Sunday, December 2, 2012

Sisters of battle and why I have always wanted them

     I have wanted to collect Sisters of Battlefor a number of years. I had copies of the original Witch Hunters and had plans to get the army, but without a job and being a college student, such things were simply beyond my wallet. By far the most expensive army in the game, Often out pricing Forge World, these poor Sisters of Battle have become one of the rarest armiest in the game. They often are some of the most beautifully done. I started a thread on Warseer and before it devolved into an internet E Pen measuring contest in which the Warseer Inquisition stepped in and broke up the slap fight, I got the general feeling of an army was that It was generally awe inspiring sight to see. At the time, I generally considered it a bottom tier army which really appealed to me since I miss some of the difficulty that I had when it came to the old Necron Codex. I instead found out that they are a high learning curve army with tons of potential in both hobby and gaming. Let me break it down.
My first sisters of battle squad....Proxied
      When I first started playing Warhammer, my fat friend Chad and I decid ed to see what tickled our fancy. We both proxied anything we wanted and played several games. I played Sisters of Battle and I saw the fun they could be. This was the start of a long and unfortunate love of proxying. It lead to my worst habbit I would ever have in war gaming. As much crap as I have gotten for it, I would do it all again for the chance to play the "Sisters" again.
  • An army with a unique faith mechanic as well as a threat range that is almost unique to the army.
  • Metal models are tough but look good. 
  • One of the few armies that has remained truly mechanized.
  • With T3 and a 3+ save, no one in the game can boast a line similiar to what they do. 
  • Tough to master, but powerful once you do. 
  • The oddball choice for people to encounter due to rarity of the army.
  • One of the best HQ choices in the game under the living saint. 
  • The Exorcist
  • Difficult to truly bring a cheesy list
  • Expensive. The running joke is that Elysian Drop Troops army would be cheaper. In fact, some Forge world version of the Sisters of battle ( I am looking at you Excorcist) is cheaper than the GW version
  • People often lump them into Female Marines in power armor
  • Steep learning curve
  • Sometimes, the metal models are difficult to paint
  • Often used with a Mono Build as the White Dwarf codex doesn't give lots of options
  • Tough to play without Mechanized elements.
  • Randomness of Faith can make it difficult.
  • Allies don't give them many options.

The Transport all you Rhinos wanna be like
      I am not a Forge World guy. I have always been a straight from Games Workshop kind of guy. I have always made due with what I have and never really saw something from Forge World that truly caught my interest. Than I saw this beast of a transport. For 50$, you find yourself with a 50 point transport that can fire out six bolters, a special weapon and has an amazingly modeled dozer blade and a heavy flamer. The very thought of this tank in action makes me giddy. I haven't stopped talking about it all week, much to the displeasure of my girlfriend, but damn it, I really want to get three of these bad boys. The tournaments I plan to go to in march won't let me use them as Repressors, but even as Rhinos, these bad boys are just to good to not have.

      The Forge World goody that is cheaper than the regular one, this Exorcist is both great on the table top and lovely as a model. With a d6 heavy 48" gun, this thing is the reach out and touch someone of the Sisters of Battle force. It also is one of the most mind bogglingly hard piece to put together if you buy the Games Workshop one. It is also kind of ugly along with 10$ more expensive. It really was one of the biggest put offs until I found this Forge World beauty. Can't go Wrong here.
     All in all, I think this new venture into Sisters of battle will be a good one for me. It will expand my skill as a player by forcing me to play get better without the crazy rules that other armies have. It will expand my hobby factor by giving me an army that I really want to paint and paint well. My Necrons average five paints a model, but I have no motivation to give them a good paint job. All of this for the low, low price of nearly 700 dollars.....There goes my Warhammer budget for the next couple of years.....


  1. Really? Its a 'sisters' article & you couldn't find a photo of a topless woman for the 'cons' pic? again, I say really???

    lol, I've had similar thoughts on the repressor, but never did get one, though I had 2 of those exorcists pictured above. The D6 missiles makes them kindova mixed bag (though when you get the 6 missiles, it forever puts the fear of god into your opponent whenever they see that tank again).

    Oh, and you need to have a bulimic intervention on those sisters above! They're so thin as to look skeletal...

  2. ...that's what happens when they have their torso's too tight Cheef! Also, I was confused by your 'cons' pic... I mean, The Fonz with his thumb up is universal for 'cool' and instantly accepted as a positive image. Aliens would comprehend that. Noboy comprehends the topless dude laying down...WTF? LOL.

    All in all, you make me feel guilty: I have an entire SOB army, mint in blister/packaging, that I have sort of collected since they were released. I have ALWAYS wanted to do this army-always- but my other armies currently take priority. Also, I'm wanting to see what happens with them next, both the rules (not thrilled with the WD list) and the minis. If they ever make them in plastic, I'm pretty sure they'll blow away the metal line. Hopefully. Unless they're as bad as the plastic minotaurs (shudder. So I'm holding on to them for now.

    1. "I have an entire SOB army, mint in blister/packaging"

      Kinda cruel to dangle that carrot in front of him...

    2. Would you be willing to sell them!?

    3. Heh, Nevereness? Sell?

      BWUHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!! You fool, don't you know that he's been classified by the Magos biologis as a 'Packratus Extremis' he'll never sell minis.

  3. Oops- I ment corsets not "torsos" lol...

  4. Sister picture
    Used Necron picture
    1/2 ghey picture
    Full gay picture
    Not your Rhino picture
    Not your exorcist picture
    Redundant Stay Puff Marshmallow man picture

    Before you go selling your Goldar action figure league make sure the gold paint will come off and or offer to remove it prior to a sale. If it is all stripped it can sell well. Half and half never goes for much in large lots.

    Considering the SOB army and all your stuff. Ever think of all the what ifs life can bring and will bring. Sometimes waiting and waiting is never good.

  5. I've fallen on somewhat disinterested times lately and need to start playing again (haven't played a single game of 6th yet). I have over 6000 pts of SoB, but am not thrilled with many of the options in the WD dex.

    Mostly just have fun with your friends and play the army that appeals to you.

    1. I do have fun, but I play necrons right now and they aren't what they were when I got into warhammer 40k. I will never sell my beloved crons, but they are gonna see less use when I get my sisters. As for disinterest in sixth edition, sixth edition is a lot more fun than fifth if all you want is fun. Winning gets insane sometimes, but every game is fun. I can only imagine what 6k worth of sisters would do XD what do you even do with that many points of sisters?