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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 11-21-12, 04:15 AM Thread Starter
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Default How important are BSB?

Just what the questions ask, thanks?
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Depending on your army very. After all if you LD8 or lower you really will come to appreciate that re-roll.

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iplay skaven and its kind of an integral part of the leadership bubble .
plus handy for quick reforms etc

so for me its very important ( keeping slaves in cc )

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Necessary for some armies.

For undead and the like not at all, but a lot of people I know gladly pay 25 points to have a few extra skellies around.

For warriors, my current main army, they are necessary. The so-so ld across the board necessitates a BSB.

You don't always need them, but it never hurts to have one. IF you would take a fighty hero anyway then pay the little extra to make him a bsb, and if not consider it. IF you want a magic banner you have to look at it a little more carefully I'd say. Only for specific builds, otherwise it is a waste.

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Basically its either an auto-choice, or a non-choice. There are very few armies where having a BSB is really a middle ground...

VC, TK and daemons basically don't care about BSBs. If they've taken one it'll likely purely to carry a magic banner... they certainly won't include a BSB just as a BSB.

I think Skaven and Lizards are about the only armies where a BSB is kinda useful but not really something that should be fitted into every list: skaven tend to get Ld10 on almost all their units while cold blooded means that even at Ld8 lizards are pretty hard to shift (play a Ld9-10 slaan and you really don't need to worry).

The 'high' ld armies such as all the elves and empire (with Ld9 lords) don't absolutely need a BSB... but Ld9 is still a 1in6 chance of failing, which is pretty terrible for the more elite armies.

The low-mid ld armies almost require a BSB to be effective. There armies include ogres, OnG and beastmen but also armies you wouldn't normally think of such as WoC (although less then the others). These are the armies where players cringe everytime they have to make a panic check or are horrified at the thought of making a steadfast check. Even the strongest Ld7-8 units are going to hate the thought of taking a chariot/monster to the flank: they will likely lose, could well break, have very little chance of reforming and generally won't do well.

For pretty much all of these the reroll from BSBs is well worth the 25pt cost, the only question is can you fit in the hero into your army in the first place to carry the BSB. For my ogres that's a real problem as characters are all very expensive... but for other armies where you can pick up a decent combat hero and add the BSB in for ~150pts its well worth taking.

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I personally play WoC and find it extremely useful.
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Tim/Steve - Disagree on the Daemons bit, I think they are a must as we dont crumble like Undead, we lose an amount of models = to how much you failed the Ld test by. Although, my daemons do have a habit of spooning in combat and end up losing by a lot

Back on topic, i find that all armies could do with a BSB except those who suffer the undead rule.

Picture this - your death star unit, lots of points sunk in to it, you have all these amazing buff and you have the stubborn rule - you fail your leadership by 1. those 25 points just saved you a thousand points, or saved your right\left flank. My books - BSB is a must.

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I've found VC with a bsb help themselves a lot.
the wight king is a nasty character, base. With a magic banner, he can help diversity for the army..

25 points (plus the extra hero cost) can add +1 to any combat and swing from winning to losing so quickly.

plus for many Scenarios, it's another point.

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In VCs you either win big (GG horde w/ barrows) or lose big (core choices). Swinging from winning to losing with that +1 is laughable at best.

Magic banners sure. But only if you are running a specific build.

My tactics articles, if you need help making a new army, or beating one:

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New Warriors of Chaos -

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There's no way in hell I'd play a Skaven or Daemon army without a banner. A 25 point upgrade that can save entire flanks, as someone pointed out earlier? Why would you NOT want this? A Nurgle herald with a magic banner and a magic level might be a bit points-heavy but he can lay down the smack and keep his army in the fight.

Skaven may get high Ld from big blocks of troops but if you start failing break or panic tests, you might as well sweep your army into the carry case and go to the pub. As for Daemons, the effect might not be so dramatic but it could mean the difference between losing half a dozen models or even a Greater Daemon.

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