Sunday, 17 April 2011
Forge World Analysis: Wraithseer
Been a while since I've done one of these, so I'll do this one. So, this is the Wraithseer. It looks great, doesn't it?
First. let's look at what has been done right. Believe it or not, this is the only Eldar psyker that doesn't have to pay anything for powers. This is a good move, as it makes the model slightly more worth it, even though the powers are a mixed bag. Giving a Wraithlord Fleet? Fantastic. Barely viable extra save? Not so great. On the other hand, no line of sight is needed, which is especially good with the fallback power.
Greater Spiritseer is another thing done right. Reducing the 'traditional' Cover Save to 5+ can be great againt Guardsman, Gaunts and that, especially combined with the Eldar Missile Launcher with its AP4 pinning blast, although admittedly it's about the only weapon to really benefit from this (maybe starcannons to a lesser extent).
Despite this, I can't see myself using the W-Seer. Why? Well, it costs 290 points. This puts it at a level with the C'tan, and we see them running around freqently, don't we? And to make matters worse, that cost includes the 3-man Wraithguard unit that's got Fire Warrior Disease and serves only as a waste of an Elites slot and a free Kill Point.
The W-Seer has the unique option of my favourite support weapon, the D-Cannon. Unfortunately, I only like the Cannon for its looks and that's a 50 point sink for a small blast with mediocre range. If Forge World replace the 'D' with 'Prism' then I may be interested....
Summary: It's the Nightbringer with the second best Deceiver power, a worse Inv save, overcosted weapons and a free Kill point 33% of the time.
Overall Score: 18.5.
Feel free to disagree with above score. Now, an announcement. Like Atrotos did before me, I've now got a pet project blog, Bryssling. It will serve as my blog for my thoughts on 40k that don't involve custom rules and design, ie my playstyle and why, my armies, my thoughts on the new Inquisition and the odd battle report. I shall post my Inquisition thoughts there shortly.