Note, as well, that the 1,500 point list is using the Vanguard restrictions (2 battleline), with the 2,000 point step going up to Battlehost.
1,000 (970) point list:
- [+] Expand
Tzaangors x20 (various kit)
Pink Horrors x10
Tzaangor Enlightened on Discs x3
Screamers of Tzeentch x3
Blue Horrors x10
- Remove the Screamers and Blue Horrors.
- Add 6 Tzaangor Skyfires. This puts me at 1,500 even with the Lord of Change.
- Remove Blue Horrors.
- Add 6 Screamers to existing unit of 3.
- Add unit of Brimstone Horrors to fill points. This puts me at 1,500 points even.
- As path 2, but only 3 more Screamers and no Brimstones.
- Add 3 Tzaangor Enlightened to existing unit of 3. This puts me at 1,500 points even.
Path 1 has the benefit of Skyfires being a particularly competitive unit. But I'll have to paint up 6 Skyfires. Doable, but the most work of all of the options.
Path 2 gives me a juicy unit of 9 screamers, of which 6 are already painted, and the other 3 will be easy to paint (compared to Tzaangor Skyfires!). But I find they aren't the best unit. They tend to perform pretty lackluster, especially compared to Tzaangor Enlightened. Though this may be me being biased from their performance in 40k. I really like their "if close to a friendly Tzeentch daemon hero, all attacks on the screamers that roll a 6 count as misses." That can really mess up a lot of specialty units. The Brimstones (already painted) are just for filling points and giving me a buffer unit that can either roadblock, or objective hold.
Path 3 takes path 2 and fills the points with Tzaangor Enlightened, instead of more screamers. I lose the Brimstones, and now have to paint up 3 more Enlightened. Not as bad as 6 Skyfires, though. The Enlightened I find are hit-or-miss. When they hit, they hit HARD, but they have to suffer damage first. They gain bonuses in the fight phase if there's an enemy unit that has ALREADY attacked. They're great to pair up for a one-two punch combo, or for flanking and hitting weak enemy units that can't do much damage to them. Though 20 Tzaangor, 6 Enlightened and 6 Screamers are a nasty, hard hitting core.
In addition, the current rumours for the 40k Thousand Sons codex are that Tzaangor Enlightened are joining the Thousand Sons in the future. But no word on the Skyfires. If only the Enlightened are coming, being ahead of the game by building more Enlightened is good. If the Skyfires are also coming, then there's no loss in going with Path 1. (Edit: Just watched the WarHammerTV Twitch stream of today's Thousand Sons game, and it looks like they are using Skyfires in the game. May have just answered my question, but we'll see....)
Any thoughts or suggestions on which path I should take? Note that I currently don't have any plans to use a formation, even at 2,000 points. I intend to boost my Tzaangors to 30, add either a unit of Kairic Acolytes or another unit of Pink Horrors for my 3rd Battleline, then possibly another Shaman, for the 2,000 point level. If I have points left over, I may see if there's a formation I can use, but I haven't thought that far ahead.