How to Field Them
A Commander Bomb is going to run a bit over 1050 points to start. From there you have some options. You can add Shadowsun and some bodyguards (over 400 points), another FSE commander, an Allied Support'O/Kingfisher, or even a Stealth Suit team. The cheapest, most efficient option would be to add a regular Troop crisis team with your choice of equipment and drones.
Your opponent will likely be trying to play to the mission, hoping you wont be able to kill enough units with your one big unit (the usual approach against a Deathstar). So in order to win with this unit you need to be able to score various objectives each turn. Luckily, you can adapt your unit size at will, splitting or merging members together to accomplish various tasks at any given time. As a whole, the unit is nigh unkillable and basically impossible to tarpit, but it can only be in one place at a time and kill only one unit at a time (maybe 2 if the unit they attach to has target locks). When it breaks into smaller groups your opponent will have to choose what poses the greatest threat, while your various units bound around doing their thing. Even reduced to 3 separate groups, each mini-star is formidable (these are commanders we are talking about).
|Let's play "Which squad will I put Farsight in next!"|
Commanders in Squads
This has a smaller point impact on your list and is usually for FSE lists that aren't going to be using a large Farsight Bomb anyways. Even so, these characters aren't cheap so you won't be using any of the commander team in low-to-mid point levels.
If you want to play an actual Deathstar, it is better to take a regular 7-man bodyguard for Farsight. It can operate as a single unit while targeting multiple threats and staying hard to kill. A regular Farsight bomb runs around 800 points before you add in Shadowsun or an FSE commander.
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So what do you think of the Eight? Would you field them all together, even just for fun? Would you take them piecemeal? Would you take them at all? I know that I am eager to try out O'vesa tanking for my Deathrains, and a deathstar of IC's sounds like fun for a casual game.