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post #1 of 34 (permalink) Old 12-04-10, 02:52 PM Thread Starter
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Default Improving Chainsword Rules?

Despite being one of the more widely-known symbols of Warhammer 40k, the humble and ubiquitous one-handed Chainsword is treated no differently from a generic one-handed Combat Blade in the rules for 40k.

Can anyone think of a small boost one could provide towards making one-handed Chainswords more effective? Right now Chainswords and generic Combat Blades are interchangeable in the rules since neither is any different mechanics-wise than the other.

The requirements for proposed rule changes are here:

1. It must apply only to one-handed Chainswords or Chainaxes. Biting Blades, Eviscerators, Chainfists, or other melee weapons with chains already have special rules and bonuses applied to them.

2. The proposed changes must justifiably cost less than or equal to, and perform less than or equal to, paying the points for a Power Weapon. Otherwise, then there would be no point in getting a Power Weapon since it would effectively be a downgrade from a Chainsword.

3. The proposed changes must also perform commensurately with their point cost. That means something like Rending is out since it would arguably cost more than a Power Weapon.

I'll get the ball rolling with this: could allowing Chainswords to reroll 1s on the To-Wound roll give them more utility than generic combat blades, and yet less of boost than getting a Power Weapon would?


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I like the changes (better than my idea of Rending), but to Eviscerators don't need any extra rules. They already count as Power Fists (I don't know why).

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+1 S would work nicely.

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Yeah, to represent the Chainsword eating through people/armour. I like it, +rep!

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i rekon rending is perfect fir a chainsword, cost 1pt naturally

since the the chain-blade grinds and strikes the enemy so many times its likely to tear off chunks of armour and such
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I like the idea of rerolling 1's on the to wound roll. And if you had 2 you could reroll 1's and 2's? Or maybe any failed rolls. Basically like Scything Talons only for the to would roll. It would actually give a model wielding 2 of them an advantage in combat, and make for some awesome models, but would remove their ranged ability. Well with regards to Assault Marines anyway.
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d3+3 AP? So it might have AP 4-6?

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In second edition chainswords/chainaxes had additional rules allowing them the ability to chew through armour, even that of vehicles. When I saw the 3rd edition rules for the first time I was sorely dissappointed that chain weaponry lost its uniqueness. I do believe a chainsword should have some additional rule to say a blade.

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scorpion chainswords for eldar already give the +1 S....never got why all chainswords didnt do that so thats where my vote's going because even though rending makes sense it would cost more points wise i think
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Re-roll all ones to wound is how I would improve them...

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