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I was considering starting Skaven, although that does mean I probably won't go ahead with it. Anywayz, I've got a borrowed army book and would like to ask some questions.
On with my question. Are the bands of power worth giving to my general? I'm writing up a list, and I usually don't go into 1750 or more when I'm writing a starting list. This means my general will either be a Plague Priest or a Chieftain. The bands of power is a bound spell at power level 4 and doubles my character's base strength for effectively 2 rounds of combat making him a Strength 8 monster. (A weedy little rat-human with some armbands are stronger than an Ogre Tyrant with a great weapon, ha ha!) I was wondering if it can be combined with weapons. Logic and cheese would say so but it occurred to me that there is a chance that you can't, like in the psychic power Hammerhand (Daemonhunters 40k) or the spell Bears Anger (Lore of Beasts). This means that I could give my general either a great weapon or flail, (depending on who my general is) and then double his strength, making him strength 8. Adding the great weapon or flail he would become Strength 10, which I like. Or I could give the Plague Priest an additional hand weapon that gives him 5 strength 8 attacks! So should I take it?
Also there is the question who do I give it to? A Plague Priest will benefit more, but he's 25 points more expensive and he doesn't have a save, but he is Toughness 5 and I could possibly give him the Warpstone Amulet and he gets Toughness 5 and a 4+ Ward. The problem with this is that I'll be spending quite a lot on one model.
So my questions are, do I take a Plague Priest or a Chieftain, is the Bands of Power worth giving to them and is it compatible with other weapons?
Thanks for any help.
I dont know which hero to advise on, but i will say that Bands is pretty awesome as it allows you to have a combat hero as well as 2 WL engineers and still have a really strong magic phase. Give the hero a flail and you're looking at some S10 attacks! Unless the opponant wants to dispel it... then W Lightning can hurt them even more
I've decided to use the Plague Priest. I'm gonna be using the bands of power last in my magic phase because I want it to go off. Strength 8 should be strong enough so I'm gonna give him an additional hand weapon. This way he gets 5 Strength 8 attacks, and I'm probably giving the Plague Monk unit Banner of Burning Hatred. My Plague Priest will now have 5 Strength 8 attacks with Hatred. I'm going to use it like a Book of Arkhan, you cast all your spells first and then use the bound spell last so you can get it off.
My favourite hero setup for melee is this
-bands of power
That way he gets a 4+ ward save even if he rolls a 6 for his toughness test with the censer and you can put him up against high strength heroes like chaos lords and still get a save.
Chaos Warriors (2009) 16-4-9
What about the additional hand weapon? I reckon Strength 8 is more than enough to kill even knights. Even with a 1+ save they'll have a 6+ save through modifiers. With a high enough strength to ignore saves I reckon he needs more attacks.