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Yes, its worth it.
No, points can be spent elsewhere.
I think it will be because if you and your opponent tie in combat resolution then you will be able to break them and they might flee. However if your opponent also has one then you will have saved yourself a skeleton. I say it is worth it since it is possible that you might face an opponent that does not have one.
I have to agree with the above poster. VC benefit exponentially from winning combat and the difference between a draw and a win is huge when you couple that with fear. Since we rely a lot on static combat res (outnumbering, rank bonus, standard, sometimes flanking or rear attacking) anything that can flip us to a winning combat res is worth it.
While I voted yes, I think it is conditional.
Usually I always give every unit a musician, with any army I play, however......
with skellies, as long as the unit is a decent size (20 or more) you don't really need one. Either you win combat, and they run or you loose. I rarely tie and to just loose 1 skellie is still worth it.
With any other (ok other than zombies), its always worth buying a musician as that one casualty in a unit of black knights is super costly.
so to conclude, always pay for full cmd, in every unit (again other than zombies). If you need an extra 5 or 10 points here and there once you have made an army list, then drop a musician on a skellie unit.
I consider my skellies more of and anvil unit, so I'm happy if they stay in combat for a few turns. At most you'll be losing by 1 if the other unit has a musician and if you have the battle standard near by that's ignored, which I heartly endorse
I never run a musician in my units. In ANY of my armies. I save the points for Standard Bearers, who give us +1 CR throughout the fight, not just when we tie. I think it's foolish of people to include a musician over a standard bearer: if you'd had the sb, you wouldn't have tied, you'd have won by 1.
Furthermore, I've never actually tied with my Skeletons in combat, and I DO have the BSB within a foot of them most of the time.
i use the musicians more for the rallying then the CR, if at all
and since undead dont break... no thanks, i can put the units into better stuff
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I always run musicians in every army I have, but if I really need points for something (like i need 6 points for a new unit) then they are the first things to go.
Theyre really useful in undead though, just to see the opponents face when they think they've tied and then...
Besides it is not like we are taking one over the other. I take the champion, sb, as well as the musician. The musician helps us break our opponent or in the worse case stops the opponent from winning.
The musician only costs 4 points to upgrade the skeleton to a musician. I believe that the only other thing in our army that costs that much is one zombie. I will admit that if your army list is over by a few points or you need that much to fit in a new unit then sure I will cut them out.
I always buy musicians in all units that can...ALWAYS!
With the undead winning the combat (and outnumbering) the opposing unit auto breaks. Nothing sucks more than getting a tie and losing because you didn't feel like spending from 4-10 points. To me the winning combat+auto break+no CR crumbling is totally worth those points.
Recently I broke a unit of Dryads with 25 zombies and a corpse cart due to me having a musician which was a turning point in the game that led to me winning.
Never underestimate the musician.
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