Well there I go not reading important rules again!
Do you think that 326 points is reasonable to spend on a recon CAV? Seems steep to me when I can get a lowly Nomad for a third of the cost. Granted the Recluse has the AA ability which could prove useful... And I need to upgrade the Nomad to get what I want out of it.
How about if I swap the Assassin out for a Dragoon tank? Or a Scarab? (for the points I'd rather have the Scarab, one point less on attack, two less DV, one less damage track - and save 100 points!)
Personally I like the CAV's over the tanks, as you often get a second main weapon and a secondary weapon or two, at about the same cost as you'd get a tank with an equivalent main weapon. Unfortunately Adon doesn't have too many attack CAV options - Chancellor I like, and I have, and I like the Ogre, but don't have it and I'm not sure I want to find a place in the list for that many points. The Mantis looks phenomenal but its stats aren't for me.
Can you go freelance and use faction models? The rule that I'm looking at is that one of the freelance doctrines allows you to take up to 25% of your points in faction models. That rule still stands? I suppose it'd be easy enough to drop all of the Adon specific stuff (except for the Chancellor, love that chassis!) It's really only the Hornets besides that. So long as I played 2,000 point games or more I could always use my Chancellor in an Independant force...
So I guess my question now is this: How much of a boost is the ability to double your ECM/EST bubbles' sizes? It seems to me that it would provide quite a bit of freedom in model placement
You answered your own question there. That extra bit gives you alot of manuevering room.
While nomads are nice. They have a very short life. And being units EW unit they will be primary targets. Nomads work better as backup EW units or in packs.
Recluse are well worth the points. With Adon doctrine of doubling you ECM or EST bubble they have a 16" area of coverage. That's a pretty big pie plate. With their pop up SA they can also ambush pretty well. Hide them behide some low blocking terrian and then pop up and let loose their missles.
You can also use any open market B-S or RMI model in a Adon army as faction models with RC08 errata. So you can use the Sultan (a great fire support unit), the Scorpion (a fine attack CAV), and Spiders (another Fire support).
For my Adon Force I went with
My fast moving Armor platoon flank the oppenent and push them into the waiting ambush of my Fire support platoon. All the while the O'lords are playing clean up.