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A Thousand Points of Light: Witch Hunters by Patrick Eibel
There are a lot of ways you can configure a Witch Hunter army; I've decided to present a list based around Sisters of Battle. I mean, who doesn't like women with guns? 

Battle Sisters
Above: Sisters of Battle painted by "Crazy Ivan"
Photo © copyright "Crazy Ivan," November 2005. Used with permission. 

Remember, this list—like all the others in this series—is meant for brand-new players or for players looking to start a new army. This list is not meant to be a “killer” list for winning tournaments or trouncing people at the local gaming shop. Rather, it is a foundation that players can build upon as they desire. 

What To Buy

  • Canoness: $10.00/ £6
  • Two boxes of Sisters of Battle: $80.00/ £70
  • Two blisters of Battle Sisters w/ heavy flamers: $20.00/ £10 
  • One Sister with Imagifer: $10.00/ £4
  • One blister of Battle Sisters w/ bolters (3 per blister): $12.00/ £18
  • Two Rhinos: $60.00/ £*
  • One Immolator: $40.00/ £18
  • One Exorcist: $55.00/ £30
  • Four blisters of Battle Sisters w/ heavy bolters: $40.00/ £20 
  • One Battle Sister Sister Superior: $10.00/ £4
Total: $337.00 or £180+

* Games Workshop UK still offers the squad and vehicle combo box for 35 pounds, and this price has been used for the squad cost in pounds. If you cannot find this kit, the Rhinos would be 15 pounds each and the squad 20 pounds each. If you can happen to find this kit in the US, it will help to reduce the cost of the army by a little bit (you won’t pay tax twice).

All prices are from the Games Workshop website as of November 2005. Prices may vary, do not include taxes, and are meant only as a guide.

Seraphim
Above: Expand your army with some Seraphim
Photo © copyright "Crazy Ivan," November 2005. Used with permission. 

1000 point list
Take the two Sisters with storm bolters from the Battle Sister squad boxes, the Sister with the Imagifer, and two of the Sisters from the blister of three to form the Celestian Squad. The Imagifer is included in the squad because it is an easy way to get an individual Sister that is not a leader type or special weapon. You can always upgrade the squad to actually have a Imagifer should you decide to expand the army. Add a Sister with a heavy flamer to each Battle Sister squad to replace the storm-bolter Sister. The four heavy bolter Sisters, the last Sister with a bolter, and the Sister Superior will form the Retributor Squad. If at all possible, I would try and get the Sister Superior that is different than the one that comes in the squad box for the Retributor squad.

  • Canoness w/ Litanies of Faith, power weapon, bolt pistol, Mantle of Ophelia (106 points)
  • Celestian Squad squad: five Celestians, two w/ storm bolters (75 points)
  • Immolator w/ multi-meltas, extra armor, smoke launchers, searchlight, and Holy Icon (104 points)
  • Battle Sister squad: 10 Sisters, one w/ flamer, one w/ heavy flamer; Veteran Sister Superior w/ power weapon, Book of St. Lucius (157 points)
  • Rhino w/ extra armor and smoke launchers (58 points)
  • Battle Sister squad: 10 Sisters, one w/ flamer, one w/ heavy flamer; Veteran Sister Superior w/ power weapon, Book of St. Lucius (157 points)
  • Rhino w/ extra armor and smoke launchers (58 points)
  • Retributors : six Sisters, four w/ heavy bolters, one w/ bolter; Veteran Sister Superior w/ Book of St. Lucius (146 points)
  • Exorcist w/ extra armor (140 points)
Total:  1001 points

Canoness

Above: Canoness  Below: Immolator with heavy bolters
Photos © copyright "Crazy Ivan," November 2005. Used with permission. 

Immolator

Tactics
 You will start with six points of Faith for your army (two from the Canoness, one from the Celestians, one each from the Battle Sister squads, and one from the Retributors), plus you get to use an extra Act of Faith for free with the Litanies of Faith. In particular, Divine Guidance and Spirit of the Martyr will be invaluable in keeping your Sisters alive while smiting the heck out of your opponent. Be aware that the Immolator and Exorcist are your best options for taking out enemy tanks, and will probably be targeted as such. Get the most out of them while they are still on the field. 

The Witch Hunter army is quite expensive to build, as it only has metal miniatures, including the ten pounds of metal you get with Exorcist (nice pipes!). However, after seeing the Sisters in action, I can certainly attest to their effectiveness. Just be sure to loudly say “Repent!” whenever you use your flamers.

Converted Exorcist
Above: Converted Exorcist by "Holy Crusader"
Photo © copyright "Holy Crusader," November 2005. Used with permission. 

Related Pages
Introduction to the series
Other lists in this series
 

© Copyright Patrick Eibel, November 2005. Used with permission.
 

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