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What I would like to know is why people choose ulthwe a a special craftworld so often, as i see them the most often in these threads. I can see some reasons, BS 4 guardians are nice, seer council-never really seen one in action but what other things attract people to it. Is it there simplicity to convert from a baseline eldar army?
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It could be based around money. It's the only craftworld where you can buy lots of plastic models, which are relatively cheap. But I think the real reason is that it is easier to play, IMO.
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I joined the ranks of UltwhĂ© for the black guardians, because better trained guardians are fluffy IMO. The councils are great in 1500+ games, but in smaller games I find them too expensive, and the limit on aspects are a pain sometimes. But overall, I find that UltwhĂ© are a nice and balanced craftwotld. Alaitoc would be my second chioce, followed by saim-han.
BTW I am not using ultwhĂ©s colors. They are too simple for my taste...
i like them for...
-lack of aspect warriors
-cheap seer council
i like to use large squards of guardians,
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for 225 points
a unit like this can take a pounding and dish out a lot of fire power
only thing i don't like is that you can't mount a farseer on a jet bike, so no guided vypers :-(
I like them because they have a lot of troop, I like their fluff, they look awsome and the seer council can be really good!
I like Ulthwe and plan on doing them after i have finished biel-tan
Well, I have yet to play anything besides Vanilla, but will be building an ulthwe force, maybe USF, for a tourney next month or two.
The nice thing about Ulthwe we is the fact that they get extended range on psychic abilities, have a seer council to draw fire and whoop in CC, can use all the units in the codex, and get the black guardians for free.
That said, they have their downside, with the limitation on aspects, and the costly council as farseer sareld pointed out. But for smallish games (1000-1500pts) these don't really factor in as much as in 1850 rtts and 2000 pt games.
I always thought to use a special army like that was to get special things, well there is the seer council,but thats why i use biel-tan, eldar aspect warriors are blessedly cheap to buy, despite being metal
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Oh i like UlthwĂ© because of their composition. A Seer Council is a great centerpiece of the army and feels like Eldar should. Guardian squads are really cool i think, especially black guardians. The limitation on Aspect Warriors is cool, but not really a problem since i tend to use 3 guardian squads in most games. UlthwĂ© is my shooty army, Orks are my choppy and Space Marines my balanced army.
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I think people are attracted to Ulthwe in large part because of their fluff. They feature prominently in most GW stories that have Eldar, because of the Craftworld's proximity to the Eye of Terror. They have Eldrad, who is a great character.
Additionally, the nature of the list makes them pretty flexible to play. Black Guardians are much more capable all-around than other Craftworlds' Guardians, who, in turn, need to rely on aspects or their own specialized forces.
It is interesting to observe that the Craftworlds which cost the most to play, in general, are the least played and have the least amount of fluff...again, in general. GW writes about those who are most common, or do those whom GW writes the most about become the most common?
Ulthwe: boxes of Guardians, some psykers. Inexpensive and with tons of fluff
Biel-Tan: tons of Aspects, but they are costly, points-wise. Not as inexpensive, not as much fluff
Alaitoc: tons of Rangers, all pewter models. Getting more expensive, with less fluff still
Iyanden: $10.- apiece Wraithguard as troops. Hideously expensive. Aside from the story of its destruction, no fluff. The list everyone kinda wants to play, but no one actually does.
Saim-Hann: Jetbikes aplenty. No one I've ever seen plays it, and I've never read about it, either.
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