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Has anyone used the coven throne? If so how did you employ it? Clearly, with mortis engine as an option the coven throne gets the short end of the stick. However nevertheless its still is a great model and just begging to be included in a vampire based list.
It works well when used with a lord with aura of dark majesty and/or supported by other LD bomb tactics. Spectral steeds means you can move right through woods and not care, something that your opponents don't usually expect from chariots. The 4 extra ASF attacks from the crew are pretty good, and when you can get that bound spell off to re-roll all "to wound" rolls the thing becomes deadly. and thats not including the decked out vampire lord you have riding it, who will likely kill just as many (if not more) models as chariot despite the impact hits.
That being said, I still believe the mortis engine is a much better deal. The ability to help you entire army and hurt your opponents entire army (provided range is sufficient) far out weighs making one unit (potentially) wail on itself while presenting the nice expensive vampire lord to cannon fire. remember, templates (including cannons) now hit all parts of the model. So if the throne gets hit by a cannon, you're taking a cannon to the throne AND a cannon to the vampire lord, who is likely your general. Makes it a huge liability. I wouldn't use it in any sort of competative setting. I'm sure there are ways to make it downright amazing, but the mortis engine will almost always eclipse it in usefullness and over all effect.
Hmm...a Empire War Altar conversion springs to mind. It has wheels which could have shiny spinning rims, paint the Griffin part chrome....it could be done....
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