Lictors have some major problems. If your opponent guesses where it is, then it's almost useless. You have to reveal them in your shooting phase, so your effective charge range is only 6" - if there is no enemy within this distance and few cover, then you just wasted a lot of points.
They can be effective though, it's extremely funny to reveal a lictor next to an annoying devastor squad...but it's always a risk to field them. For the points of a lictor you can have about 13 more scythegaunts, these will serve you better.
Never count on a Lictor to do anything but scare the living daylights out of enemy units. I regualrly field three of them, and my opponents all make a point of staying 7" from any cover bigger than a palm tree. I've actually had them so scared by my lictors that he would rather face the massed guns of my nine-strong brood of warriors packing venom cannons.
If your opponent delays himself searching for lictors, or stands in the open for fear of being charged, then you've got your points-worth from them.
Lictors have a very bad habit of dying in a single round of combat, and they are not the dreaded character-hunters the codex makes them out to be. If you're intent is to actually get some honest battlefield use out of them, then they are best against vehicles. I've watched a lone lictor brutalise his way through half of a ravenwing army before somebody actually managed to gun it down, and I've come knocking on many an ass-end of Falcons and Serpents. Aren't Rending Claws fun?
Rending claws are legendary -- i know from my genestealers ... LAND RAIDER for god's sake! I infiltrated me 'stealers -- this SMs Land Raider tried to tank shock me but i passed my morale check -- next turn, BANG. One 250pt+ vehicle that was armed with hurricane bolters, multimeltas, u name it -- down the drain to a 8 man genestealer brood -- turn 2 B) :lol: .
Lictors are awsome they are one of the best creatures in my tyranid army.just put them where you think your opponent will move his guys.make sure you have some of your guys by him when you deploy him so he can get some help.use 3 lictors... :huh:
5 genestealers are much more dangerous in combat (15 rending claw attacks when they charge... mmmmm.... dead terminators)
5 stealers are much more likely to survive the battle and do critical damage to the enemy, while I use all of my elite slots for luvely winged warriors with scything talons and rending claws. Expensive but VERY lethal.
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