Tuesday, July 29, 2014

SPACE WOLF WATCH 2014: Week One and Two Releases

COUNTDOWN 2014 SPACE WOLVES: 

Week One & Two

Weekly Space Wolf Rumors and Releases.


by Uktena
South Mississippi Gamers
Astra Chaos Wolf

Forward
The following is a collection of rumors and confirmed items complied from various 40K blogs like BOLS, Faiet 212, Space Wolves Blog and Warseer. The sections entitled 'Just the Facts Ma'm' or 'Rumors' are not the work of the author or SMG. The commentary is, of course, all original!

WEEK ONE OF WOLF WATCH (Last Week)

The Space Wolf Flyer players have always wanted is finally here!
As a Space Wolf player there is one phrase I've always heard over and over again until I was sick of hearing it: " Space Wolves fight with their feet on the ground just as Russ intended. " To that I say poppy-cock! I always thought give a Blood Claw a sleek, fast, aggressive fighter craft and he would go nuts with it. He wouldn't give a wolves butt what that old fuddy elder would have to say about it. And now we have proof from GW that Space Wolves do indeed fly and fly they do in style and with aggression.


Just the Facts, Ma'm.

Stormfang Gunship
This multi-part plastic kit makes one Stormfang Gunship. It is equipped with a helfrost destructor that runs along the length of its fuselage. This formidable weapon is designed to freeze the target to absolute zero in an instant. The two side sponsons can be equipped with a choice of twin-linked heavy bolters, skyhammer missiles or twin-linked multi-meltas. On the hull you can either mount two stormstrike missiles or replace them with twin-linked lascannon.

The Stormfang has one access point at the rear of its hull that functions as a transport for up to six Space Wolves. There is also an abundance of iconography including shields, pelts and hanging chains which can be used to customize your Stormfang Gunship.

Stormwolf
This multi-part plastic kit makes one Stormwolf . This deadly assault vehicle has an access point at the front of its hull and it functions as a transport for up to sixteen Space Wolves. It is equipped with a hull mounted twin-linked lascannon and a turret mounted twin-linked hellfrost cannon - a formidable weapon designed to freeze the target to absolute zero in an instant. The two side sponsons can be equipped with a choice of twin-linked heavy bolters, skyhammer missiles or twin-linked multi-meltas.

There is an abundance iconography including shields, pelts and hanging chains which can be used to customise the Stormwolf to suit the unit it is transporting.

" Only the Space Wolves can put some engines and oodles of guns on a flying brick, bling it out Wolf style, and make it look great! "




Stormfang/wolf Bundle Deals!
Three flavors for the rich and not so rich!

Space Wovles Armored Assault. $735
This all-plastic collection includes: 6 Stormfang Gunships (which can also be assembled as Stormwolf assault vehicles) , 20 Blood Claws, 20 Grey Hunters and 10 Wolf Guard Terminators. No price break.

Space Wolf Squadron $162
This all-plastic collection includes: 2 Stormwolf assault vehicles (which can also be assembled as Stormfang Gunships).  No price break.

Storm Wolf and Wolf Guard Terminators $131
This all-plastic collection includes: 1 Stormwolf and 5 Wolf Guard Terminators. No price break.



WEEK TWO OF WOLF WATCH

Rejoice Wolf Brothers! Lots of things happening this week for the Sons of Russ!

Space Wolf Datacards $8
Seven psychic power cards, and 36 tactical objective cards. We saw them with the Ork Codex so we knew this was a going to be a new trend. I like this trend. Sure, I hate it when a company just invents stuff to make us buy more crap we really don't need but in this case, I need it. Not only do we get the new codex psychic cards (very convenient) but we get objective cards to enhance our maelstrom games. Say what you will about Maelstrom games, I personally like them. You just have to check your ego at the door and accept the fact that in a random, fluid game you should just concentrate on having fun with your friends instead of always playing to win.

Space Wolf Dreadnought Kit $54
OK, we enter into the realm of awesome here if you are a Space Wolf nut like me. This kit gives you the ability to make either Muderfang, Bjorn or a Venerable Dreadnought. Right off the bat that is great news. Also would you look at the Wolf bling on these things! When you see these on the table there is NO mistake that they are Space Wolves. Like most SW players I've come to love the Wolf bling and this kit nails it - Very Pleased! 

