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I recently talked to a Veteran Blood Angels player (going way back), about death
company. He said he never used Chaplains for his army. The style he uses death
company for is a deversion rather than a kill all comers unit. The point he made
is... Chaplains are too expensive, High Sanguniary priest do everything but fearless
and are cheaper, and death company can still die before they meet the enemy.
I have my options about death company and I think they're great, but his point makes
a good arguement. Does anyone else play Blood Angel this way?
Well, My friend plays BA, and always takes a chaplain. He has also only lost like 3 out of the last 50 battles. Chaplains are great, but I can see why somebody wouldn't use them. I would say that one chaplain is the best HQ coice available to the BA, but getting 2 just isn't worth it. A different HQ would be much better as a second HQ choice.
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I always take a chaplain as my HQ choice...as my handle might indicate...and I haven't actually ever taken a second HQ choice. I'd rather just have more psychos in power armor. I have a Librarian and a Captain/Force Commander/Whatever available, but have not used them. Maybe in small games, I would.
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None that are good.
In small (less than 1000pts) battles a Saguinary highpriest can be a better choice since the chaplain is quite expensive. In that case the high priest leads the dc for sugical strikes on specific targets (such as big guns, devastators and such), avoiding larger combats.
In 1000pts or more I always go for the chaplain mostly because the dc gets bigger and can be used as a powerful assault unit.
I have actually killed off a slugga squad of 30 boyz and boss attached with a ten man strong dc with one chaplain (no power fists). Lucky dice sometimes...
edit: my english is WEAK!
In very large games where I have lots of squads, and the potential to get a decent sized DC, I switch up to a tooled up sanguinary high priest with LClaws and an epistolary. The relatively smaller size of the dc is transparent to me, but the might of heroes and fear of the darkness abilities of the epistolary are are a good trade-off for 4-6 models in the dc retinue.
The SHP has pretty much the same abilities as a chaplain, with the bonus of the 'chosen of Saunguinius ability'. So it's pretty much the same.
Not sure on this but I will bring it up. I do know that if you get rage you must to the closest enemy unit. I thought the DC will alway move to the closest squad unless you have a chaplain attach to the unit. I do not have my codex with me at the moment so I am not 100% sure. But if that is true then I think chaplain would be more important.
I find the chaplain a mandatory part to a BA army, but ofcourse that is from my personal point of view. I have never ran a BA army yet without a Chaplain, I know it costs a lot of points, but it TOO does provide you with 4+ DC + your army, and makes them controllable. This can be either your 1st or 2nd assault squad, that lives longer than an assault squad, therefore the points costs are indeed factored in.. i'd say. I would take them regardless. In small games? DC will shine even more.
I personally like to mix it up. In two Dark Crusade games I played last week I ran two completely different 1000 pt. armies. The first game I ran double chaplains with 6 small tactical units for heavy weapon fire support and more DC. The second game I ran no chaplain (ended up with only 1 DC model), and focused my army around 2 tactical squads in rhinos, a drop podded honor guard and a furioso. I enjoyed both games and faired well.
And yes, without a chaplain or a priest the DC must attack the nearest enemy unit.
In answer to ur question: few.
BA Chaplains are simply the best HQ possible for classic BA assault-heavy armies. More DC, a controllable DC, plus his Litanies of Hate...What's not to like?
However, 1 pretty effective kind of BA army does better with a Lib than a Chaplain: the AC-heavy army. By taking Terminators, LSTs and Baals a very shooty BA army can be made. In this kind of army, a Terminator Lib drop podding and using FotD is far more effective than a Chaplain-led DC because 1. ur not focussing on CC anyway and 2. u have few squads to draw DC from.