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A friend of mine plays Chaos daemons, both 40k and Fantasy...
He said he noticed something funny... You can apparently have musicians... For those of you who doesn't play Fantasy it's an instrument you got that gives you +1 combat resolution if the combat is a draw...
Is this true? Just wondering... Since well... I don't have a codex... And I'm pondering the idea of starting a khorne/Tzeentch army since well... They're cool.
Yep, they are options. Useless options, but options nonetheless.
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In 40k, the daemons cannot be broken in close combat, so yes, the instrument is nowhere as useful. They honestly only seem to have made it an option since the set comes with a musician. There's really no reason to take them though, as it's very unlikely that you and your opponent will inflict the exact number of wounds in close combat, at least in 40k. Even if you do, so many units are fearless, re-roll leadership checks, or have a 9+ leadership score, that the instrument isn't that useful, even if you do get to use it.
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I've found it very useful against IG, and Eldar and definately a bargain points wise. Making the other guy break near his table edge. Cya later IG weapons team
Its one of those things that you take if you have nothing else to spend the points on. It won't often be useful (Khorne will kill so much they don't need it, horrors will die anyways in combat, PBs never really die, and 'nettes have craploads of rending attacks) but it can come in handy if you roll badly. But yeah, overall its a waste of points so unless you've run out of other things you can take don't bother.
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The only unit is is slightly useful on is PBs as they don't really deal alot of wounds and don't take alot of wounds. So it just adds a possibility for a unit to take a leadership check.
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they are far from useless
I too believe the option of a musician is in the book because the instrument is in the kit, bit lame but it will have cleared up some debate on the matter: a "I have a instrument but i see no rules" kinda thread.
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I wounded an avater with this in a tournament. I noticed before the tourney that i had illegally given my nurgle prince an extra gun. i put rending on the bloodletters and instruments in my daemonettes. the avatar wiffed, we wiffed. I win combat by 1 and put a wound on the avatar after he fails a 3+.
Best day of my life.
but seriously, it sucks really bad and you should never take it unless you have 5 points and can't put the frag/photon grenade combo on a daemon prince.