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Recently started up the hobby with a friend of mine, who has been having really bad luck with the game. We've played about 8 times so far, and he's lost petty much every time. I'm not really sure why, as my army isn't really optimized. We are playing 2k point games, using the rules in the book regarding random mission type and deployment determination. His army is as follows. Any advice would be greatly appreciated, as he is getting frustrated and talking about dropping the game.
Abaddon with 10 terminators all with power fists and an icon of Khorne. These guys pretty much walk/run forward towards me until they get into close combat.
Unit of 13 khorne berserkers with a champion armed with a power fist.
Unit of 12 khorne berserkers with a champion armed with a power fist.
Unit of 9 lesser daemons summoned into the game.
Two defilers with all CCWs. He walks/runs towards me into close combat. Doesnt really shoot the battle cannon.
Kharn is in here too, placed with a unit of khorne bersekers.
I play Tyranids. I have 60ish gaunts, 3 zoanthropes with synapse and warp blast, a winged CC hive tyrant, a dakka hive tyrant and guards, 6 winged CC warriors, two elite CC carnifexes, one heavy CC carnifex, and one barbed strangler/venom cannon carnifex.
We play with a moderate amount of wooded terrain and one small hill, usually all lined up to divide the battle field. We play on a 6' x 4' table. My usual strategy is to pick off the khorn berserkers, use the CC hive tyrant to kill the defilers, and minimize the impact of the ten man terminator squad as best I can by shooting him with lots of stuff, and swarming him when he finally does get into CC.
Again, any advice for tweaking the khorne army would be great. I do my best to keep his spirits up, but he's getting really frustrated with his army choice. Thanks!
Comments above in Teal. I'd get him to join LO, I could sort his army and play style out for him easily enough.
With the saved points, he could afford a fourth troops cho0cie, I would recommend a squad of Chaos Space marines, possibly armed with two flamers. This flamer template helps alot against Gaunts. Infact, rather than the third berzerker squad, I might consider TWO of these squads. Give them 10 men, Icon of Chaos Glory, 2 Flamers, Powerfist Champion, and a rhino. Also, if he has the points, combi flamers on the rhinos.
In all, he needs to refine his list, ALOT. Even the local red shirts at GW should be able to help him, but I would recommend getting him either on LO, or LO chat. I could help him alot (I have played tyranids as my first army, and have a fair few years with chaos under my belt). He needs to be making the most out of shooting the nids.
If monstrous creatures are his problem, i'd say to make thge most of their lack of an invunerable save. Plasma guns and Melta guns tear them a new one.
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Riptor speaks true and wise. What are the major problems he seems to be running into other than just losing all the time? Have you noticed something wrong with the way he deploys or any of his strats? Either way, I'd say give him all of Riptors advice, try playing a game or two with the list that was just given to you and if there's more problems let us know.