Dark Angels Review: HQ: Asmodai

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Hi everyone, today we review of the Dark Angels’ Master Interrogator-Chaplain, Asmodai.

Micheal here. For more reviews, analyses and battle reports, check out the Tactics Corner.

Overview:

Asmodai is essentially an Interrogator-Chaplain with an increased WS of 6 and some special rules that are designed to help him kill the enemy Warlord and get bonus points for doing so.  He costs 140 points and will be of use against armies that feature weaker Warlords that are easier to kill such as Astra Militarum.

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Wargear:

  • Bolt Pistol
  • Crozius Arcanum
  • Frag and Krak Grenades
  • Rosarius- 4+ invulnerable save
  • Blades of Reason- A strength user Melee Specialist weapon that causes Instant Death.

Special Rules:

  • Deathwing- Fearless and Hatred (Chaos Space Marines)
  • Fear
  • Grim Resolve- Stubborn and fires overwatch at BS2.
  • Independent Character
  • Preferred Enemy (Chaos Space Marines)
  • Zealot
  • Master of Repentance- If Asmodai slays the enemy Warlord in a challenge, you get an extra D3 victory points.
  • The Hunt (Warlord Trait)- Asmodai’s shooting attacks have the Precision Shots rule and also Ignores Cover.
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Tactics:

As I said in my review of the Interrogator-Chaplain, he is a decent combat character and provides some nice buffs for the army. Asmodai has the same rules and stats as the Interrogator-Chaplain, but with a boosted Weapon Skill of 6. The downside of Asmodai is that he cannot be equipped in the same way as an Interrogator-Chaplain to make him more effective on the tabletop.

From his background and special rules, Asmodai is supposed to take out the enemy Warlord in a challenge, netting the player additional victory points for doing so. The only problem is that there are very few Warlords that Asmodai would be able to take on in a challenge and actually be able to kill. The Blades of Reason is a pretty subpar Relic. Instant Death is great, but on a S4 model with no AP value, there are a limited number of units where he will actually be able to cause an unsaved wound. In addition, it is a Specialist Weapon, so you don’t even get an extra attack with your Bolt Pistol. It might be of use for taking on some larger monstrous creatures on some multi-wound characters. Who knows, you might get lucky and they will fail a save and die instantly.

He also has one of the worst Warlord Traits available to the Dark Angels. An Ignores Cover Bolt Pistol with Precision shots is not going to get anyone excited. The one shining light is that it applies to all his shooting attacks, so could be used to boost any emplacement weapon he is firing, but that is a pretty expensive upgrade for any such weapon. If this is a tactic that you wish to employ, you would be better off using a Vindicare Assassin and getting the boosted BS of the Assassin.

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However, like an Interrogator-Chaplain, Asmodai will boost the combat potential of any unit that he joins, as he has both Zealot and Fear. This will make any unit he joins Fearless, so they are not going to run from a fight and they may even cause some additional damage with the re-rolls. He will also be a big boost against Chaos Space Marines, granting both Hatred and Preferred Enemy.

Overall, Asmodai is a sub-par Interrogator-Chaplain, with not much to recommend him over such a Chaplain. He will be useful in a Dark Angels list, but not super competitive. His Instant Death attacks could come in useful once in a while, but don’t count of them too much.

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  • Dennis J. Pechavar

    Once again showing that GW is a random animal when it comes to making Special Characters.

    • ZeeLobby

      GW giveth and GW taketh away 😀

      • orionburn

        Belial knows that pain…lol. He’s not near as good as he used to be.

        • Thomas Gardiner

          He’s still solid, but I’d like to see his cost decrease. He can mulch TEQs pretty well with a Thunder Hammer, thanks to the extra attack.

          • orionburn

            I agree, he’s still worth taking. I just miss that his special rule of summoning the Death Wing and no scatter around him.

          • Thomas Gardiner

            I literally don’t think I ever ran a different Warlord in 6th 😛

          • petrow84

            Some re-roll would be pretty nice on him, though (beyond his sword being master crafted); he’s supposed to be one of the finest sword-master in the Imperium.

  • Well, the thing that saves Asmodai is that in the fluff he’s a jerk with almost no ability to see anything past his own hatred filled agenda. So he’s got that going for him. That and a model that is far below the quality of the generic Interrogator Chaplain model that functions better than him on the table.

    • Thomas Gardiner

      His fluff is *hilarious.* He’s just such a boneheaded d*ck in the novels.

      I do like his model, but yeah the generic IC is better and has better rules.

    • petrow84

      The saving grace about him was, when he threw – an Ignore Cover – krak grenade upon a pinned Ethereal beyond a wall, who failed his LoS roll.
      But yeah, generic chappy is 10 times better.

  • Bradley Macduff

    chaplain immodium..i mean asmodai is the worst hq in the game.. there are no tactics. you just stay away

  • Deathwing

    So the bigger question is how do you fix him. What do you tweek?

    Personally I would do the following:
    A. the warlord trait needs to be scrapped and replaced with something good. Replace “The Hunt” With “Dread Reputation – Such is Asmodai’s dreadful reputation that even the most battle hardened foes are wary of falling into his grasp. At the beginning of every combat phase where Asmodai is in combat with an enemy HQ the opponent must pass a leadership test on 3D6 or have their weapon skill reduced to 1 for the duration of that combat phase for that HQ. Fearless enemies are immune to this effect”

    B. The blades of reason should be what give you the extra D3 victory points for slaying the enemy warlord in a challenge. They are precision torturers tools not a battlefield weapon.
    C. His Crozius should be AP 3
    D. He needs artificer armor.

    Ok so now with dread reputation and artificer armor his survivability goes up considerably, and with an AP3 Crozius he can lay down a bit more beat stick on those power armored enemy commanders.
    Points cost bump to 165.

    • petrow84

      While I agree with you on the need of buff; I’d just change two things:
      – Fleshbane (or Shred) for the Blades of Reason
      – a good 20 point decrease