40K: Relics of the Adeptus Mechanicus

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The Adeptus Mechanicus wield powerful relics to smite those heretical foes who don’t revere in the Omnissiah.

Ah the Adeptus Mechanicus. At the forefront of Imperial Innovation and Technology. They understand that advancement depends on new technology, like the Primaris Marines. Which is why the most adept Adeptus are outfitted with powerful relics that…were manufactured centuries ago and no one knows how to make them anymore. Oh. And one of them is the actual literal skull of Nikola Tesla.

Heretofore I’d have made a joke about how that would be one of the relics that the Ad-Mech would hold. But they’ve gone and done it for real. You blew it up, you maniacs!

The Autocaduceus of Arkhan Land

The Adeptus Mechanicus are surprisingly durable. They are adept, hah, at recovering lost wounds, and with a wide variety of multi-wound models, it’s fairly easy to keep them on the table well past the point they should be. Doubly so with this autocaduceus, which not only grants you the ability to reroll those repair rolls, but a 1 wound regeneration to help ward off the odd Smite or whatever that might target your Dominus.

The Omniscient Mask

Turn your Dominus or Enginseer (but probably Dominus) into a Chapter Master (sort of) for one fight phase. The Ad-Mech have a lot of ways of boosting accuracy, and a lot of reasons you’d want one of your characters to get up near the fighting–they specialize in close-range support. And this is a good way to support a unit of Ruststalkers or better still, enhance the thunderous charge of a unit of Dragoons.

The Red Axe

Look, this one doesn’t necessarily make a lot of sense right now, because having an AP of -5 vs -4 just means that whatever you’re attacking will definitely use its invulnerable save, or just take 2 damage. But AP -5 feels really good–and they’ll definitely carve up some Terminators if you want.

The Solar Flare

A once per game battlefield redeploy at the end of any movement phase is hard to argue with. Seize an objective, make sure your support auras/abilities are where they need to be, boost a flank, lure enemies into a trap–you can do so much with this ability.

The Skull of Elder Nikola

You thought I was joking when I said the literal skull of Nikola Tesla. But nope. That’s what this is. And it’s really good. Tesla hates vehicles, apparently–and with good reason. This is a great way to toss out another wound to a lot of different vehicles. Did your opponent take a bunch separate 1-vehicle units? Well, this’ll learn ’em. The correct praise-psalm is probably something like, “I hear Edison got another patent today…”

Anyway, that’s a quick rundown of the relics of the Adeptus Mechanicus. They have 15 all in all, and when comboed with the Warlord traits , really let you make a custom character to throw down with. Takes the sting of having only 1 named character out just a little bit–putting together an Ad-Mech list is like figuring out which interlocking parts you want to fit together this particular time.

Makes you wonder what the skull of Marconi would be like.

  • nope none

    Underwhelming…The various leaks and screenshots show an army that now requires a ton of CP to do what it used to be able to do. Cawl only working his wonders for mars hurts. Stygies VIII is going to be the standard with their -1 to hit rule. No new models for an army that desperately needs a transport, a flyer, some fast attack robots/infantry, and so on. Ruststalkers and Infiltrators are shadows of their former selves. Sad.

    • nope none

      It really grinds my gears that marines, which already have an enormous range, got Primaris Captain/Libby/Chappy/Lieut + regular Lieut, Intercessors, Aggressors, Redemptors, Interceptors, Hellblasters, Repulsors and a new flyer in the wings. Hell a chimera with a bits sprue and a non-nurglified Drone would have sufficed.

    • Carey_Mahoney

      Same for Rangers.

  • Bootneck

    Solar flare is quite powerful, although its only on a HQ. Could be useful in the last game turn like the Nemesis Dread knight of 7th, to seize, contest or attack an objective.

  • JD Robertson

    The Dominus already gets D3 wounds of healing each turn, so the Autocadeus just bumps them to D3+1. Not that great. You’re taking it for more reliable vehicle repairs.

    The Red Axe is pretty terrible since the generic power axe relic that’s been leaked is S+2, AP-2, D3

    This relic list is pretty poor overall.