Friday, 30 March 2012

Deep Thought - A Sense Of Dread






In the song Hey Ya by Outkast, Andre 3000 asks the question, "What's cooler than being cool?" To which the answer is, "Ice cold" Well, what's cooler than 8 foot tall genetically enginered super men? Well, 8 foot tall genetically enginered super men on giant wolves obviously. But what's nearly as cool as that? Genetically enginered super men who kick so much arse when they're alive that when they get badly injured they get put into a metalic shell so that they can keep killing in the name of the Emperor, that's what!

Deep Thought is our ironically titled series of "Wouldn't it be cool" army lists (although, I'm not sure if it's a series yet, since there has only been one previously) Anyway, today we are going to look at a list mainly made up of Dreadnoughts. Now, there are a couple of codexes that you can do this from. The Space Marine 'dex and the Grey Knight one both allow you to take up to 6 of the things. the Space Wolf codex lets you take one as HQ but you can only take 4 maximum. However, there is a codex that lets you take Dreadnoughts in the Elites, Troops and Heavy Support sections of the Force Org Chart - the Blood Angels...

The only thing  you have to do is take 5 Death Company before you can take any Death Company Dreads. Now, I reckon that you could fit in about 8 Dreads at 1750 but you'd probably have no scoring units. However, you'd have 8 Dreads! This leaves a questions about what types of Dreadnought to take, shooty? Assaulty? Physchic? As much as I love dual Autocannon Dreadnoughts, I love the idea of 8 Dreads running amok and smashing stuff up even more. With that in mind, we need a way for the Dreads to get into postition so I've gone for Drop Pods...

Heavy Support

Dreadnought, Multimelta, Blood Fist, Drop Pod
Dreadnought, Multimelta, Blood Fist, Drop Pod
Dreadnought, Multimelta, Blood Fist, Drop Pod

These are the heavy lifters, drop in, blow up something and then wade into combat if you survive the retaliation.

Elites

Furioso Dreadnought, Blood Talons, Drop Pod 
Furioso Dreadnought, Blood Talons, Drop Pod
Furioso Dreadnought, Blood Talons, Drop Pod

Jazz hand Dreads. The enemy need to take care of these guys before they get into combat or they can be leathal.

Troops

5 Death Company, Infernus Pistol, Drop Pod
5 Death Company Infernus Pistol, Drop Pod
Death Company Dreadnought, Blood Talons, Drop Pod
Death Company Dreadnought, Blood Talons, Drop Pod

These guys would be part of the second wave. Ideally, you'll have killed all of the enemy vehicles so that these guys can drop down and not be led around, raging, after vehicles that they can never quite catch. Not 100% sure of whether the DCDs would be better keeping their Blood Fists or not...

That leaves 225 points left and we still need a HQ. A Librarian is cheap and can add to our anti-vehicle with Blood Lance and can give some of our Dreads 5+ saves with Shield of Sanguinious. Then 125 points is just enough to get us an Assault Squad in another Drop Pod, which is ideal as it gives us an odd number of Pods. So the list in full...

HQ
Librarian, Blood Lance, Shield of Sanguinious

Elites

Furioso Dreadnought, Blood Talons, Drop Pod 
Furioso Dreadnought, Blood Talons, Drop Pod
Furioso Dreadnought, Blood Talons, Drop Pod

Troops
5 Death Company, Infernus Pistol, Drop Pod
5 Death Company Infernus Pistol, Drop Pod
Death Company Dreadnought, Blood Talons, Drop Pod
Death Company Dreadnought, Blood Talons, Drop Pod
5 Assault Marines, Meltagun, Infernus Pistol, Drop Pod

Heavy Support
Dreadnought, Multimelta, Blood Fist, Drop Pod
Dreadnought, Multimelta, Blood Fist, Drop Pod
Dreadnought, Multimelta, Blood Fist, Drop Pod


Optimised? No. Rock/Scissors/Paper list? Yes. Fun? It's 8 giant robots of death falling from the sky to destroy everything in their path, of course it's fun!

What do you think? Is it viable at all or do you think that there are too many Meltaguns out there for this kind of list? I know that John has been keen to try some different ideas in these final days of 5th edition but would you try the Dread Drop List of Doom?

2 comments:

  1. If you want to run multiple squads of Death Company you have to Asteroth other wise it's big mobs of DC.

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  2. if you really want pain, make the furiosos fragnoughts with magna grapples, in fact try and give magna's to as many as you can, another str8 ap2 shot is great and, being able to pull transports or other vehicles towards you so you can assault is gravy.

    I run a list at 1850 which is 3 storm ravens, two fragnoughts in drops with magnas, 10 dc with an infernus
    2 dcd's[talons] one with a magna and a furioso librarian wings shield.
    lead by a libby shield plus fear the darkness

    .. and 5 assault marines in a a drop pod, no jump packs.

    it's hilarious, and I've taken it to tourney's:).   

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