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I played a few games over the weekend, and in all of those games, I managed to charge my Tomb Scorpion into my opponent's units, put all of its attacks into a mage/BSB that was in the unit, and snip their heads off.
I felt kinda bad for my opponent. But then I figured, that's why I take the Scorpion in the first place.
What are your thoughts on how sportsmanlike it is to bring things in your army specifically designed to kill characters in this fashion? Scorpions, Cannons, Alter Wood Elf Nobles and the like.
Do you think it's something that should be avoided in friendly games for the sake of fun.
Or is it just part of the game and overall tactics to disable enemy magic/leadership with suicide squad charges?
Anyways, let's get a discussion going here.
At the end of the day thats exactly what scorpions are designed for, killing characters, fast cav & war machines and on occasion doing the killing while the skeletons add the rank and numbers bonus.Originally Posted by MobiusPrime
I think thats perfectly fair, your opponent may not enjoy seeing his mage cut in half but hes standing in the front rank of a unit and is vulnerable anyway.
Of course people are known to get remarkably upset when you kill their 300 point lord with killing blow on an 85 point model, which is understandable.
I dont consider that 'sniping'. unless its done with a cannon
For example aiming a cannon at a specific rank to force look out sir rolls or deliberate 'overguess' to aim at lone characters.
I think thats whats frowned upon.
As for attacking mages in combat over troops. They are normally easier to hit and rarely wear armour so why wouldn't you attack? You would never deliberately attack higher WS and armour save models if given the choice.
My khemrian mage priest stands next to my tomb king and is equipped with Vambraces of the Sun for exactly this purpose. Thats 1 less attack that can go against him. Normally leaves only 1 which can be healed later if he takes a wound.
Of course your opponent has to decide whether to run his characters alongside units or in them. Either is risky.
There are also spells such as 'Eadbutt which allow you to do this, its not as though the rules are bent against this kind of behaviour.
Depends on the character. I play 40k, so it might be different, but if one throws all he has into eliminating crappy little IG officers, that might be toeing the line, but people want to win, so I'll deal with it. If people have something nasty like a Daemon Prince, of course I will personally throw everything I've got at it. If I happen to have something I engineered to kill such beings (allied GK, tooled up RR), well, all the better for me, cause the Prince is a foul thing to deal with.
There's nothing wrong with because those units are designed to do that. I play 40k and you pay an extra premium for quality units which can pick off other units, so it's all balanced, such as the vindicare's ability to shoot up officers.
Other ways of eliminating characters such as gift of chaos are also balanced due to prohibitive range. I'm betting it's the same with fantasy, as from what i've heard about units that can do that is that they're specialist units not suited to many other roles.
Ask yourself why in the world would you trust a win loss record? Playing them yourself is the only way to tell.
The true joy in the game is playing down to the last model, no matter the odds.