Simple to paint, easy to use, cheap to buy and devastating on the table top. When you combine these aspects Grey Knights are the army de jure for the tournament gamer.
The problem is that I think Grey Knights are dull for the player and the opponent. I know that ‘ leaf blower’ guard has a similar reputation but at least one had to put some effort and cash into creating an effective army. The same cannot be said for Grey Knights. Even Jawaballs from the Bell of Lost Souls website has commented in a similar vein:
If winning the BFS really mattered to me I could simply do what Neal and many many others have done, build a GK army, spray it silver with a few colors to meet the 3 color minimum, and blast away. Minimal effort, big win.
So what is the default Grey Knight Recipe?
- First take your models. Spray silver, wash black, add two additional colours – probably on the base.
- Take several razorbacks with psybolt ammo. Mix in small units of troops and elites choices with a generous portion of psycannons.
- Add two or three Dreadnaughts with twin linked autocannon and drizzle with HQ and Heavy support choices to taste. Allow to stand for two hours shooting at the enemy until done.
Now all this sounds bitter but I’m not. Really I’m not because of two things. Firstly, the type of player who uses this army is just as likely to zoom off onto another ‘new’ army as soon as it comes out meaning less Grey Knights on the tournament circuit with the next codex release. Secondly, I am convinced that as the meta game changes this army will suffer because it is one-dimensional. Unlike the Eldar codex, the Orks and the Imperial Guard I feel that this codex will not last long as new rules and new codex’s come along.
It is so easy to acquire, so easy to use and so easy to play that I am minded of a comment my father used to say ‘Easy come, easy go’.