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I just want to clear up this question an opponant asked me. I've noticed that in the special character section in the 4th edition 40k Rule Book (pg. 52) that "there are usually restrictions on their use to certain sizes of army..." But I've noticed that no such restrictions are imposed upon the C'tan. I assumed that they're point's cost took care of this. Am I Mistaken?. So I can either say "I told you so" when my Nightbringer consumes his tau commander or "you were right" when my lord's warsythe peals off the little blue man's shell.
Time Is The Only Constant
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Read the codex, not sure of the page, but under the c'tans special rules. no permission is needed, and you can use them at any points limit.
u can have only one ctan per army
lol, yea im not at home at the moment so i dont have my codex on me, i just know its in ther
No permission required, but attention should be paid to the fact that many people consider the use of special characters in friendly or pick-up games to be cheesetastic still.
I'm not saying it is, just letting you know that despite what the rules say, there's nothing wrong with having some etiquette that transcends them.
While I don't mind dealing with special characters, I play an army that almost never changes and is meant to just be ready to go ... I have about the same very low opinion of someone who asks for a pick-up game and goes "what are you playing, oh, Tyranids? Ok, let me make an army to fight them" as I do of someone who tailors an uber special character army to bring to a casual pick-up game .... some others feel similarly, so even though it's legal - good rule of thumb is to make sure it's also "kosher."
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C'tan has something that is a big balance compared to other special characters...their huge point cost is necron units you won't have, making it easier to phase out.
While in theory you could show up with nothing beyond the deciever, and 25 warriors in a 750 point game (no I've never done it, and no I don't recommend it although I'm sure the look on your opponent's face would be priceless) it seems that people will find any excuse to complain and whine no matter how legal it is. Winning is great, but having an opponent who thinks you're abusing the rules (as we all know, thats the only way to win) kinda kills the fun. Personally, for the purposes of sportsmanship I'd write up two lists before the game, one with the c'tan, and one with a lord + troops in its place. No need to mention it, but if you get the hint the table could be happier make note that you have an alternate list.
Against tau I'd recommend you bring a lord + more troops anyway. Its sorta six-one-way, half-a-dozen the other as in my experience tau do terribly against necrons on a regular basis, I just think they get even more badly massacred against a lord with extra troops (and then you can say 'good thing for you I switched lists I suppose' or something equally snide ).
1850+ is a bit high mes thinks. Canadian tournaments are all at 1700 if I recall correctly, and I'd quite dislike the idea of not being able to use it at a GT/conflict/whatever. Personally I wouldn't have a problem with it being limited to 1500+ games without opponent permission personally. That said, I also wouldn't mind seeing limitations on the amount of monoliths being run based on point level either. :hmm:
Something for the next necron codex maybe.