The new Bjorn rules looks like he is getting a buff (see info in the below codex rumor section). The Venerable Dread looks like he is coming with a frost axe and storm shield option! Yes, you read that right, a storm shield on a dreadnought! This here is the answer to our prayers for keeping a drop podding dread alive longer than one or two rounds. This model might be allied into drop pod armies a lot. I envision my updated Space Wolf army with at least one, maybe two, storm shield venerable dreadnoughts!

Murderfang, did you read that right? Yep. Those crazy Wolves and their lovable names. Anyway, take a look at the rumored rules for this unique dreadnought below and be blown away! He is indeed a murder machine. Only problem is that he doesn't have the storm shield option, dang it! When I drop pod a dreadnought it will most likely have to be the venerable dread for better survival. But wow, Murderfang looks fun!

Murderfang.
Check out my Murderfang Rules Review at: Astra Chaos Wolf Murderfang Rules Review

Note: The following should still be considered rumors right now.

Just the Facts Rumors, Ma'm.

Murderfang
Crazy-awesome special character Venerable Dreadnought
Wolverine + Dreadnought + Extra Insanity = Murderfang
WS5 BS3 S6 F12 S12 R10 I4 A4 HP3
Wargear:
Searchlight
'Murderclaws' with underslung Storm Bolter and Heavy Flamer
Special Rules:
Furious Charge
It Will Not Die
Rage
Rampage
Murderlust
Options:
May take a Drop Pod
'Murderclaws' - A pair of enormous, even for a Dreadnought, Lightning Claws made of 'alien ice that never melts or loses sharpness'
S7 AP2 - Melee, Master-Crafted, Shred, Specialist Weapon

UPDATE: This is NOT a rumor. From: grotorderly


Holy Space Wolves, Wolfman! 135 Points!?!? 
This guy is a damn steal!


Click the pic to see it bigger.



Venerable Dreadnought
Venerable Dreadnought
Definitely has an option for a Helfrost Cannon
Can also have an enormous Power Axe and Storm Shield, said to look incredible.
Some special rules, but didn't get them

2014 Codex Watch. 
I checked the GW website and the 5th Edition Space Wolf Codex is now no longer sold as of July 26th. It might have gone missing a day or two earlier but I didn't look at the website then. This is good news for an impending new codex! Per-orders could start showing up sooner than later.

BREAKING on MONDAY: PRE-ORDERS FOR THE NEW CODEX START 
THIS FRIDAY!

SPACE WOLF CODEX:  $49.50 (for most of us)

Codex Space Wolves Long Fang Edition $180 (for those of us with really good jobs)
boxed two volume set with accessories- online only


Codex Space Wolves Wolf Guard Edition $250 (for those of us with money to throw around)
boxed three volume set with accessories- online only


Space Wolf Codex Cover
Latest Codex Rumors!
This is from the Warseer blog from someone whom claimed to see the new codex for a short amount of time. Warning, long posting below. Ingest with a grain of salt.

Rumors, Rumors, Rumors!

General Information about Codex: Space Wolves
Sagas are out, replaced with Warlord Traits
6 new Space Wolves Tactical Objectives
New Space Wolves Psychic Discipline: Tempestas (Source didn't get any actual rules though)

'Space Wolves Unleashed' Detachment FOC:
Identical to standard FOC, except may take up to 6 HQs
May re-roll Warlord Traits
Each unit joined by an Independent Character rolls a d6, on a 6+ that unit gains Outflank. Troops choices get +2 on this roll.

Great Company Formation:
1 Wolf Lord
1 Wolf Guard Battle Leader
1 unit of Wolf Guard
5 units of Grey Hunters
1 unit of Wolf Scouts
5 units chosen from [Blood Claws, Swiftclaws, or Skyclaws]
2 units of Long Fangs
Grants two special rules, source did not get them

Space Wolves Relics
Armor of Russ (Armor)
Bite of Fenris (Bolter with two fire modes)
Black Death (Frost Axe, Rule: Whirldwind of Death)
Helm of Durfast (Wargear)
Fangsword of the Ice Wolf (Frost Sword)
Wulfenstone (Wargear)

Logan Grimnar - Lord of War
Epic new model, comes with a sort of grav-chariot called 'Stormrider' pulled by two enormous Fenrisian wolves, but he can be used without it as well.
Stormrider - Points = Land Speeder + 20
Treated as a vehicle, didn't get AVs, has a 4+ Invulnerable save and cannot suffer Penetrating hits (all Pens are reduced to Glances).
Gives Logan 4 S5 Ap- attacks on a turn when he charges.
Logan loses Deep Strike if he takes Stormrider
Lots of other cool rules, but didn't get those.

