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I have recently purchased a squad of 3 shining spears along with an Exarch (4 bikers all together). My intents are to make a squad of 3 shining spears and convert one into a Autarch.
My only question is: Do I have to model a Star Lance, or is the Laser Lance that comes with the Exarch currently sufficient for that role?
Also, is it worth while to take a Star Lance? Does the Str increase justify the points?
Thanks in advance!
Is there a specific Star Lance model with the sprue? If not, then no. The codex doesn't mention any big differences, so as long as you make sure the Exarch stands out from the rest. a
The Star Lance's strength upgrade means you can instant-kill most enemy IC's, which I'd see to be a definite advantage. Depends on whether the points could be spent better elsewhere.
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It is, usually, quite a good idea to upgrade it, since with so much strength and the lance rule it works very well as an anti-tank weapon, should you need it to.
The star lance is attached to the pewter spure with a sword. The only real difference between the laser lance and the star lance is the bump close to the handle, which you would hardly notice once on the model.
A starlance looks a lot like a brightlance. Why? Because the Exarch's option back in the day was the brightlance. Right next to the power sword on the sprue.
As per mentioned, a Star Lance can instant kill your foes which is useful when dealing with armies like Thousand Sons, and the lance rule enables you a better chance of destroying vehicles, though the attempted can be somewhat of a desparate tactic as they may struggle to hit, but still the chance is there.
The higher strength doesn't actually gain you anymore possible units to strike though, like monsterous creatures etc, so if the opponent is low on vehicles and multiple wound troops then the regular Lances should suffice, but I suppose the extra strength is nice
the starlance is good for APing nd i find it useful to charge tanks or tank like objects in the hope of running them thru, tho most of the time i do usually get mashed up ¬_¬
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