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Warhammer 40K: This Week’s Meta Hotness – Sisters Repentia

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Jul 29 2021
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This is one of Warhammer 40,000’s top units, and they really feel bad about it. Let’s take a look at Sisters Repentia.

In the ever-shifting meta of 40K, armies rise and fall. We’ve spent a lot of time talking about armies that are hot or not, but a lot less time looking at units that are running the show. Today let’s take a look at one of the hottest units currently running around the tabletop.

The Unit

When a Sister of Battle does something really bad and has to realllllly repent, well that’s how Sisters Repentia are made. The Repentia are a glass cannon Adepta Sorotitas assault unit. Stripped of armor and most clothing they charge forward with massively oversized weapons and a death wish.

Why They Are Good

Repentia are good at one thing and one thing only, punching things in the face. While they might not be a stand-out unit in some armies, they are one of the heavier hitting combat infantry units in the Sisters army, and not bad at it. With two attacks at S6 AP -3 and D2, albeit with a -1 to hit, is a pretty decent attack, and one of the more cost-effective ways of taking down MEQ units. However Repentia’s base stats aren’t really what makes them very good, it is more the buffs they are going to come with.

You can’t really talk about Repentia without also talking about the Repentia Superior. While not part of the unit, this character is made just to support Repentia and doesn’t take up any slots. While she doesn’t do much on her own, she does buff Repentia and you won’t find them far apart. With her around, one of your units of Repentia can advance and charge, and are better at charging. This makes the unit a lot faster. In addition, all your nearby Repentia get +1 to wound.

It’s also very common to run Repentia as Order of the Bloody Rose, gaining +1 A and AP in situations. Drop a War Hymn on a unit and suddenly your unit goes up to 4 attacks, sure hitting on 4s, but re-rolling missing, wounding Marines on a 2+ with AP -4. You can even get exploding 6s. Overall with these buffs, this makes it a unit that can chew through MEQ units and even put the hurt on tanks. While they don’t have armor, their 6++/5+++ makes them harder to kill than they first appear. With CORE they get even more buffs and they are pretty cheap. This is a great fast, deadly and cheap unit.

A Sample List

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Saying a unit is hot is all well and good, but let’s take a look at how players are using it.  One list that highlights Sister Repentia is the list that Jouhn Lennon ran to take 1st place at the recent Lone Star Open .  (via 40kstats.com)

++ Patrol Detachment 0CP (Imperium – Adepta Sororitas) [38 PL, 764pts] ++

+ Configuration +

Detachment Command Cost

Order Convictions: Order: Bloody Rose

+ No Force Org Slot +

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Repentia Superior [2 PL, 40pts]: Relic: Litanies of Faith

+ HQ +

Morvenn Vahl [13 PL, 265pts]: Warlord

+ Troops +

Battle Sister Squad [3 PL, 55pts]
. 4x Battle Sister: 4x Bolt pistol, 4x Boltgun, 4x Frag & Krak grenades
. Sister Superior
. . Bolt Pistol & Boltgun

+ Elites +

Sisters Repentia [6 PL, 112pts]
. 8x Sisters Repentia: 8x Penitent Eviscerator

Sisters Repentia [6 PL, 112pts]
. 8x Sisters Repentia: 8x Penitent Eviscerator

+ Fast Attack +

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Zephyrim Squad [4 PL, 90pts]
. 4x Zephyrim: 4x Bolt pistol, 4x Frag & Krak grenades, 4x Power sword
. Zephyrim Superior: Bolt pistol, Zephyrim Pennant

Zephyrim Squad [4 PL, 90pts]
. 4x Zephyrim: 4x Bolt pistol, 4x Frag & Krak grenades, 4x Power sword
. Zephyrim Superior: Bolt pistol, Zephyrim Pennant

++ Outrider Detachment -3CP (Imperium – Adepta Sororitas) [56 PL, 1,156pts, -4CP] ++

+ Configuration +

Detachment Command Cost [-3CP]

Order Convictions: Order: Ebon Chalice

+ HQ +

Celestine and Geminae Superia [10 PL, 200pts]
. 2x Geminae Superia: 2x Bolt pistol, 2x Frag & Krak grenades, 2x Power sword

