After weeks of teasing, Forge World have finally opened up the Deredeo Dreadnought for pre-order. As expected, the Deredeo is at the most simplest level an up-gunned Mortis Dreadnought with Helical Targeting Array and Atomantic Shielding. It is more expensive than a standard Mortis at 185 pts but packs a more powerful twin-linked autocannon and twin-linked heavy bolter as standard, with options to buy a Aiolos Missile launcher. Despite what looks like a normal weapon set, the autocannons actually have a impressive strength 8; four shots; with the sunder special rules, while the missile launcher system is strength 6 AP3 with three shots. What sets this dreadnought apart however is the Independent fire rule on the missile system, which allows the dreadnought to fire the Ailos at a different target, ignoring obstacles to los in open terrain. Oh and by the way it also always targets vehicle side armour with this rule...
There is one issue that I have with this dreadnought, and that is currently it sits in the heavy support choice and like the Mortis, can't be taking in squadrons. However if the above rules are set into stone, I see it as being a very good anti-air/anti light to medium armour walker. As a model kit, it's pretty much a angled contemptor with a small nostalgic throw back to the Space Crusade Dreadnought. But like it's Contemptor predecessors, the body and weapons are separate purchases, with the body clocking in at £35.00, Aiolos Lancher: £12.00 and the Anvilus Pattern Autocannon £18.00.
The Deredeo Pattern Dreadnought is available for pre-order now, with a dispatch date of 30th of January. For more details, visit the Forge World website.
Experimental rules are available HERE
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