@GenWilhelm what do you mean by "if you elect to use the index datasheet"...? Either you're Codex and use options from the index, or you're index only. Points and PL are always latest, so if there is a datasheet in the codex, you use codex pt/pl... I think...
I reckon they'll bring out all the codex's, then release 9th, with an app with all codex's and "select" other units, eg assasains, that might not get a codex or their own/rolled into another like knights, and cut off all these extra "rifle dred" situations, their excuse will be "that was 8th, this is 9th, get used to it"
Is there a case where PL increased from index to codex? For datasheet or options that are available to both...? I don't know, but that's the only reason I could think to use an index datasheet outright instead of a codex one...
Hmmm... What? My understanding is, If there is a datasheet in the codex, you use that as a base but you can use options from the same datasheet in the index if they do not appear in the codex. Otherwise, if you use the index as a base, you only have index options... Does that make sense or am I doing a terrible job of explaining myself?
"So we finally balanced scatbike, making them actually have a penalty for racing around and firing heavy weapons -- you know, like everyone else. BUT FUCK ALL THAT. Balance? We don't need no steeenkin' balance! Bring on the scatbike spam!"
in 7th, so many saves were guaranteed and rend wasn't a thing, so the AP2 procs of shuriken weaponry were significantly less valuable when fighting against cover. Also Scatter lasers were a high enough strength to threaten light armor where there was no armor save, just str vs AV. both of those are no longer true
@capitaladot yep, but the dkok entry and index entry are still usable
so not gone, just explicitly a legacy option
if anything what jetbikes need is some way to be obsec for those playing them as 'core troops' and either thier 3+ back OR a points drop of about ~7 per bike (it feels like the same issue as dire avengers, they cost way more than they should largely due to weapon expense)
Hmm... Yeah, craftworld don't really follow the same train of thought as successor chapters for marines... Who knows how they'll handle it, perhaps there will be an opportunity to "mix n match" traits and strategems for custom craftworld
They've not said anything about changes to battle focus yet either, so either it's not changed, or it has changed and they don't want to reveal it until the codex drops...
i'm still not sure what I'll be picking up for space elves- will get the characters this weekend, but will wait a bit after that. I had wanted to do an all vehicle army basically, but will wait for codex in hand before deciding which vehicles :P