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Sincerely apologise if this is obvious, or has been asked before, but i was just wondering something.
It says in the front of every army book, that to get a lord, you need 2000 points minimum.
I was wondering whether the lord can actually count up to those 2000 points? So for instance, can a force of 1600 points take a 400 point lord, even though without the lord they are less than 2000 points? Or does the force need to be 2000 points excluding the Lord, for them to be able to get a lord?
Same kinda thing applies to core unit minimum size etc.
So what i'm basically asking is, in an exactly 2000 point army, can you include a lord?
Current Army: Dwarfs
Well to answer your question, when you organize a game with a friend or some one else you will set a points limit for the game. If you agree to a 2000 point game then yes, you may take a lord, but if you agree to a 1750 point game then no, you may not take a lord.
The only thing that matters is the total point limit for the game, you can have a character worth 1500 points and only 500 points in troops, it's still a 2000 point game.
As BustaCaps, has said; you agree a point size then you see what you can take for that size. So to include a lord you would have to agree to be playing two thousand points or above, otherwise a lord is not allowed.
Also bear in mind that you're restrictions and allowances are based off of the agreed points level of the game, not your actual force.
So if you and your opponent agree to play a 2000 pt game, you must take at least three core units, and adhere to your limit of Special, Rare and character choices, even if you total up your army and come to only, say, 1980 pts. Technically, you're not a 2000 pt army, and shouldn't be allowed a lord, but because the game is a 2000 pt game, you're good to go taking one.