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Ok so I want to do an Imperial Guard army but I do not want the regular infantrymen because I hate painting things that get blown off the board 3 minutes into the game. So to fix that, I want to make a Stormtrooper list. Is there anyone who can suggest some lists or insight on this matter? Does it work? Is it hard to play? etc. etc. Thanks.
Grenadiers (so you can take them as troops)
Storm troopers (so you can take them as elites)
Carapace armour (for you command squad, so he doesn't look out of place and have a different save)
then just take you 3 elites choice troopers
your 3 troops choice troopers
you commander in carapace (maybe use stormtrooper models, but make it clear to your enemy)
AND if you want more, take some allied troopers
remember to max out your special weapons, and don't mix them around
I run an all Stormtroopers army, and it works well. I tend to use 3 Grenadiers as line infantry squads, 2 small units of Deep Striking stormies with meltas, and 3 tanks (combinations of LR's, Demolishers, and Basilisks). Fire support is normally some autocannon sentinels to hunt transports, and an HQ with a couple of anti tank support squads, and sometimes some Rough Riders to counterpunch. I don't normally use Chimera's, and I don't use Carapace on the non Grenadier squads, it just costs too much. The non carapace guys use distance, cover saves and intervening terrain to protect them from enemy fire. I'm thinking of adding DS'ing multi laser Sentinels as a more mobile Anti tank force than the current lascannon squads.
I always take Iron Discipline, and Sharpshooters on the support squads. Grenadiers and Stormtroopers take two more doctrines.
My tanks go for enemy infantry, my fire support squads go for tanks and transports, and the infantry protect the tanks and fire support squads. It does tend to be a mostly static army, where keeping your distance is key, and you have to keep your infantry safe while the others do the damage at range, before they can emerge to grab objectives or go for any enemy troops that do get close etc.
Does it work ? I win more than I lose. Is it hard to play ? No more than any other army, and it involves less painting
I also converted Cadians to Stormies by getting black plastic flex cable from an old stereo power lead, and cutting it up to make thigh and shin guards it on which kept the cost down, and gave WYSIWYG to the models to help people differentiate.
I can't recommend Diggums Hammer's tacticas enough though - they are very good, esp if you want chimera squads.