Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Chaos Space Marines- Army Test And Thoughts
First off, my current army has a lot of Victory Points to give away. A lot of them. This was a major contributing factor to my loss. Not the only one, but a big one.
Second, Heldrakes have a 5++ save. I forgot this today, and it may have unneededly cost me a dragon. Sure I was taking a multi-melta to my tailpipe, but there was a 33% chance I would have survived.
Third- YOU MUST DECLARE WHICH WEAPONS ARE GOING TO FIRE BEFORE YOU ROLL ANY DICE. This was another instance where remembering the rules may have saved some minis. Demitra may have wasted a missile or two trying to nuke my Heldrake instead of firing them at other targets.
Fourthly, I heart autocannons. These were the all-stars of my army, and whatever Demitra claims about fluffed armor saves, I believe that the odds evened out over the course of the game with me offing most of the Devastators on turn one, and then killing fewer marines as the game went on. Hitting on 3s and wounding on 2s is great. Lots of shots rocks too. Also, 115 points per squad doesn't suck. Granted, it is this cheapness that led to me coughing up so many Victory Points, but 230 points cranking out 16 S7 AP4 shots per turn is nothing to sneeze at. Sure they're not scything down Space Marines left and right, but not too much does.
How did my army fare overall? Pretty darn well. What won the game for Demitra was the Death Company pure and simple. They accounted for most of his Victory Points, and basically point-click-deleted the left flank of my army, claiming two of my Chaos Marine squads, my Lord of Chaos, and my Sorcerer warlord. There's five of his eight scored Victory Points right there. Not getting First Blood didn't help (despite claiming the first turn for a change) and I need to focus on that. Two VPs for one squad is worth it.
I really think my idea to trade out the Obliterators for a squad of lascannon Havocs panned out. Even though it can't more than ding the Land Raider, the squad distracted more than its fair share of firepower and killed quite a bit. The Obliterators would have just taken a couple of high Strength hits and gone *pop* from Instant Death.
My deployment needs tweaking as well. I should be setting my guys up in a staggered battle line rather than in a series of blobs. This will minimize blast damage as well as allowed semi-ranked fire with minimal crossing of fire over my own squads. The exact formation is difficult to explain, but I've got it in my head- now if I can only set it up on the board.
I've got a finalized list for the army, and I'll post it soon along with a picture of my (for now) unpainted grey plastic horde. Once my Lascannons arrive in the mail I'll finish up the conversions I'm planning and throw up pictures here.