Tuesday, 14 December 2010

St. Andrew (The Battle is in the Air)

So, while I was busy at work the other day I received an e-mail from the guys at The Caledonian Open requesting that all army lists be submitted by the 17th of December. Crumbs! Despite the fact that it's all painted, I want to move on from the list that I took to Open War and Freebootaz. The 1500 point list I prepared for the club challenge was always intended to point the way for my eventual 1750 tournament army. One of the key things in that list was the two Rune Priests. Now, what's better than that? Three Rune Priests of course!

Rune Priest, Living Lightning, Murderous Hurricane, Chooser of the Slain

Rune Priest, Living Lightning, Jaws of the Wold Wolf, Chooser of the Slain

Rune Priest, Living Lightning, Stormcaller, Chooser of the Slain

That's 3D6 S7 shots at BS5! These guys need some squads to go in now:

Wolf Guard, Combi-Melta, Power Fist
8 Grey Hunters, Mark of the Wulfen, Meltagun, Rhino

Wolf Guard, Combi-Melta, Power Fist
8 Grey Hunters, Mark of the Wulfen, Meltagun, Rhino

Wolf Guard, Combi-Melta, Power Fist
8 Grey Hunters, Mark of the Wulfen, Meltagun, Rhino

That's a pretty hard middle to the army. They're pretty good in combat and with three almost identical units, it will hopefully make target choice that bit harder. Now let's add in some firepower:

6 Long Fangs, 4 Rocket Launchers, Lascannon

6 Long Fangs, 4 Rocket Launchers, Lascannon

Yep, it's my standard loadout there. Since the tournament will be using the standard rulebook missions, we need a way to get these guys onto the board in case of Dawn of War so let's give them some Razorbacks -

Razorback, Twin-Linked Lascannons

Razorback, Twin-Linked Lascannons

8 S8, 2 S9 and 2 Twin-Linked S9 at up to 6 units. Land Speeders are always good so let's add in a couple of those

Land Speeder, Multi-Melta, Heavy Flamer

Land Speeder, Multi-Melta, Heavy Flamer

These are brilliant for blocking. Now, all that adds up to 1584 points but I feel a bit short on scoring units. Let's ditch one of the Rune Priests and his Grey Hunter buddies and replace them with

5 Grey Hunters, Flamer, Razorback, Twin-Linked Assault Cannon

5 Grey Hunters, Flamer, Razorback, Twin-Linked Assault Cannon

If we keep the Wolf Guard that went with the Grey Hunter squad that we've got rid of then we can put him with;

5 Wolf Scouts, Mark of the Wulfen, Meltagun

1699. What can we get for 50 points? A Heavy Bolter Land Speeder? A plain Thunderwolf? A Lone Wolf? Actually, if we trade one of the Assault Cannon Razorback turrets for the standard Heavy Bolter one then we can afford this fellow:

Lone Wolf, Terminator Armour, Chain Fist, Storm Shield

Right, let's have a look at that list in full then:

Rune Priest, Living Lightning, Murderous Hurricane, Chooser of the Slain

Rune Priest, Living Lightning, Murderous Hurricane, Chooser of the Slain

3 Wolf Guard, 3 Combi-Meltas, 3 Power Fists

5 Wolf Scouts, Mark of the Wulfen, Meltagun

Lone Wolf, Terminator Armour, Chain Fist, Storm Shield

8 Grey Hunters, Mark of the Wulfen, Meltagun, Rhino

8 Grey Hunters, Mark of the Wulfen, Meltagun, Rhino

5 Grey Hunters, Flamer, Razorback, Twin-Linked Assault Cannon

5 Grey Hunters, Flamer, Razorback

Land Speeder, Multi-Melta, Heavy Flamer

Land Speeder, Multi-Melta, Heavy Flamer

6 Long Fangs, 4 Rocket Launchers, Lascannon, Razorback, Twin-Linked Lascannon

6 Long Fangs, 4 Rocket Launchers, Lascannon, Razorback, Twin-Linked Lascannon

One quick note - I've gone with Mark of the Wulfen in a few squads which I didn't have in my last tournament list. I've found in the few games that I've tried it that it's normally more useful than an extra guy for the same price. Even though I rarely roll Rending Wounds, the increase in the number of attacks is golden. Unfortunately I'm not actually going to have time to playtest this list before I have to submit it but I will have time to playtest it before the tournament (yes, I know that's the wrong way round!) However, in general it's pretty similar to my last list (4 Razorbacks, Long Fangs, Lone Wolf, Scouts) so hopefully the learning curve won't be too steep.

One final point that I need to consider is the amount of painting that this will take to get ready. I need to do a Rune Priest, a Rhino, a couple of Grey Hunters and 3 Wolf Guard. Hmm, doesn't sound too bad...

7 comments:

  1. Love that list, plenty of long range fire power, lots of bodies on the board. The only thing I would try and do would be to put melta bombs on the scouts.

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  2. Mark of the Wulfen is pretty compulsory imho. It may not rend that often but for me it does when it counts. Pleased to see you have lascannons for your long fangs. Too many people ignore them for the expense. Overall looks like a solid list.

    One question though. Are the Rune priests legal with both having a chooser? I thought they had to have different wargear AND powers!

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  3. Gav, don't the Rune Priests have to have different equipment, you're final list has them equiped the same with the same powers.

    Now personally I don't like up-gunned Razorbacks (in SW anyway...BA are a whole different "Baal" game), for the 70pts you spent on the assault cannon you could almost buy a dakka predator or a whirlwind which I think would do a lot more than going from 2x 36" Hvy3 S5 AP4 guns to 2x 24" Hvy 4 S6 AP4 Rending guns on an AV11 "Tank".

    However that being said, I could see an argument for dropping the Lone Wolf, then putting twin linked heavy flamers on both Razorbacks and up-grade the flamers in those squads to melta guns. This should save you enough points for another Speeder with HF/MM which I think would give you a lot more use.

    When I was playing around with my Deathwatch I found great use in combining Rhino based squads with Speeders for support. The rhino can screen the speeder to some degree and vice-versa, it means the enemy has to chose which target to use their anti-armour weapons on in that part of the battle field, and with HF/MM it can help the squad do what it needs to. Squad camping in cover on an objective...no problem the HF can clear some out, troops inside a box that you want to shoot/assault, no problem we have a mobile MM.

    Try it out in a practice game, I think you'll be surprised at how well it can work.

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  4. The two Rune Priests should have different powers (the second should have Jaws instead of Hurricane)

    Technically they should also have different wargear too so let's swap one of their Bolt Pistols for a Bolter. That puts us within the letter if not the spirit of the law.

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  5. Personally I'd swap a chooser for a necklace. Same points but different wargear. That way you don't like a power weapon attack (like u did with a bolter) and if u face a high WS IC u can still hit on 3+. Useful against daemons cos it'll be 3+ then 2+.

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  6. That should say lose a power attack not like. Stupid phone.

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  7. Looks like a strong list, I'll see you there :). I'll be using my nids after a reasonably long tourney break from them and not the tri LR list. Perhaps revenge will be yours =P?

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