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In your opinion what is the best equipment for tyrants/bruisers and slaughtermasters/butchers? Why?
I like Ward saves on most characters - they're hard for enemies to negate, and work in conjunction with armor saves. Given that Butchers and Slaughtermasters can wear magic armor, I'd aim for Armor of Destiny on my most important caster, and a Talisman of Preservation on the most important fighty character (Bruiser BSB, Tyrant, whoever it may be). An alternate strategy is to make sure you don't get hit - Fencer's Blades and Glittering Scales means any opponent at or under WS4 hits you on a 6, and you can squeeze in a smaller Ward save on the side.
On offense, a Great Weapon typically suffices (an Ogre Blade will also work if you're paranoid about Ethereal enemies and such), unless you boost your Strength through the Giantbreaker big name and/or the Greedy Fist, in which case the Sword of Swift Slaying is probably better, unless you foresee having to chop down a Steam Tank or something.
Last edited by rothgar13; September 15th, 2011 at 04:06.
I'm pleased with your equipment suggestions, for the tyrant, so I'll shake up my own. Keeping the Fencer's Blades, I'll replace the Armor of Destiny with the Glittering Scales, and add the Talisman of Endurance.
I don't agree with giving a tyrant a great weapon, as he has the highest (I) stat in the list, apart from Golgfag.
Unless I'm playing a 1k game, my bruiser will always be a BSB, and equipped with heavy armor and the Talisman of Preservation.
Great weapons for butchers, always, and magic items to reflect their role. Since I use 2, I'll equip one for bonuses to his casting, while the other carries a dispel scroll and an item with a bound spell. This is usually the Ruby Ring of Ruin.
I can't comment on the Slaughtermaster, as I don't use a wizard to led my force, nor have I ever run a list more than 2k.
At 2K or higher, you'll find you need a L4 or some bangin' magic defense, or you'll get rolled by the stronger lists out there, especially if your opponent is playing a magic-hog army. Can't stress that one enough, I'm afraid, which is why a lot of folks these days have been shelving their Tyrants unless you're running at 3,000 or so points, when a kitted-out Tyrant and a kitted-out Slaughtemaster become available. Also, the Butcher can't take a Great Weapon (but the Firebelly can) - that said, they can wear magic armor.
Initiative is something that went by the wayside the second you picked up the Ogre army - I say take advantage of your huge Strength and kill things dead when you do hit them, because you're not beating any other character to the punch, and you need S7+ to chew through those pesky armor saves you're bound to run into if you fight other characters for a living (and there's not much point in bringing a Tyrant otherwise!).
Last edited by rothgar13; September 15th, 2011 at 08:47.
Can they now? Does that also extend to the Slaughtermaster? Because if so, I'm making the switch from Ironfist to GW in a second.
I think the Hellheart is pretty much an auto-include.
On one hand, opponent's will be overly paranoid about it possibly blowing up entire unit/s. Even at the very worst, you can negate 1 magic phase just by hitting 1 enemy wizard with it. Add a dispel scroll, and you've effectively shut down or at least seriously neutered 2 magic phases!
Best of all, it destroys undead - especially VC's who are forced to take wizard levels on every single vampire in the amry. (god I hope GW wakes up and fixes this problem!!!)
I'd say in tourny lists ogres won't leave home without the heart, but in friendly games, it's probably a bad idea to take it against undead because it can so easily break the game...
I think a Firebelly makes for an ideal carrier for the HH... He wants to get close anyways with his breath weapon right?! Of corse, you can always switch it up between the belly and another wizard every now and then to help keep people guessing.
Hellheart is definately a great game-changer for ogres, and it can pretty much auto-win against anyone who isn't willing to learn how to deal with it... (ie; move your wizards into bunker units, take an earthing rod on your Lv4/undead general...)