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 Post subject: what is deathstar?
PostPosted: Thu Apr 11, 2013 1:03 pm 
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I know deathstar from starwars but, 40K? Is this basically just any unstoppable unit(s)

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 Post subject: Re: what is deathstar?
PostPosted: Thu Apr 11, 2013 1:20 pm 
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Generally speaking, yes. It's a unit of potent models gathered together to protect one another and make it very difficult to eradicate in a turn or two. A deathstar is usually composed of a very powerful IC or two, strong support units that can take a lot of punishment (e.g. many wounds, great armor save, high toughness or any combination thereof) and excels at something that makes it a prime target for elimination (e.g. high powered shooting, superb CC capability, etc).

For Tyranids, popular Deathstars include a brood of three Carnifexes w/ two Tyranid Primes and a closely trailing unit of Venomthropes, or a Swarmlord w/ three Tyrant Guard and a Tyranid Prime. In the former, the majority T for the unit against shooting is 6, so the lower T5 Tyranid Primes benefit from the wounds. "Look Out, Sir!" rolls supporting the Tyranid Prime can be distributed across multiple Fexes to preserve the unit longer. And in CC, having Lash Whips/Boneswords on the Primes will allow the Fexes to go faster than those in base contact with the Primes. The Swarmlord Deathstar is built in to the codex as is with minimal effort and really only counts as a deathstar in lower point games. The Fex deathstar, though, is very, very pricey regardless what point level you play at.

The common thread between deathstars is that it's very expensive to field and thus a serious dedication in terms of how your force will function. The opponent knows getting rid of it means the rest of the battle will be a mop-up job. That's why Deathstars are a veritable "all or nothing" proposition.


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 Post subject: Re: what is deathstar?
PostPosted: Thu Apr 11, 2013 2:58 pm 
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I have been further enlightened by the hive. Thank you!

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 Post subject: Re: what is deathstar?
PostPosted: Sun Sep 15, 2013 3:35 pm 
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I just wanted to ad a few others to the potential "death-star"s

Genestealers with Brood lord and 2x tyranid primes. They destroy. Everything in CC and the primes realy just serve to eat shots.

3x zoanthropes with tyranid prime(s) gives you a walking bug lamp lol (pun not originaly intended) zoans walk and lance things to death. Primes again eat up wounds and offer CC support with some light weapons fire via death-spitters.

Probaly not the most effective use for them but my games. Prime has a cheap regen and isnt much use other then biteing bullets

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