A Red Waaagh! Review
by Patrick Eibel
Kenton has been up to his eyeballs in pointy-eared bad boys, I picked up the
Sanctus Reach Red Waaagh! supplement.
In general, I adopt Kenton’s view that the codex supplements are asking
for trouble, as they can easily be negated by future rules and don’t usually have
enough rules to warrant the hefty price tag.
Campaign supplements like The Red Waaagh! offer a little bit extra in
the way of new missions, new rules, and new stories. Does that make it any more worth it? Let’s find out.
The Good Stuff
The background to set up the campaign
is really well thought-out, and describes in beautiful detail the Factions that
participated at Sanctus Reach. The pictures,
the background fluff, the chronicle of the invasion, and the characters and
units involved are all pretty inspiring.
There are some new Formations presented
in the book (and truthfully, the reason I was enticed to shell out money for it). Two Ork detachments are just ho-hum (pretty
sad, given the premise of the campaign).
The Adamantine Lance (an Imperial Knight Formation, as if the hulking
monstrosities need the help) has most Knight fanboys gushing. I like the Steel Host Formation, which
combines Leman Russ tanks and a Hydra and gives them Preferred Enemy. Hey, I have
all of these models, I don’t need to fill a pesky Troop slot, and I get bonus rules
over an Unbound list? Booyah! The last Imperial formation is also okay, but
uses Bullgryns. Trying to sell models,
If those don’t float your boat, there
are revised Planetstrike rules with accompanying new Formations and a new
special mission. Basically, it crams the
previous Planetstrike supplement into eight pages.
The Not-So-Good Stuff
This supplement details a campaign
between an Ork Faction and a combined Astra Militarum/ Imperial Knight force. The background and set-up are very detailed,
which is good, as mentioned above. However,
the specificity carries over to the missions, which require certain Factions
and sometimes even particular units to play.
Way to limit the usefulness of the book, GW.
The price tag for the supplement is the
ubiquitous book rate of $50. If it were $20
less, this would be an awesome book, but at its current price, it’s just too
expensive to pick up unless you are already invested in the armies it
uses. Maybe I can convince someone to
participate in a modified Sanctus Reach campaign one day (hint, hint); otherwise,
I probably overpaid for a couple of detachment lists.
2014. All images are copyright 2014 by Games Workshop and are used
for review purposes.