Having a Blast!
We’ve all been there – a numberless horde of Tyranids is hurtling towards your army, but even as you line up your trusty ordnance weapon to blast a ruinous chunk from of their ranks, you roll a 1 for the number of shots it fires. Well, no more! The new rules for Blast weapons ensure you get the most bang for your buck when targeting larger concentrations of enemy troops…
That’s right – weapons designed to engage and destroy large groups of enemies will benefit from a more reliable number of attacks to ensure they make their presence felt. As you can see, it’s not all about heavy ordnance weaponry either, but grenades and a whole bunch of other, more esoteric, guns, warheads and munitions as well. All 174 Blast weapons and Relics listed in the back of the new Warhammer 40,000 Core Book gain this ability. Here’s a selection of five of them, and why we’re happy to see them included:
– Barbed Strangler (the Tyranids get to shoot up enemy hordes too!) – Deathstrike missile (yes, your favourite ICBM is getting EVEN DEADLIER) – D-cannon (yay – more warp displacement for everyone!) – Squig launcha (nomnomnom) – Phlegm bombardment (now extra icky)
Despite their cool new rules, Blast weapons don’t get it all their own way – there is one drawback that makes your choice of vehicle turrets, sponsons or monstrous munitions all the more important. As we mentioned in yesterday’s article, Vehicles and Monsters can shoot their weapons at enemy units within Engagement Range (1″) of them. However, they cannot do so with Blast weapons…
So there you have it – get ready to splat and exploderise your enemies to pieces in the new edition by grabbing a mighty battle tank or gribbly monster to bring their augmented firepower to bear upon your enemies! Join us again tomorrow, when we’ll be looking at the overhauled rules for terrain in the new edition.* Until then, let us know which other weapons you reckon will be picking up the Blast ability on our Warhammer 40,000 Facebook page.
* If you like fielding hordes of infantry or other large concentrations of models, don’t miss this preview, as you’ll glean some insight into how to avoid getting them shot to pieces by Blast weapons!