I find people tend to rate this unit lower than it perhaps deserves, due to a common misconception that the model can't fit in 10" wide long table edge deployment zones. Resulting in it not being able to do anything in the first battle round of the game. Possibly this is true of the tabletop simulator model, which I guess is what most people have been using since 9th came out.
Owning the model myself I can say this isn't necessarily true. It's a posable model with a 'base size' determined by where its feet touch the ground. As a result it can be assembled to be less than 10" wide. I did so quite unintentionally when I put mine together 6 or 7 years ago. Mine is about 9.5" wide.
Being a lord of war, it doesn't get a hive fleet trait due to being in a Superheavy Auxiliary detachment. (It does of course get one if in a full superheavy detachment, but you can't fit one of those in a 2k game, so it's a moot point). It does however get a hive fleet keyword, so there are a few aura buffs or hive fleet specific psychic powers it could benefit from. Symbiostorm for instance, to get a bit more value out of those nice bio-cannons.
Flat 3 damage guns with 16 shots is very nice. You can also use Pathogenic Slime to buff that up to 4 damage, which is very useful if you're shooting at something like death guard terminators (3 wound models with -1 damage).
You probably want to give it Dermic Symbiosis. It already has a 5++, so that part of the adaptation is wasted. However doubling the number of wounds it has remaining for the damage table will keep it strong for longer, and given how many points this thing costs is worth the adaptation.
I do kind of like the idea of transporting a big unit of 20 genestealers inside it. There are some minor tricks you could do like disembarking them to charge and kill something, and then using the Overrun stratagem to re-embark them aboard the Hierophant after fighting.
Ultimately I think the Harridan is a better lord of war. Similar statline, cheaper, and just has more utility.
The hierophant isn't great, but it's better than people give it credit for.
Edited by Arson Fire, 31 August 2021 - 12:53 AM.