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I acquired a fairly large # of sisters, but as with the boxed set, they came with a mixture of special weapons (wee). Same thing goes for sister superiors, who are almost universally equipped with power swords and bolters.
I have 0 tools/ability to convert, so what do I do in terms of representing eviscerators, 2-stormbolters in a squad with a flamer+stormbolter, etc.? Do I just not get to play sisters in tourneys that require pure wysiwyg, or do I have to play retard and mix squads with flamer squads marching alongside stormbolter squads?
I can't stand the purist wysiwyg approach to the game to begin with, but that's just me ... nevertheless, what is the best approach to take? I hardly want to have to purchase hundreds of dollars worth of blisters to get enough weapons to operate appropriately, but unless I'm missing something in the rules that lets a special weapon be a special weapon of choice, or a cannoness w/ jump back and eviscerator not have to actually have an eviscerator, I feel as though I'm SOL, esp. on models that you can't purchase, but that would require heavy conversion I'm incapable of performing (esp. given they're all pewter).
Nids & Guard
GMail = MVBrandt
Well, while I'm not the strictest WYSIWYG person, I do believe that weapons should look... a somewhat close approximation of what they're supposed to be. All is not lost, however.
Eviscerators could be an easy conversion - a sword swap is probably the easiest thing to do. That said, you could always denote them with extra modeling or even just paint. Add some green stuff spikes, or paint them uniquely (all blue weapons are power weapons, all red ones are eviscerators) - but you need to make sure your opponent knows about any "counts as" models you have before the game begins.
Meltaguns are easy conversions from flamers - just cut off the fuel tank and the lighter tip. Stormbolters would be difficult. In this case, I would suggest either A) learn that SB's are a very sub-par special weapons choice and go another direction, or actually buy these figs. B shouldn't be too hard, there are probably many sisters players out there with stormbolter equipped models they have no intention of ever using. (I know I've got 3-4.)
Metal models can be harder to work with, but the army is rewarding. Welcome to the Sisterhood!
John - I appreciate the fast reply.
Let me clarify the heart of my question - the people I play with typically are NOT wysiwyg freaks, in the sense that they are totally ok with some "counts as," especially when it is just weapons.
I'm more worried about Glen Burnie Battle Bunker or Springfield GW tournaments, perhaps Baltimore GTs one day, etc. ... while I'm more likely to use my 'Nids competitively in a tournament, I'd like the sisters to be useable just in case I get that urge at some point. I am inexperienced at actual tournaments to date, and so I don't know if red-painted power swords "counting" as eviscerators is really going to fly in those situations, and the same can be said for special weapons.
I will also be giving a go at the various special weapons referred to by you, but for some reason am still experimenting with some success with the concept of a main SoB battle line that has the ability to launch stormbolter shots as it advances for a relatively low cost, while the seraphim and mounted troops do the zooming and close range booming.
Part of this is my 'Nid mindset. I tested out the immolator-heavy list posted in the lists above, with success in 1v1 but overall a "feel" that I didn't quite like when all was said and done. I've subsequently been testing a model heavy but vehicle light list that has been much more to my liking.
Thanks in advance for the continued assistance.
Nids & Guard
GMail = MVBrandt
St. John's recommedation for converting the flamer is a good one. for some reason GW thinks all sisters players ever want is regular flamers and stormbolters.
One conversion I had lined up ready to do but never completed yet was converting a stormbolter to be a heavy flamer. I was going to take 2 flamer nozzles from IG or SM flamers (the narrow ones, not the cone looking ones) and attach them side by side on the front of the stormbolter, then greenstuff the ammo box underneath the Stormbolter to look more like a fuel tank, or even cut it off, and put hoses to a backpack on.
in our mock-ups at the local shop it looked ok. plus, it gave me a use for the pesky stormbolters.
if you want to use your stormbolters, you could try the dominion squad with 4sb's and a VSS with SB. they're like little grey knights... with curls