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So, reading through the sections of the armies I currently play (nids, SM, DE,) I keep running into references to guard "leaf-blower" lists. Who better to ask then guard players what those lists typically consist of and why they are called that.
Praise the Emperor and pass the promethium!
A prototypical leafblower would look something like this:
CCS w/Plasma Guns, Chimera
Psyker Battle Squad w/Chimera
Infantry Platoons in Chimeras w/Heavy Weapons
2 Vendettas and/or Valkyries with cheap troops inside
2 x Medusa
2 x Hydra
Tactically, the Manticore will set up in one corner of the table, with the Hydras in front of it for cover. The Medusas go in the middle of the formation, and the Infantry platoon Chimeras are positioned to make an AV12 wall. The list sits and shoots for 3-4 turns before it starts scrambling for objectives.
To beat it, you either need to reserve your forces (Outflankers FTW!), spread out your armor, or both. I had my first game against a (non-leafblower) Medusa list this past weekend at Adepticon, and spreading out my armor into a checkerboard pattern did a lot to limit the Manticore's effectiveness; even though he kept rolling the maximum number of missiles all game long.
The best thing you can do during the game is move armor into chokepoints so that the other guy has trouble scrambling for objectives late in the game. Make him pay for sitting still!
Last edited by SandWyrm; April 5th, 2011 at 16:25.
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