So just about 36 hours ago I posted that I was really 'Meh' about the Ork releases so far and not very excited for the new codex.
Oh, how much changed in a few hours.
So today was leaked the next White Dwarf with the stats of the new Big Guns - renamed Mek Guns - and oh boy is the news good. I really hope these stats carry over to the codex unchanged. They are AMAZING.
So they are still artillery, with the T7 and still come with 2 grots each - still no grot blastas though. However the base price drops to 18 pts each for kannon. That's only a drop of 2 pts each. But they can upgrade to lobbas - for free! That's a 7pt per model reduction!! Zzap guns are only a 5pt upgrade.
Did I mention they can now go up to a unit of 5. FIVE. FIVE LOBBAS.
You know how much I love lobbas. They've always been a hell of a good buy and very useful. My cousin learned the hard way one game when I killed 15 guardsmen in a single volley. heh.
But now I can have 5 in a unit? For less? Ammo runts are limited to one per model, but that means up to 5 ammo runs.
A unit of 5 lobbas, with 5 runts is just 105 pts. Only 21 more then the unit I field now. For 2 extra shots and 2 extra ammo runts.
oh. my. Gork. I have to get this new WD.
There are also 4 new guns options, at 12pts per model upgrade. 1 is ..not that great. the other three though are each VERY good.
That means a full unit of 5 with 5 runts will run a *mere* 165 pts.
All 4 have 36" range with BS3.
First is the Bubblechucka. It's a large blast and both strength and ap are D6. However it's one roll for both...so S1 Ap1, S3 Ap3, etc. Not that useful. However if the die rolls were separate - potentially S6 AP1 - then it would be good. Still, not too many large blasts in the Ork army for just 30pts..
Now for the good stuff.
Smasha gun: S4+D6, AP1. AP FREAKING 1!! with an average S of 7-8 - and potentially 10, that is a huge addition to the Ork army. A unit of these can do a lot of damage to Wraithknights...
Kustom Mega-kannon. S8 AP2 blast, gets hot! Plasma cannons on steroids! Just more of exactly what we needed..reliable, high S low AP shooting.
and the creme de la creme.
Traktor kannon: S8 AP3, skyfire with the special ability traktor: when shooting a zooming flyer they score an additional immobilized result on any glance or pen.
Read that again. I had to, to believe it. Don't forget, in 7th ed flyers have a 1/3 chance to crash and burn on an immobilized results. That means these guns, on a single glance, can kill any flyer. Say that again. Slowly, and let it sink in.
Did I mention that isn't all? anytime a FMC is wounded by one, they take a grounding check at -3. That means only on a 6 does it keep flying.
Lootas have been for a long time one of the best anti-air units in the game. Now, they are nothing compared to traktor cannons.
The new kit is pretty cool too, I might pick up one for bits and grots. They are a lot bigger then the previous metal Big Guns so I can't in good conscience use my current models.
I need 10, with all the weapon options. Maybe 15. I can see running 5 lobbas, 5 traktor kannons and 5 mega-kannons. That is a LOT of fire power for 435pts.
Time to get working. I have a LOT of scratch-building to do.