Hey Alex (Dictator) here! These are some guardsmen I am working on during my spring break.
They are a part of a squad which includes these dudes.
These represent to me the quality of the rank in file in my army. Poor guardsmen with only a flak-jacket and a las-rifle. They are a part of list I have been thinking upthat will hopefully include one of ym favorite additions to the new Imperial Guard codex.
With the new codex there is one very special tank that has caught my eye. It is not any of the big named tanks though, it has been put on the back burner with all this press. It is not the Exterminator with its Heavy 4 twin-linked las-cannon. It is not the Executioner with Heavy 3 Execution Cannon (small blast). And it is not the controversial Punisher with its Heavy 20 Strength 5 Ap - gattling Cannon.
It is the seemingly humble Eradicator.
The Eradicator comes packed with the all new Eradicator Nova Cannon: A strength 6 AP4 Large Blast with an "ignores cover" special rule. While it is not as flashy as the other new Leman Russ variants, it will get many jobs done. With the new Leman Russ special rule "Lumbering behemoth" (move 6 and fire ALL weapons), this thing is especially deadly. It is no MEQ killer, but it will ruin everyone else's day.
See those scouts in cover with a 3+ cover save (or 2+ if the building is fortified), they are not there any longer. This applies to eldar rangers, the notorious nob bikers (not so tough with out that consistent 4+ cover save are you, FNP will fail eventually), and any unit holding an objective.
Typically objectives are placed with cover for units controlling them in mind. As a result, the eradicator is a great objective breaker. Those that hold objectives are often hard to break due to unit size and available cover (rangers, pathfinders, scouts, guardsmen, dire avengers, orks boys, fire warriors, DE warriors, etc...) will be no match for the Eradicator Nova Cannon.
The Eradicator has its downsides though. It is not effective vs. MEQ, it is mmost useful in objective based games (sadly only 2/3 of all missions), and it has a limited rande of 36". It will be close support position breaker, not a long range devestator that the standard Leman Russ is.
But for those 2/3 of missions that are objective based, and for 7/12 (MEQ includes SoB, Space Marines, Chaos Space Marines, Necrons, and Daemon Hunters) opponent armies, this tank will dominate.
Now only if everyone and his brother did not play Space Marines...