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What is, in your opinion, the best model in Warhammer 40k for the points you spend on them? Not necessarily a high point model, but one where you seem to get a lot for the points you spend. Not necessarily the model that does the most damage, but again it does a good job compared to other models in it's price range. I think the Ork Killa Kans is my vote. Tough to kill, above average close combat, the Grotzooka (to name a few in it's arsenal) and it all starts with 35 points. I don't play an Ork army, but when I see my opponent field these things, I cringe. You can get a Killa Kan for about the same price as a Beast of Nurgle and to me, it's not even close in value. The Beast of Nurgle blows. This is not meant to open a debate (although it may), but just a good way to voice your point of view.
I like Marbo. Cheap but effective. Pops up right where you need him most, toss a demo charge (on target more than 50% of the time) and wipe out a whole squad of MEQ. Easily makes back his points, even if you suicide him. If he survives, he's a beast in CC (though no power weapon, can't have your cake and eat it too).
Also, Landspeeders for marines. Multiple equipment load outs, fast. I use them as mobile fire bases. Most of the time, my opponent ignores them (much to his chagrin) and goes after my bigger targets, leaving the landspeeder to blow stuff up . Standard load out for me is the Multi melta and send them tank hunting.
This is a more expensive one but i'll say the chaos Daemon prince. Whether you're giving him wings and warptime (Monstrous Creature with 18" assault range rerolling misses and failed wounds) for 155 points or Lash of Submission for the same price he's something you can build an army around. Although I still don't think he's as point efficient as a killa kan. 4 killa kans would most likely wipe him out in cc.
It's difficult to say, because 'best' could mean many things. Killa kans, point for point, are indeed great, but nowhere as cost effective as a shoota boy. For only 6 points you get a troop choice that can fight and shoot about as well as a space marine, (albeit with a far worse armor save) for only 1/3 of the price.
Another honorable mention are the longfangs. They put out just as much 'hurt' as a full Space Marine devastator squad, for almost half the cost. Also from the Space Wolves, Grey Hunters are some of the most cost effective MEQ in the entire game.
The best, however, has to be the Doom of Malantai. Nothing else in all of 40k can change the course of a game for so little a cost. The fact that you can safely deep strike it right next to enemy infantry, and immediately begin killing and gaining wounds, can bring your opponent's plans to a screeching halt, all for 90 points + the cost of the spore pod. Sure, it can be instantly killed, but it has a 3+ ward save. If your opponent is going to destroy it, they'll have to direct a lot of shooting attacks away from the other Tyranid monstrous creatures.
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I agree with the shoota boyz as well, a daemon prince doesn't seem nearly as efficient now compared to the 26 shoota boyz you could get instead. And aint no way a daemon prince can take on 26 boyz alone.
IG Best Gen 1st overall of 10 DE 4th overall of 6
Eldar 3rd Overall/Best General of 26--2nd Overall/Best General of 7--1st Overall/Best General of 11
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Last edited by Alandriakh; August 6th, 2010 at 08:55.
I have to agree that, point for point, the Doom is one of the most profound models in the game. For 95 points, which can practically come as an afterthought in a Nid list, you can have something that someone else has to rebuild their entire army around. I mean, really look at it this way; it's one thing to make a player field one kind of special weapon over another when facing off against a different army. It's another thing when a person has to completely rearrange all of their tactics, switching out every footslogger they have for mechanized, plasma for melta, for fear that their opponent might pop 100-some points to create a twelve inch wide zone-of-denial for any and all infantry whereever the heck he chooses.
Even with the nerfing you still have to plan around it, and then your opponent could easily swap him out and take another monstrous creature just to spite you. But you can't relax and take infantry again because he could just as easily put the Doom back in. It's a single model that pretty much denies you an entire wing of tactics just by being in a codex. Even SM variant death-star units can't claim that profound an effect on gameplay.
I am going to give the Dark Eldar the benefit of the doubt here. Whereby many of you could argue otherwise, I am just putting this out into the open.
A single Haemonculus would probably be the most effective model for its points cost that I have ever seen, and played with. It is a potential for the cheapest HQ in the entire 40K universe, and can be given a Template weapon where the AP is determined by a D6, a virulent dart that makes Marines, Genestealers and even Carnifexes explode in a shower of gore and backbone, and a Poisoned Weapon that gives an extra attack. Give them a set of Trophy Racks, and no matter what combo of weapons you have, a Haemy is still under 50 points. Stick him in a squad of Grotseques, and he cannot be touched by ranged weapons with a Strength below six, as they have to get through the average of 6-7 Grots that are accompaning him. Put him and the squad in a Raider, and when it inevitably explodes, the Strength of the explosion is not enough to hurt them. In a typical battle, a Haemonculus will kill about quadruple his points, and so I believe a pretty economically sound choice for any Dark Eldar army.
Another mention has to go to the Long Fangs. Far superior to any Devastator squad, and is cheaper in every aspect. Plus, with the ability to split fire between two seperate units at once if the Leader does not shoot. Therefore, if you take a combo of Missile Launchers and Lascannons, you can target ANYTHING on the board. Do you see a Land Raider that has just unloaded a Terminator squad? No worries. Send two or three pie templates sailing onto the heads of the Termies, and two Lascannon shots straight into the fuselage of the Land Raider. Boom and poof.
Honorable mentions go to the Tyranid Hive Guard, Imperial Guard Medusas, Necron Monolith, and Commander Dante of the Blood Angels.
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