Njal Stormcaller
No new model shown in codex
Looked to be mostly the same, no specific information

Ragnar Blackmane
No new model shown in codex
Also looked to be mostly the same, no specific information

Ulrik the Slayer
No new model shown in codex
Also looked to be mostly the same, no specific information

Canis Wolfborn
Again, looked to be mostly the same, no specific information

Harald Deathwolf
The resin Thunderwolf Cavalry character model assigned a name
Didn't get the rules/stats.

Bjorn the Fell-Handed
Epic new plastic model, part of a box that makes a regular SW Venerable Dreadnought, Bjorn, or a new special character Dreadnought named 'Murderfang'.
No longer becomes a VP objective when he dies.

Wolf Lord
Mostly the same, no specific information.

Rune Priest
Mostly the same.
Specifically noted as starting at Mastery Level 2.
No other information.

Wolf Priest
Mostly the same, no specific information

Wolf Guard Battle Leader
Mostly the same, no specific information

Blood Claws Pack
12 points per model
Wolf Guard Leader upgrade available
May take a Stormwolf as a Dedicated Transport
No other information

Lukas the Trickster
No specific information, probably the same.

Grey Hunters Pack
14 points per model with a Bolter and Bolt Pistol
Any model may add a Close Combat Weapon for +2 points
One Special weapon per full five models still, but costs raised to same as C:SMs
Wolf Guard Upgrade available
May take a Stormwolf as a Dedicated Transport
No other information

Dreadnought
Not sure, but might have an option for a Helfrost Cannon
Otherwise similar to old codex, no other information

Iron Priest
No new model shown in codex
Options appeared to be nearly identical to old codex, probably a couple points changes though
Can take a unit of 1-5 Servitors, rules also looked the same as old codex
No other information

Lone Wolf
Rules nearly identical to old codex, didn't get points cost
Owning player no longer gains a VP if they die
No other information

Wolf Guard Pack
This unit is just for Wolf Guard in Power Armor.
Same cost per model as before
Have a similarly wide array of options as in the old codex, couldn't get specifics though
May take a Stormwolf as a Dedicated Transport

Wolf Guard Terminator Pack
May take a Stormwolf as a Dedicated Transport

Arjac Rockfist
Mostly the same, no specific information

Wolf Scouts
No info. But in the codex

Swiftclaw Pack
-5 points per model from old codex
Otherwise similar to old codex, no other information

Skyclaw Assault Pack
-3 points per model from old codex
Otherwise similar to old codex, no other information

Thunderwolf Cavalry
-10 points per model from old codex
Otherwise similar to old codex, no other information

Land Speeder Squadron
Same as Codex: Space Marines

Fenrisian Wolf Pack
Nearly identical to old codex, no specific information

Long Fangs Pack
Couple of new options for squad leader, who is now called a 'Long Fang Ancient'
Source did not get if they had an option for Flakk Missiles
Might be able to take a Stormwolf/Stormfang as a Dedicated Transport, not sure about this though
Otherwise nearly identical to old codex, no other information

Predator
Same as Codex: Space Marines

Whirlwind
Same as Codex: Space Marines

Vindicator
Same as Codex: Space Marines

Land Raider and variants
Same as Codex: Space Marines

Rhino and Razorback
No Helfrost Cannon option for the Razorback, same as Codex: Space Marines

Drop Pod
Same as Codex: Space Marines

Notable Exclusions from Codex: Space Marines
No Stormtalon
No Storm Raven
No Hunter or Stalker
Space Wolves AA options: Stormwolf, Stormfang, ADL gun emplacement, and Allies

My Take on the Codex Rumors.
Wow. Well, take it all with a grain of salt I say. There is a lot of info there, some sobering, some fantastical and some spot on for the current codex balancing trend.

Until next week, lets hope it will be as busy as this one, Wolf Brothers!

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Check out my Murderfang Rules Review at: Astra Chaos Wolf Murderfang Rules Review

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