It’s all about the big boys as 40k is going more and more Anime. Let’s rank them!
Games Workshop has been creating larger, centerpiece kits for 40k for a long time now. The game really seems to be at an interesting crossroads with the prevalence of these larger “knight-sized” kits. Lords of War are just that: Lords of War! And now that Chaos is getting their own version of the Knight codex, we thought we’d go through the list and figure out who’s the king of that hill.
For this list we’re only looking at the plastic kits from Games Workshop. Sorry Forge World Titans – we’re not including you this round. The kit has to also be included inside of a codex. The only exception is the Chaos Knights. Their codex has been announced and it’s sounding like a chaosified version of their Imperial cousins. And yes, we’re calling them ‘Robots’ as a general classification. With that said, let’s get started.
The T’au Stormsurge is still a mean Robot to deal with on the tabletop. Capable of dishing out some horrendous firepower upon it’s targets, if this monster can sit still, it will vaporize units at a time. It’s also got a unique design ascetically compared to the other big boys on this list. In fact, this is probably the MOST anime of all the big robots in the game!
#4 Aeldari Wraithknight
There was a time when Wraithknights ruled the scene. Their deadly firepower would shred entire armies and the best way to deal with them was to have your own Wraithknight that fired first. Oh how the mighty have fallen. It’s still a great kit but in game terms, it’s just not the meta-shaper that it used to be.
#3 The Knight Chassis
Pick your flavor here, but the Imperial Knight (and soon to be Chaos Knight) is still going strong. We’re clocking it in at #3 because there are so many we’re lumping them altogether. Some of Knight options aren’t exactly the “best” either while some are pretty solid. When have to take all the knights and stick them in one pot, it kind of brings the average down – hence the #3 slot on our list.
#2 The Armiger
These might be the tiniest big ‘bots on this list but they swing well above their weight-class. They are still in the Lord of War slot, so we’re including them as they pack one of the most efficient guns in the game. If you’ve been on the recieving end of the Armiger autocannon, then you know what a pain it can be. Keep in mind that relative to the other Robots on this list, these guys are cheap and in some cases you could run two or three of these in a single Lord of War slot!
#1 The Castellan
Like there was ever going to be another option over the Castellan as the #1 Big Robot in the Grimdark right now. Maybe the Chaos version will have some new tricks up it’s metallic sleeves but in reality, it won’t matter. Even with the Points increase, the Castellan is still just as deadly and it’s mark is still felt across the game. It’s hard to argue that this model isn’t the top dog, especially for this list.
There are lots of other Big Robots in the Grimdark – from the Morka/Gorkanaught and Stompas of the Orks, to the Lord of Skulls, and even Tesseract Vault (which, Necrons are Robots so there is that). But what do you think? Who should be on this list and why? Let us know in the comments!
Man, I really think we need more Xenos ‘bots after this list…