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I'm a new Dwarf player and I was just wondering, whether to have a Thane or Runesmith in 500-1000pts. I usually play the armies: Cult of Slannesh, Empire, High Elves and Lizardmen. I would personally get a Thane with runes on it but I am worried about Cult of Slannesh and High Elves (since they have nasty spells :eek: ). I would like to hear your advice.
Also, my friend said you cant buy a Thane but have to convert it. :huh: Is that true or what???
PS: I live in Australia which might make a difference.
Well, basically, Dwarves get 4DD base, which equals the dispelling power of two Hero-level Wizards. If the enemy took a lot of Wizards (Three level twos for example) you could spend the points to have a Runesmith with a crapload of Runes of Spellbreaking (A Rune of Spellbinding may also help, if you take two Smiths. In that case, you'd have 6DD, 4 scrolls and +1 to Dispel. I'd like to see something get through that without a Lord-level wizard, an Albion mage or the Amazon Priestess)
Use Light, Beasts, Metal instead of Heavens
NecroLords: Use at least one Death Mage
Brets: Use Peasants&Damsels
Skaven: Don't use Skryre SAD
Thanks, that will help, but I'm still not really sure what hero I should take in a 500pt-1000pt battle(which is very small. A really strong fighter would be great but I've seen battles where my friends have just completely steamrolled the opponent with paralys spells and other nasty ones where the opponent just can't do anything and slaughters them in CC coz they can't do anything about it. That's what I'm worried about but it is a small battle.
I'd focus on troops in a 1000-point battle. If your four dispel dice aren't enough then your opponent is probably spending too many points on magic and you should be able to exploit that on the battlefield.
Thanes can really bolster your offense and they cost less than runesmiths. A fully equipped runesmith can cost the same as a unit of crossbows or thunderers. I'd take the troops in a 1000-point battle and rely on your four dispel dice to protect you. If your opponent ever lets his mages get more than 5' from his units, you can pick them off with cannon-fire or missile-fire.
At 1000-points, my experience has been that having a good solid battle line is more important than anything else.
He means inches, not feet.Originally Posted by karantalsis
THanks sammay23, yeah really in 1000pt you should focus on troops, if the opponent has more than 4 pd, then you should have enoff troops to kill the wizards, mages etc. Anyway thanks!!
Simple, a thane. A runesmith is much more expensive than a thane and not worth having at such small scale, naked he costs 75pts. To make him worth his points he needs armour and anti-magic runes, pushing his cost up into the region of 100pts+. Too much for such a small game, four DD should do well against the most magic heavy armies - and remember if he's gone magic heavy he must have compensated somewhere else.
Thanes are perfect, combat made and cheap to make effective. (RoStone, GA, GW = 78pts). He's the better choice in games such as these pointage.