As I've indicated in earlier posts, I haven't played the current edition of WH, and am a bit unclear on the rules regarding the Hammerers unit. I took the parenthetical notation in the Lords entry to mean that Thanes do not benefit from the 'Royal Blood' special rule, meaning that in my area, where 1500 point games are the most popular, I might have some trouble fielding a unit of Hammerers at maximum power. You pay 12 points, but you get higher strength, higher WS, and 2h weapons - are Hammerers still worth taking in a 1500 point game where you have no access to a Lord?

Thanks in advance.