Originally Posted by Lord of the Night
Dreadnought/Bjorn/Murderfang: Love the new Venerable Dreadnought, it looks totally unique to the Wolves and fitting, almost a step away from the Contemptors of the Heresy. Bjorn looks good and I like his claw, but he seems less ornate than the Venerable and I dislike that; Bjorn should be the oldest and most venerable of all the Dreadnoughts.
GW model design team seems to be reading the fluff a lot more, which is actually why I like the look of the new Bjorn so much. Bjorn HATES the ornate designs on his coffin, and says so in the fluff ALL THE TIME. He is actually kind of whiny about it. So good work design team for making a model that matches the fluff.
Grey Hunters remain fantastic troops, but if you use the SW formation, you don't get objective secured, which is total fucking pants. It doesn't even make any fluff sense, SW are just as tactically aware as every other space marine.
I think what they are trying to do is be more specific with the reason you are taking the detachment. You can take a CAD from the rulebook and get OS, or take Wolves Unleashed or a Great Company, which the description on both say the goal is to kill, not to secure. You want OS take a CAD. You want extra Killy rules, take a detachment from the Codex.
This codex has basically taken a lot away from space wolves in terms of uniqueness and the ability to play them completely differently from regular marines. A lot of units have lost quite a few special rules, like Wolf Scouts, Njal, Long Fangs. In return we now have access to fliers and a few significantly cheaper units. The relics of the Fang are very nice as well, with particular emphasis on the Armour of Russ. I can see it being a widely used option for Thunderlords. I have yet to analyse the codex in full, but so far it's a resounding 'ok' from me.
This is the biggest complaint I have as well. Sure we got a lot of cool stuff, but did we have to lose so much? Dreadnoughts with more than power fists is nice and great, and a chariot is amazing, but did we have to lose the flare too?
Also, there's a fucking weapon called the 'Fangsword of the Ice Wolf'. That's one million fucking times worse than Murderfang and Canis mcwolfywolf put together
Whoever named some of these things needs to be punched in the throat.