10 man multipose squad and even a convinced loyalist like me would be tempted to buy some punks and start a new army…

  • OldHat

    So… only a basic Terminator Squad? Or does that mean any Terminator squads or any type? And if it says Captain, that can be bumped to a CM? How about the B@C Terminator Captain?

    • generalanvilpants

      Well, it does specify “Terminator Squad” and not “Terminator ASSAULT Squad” so since the two are titled differently you’re stuck with the shooty version.

      Now, according to the Angels of Death supplement datasheet you can substitute Cataphractii Terminator Squads for any either Terminator or Terminator Assault squads in any formation so you do have that option.

      The same goes for Captains in Terminator armour.

      That is what I plan to do at least.

      And yes, according to the 40k Facebook page any formation that lets you field a Captain may be upgraded to a Chapter Master if that datasheet has the option.

      • OldHat

        Sweet. Thanks! I needed that. Any excuse to put Cataphractii on the table!

  • generalanvilpants

    Interestingly the transports aren’t listed as “Dedicated Transports” to any unit. There also don’t appear to be any restrictions preventing you from buying a squad a transport it is entitled to normally.

    Therefore, you could deploy the Terminators in the formation’s Drop Pod and disembark spread out to mitigate Interceptor shots. Swapping the Terminators out for Cataphractii and getting a 4++ would help there too.

    You could still buy a Drop Pod for the Sternguard and Tac Squad since it is an option for them.

    I still don’t know where the feth the Captain is supposed to go though?

  • OolonColluphid

    This formation makes more sense for Dark Angels Deathwing than it does Ultrasmurfs.

  • Painjunky

    Moar muhreens!!!
    Throw in some rules breaking formation.

    Because f-ck sisters, csm, orks, nids, dark elder.

  • Karru

    So basically take a unit of 5 Tacticals inside the Razorback, a unit of 10 Sternguard with 2x Grav and 2x Melta + full combi-weapons (3 each) and equip the Terminators with a Assault Cannon. Captain can be equipped with basically anything, since he is mostly irrelevant due to being a Terminator Captain, so I wouldn’t waste more points on him.

    Drop the Pod next to the biggest vehicle you want dead, shoot 10 Melta shots to the rear/side and then decimate a unit of anything or a Gargantuan with the 15 Grav shots to wipe anything you want. Then DS the Terminators next to another unit and watch a nice chunk of them disappear. Finish the rest of the survivors with the LR and the Stormhawk. That is insanely brutal, especially if you decide to add the Skyhammer to this. With that addition you are likely guaranteed a Turn 1 win.

    • generalanvilpants

      This formation, and many like it, is why the tactic of Null Deployment exists.

      Yes, it’s powerful, against a static, castling army. But not even competitively successful Tau armies are built that way anymore.

      Additionally, this army lacks Objective Secured and has quite a few “tax” units.

      This is far from an “auto-win” button and there are numerous superior formations. Hell, a Gladius Battle Company with Librarius Conclave would demolish this.

      • Karru

        Well, for me a Null Deployment would actually guarantee a win turn 1. The problem with both formations is the fact that they come in on the first turn automatically. Considering that in the list there are 3 Drop Pods that appear right where you want thanks to the Inertial Guidance System with enough Grav/Melta to kill anything. I can’t see any place where the opponent could just hide his armies, considering that most Null Deployments I see are ones where the opponent goes into hiding behind large buildings and the like with very few units. These don’t matter to Drop Pods thanks to the Inertial Guidance System.

        Now those units that are in reserve have to hope that the army you placed on the board survives the Turn 1 sh*tstorm and somehow makes it to the second turn, unless of course they have a similar formation that allows them to appear on the first turn. If that doesn’t happen, they lose since at the end of the game turn if no friendly models are present on the board, you’ve lost.

        Just the Ultima formation with my set up costs 1210pts (might cost more, but I don’t know the upgrade costs/reasons to upgrade for the Stormhawk). With the addition of Skyhammer with two units of 5 Assault Marines with no upgrades and two units of 5 Devastators with 2x Grav Cannons each, you are rocking 1700pts. You have 150pts remaining to give yourself some upgrades and possibly more models to some units like the Assault Marines.

        Gladius might cause problems for this formation, but when you mentioned the Objective Secured, I really wasn’t worried. The amount of fire power this formation brings to bear can annihilate all Ob. Sec. units on the turn they arrive if the opponent decided to deploy them. If they didn’t, then they better hope their comrades on the board live until turn 2. The bottom line is that this formation is devastating compared to basically every other army in the game. If this is brought to a game that isn’t a mirror match up, it’s going to one of the least fun games I’ve seen in a while.

        It’s formations like this and the Skyhammer that really brings down all my hopes for a day where Assault armies would be viable again. With things like this, it really makes me wonder if those that defend Assault armies even play the game…

    • Bryan Ruhe

      That sounds like absolutely no fun to play against.

  • LordKrungharr

    I’d definitely be taking deathwind launchers on the droppods!

    • generalanvilpants

      Really? Why?

      Because they don’t get two shots. Only models with “carried” weapons do.

      The Deathwind option is largely considered by most to be over costed and generally a waste.

  • ChubToad

    I bet Ward has something to do with this.

  • ed

    Sorry if anyone has answered this already.

    ‘Carried’ where does it state what a model carries anywhere else in the rules? All I can find in the codex is ‘wargear’ under the unit entry. Rules like these do leave it far too open for interpretation rather than a clear cut rule.

  • DarbyDaFireKid FireKid500

    Ohh mahh godd dats ultrasmurfs been 2 op I bet it’s got sum cheap as special rules.

  • DarbyDaFireKid FireKid500

    I actually do kinda want this set though (and yeah yeah, I collect ultrasmurfs 🙄)