I'm starting my first foray back into 40k in a good long time very soon with a slow grow crusade. And I was wondering if anyone has any stand out stories or exciting battle honour combos?
For example my 25pl force is currently being lead by an Archon with a venom blade. And there's a battle honour for characters which means 6s to wound cause an additional mortal wound, AND there is a weapon enhancements for poison non relic weaponry which does the exact same thing. So I can have an Archon where every 6 to wound does 2 mortal wounds in addition to its normal jazz. I was going to combine that either with consumate weapon master for a D2 Venom Blade, or with Ancient Evil to force people to fight last alongside his Incubi. Thoughts being that if I can make a fun combo weapon without needing to use the Djin Blade, then I can use my relic for something defensive or utility, like the 5+ fnp helmet or the deny the witch helmet.
I also think Dark Venom from cult of strife gives a loop hole, where you can't use weapon enhancements on relic weapons, but the Dark Venom itself isn't a relic weapon, and therefore the Wych weapon you're using (razorflails) should be eligible for weapon enhancements. So you can use your weapon enhancement to make your razor flails damage 2, then +1 for Dark Venom, which translate into 3 mortal wounds on a 6 to hit. AND she can still have the thing where 6s to wound cause 1 mortal wound. A better lileth I have no doubt!
I'm quite keen on using the Scarlet epicureans for melee focussed coven, and their flensing blade seems like a lot of fun relic wise. But Haemonculus aren't really weapon master's, but with the Master Clone field relic, it gives them a 4+ invul and 2+ attacks. And if I get lucky, I could take the bsttlescar which halves damage taken but loose access to power from pain, which he wouldn't need due to the clone field. Take the Coven of twelve warlord trait, and you'll half all damage you take, then -1, then have a 4+/5++ against it.
I quite enjoy how over time you really can build your own special characters.