Thanks for the thoughtful replies again! Sorry to keep piling on the questions but I want to get rid of any doubts I have before I start buying. Here's one more:
Is it a viable option to run multiple weaker warjacks? I'm assuming you can't through khador but some other faction maybe (non horde). I know there are cheap warjacks but are there casters that have enough focus or aoe support spells? Cyngar struck me as jack heavy...
I've already checked out the podcast for khador casters but I didn't know they did other as well, thank you!
By "weaker" jacks, I assume you mean light jacks? There are ways, but you'll find that lights come in as specialists after you've gotten a heavy hitter in the list. The important thing when comparing heavies and lights is focus efficiency, a single focus on a heavy jack that hits at a very high POW is going to be more beneficial than powering up a light jacks lower POW attacks, so you get more bang for your buck through heavies. However, lights generally have some special function that makes them desirable, or they're focus efficient and don't need focus. For instance a Minuteman jack is a specialist which can jump over enemies and has an auto hitting flack field that can waste light infantry, while a Repenter is a basic jack with a flame thrower that can happily function without any focus. You'll generally find you'll want a heavy to start with, just for taking out high armor targets.
Cygnar actually isn't usually that jack heavy either, but it has a few extra ways to squeeze jacks in if they choose, like a few good jack marshals and the junior warcaster (though he should never have more than a light on him). They also have a bunch of great lights, such as the Minuteman and Hunter jacks that can do well. Their cavalry caster (Captain Kraye) can do amazing things with light jacks, as he turns them into light cavalry - that means they get to make a full extra advance at the end of their activations, meaning they can move, attack, and move back if they want.
Protectorate of Menoth, meanwhile, has the best jack support in the game, but even it doesn't want more than 3-4 jacks in most lists, though as always there are particular casters (Amon Ad Raza for instance) that like more. Interestingly, Amon loves lots of light jacks, as he has a spell that gives higher buffs for each warjack in his battlegroup that hits, which means you get higher bonuses with a bunch of cheap lights.
Cryx's lights are almost all very cheap super speedy, very lightly armoured arc nodes. There are a couple that aren't Arc Nodes (hell diver and stalker are more specialised), but the rest are just used as cheap Arc Nodes, with the combat functions being somewhat secondary. Still, a 4 point Arc Node jack where the next cheapest is 6 points isn't to be sneezed at.
Khador, of course, has no light jacks at all, nor any Arc Nodes. That's kind of one of their defining features.
Just remember, even the cheapest jacks are still the price of a unit of infantry, so you're never going to get hordes of them.
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