I love these guys. Warriors of Old. Swordmasters with heavy armor. I love their concept, I love how they look. Their models look amazing. Yet, I really struggle in using them. In yesterday's tournament they did very little. In first match they just sat there being shot at. I lacked range to charge with them in time and then they were too few in order to be worth triggering free Man of War range attack on their deaths. At least they had delayed a lot more expensive and tough unit from doing anything much really. In second game whole squad was just wiped by Electromancers and their chain electric attack. In third game they had performed quite well even if they kept failing their tough saves. They ate bunch of Trenchers shots and they had managed to secure me two points and remain relevant until last turns.
Yet, I feel like I'm just trying too hard to make them relevant. I love models. I want them to succeed, but I feel like I'm handicapping myself with them. Anything they can do, someone else can do it better. Hallberders are in similar price range with their command squad and I get a lot more versatility out of them. Their high armor value. Their superior mobility with reposition. Thane can easily give them +2 movement. If I change theme, Dawnguard Sentinels are like Defenders, but actually good if more expensive. I also struggle in understanding how to use them. They have precision strike, but I end up wanting them to go into melee with other squads of infantry, to skirmish around. Maybe I use them in a wrong fashion and they should be sent as anti warjack unit?
In general, I do not know how to use them efficiently. They have such mediocre statline. 14 def, 15 armor and I always seem to roll 4 on their tough rolls... I would like to know if they are any good and how best I should employ them. I already looked for support solos. They have Aelyth Vyr attachment, but it is very expensive and gives them Hard trait which seems fairly useless to be honest. Lanyssa Ryssyl gives them +2 on charge which is useful and solo itself is good. So, she is essentially that Thanos is for Hallberders. Priest of Nysor can give them total MAT 8 which is really good. Though, it is 13 points of support for 16 points 10 unit squad. That is A LOT of support just for one unit and it feels like your are building your army around Defenders rather than other way around.
So, what do you guys think? Can you sell me on them?