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THE LONG VERSION:
Eliminators are the Vanguard Primaris Marines sniper specialists. Think Scout Squads with actual Power Armor and thus, reasonable. They act as battlefield assassins for the Primaris Vanguard, using camo cloaks and specialized Bolt Sniper Rifles to pick off enemy leaders and disrupt infantry. They fulfill a long-standing gap most Space Marine armies have had since the Horus Heresy: a lack of dedicated sniper teams in power armor, just like the ye olde Legion Reconnaissance Squad. Role-wise, they are heavier, more specialised sniper scouts designed to camp in cover and strike key targets from a distance (even through walls) with a range of special ammunition.
Eliminators are full-fledged marines in stealth-modified Phobos-pattern power armor that has been stripped of some of its armor and fitted with silenced servos. In addition to their standard krak and frag grenades and bolt pistol, Eliminators all go to war with camo cloaks and signature bolt sniper rifles. Their rifles can accommodate a variety of special ammunition including:
- Executioner Rounds: The default ammunition type with high damage output, good armor penetration and a chance of inflicting mortal wounds.
- Mortis Rounds: Specialist ammunition that is extremely accurate and ignores cover, but have reduced armour penetration and damage output. Used to eliminate foes that are completely out of sight.
- Hyperfrag Rounds: Fragmentation rounds for horde killing. No armor penetration, but basically converts your sniper rifles to a longer ranged boltgun so your special ammnunition isn't wasted on Ork boyz.
The preview of their Apocalypse data-sheet lists them as having the option to swap their bolt sniper rifles with “las-fusils.” Although there are no 8e stats available yet, the Apocalypse statline represents them as anti-armor weapons, presumably along the lines of Lascannons. This doesn’t confirm that they’ll also be in 8e when Eliminators finally get their non-Shadowspear release, but it would very conveniently allow them to fill the Devastator-shaped hole in the Primaris roster. 48-inch S9 AP-4 Dd6 fired from a W2 3+ infantry model that gets +2 in cover, and can be deployed outside your deployment zone at the start of the game? Sign me up.
For fluffy players of Raven Guard or Raptors who have long waited for a dedicated sniper unit other than Sniper Scouts, Eliminators are grand. Their competitive usage is yet-to-be seen, but they are notable for being one of the few infantry units in the game that can target foes outside of line-of-sight, meaning that plinking off a Guard officer behind a tall rock is now a thing.
They have the ability
do deep strike, but this is at odds with their long-ranged fire support role to use Concealed Positions, setting up during deployment anywhere on the board that is more than 9" away from the enemy deployment zone or enemy units. This allows your sneaky snipers to set up in favorable fire positions outside of your normal deployment zone.
As a Heavy Support choice, they compete heavily with other units that could go into the slot and they lose ObSec, diminishing their value as objective campers. They are intended to be deployed as a fire support unit, not an objective holder (you have Infiltrators for that).
When entrenched in cover with their camo cloaks, they have comical durability - a 2+ save that ignores the first point of AP means that nothing short of plasma guns will even remotely threaten them at long range. They also have the signature 2W of Primaris marines.
They are defined by bolt sniper rifles, which are a versatile anti-infantry weapon. With all ammunition profiles, bolt sniper rifles can target Characters at will. Their standard ammunition is a scout sniper rifle shot with AP-2 and D3 damage, instead of AP0 and 1 damage. On average rolls, Eliminators will have 2 damage per shot and a much-needed AP value for sniping. Their most unusual round is the Mortis round, capable of targeting foes entirely outside of line of sight at AP-1 and 1 damage. Mortis rounds also add an incredible +2 to hit to their attacks, meaning your snipers hit on 2's and ignore a single -1 to Hit penalty entirely. Their last round is a Heavy D3 36" boltgun for token horde clearing, but your points really are wasted every time you don't fire at a character with these weapons.
On page 7, Mortis rounds are described as carrying a payload of self-replicating mutagenic acid, while executioner rounds are described as self guided missiles able to navigate around cover. Care should be taken to note their crunch profiles are the other way around.
|Forces of the Primaris Marines|
|Command:|| Primaris Ancient - Primaris Apothecary - Primaris Captain |
Primaris Chaplain - Primaris Librarian - Primaris Lieutenant
Vanguard Librarian - Helix Adept - Vanguard Lieutenant
|Troops:|| Aggressor - Hellblaster - Inceptor - Intercessor - Reiver |
Eliminator - Infiltrator - Suppressor
|Vehicles:||Redemptor Dreadnought - Repulsor Tank|
|Super Heavies:||Astraeus Super-Heavy Tank|