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Just wanted to get your guys thoughts on including 2 high-cost special characters in a 2000 point army list. I have made a list that is very elite but due to the high cost of the special characters lacks overall numbers. Now, with the new army book, Abaddon and Ahriman are both very good IMO, so could you justify using these 2 characters simultaneously in a 2000 point list?
I could never justify putting 1/4 of my army into 2 models, no matter how awesome they are. Just my two cents, but think about what happens when all 20 models you have on the table get swamped by 3 gaunt broods... that's 60 wounds to give out versus your 30 or so.
I'd say post a list and have people critique it in the lists section.
They are both basic infantry and Independant Characters. Either you can use their status to your advantage, or team them up with another Unit to increase their potency in that way. Abaddon is certainly a beast against mobs in melee and against vehicles. Ahriman is affective at different ranges, and can scare many special characters at melee range as well.
If used properly, they'll last you the whole mission and get their points back with ease. At the same time, you are forcing your opponent to change their tactics based on the presence of these two monsters, so you can force certain things to happen; targetting priority, assault positions, etc.
My suggestions though is that while they are both very powerful, they are still rather vulnerable when not protected by certain means; distance, escorts, cover, etc. If you are going to play with them offensively (which you probably should), give them some meat shields and go crazy nuts.
You can't reason someone out of a position they didn't reason themselves into.
Also keep in mind that they will have almost no use for you as far as scoring goes - you'll have to use them as efficiently as possible, keeping in mind that sometimes it may be better to lose them than to lose a scoring squad.
"If you can wait til I get home, then I swear we can make this last."
It's funny because it reminds me of a game I played with a friend of mine one time. We decided to do a quick, 750pt game and I thought to myself, "I'm going to do something completely unexpected." So I proceeded to make a list consisting of The Nightbringer, 2 10-man necron warrior squads, and some scarabs. Suffice to say his Eldar had not properly prepared themselves to take on the Nightbringer in such a low-point game and it resulted in a victory for my Crons.
Just wanted to share that with everyone and to say that sometimes it pays to look outside of the "cookie-cutter" models that a lot of armies follow and play around with some different ideas.