Who wants a character with truly eye watering offence? us apparently
lets take a look. Succubus
They Wych cult leaders are among the best melee characters in the game. Their dps is absolutely no joke once upgraded. Base line they come with an agoniser (I'm sure everyone is familiar with this piece of kit) and the archite glaive a +2 str ap3 damae one weapon, a succubus can happily throw out 6 str 6 attacks before any upgrades (yes ok I put the point from combat drugs into strength in that example).
However it is only when Obsessions, traits and relics are added that they become truly horrifying. A few of the builds I have seen (that don't rely on infinite attacks) are;
Quick silver fighter, triptych whip, adrenalight; Nothing flashy here just a bag of attacks that are poison 2+ -3 ap and damage 2. Will beat most characters to death happily and will do high levels of damage to most squads.
Treacherous deceiver, traitors embrace; The "stop hitting yourself" build I haven't mentioned it till now but I will here a succubus is only 60 points way less than almost all the other apex melee characters. This build can be a good way to deal with a troublesome character or monster with mutualy assured destruction.
Quick silver fighter, The blood glaive, Grave lotus; 8 strength 6 attacks with -3 ap and damage 3, great vs all those 3 wound models running around these days, can make an absolute mess of most characters as it can kill in 2 hits.
(book of rust booo) Precision blows, Dark lotus toxin, grave lotus/adrenalight, wych weapons; This is a nasty combo, you can role 14 dice with razorflails and any 6 to hit inflicts 2 mortal wounds or 8 dice with a shardnet and Impaler and any 6's do 3 mortal wounds. role slightly above average on either weapon and you will be dishing out allot of hurt.
Well that's allot Of the offensive stuff, lets talk defense and buffs, so the succubus has as standard a 4+ invun vs all attacks and not much else, considering that most of the weapons that are thrown at characters have a healthy ap the 4+ is about as good as you can expect, that said it does leave her open to allot of small arms fire that a more heavily armored character would shrug off all in all though I rate her defense as good.
Buff wise wych cult core units within 6" reroll 1's to wound in melee which will net you a bit more damage in a fight, it's a solid little buff so don't forget it's there. Debuff wise a succubus also has no escape so her + wych squad means 2 rolls and if you win either you are locked in melee this turn which is great news for you!.Lelith Hesperax
Well here comes a bag of special rules :/. Well there's allot to be said about Lelith she's clocks in at 50% more than a regular succubus (technically she's a master so we will let her off) and stat wise has one more attack (unless you take adrenalight then you are exactly the same stats).
Her unique weapons
a pair of butterknives
Lelith's blades are +1 str, -3ap andddddd damage 1... they do mean that any 6 to hit gives 2 hits instead of one though (pff even a wrack can learn to do that) and combined with her warlord trait (kinda manditory if you take her) she can generate 4 hits for every 6 rolled (don't forget that procs blade artist). Ok so that's not too bad but you only generate 8 hits on average 2 less than a triptych whip succubus and in wounding her opponents she gets no help, those hits only convert too 4 wounds vs t4 or at most 3 wounds vs t5 not allot of damage, even if you are targeting a character and get rerolls on everything it is scarcely any more damage at 6 wounds and 4 wounds respectively that's really low for most succubus builds.
Defensively she's better than average with -1 to hit and a 4 up invun it's a nice addition but not overly impressive.
As a buff bot she lets cult of strife core units within 6 reroll 1's to hit and wound in melee, which I have to say is actually really good, turn 3 onward you can hit on 2+ with reroll 1's, it will help make back some of the damage deficit for taking Lelith.
Deadly dance is reskinned show stealer, I mean you have the master succubus keyword so I guess you should get the ability from it. I guess this means she unlocks blood brides.
Her natural perfection is ok, it's another way to amp her damage and keep her fighting, she can either charge if she fell back or fight again at the end of the phase if she destroyed any models. I mean yeah cool she can fight twice which means she might be able to kill 5 intercessors in a round... that's something allot of succubus builds can do trivially. I suppose she slaughters sisters of battle or aspect warriors with ease but vs those kind of opponents standard wychs outclass them so much that she's not needed.
She's got no escape too I guess which is nice.
My problem with her is that she does so little for her points she hits like a wet noodle and that's a shame because her fluff is awesome damage 1 is so junk and makes no sense skillful enough to pick a weak spot in armour but can't hit anything vital apparently. Also her new model is well lets say a downgrade.
All in all I am not a fan and Lelith remains our worst character, until GW show her some love she will remain on the shelf (their store shelf).
Next time Urien Rakarth!