E&C: Have you found that larger SM formations have the punch to make up for the reduced number of activations overall?
From my limited playtests so far, I can't yet make a call; I've been focusing on other projects and mainly relying on feedback to date. I should be able to get in some heavy testing after the new year though.
Are you using Stormravens and, if so, how?
Not yet, only just started converting and painting up my first few.
I think part of it is not the Stormraven, but the Dreadnoughts (which are included in both those examples). They are definitely better than the codex versions. They can crush something in a high-impact deepstrike situation. However, past that they aren't that great compared to the stock dreads. I don't think they are worth 75 points.
It does beg the old question as to whether the standard Dreadnought is worth 50pts, I guess. :-)
Can we put the standard Dreads back to 4+ armour save and drop their cost to 25pts, and charge 50pts for these?
They only seem to be worth it in a Thawk assault. Maybe this is one of those "priced for optimal use" situations but that would be a shame since one hope for Stormravens is to help integrate Dreads into mainstream SM use.
Perhaps the Stormraven is still a little under-statted?
I was a little conservative in statting it up for Epic.
In 40k, it has better armour (All round) than a Dreadnought or a Predator, plus the standard Thunderhawk special rule of ignoring the special effects of Melta type weapons, so an upgrade Armour 3+ or 5+RA wouldn't seem to be unjustified.
The Missiles are a bit under-statted in Epic too, probably being deserving of AT3+, or even MW5+ (They are Armour Penetration "1" in 40k, which generally translates to MW status in Epic).
Additionally, because the Stormraven is only supposed to carry 4 missiles, instead of having a single missile shot per turn, they could be treated more like a Vulture Gunship, and have "4x AT3+ One Shot
" missiles, or "2x AT2+ one shot
" missile salvos (Each shot representing 2 missiles).
Maybe an armour upgrade and a missile upgrade would make it worthwhile for 75pts?