So using a counts-as special character is unimaginative, and makes me a WaaC player, eh?
What if I want to play Alien Hunters. The best way to represent this is to run my 'Death Watch Captain', who just happens to use a powerfist, powered up 'anti-alien' stormbolter, and has a company standard. and since my guys are alien hunters, they've seen pretty much every vile alien across the galaxy, so they're going to be stubborn. and since the Deathwatch is renowned for special ammo, of course I'm going to have plenty of sternguard equivalents, which are going to have to be able to score, since they're the primary fighting force of the alien hunters. I will have a few new guys in my force who have yet to get their special ammo, but of course one of the premier fighting forces of the galaxy is going want it's initiates to prove themselves, hence the presence of basuc tac squads.
Oh wait, what was that- I just described pedro kantor in his entirety! without a single reference to the crimson fists! in fact, I've just used kantor to form an inquisitorial force. How does that lack imagination. If I want to play this army, and just buy a marine captain with powerfist, stormbolter and company standard, and give my opponent a heads up, what is wrong with that? He's got all the equipment of Kantor, except he's not Kantor- he's Deathwatch Captain Killwin! (couldn't think of a better name off the top of my head)
Counts-as special characters are hardly unimaginative. In fact I would encourage them.
EDIT: And as for having special rules be applied to a basic template captain/chapter master, I initially thought this would be a good idea. Until I realised that this could lead to a horrifying ordeal of combining special character rules that goes something like this.
Player 1- "Hey guys, this is my very own character. His name is Marneus Vulkan Kantor-Shrike. He is the love child of Vulkan, Marneus, Shrike and Pedro. Marines are kinky that way. He gives my entire army both stubborn and fleet, makes my sternguard scoring, makes my flamers and meltas twin-linked, and allows me to decide whether I pass or fail any morale check."
Player 2- "Oh fuckballs"
How is this template going to improve the 'evil WaaC players' using special characters as a crutch?
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Last edited by coke123; 12-09-10 at 09:48 AM.