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I think I've got the other special chapters nailed down at some level... Blood Angels are to my understanding a jump-pack assault army, Black Templars are a footman, outlast assault army and Dark Angels are shooty marines with some special army types (Revenwing & Deathwing) but how do Space Wolves play?
Loud, fast and hung over
No, no... Seriously, though, the SW are close combat-oriented with special rules like Counter Charge and the fact all their normal "tactical" marines carry pistols, swords and bolters and have access to things like the Wulfen and the Wolf Standard. They can also hold their own quite well in a ranged firefight, but it is in close combat that they truly excel. Then again, what else would you expect from a bunch of astroviking werewolves?
Don't forget the Thunderwolf Cavalry, or TWC, as the cool kids call it. It's nearly the only unit in all of 40k that actually uses the "cavalry" rules, and it's definitely the best. CC infantry supported by TWC. Not the only way to play them, but arguably one of the most SW-unique ways.
The Wolves of Fenris will not be able to out shoot somebody, for lack of long range weaponry, but in mid-short range they are deadly. While they reward an aggressive CC general, they can be played in many, extremely different ways.
Rune Priest w/ Thunderclap, Tempest Fury, Chooser
3x 3 Wolf Guard, 2 combi-meltas, las/plas Razor
6x 5 GH, flamer, las/plas Razor
3x 3 Long Fangs, 2 ML, Rhino
Space Wolves are very different from vanilla marines. They have a lot of nasty characters (up to 4 HQs), Sergeants run around in their own unit and can join others, they bring the pain on foot with lots of mean choppy cav, and can really field a wide variety of armies that are unique from normal SM while still being viable.
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Another great thing about Wolves is that they are very diverse. You can launch an all out attack or sit back and shoot, then counter attack! Even though Space Wolves are very close combat oriented, they can also be played as a shooting army, or a CC army with long range shooting.
The Wolf time is upon us!
Rep for the Rep God! Positive for the Positive Throne!
Armies: Space Wolves, Imperial Guard, Emperors Children, Necrons, Eldar
Though that’s just one way to play them
well i loved the space wolves omnibus books so much ive got a SW army based upon the wolf lord Ragnar 'Blackmane' Thunderfist who rocks and from what i have learned that is one of the best HQ for CQB in 40k universe
"How do Space Wolves Play?"
Same way an 800 lb gorilla does.........however they want.