I'm hoping to get an answer, as official or FAQ-worthy (?) as possible. I'm running the local qualifier for the independent Feast of Blades tournament this coming Saturday, August 4th, and a pressing question has come up that is splitting our local gaming club into two camps. It involves Space Wolf Wolf Lords mounted on Thunderwolves.
The Thunderwolf mount wargear entry (Codex: SW, p.62) states it provides the character (in this case, a Wolf Lord) with: +1 Strength, +1 Toughness and +1 Attack. This would make the Wolf Lord S5, T5 and A5.
By giving the Wolf Lord on a Thunderwolf a power fist, it is being argued his Strength doubles to 10 since the modifier affects his "base characteristic." Support for this is drawn from the v.1 6th Ed. Space Wolves FAQ, with a precedent set by the bonus Toughness granted from Bikes:
"Question: Is the +1 Strength from a Thunderwolf Mount a modification to the base characteristic (p62)?
But according to p.2 of the W40k rulebook, under Modifiers/Multiple Modifiers, if a model has a combination of rules or wargear that modify characteristics, we first apply multipliers THEN apply additions/subtractions. So in this case the Wolf Lord would be S9 (Base Strength 4, x2 for power fist, +1 for Thunderwolf mount = 9). This issue would also apply to units like Blood Angel Death Company, as their 'Furious Charge' grants them +1 Strength and they can equip power fists.
What is the Strength value of a Space Wolf character weilding a power fist/thunder hammer, riding a Thunderwolf mount. Is it Strength 4 +1 x2 = 10; or is it Strength 4 x2 +1 = 9?
Thank you for your time and assistance in this matter!
- Jason McAuliffe, GW Tournament Organizer @ The Gamer's Haven, Colorado Springs, CO