Since I discussed Flamers of Tzeentch in Epic Armageddon a few weeks ago, it seems only natural to take a quick look at the Lord of Change and how it works for me in Epic. As before, both EpicUK and NetEA have the same stats for the Lord of Change, with on the cost differing (50pts in EpicUK, 75pts in NetEA).
First off, despite his size the Lord of Change is still subject to the daemon rules, including instability – meaning if the formation he’s summoned into loses a combat, he will be automatically destroyed. However, this vulnerability is balanced out by a fairly reasonable cost and an impressive range of abilities.As might be expected of the psychic followers of Tzeentch, the Lord of Change excels at firefight, offering 3 3+ attacks and a Macro attack. He’s also Inspiring, which is a nice addition and can help push a combat your way. Similarly to most of Tzeentch’s followers, the Lord of Change comes with a fairly good reinforced 4+ armour, though it’s worth noting that he can be picked out by shooting due to his War Engine status.
However, as effective as he is, I do end up back on the question of Flamers, and which is the better choice. You can take 3-5 stands of Flamers (depending on the list) for the same points cost of a Lord of Change, and can summon eight stands of Flamers for the same summoning costs(!) – that’s sixteen firefight 4+ attacks compared to his four…
It’s a close issue, and one that I’ve never been able to come down on one side or the other on. In my lists, I tend to take a Lord of Change in any games over 3000pts to add some variety in, since his Macro attacks, Inspiring and armour are a nice alternative in some situations to the massed shots of the Flamers. In particular, I tend to prefer summoning the Lord of Change when I expect a lot of hits to come my way, since he’s better at tanking damage than Flamers. When it comes down to it, I have to sit on the fence – there are times when a Lord of Change will be more help, and conversely there’ll be those times when the Flamers are far better. Still, it’s hard to argue that it’s a good solid model for its points cost, and looks badass when placed amongst all those 6mm infantry models!