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Space Marines - Specify the flavor please
Chaos Marines - Specify the flavor please
Witch Hunters / Sisters of Battle
IG / Traitor IG (opposing sides but close stats)
I was just recently introduced to the fun of small battles, played in the “40K in 40 Minutes” convention, also known as “Combat Patrol” I am told. Fun on their own, they seem to be a perfect marketing scheme to get people to start a new army, or to simply break away from playing with the same models all the time. And I did work on me!
I am a WH (SO player, and as much as I love my Sisters, sometimes I wish I could own two armies. That seems to be too expensive at this moment at least, but I think that I could pull another 400pts detachment. I was building a small IG allied force already (2 Chimera, 2 HW Teams, 1 Infantry Squad, 1 Kasrkin Squad, Leman Russ) and could use them for those small mission with some additional troops, but what I really wanted to do was a small Necron force.
As I was looking through their codex, it dawned on me that in such small game they might not be so effective, and they do not really have a lot of flexibility. Since I also like Tau or Chaos models, I started to think which one would be the easiest (400pts is hardly an army but…) and most effective army to collect. Hence this poll:
What army is in your opinion best suited for 400pts Combat Patrol games? I will only list major armies, so if you want to vote for Blood Pact or some other unusual army that is not here please post your comment below!
Hmm.. Chaos and Nids, you really really can't enjoy at 400 points.
It's far too limiting in my experience. You get near the 1000 points level and then they start getting very very interesting though
i voted IG just because you get so many of them
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I voted Marines for one reason, that's who I play I have done well with them at this points level and find that they can pack a serious punch. With the ability to take a tactical squad 8 strong with an apothecary (free auto save and no break tests from shooting? Thanks!) and three speeders with assault cannons in different squads. The sheer amount of firepower you can pump out per turn is amazing. You couple that with the fact that you have some of the best core troops available anyways and it comes out pretty nice Other armies to watch for are medium armored forces who can take numbers. On that end IG and Orks come to mind as well as Sisters. A couple of large Sisters squads with thier nice save and good selection of special weapons and you have a good make up.
I've played a lot of Combat Patrols in my time (preparation for doubles tournies mostly), and I have to say, I think that SM/CSM are very over-rated in CP.
The models are generally just too expensive to get an effective force, but that doesn't mean they can't be good.
Eldar are pretty average, depending on your choices. Haven't really played CPs vs. the new codex, so that is probably out of date.
Tau can be very hard, especially in mechanised form.
Guard are very good, as are Orks, because of numbers and effeciency at what they do.
Sisters are a good choice because they are pretty cost-effective (same as marines for shooting, and cheaper!).
Dark Eldar are pretty solid, because you can get Ravagers, which are nasty in such small games.
Anyway, that's what I think.
Answering your question, I'd definately say go for Tau.
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Hmmm... Well, I am sitting here on some IG stuff, a box of Necrons and no Tau at all. I think that what I will end up doing FOR NOW is getting some more IG stuff (Officer with power fist, snipers, a pair of special weapon troopers) and use them for the Combat Patrol games... But I would love to keep this post going!
They come stupidly cheap and can outrun anything anyone else has.
Wyches at 400 pts is just wrong.
Having fought a 400 point Tau force last night, I'd definitely say Tau, and hence my vote been placed.
I think that DE would take close 2nd though.