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Hello all you superior rat-things out there!
I've just read Gotrek and felix's second book all about the skaven and have been having a strong ache to play them in fantasy. I just love their fluff of how they improve everything they have by shoving warpstone down it's throat and hope it doesn't backfire on them.
Now I love all of their warp-powered weapons and what-not, but what finally turned me to the rat men were the gutter-runners/night-runners/assassins(which is, by the way, the easiest word to spell since Mississippi). I am just addicted to the visions of of rat men that are about 3/4 the average size of regular men all dressed and outfitted like ninjas running through the night and just causing good ol fashion silent havoc everywhere.
The problem that may occur in me enjoying the skaven army is how competitive they could be with many units/characters being my favorite little backstabbers(the NR/GR/assassins)?
I have only glanced at the new codex at my local hobby store and bought a box of night runners (possibly use the models as gutter runners to save me a bunch of money) and two assassins (because what's better than one awesome tiny assassin dude that can kick so much ass, is TWO OF THEM!!!).
So my question finally is, could I make a competitive army around these guys, or are they going to be just support for the rest of my army?
Future thanks to all of the ones to respond.
In the current edition going with all eshin usually never gets a victory. Now the newest edition is coming out this Nov. so we're all waiting to see if clan eshin will once again be able to hold on it's own. I think the fluff around it is awesome, and if you're doing it just for fun games I say go for it all the way. Tournaments? I dont think so.
Doom, Doom, Doom,
it seems to endlessly say...all will fall, all will be ruinous,
Doom, Doom, Doom.
I c I c. In comparisonfrom the old book with the new, it looks to me that everything in the army just got either cheaper, beefed up or both. It seems like the gutter runners can now do a little outflanking move similar to the space wolf scouts (which is my favorite unit in 40k).
In doing some research, I came across the same conclusion that Eshin would not survive on it's own. However, maybe I could design my rat army to make them all look kinda like assasins in some way. It won't be the same as having a full Eshin army, but at least it will look like one!
What do you guys think?
Yeah, I'm don't complete in tournements and I also am having a sneaky Skaven army (just like a miniture version of me ). It is all about cool looking models but a bit of balance is good, flamethrowers sure look fun!
Well really playing all Eshin is pretty much as impossible as I believe their characters cannot actually lead.
Playing a mostly Eshin army is certainly viable, although they do have the least numbers of unit choices, it'd be very difficult. It seems Eshin was mostly made with support in mind this time around and really got the short end of the stick. A lot of us were hoping for Eshin sorcerors and assassin triads.
That said it's certainly acceptable (and cool) to make an eshin themed army with lots of assassins and gutter runners.
Tomb Scorpion Kill Counter: Gotrek Gurnisson, Empire Cannon Crew=3, Blood Knights=2, Saurus Cavalry=5, Saurus Warriors=3, Razordons=3, Skink warriors=7, Jezzails=8, Poison Wind Globadiers=10, Warp Lightning Cannon=1