Wednesday, May 5, 2010
Yeah, you heard me. Obliterators suck.
Huh? Oh...no, not rules-wise. They're a pretty good deal there! Tough, great array of AT weapons which CSM need, can teleport - and at a reasonable price. No, they're good in-game, which I guess is part of the problem for me. If they had lousy stats and they weren't a big temptation for me and others to take it wouldn't be too bad. If they were the Chaos Spawn equivalent of HS choices, no big issue. But they are good, so you see them in many, many, many CSM armies, able to be the Swiss Army Knife unit generals dream about.
Why is it a problem? Well, because other than their in-game stats, they suck. Their background makes them annoying to fit into many themed lists as-is - they feel and look like just what they are - tacked on. "Hi, we're from Lord Zh'hoodie's Night Lord Terror Force Skullbang. We've got lots of marines, raptors, chosen, and are mean SOBs, spreading fear for revenge and our own kicks. Oh, and we've got these Obliterator dudes with us that we hired with some old CD players we found. They can like, morph plasma cannons and stuff like that."
The original models were poor, and the new "improved" ones are bigger and more expensive, but not really any better. I think pretty much every conversion I've seen (and people make a lot) looks better than the official version. A lot of the time the conversions are trying to make them somehow look less silly and tie in better to the rest of the force, which again points out how out of place they usually are. Other people (myself included) sometimes even go further and work up counts-as solutions, using the stats to represent powerful sorcerers, corrupted robots and the like.
Background...ick. They've had three codexes now to try to make them interesting, and to me at least they've failed pretty hard. Let's take a look at some extracts from the current book.
"There is much speculation on the nature of the infernal bond between the Obliterators and the Chaos Gods." - Translation - "We wrote them up, but don't have any good ideas either. But they're kind of like Transformers or the T-1000 with guns! Pew pew pew!"
Maybe it's a virus! "These theories are highly contentious, for there is little evidence to back up these claims." - Translation - "We still can't come up with something good. But 28 Days Later had a virus and it was pretty good, right?"
"For those that face Obliterators, such discussions are irrelevant." - How true.
I know people love them in their armies. I know some people actually like the models, just like some people think naked mole rats are "cute." I know that some people have no problem throwing them in an army, and some like Iron Warrior players may even consider them "fluffy."
I'm just not one of those people.
So, do you feel the same way about Oblits outside the realm of the game itself? Or do you think that they're lovely models with simply fascinating background?
(image from: http://slother.poligon.net.pl/HeresyStamp.png )