So this is probably old news to most of you, but GW has announced that there will be a Sisters of Battle mini-codex printed across two up-coming issues of White Dwarf. Since the Witch Hunters are one of my 40k armies, I have some thoughts on this.
I’m actually pretty glad, for the following reasons (I’ll take any excuse for gratuitous dot-points. Any excuse):
- Two White Dwarfs are cheaper than one codex. Plus there might be a PDF later.
- A White Dwarf codex doesn’t seem like the sort of release that will warrant an entire restructuring of the model range. This means I probably won’t have to re-purchase my metal battle sisters that cost me quite a lot of money and time to paint. Not that anyone would have a gun to my head, but you know how it is. When you see something new and better than the old ones, you want them, naturally.
- If they do release new sisters models, they’ll be plastic, allowing easier conversions. Basically I win either way.
- Or, they may be Finecast re-hashes of the old ones, in which case I’ll only have a few to buy anyway to make my Sisters Y211 compliant.
- I’m looking forward to new rules, obviously. I don’t care if the new rules outlaw my favourite combos or whatever – I don’t play 40k to prove how smart I am. The only thing they could do rules-wise that would annoy me is if they get rid of something I enjoyed in terms of the background, like Penitent Engines, and that’s unlikely. As far as I’m concerned, things can only get better rules-wise. Maybe I’ll get 35 point rhinos and *gasp* repressors. As to what the changes are actually going to be, I’ll be interested to see how they match up with my earlier predictions.
- Finally, and this may be a bit controversial: I think the Sisters of Battle are better suited to a White Dwarf/PDF release, as they are something of a sub-faction in 40k. I want them to be a legal, up-to-date force, but come on, they don’t need a whole codex on par with the other major factions.
Sisters are like Kroot Mercenaries to my mind. They deserve to keep their place in the 40k universe, but they don’t warrant a full-scale release. I think it’s a good idea to have small-scale factions like this as well as full-codex factions. They allow players to collect something a bit different, keep other players with more widely-played armies on their toes, and keep the background and lore of 40k deep and alive.
Forces like this are perfect as secondary armies. Imagine small White Dwarf or PDF mini-codexes of Sisters/ecclesiarchy, Kroot Mercenaries, Genestealer Cult, Lost and the Damned, Arbites, Inquisition, Eldar Exodites – the sky’s the limit. Variety of choice is what I want for 40k in the future. GW is unlikely to provide this variety if they have to do a Marine-scale release each time, that competes with their flagship factions. Mini-codexes are the perfect solution.
Note: If you look carefully in the top left of the Blanche painting above, you’ll see a banner with a Sister wearing bone armour with a yellow robe and a black shield. This banner was the inspiration for my own Order of the Revenant Maiden’s colours.