Forge World released the Scyllax Guardian-Automata Covenant over last weekend. They helpfully also released the experimental rules for them on their web site. Today we’re going to pick through these rules and figure out if these guys are worth it.
First and foremost, I want to complain about what I call “points packaging”. When you buy a unit in 40K, you get a few of the models. Rarely you get one model when buying the unit. The problem is that when you take this “package” of several models, the points value doesn’t add up.
This makes sense for stuff like Tactical Space Marines. Buying five Marines automatically comes with a Sergeant. Since they are X points each, you would expect the packaged group of five to be more points than 5*X since you are paying for the Sergeant as well. Indeed, the Tactical Space Marines are 5*X + 10 points.
The problem is that the Guardian-Automata don’t have a Sergeant. They are 35 points each, and the initial group comes with four of them. You would therefore expect them to be 140 points. They are not though – they are 155. If anyone wants to enlighten me in the comments as to why this is, feel free.
So, on to the actual review. The Guardian-Automata are a Troops choice for the Adeptus Mechanicus army. At 35 points, they are definitely one of the heavier-costed Troops choices in the game. That huge investment does give them T5 and two wounds, which will increase their staying power. It also makes them more-or-less immune to double-strength Instant Death, which really helps with the huge point investment. That also helps in a weird way because you can buy less models for your army, which significantly reduces the amount you spend per year on the Forge World tax.