More previews for the upcoming Drukhari codex are out today, with a look at the flesh crafters of the Haemonculus Covens! Three distinct Covens get their own Obsession (Chapter Tactic), which is a nice way to keep things distinct without going too crazy, in my view! So, without further ado, let’s take a look at what’s on offer!
The Prophets of Flesh, Urien Rakarth’s own coven, improve the Insensible to Pain invuln that all coven units get to 4+, which is very handy. Even better if, like the article says, you have a nearby Haemonculus granting those units +1 toughness, too! Prophets of Flesh Wracks can be brought back to full strength through a very powerful 2CP stratagem, which shouldn’t be too difficult to pull off if you’re fielding loads of patrol detachments for their additional command points – to say nothing of their Warlord Trait, that allows you to get D3 additional CPs before the battle begins!!
The Dark Creed have a sort of Fear-effect, subtracting 1 from the Leadership of enemy models within 6″. I mean, sure, there must be a lot of different things you can do with this, but I’m just not the sort of player who wants to try and make my opponent’s army run away. There are other ways to reduce Leadership that stack with this Obsession, but I’m just not sure it’s going to be an effective strategy overall – we’re Dark Eldar, if we need to survive to get to the Morale phase, we’ll need a lot more!
What I will say about the Dark Creed, however, is their stratagems are some of the best-named in the entire game! “Pray they don’t take you alive” reduces leadership army-wide if the Warlord is killed in the Fight phase, and “An esoteric kill, delivered from afar” allows you to target characters in the shooting phase, even if they’re not the closest enemy model. Wonderful!
Finally, we have the Coven of Twelve, who improve the AP value of all weapons (except relics) by 1. This is something that I like, and they have a nice stratagem that allows you to shoot into melee, so long as both friendly units are part of the same Coven. The downside here is any hits of 1 are resolved against your own guys, but hopefully that won’t be happening too often!
While I do love the Haemonculus Covens as part of my Drukhari army, I’ve never really gone for a specific paint scheme to match an established Coven as I have with my Kabal. I think the coven of the Black Descent is probably the closest in terms of the paint scheme, though I’m leaning quite heavily towards making them Coven of Twelve after today’s preview!!
Let’s see what comes along tomorrow then – it’s got to be Wyches, right?