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Just played an eldar army yesterday and the howling banshees made mincemeat of alot of my choices.
I have seen that we have vanguard vets (which could be equipped to be similiar) but at double the points cost. Other than just sheer weight of fire is there any easy way to dispatch these pesky elites?
In CC Banshees are deadly to any and all other armies especially when accompanied by a Doom Seer (Farseer with Doom phychic power) Striking at Initative 10 thanks to their masks nothing I know of can match it and their masks negate anything that affect their initative. Not even the tyranid lash whips slow these bad girls down.
Your only way to beat them is shower them in a barrage of fire or to out last them with invunerable saves such as Storm shields.
TH/SS assault terminators is practically an answer to everything. But the best way to kill them is to draw them out with a sacrificial unit. If they take the bait and charge your unit, they should wipe it out and next turn they should be dead from your concentrated fire if done right.
Record: Win - Loss - Draw: Hive Fleet Pandora (New) 32-6-6 Space Wolf 7th Co. 52-11-6
Blood Angels 12-4-2 Daemonhunters 20-8-3
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What? How did Howling Banshees even get that close to you? T3 with 4+ save, even Bolters will make mincemeat of out them. On average, a 10-man Tactical Squad will statistically wipe out a 5-man (woman?) Banshee squad. Not to mention Heavy Flamers, Storm Bolters, Heavy Bolters...
its nice to see an eldar player here giving away ther eldar secrets.........keep going......write a tactica on how we can beat you good and proper.
I'm just stating the obvious. A lot of people over look the fact that for the most part the eldar are a weak, poorly armoured race and our strength comes from the weapons we wield not our toughness.
In the Vanilla Codex you'll probably want either Sternguard or TH/SS termies. Sternies can shoot 'em up from 30", while the TH/SS will weather the attack and be able to fight back.
In the SW codex, you'll be well represented by Long Fangs. A unit with 2 Lascannons and 3 HB should be able to damage transports and then rip them up with AP4 shots. TH/SS termies are much more expensive in the codex. TWCs with storm shields could also work, but they are expensive.
In the BA codex, TH/SS termies + a Stormraven are good. You can quickly get in range and assault them. The stormraven also works well for transport popping, what with being able to take a TL-Multi-Melta (I love TL-MMs)
Also, it's worth noting that, like burna boyz, Dreadnoughts make them useless. T3 power weapons are hilariously impotent against AV12. That's why I generally keep a DN around in a pod to try and CC units like that. The difference between burna boyz and Banshees is that burna boyz can have a nob with a powerklaw, while Banshees get an Exarch who still can't hit AV12. So yeah, Dreadnoughts ftw. Stick a juicy unit for the banshees to charge and then counter-charge with the dreadnought.
Of course, a smart Eldar player won't put themselves in that position, but then again, a smart marine player won't leave a unit open to banshee assault that isn't defended by something that can pop Banshees.
Space Marines: Bringing Swords to Gunfights since 30k. And winning.
"Why is there a big red button on the bridge that says 'Exterminatus?'" "Why wouldn't we have one of those? I love that thing."
But even then, let's say the Banshees successfully assaulted a unit (on their turn) and won the combat, either defeating the whole unit or the Space Marines choose to retreat. The Banshees are now completely open to mass firepower.
The OP says "the howling banshees made mincemeat of alot of my choices" and I don't really see how it's possible. One unit, maybe. Several units? Not likely.