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I've come up with a list that has worked very well in the practice games I've played so far. I think it's a fairly balanced but effective list, and adopts a somewhat unconventional approach (going by the conversations I've had with people in my local GW store anyway - I don't know what counts as 'conventional', so I can't really comment).
Ok, so 2000 points is as follows:
Supreme Sorceress, Level 4, Dark Steed,
2 Dispel Scrolls, Tome of Furion, Lifetaker
Master, BSB, Heavy Armour, Sea Dragon Cloak
Pendant of Khaeleth, Soulrender
Master, Great Weapon, Armour of Darkness,
21 Warriors, Full Command, Warbanner
5 Dark Riders, Musician, RXBs
5 Dark Riders, Musician, RXBs
13 Black Guard, Full Command, Standard of Hag Graef (with Battle Standard)
13 Black Guard, Full Command, Banner of Murder (with Master)
2 Reaper Bolt Throwers
In 2,250 the following are added:
Assassin, Additional Hand Weapon,
Rune of Khaine, Manbane (goes in Warriors)
10 Crossbowmen, Musician.
6 PD + "Power of The Darkness"
Basic tactic is for the Black Guard to hit stuff and not die/run until the Hydra and Spearmen can hit the flanks.
Dark Riders, Harpies and Bolt Throwers are there to deal with enemy shooting and war machines (and the RBTs can deal with monsters).
The major weaknesses that I can see are vulnerability to heavy magic damage and heavy shooting - so the fast cav and shooting that I've got will have to get rid of casters and enemy shooting ASAP.
So far I've tested this army against Dwarfs, VCs twice, and Daemons - winning 3 games out of 4 and managing a Draw against the Daemons. However, I'd suggest that none of the four amies I've so far played against are "tournament" lists, so I don't know how my list would fare against, for example, a Tzeentch Power Dice spam army or a Dwarf gun line. I'd be interested to hear people's thoughts on this.
Also, a few magic item questions:
I'm debating whether to use Pendant of Khaeleth and Soulrender or Ring of Darkness and a Great Weapon on the Battle Standard.
I'm also wondering whether to use Lifetaker on the Sorceress or Crimson Death on one of the Black Guard unit champions.
Finally, should I try to squeeze in a Null Talisman or two?
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I'd prefer to put the Supreme Sorc with the spearmen with a Sacrificial Dagger, Lifetaker isn't all that hot and with the Dagger she can dominate the magic phase by herself. Just swap out the War Banner for more bodies and you can stick her with the Dagger and Pearl to keep them from running when she gets carried away.
Also, the Ring of Hotek would be handy in one of your units of BG, added protection against the magic spam lists you'll definitely run across.
But otherwise it looks like a solid set up. It's not what I tend to run but I can see it performing well.
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