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So just picked up some ironbreakers and am playing around with what to do, am wondering is it a bad idea to throw 500->600 points into a single unit (including lord) or is that a viable idea?
here's my idea
20 iron breakers, FC, Runic standard (Battle, Stoicism) 340
Lord GW, Shieldbearer, MRoAd, RoResist, RoS, 3xRoW 296
total of 636 points in a single unit.
either that or go with
20 ironbreakers FC Runic Standard 3xRoW 335
Lord GW, Shieldbearer, MroAd, Roresist, Ros, MRoS, RoF 301
total of 636 again.
the first would be if i leave my current list with char's and such alone and just throw a Lord in with this Ironbreaker unit to bring it up to 2000.
2nd would require reworking some existing hero's (thane has MroS already)
many will ask. What's with the 3x Magic resist runes. Reasoning behind that is the majority (60%) of my oponents are Magic Missile heavy units. and i figure they will be trying to blast this unit with alot of magic. as i have no Rune smiths in my list i have the basic 4 dice, every character has at least x1 Magic resist on him, so i have 4 units with Magic resist on them helping my Magic defense.
other reason is basicly to make the entire unit a point sink that just will not die. this unit has models with a 3+(2+ in CC) AS, 3x Magic resist and a brick wall of a lord. this focuses alot of points into a defence pool as 600 points in 2000 is a big chunk.
just wondering if this is a feasable/sound strategy or if i'm out to lunch
The important thing to consider is not the points cost, but the points cost compared to its potential return.
Does that huge, expensive unit mean that other units are under-equipped?
Does that huge, expensive unit limit your in-game tactical choices?
Can you guarantee that the huge, expensive unit will get in combat and start making its points back?
With a Brettonian Lord, I wouldn't think twice about a unit that expensive. Being on horseback, the Lord is definitely going to get stuck-in by turn two.
On the other hand, a Dwarf is going to be marching for a while, so perhaps some of your 600 points would be better served ensuring that more Dwarfs eventually arrive at the battle line.
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the problem with that unit is that ironbreakers are prone to getting flank charged and run down. might as well throw a thane with oathstone in there(BS while you're at it lol. That would be around 750 points that the enemy doesnt want to hit, but being so slow he'll probably send a unit of gnoblars at it or something, and not worry about it too much
MR of challenge is a must if you plan on doing a point sink
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Only time I would put that many points in 1 unit is if im castling and his melee had to go through that unit to get to my artillery
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that's ussualy the way i play my dwarfs, i have 3 warmachines and am usualy facing demons (stupid 5"/10" moves) and other armys that have alot of calv. will think about throwing challenge on the unit.
Oathstones can't be used in point sink units: you can have the oathbearer only in that unit, no other characters. So your Lord/spellcaddy has to go elsewhere.
your movement is six inches. You will not get that unit into combat often enough for it to be worth it.