It is going to take a long time to digest the codex changes. It is such a reduction in points and collection of neat new stuff, it will be months before the Dark Angels lists start to stabilize. Gone are the days of it being the Deathwing codex!
To start, power armor marines are dropped down in price to C:SM cost levels or lower.
The Dark Talon and Ravenwing have some obvious debuff combinations which can be brutal.
All of the special character are much, much better. Belial, while almost 50% more expensive has fleshbane, precision shot on a 5+, 4++, a teleport beacon and does not scatter when deepstriking.
A librarian clocks in at the cost of an old typhoon speeder. Did I mention characters can take night vision goggles for nominal points? I can see spamming two level one librarians with night vision goggles being a good answer to necrons and night fighting missions. Get two units of devastors with missile launchers (did I mention flakk upgrades) and maybe one lascannon and night fight is no longer an issue.
Deathwing has preferred enemy Chaos Space Marines. Welcome to room 42.
I expect to see a lot more multiwing, rather then just pure Deathwing and some Ravenwing.
Ultimately, the flyer is a fail. Nice model, but the rules and point costs are bad.
Nephilim – Advertised as a dogfighter, with the looks of an A10… armed with missiles and a main gun that will struggle to pop a rhino. You know its bad when the twin linked heavy bolter is a significant boost to your anti AV11 firepower… The biggest problem with this flyer is that megabolter is only strengh 6, and the missiles are also strengh 6. So much for dogfighting against AV12. The sheer number of shots will be decent against medium/light infantry… but any marine force will have plenty of bolter equivalent weapons for that job.
Oh, and the cost is 150% of a new predator.
Dark Talon- Some interesting possibilities with the bomb and cannon against deathstars… considering those deathstars were getting dealt with by TH/SS terminators in the first place, not very interesting.
The cost is high as well.
I do not care how cheap the cloaking device one is, or how good the plasma cannon. That model is so bad even its mother can not love it. I might convert a rhino chassis with the parts… but that is one ugly model.