Renegade Knight

I know you all seen the new Imperial Knight: Renegade boxed game that Games Workshop are releasing this weekend. A new Knight, an old Knight and a ruined building; the discount is huge. The price isn’t far from buy one, get two.

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Damn you, Games Workshop, for putting out one great box after another. I have a hard time prioritizing what to buy next. But I think this box went straight to the top of the list. Why? Two words: Renegade Knight.

Yes, Games Workshop has finally released rules allowing you to bring a Knight with your Chaos Space Marines. Sure Forge World already released the awesome Chaos Knight but this cat is something completely different. Where the Chaos Knight is a corrupted and twisted monstrosity far removed from it noble past, the Renegade Knight is not so far down that path. I picture the Renagade in between the Imperial Knight and the Chaos Knight.

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While the Chaos Knight get some sweet options (becoming a marked Daemon Knight, bringing Dirge Casters and its Foe-Reaper Sword) it is restricted to the Errant and Paladin versions. The Renegade Knight on the other hand doesn’t get any special wargear or rules but it has more weapon options than any other Knight.

It clocks in at 325 points in its most basic layout – with a stubber, a sword and a fist. The stubber can be upgraded to a Melta Gun for virtually no cost at all. You can take a carapace weapon – an Ironstorm missile pod (anti-infantry), a twin-linked Icarus Autocannon (anti-air) or Stormspear rocket pod (anti-tank). All are pretty good and add some shooting which is not really a bad thing, especially since you can shoot at different targets.

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Now the fun begins. Assuming you don’t want to bring a Gallant type Knight (sword and fist), you can now start customizing your Knight, taking full advantage of its Renagade status. You can exchange its Thunderstrike Gauntlet for a Avenger gatling cannon with Heavy Flamer, a Rapid battle cannon with Heavy Stubber or a Thermal cannon; and you can do the same with the Reaper Chainsword.

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I believe that this is where the Renegade Knight differentiates from the Imperial Knight. With the Renegade you can bring two of the same ranged guns. Yes, you can bring double melta destruction, four battle cannon shots or why not 24 s6 ap3 shots. That is a lot of fire power. Sure the dakka layout is expensive – with all the most expensive options you’re looking at a Knight just south of 500 points. But man, you got your dakka down with this cat.

The Renegade Knight comes with a detachment of it’s own – the Forsworn Detachment. It is a dark reflection of the Oathsworn Detachment – so you are looking at 1-3 Renegade Knights. The Forsworn Knight get Preferred Enemy (Imperial Knights) but any Imperial Knights get Preferred Enemy (Renegade Knights). Fluffy and cool, it’s a grudge match. [As Janne pointed out in the comments, the Preferred Enemy rule only comes into play if you bring three Renegade Knights – thanks buddy!]

The Forsworn Detachment can ally with Chaos Space Marine (the “leaked” snap shot of the rules didn’t include the entire section) and I assume they are Battle Brothers. Knights will be a kick-ass addition to the forces of Ruin.

Sure, Games Workshop could have gone all in with a upgrade sprue, additional rules and what not. But I don’t mind that they didn’t, they gave the Knight to us Chaos player and that is a big thing. No, my only complaint is that GW isn’t giving the box away for free. Damn it, I so want it.

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26 thoughts on “Renegade Knight

      1. Ah, good – a long run would be better πŸ™‚ I can’t imagine they’ll be selling many stand-alone knights as long as this box is around though…

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  1. A limited run!? Isn’t that what they do with cash grabs!? Still, yeah, if you want 2 Knights then this is a must have really. Kinda highlights how much GW over-charge for their models though, doesn’t it? I’m pretty sure you could take all weapon options with the Imperial Knight too, though I’m probably wrong here. Anybody clarify? I love the Chaos transfers you get with the box, they look really nice.

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    1. I pretty sure the Imperial dakka knight is one Gatling and one melta cannon or battle cannon. But I don’t have the book so … A single knight will do for me but at this price why not get two.

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      1. Oh yeah, I think you’re right there actually. I think I’m being a bit cynical about the current specialist games to be honest. They’ve all involved unique models not available else-where that GW knows a whole flock of people will want. Assassins, Deathwatch, Genestealer Cult, HH Space Marines, Renegade Knights…all the games have been lack-lustre, they’re putting these things on the shelves so fans will buy large value boxed sets. I don’t think any of these have been less than Β£100 have they?? It’s a marketing ploy and nothing else. Sorry to be a nay-sayer here, but I’ll get excited about the specialist games when they start giving us Blood Bowl and Necromunda etc back.

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      2. Well, I kind of enjoyed Betrayal at Calth, it is a simple and fast paced game. I bought it real cheap without the models, so for what I paid (8 € incl p&p) I reckon I got a lot of quality for my money.

        But sure, they generally are intended to drive sales. And they seem to do a good job at it.

        Nercomunda would be cool, a skirmish game would fill a nice niche, but Blood Bowl was never a thing for me back in the day.

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      3. I have seen some leaked pics of Blood Bowl models, so it will defo be a thing soon, but I think the real money is gonna be Necromunda. I’m kinda hoping we get rules for a 28mm INQ game too, that’d be amazing.

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      4. GW must know about the INQ28 scene and all the passion and love of the hobby that is related to the scene. It would be logical for GW to try and tap into it and make it official so to speak.

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  2. They (and IK) only get that Preferred Enemy if it’s 3 Renegade Knights πŸ™‚

    “The Renegade Knight comes with a detachment of it’s own – the Forsworn Detachment. It is a dark reflection of the Oathsworn Detachment – so you are looking at 1-3 Renegade Knights. The Forsworn Knight get Preferred Enemy (Imperial Knights) but any Imperial Knights get Preferred Enemy (Renegade Knights). Fluffy and cool, it’s a grudge match.”

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  3. This only applies if there is 3 Renegade Knights πŸ™‚ “The Forsworn Knight get Preferred Enemy (Imperial Knights) but any Imperial Knights get Preferred Enemy (Renegade Knights). Fluffy and cool, it’s a grudge match.”

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  4. Most important part of this release? The little note saying that renegade knights follow the same allies chart as chaos space marines.

    That means necrons and orks can take these guys as allies of convenience!

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    1. Well, you got to be a special breed of gamer if you think that Necrons and Orks getting access to knights is more important than CSM getting access. πŸ˜‰

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  5. I do love the FW Chaos Knight, but the Renegade definitely has its place. I love options, the one thing the Chaos Knight is missing, so no doubt mine will be fielded in both varieties.

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  6. Orks taking knights as an ally? pft i painted mine Half ultra marine the rest really sloppy red ripped the hatch open threw up a trophy rack and gave Nob the rains πŸ™‚ gotta love conversion with the orks

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    1. Ork conversions are the whole reason to play orks! I love that orks can use the renegade knights now, it allows me to run an only AV list in the tournament now!

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