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hi guys im new to empire and i was wondering what is the best way to kit out a level 2 battle wizard on a steed? what kind of magic gear, ect..
Assuming you don't plan on something wildly unorthodox (wizard assassin, for example), there are three real types of wizard you can use.
Tend to be pretty expensive as you'll want them at Level 2 and spending lots of points on items. When it comes to specifics, you'll want stuff that gives extra spells and casting-related abilities, such as the Ring of Volans, Wizard's Staff, Power Stone, Grey Wand etc. Combos could be something like two Stones and a Staff, or something.
Not so expensive. These guys are typically focussed on fizzling out the enemy's magic phase without doing a significant amount themselves. Items that they want are things that provide magic resistance (Sigil of Sigmar, perhaps) and shut down enemy magic directly, like the obvious Dispel Scrolls, or the less used Seal of Destruction and the sneaky Casket of Sorcery. Favourite combo is easily the scroll caddy - a simple wizard with two dispel scrolls. He adds dice to the dispel pool and can auto-dispel stuff as he sees fit (well, he can twice).
A simple mix of both the earlier types. As you might have guessed, they feature a mixed nature of items and their goal is versatility. For Hybrid wizards, the Rod of Power is extremely popular (and rightly so, as it bolsters both phases and grants great flexibility), though combos can feature an item from each of the earlier camps, like a Dispel Scroll and RoVolans on a Lvl2 wizard, for example.
When bringing a wizard into your list, think about how you want to use them, and buy items accordingly. Personally, I always prefer items that are directly related to magic (none of this Armour of Tarnus stuff*). If you want to take more than one, think about how you want them to work together. Do you want to really shut down your enemy's magic phase? Take two Defensive wizards. Do you want to be balanced? Take either one Offensive and one Defensive to increase the edge on both phases individually, or two Hybrids in case one dies. Etc.
Hope this helps.
*If a wizard is on his own, he deserves to die anyway, and if he's in combat, said armour is unlikely to help a huge amount.
well im doing a full empire calvary army, what do you think the best wizard is to take in this sort of army?
generally speaking, your Empire Army listing is not going to rely on it's wizards to win a lot of battles, so in truth, a defensive set would be more advantageous. Your going to be using your cannons, knights, etc, etc to win, not your wizards.
Now, if you KNOW in advance you are going up against, Brettonia (whose magic is about on par with your own), or vs an opponent that is known to have certain army lists that you might need to have (ie, vs any undead or demon army you want the Lore of Light), then you might want to put a greater reliance on your battle wizards and go for the hybrid or offensive route.
agreed. pesonally my favorite wizard is defensive, lvl 1 with rod of power. he ads a total of 3 dispel dice a turn (assuming you pass). which imo is better than a dispel scroll.
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A nice kit for a hybrid wizard is Wizard staff+Sigil of sigmar+Icon of magnus..
He gives 1MR+immune to fear at his unit and the ability to cast some more powerfull spells