Monday, May 23, 2011

1,750 DoA List Request

I was asked for some help building a 1,750 point list for a tournament. The list is supposed to be a DoA list, but is restricted because his area doesn’t allow squads to combat squad when they enter from reserve (a very harsh reading of the current BA FAQ). He has the following models.

Tycho both
Libby JP
Libby JP
2 Chaplain
2 5 HG 3MG
3 Priests JP
3 Priests JP CM
2 Tech JP CM
4 10 RAS PF 2MG
3 5 VGV GE 2PW
7 Dev 4ML
6 Stern PW 3CM
13 DC 3PF 3PW
3 Baal TLAC HB
3 Pred AC LC
3 Furioso

So we’ll start with HQ choices. First is a Reclusiarch, who will provide hitting power for one Assault squad. Second, we’ll try to fit in a Librarian for some support and psychic defense. If we need the points  later, we’ll drop the Librarian.

Next, we need some Troops. We’ll start with two 10 strong Assault squads, each with a power fist and two meltaguns. They can be joined by the Reclusiarch and Librarian, and will act as our main assault units. However, they lose some flexibility because they can’t combat squad so we’ll need some expendable melta squads. Therefore, we add two 5 strong Assault squads with a meltagun and infernus pistol. These are cheap enough to sacrifice killing tanks, while they can also be used to hold objectives.

To keep the two large Assault squads alive and make them more dangerous, we’ll add two Sanguinary Priests with jump packs. That brings us to 1,150 points.

This gives us a fairly strong assault force plus some sacrificial melta. However, two drop melta squads aren’t going to do enough against a mechanized army. As I’ve mentioned previously, fire support can be incredibly helpful for jump pack army. I would prefer Devastators, but he only has access to one squad of them. However, he has three Predators with autocannons and lascannon sponsons. If we take any vehicles, we should take as many as available to dilute fire. Therefore, we’ll add all three Predators. That brings us to 1,555 points, leaving us with 195 points to play with.

At this point, we have a few options. An Honor Guard would give us another Priest and add a few more meltaguns, though we don’t have the points to make it very assaulty. Another option is to take one of his Vanguard Veteran squads, which fortunately come to exactly 195 points. I’m going to go with a Vanguard squad as I feel like this list has enough anti-armor and could use another hard hitting assault squad. The Vanguard’s main goal will be to take out any threats to the Predators.

That brings us to 1,750 points exactly and gives us the following list:

Reclusiarch w/ jump pack
Librarian w/ jump pack

10 Assault Marines w/ power fist, 2 meltaguns
10 Assault Marines w/ power fist, 2 meltaguns
5 Assault Marines w/ infernus pistol, meltagun
5 Assault Marines w/ infernus pistol, meltagun

2 Sanguinary Priests w/ 2 jump packs

5 Vanguard Veterans w/ glaive encarmine, 2 power weapons

Predator w/ autocannon, lascannon sponsons
Predator w/ autocannon, lascannon sponsons
Predator w/ autocannon, lascannon sponsons

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