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I was wondering would it be a good idea to put a hirophant in a rank and file unit? At 1k points I use a unit of skeletons with sword and shield with a tomb prince, would it be better to put the Hirophant in the unit of archers for protection? Also if the Hirophant dies since he is in a unit I should be able to res him with my other priest, if so do I still need to roll for the army decaying every turn because he is alive again? Also this would save me points as I would not need to give him the cloak.
By all means, have him in a unit so long as the enemy is not a threat you him, then its fine. Being with skellies gives him a Look Out Sir roll vs Warmachines etc. Alternatively, hide him behind a hill.
If the Hiero (or any Character) dies they cannot be resurrected in any way by the TK incanation.
Give him the Cloak , always, and fly him to safety when you need to.
You should look at your opponents army. Fast things and shooting/magic missiles spell death to your heirophant, so make sure he is safe from them. You could have him running behind one of your units, or between two, or even in trees. Don't risk him though, if there is a threat to him then put him in a unit where he is safer.
One thing you can do to protect the hierophant if your list is fairly static is place him in a wood where he can't be targetted. Since his own incantations dont require LOS to be used successfully, its a fairly safe place for him to be, though it will nulify your use of the cloak of the dunes. Be wary of an army with spells that don't require LOS though, as he will be targetted by every one of them. Also, be wary of overrun moves from nearby combats