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Viable Corsair Tactic? 
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i was just wondering if this would be a viable corsair tactic. a unit that is 18 large 6x3 w/ extra hand weapons. banner of the sea that gives frenzy. and a assassin with x/handweapon gift with d3 more attacks and lotus. then have the couldron of blood make the corsairs have killing blow? that would be 23 attacks, reroll to hit, on average 4 killing blows.


Wed Oct 01, 2008 8:41 pm
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I've taken this kind of setup with a bsb with Hydra banner (4 attacks for each corsair). I must say, it rocks. However don't try it with the Hydra banner, 3 attacks is enough and isn't that big of a unit, points wise.

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Wed Oct 01, 2008 9:06 pm
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Yes, that would be possible. Although if they're going to have killing blow with that many attacks the only advantage of the assassin would be as a pure character killer, which he'd be in another unit with killing blow anyway.

But, a powerful combo, no doubt!

One point though; if you're going to have a first round killer like this why put 3 ranks into the unit? You probably won't be needing that static CR :) .


Wed Oct 01, 2008 9:12 pm
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Actually the static CR helps a lot versus bigger units. You won't be obliged to make a supportive flank charge as the static CR will be about the same and the unit has a pretty high damage potential. It means you can apply the flank somewhere else.

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Thu Oct 02, 2008 12:34 am
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Its a good tactic, but can be baited, plus your relying on the CoB too much. If you want combat units, our Special units are far better than Corsairs.

A good tactic I though up for Corsairs was 14 Corsairs, Handbows, Banner of Murder, with an Assassin with Manbane and Rending Stars. The unit wont be outshot due to good save (unless Dwarf Thunderers AP-2), so it can sit in the middle of your army fireing at everything that comes close. Shoot a unit, theres 14 Handbows shots and 3 Stars, all with AP. Then the enemy will try to charge the unit. Stand and shoot, same thing happens, then Assassin rips the enemy to shreads.

All up, a nice all round shooting base and can deal damage in combat.

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The versatility of the CoB makes up for relying on it. True the special units are usually better in CC, but that's why they are special. The true strenght of this tactic is that you have a rather hard hitting core choice.

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Thu Oct 02, 2008 9:58 am
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Demetrius the Betrayer wrote:

A good tactic I though up for Corsairs was 14 Corsairs, Handbows, Banner of Murder, with an Assassin with Manbane and Rending Stars. The unit wont be outshot due to good save (unless Dwarf Thunderers AP-2), so it can sit in the middle of your army fireing at everything that comes close. Shoot a unit, theres 14 Handbows shots and 3 Stars, all with AP. Then the enemy will try to charge the unit. Stand and shoot, same thing happens, then Assassin rips the enemy to shreads.

All up, a nice all round shooting base and can deal damage in combat.
If I was the enemy I would just endure a few rounds of shooting from them then hit them in the flank, pretty much anything should easily route them and take a good 300 points out.

I think the OP's suggestion is very good, the sheer amount of attacks as well as the KB should cause a very respectible kill tally. One to try I think. :)


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I came up with the same idea last night. Finding this thread made me realize I should try it when I get more DE models.

My idea, though, had a Hag BSB with Hydra Banner and Lokhir. I guess it's true that adding the points for the BSB might be too much, and then I have to have 2 Hags in the army, one for the CoB too. And with the amount of attacks Lokhir and the Assassin would put out with killing blow I guess a Hydra banner would be overkill.

I think the Assassin is also worth if it you're charged, since the unit doesn't have ASF.


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Still, the last post was five months ago. It was time to start a new thread. You're probably going to ask me how old is too old; there's no specific answer. We leave it to each moderator's intuition, so as to allow some flexibility for context. I'm going to lock this one. You'll still want your question answered. Start a new thread with a link to this if you like.

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