So, with my recent arrival into the eldar ranks, my collection is a huge array of wraithbone constructs of various forms (more specifically: 15 wraithblades/guards, 3 Wraithlords, 3 war walkers, 3 farseers, eldrad and a hemlock). Now I feel I need to add to the main bulk, the troop choices.
The two options I am looking at are Guardian Defenders and Dire Avengers. Ignoring Rangers because I will not tolerate a troop choice being resin (and to be honest they are more of a specialist choice later in an armies building) and to be frank, the Storm Guardians don't appeal because of their need for an upgrade pack to make them which is just stupid.
The reason I ask is because Dire Avengers are strong more elite versions that have some really strong range game to them in being able to dish out serious hurt that way. This extra range gives them a strong ability to control where they can go and their overwatch benefit is really nice.
However for 80 points versus 60 (each avenger being 12 total because of their gun but because of only be 5 base they are cheaper) I could go for the guardians who don't pack a special rule but instead have numbers and the ability to bolster their ranks with big guns. While 160 for a full squad, within range they are 40 shuriken shots of 3+ to hit which is just silly (couple with ulthwe black guardian stratagem to hit on 2 is nuts). They do lack range and thus would rely on their weapon support platforms to get damage in while these guys attempt to run across the board (which they can do, battle focus does remove the penalty for advancing and firing their assault weapons).
The main consideration here is that one squad I would do one strat with while the other would be a bit more flexible. On one hand, dire avengers are flexible and can go where needed. 18" range on their guns means their bubble of threat is greater and thus more able to harrass targets. On the other hand however, the guardians do have bulk and the stratagems fort them can be a big deal. The main thing is their range and I would be inclined to make use of the bonus CP givein by battalion to just webway strike them in (literally have 2 blocks of 20 + 2 weapon platforms with shuriken cannons) and have them turn 1 blitz infantry off the board wherever I want.
Which would you guys think is a better plan really? Go for the huge massed infantry blocks of webway striking or get a core of dire avengers to keep things flexible?