+ Elites +

Celestian Sacresants [6 PL, 131pts]
. 8x Celestian Sacresants (Anointed Halberd): 8x Anointed Halberd, 8x Bolt pistol, 8x Frag & Krak grenades
. Sacresant Superior: Bolt pistol, Spear of the Faithful

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Dogmata [4 PL, 65pts, -1CP]: 4. Litany of Enduring Faith, 5. Verse of Holy Piety, Relic: The Sigil Ecclesiasticus, Stratagem: Saint in the Making, Warlord Trait: Terrible Knowledge

+ Fast Attack +

Dominion Squad [4 PL, 80pts]
. Dominion Superior
. . Bolt Pistol & Boltgun
. Dominion w/ Special Weapon: Artificier-crafted storm bolter
. Dominion w/ Special Weapon: Artificier-crafted storm bolter
. Dominion w/ Special Weapon: Artificier-crafted storm bolter
. Dominion w/ Special Weapon: Artificier-crafted storm bolter

Dominion Squad [4 PL, 80pts]
. Dominion Superior
. . Bolt Pistol & Boltgun
. Dominion w/ Special Weapon: Artificier-crafted storm bolter
. Dominion w/ Special Weapon: Artificier-crafted storm bolter
. Dominion w/ Special Weapon: Artificier-crafted storm bolter
. Dominion w/ Special Weapon: Artificier-crafted storm bolter

Seraphim Squad [4 PL, 90pts]
. 2x Seraphim: 4x Bolt pistol, 2x Frag & Krak grenades
. Seraphim Superior: Bolt pistol, Bolt pistol
. Seraphim w/ Special Weapons: 2x Ministorum Hand Flamers
. Seraphim w/ Special Weapons: 2x Ministorum Hand Flamers

Seraphim Squad [4 PL, 90pts]
. 2x Seraphim: 4x Bolt pistol, 2x Frag & Krak grenades
. Seraphim Superior: Bolt pistol, Bolt pistol
. Seraphim w/ Special Weapons: 2x Ministorum Hand Flamers
. Seraphim w/ Special Weapons: 2x Ministorum Hand Flamers

+ Heavy Support +

Retributor Squad [6 PL, 130pts]: 2x Armourium Cherub
. Retributor Superior
. . Bolt Pistol & Boltgun
. Retributor w/ Heavy Weapon: Multi-melta
. Retributor w/ Heavy Weapon: Ministorum Heavy Flamer
. Retributor w/ Heavy Weapon: Ministorum Heavy Flamer
. Retributor w/ Heavy Weapon: Multi-melta

Retributor Squad [6 PL, 130pts]: 2x Armourium Cherub
. Retributor Superior
. . Bolt Pistol & Boltgun
. Retributor w/ Heavy Weapon: Multi-melta
. Retributor w/ Heavy Weapon: Ministorum Heavy Flamer
. Retributor w/ Heavy Weapon: Ministorum Heavy Flamer
. Retributor w/ Heavy Weapon: Multi-melta

+ Dedicated Transport +

Sororitas Rhino [4 PL, 80pts]

Sororitas Rhino [4 PL, 80pts]

++ Fortification Network -1CP (Imperium – Adepta Sororitas) [4 PL, 80pts, 12CP] ++

+ Configuration +

Battle Size [12CP]: 3. Strike Force (101-200 Total PL / 1001-2000 Points)

+ Fortification +

Battle Sanctum [4 PL, 80pts]

++ Total: [98 PL, 7CP, 2,000pts] ++

Using the Unit

This list makes use of two 8 woman Repentia units and all of the tricks we’ve mentioned plus more. This is a super hard-hitting and aggressive Sisters list that pushes forward and isn’t scared to get into combat. As such the Repentia are right at home in it. The list of course includes a Repentia Superior, giving them their buffs, and being a nice place to stick a relic. The Repentia are of course Bloody Rose for extra kick, and the Dogmata in the list can drop War Hymn on them if wanted (as well as some other buffs, but she has a LOT of potential targets). With Vahl around they get even more deadly with the potential to re-roll all hits and wounds, or just 1s if you want to do that. This unit is a pretty deadly blender in this army. It’s not the star of the show, but it’s a major element and one of many tools in a very flexible army.

Let us know what units you think are hot right now, down in the comments! 

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