Amazon Product Name (APN): Warhammer Age of Sigmar: Easy to Build Stormcast Eternals Celestar Ballista
Manufacturer: Games Workshop
Review by: Dad
Our Rating: 5 of 5 stars
The Celestar Ballista adds a versatile artillery piece to armies of Stormcast Eternals. The Celestar Ballista was released in the Warhammer Age of Sigmar: Soul Wars box and in a separate easy to build kit.
The separate kit has its own unique sculpts for the Sacristan Engineers that crew the machine, and a different front armored plate of the ballista. This makes for some decent variety when picking up multiples of the Celestar Ballista for your shooty lists.
The Celestar Ballista models have two modes of fire with the Versatile Weapon ability. You decide which to use before firing in the shooting phase. Single shot has a range of a whopping thirty-six inches, with one attack hitting and wounding on a three plus, with minus two rending and one damage. This miniature model is perfect for sniping some wounds on an enemy hero unit out of reach of your battle line units.
The rapid fire mode is where I feel the Celestar Ballista really shines. Getting four attacks and hitting on a five plus, instead of the three plus Single Shot gets you. No matter which firing mode you choose, any time an attack hits, it explodes into d6 hits on the target because of the units ability, Chained Lightning.
In single shot mode you have a small chance to do six hits, and in Rapid Fire mode that increases to a potential twenty four wounds being dealt!
Obviously, the stars and dice rolls have to align perfectly for that to happen, especially with the harder to hit rolls, but you can still hope to average a few wounds every time you pull the trigger in rapid fire mode if the dice are with you. (If you feel like the dice you’re rolling are “unlucky”, check out the bag of 40 dice from Wiz Dice below. Papa likes to have a few sets on hand just in case.)
The Sacristan Engineers crewing the Celestar Ballista have to stay within one inch of it when moving, and defend it in close combat with their Sigmarite Blades. If you have the Celestar Ballista in a piece of terrain cover, it gets plus two to its save of a four plus because of their Bastions of Death ability.
Celestar Ballistas are a must buy for any Stormcast Eternals or Order faction player in games of Warhammer Age of Sigmar. Costing only one hundred points when building a list, it’s easy to fit one or two into your miniature game army, and they are definitely worth the points cost. The Celestar Ballista pairs up well with the Lord-Ordinator as he adds one to all hit rolls made by any Order War Machines like the Celestar Ballista within nine inches of him.
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