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I've been playing quite a few larger scale games with my sisters of battle lately and I've come to a few conclusions on 40K tactics.
1. Stack, don't spread. Stringing all your units out in a long line down your deployment zone is a recipe for disaster. In 40K units can freely move and fire through friendly units. Take advantage of this by deploying your units behind each other rather than next to each other. The unit in the first rank will almost certainly be destroyed at some point, so you will need another unit behind it to take up the attack.
2. One unit is good, two is better, the whole damn army is best. Committing your units to taking on enemy units one on one is very common in 40K. This is appalling tactics, and double for WH. Instead aim to wipe out 1 or 2 enemy units each turn, ignoring all the rest of the enemy army. In 40K due to the casualty removal rules it is the most dangerous members who survive 'til last. As a result a unit cannot be counted as out of the game until it is wiped out.
3. Like goes with like. Rather than seeing your army as a collection of squads, see them as platoons, groupings of squads. Do not send your BS squads in Rhinos or your seraphim hither and yon just because they can, keep them together. Often it is better to forgo an attack with a squad so it can attack next turn in concert with other squads. Isolated attacks all too often simply expose your troops to enemy counter-attack.
4. If someone has to be hit in cc, make sure they can take it. BS squads do not do cc. One enemy character or 3 or so enemy assault troops can easily destroy a BS squad. Use seraphim as much to foul up the enemy as to kill them. I regularly commit seras into combat against foes they cannot win against simply to keep them locked down. Similarly I have found that a canoness with a celestian retinue, while it cannot take on enemy uber-HQ squads, is excellent for finishing off that same squad when it has been whittled away by massed DG firing. It does this by absorbing the enemy counter-charge rather than charging itself.
Thanks for the tips! It is always good to be remainded of the most fundamental strategies!
These tips make alot of sense. Thanks for putting them up!
Although, this might fit better under 40k tactics, as this generally holds true for just about any army.
Echelon reinforces the basic premise of 40K:
Shoot as much as possible as fast as possible and pray for your opponent to roll low.
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