Join Date: May 2014
Location: Los Angeles, CA
I don't know if threadomancy is looked down on here, but I have some comments about Mutilators.
I am a glutton for punishment so I use warp talons, possessed, mutilators and all the other sucky things in our codex. But Mutilators can actually be pretty useful, though. They aren't godlike, but they don't have to suck.
Chaos doesn't use its elite slots much since you will have cult marines as troops and nobody takes any of the other stuff. Take 3 individuals with MoN. I have deep struck (deep striked? which one is it?) 3 individual mutilators and it has been amazing. If they mishap, its only 61 points. If they don't than they are a huge thorn. Your opponent is going to have to shoot them/assault them and any excess wounds that go through are lost since you don't have any more models in the unit. So your opponent can spam them with small arms fire and pray that you roll 1s, or they can send AP2 shots at you and the excess wounds are wasted overkill. The best part is if the mutilators survive they will almost assuredly kill enemy tanks. I wouldn't charge too many walkers because at I1 you are gonna get squished before you get a chance to hit, but vindis, preds, LRs, rhinos, wave serpents, etc. are all prime targets because 3 attacks with a chainfist is going to do some serious damage to any vehicle. 3s to hit a vehicle and armorbane. That is 2 hits with a 2d6 for the pen roll and+1 on the damage table. You are going to tear vehicles up.
You can also use them to support another charge. Turn 2 deepstrike = turn 3 charge, which is perfect timing for the rest of your army. If you have some spawn, bikers, or marines that are going to assault, the Mutilator is a great asset to help win the combat.
But if they fail and it all comes crashing down, you have only spent 183 points to jack up your opponents shooting/movement/assaults etc for an entire turn. They don't work well as bodyguards; they don't work well as large blobs; they don't work well w/out deepstrike. But they can be awesome if you solo deepstrike 3.
My 2 cents.