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Hello all, I'm new to 40k, and as I've stated in the army list I posted I'm trying to decide between the Eldar and Nids. I'm 99% sure I'm gonna go with Eldar, because of the unit variety, and their specialist nature. My problem is that I love the Wraithlord model and want to field one badly. However, it just seems like a Fire Prism is a better place to put those points. So my question(s) to you guys are 1. Do you use Wraithlords in your armies, and 2. What role do you use them in? Thanks in advance!
Well, while the Fire Prism is more versatile, the Wraithlord is no slouch either. There are two main Wraithlord setups, Bright Lance and Missile Launcher for ranged anti-tank (always taken in pairs,) or just a Wraithlord with a Wraithsword (usually taken in pairs, or a trio, often with the Avatar along with them to form what's sometimes called the "Monstrous Creature Tag Team.") Any way you run them, always take dual flamers as since the wrist weapons are free, the shuriken catapults are garbage compared to the flamer (although a lot of us probably wish the catapults were better, since they look awesome.)
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I've always been one for go with what you want. You think the wraithlord looks awesome, then take it. That to me is a good enough reason to add something to your army. I take artillery batteries sometimes, just cause I like artillery. So go with what you want, and then learn how to use it in your army once you got it.
Prisms are a current "competative" favourite due to the prevailence of mech and their versatility but you can build a solid army without them.
I like fielding plenty of guardians so I always have plenty os wraithsight coverage and the Wraithlord can act as a nice charge deterant for many enemies seeking to close with your squishy in melee guardian squads.
Not to mention that pairing the dual flamers and fists/sword of a wraithlord with a heavy shuriken volley can often tear the heart out of even the toughest enemy.
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While the Wraithlord is slower, Easier to hurt, less range and lower Strength he does have a number of advantages.
A Wraithlord can lock opponents in combat, this can be useful as lower melee strength armies such as tau and IG can not touch the wraithlord, making it almost a sure victory (careful for powerfists though). Even S6 melee attacks wound on a 6.
To go with locking opponents in combat, the wraithlord is able to make sweeping advances.
As a monstrous character you ignore armor saves. The Wraithlord has enought strength to destroy anything and everything in close combat with relative ease. from Dreadnaughts to Land Raiders.
You can also carry an array of arsenal. From Dual flamers to the Terminator killing Star Cannon to the Vehicular killing Bright lance. And fire them all on any turn of which you do not run.
Not to mention that a Wraithlord who is on 1 wound is just as effective as a Wraithlord on 3
When you look at the Fireprism, 1 penetrate could destroy your prism cannon, wreck your fire prism, or even injure nearby troopers, all before you even get to use it. (though it will have the added durability)
I hope that covers a few of the pro's on the wraithlord
PS: wraithlords look awesome, and can be posed to look badass as well. which is a bigger pro in my book.
One of the advantages of a fire prism is its linking mechanism which allows S6 AP3 large blasts. but it does require you fielding two Fire Prisms which can be a lot of points.
Last edited by decoinferno; July 1st, 2009 at 10:30.