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Title: Drop Pod list
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Ilmarinen - August 10, 2010 03:42 PM (GMT)
I've been looking at the new FW Mk3 set and hatching all sorts of devious ideas on what I'm going to do with it, and I've also just seen Whitehorn's c/a termites.

So... I'm thinking of doing a drop pod list, using Codex: Blood Angels, with termites as drop pods and a heavily pre-heresy flavour.

I'm also sticking with White Scars and doing something other than bikes and fast mech - a siege-breaker assault (part) company.

I figure these marines will be Terrans, from prior to the discovery of the Khan, and therefore trained in siege warfare.

Initially I'm wanting advice about how to put together my units.

Captain (Mk3) with power sword (tulwar) and plasma pistol (so I can count him as Sicarius if necessary).
Command Squad (Mk3) no champion (20 points isn't worth it), company standard, and then I was thinking of a thunder hammer and a storm shield (separate minis) but then what? 2-3 plasma guns (bearing in mind they'll be podding in) or 2-3 meltaguns? 4 flamers? Plasma pistols for when they charge the following turn? I'm so confused!

Then some assault squads in drop pods. Possibly with meltaguns.
A sternguard squad or two with combimeltas in drop pods, with sanguinary priests.
A vanguard vet squad with corbulo in a drop pod - I'm going to use the really old fluff that the White Scars also had a unit of assault marines called Souldrinkers, and I'm going to give them grail icons too! (I'm justifying this by thinking that "souldrinkers" was a common term in several legions for a assault specialists, but only the IF used it as a Chapter name).

And... maybe a couple of the new FW not-yet-shown-but-hopefully-coming Mk3 dreadnoughts! Yup, the ultimate WS heresy, justified by being Terrans! :D

What do you reckon? Does this list stand any chance of working?

C&C welcome. :)

ShroudFilm - August 11, 2010 11:15 AM (GMT)
I think you can afford to go with Meltaguns and forget Plasma Pistols... same range, higher Strength/AP and Assault 1. The Drop Pod deployment means you can count on arriving right where you're needed (with the guidance systems etc) and pop those enemy vehicles/high armoured targets, with a charge to follow if still required.

MrBojab - August 11, 2010 11:22 AM (GMT)
I think the lis could work but I would include some sort of artilery. Maybe a thunderfire or a vindicator as these still fit the theme. I just think you could be out ranged if you are playing games with objectives.


ShroudFilm - August 11, 2010 11:54 AM (GMT)
You can deploy a Thunderfire IN a Drop Pod... ;)

Whitehorn - August 11, 2010 12:02 PM (GMT)
Tactical squads in pods have the joy of jumping out and rapid firing for 20 shots. Plasma guns work great with this, or if you need some anti-tank, meltaguns, but that's wasting 18 boltgun shots. Better to stick a MM dread in a pod to shoot tanks.

If you intend to get them into combat, plasma pistols will let you shoot and charge on the following turn.

It's usually a good idea to throw in a deterrent into such squads, something like a power fist on the sergeant. This makes the unit less likely to be tarpit by an enemy Dreadnought.

These options all depend on the composition of the rest of your army.

I wouldn't waste Sternguard points on combi meltas if podding. Just go for tactical or a dread with melta. Sternguard are very versatile and they pay for it, so don't inflate that high cost when something cheaper can fit the role.

Remember, you don't always have to deploy in the pod. You could launch them into the field to annoy and block the enemy, with your marines walking onto the table.

Ilmarinen - August 17, 2010 09:38 AM (GMT)
Thanks for your advice. I've been thinking some more about this and I'm wondering whether a different idea would be better...

Looking at the Mk2 and Mk3 kits I'm thinking an early Great Crusade army would be fantastic. Pre-Primarch. Terran marines with Terran tactical doctrine.

I can either stick with the C:BA assault company in termites ...or, go tactical heavy with Sicarius? Either way it will be a podding army of mostly infantry.

Dreadnoughts will be in (pre-Chogoris). I'm also thinking of converting some termites into c/a Deathstorm pods (with whirlwind launchers) for template carnage.

What do you reckon?

Which would:
1. Look better (particularly for the early Crusade vibe)
2. Play better (since I'm not very good at winning - I'd like to stand half a chance)

Does anyone know a decent drop pod list (using either codex)? Would I be better going for C:SW (for counterattack)?! :)

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