I was really excited to see the Land Raider Terminus Ultra in the Imperium Index 1. It is a whopping 30 Power Level and at *updated* 400 points, filling a lord of war slot. I bought this Terminus Ultra Job Lot a couple of years ago. Now I have a reason to revive this mistreated hero.
How can we make this lord of war worth the points? How does it compare to the awesome Predator Annihilator or a Knight Paladin? Let's also take a look at how to fix up this model.
|Fix #1: The additional side-front sponsons have broken off. I will be magnetizing these back on because they break very easily.|
Power Levels/Points and Cost ($) -
Terminus Ultra - 30 PL, over 400 points
Predator Annihilator 3x - 27 PL, over 600 points
Knight Paladin - 24 PL, just over 450 points
All of these are comparable in PL, with the Terminus Ultra being OOP, the Knight Paladin being about $100, and the 3 Annihilators running around $160 for 3. Starting fresh, the Knight Paladin wins out here.
Damage Output -
Terminus Ultra - 9 Lascannon shots at 3+ even while moving (but deals itself 6 mortal wounds if it rolls 3 ones in the shooting phase)
Predator Annihilator 3x - 12 Lascannon shots at 3+, but 4+ while moving
Knight Paladin - 2d6 Battlecannon Shots on a 3+ even while moving, and a beast in melee
The Knight Paladin here offers the best all around attack ability with the inclusion of melee. Immobile Predators offer the most damage output.
|There are a lot of heavy glue stains all over this model. This thick glue dripped down in different areas as the model was being assembled. This has not been easy to work with.|
Terminus Ultra - 16 W at a 2+ save
Predator Annihilator 3x - 11 W at a 3+ save (after 5 wounds, each Annihilator would lose effectiveness)
Knight Paladin - 24 W with a 3+ save and a 5++ vs. shooting
For the points, I think the Knight Paladin wins out here, but the Predators at long range could keep away from a lot that could damage them. The 2+ save on the Terminus Ultra is nice!
|More glue issues here. One of the hatches will be for Chronus, but I still need one more. Here's hoping I have bits somewhere.|
Maximizing Effectiveness and Tactics-
Terminus Ultra -
for just an additional 3 PL, you could include Chronus on this tank. *Update - no you can not =(* I would include a Captain and a Lieutenant that will advance in front of the Terminus Ultra, but behind advancing tactical squads. This will allow for re-rolls of the possibly damaging 1's and give a likelihood of hitting all 9 shots a turn. You would likely have a Captain and a Lieutenant (hard to spell) anyway, just keep the Terminus Ultra with them. To re-roll the two's, for an additional 8 PL, you can take Marneus Calgar to get re-rolls on all hits!
*Update #3* - I did the damage output with a Lieutenant and a Captain/Calgar while firing at a Knight - In one shooting phase the Ultra would put out 13.6 damage on average with Calgar, and 11.9 damage on average with a Captain. Insane!
Predator Annihilator 3x - With the Captain and Lieutenant, you will increase your damage output to near the levels of the Terminus Ultra. The only issue is that you will not want to move your tanks to increase the likelihood of hitting. I do not play gun line as much so I would prefer to keep on the move. This combination can still be great if it fits with your playstyle.
Knight Paladin - I am not sure what I could do here to increase the damage output.
Overall + when to take-
*Updated* I was informed on Reddit that the wargear was updated to be included in the cost of the vehicle in the FAQ for 8th edition.
Page 203 – Space Marine Points Values, Lords of War Add the following text beneath ‘Points Per Model’: ‘(Including Wargear)’
That is a game changer!
It looks like the Knight Paladin is efficient for its point cost, and I would consider taking one at 1850+ games. He is the most versatile in the group as well, and able to mix it up.
The Predator Annihilators are valued at all point levels and are truly devastating. I would take 1 starting at games of 1000 points and increase from there. They can kill any vehicle fast. Other than resiliency with having 33 wounds between them, I do not believe that 3 compare favorably with a Terminus Ultra.
The Terminus Ultra with additions of buffing units (Captain/Lieutenant) would be great at around 1850 points or 100 PL. If playing 2000+, I would switch out for Calgar. This is your one stop for a super heavy killer, and would not need a ton of support to get that job done. At 400 points, this model can easily stop a knight in its tracks!
What would you take if you had the options? I do not own a Predator yet, but I have the Knight and the Ultra. I will show off one in play to demonstrate how it does at some point in the future.