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for only 150 points you get a drop pod, a dreadnought with a multi melta and heavy flamer that deepstrikes in safety on the first turn. Not only is this dread great for burning that heavy weapons squad or busting that tank first turn, but it has many psychological effect and gives the opponent a distraction amidst his line.
For offensive purposes the dreadnought should deepstrike next to a tank first and foremost, it's multimelta will cripple a tank if not destroy it if it hits as it's almost guarenteed to penetrate anything besides a land raider espeically considering you'll normally get a side or rear shot off. The +1 on the vehicle damage charts will ensure that anything that gets hit will sustain permanent damage on almost any roll. If there is no suitable tanks the next target should be a support unit in cover or any infantry that's bunched together, when horde armies deploy this will happen often as they run out of space to deploy.
Using the drop pod and you should be able to give the dreadnought a cover save against most foes. This could greatly disrupt slower armie's gameplan, either advance or send a unit or 2 to deal with the dreadnought behind them
But that's only the offensive portion, this drop podding dreadnought is a perfect support element to almost any type of space marine list.
The drop pod is a contesting unit that the enemy must keep 1" away from unless they assault it. You can use this to great effect to slow then enemy's line of advance down by blocking key lanes and forcing them to go into your fire lanes. But my favorite tactic is to deepstrike on top of an objective and as long as you don't scatter an obscene distance away the enemy will have to waste fire on you drop pod if he wants to capture that objective.
Then there's the dreadnought. On the dawn of war mission he will still be able to deepstrike and thus give you an advantage as the enemy will have fewer units on the board (if you went first) that can immediately respond to an armored target among them. Not only this but the dreadnought comes with a free searchlight, using this you can light up a distant enemy unit and focus fire to complete destroy it by all those in range.
I hadn't realized this until today but this is a way to consistently be able to target the units you want on that first turn of night fight.
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Couldnt agree anymore dropping dreaders is so good for messing up armies its shocking.
Good assesment, I'd be inclined to agree in most cases. 1 Dread isn't all that survivable, and with the anti-DS strategies that have been devised against DP armies and Daemons it may very well be a one-hit wonder.
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As far as dreadnought survivability, I haven't really had a problem with that. I've found that using good cover and only getting close to units that can't hurt it (AV 12 isn't bad at all) makes all the difference. If you use the dreadnought to drop in and pop the biggest thing that can threaten it, you're golden!
Hehehe been using this combination ever since I rewrote my list a week or two back, played 3 odd games with it and I love the multimelta dread-inna-pod. The new Pod rules are amazingly effective and make dreads far more viable than plodding one across the battlefield. He's done his job every single game, taking out whichever vehicle I dropped behind him, and distracting at least two or three enemy heavy weapons from my main force as they run/razorback'd across the field.
Ahaha one game against chaos, my opponent had bunched up both his defilers in a piece of cover behind his battleline. My dread dropped in, melted one's face, and his buddy turned around and promptly charged it, ripping off my dread's arms and legs in one round of combat reducing him to a metal box which took a further 2 turns to kill due to horrible rolling. xD That was awesome.
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