Thursday, February 11, 2016
Bloodthirster Vs Knight: A Re-Visit
When I originally wrote the article about a Bloodthirster fighting an Imperial Knight there was quite a lot that got simplified. The destroyer table makes mathematical calculations particularly tricky. Since then I have reworked my figures and now have more accurate results, and the new results are a bit more dramatic.
The Imperial Knight has one main advantage, initiative. Since it has a chance to kill the Bloodthirster before the 'thirster gets to swing, we will start here.
Chances of killing the Bloodthirster without the charge: 16.71%
Chances of killing the Bloodthirster with the charge: 24.68%
This includes both the chance to instantly kill, as well as dealing 5 or more wounds.
Stomping will happen at the same initiative as the Bloodthirster, but if we include stomp in the calculations the chances increase to 30.74% and 37.27% respectively.
Despite swinging second, the Bloodthirster has a better weapon skill and a boatload of attacks.
Chances of killing the Knight without the charge: 77.89%
Chances of killing the Knight with the charge: 90.98%
Compared to the 66% I had given in the first article, this is a huge improvement.
Putting Things Together:
Chances of the knight killing the Bloodthirster AND surviving: 27.46%
Chances of the Bloodthirster killing the knight AND surviving: 48.86%
Chances of both killing each other: 9.81%
Chances of neither one killing each other: 13.87%
Chances of the knight killing the Bloodthirster AND surviving: 17.98%
Chances of the Bloodthirster killing the knight AND surviving: 63.01%
Chances of both killing each other: 12.76%
Chances of neither one killing each other: 6.25%
With the more accurate changes, the odds swing even further towards the Bloodthirster winning combat. Bloodthirsters are going to put out some serious hurt, but there is still a significant chance that they are going to get killed. Any kind of de-buffs on the knight are also going to increase your survivability. Bringing along a maulerfiend (with lasher tendrils) or allying in a psyker is going to make your Bloodthirster much more effective.
As I had mentioned previously, it is recommended that you run units in pairs. A blood thirster on its own is scary, but two Bloodthirsters or a Bloodthirster and a maulerfiend is going to present a more substantial threat.