I find it perfectly reasonable, that Privateer Press released a super solo of a magnitude that makes every other super solo caster resemble that slightly retarded kid from kindergarten. When you think about it, it’s really a bit underpowered that he needs help achieving a
24″ threat range, and 18″ unaided seems 22″ threat range, and 16″ unaided seems a bit on the low side. You also have to consider the fact, that he can only hit everything with reach and sight about six or seven times after he arrives.
I also find it a bit annoying that you have to move around between the different spells and abilities in order to destroy the entire enemy army with Butcher3. It’s a mess with all that Vengeance, charging, and Energizing when you have to stop and cast Flashing Blade between each of them. Privateer Press really should have made it easier to annihilate everything without all the bother.
It also seems a bit weak that he only has 4 WJ points, considering that he only brings two other models worth about 2 points each in his Warcaster Unit. This is especially evident as a problem when you consider his spell list, because Silence of Death is really not that good in a faction with as much infantry as Khador, and Impending Doom really isn’t the most broken spell ever.
I also think it’s a bit sad that you have to bother with all the different sequences of pulling in models when you combine Impending Doom with Red Haze to win the game. Seriously, the ability to automatically break the entire enemy army should be less fiddly, and expecting players to move models in a simple order is way to hard.
The inconsequential little doggies he brings along are pretty pathetic when you think about it. You can just kill them, and activating Vengeance on Butcher3 is a small price to pay. You can also simply ignore them, because a couple of POW 17 charge attacks won’t mean much in a game, and all their running and Terror causing is pretty lame as well.
All in all this is a fairly average release, that I can’t see changing much in the way we play this game. The release most certainly won’t affect the use of super solo casters, and generally won’t really matter in the greater scheme of things. I could be wrong about this, but I don’t think we’ll see this guy in any serious tournaments.