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I have just come into posession of an Avatar and was wondering how everybody makes use of the big man.
I'm quite happy with the fact that if you put him into close proximity of anything he's going to kill it, but what about a bit of backup for the fella?
The options I've come up with so far are a couple of squads of Guardians with flamers to thin out any hordes, a squad of Striking Scorpions to do the same in a slightly more hardcore fashion or a WraithLord to pretty much scare any opposing forces half to death. Someones also recommended a squad of Harlequins but I've no experience of these and have heard mixed reports.
If anybody has any suggestions it would be much appreciated, the Big fella will be used in normal games as well as Apocalypse, and they will be facing a mix of pretty much all the races but as normal probably more marines than anythin else, so if you have suggestions for either please let me have them
Just Fortune him and let him go forwards in straight line pretty much as Stompa initiating 'Stompende' and with pretty likewise results.
against daemons i used it as counterattack unit sitting hidden near main objectives or near big heavy hitters of my lists.
against IG somehow he always was my sacrifice unit destined to die under 50% of all IG fire and letting my scorpions, banshees, harlies to get in assault range and wipe the enemy
the avatar must be supported against horde CC units like the 25-30 ork boys with nob and bosspole, big gaunt units and against specialists like possesed, ork nobs, assault terminators
just charge him straight for the enemy or an objective!
fortune is a life saver too.
i used a wraithlord and and avatar together for the first time and tried to keep them close, worked out pretty damn good
I use the avatar in every list I play. Tag team him with the wraithlord to keep your battle line from being swept away.
I never charge him straight forward, hes very killable if your opponent focus fires. Rather, keep him moving every turn, but take some liberties to hide him if possible. If youre playing against a cc army, dont move him forward at all, put him in a counterattack position and then tarpit enemy units when they get too close.
The Hand that guides.
I'd say a Wraithlord or maybe even two would probably be the best Avatar support, a WL/Avatar tag team would not only attract 90% of your opponent's fire and repel most of it, once it did get into combat with the enemy lines it would cause extreme carnage. It works as a brilliant sacrifice unit to distract your opponent's attention away from the rest of your army thus allowing your hard-hitting units like Banshees and the like to get within range and wreak havoc. Even if you did get lascannons and all that heading your way chances are the Avatar and the Wraithlord(s) combination would largely weather it and as I said, once you were in combat you'd annihilate pretty much everything in your way. To avoid getting completely destroyed by big guns on the way target them with the Wraithlord guns and some of the firepower from the rest of your army and you should be able to get into combat easily.
So if i'm using an Avatar/Wraithlord tag team what weapons load out would you recommend for the Lord?
my personal preferance is 2 flamers (i play against IG and orks) sword(vs the orks) and scater or EML
and i try to bust some transports or tanks in melee