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I'm going to be in an 1850 pt tourney this weekend. I am playing word bearers with a take all comers list. I know one guy will be bringing the eldar Iyanden army, which consists of 3 wraithlords, Iyanden, and 3 squads of approx 10 wraithguard each with a warlock.
I'm bringing a bunch of regular word bearers (5-8 man squads, usually with double plasma or plas/melta), dark apostle, bloodthirster greater demon, 2 oblits, 2x6 squads daemonettes, 5 bloodletters, 6 furies. I also have a havoc autocannon squad with tank hunters/infiltrate and a havoc HB squad.
I don't have much time to make any composition changes- I could maybe paint up one additional squad before the tourney if needed (ie plaguebearers?). I am looking for tactics help against this army. Their weapons all seem to ignore armor saves and they all have toughness 6 (wraithguard) or 8 (wraithlords) so regular bolters won't do much (need a 6 to wound wraithguard and they still get a 3+ save).
I think my opponent will likely just set up an advancing gunline (wraithcannons are range 12" assault). He is a good tactician, but his army limits his tactics due to it's slow speed and limited weapon range.
Have you had trouble beating this guy before? Because your army sounds very capable of beating his.
All that plasma/melta goodness will easily wound his tough guys, and negate their armor. A Bloodthirster, Daemonettes, Bloodletters, all of these will do wonders against his Wraithlords and Wraithguard. Throw a Bloodthirster into a squad of Wraithguard, and see what happens.
Even your Havocs are useful, since you can wound his guys on a 3+.
Keep in mind the majority of his guys cost a ton of points, so every one killed is painful to him. Don't worry about your daemons, just send them in, and his expensive troops should fall apart.
Also, if you could squeeze some Plaguebearers in, you should. Daemonic Venom works wonders against his high toughness guys.
I haven't played this eldar army with chaos before, so I am more worried in a "theoryhammer" sort of way. I am mainly concerned about the abilities of the majority of my troops (bolters needing a 6 to wound, daemonettes needing to rend to wound etc) to hurt him. Certainly the meltas/plasmas will do ok, but they account for <20% of my guns.
I've never faced this kind of Eldar army before, so take my remarks with a grain of salt.
Heavy Bolters: It sounds like his list is dominated by 'elite' units with 3+ saves. In this regard, heavy bolters aren't your best option.
Daemonttes are your best bet, because they are cheap and can overcome those pesky high toughness values. Bloodletters are ok, but honestly, here are two reason not to take them:
1- Your opponent has lots of units that ignore armor saves, which means. One of strong points of bloodletters is their 3+ save, which is a mute point against power weapons.
2- Against wraithlords, bloodletters will be wounding on a 6, which is downright bad. Daemonettes, conversely, can take down a wraith lord with rending alone, which is why you should greatly increase the number of d'ettes. Of course, time and the appropriate models may be a problem for you (as you mentioned), but perhaps you could proxy? Overall, bloodletters really show their worth against enemy units with a toughness of 4 or less. Even against T6, they'll be slightly hard pressed to really make an impact.
Daemon squad size: You should consider increasing the squad sizes of all your daemons. Daemonettes work wonders in 8, 10 and even 12. With only 6 there's a decent chance that you won't kill the wraithlords in a single turn. Bloodletters & furies should be taken no less than 7. You want to hit hard and fast, hence the larger squad size.
Good luck. Post your results. I'm curious to see how you do (you should fair well, even with your current list).
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