This weekend was a big one, with the release of the Sisters of Battle White Dwarf codex, and the release of some new models for the Dark Eldar. Also interesting was some other models that are being re-released, as I have a list from a pre-order form that I will be sharing with you here below.

Presence of Faeit is a weekly editorial by myself. I generally report during the week what is going on, and today is my day to comment on what exactly it is that I am thinking of.

Pre-Releases for August
Here is a copy of what is on the pre-release list for August. These are probably not US dollars, could someone please varify, as these were sent to me via a link.
(UPDATE). Someone mentioned that these were Singapore dollars.

Games Workshop

Aug 2011 Pre-Orders
Vampire Lord on Zombie Dragon $87.90
Vampire Counts Cairn Wraith $20.90
Vampire Counts Tomb Banshee $20.90
Aug Vlad Von Carstein $27.90
Aug Konrad Von Carstein $27.90
Inquisitor Karamazov $87.90
Dark Elves War Hydra $96.90
Dark Elf Dreadlord on Cold One $27.90
Wood Elf Spellweaver with Staff $27.90
Garden of Morr $62.90

Chaos Daemons Battalion Battleforce $149.90
Herald of Tzeentch on Disc of Tzeentch $56.90
The Changeling $27.90
Chaos Daemons Bloodthirster $87.90
Chaos Daemons Lord of Change $87.90
Dark Eldar Ur-Ghul $25.90
Dark Eldar Medusae $25.90

All of these are listed as needing to be pre-ordered by August 6th to be released on August 20th.

Grey Knights and Tournaments Not Allowing Special Independant Characters
I read a ton of battle reports, tournament results etc. Just so you know one of the best places for tournament results is Blood of Kittens. Link here is ya need it.

I noticed that at the international tournament that just occurred not too far back, no special characters were allowed. I read this, and I was like WTF, are we still playing 3rd edition? After I gathered my thoughts, I started thinking of how this changes the way 40k is played.

Special Characters in 5th edition are one of those things that are meant to help give a codex flexibility. They really do not add a "now I can kill everything" type of army. In fact most codex's even say, (I only say most, because I have not checked them all) "you can use the model and rules for a named character to represent a character of your own invention".

So aren't these characters really integrated into the codex, so that removing them is like taking out a good section of the codex? I believe so, and I think that tournaments that do this are hampering the game play. Sure its within their rights to do, but for a large scale public tournament to do so seems ludicrous.

What it in fact does, is give some codexes a very large advantage. Look at how powerful the new Grey Knight Librarian is. If you missed this article from yesterday, link here.
I think Tournament Organizers who are doing this really are shortchanging the game, and giving unfair and un-thought of advantages to certain codexes.

End of the Week
There really isn't a whole lot more here today. I am working on my Dark Eldar as normal, and my Grotesques are primed and ready to be painted tomorrow evening.

Out of all things, my truck won't start (been years since I have had car problems). Otherwise, its been one of the best weekends weather wise all summer, so its barbecue time, and time to sit back and enjoy. So no more 40k today. Have a good rest of the weekend.


  1. Hey I no longer have your phone number its changed can you shoot me an eamil or call me. BTW I saw your Groteques they look pretty cool I would really like to get in a a few games to practice for Ard Boyz.


  2. Lets get one in this week. I will give you a call later today.

    I was trying last week to head out to Rivals 40k night on thursday, but ended up getting in multiple straight games down at Knightfall, so I missed it.

  3. That $25 price tag can't be retail value of those DE models.

  4. Those are Singapore dollars. I do not know the conversion rate. It is the only information I have though on it.

  5. Its still to expensive, we had a picture showing that the medusae was about 9.50 in british pounds

  6. Natfka, the Special Character thing is totally legit. A friend of mine used both Sergeant Tellion and the Khan guy in a game of 1000pts. I also had to play against Memphistan/Sanguinor and Mordak/Thawn in a tournament of 1750pts. In small games like these they just rip through your units and tactics like it was nothing.

    But then again, I don't credit Blood Angels and Grey Knights players with an over abundance of creativity or sense of fair play. After all the Grey Knights have only one colour scheme and most Blood Angels tend to be sprayed red with only the barest hints of other colours.

  7. I can understand some of it Fool144. Mephisan and Sanguinor? I play this army, and that is over 500pts wrapped up in two models. At 1750, he was playing with a handicap.

    I've had special characters do well against me, and for me, but I see them as part of the game. Someone wants to wrap up 500pts of a 1750 list in two special characters, I am all for it.

    As far as the others go, Tellion and Khan really are only moderately effective in most games. Mordak though can be a pain though I could see him being a problem at small point levels.

    then again when you start playing at small point levels, quite a few things become broken, and the game can come down to rock/paper/scissors.

    Once in a 500pt tournament, saw a friend of mine park a Land Raider in the center of the board three games in a row. Not one opponent he had all day was able to deal with it.

    Regardless, and thankfully, I don't play those point levels anymore. Maybe a rare training game for someone, but I find my time a little more valuable than that nowadays.

  8. The real problem with disallowing special characters is that it also disallows armies built off their FOC changes.

    Wanted to field a Coteaz-style acolyte list? Too bad.

  9. Bit late on money conversion, but $1SPD = ~$.83, so to convert, multiply the prices in singapore dollars by .83 and that'll give you a rough idea of the price in USD.

  10. thanks Jason, that helps a lot.

  11. That is the dumbest looking boob armor I have ever seen.


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