Vigilus Defiant is in our grubby little hands, and that means a look at some of the new faction rules are soon to be in yours. Take a look at the faction rules and Specialist Detachments in Vigilus Defiant.
Vigilus Defiant introduces some pretty big changes to 40K at large. As the first big campaign book for 8th Edition, it does so much work. You’ve seen our look at the Lore and the Campaign Rules–but perhaps the biggest thing that Vigilus Defiant does is change the way Matched Play games will work.
The biggest change comes in the form of the new Specialist Detachments. You’ve seen the previews of these before–so you doubtless know that each of these is activated via a Command Point. Each player may spend a command point on a Specialist Detachment before the battle begins, which transforms the way some of your units function, giving them an extra keyword, access to a special warlord trait and relic. Accompanying this are a few special stratagems, like Field Commander:
Which lets you have an army with two Warlord Traits–a fantastic boon for players who can find powerful aura effects or who are looking to customize their armies with unique characters.
And many of the Specialist Detachments are incredibly flavorful. We take you through the Victrix Guard for a warmup, with their stratagems that let your Ultramarine Elites become extra elite–striking before you’re out of the charge phase while buffing their to-hit rolls,
The balancing factor of all these is the cost in command points. But. Then there’s the Crimson Fists Liberator Strike Force and the Black Templar Sword Brethren to dive through as well–and if you’re looking for more on them, just check out about 13:25 on the old video timestamp.
But in a nutshell, the Crimson Fists can cause 2 hits instead of 1 when they roll an unmodified to-hit of 6, while their Paragons of Dorn ability allows them to shoot back at an enemy that has targeted them. And the Sword Brethren will Suffer Not the Unclean to Live, which simply gives extra attacks to an entire unit and lets them reroll to-wound.
At any rate, that’s enough for now. Check out the video, and check back next week to see what more is in store for 40K.
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