|Eldar Top Gun.|
Man, I absolutely love the fluff and idea behind the Crimson Hunter aspect. Sadly, I don't think Kelly did a good job capturing the aspect to the best of his abilities. The fluff speaks of the Crimson Hunter aspect at being so fast with their reflexes that they can dodge light. This makes plenty of sense if you consider the fact that all they do is fly around at breakneck speeds dueling against each other with Bright Lances (probably set to stun).
I can understand the Sky Hunter rule and why re-roll Pens vs. enemy aircraft. It's to symbolize the pilots uncanny ability to accurately hit his target's weak points to better eliminate them from the sky. Unfortunately, the game as we know it does not always translate well from the fluff. With AV10 and 3 HP, it's safe to say that this almighty ace aspect is just as bad on the defense as an Ork fighter. That's just disgraceful.
So... how do I want to append this rather questionable fluff to design implementation? How about this houserule for fun:
The Crimson Hunter comes with the Holofields vehicle upgrade.
Replace the text for Perfect Strike (Crimson Hunter Exarch) with: A model with this special rule does not fire Snap Shots after choosing to Evade.
What this does essentially is allowing the Crimson Hunter Exarch to make a 4+ cover save (Jink + Holofields) and fire with full effect next turn. This allows the Exarch to standout as an ace among aces while Holofields help negate some of the issues of AV10. The Perfect Strike with Precision Shots just doesn't make sense to me while this does a lot more. I still think it's hysterical that an air superiority fighter doesn't come with Holofields. Even us 21st century humans know how to equip flares, chaff and other countermeasures on our aircraft. Just ridiculous.
Next on the list.. the Hemlock. The only thing that needs to be changed here is the Heavy D-Scythes should be Torrent/Template weapons. It makes my heard hurt why regular D-Scythes are template weapons and not these. I would of personally made them S4 AP2 Torrent/Templates.
Torrent and templates allow the aircraft to match the fluff. The goal of the Hemlock is to destroy infantry, where it virtually casts the souls of those affected into the warp. No cover should be allowed from such effects. This also keeps design consistent with the D-Scythe being a template weapon. If that weapon doesn't allow cover saves, why should the Heavy D-Scythe allow cover saves? In addition, this is a mere extension of the effective range of the weapon. A Wraithknight's Heavy Wraithcannon only extends the range of the Wraithcannon itself. Thus, two design consistencies are matching.
Furthermore, Torrent/Template weapons allows the Hemlock to apply its effects immediately the units affected by the weapons due to its Mindshock Pod. This is not comparable to the likes of the Heldrake in function because it's not AV12, does not have It Will Not Die and a demonic save, nor does not have a S6 template that is also effective vs. vehicles. The function of the Hemlock is to be a terror weapon which is effective against moderate-Toughness infantry where armor and cover is no defense. This is offset by its fragility in AV10, the fact it needs to be close to fully utilize its abilities, and its hefty price tag.
I'll touch upon the other units in the book in another post.