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I run a 2000pt Skaven list with nearly 1000pts of characters (Seer on Bell, plague priest, warlockx2)
Just wondered if anyone else loaded out that heavy in a 2000pt list?
Can't see doing it with WoC, which is what I play. I'd have bare bones warriors at 1k pts for core. I guess I could just go Marauder hordes but you need at least three non-character units, no? I don't think it would work at all for warriors.
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I just bought my wife a mini-van, the gods of Chaos have nothing on reality.
There are armies which can do it, and there are armies which cannot. It ultimately comes down to where the focus in your book lies, and what your army needs to be effective, as well as overall "board control".
Skaven have very cheap, but ultimately worthless, units in their army. This is good, as it gives them a natural advantage in terms of board control- they cover more area for their cost than an army of High Elves or Warriors. Skaven can pick up 2-3 units for the price of a single Warrior unit. However, these Skaven aren't too useful on their own, which leaves them with 2 options. Firstly, they can use their numbers to grind the enemy through attrition, which could work. Alternatively, they can load out on characters, sacrificing some board control in the process, but adding to the potential value of the units that remain on the table. Most players will find a happy medium between the two, such as Skaven with magical support. However, if you are willing to give up the advantage of board control, Skaven could focus on characters without noticing the effects as much as a more elite army. Orcs and Goblins, as well as Empire, can do the same thing.
Alternatively, more Elite armies can't afford to spend half of their points on characters. Warriors for example have very expensive characters who typically fulfill a role already covered more effectively by their Core choices (Exalteds are EXPENSIVE and fight better than they actually need to, while 4 generic Warriors will do a better job anyways). Warriors are already small, they are already giving most opponents the advantage of board control, therefore they need to focus on actually having fully functional, independent units to mitigate this disadvantage as much as possible. Characters can't take on units on their own and expect to win, so it is better to spend those points on getting boots on the ground. That's why you usually see Warriors go light on the characters, and more specifically, stick to Wizards who can help their units win combats in order to stay mobile and maintain their board control.
A third type of army is far more rare, mostly Daemons, and certain ridiculous Slann&Multi-Engine Lizardmen. These armies have intensely powerful characters who can take on enemy units and do very very well without worrying nearly as much about board control. For Daemons, this is the fact that they have the Greater Daemons and nastily built Heralds with plenty of options for defense and killing power. For the Lizardmen army, it's all about having extraordinarily powerful casters, who can use their skills to wipe out enemy units early on while boosting their own regiments to maintain them despite highly adverse combats.
I'm going to start a blog here on LO, I want to talk about 'Armybook Creep,' and later I'll do a segment on the importance of 'Board Control' and what it means in 8th edition.
We recently had a 1.5k competition at my local GW in which one player ran a single unit of roughly 16-20 warriors of chaos with festus, a sorceror lord and an exalted BSB inside backed by two warshrines. It was surprisingly effective and even when I'd shot almost the entire unit to bits (dwarf player) the characters caused enough carnage on their own to make it a viable tactic. He won due to the scenario we were playing (the breaking point one) despite only having the BSB, Sorceror lord (both on one wound) and the warshrines remaining (each had taken 1-2 wounds). All I'm trying to say is that its surprisingly possible even on armies you wouldn't expect it from.