So Its been a while since I’ve done one of these types of articles, mainly because I don’t get to play as much as I’d like anymore. However, there’s one or two units I’d really like to give my opinions on from the Imperial Guard codex. Veterans will be my next choice, and none of this Mech Guard “All vets in Chimeras” crap either.
Anywho, this time, I want to touch on a unit that gets passed up a lot, especially by me. I’ve gotten a lot of flak on places like DakkaDakka or the Bell of Lost Souls for my opinions on Penal Legion, but let me explain myself more. BTW, in case the picture is a little strange, my Penal Legion is a combination of my IG army and my gang for Necromunda.
- Scout and Stubborn mean they can come in from the sides and stick in somewhere.
- Desperadoes keeps the unit both fluffy and effective, depending on the roll on the table.
- Its fluffy I know, but you can’t upgrade them at all!
- They’re 80 points for the unit, and in the end, they’re still Guard…
- “Gunslingers” is alright; it essentially gives the unit Shotguns.
Now at first glance, just write them off. They’re expensive, crappy, and uncustomizable. However, Desperadoes easily makes up for them. 1-2 is ok, 3-4 is excellent, and 5-6 is really nice, as long as you get the charge. To really make them nasty, hope for a 3+. Attach a Ministorum Priest, and put them in a Valkyrie or Vendetta. Turn two or three, these guys fly in, hunker down, then jump out the next turn.
With Psychopaths, you’re getting about a 15” charge range with S4 I4 maniacs which reroll to hit.
With Knife Fighters, you’re getting a 12” charge as usual with over 30 attacks with the ability to Rend. The Priest almost guarantees 75% hit, meaning you will roll 6s.
While not my favorite unit, they have the potential to be extremely nasty. However, with my style of Infantry and a Veteran Squad, its going to be a while before I decide to run them all the time. Just on a modeling note, doing a 1k Shaeffer’s Last Chancers army for the WAR Games Con Team Tournament.
I’d love to hear everyone’s input on Penal Legion. Have you succeeded with them? Are they complete rubbish? Or the red-headed Stepchild of the Guard?