Scorched Earth: Gaming Analysis

Unsurprisingly, the legions who’ve received the most attention were the most popular. The Death Guard and World Eaters seem to be particularly popular. Neither are a particular focus of the novels but they do have striking paint schemes.

 

The biggest Space Marine chapters in Warhammer 40,000 have seen the least love in Horus Heresy so far. The Ultramarines rules and line of models have only just come out and the Dark Angels, Blood Angels and Space Wolves haven’t seen any rules or models yet. I expect the popularity of the Space Wolves and Thousand Sons to explode when their models come out.

The most under-represented chapter is the Iron Hands. They’ve got a great Primarch model, several other kits and the rules have been out since the first Horus Heresy book. I guess no-one wants to play a dead legion and their aesthetic is very similar in style to the Iron Warriors.

I also expected to see more Alpha Legion armies. Perhaps the tricky paint scheme put people off?

The Current Meta
Looking through the armies, the following themes were apparent:

Spartan Assault Tank
The Spartan is a Land Raider++. Same armour, more hull points, better weapons and the upgrades available to make it pretty much indestructible.It’s also got twice the transport capability of the Land Raider, which means it can carry a Primach plus Terminator Squad or a full 20-man squad. Even in Horus Heresy, where units die like flies, Spartans tend to stick around.

Firedrake Terminators assault a World Eaters Spartan.
Firedrake Terminators assault a World Eaters Spartan.
Players with at least one Spartan: 45%
Players with a positive win record with at least one Spartan: 60%

Average Spartans per player: 0.5

Sicaran Battle Tank
A whole new type of tank for Space Marines, the Sicaran comes in two flavours – the standard model with a twin-linked super autocannon of death and the Venator variant with a super lasercannon of death. No doubt Forgeworld will be producing more variants in future as its a popular model.Is it competitive though? Probably not. It’s got a lot of weapons but Armour 13/12/12 and 3 Hull Points is nothing to write home about in Horus Heresy games. They don’t survive long.

My Sicaran gets munched on by zombies
My Sicaran gets munched on by zombies
Players with at least one Sicaran (any type): 32%
Players with a positive win record with at least one Sicaran (any type): 30%

Average Sicarans per player: 0.4

Contemptor Dreadnought
One of Forgeworld’s most complete lines of Horus Heresy models is their Contemptor Dreadnoughts. They fill the same roll as regular dreadnoughts but have an invulnerable save, better armour and better basic stats. This is balanced out by their cost (175 points vs. 100 points for a standard dreadnought) and most players would agree that they’re over-costed. Most people who field Contemptor Dreadnoughts do so because they’re cool models.

“Gather round Death Guard, I’m going to tell you a story… with my fist.”
“Gather round Death Guard, I’m going to tell you a story… with my fist.”
Players with at least one Contemptor Dreadnought (any type): 64%
Players with a positive win record with at least one Contemptor Dreadnought (any type): 40%

Average Contemptor Dreadnoughts per player: 0.8 by clicking here

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