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This is the start of a new series, that will hopefully bring new ideas and tactics to the forums. Each week, a new topic will be posted up about a different unit in the army book. This gives you your chance to discuss the unit to its fullest. So, please leave your comment!
This week's topic is - Highborn
What kindred is best for him? Or how do you use each kindred? What weapon/armour options - magic and mundane - are worth it? What about other items? What unit is he best used in?
Highborns are usually best when used for the dragon or as a spirit sword delivery service. there are a few other specialist builds like mega assassin (spear of twilight, annoyance of netlings, HOTH, alter kin) or armor eater (arcane bodkins, BOL), but usually there just isn't enough power to warrant paying the huge points increase for one. Fortunately, the little jobs that a highborn can do are usually the kind of things that the rest of the army can't.
I like throwing my highborn on back of the dragon.
I kit him out mainly for defense and give him usually sword of might or a normal spear when hes riding around on my dragon.
The other way to use my Highborn is the Bow of Loren with Arcane bodkins + Alter Kindred as was previously mentioned. Originally i thought this set up was poor because i couldn't justify the points until i had a chance to launch volley after volley destroying +1 save knights. then i was all smiles
I really like the highborne on an eagle!
Its less costy as a dragon, but can be very effective against anything with an AS! That combined with the points denial and the fact that you can have a high leadership every where on the table within a turn, makes it a pretty neat character. If I have the points to spare, I upgrade the eagle to a dragon. And I go breathing on my opponents