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Played a super assaulty BA army on thursday, on a table full of terrain. Couldn't get a charge off wiithout having moved through terrain, so decided to sit my Bloodletters on an objective, in cover, and see how they do.
They do awesome.
12 in cover, going to ground to get the 3+ save against shooting is pretty reasonable for the points. What makes them even better is that they leave an awkward descision for the opponent - leave them be and try and shoot them up, and try to take the objective that way, or charge into 24 power weapon attacks. He went for the later, and promptly lost eight marines, lost combat by two, losing a further one to fearless wounds. Wiped out next turn, along with the priest with them, I still held the objective by the end of the game.
So, how would people feel about backing up the standard 5-7 plaguebearers I normally see in peoples army list with 8 bloodletters. Dump them on the objective, mix them up for coversaves as needed, and ignore them for the rest of the game while you concerntrate on taking your opponents objectives with fiends/heralds/dps?
It's an interesting strategy, but don't assault marines have frag grenades? If he's a blood angels player, it means there's a good chance they have furious charge as well, meaning they strike before you do, and with only a 5+ save, I wouldn't think there'd be many bloodletters left.
Still, I can see that it's an interesting strategy. I might have to give it a try.
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I think you forgot that the blood angels got grenades and furious charge (the priest you spoke of) he would have probably wipped your bloodletter without losing anything. But if it weren't for the grenades, this would be a good tactic indeed.
No, they got 30+ attacks, striking first with s5, but they only managed to kill 6 bloodletters. The other six managed to kill 8 in return. They were fearless because they had the red thirst.
Played against a daemon player, stuck 12 in cover against 6 charging fiends, they managed to kill three and wound one. The killed 5, and lost one more due to fearless. Pretty good result.
yeah mathlete your math seems about normal, 30 attacks hit with 15 ish wound with 12 ish kill 6-8,
Also watch out for the humble flamer. If you go to ground many marine players have a flamer or two hanging about and they will thin you out very easily. Using bloodletters to go to ground is ok in a few situatuons but plague bearers going to ground are much better.
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