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Plague Priest Blocks; Unit Question
Topic Started: 20th February 2012 - 10:08 PM (454 Views)
Vermin Von Braun


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New rat to the tunnels so please-please mercy if the question has been asked before......further as a aspiring disciple of Skyre, not knowledgeable in the decayed discipliens, I seek-seek the conul of my poxed and diseased cousin rats....

When considering the structure of my single unit 40 rat unit oif plague monks is it better to go narrow and deep (5x8 to maintain ranks after attrition) or go wider and more shallow (10x4) ? The number of rats is dictated by my two (2) boxes purchsed.

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For me I mostly use them 10 x 4 because I use them as a suicide unit rather than another ranked block. Dealing that damage is crucial for their uses.
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Nearly always 10x4, and with the Plague Banner, and a Priest (95% of the time with a furnace)

If they lose combat (and frenzy) then they are nearly worthless so you don't need to rely on ranks to stay steadfast, get in horde formation so you can dish out as many attacks as possible. If you think for a second you won't win the fight pop the banner to ensure you do.

Avoid high armor save models, and only engage high toughness models if you can reliably get Bless with Filth/Wither off.
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20th February 2012 - 10:50 PM
For me I mostly use them 10 x 4 because I use them as a suicide unit rather than another ranked block. Dealing that damage is crucial for their uses.
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Suicide Unit? I thought that the less expensive units (clanrats, giant rats, slaves) would have those roles. Whadda you do place them on a flank where they are a little more reliable/steady?

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I place them a bit left (or right) of my blocking units, and I charge them in to do damage. Slaves go after hard stuff, these go after things that can't take many hits.
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Plague monks work best if you have some units to keep the dangerous opponents away from them (Slaves to tarpit and giant rats to redirect). As already stated they work best against low armour and low T troops (although with bless with filth you could pass the T problem). Plague monks are one of the few Skaven units who actually benifit from the Horde deployment, since you'll need as many attack output as possible to ensure you'd win combat.

While in horde if you're facing a 5 wide unit you'll be able of dishing out 38 attacks (39 if you have a champion). When in horde facing horde you'll dish out a total of 50 attacks (51 with a champion). The extra rank from the horde formation can make the difference to win combat en keep your Frenzy. When plague monks lose their Frenzy they lose alot of their hitting power , in such a case reforming to 5 wide to ensure steadfast might be the only reason i'd ever go 5 wide.
So as long as you still have your frenzy i'd go 10 wide and try to benifit as much as possible from it.

When fielding plague Monks i'd field one Priest among them. A priest can take care of high T or armour safe models with it's flail or even a magic weapon. Armour and T are the bane for your plague monks. There are however solutions to deal with this problem.

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I always start out in Horde formation, but I generally try and reform after the first round of combat into 7 wide formation. I also tend to lose. These may be unrelated.
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The overwhelming opinion is for the horde...thus I will follow the advice of the group and try it out.

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