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I'm starting collecting Beasts soon, and i'm thinking of getting up to about 1000 points before the new book comes out which will be something like
4 or 5 beastherds (3 big, 2 little)
I don't want to spend any money on monsters as they're either really expensive or in the new Warriors book.
Could you give me any advice on strengths and any conversions for chariots, centigors, minators etc. which you might have.
THanks in advance!
What do you mean advise on 'strengths'? As in strengths of the army?
Also, here are the conversions:
1) Centorgors - If you're using you're Herds properly, you should have heaps of left over Gors (Herds should have a max of 7-8 gors, not the other way around). Now, go buy the plastic Glade Rider boxed set. Chop the Gor at the wait, and glue it where the horse's Head would normaly go. The Gors come with their shields, too, and lastly, glue a Glade Rider spear into the Gor's back, like it's strapped on. Done.
2) Minotaurs. It's a hard one, but if you beleive in the power of chaos, you can make this work! Though I want to buy the models later on, because I don't mind them, I use Ogre Bulls or Iron Guts with Gor heads. Yes, the heads are a bit small...but think of them as oversized Gors. If you can find a better head though, awesome, I just used what I had.
3) Chariots - No idea why you'd need to convert them, them model aint too bad. Keep in mind a couple of things though. First, they are VERY likely to become a Special Choice int he next book, so don't go overboard with them treat them as Special. Second, the Rider make a very cool model for a BSB or something, replace him with a Bestigor. You can do the Same thing with the Gorthor model, as I have done. replace him with a Bestigor, convert his Spear into a great Weapon, and he's on cool looking Beastlord.
4) Warhounds - If you're going for a Nurgle theme, Dire Wolves are cool for this. Otherwise, a new Plastic set is out soon.
5) Giants. The great thing about Chaos Giants is they can be rpetty much any spare model you have that's nice and big. I have a couple of spare Dragon's I use as Giants - easy.
6) Spawn. Here is you're chance to raid you're bits box! Just start glueing things onto a Torso of some sort and think ou'll make a fine spawn
Would the minotors work with the new warhounds heads (maybe direwolves for a nurgle theme)?
When I say strengths I mean of the army I posted. Are there any huge weaknesses etc.
oooo, Wahound or Wolf heads sound very cool indeed, good thinking
I don't think you're army has any different strengths or weakness' than most toher beast lists. Weakness tends to be: Leadership, Monsters and single models (chariots), lack of armour or stremgth in attacks, barring Characters and Bestigors.
Strengths tnd to be: Ambushing, speed and manouverablity, mages with armour, skirmishers with ranks, low cost models, lots of attacks, Marks of Chaos.
So what to do about the weaknesses? Well, I include Giants in my force. They have the ability to annoy enemy Cav (esp if they're only S3, like Dragon princes) and can tie up enemy Monsters if you can get off 'eadbut or Yell and Bawl. Plus they have ton's of stubburn LD10 wounds, so they should help.
I'm also a big fan of Ambushing. It always helps to be behind the enemy Again, I have a list that uses a lot of ambushing. It splits the army up into 2 - so if a Dragon races up to try and take out the main force, I have another force the table length away, hopefuly killing the rest of army.
A good way to help with the poor LD is with the Mark of Nurgle. Characters with this mark pass on immunity to Fear to the Herd they join. The character I Ambush with has this mark, so I can ambush Fear Causing armies without a problem (well, for that Herd anyway )
And then, I think Magic should be heavy, once you get to high points anyway. Currently, Beasts fighty characters will pretty much only kill rand and file, they can't take on enemy characters very well, bar some very specific setups. Magic can take it's place - Lore of Beasts can pump of you Characters as well as hold off enemy Monsters. Death and Shaddow aren't bad either.
Well, there's my thoughts
To be honest, aside from the Herds and maybe Characters, id personally wait for the new book. Considering how expensive metal models are (Although the Glade Rider Centigor are a nice idea)