I've been continuing thinking about these four runes, and made up some relatively simple rule for them;
first of all, their names are, as mentioned, the
- Master Rune of the Thunderbolt
- Master Rune of the Dragonbreath
- Master Rune of the Frostbite
- Master Rune of the Earthquake.
Next, these are the only Master Runes able to be combined with another Master Rune, which is then the Master Rune of Flight.
Their basic rules are:
One Use Only
MRotT - Forfeit all attacks for Chain Lightning attack, S5, either KB or no AS (not sure), bounces 6"and weakens for each bounce.
MRotD - Forfeit all attacks for Breath Weapon attack, S4, Flaming.
MRotF - Forfeit all attacks for 2D6 S2 automatic hits, Armour Piercing, the attacked unit has Initiative 1 for D3 rounds.
MRotE - Forfeit all attacks for small blast template anywhere in base contact, all models under are hit, takes one S3 hit and the attacked unit have -1 to hit until the beginning of your next turn.
Then, the basic rules when combined with MRoF:
One Use Only
MRotT - Shooting attack, Range 12", hits and bounces just as with the regular attack.
MRotD - Shooting attack following the Fire Thrower rules, except that you may not miscast (just re-roll the artillery dice) and that you may move and shoot.
MRotF - Shooting attack, Range 12", 2D6 S2 automatic hits, Armour Piercing, the attacked unit has Initiative 1 for D3 rounds.
MRotE - Shooting Attack, draw a straight line of 12 + 2D6" long and 1" wide, each model under the line takes one S3 hit and are -1 to hit (both chooting and close combat) until the beginning of your next turn.
That then is what I have in mind for them for now, I know the thunderbolt has gained more complicated rules several times, but I prefer having everything together in basic form before making them more advanced.
Some things that I am not sure about is f.ex. the points - if they will all be One Use Only (which does feel quite fitting, particularly since breath weapons are ouo anyway), I suppose that your idea with the lower point cost if combined with MRoF is not that of a bad idea after all? Also, a master rune which is ouo shouldn't be that expensive, IMHO...
Maybe something like this?
MRotT - 50, 25 with Flight
MRotD - 30, 15 with Flight
MRotF - 45, 20 with Flight
MRotE - 40, 20 with Flight
Also, not sure if you should have to roll to hit with the Thunderbolt, if it is ouo, especially when the other three are (at least now) automatic hits, as well as the MRoFlight.
And one more thing - should combining a rune with Flight remove the melee attack and replace it with the shooting attack, just add the shooting attack, or add the shooting attack but remove both when one has been used?
Edited by Saintspirit, 02 April 2013 - 10:49 AM.