Trying to get into 9th Ed 40K: Step 2 – Building a list from the Codex!

Huzzah!  Codex arrived!  Reasonable numbers of painted Sisters of Battle in Metal – large numbers of unpainted plastics and characters to add in.  Its all looking good!

Read through the fluff, and continued to get more and more excited!  Sisters of battle aren’t being described as tiny numbers any more.  They are the arm of the Ecclesiarchy!  While still functioning with 2 main planetary HQs, they have outposts and smaller abbeys all over the galaxy.  While not rivalling the size of the Imperial Guard, we’re probably looking at about on par with the size of the Tempestus Scions.  Brilliant!  Taking the ladies seriously!

Lovely pictures of models old and new.  Lots of exciting hobby possibilities.  Its all grand!

And then …. I hit the rules.   And the hobby enthusiasm crawls away to die.

No example army lists.  Densely packed pages of rules that massively interact with each other, and none but the most trivial examples.  Bam.  Mind totally blown and unable to put any of it together.

My Sisters are painted as the Order of Our Martyred Lady (or the ones I’ve chosen to use – I do have sisters in green as an Order Minoris and an Order of the Argent Shroud force too!), so that takes care of that choice.  But then we have pages of Stratagems, Blessings of the Faithful, Warlord Traits, Hymns of Battle, Relics, Chapter Approved Rules (skipping past the crusade rules as I’m looking for a few one off games), Acts of Faith, Sacred Rites and then individual data slates with the points tucked at the back of the book, so just a very loose power level rating to get a feel for what you can probably pick.

Honestly – trying to to build an actual list without BattleScribe or the GW 40K list builder is feeling like an absurd challenge.  And trying to get a feel for what any of these rules actually means or how it ties together or what you might actually pick when you haven’t played 9th ed yet?  Its feeling beyond me.

I think its on to step 3.  Giving up on the codex for now, and reading up on the army on the Internet to get enough context to be able to understand the rules enough to actually build a list with the help of a list builder tool.

This is 9th edition.  It’s also the 9th edition of the game that I’ve actually played.  And I am still very much struggling getting my head around it.  It must be a total bloody nightmare for a new player to engage with this.

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