The Callidus, Eversor, Vindicare and Cullexus Temple Assassins were once a staple of the Grey Knights in the previous incarnation of their codex and they have remained in the new codex, however with all the new toys and powers the Grey Knights now have do we really need these expensive yet flimsy elite killers or have they just become a nostalgic nod back to a bygone era for the Sons of the Sigilite?
Well lets take a look at each of the Temple Assassins from the Grey Knights Codex and decide…
Well the Temple Assassins all have the same stat line which has been given a nice boost giving them Weapon Skill and Ballistic Skill of 8, along with being granted a 2nd wound, furthermore all Temple Assassins have Fearless, Fleet, Move Through Cover and a 4+ cover save and a slightly worse form of Feel No Pain conveyed by their ‘Synskin’…all of this making them (thankfully) more survivable on the battlefield.
Now let’s have a look at each of the Temple Assassin’s equipment and abilities in more detail…
C’Tan Phase Sword – A power weapon that inflicts Instant Death regardless of opponent’s toughness.
Neural Shredder – Flame template weapon that inflicts wounds against targets leadership.
Polymorphine – Assassin placed 3″ from enemy via non scatter Deep Strike rules, inflicts instant d6 Strength 4 AP 2 hits.
Hit and Run.
So the Callidus Assassin is a great stealth unit able to spring up on the enemy at any time, however he isn’t going to be able to save the day single handed – Polymorphine and the Neural Shredder can only do so much so you need to have other units within range to help finish the job or at least provide him with cover should you fail to do so…
Neuro Gauntlet – Counts as a Lightning Claw.
Fenron – Conveys D6 attacks on charge rather than just +1.
Execution Pistol – A poisoned pistol which always wounds on a 2+.
So the Eversor Assassin is a brute of the battlefield designed to leave a path of death and destruction in his path however, he is still very flimsy, although none of the Temple Assassins can join squads you really need to keep the Eversor close to your squads so that he can be aided in any combat…run him in and unleash the fury (don’t forget his re-roll for being Weapon Skill 8) and be thankful if you roll badly that your trusty Grey Knights are there to save his ass!
These soulless beings are able to shift in and out of the material world without leaving any trace of themselves in the Warp and when they do they bring the following Wargear to the fray…
Animus Speculum – Strength 5 AP 2 Assault 2 with an additional shot for every Psyker within 12″.
Etherium – Any unit wishing to attack the Cullexus must make a Leadership test on 3D6 or they must choose another target.
Psyk Out Grenades.
While the Cullexus has no special rules conveyed to them by their temple they are still a mighty warrior, the ability to almost stop themselves from being shot at makes them far more survivable on the battlefield, if you move this guy with your army and have more squads (and therefore more Psykers) near to the Cullexus and you let rip with the Animus Speculum your opponent is going to wish he could have shot you…
Ah the Vindicare Assassin the respect this guy mighty marksman commands in any game is beyond me…not often is it that people see single model and just think (or say out loud) ‘That has to die quickly’ but the Vindicare had that effect on people, does he still though…
Exitus Pistol – Range 12″.
Exitus Rifle – Range 36″.
All Exitus weapons must be fired with 1 of the following rounds:
Hellfire – Wounds on 2+.
Shield Breaker – removes invulnerable saves conveyed by wargear.
Turbo Penetrator – inflicts 2 wounds has AP of 4D6 against tanks.
Deadshot – Vindicare controlling player allocates wounds caused.
So the Vindicare Assassin still has the best weaponry on the battlefield and the skill to use it better than even the most skilled of Astartes…to make full use of this guy’s Exitus weaponry whilst not compromising his life you need to put him in some cover at a decent range with line of sight to your opponent and just keep letting off shots at the units you want gone…
So there we have all 4 of the Temple Assassins broken down for you, the problem I have is that the majority of them are perhaps points better spent elsewhere in the codex. For example the Callidus is a cool idea but you need him to be near other squads to be effective meaning he will probably remain hidden for 2 turns and the Eversor essentially has the abilities of Mark of the Wulfen but unfortunately his in-ability to join squads means he is far more likely to be shot at distance before making it into combat. I personally favour the abilities of the Culexus and the Vindincare…the Culexus because if you run him near as many squads as you can and his Etherium ability will keep him safer whilst giving the Animus Speculum maximum number of shots and therefore maximum damage and the Vindicare as he has the ability to take out opponents from a greater distance whilst now being a bigger pain to kill if you put him in some cover.