I own a full unit of these dudes, still boxed but I just can't seem to find a use for them when list building. As far as I can tell no warlock does anything for them aside from both Makedas making them a bit more survivable (although I'd much rather be casting "defenders ward" on other things. and squeezing ten venators into the foxhole AOE does not make for good CRA's!)
So basically what i'm asking is, are they ever worth it? What can we do to make them worth their 9pts? I find it hard to want them over 10 swordsmen + UA, with a point left over!