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Just starting out with witch hunters and I know nothing about them!
So what should I purchase first? What are the most important units to obatin first? I'll be using it in small tournaments a lot, if that makes a difference. Any help on making a successful army would be much appreciated! Thank you
And if this is an awful post, I apologize. I haven't slept yet.
Assuming you want to play majority / pure sisters, your starting list will probably look something along the lines of :
Canoness with 5 strong retinue, 2 meltas, immolator
10 Battle sisters, heavy flamer and melta, VVS, rhino
10 Battle sisters, heavy flamer and melta, VVS, rhino
Of course this is open to a lot of personal preference and tweaking, but those are all core units that you'll continue to be using at all points levels.
17 sisters, 2 VVSs, 6 meltas, 2 heavy flamers, 3 immolator kits, and a canoness.
£239.90 from GW. Welcome to the inquisition, and good luck on ebay.
In terms of the army itself, sisters are strong with short ranged shooting and have a fairly decent tar-pitting ability. You need to keep your force together in support of each other, play aggressively and look to engage and destroy one target at a time.
You basically want to spend the whole game within an inch of your enemy, but not in close combat. Don't worry too much about tweaking list for horde/mech - swap a troops choice melta for a flamer or add a combi-flamer to a VVS if you feel the need more anti-horde. With faith the sisters are entirely happy killing marines with flamers and monsterous creatures with boltguns.
As a general rule stick with the basics - don't waste points on grenades, don't buy power weapons (only eviscerators and blessed weapons are worth your time), just look to get models on the table.
Take a VVS for everything except the celestians, spread a few books of st. lucius around for an improved 'stubborn' effect, and sprinkle a few of the other codex options into your armies to try them out - seraphim, jump canoness, the callidus assassin, etc - nice to have a little variety.
It is a bad time to collect Sisters as they are so expensive. You should read the Codex: Witch Hunters before you buy anything if you don't know anything about the army.
Sisters have 3 solid units: Cannoness, Sister Squads and the Exorcist Tank. A standard SoB list has at least 4x 10 Sister Squads in rhinos with 2x melta or 1 melta, 1 heavy flamer, and a VSS with Book of St. Lucius on each. Cannoness can be jump infantry with Seraphim (Sisters with jump packs) or in rhino with Celestian retinue (Sisters with better initiative and WS.) The force relies on 'faith', giving a unit temporary special abilities pending a test.
Another route is the Inquisition force. A competitive list is usually an Inquisitor Lord, Inquisitorial Storm Troopers in Chimeras and Exorcists. Inq. Lord has the benefit of the Psychic Hood, but isn't a serious powerhouse character by any measure. Most Inquisition choices are garbage, or at least extremely narrow in their usage (Penitent Engine, Arco-flaggelants, Sisters Repentia, death cult assassins...)
The key to both of these setups is to keep the per unit cost down and get more troop choices on the table. Both Sister squads and ISTs in Chimeras are the most point efficient and capable on the board but the big strategy with Sisters is to always combine fire. Games are won and lost on deployment alone.
Unlike most people on this forum and others, I tend to play defensive as opposed to aggressive (except for Tau and IG.) You don't want to get cornered, but I generally get my vehicle wall ready and set up the gunline as my opponents play far more aggressive against me and I use it to my advantage.
Callidus Assassin is limited useful, but fun.
Read the Codex!
5th Sisters of Battle: 10-5-12 (W-L-T)
Well firstly, welcome to LO!
Unfortunately, WH aren't the greatest of forces to start collecting at this point in time. From April, aside from Necrons we will be the oldest codex released (in april 2003 or something). GW hasn't sold our models in store for years, and now the websites are running out of stock. Depending on where you are, you might not be able to buy troops (packs are mostly gone, but sometimes a few blisters are still available). You can go scouting around on Ebay as A.T. said, but demand/supply has caused prices to rise since even blisters are beginning to disappear.
If I were you, I would either wait until they are re-released, how long that will be no one can be sure at the moment so don't hold your breath. Alternatively, you COULD buy an army online, it'll be pretty expensive compared to other armies around, but if you're passionate, I'd go with that.
The others have got you covered as far as units go. Take sister squads in rhinos and exorcists, learn a few of our tricks and you'll be ok.
Best of luck to you mate!
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I love my girls, and I think that most people who play them will say the same thing, but just consider your timing.
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