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Just wanted to double check something....
In order to use a Vindicare Assassin in a Space Marine army, the army must contain at least...
A Space Marine HQ
2 Space Marine troop choices
A Daemonhunters Inquisitor Lord (using up the second HQ slot)
The Vindicare Assassin (using up an elite slot)
Is this correct?
Also, are the Vindicare Assassins worth running in an army?
They look good on paper, but ultimatly they are just one shot that will miss more than it will hit.
Chaos - 11W 0L 0D
Orks - 8W 0L 0D
Tyranids - 8W 0L 0D
Your assessment is correct. You need to fulfill the standard requirements using your own army's units (Space Marine HQ and two troops choices), and you need to have an inquisitor to take an assassin, but since you may only ally one elite slot you are forced to take an inquisitor lord.
When I first discovered the vindicare I was all in love with it. I bought a model back then, long ago when I started playing. And never used it, because he just isn't worth going through the trouble of his points and an inquisitor lord (plus retinue) and dies too easily. A 4+ invulnerable is good! But not if it's his only save... The other assassins are better, really.
Especially since Space Marines in fifth edition can take Sergeant Telion who can do the same basically. He's not that good, but he has a squad to back him up and he's a lot cheaper...
I notice you play Black Templars. As templars may never fight with psykers, to my understanding you can't take your deamon hunter inquisitor ally as he is a psyker. And so can't take the assassin with black templars.
And I think you still can't take the inquisitor even if you don't buy him any powers, because the unit is still classed as 'psyker'.
He's not really got any punch in close combat so keep him out of that too.
I believe russyhead is correct. Furthermore, the Vindicare isn't really that good. He's a hugely expensive model in points and will only get to fire 5-6 shots per game. That's if he starts in a good position and doesn't move during any of his turns.
You'd be better off with a Callidus, they're always useful. Culexus and Eversor are great too, but only in certain situations.
That is right, but you can't see him that way. Of course if you sum it up, it's only 5-6 shots where half of them will not hit/wound. But you are free to hit the target you like, and that is a HUGE boost in efficiency. Ya, I know ... Sergeant Telion does it too.
If you kill only one special character with him, you most certainly made your points back. But usually it's only worth against _really_ dangerous characters.
For competitive games and tournaments Assassins are too unreliable and too weak (in terms of survivability, their 4+ invulnerable save will not last long) for it's point costs. Most assassins are like russian roulette, often nothing happens ... but sometimes it goes bang.
But btw ... I think most characters (or better HQs) that don't give something special to the whole army are most of the time overpriced and not as usefull as a lot of people think.
It's the Templars fluff that they do not fight with psykers. And in the fluff not all inquisitors are psykers. So if you did not take powers on your inquisitor I wouldn't see a problem. Thats a little stiff to say no.
The vindicare is not as good nowadays as he used to be. This is because many armies are going mech in 5th and there are plenty of cover for infantry. I would say that the vindi's effectiveness is cut by half, meaning from 5-6 shots a game to only 2-3 shots. Definitely not worth it for his cost.
With regards to Black Templars, this is from their codex:So by RAW, they can ally an Inquisitor Lord as long as you don't give him a psychic power.Black Templar codex, under Abhor the Witch, p. 23
No models with psychic powers may be fielded as an ally....with the exception of Grey Knights Space Marines.
Grey Knights are no Inquisitors and vise versa.
jy2 never said so. Grey Knights Space Marines are an exception. And other than that Black Templars mustn't field models that have psychic powers. So an inquisitor lord without psychic powers is okay, even though he is classed a psyker.