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I'm planning on attaching a unit of Shrikes into my army and I'm trying to design a good build. I also plan on attaching my winged Hive Tyrant to them for some cover. I was wondering if anyone has run Shrikes with this build and can give me some advice;
6 Shrikes w/
Pair of Boneswords (or should I go with a Bonesword and a Lash Whip?)
1 w/ Scything Talons and a Barbed Strangler
I know this will be an expensive unit. I just wanted to hear everyone's comments. Thanks in advance! -J
I think that scything talons and the boneswords and lashwhip are good. They will give you some rerolls and deal with armour. I think if you want to improve them you can but I think you should only improve them a little. They are an expensive unit and too much more points will make them cross the line from expensive to not worth it. You could add toxin sacs which will give you even more rerolls. That will mean against things like Marines, Eldar, most enemies with a standard toughness you will get rerolls to wound, you will also be able to chew up tough types like Wraithlords.
You could try to replace the boneswords with a lashwhip and bonesword instead of the toxin sacs. That will make them strike first against everybody in assault which is very handy. Because they have a bad armour save striking first is very handy. You can try to use the toxin sacs with the lashwhip upgrade but it will be very expensive 55pts each, though they will be super-nasty.
i would drop the barbed strangler and if you can afford it take adreanal glands, furious charge should let you wipe out a large number of the enemy before they can attack back. other than that id go with x2 boneswords and scything talons. and possably even a lash whip in the unit also
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Im pretty sure, If one warrior takes a lash whip...they all have to?
Barbed strabglers are nice for wound allocations, seeing as you will only be fielding a small unit.
adrenal glands..meh. Id rather give them all lash whips.
other that that.. I don't really think that they are that great of a unit.
I always run a unit of 3 with Boneswords & scything Talons. Sadly they are a huge target and I usually only end up with 1 or two of them where I need them.
My squad that i field:
5 Shrikes Pair of boneswords, Toxin sacs.
Screen with some gargoyles infront. =)
If they tend to die, get something else they need to take down.
ive been wanting to try them with adrenal glands instead of toxin sacs but yeah 20 str 5 init 5 power weps that insta kill is just intimidating.
I think you'd need to add some gargs as flying cover. gargoyles, shrikes and winged tyrant all in a group should be a fearsome sight. Plus the fact that they can all deep-strike makes them all the better.
after running a winged tyrant recently at a tournie, i finally figured out how to make the guy work without him getting shot to pieces - deep strike him on a flank, close to a unit and paroxysm them. i really want to run a unit of 4-5 shrikes with him so they can benefit from this and start getting to work in the enemy's deplyoment zone.
so keen to run the 55pt buggers with BS+LW and TS
maybe the parasite wedged in with them for fun