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I've been modeling IG minis for a few years and have finaly almost nearly decided to actualy have a go at the game. Now as i'm pushing 30 is it too late to start? I'm resigned to having my ass handed to me by all comers for a fair while but i dont particularly want to have resort to playing 12 year olds in the 'beginners group' to have a fighting chance! (in case you haven't guessed i'm after lots of "you'll be fine" and "never too late" type comments)
With that out of the way i'd like to set up my army around a British infantry company. That means platoons of 3 sections, 8 men each + a Rupert and his command squad (and technically only 3 platoons max). Heavy weapons would come from the support company and so be held in a different platoon, armour and artillary would come from outside regiments (for those of you in the know, this has now become more of a Battle Group ). I'd also like to use snipers (in the true sense of the word, not ratlings, i've read that thread!).
So far so good, now to display my glaring ignorance (i haven't read the rules and i know i should but i'm stuck on a ship and can't get them at the minute).
1. How badly am i hurting my chances by limiting my sections (squads) to 8 men rather than the full 10?
2. Although sections would have no imbeded heavy weapons am i right in thinking HW sections from the support platoon can be spread around where needed, and so that shouldnt really be an issue? (they will have plasma\flamers etc)
3. I'm making a big assumption that *someone* needs LOS on the target for indirect fire weapons to be used. I see my snipers as a screen to call in fire missions on targets I may not be able to see with other units and to take the odd crack at a target if possible. Is that realistic, or pointless as you can pretty much throw shells anywhere in range?
Please, be gentle.....
2. Support Squads from the Command or Heavy platoons consist of 6 Guardsmen and up to 3 Heavy/Special weapons. These can deploy as a squad of 6 wherever you want.
3. You do not need LOS to fire indirect weapons. A Basilisk can for example sit tucked away behind terrain and fire indirectly wherever, as long as it is in range. A unit of inflitrating snipers is always useful though.
Don't worry, it's never too late to start. You'll be fine.
On that note, most GW stores will run gaming nights during the week for mature gamers. They're for all skill levels and would probably be more than able to bring you into the game.