|Wait... This feels too fleshy...|
Next come the Immortals variants, Deathmarks. They're 2 points more than their base chassis and lose their weapon variants. Instead, they gain one of 40k's more unique weapons, the synaptic disintegrator. This is an AP 5 rapid fire sniper weapon. It works very well in tandem with the unit's special rules, the biggest and most special of which is Hunters from Hyperspace. When the hunters arrive on the table, they can select a unit in the opposing army. All death marks in your army wound the chosen target (or any squad they join) on 2+. They also have deep strike and an awkward reactive deep strike ability, to manipulate selection of their target, should their victim try to lie in wait in reserves. These will best be utilized in two 10 man units, or 3 5 man units. The former opens your 3rd elite slot and better allows for resurrection protocols. The latter allows for more units to be marked for death and is cheaper. Either way, this is a points sink that will allow you a solid shot at slay the warlord, and an increased capacity to harass at least one other high priority enemy infantry. Don't forget, the shots are precise on 6s and rend on 6s! These guys are interesting and one of the few things really vying for an elites slot in this codex. If you want slay the warlord, or have to deal with 'Nidzilla, these guys are worth examining.
|I used to be a god, then I took a retcon to the codex.|
|Did someone ask for rank and file without square bases?|
Next to last, we'll look at the variant Lychguard, Praetorans. These guys cost the same as Lychguard, but have forgone an attack to gain jump packs and they've sold their good weapons for bad ones that can shoot. You can either all keep your rod of covenant, which is a power axe that shoots a 6" 6 2 single shot, or you can swap that out for a void blade (rending and entropic strike) and a 6 5 pistol. If I had to run these, it would be in their dual armed configuration. Generally speaking though, I wouldn't run these. The models are interesting, but in execution, they're just bad wraiths.
So, that sums up the elites selection! Hope to see you back soon for the next slot: fast attack!