In general I have always avoided the big expensive guys for my games. When Logan Grimnar and Mephiston came out, I generally passed over them, as rediculas expensive, and often down right dumb if they were taken. I will have to say that I even thought this way up until very recently.

If you follow this blog, even casually, you will know that I like to use Asdrubael Vect. It was him that changed my tune on using these super HQ characters. I have faced in tournaments Logan Grimnar and Mephiston and tbh, they really did not not last long. In standard games I have had Eldrad ruin my day, laughed at super giant necron gods, used Vect to rip the heart of my opponent, used Lord Castellan Creed for tactical advantages, taken down the mighty Marneus Calgar, and another myriad of characters that I wont take the time to dig out of my fading memories. With the latest FAQ's there has been restoration to several armies, and a new emergence of old characters.

Once I maintained 7 different armies, and I can say I am much happier trimmed down to 3 currently. I find myself really wanting to wrap up the characters of each army I have, and get them onto the field. Mephiston, Creed, and Vect. I am practically foaming at the mouth for my next game, and the havoc that the 3 of them can wreck. Of them, I wonder which is the best; Mephiston or Vect in close combat, and which one would win if they faced each other. I want to face hard core characters, and be part of their epic clashes.

I can't in my memory remember two expensive characters hitting each other's units in close combat. I am dying to do it, but often it just doesn't happen. When Vect shows his head, it's often amusing to see every heavy weapon on the field turn and fire at him. It can be rather rough to get around on the field. I am sure other people have similar issues.

So my question is then, which characters are you using, or see people using? Any epic character clashes?


  1. I'm not using any at the moment(unless you count Belial.....mweeeh) but I'm planning to use Azrael and Vect uin the future. As my Dark eldar host is in a very early growth phase, I plan on adding him if there's a model released or when I finish 1750Pts. In tournament play, I'll be using Duke Slicus. But I plan on painting up the Baron, lelith, vect in Dais and perhaps even lady malyse....So my to-do list is quite filled. Bring on the third wave of dark eldar models :-D

  2. I use Belial as well, but he barely feels like a special character! I almost always field Dante though. I spend years ignoring the super characters, but when the blood angel PDF came out Dante was a must have. I think armies without special characters are at a disadvantage now days.

  3. I have a nice pic of Belial. I will pull it out on the pics of the week.

    Yes, I agree though, that special characters are now a great thing to field, and by not fielding one, it can put you at a disadvantage.

  4. Hey you with the faceJanuary 21, 2011 at 9:25 AM

    Im a fan of My fist on. he's often thrown against the avatar with varied results, but azrael f$cks up my day every time. with the new rules its all about transports. so throw em in some armor then unleash, otherwise like you stated good luck marhcing across the field. Though im not sure about not having an HCHQ being a disadvantage. if i dont take mephiston or dante(whom i rarely bring)i can throw down 2 more baal preds, or a squad of stern. without that HQ you can lay down a lil more fire and as LMFAO and lil john stated, shots x16. but on the other hand you dont have the " oh sh!t its that guy" going for you anymore and your other units will suffer where as the character could shrug the wounds. but its all up for debate, really its just how you like your army set up. either way you can win if your intelligent with your moves...and if the dice are with you

  5. Some of the memorable clashes I've had:

    -The Swarmlord + Lash-whipped guards smashing Abaddon and a unit of Khorne Berzerkers.

    -Lysander defying the odds and pounding Abaddon flat in a 1v1 duel(same abby player, this time he rolled a 1 for his daemon weapon)

    -Astorath and a retinue of Honour Guard cutting down Vulkan and TH/SS Terminators, while suffering no losses.

    -Pedro Kantor being killed by literally any SC he's ever engaged in CC...sigh.

  6. I remember one time i was playing against my wolves/BA friend. I managed to get skarbrand in a scrap with mephiston. Lucked out, he whiffed his power rolls and i turned his lord of death into a smear on the wall. But not before i turned his njal stormcaller into a herald turn one. Fun times. I have always wanted to get ghazghul and mephiston or abaddon in a fight though.


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