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Ok after a nice chat on IRC with a few people I thought I'd see what people think, who's the best special character? Fluff wise, rule wise and game play wise?
Here's the older SCs -
Plus those in the book, who'd you think?
I'll comment a bit later.
I'd have to go for Vlad: super cool vampire that brought the Empire to its knees and probably the most devoted love story in the old world. Oh, and all those powers are cool.
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Being an Elf player, I think I'll have to go for the blind one himself Eltharion! He's one dark man, he's nearly died twice, and he's on a quest for revenge no matter the cost.
I also like Gotrek. He can decimate an army in close combat, and his fluff is pretty good.
Hmm... that's a tough one. I think in game terms, Malekith takes it. He can destroy any magic item, and then gets a 2+ ward vs any non-magical attack. That's a really nice combo.
Other than that, Deathmaster Snikch and Ungrim Ironfist, the Slayer king are my favorites. Mainly because I play Eshin and Snikch is the ultimate assassin, and also because I watched Ungrim left a castle during a siege game and proceeded to smash his way through two units of chosen chaos knights, a druchii annointed, only to have a screaming skull catapult drop a giant stone right on his head. But he did clear out nearly 2 feet of space in front of the only gate. Not bad for a stunty.
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Agreed, class fluff, lush model, and fairly realistic chance of using him in slightly smaller games. The fact he gave Malekith a braying was also a nice addition.
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Hmm.. Malekith, nice fluff but crappy model and rules. IMO he doesn't truely fit his own fluff, he's meant to be the evil sorcerer but he comes off little better than a lvl4 mage. A lord and three hero slots for a lvl4 mage with two magic weapons on a dragon for nearly 1k. No ta, I could make a better lord.
Eltharion, I do like. Nice fluff and makes a change from it not being the goody, goody elven approach. But what happened to his Runesword and Stormwing? But I suppose the main grip is the rules for him, he has to move forward; so its very difficult to use him tactically. He is still only a T3 elf with a 6+ sv and a 5+ ward. As he is a combat master this won't really save him all that often.
Vlad, now there's a vampire. His fluff I always loved - as it was the vampire fluff for 5th ed - and he was the one vampire everyone remembers, a true immortal. His rules aren't bad though either, just the crappy 5th ed model still.
The deathmaster is exactly that. This little rat can take out almost anything, as he should. I liked his previous incarnation but this one he owns harder, good fluff and everything should fear him.
Ungrim... Oh yes. A definate good choice, a slayer with a ward and armour. His axe is pretty damned niffty too, hit a dragon with this thing and chances are its dead (has the RoSmiting!!). Again I love the fluff, well he is a dwarf, except from the newest crap against him... retaking his oath after being freed from it >.< <_<
Gotrek again one of my favourites, mainly because of the Slayer series. But he owns, very hard. The only thing is, if he was suppose to have the second axe of Grimnir then wouldn't it be better if the axes rules reflected that? Even so he can take down a lot of opponents just as easily.
Lets see... one of my favourite and better SCs is Valten MKII. Why? Because he has some pretty good rules. He's an combat character to the highest degree, but he also benefits the army in combat - the more he kills the better they are. Also being stubborn & Immune to Psychology has got to help anything in combat, with Ghal Maraz (one of THE best weapons in the game) he is near unstoppable. Not to meantion he just gets back up again. Not bad for a manling (even if he does have a dawi weapon... *mutter* )
Another one is Queek Headtaker. A nice simple character with a good solid idea which is pulled off well, his old fluff isn't bad either. I think even he'd give a BD a run for him money in a challenge, and would own most dwarf characters.
I like Lord kroak, SOLID in the magic phase. I also like the two new characters for Lustria the lizardmen guy and nuglitch. good models although i havent seen thier rules yet.
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My problem with Malekith is about the same as KU's. Here is a 6,000 year old sorcerer of the highest degree but he looks pretty doofy and for a thousand points, he could be a lot better than he actually is.
I happen to really like Archaon. I can think of few special characters that have been given such a detailed and fleshed out character. The latest chapter in Archaon's life was terrible (he should have just been killed by Valten - an epic character demands an epic end). Archaon really is 850 points of worth and GW did an excellent job of representing the four powers of Chaos within him. And his treacherous sword is quite symbolic of Chaos' fickleness.
KU once again hits the nail on the head in describing why Valten Exalted is a great special character. Pure combat machine that can actually take down other characters that are built for combat such as Bloodthirsters and Archaon who are much more expensive.
Some might argue that Valten lacks a decent background. Thats true to a certain extent but you have to think of it in terms of Luthor Huss' background which is pretty well detailed. Their backgrounds should be treated as one and the same.
But after careful consideration, my favorite is the dual Gotrek and Felix. They represent the bridge between roleplay and battle. Even before the books came out, they were fearless adventurers getting stuck in the most precarious of situations. They are mercilessly good fighters. Even though his 6th edition axe has been toned down considerably, it is still a wicked weapon. old axe: 2+ to wound, d3 wounds normally but d6 against dragons and demons! No armor saves. Incredible.
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