Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Orks in 6th Edition: Da Times they are a' Changin'
General Chaos here with the State of the Waaagh! address. Assaults are dead! Well lets back that up, they are not dead but they took a big kick in the tail end for us Ork players. Multi-Assaults suffer losing that extra attack, getting Bolter shells in the face from overwatch can really hurt in assaults, and without some very specific movement and placement losing that all important Power Klaw Nob can be devastating. Makes me want to take my Choppa and go home. But us Orks are good at one thing besides Krumpin' ead' and that is we can adapt.
So everyone pretty much agrees that 6th edition is all about the movement phase and the shooting phase. The new wound allocation rules, rapid fire, snapfire, and overwatch spells that out. But that's actually good news cause Orks shooting is all about MOAR' DAKKA'! Here are some units that scream Mor' Dakka!
Shoota Boyz - A Mob of 30 Ork boyz with shootas and 3 Big Shootas can dump out 54 strength 4 and 9 strength 5 shots at 18" then charge or just stand there and let someone charge you and overwatch all that Dakka! Then even if they do get into you let them try shoving 30 Orks off an objective with the new fearless rules.
Lootas - These guys just got better in this edition all the way around. They can now move and still snap-fire. While I don't recommend this but, if you put a Mega-Armour Warboss in with them he'll pass his Slow and Purposeful rule onto the squad. Also am not in the MSU 5 man unit of Lootas. I like 15 of these guys. You want an answer to fliers? I give you 15 to 45 strength 7 shots with a 48" range.
Tankbustas - The new FAQ made these guys actually worth taking. You only have to fire at a vehicle if there is one in range and in line of sight otherwise you can fire where you want. 15 strength 8 rokkits are nothing to sneeze at.
Burna Boyz - While I don't really consider them in the Moar' Dakka category. I dare you to charge the Burna-wagon now. With the new overwatch rules your gunna have D3 x 15 hits coming your way.
Dakka-Jet - This things Epic. A flier with 9 twin-linked strength 6 shots at BS 3. That on a Waaagh! gets 18 shots! Yes please. Make sure you take the Fighter Ace upgrade so you can shoot your opponents Fliers at BS 3 also. Go get three now. I've never took a Weirdboy before but having chances for multiple Waaagh! could be very appealing.
Deffkoptas - They got a nerfed and a buffed. The usual role was to get the first turn assault with a Buzzsaw or to outflank and assault some vehicles in the backfield. Well those days are gone. But what did we get? A solid toughness 5 so no more doubling out with strength 8 missiles. Jink gives them a chance to dodge the AP 3 missile launchers. And they can re-group if they fail leadership unless they are under 25% of the unit size. While a bit pricey, a unit of 5 with just the twin-linked Big Shootas can drop out 15 shots.
Looted Wagon with Boom Gun - One of my favorite units and they got much better. Taking them with Boomgun, two big shootas, and 'Ard Case is a steal for 125 points. We maybe not a steal but, man they are fun. Now that blasts are not half strength for anymore they can pound some transports. Remember they are Ordnance 1 so you can roll two dice and pick the highest. Orks throwing around AP 3 large blasts at 36" will make some MEQ's cry. Also with the new weapon destroyed results you have to randomly roll which weapon is destroyed. That gives that Boomgun more survivability.
Flashgitz - The're Git Findas now give you ingore cover!...wait huh?... sorry they still suck.
Am sure I missing some and I apologize. This is really just my thoughts laid out on the direction my Orks are going in this new edition. I used to play Shooty Orks in 5th edition and did really well with them, so with a few tweaks my Orks will be just as competitive or even more so in 6th, am thinking. I think the days of the Battlewagon rush are gone. The Kan Wall just isn't cutting it anymore. The new era is now dubbed
The Green Hide.
Your not gunna charge across the field anymore your gunna move to mid-field, set up camp on the objectives, and lay down MOAR' DAKKA!