In January’s balance update, Games Workshop released the Skysplinter Assault, a new Drukhari Warhammer 40k detachment. The new detachment, which gives Dark Eldar players a different way to construct their army list, was uploaded to the Warhammer Community website on Tuesday.
Skysplinter Assault provides Drukhari players with a large bonus, six 40k Stratagems, and the option of enhancing their existing units. This is the first time this kind of army expansion has been released in the Warhammer 40k balance updates.
In the Skysplinter Assault army rule, units gain two weapon abilities in the turn they disembark from a transport: Ignores Cover for shooting attacks, and Lance for melee attacks. Lance doesn’t appear on many weapons, but it grants +1 wound to units.
The Enhancements for the Skysplinter Assault are also transport-bound: Phantasmal Smoke gives your unit the Benefit of Cover when it’s close to a transport, and the Nightmare Shroud makes your unit immune to overwatch when it disembarks.
The Drukhari raids utilize forces drawn from the piratical Kabals, the gladiatorial Wyches, and the mad-scientist Haemonculus covens; the Skysplinter Assault Stratagems utilize upgraded modes to accommodate one type of unit more than another.
At the end of the fight phase, Wraithlike Retreat allows units to make a normal or Fall Back move, with Wyches free to move wherever they want and other units required to return to a transport.
On Tuesday January 30, Games Workshop released a new Warhammer 40k balance data slate and updated Munitorum Field Manual, improving competitive play and balance in the 10th edition. It appears that a large number of units with the weapon ability Indirect Fire have gained points: the Manticore, Night Spinner, Whirlwind, Plague Burst Crawler, and Exorcist Launcher are all up in points.
The full balance update notes can be found on the official Warhammer Community website.