At the weekend I attended Enter the Citadel at Warhammer World. It was excellent, and very much worth the trip. I'll be covering the individual Q&A sessions separately later this week, along with my personal experiences and opinions.
to start with, I'm going to cover the questions that the Bell of Lost Souls forums asked me to ask - well, the ones I thought
could get an answer anyway.
of these questions came from a rushed conversation with Phil Kelly - it
was hard to find time to speak with him on top of everyone else going on
and without being rude and interrupting other people. As a result, I didn't
have time to make my usual copious notes. We were also cut short as we
talked right up to the wire of the end of the event. As such, I've taken
the liberty of summarising some of the conversation. Hopefully, I have not
lost his intent and focus on this. As such, should you talk with him
yourself, you may get slightly different answers - both because my account
is filtered through my perception of it, and because people's opinions can
change over time!
questions were asked by other people in the seminars by people other than
me, and some came up naturally without me needing to ask. Hopefully its
useful and interesting to people!
"Do you feel that certain units such as banshees and
genestealers should be changed to have grenades considering the impact of
"Is there a possibility we will see Howling Banshees fixed in an errata
as currently they are comprehensively inferior to Striking Scorpions even with
being cheaper. Lack of plasma grenades, reliant on unreliable buffs from a unit
that can't join them to inflict wounds an inferior Mask and and inferior
Context for those not obsessed with rules: Banshees don't have assault grenades, but wargear that
penalises their opponent's initiative, to a minimum of one. While this
will often mean they are then striking simultaneously when
assaulting into cover, there is a risk of them being badly mauled by the
grenades and assault units are a difficult point. You can't just give
absolutely every unit grenades, because at that point, why would you have
a rule to penalise assaulting into cover? There needed to be distinctions
between Howling Banshees and Striking Scorpions, otherwise everyone would
be taking Banshees and the Scorpions would be being decried as useless.
Phil does love Eldar and its a careful design line to not to make them The
Best At Everything Ever. He still uses Banshees in his own army.
also had a short conversation about making Banshees more effective.
I couldn't recall if your initiative is still penalised if
you're charging a unit that is already engaged with someone else (that may
be a way to bypass the lack of grenades). The Dark Eldar also have
a piece of wargear that bestows assault grenades onto the unit
they've joined - while allying isn't to everyone's taste, a Dark
Eldar independent character with this kit joining the Banshees could
create an effective, punchy unit.
"Are they happy with the speed of releases for sixth edition?"
short - not answered. Rather, they asked us our thoughts on it!
"Why did they not give the Hemlock Wraithfighter better armour or
a better jink save considering it is only armour 10 and will die to
even bolter fire, yet has to hang out at range 12 (bolter rapid fire
range) in order to get any use out of its Mindshock pod?"
was a general comment during the Q&As that establishing newer units in
Codexes was generally quite hard - people already know what a Fire Dragon
does, and how it fits into the army and the background. Newer units, such
as the fliers, need to be introduced and will take a while to bed in - the
example was given that the Autarch is only just starting to really find
his place in the army after a number of incarnations.
chatting to Phil, his further comments were that it was a difficult line
to walk. Fliers have a narrow run of armour between 12 and 10, with 12
being the established heavier fliers, and 11 being the mid range. Eldar
are supposed to be lightly armoured and fragile, so 10 is the natural point
for them. The subject of the jink save really
covered - we were short on time and I was trying to cover as much as
"Will we see a time when all units will have a model?"
certainly hope so. A newly released Codex will have models for all its units
one way or another from now on - this isn't even necessarily
something caused by the Chapterhouse situation (while there were questions
subject, the answers carefully avoided direct references). They were
already getting a lot of feedback from people that codexes with gaps in
the model ranges were frustrating for people. Its unlikely you'll see a
Codex release missing models happening in future.
"I'd be keen to hear what his thoughts are on the rise of 3D
printers and how he sees GW taking on that technology into the
was a much longer answer from Jes Goodwin I'll cover in that seminar, but
in store printing, custom designs, adding your own face to a character
model and the ability to mix and match to order were
talked about as things that are not currently technically possible, but
could be in the far future. The level of detail and affordability is
just not there to see it being a danger or competitor as fast as
the internet commentators would have you believe.
I also took the opportunity to ask about the Heavy D Scythe, which
has been covered in a couple of blog posts (although
ironically I can now only find the one). In short, the description
doesn't really match the weapon profile.
weapon did go through some iterations during play testing. The natural
progression of a D Scythe would be to move from a Template weapon to a
Torrent weapon. If people have concerns about the Helldrake's balance, two
Torrent D weapons is not going to stay in line with the overall power
curve. I asked if perhaps the blasts should have ignore cover and if that
might be updated in the future, but this was part of a multi line
conversation and this was one of the things that fell by the wayside...
Questions not asked
My original post on the forum
had some guidelines:
"To save wasting anyone's
time, the following topics won't be considered:
- Any questions about what's coming in the future (they won't tell us)
- Any questions about pricing / material use (they're games designers, not marketing / production)
- Anything about Squats, because it's to the point of a running gag now
- Loaded questions set more as a statement followed by "do you agree?""
I therefore decided not to ask the following questions:
"With the advent of Terrain fortifications are we going to see faction specific terrain pieces, or just more archetypes with which each player can customize/convert the aesthetics of to fit their appropriate faction?"
"I'd like to know if they're planning to do more terrain and upgrade
packs. Making a finecast pack of las/autogun wielding arms would be great for
converting WHFB models to 40k :3 Maybe tie it in to a minor Necromunda
"Ooh, question for Jes Goodwin: Is it possible we might see future plastic
kits represent a more equal gender breakdown in line with their background and
the new Dark Eldar range?"
"When will Codex: Squat be released?"
"will be there even supplements for codex already out in the sixth
"Will all 16 current armies for WH40k get a codex in the new release cycle
for 6th edition?"
Imperial Guard show more Gender equality in their figures in the future?
Same question for Eldar."
(Sorry BoLS fans!)
I didn't manage to find the time to ask:
"Please could you ask Phil Kelley if he meant that the burning chariot
couldn't move and fire, since its flame is a heavy weapon, and because its a
template weapon, it cannot snap fire either. I'd be immensely grateful if you
could clarify this specific question. Thanks!"
I also didn't ask:
they give the Hemlock Wraithfighter a spell it cannot use on the turn it enters
... as I thought the answer to
this was covered in the general FAQ - but it seems that some people don't agree
on this. I am going to be making a much longer post on that argument once I've finished
In the meantime, there should be some more posts from me on the Q&As and general experiences soon, as I have a lot of notes to write up. Check back soon!