40K Planetstrike

April 20, 2009 ·

April 21, 2009

Warhammer 40K Planetstrike is on its way. The Planetstrike promo video looks very much like apocalypse and hints at some of the Planetstrike missions which will totally change the way we play 40K.

The most notable Planetstrike photos show an Imperial base in the centre of the table, surrounded by Tau Battlesuits coming on from all sides while another photo shows chaos terminators caught between two battlement walls. The rest of the Planetstrike pics resemble a game of Apocalypse.

Watch the Planetstrike Movie

Planetstrike Force Charts

Planet Strike Attacker:
Minimum: 1 HQ.
Optional: 2 HQ, 6 Elites, 6 Troops, 6 Fast Attack, 3 Heavy Support.

Planet Strike Defender:
Minimum: 1 HQ, 2 Troops.
Optional: 2 HQ, 3 Elites, 6 Troops, 3 Fast Attack, 6 Heavy Support.

As someone who disliked the insane freedom of 40K Apocalypse, Planetstrike at first glance looks like a more controlled affair with armies specially chosen to attack or defend. Plus, a full set of Planestrike mission opposed to the big free for all that Apocalypse offered.

But one thing's for certain -if my friends and I want to play Planestrike, we need to buy a lot more 40K! So for now, Planetstrike will probably appeal to people who want to field that Space Marine Terminator army, 6 Land Raider army or Tau Battlesuit army led by Farsight as well as the people with truly Apocalytpic scale forces.

Don't get me wrong, Planetstrike looks amazing and I'd love nothing better than to see an army of 30 Tau Battlesuits decending from the skies (to the sounds of heavy metal!). But for someone like myself with around 2000 points of Tau which are designed for playing Warhammer 40K tournaments, I would need to buy a whole heap of Warhammer 40K before I could even feasably play Planetstrike.


jabberjabber said...
April 21, 2009 at 12:13 AM  

I wonder if planetstrike will feature a return to narrative story lines surrounding the battle? (e.g. if player A wins battle 1 with 2 objectives, then the next battle site will be X).

It looks like planetstrike will be much more contained than Apoc though.

Damon said...
April 21, 2009 at 7:42 AM  

From a business standpoint, it makes absolutely no sense for GW to release game expansions like Apocalypse or Planetstrike unless those expansions strongly encourage people to buy more product.

No use complaining about it. Either you think it will be fun enough that you'll make the investment ... or you won't.

Adam Hunter said...
April 21, 2009 at 7:44 AM  

We all know we're going to buy more stuff. Lots more stuff!Especially the way apocalypse has been promoted. If not as a game, but as a visual feast of well painted plastic miniatures.

One day I will have 30 battlesuits all leaping out of Orcas as they penetrate the atmosphere of an Imperial world...

Brian said...
April 21, 2009 at 8:29 AM  

I'm going to guess that Planet Strike could still be very fun for people who have a standard 2000 point list, especially if you are playing against someone else with their standard 2000 point tournament list.

Most people have more models than just their standard 2000 point list so they can have some variety in their pickup games. The Planet Strike force org charts cater to those people by allowing them to bring that extra heavy support unit or the extra squad elites.

Granted, it will probably be more fun for those who buy extra models specifically for Planet Strike.

In any of the three camps, the most exciting part of Planet Strike is going to be the attacker/defender missions which will hopefully give a different flavor to 40K and giving veteran players a fresh, fun feeling.

Tau in particular are going to fit very well in either the attacker or defender rolls. We always want to bring an extra hammerhead or broadside squad, and we always wish we had more elite slots. Planet Strike gives us both of those. YAY! Plus, I think we will get some new tricks with the extra fast attack. Taking 6 fusion blaster Piranhas as separate units would be a fun way to storm a base.

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