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I've been reading around the forums and sooo many people are always suggesting against him. He's a rediculous character, i mean, he instant kills on 4+. i think he's magnificent for his point cost,
slap a jugger under him and throw him in with a few Bloodcrushers, slog him into combat and watch your oppopnents waste away.
I would really like to hear arguments from any of you anti-takers out there. i'm really curious as to why anyone with a Khorne army wouldnt take him.
plus the model is AMAZING!
What would you rather have, the skulltaker on jugger or a unit of 10-11 bloodletters for the same points?
I would rather have the extra troop choice as it will do more in combat and more importantly they are more survivable to enemy fire on the turn you arrive. They also claim objectives. When only half of your army arrives on turn 1 and you need to deepstrike close to the enemy it is important to keep your model count up.
Shulltaker's instant killing is nice from time to time but I think 5-6 of his attacks are outweighed by 20-30 bloodletter attacks.
The other option is to trade his points for 4-5 bloodcrushers who also have more staying power and combat impact.
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Skulltaker inflicts instant death, and how many things are immune to it? Tyranids within Synapse, Daemons, any joe Space Marine with an adamantine mantle. Meh, it isn't as useful as it's played out to be. Also, rending will be going on the wound roll, so it isn't guaranteed.
I'd honestly just get a regular Herald for cheaper, all he misses out on is the uber-rend and is still crazy powerful in HtH.
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I think the issue there is definitely that there's a lack of value added. His big ability is the instant death rending. This would have been awesome in 4th, and it's still good in 5th, just not as much. He doesn't give you anything special besides that, which isn't that good to begin with.
I'd say that he'd be great against Necrons and Eldar (including Dark). Being able to insta-kill a skimmer necron lord, wraith lord, talos, etc. is pretty useful. He's also a good carnifex killer if you can get them out of synapse. Other than that, he just isn't good for a whole lot else.
ok, i guess i lose, those are some good points. i still think he'd be useful in some battles.
i think maybe i'll put him on a jugger and use him as a herald, i dont like a regular bl being my herald.
I would model him on the same 60mm round base as the jugger but put him dismounted next to it with some reins modeled between them.
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I personally have had no problem with Skulltaker as he is yet to die. Furthermore, in my local store yesterday he was charged by two Wraithlords and he killed them both without the Wraithlords even getting a chance to attack. Still in hardcore tournaments it would probably be best to leave him own, but for the more casual gamer he is definitely worth taking, even if just for the gorgeous model.
I've been using him lately and I personally like the results. I just spend the base points on him and throw him in a squad of Bloodletters though. I only do this in 2000 point or higher games however since that is when I'll be more likely to exploit his abilities more often. In smaller games I just use the model for a regular HoK since I'm not the type of person who changes an army list to match my opponent even when just playing for fun. (a running joke at the store I play at is the store owner using "Oblita-naughts" instead of Dreadnaughts since he switches weapons on them like an Obliterator based on who he is playing )