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12-07-2009, 03:35 PM
I'm wanting to start a Khadoran force in the New Year and I'm undecided what to buy to start out with.
I know I want to start out with pVlad as I love the sculpt and rules, but beyond that I'm not sure what to take. I'm tempted by the Kodiak as the model is damn cool, but the versatility of the new plastic boxed set is calling out to me.
What do the members of the High Kommand recommend for a novice Winter Guardsman just cutting his teeth on Khador?
12-07-2009, 04:35 PM
Depends a lot on playstyle.
I'm personally a HUGE fan of Shocktroopers in any army. Greylords likewise.
Drago is beautiful with Vlad. The wake of his carnage is like art.
I actually like a little shootiness with pVlad so I tend to have destroyers or maybe Behemoth around along with Widowmakers. His feat coupled with bombarding jacks makes for easy alpha strikes or opened charge lanes. Marauders getting into perfect positions to slam things in any direction you like is great also.
Vlad's also great at delivering reavers. Regardless of if you use them, Fenris is worth bringing along with Vlad.
With his strong use of focus for himself and army-wide buffs, The more efficient and autonomous his jacks are, the better. I don't marshal as much with him as I used to, but there's still a place for it.
As for other casters, I used to _heavily_ favor one or three over the rest but with MK2 I love nearly all of them. pButcher might become my favorite instead of pVlad. eVlad may be weaker but I feel freer to field him now. Both Irusks are very potent and versatile.
12-07-2009, 05:48 PM
Kodiak won't let you down. There is the plastic set coming out as well. Beast-09 is another jack that can bring pure pain and is one of our best jacks overall. Drago is Vlad's jack, but it isn't good beyond Vlad and Karchev, so I wouldn't recommend you pick up Drago unless you're really keen on the sculpt.
Iron Fang Pikemen are Khador's standard troop; they're versatile in being very tough for single wound models but bring a lot of damage on the offense.
Widowmakers are another staple, as well as the Winter Guard Mortar (which has lost a little of its power in Mark II but is still fine).
The best thing to do is to build up slowly and surely. Find some people you can play some proxy games with. Start with what you find appealing and move on from there. Weed out choices you don't care for, then start buying the stuff that works best for you or that you like aesthetically. After you get a solid foothold on your playstyle and the models you favor, you can always go back and try the models you did not like again with fresh eyes.
12-07-2009, 06:43 PM
Start with planning out a 15 point army. Then go upwards to 25, 35, etc. That should control your expenditures as you learn to handle the intricacies of the faction better as you go along.
12-07-2009, 09:13 PM
As far as building your collection, I would suggest about 3 warjacks to get you going. Kodiak, the upcoming Juggernaut chassis plastic set, and either Beast or Behemoth are a good starting line up. You can obviously take jacks to taste. (I HAD to have both the Spriggan Chassis jacks, and still love them)
Take 1-2 warcasters you like. Sounds like Vlad is one you are really sold on. He is great, powerful, and has a really soft learning curve. Feel free to pick up another a little later.
Get 1 staple unit of infantry. I suggest either Iron Fang Pikemen or Winterguard Infantry. Pikemen are easier to learn and require less bells and whistles, but require some model work (replace the pike hafts with brass rod, you will thank me).
After that, choose some kind of support, be it Widowmakers, Greylords, or a mortar. A solo or two might not hurt, but aren't essential.
I personally would suggest at least a minimum unit of mechaniks, as our grease-monkeys are made of solid gold.
12-08-2009, 11:18 AM
I'd say look at picking up vlad, sorscha and butcher for starting warcasters unless another one has really caught your eye. Several warcasters will give you the most variety in game style for your money. Look at either Iron Fang Pikemen or Winterguard for your core infantry starting out. Beast 09 is very solid, but there are alot of good options to pick from jack wise. Look at the Khador lists forums for ideas, and make some lists of your own with one of the online army builders like www.forwardkommander.com (http://www.forwardkommander.com) and post them for feedback before buying models. Even better if you can proxy and try out the list yourself first, but I know alot of people are on short time limits trying to give out christmas wish lists asap, which may make that difficult.
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