Thursday, December 9, 2010
Deathstars: Can your shields repel firepower of this magnitude?
Everyone has seen at least one example: wound-allocation optimized Nobs, bike and foot mounted Seer Councils riding the Fortune/Doom train, maxed out Nob bikers with a 3+ cover and FNP, Thunderwolf cav with Stormshields and a couple Thunderhammers, Skarbrand and his Bloodcrusher buddies, an Archon and Drazhar leading Incubi off a fast Raider...
They can certainly hurt, but are they worth it? It can certainly save on Kill Points by investing that many points in one uber-unit (SeerK had a 11 man Seer Council in his 9 KP 1850 list last night), but it can only be in one place. It certainly focuses your opponent's attention, which could distract him from the rest of your army - assuming they can take that much hostile attention.
For me, my guard armies don't tend to have the option of fielding a Deathstar. About the closest we could come would be a 50man power blob with Straken or Creed in support, and I don't have the models. My personal answer is the Psyker battle squad - many uber-units are not fearless, and I can do 25% and then watch them flee, hopefully off the board. Failing that, mass firepower will eventually stop them and the occasional unit may have to be sacrificed to slow them down.
I have been known to stuff a Grey Knight Grand Master and his 7 NFW-wielding buddies in a GK Land Raider Crusader when playing Daemonhunters, and that's about as Deathstar as you can get there - 557 points plus transport of STR 6 power weapons and a "remove from play" force weapon. They wiped out Capt. Obvious's Bloodcrushers in a single turn, without losses, a week or so ago. But charged by a pair of Demon Princes, they could not take that many armor-ignoring attacks. Still, they were almost certainly worth their points that battle (they may have been less central if the rest of my dice had been less hostile).
So, what are your opinions? Do you field your own Deathstar forces, or do you see them as too many chickens in too small of a basket? And how do you deal with uber-units on the other side of the field from you?