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What makes the best Warshrine target? I'm wondering whether it might be worth taking a couple of Warshrines either side of a Marauder unit. Hear me out.
I was just thinking that the best infantry unit for a Hero or Lord is the Marauders; the Warriors don't need the combat boost, and Chosen certainly don't. Then I wondered about making Marauders more tough. For however much it costs for two Warshrines (book not with me at the moment), you can create a solid infantry line by flanking a unit of Marauders with a couple of mounted Characters.
Potentially you're looking at a unit of 25 Marauders that cost you about 150 points, each with 2 Attacks, or extra Toughness, or whatever. Then you have a combat Character or two in the front line to make sure of kills.
What do you think? Are Warshrines better making our weak units able to do some actual damage, or should they focus on making our aleady-powerful units nigh-on invincible?
Or they could make you stupid or for the cost of 2 warshrines, you could get a tricked out unit of knights.
This could be a really fun way to play and a great boon to your modelling fun, but I don't see the warshrine really being that useful. The problem is that there are too few units in our army. 1/2 of them are too fragile to stay in protracted combat or lose out because they are soo much slower than the rest (if the warshrine added d3 to your movement value - that would be worth getting) so we are left with either taking all cav armies or uber magic just to stay in the game.
I've got 50 maruaders sitting on my shelf waiting to get used for something. Maybe this is the way to do it I don't know, but I see them having a hard time getting the charge off, and they are only str3 which no matter how many attacks you have, isn't going to do much off anything. Maybe if they were khorne, with great weapons and can somehow get the charge off and hope the enemy isn't ASF.
The warshrine itself can't really fight it's way out of a paper bag, which makes it a target to heavy cav, super characters, monsters and rank and file troops. Not the best recipe itself. I see it as a cauldron of blood, kind of a neat idea, but doesn't really seem to quite work the way it should.
I am open to ideas on how to make my warriors do anything but lose in combat.
Last edited by buckero0; August 8th, 2009 at 15:48.
I throw my warshrine into combats all the time. Just don't do it alone, unless you're using the BotGs to make it stubborn, then it fits that roll perfectly.
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My maraders are pure foder, I wouldn't bother wasting a roll with a warshrine on them. I tend to use it to make my awesome units better. These Include:
chosen (2x on EoG is pretty evi)
Dragon Ogres (rolled a 12 for them once, they were unstoppable)
Knights (only if no other target is viable at the time)
The stupidity lasts for the rest of the game. I dont think warshrines are a practical unit to take. It is just too easy to watch a bunch of buffs get tossed out that end up with almost no benefit.
I am pretty sure they would have added "this unit has the fear special ability for the rest of the game". Not that it is really clear either way, but you may piss some people off of if this rare occurance happens.