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I've heard bits and pieces about the LatD here and there but never anything really concrete about them. Can someone give me a brief (but good) explanation of them? Or point me to an article? Specifically, what kinds of armies they can field, what types of units, what their gameplay limitations are, etc etc etc...
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I personally feel that the LatD army is stiff and unforgiving. But that doesn't mean that it shouldn't be disregarded.
There are several options, but they all basically play the same.
1) Balanced. This list will have a smattering of everything. Traitor guard and tanks, Mutants, Big mutants, and plague zombies. This doesn't have a very clear idean in mind, and thus is generally avoided.
2)Traitor Guard. Basically this list is designed to run alot like a guard list, maxed out Traitor Guard with support from mutants and alot of Traitor tanks. The only problem is that you can't possibly include the numbers similar to a Guard list, so generally this works, but heavily relys on support from tanks and other aspects of the army.
3) Plague Zombies. This is where you load up on Plague zombies as much as possible. Very inexpensive and tough to kill. Their objective is to tarpit the approaching enemy and simply overwhelm them with numbers. Very deadly in the right hands, and even more so with an Undivided champion leading.
4) Allied CSM. This is a core LatD with maxed Chaos Space Marine options. Daemon Prince/ Greater Daemon, Lots of Chaos Space Marines or Obliterators, Defilers. this one is tricky as the lower model count means that you have to put thought into the decisions you make for the game. One false move and that could cost you the game.
That's my take on the LatD.
LatD is one of the toughest and most powerful lists available. They're able to pack the firepower of the IG's Lemun Russ with one of the best close combat units in the game as a troop (and HQ) choice. They can take the best of the Chaos HQs and can take obliterators and demons.
Over all LatD is an exceptional list, possibly a bit unballanced, but exceptional.
Unupgraded Mutants w/ boss
Traitor Guard (unfortunately they're very necessary, but in small numbers)
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