I know I'm way behind the curve on this, but I'm just now getting my feet wet after a long-ish hiatus from 40k, and I really need to play catch-up. But what about air-to-air combat? wouldn't a Hades Autocannon work better? Yes, and that's a big problem. Do I just take a Hades armed Heldrake for vehicle hunting? Do I take a Baleflamer armed Heldrake and just ignore enemy flyers (that just seems suicidal)? Or do I split the difference? That's the thing that gets me. Two Heldrakes. It's the perfect step-up from 1,500 to 1,850 points (it leaves me with 10 points to fiddle around with). It also does one other thing- it deprives me of my Daemons, which were a driving force behind buying into this army in the first place.
There may be an answer that I'm glossing over- the Daemon Prince. He's geared up to shred squads, and he can fly too. Close Combat attacks ignore cover, and he's AP 2. Of course, he may just melt his mind a little bit using his Daemon Weapon, but that's the risk you run with his loadout. The usual result you get is a deleted squad (or a very, VERY dead character if they challenge him). There are downsides to this, too. Unless he's fighting a massive squad like an Ork mob or Gaunts, he'll probably just tear through his enemies in a single go and get shot dead on the turn he's standing on the ground after slaughtering whatever he charged. And if he doesn't kill his target he could get torrented to death by the sheer number of attacks his opponents can lay into him. And then there's grounding...
In short, a Daemon Prince and a Hades Autocannon armed Heldrake may not work out. The Daemon Prince may just be more of a hammer unit, a glass cannon, to break up assaults. Heldrakes don't get grounded. They just fly around until they get shot down for good. But two plus a Daemon Prince?
|Is losing these guys worth a more competitive army?|
...And I'd be left with 26 unspent points! I really don't want to add another Havoc. That would mean sinking yet more money into what is already a $50 squad (bits + CSM figures). I could tool up the Havoc Aspiring Champion with a Power Axe and a Combi-Melta, but if he's using those weapons something has gone horribly whong and he's not long for this world (dimension?) in the first place.
In the end I'll likely end up sticking with an Autocannon armed Heldrake and a wall of 20 very upset Bloodletters, but I really need to consider these things when I already have the (less than glorious) Hellbrutes and the insanely points-heavy Chosen to consider. A little metagame punch might not be uncalled for.
Perhaps a lot of ranting for nothing, but perhaps a bit of insight into how I'm trying to build a solid force out of two Dark Vengance boxes.
Now what if I dropped a couple Bloodletters in favor of a fourth Cultist squad? The madness continues!