Fabius Bile: What Do You Think?

Wednesday night, after we were all done our 40K gaming, a few of us were talking and Fabius Bile came up in the conversation as an HQ choice for Chaos Space Marines. It wasn’t a super serious conversation but it did get me thinking again about the possibilities of including him in my lists.

Here’s how I see Fabius Bile. I think he’s too expensive to start with at 165pt. It’s a bit of a problem with Chaos Space Marines’ support HQ choices I find, they’re overpriced. If you’re unfamiliar with Fabius he’s a bit of a mixed bag of stats somewhere between a typical support HQ and a Lord. He comes with power armor and no invulnerable. He does have feel no pain but is only T4. He comes with the Rod of Torment, user strength melee weapon that’s instant death and he’s S5. He also has the Xyclos Needler that’s an 18″ assault 3, poisoned 2+ shooting weapon.

Fabius Bile
Fabius is saddened he got stuck with the receding hairline gene-seed. Maybe that’s why he’s an outcast psychopath.

As you can see, he’s not exactly built for shooting or for melee. The instant death weapon is neat but I wouldn’t bank on it. His value is in what he can do otherwise. His Enhanced Warriors rule lets Fabius choose a Chaos Space Marines unit (as in the base CSM squad), and grant them fearless and +1S for the entire game. That’s not terrible. The other thing is that Fabius is fearless, so you can enhance one CSM squad to get fearless and then put Fabius in another so they become fearless by his presence.

I have used him in the past a few times and I didn’t hate him. I used him to the effect noted above, getting two fearless CSM squads with a single HQ choice. I see the +1S on a CSM squad as a bonus, though you could build around that. You could take a squad, give them Mark of Nurgle for +1T and then enhance them with Fabius for some T5, S5 Marines that are fearless. MoN (Mark of Nurgle), is 3pts a model. The other consideration is giving the CSM a CCW (close combat weapon), for an extra attack at 2pts a model. If you’re jacking up your Marines then taking that extra CCW becomes a consideration I feel. Then of course there’s the cost of Fabius himself.

I see the potential with Fabius but I’m just not sure it’s worth the cost. You could just play it cheap, as I’ve done in the past, and just enhance your basic CSM squad and call it a day. However, is his 165pt price tag worth going that route? On the other hand, is it worth jacking up one CSM squad to better utilize what Fabius has to offer?

Fabius Bile is a character I think is neat but I’m just not sure he’s more than neat. What do you think? Do you have any experiences using him?

  • I think with the special characters, it’s always good to just try them out now and again. They really effect your play style (in a good or a bad way). He’s got a pretty cool model, that’s for sure!

    Does nurgle make you slow and purposeful? If so, might not be the best combo for a CC force!

    • Nope, doesn’t make them SNP.

      The model is cool barring the balding head; it just bugs me.

  • TheRhino

    I can’t see h is utility, really. For the points you spend, you’d expect him top provide a universal buff or something, not a small boost to a single unit.
    The only time I could see him being immensely useful is if you took a HUGE squad of CSM. Something like a squad of 20, all Fearless and +1S isn’t too bad. Add a Mark and some gear, and you’d have a unit that’s nearly immovable. It would take some serious work to eliminate every single one of them.

    • I’m thinking the same thing. For the cost of Fabius, enhancing a 10-man squad just isn’t worth it. He’s just too damn expensive for what he has to offer.

  • If I were tooling up the CSM squad for assault I would swap the bolters for CCW instead of paying the extra points. You want to be charging so you can’t fire the bolters anyway. Like TheRhino said, a larger squad would be better to maximize on the benefit. 20 T5 marines should be able to reach combat or at least draw a ton of fire off of your other units. Mark of Slaanesh and Icon of Excess could be fun too, with FnP granting the durability to reach combat, and all of them striking at I5 should reduce the number of attacks coming back at them.

    Then you could stick him in a biggish squad with bolters to play anvil to the assault hammer squad. All said you’d be around 890 for that with 40 fearless marines plus Fabius. Plenty of points left over to fill in some fast and support units.

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