Still have the harlie-star, but that's a different topic for a different day..
The question then becomes are nob bikers still good?
The answer is, unequivocally, a bit fat green YES.
Are they worth the points? Most likely.
|They aren't going anywhere just yet..
I've been mulling over the games I played with nob bikers, and realized that the wound allocation wasn't a big deal. With Look out sir! of only a 4+ I still lost front models far more often then getting wounds spread out everywhere. In other words, overall I don't think I gained much benefit from the wound shenanigans.
The other losses, though, are harder to take.
First is the loss of precision shot. I have to say that was the best part of the whole character thing to me. The one time in particular where I was able to snipe out the Commissar from an IG blob making them lose stubborn was huge in that game. However that does not negate the still considerable firepower you get from ork bikes in general. Oh, and you don't lose P.S. entirely. The painboy is still a character.
The next loss is in challenges. Before you could throw whatever nob you wanted to in a challenge. Now it will take more consideration then before when dealing with this. Not like the biker boss is any slouch in a challenge, especially with that T6..so knowing what you're up against really matters.
Overall you lost a bit of survivability. Nothing compared to paladins though. lascannons and meltas still blow them off the table. Not so much with nob bikers. That T5 and FNP is still by far the best part of them, and that's still there.
They definitely did not lose much if any killing power, or are any less of a target priority for your opponent if you want to play that way.