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I was just wondering what the most popular or preferred choice to fill the FA slot was. Intrigued to see what other people use.
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Harpies are the ideal FA for any non specialized list. But if a speed list is wanted, gargoyles are handy to have.
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I like to shield a brood of shrikes with some gargoyles
it's a tough choice, really. If I use my elites for more "non" ranged units, then I take harpys, but dropping a winged HT, medium squad of rc ravs, bone sw shrikes and some gargoyles for cover on a flank is a nice + nasty surprise. I probably would tend to go with the multiple fast CC units DSing.
The most effective is probably gargoyles, but that doesn't mean they are my favorite. I voted raveners, you'd be amazed how often people ignore those 3 3W rending models slithering through the woods until they surprise them by eating their tac squad/devastators/stationary rhino, predator, vindicator, scouts. Not a great unit, but keep them away from power fists and they do pretty well.
My Gargoyles have never failed me. They always take up just enough attention to let something nastier do it's job or they're ignored and more damage then my opponent believed.
I chose Gargoyles because they are cheap. I suppose I like Shrikes more maybe. I'm working on both at the moment and I think I like Gargoyles more for their usefulness but I like Shrikes more for the very cool models that need to be converted to use them.
Harpies are just the bomb. They are a great all-rounder and I never have a game without one.
im for raveners because they are a good unit that could get into combat fast. plus they are real good in combat.
Definitely Harpies. TL Heavy Venom Cannon slinging monstrous creature for dirt cheap? Yes, please!
Gargoyles are alright, but they need a synapse-babysitter to be effective, and the only synapse unit both fast and effective enough to do it are shrikes, which are also good, but that's a lot of points. Gargoyles are by no means bad, but the slightly more expensive Hormagaunts don't need synapse in order to charge the enemy, and they're usually just as fast. Basically, I'd only use Gargoyles if you're planning to take Shrikes anyway. Otherwise, termagaunts and hermagaunts are better choices.
Ravners are okay, but I'd rather have warriors.
I wouldn't use sky-slasher swarms, or any swarm, really. There are just too many blast/template attacks in the game.
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