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How many of you take Van Horstmann's Speculm on a empire character and what other items do you take with him.
I use it on a simple Lv1 wizard with the bear's anger and watch him go to town on my friend's chaos lord!
Alternatively you could use it on a warrior priest. This seems a common use for it.
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Typically, I go Warrior Priest, VHS, GW, sometimes something else.
Against WoC characters, for example, he hits at S7 with decent attacks and WS, and has Hatred to boot. Don't get me started on how it goes against Vampire Lords in units without a champion.
Failing that, I have used a Wizard-assassin in the past (RoVolans on someone else, Lvl1 or 2 Shadow Wizard, VHS) and sent him flying into an enemy unit. If you're clever with positioning and get some decent rolls, you can take down some powerful characters.
One thing I've been meaning to try is on an Engineer with a mechanical horse. Impact hits, then a killer in a challenge.
However, a huge flaw with the item is when a weaker character or unit champion accepts the challenge. This is where a WP having it comes in handy, as you can choose not to use it and still have some moderate-decent stats.
I put it on my warrior priest or archlector. My usual build on my archlector would be mounted on a barded warhorse, VHS, holy relic, heavy armor, enchanted shield or sword of might.
and oh... the Engineer can't use the speculum coz engineer's can't use magic items. They don't believe in magic
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My friend runs a pair of Wizards, one with Van Horstmann's Speculum and the Bear's Anger, and the other with Steed of Shadows. He just flies the one with VHS into Grimgor Ironhide or characters like him. He also runs the Arch-lector on the War Alter with VHS and Sword of Might.
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archlector with VHS and the shield of the gorgon is a pretty standard setup.
I think you could argue to use it on a lvl4 wizard as well. I don't think it's really worth it on the smaller guys because if they take VHS, it makes them near worthless (they don't have points to take anything else) and they are hardly worth the protection (empire wizard is one of the cheapest casting characters in the game by many points)
i put mine on Arch Lector and armour of metoric iron, talisman of protection and sword of righteous steel