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I wanted to try out a different army this week so I went for a drop troop heavy army. Basically it had 3 squads of 5 veterans (hardened vets). Two of the squads had 4 plasma (3 rifles and a pistol for sergent) and one with 3 melta (and melta bomb for sergent). I also had a command squad with 4 flamers and two remments, one with a flamer and one with a plasma. This gave me 6 squads of 4-5 units with drop capability. I also had the usual compliment of tanks and some heavy weapons of course.
Fluff wise I made it two platoons of infantry in my army. One consisted of 4 squads of frontline infantry with a command squad. And one platoon of drop capable troops consisting of a command squad and 5 squads of special forces. The latter are half the size of the former due to the cost of drop gear (and points wise there is no point to bulking up sucicde squads).
Rules wise, the army was perfectly legal. Sportmanship wise, my opponent felt it was a bit much, and I tend to agree with him. I'll probably pull out either a squad of veterns (but which squad) and/or one of the remments (so I'll be 4 squads for each platoon), but I'd like to hear your general thoughts and opinions.
Well there are many ways to do the classic drop troops army, personally I don't have a problem with it - and nor do the people at my local club, in fact they are constantly encouraging me to take advantage of drop troops because it is the closest thing guard have to cheese (though they are mostly tourney players)! And after all, the army does have serious weaknesses, such as your army coming on peacemeal, and having very little in the way of heavy units.
I think it's less a case of it being cheesy - after all, look at some of the extreme armies other races can put down (ie. SM assault cannon armies or Eldar Falcon armies for example), and drop troops is perfectly acceptable from a fluff point of view. I think mainly people just get annoyed with it because they don't like to be surprised by guard!
Back to the cheese-factor of IG, personally I don't think it's possible to make a cheesy army with the IG. We don't have Uber-Units (like librarians, daemon princes or hive tyrants), and we can't even min-max our squads (like almost every other race). The closest thing to a cheesy IG list would probably be Armored Company, but even armored companies more often than not find themselves fighting an uphill battle against the bloody space marines.
So I say, play drop troops to your heart's content.
Tyranids: 2500 pts
Imperial Guard: 1000 pts
Witch Hunters: 1000 pts
I wouldn't class Drop Troops as cheesy at all. The usual set up involves two sides setting up forces at opposite ends of a battlefield - something done pre 1900, but not since! Most battles in the 41st Millenium would have troops dropping in from ships in orbit, and whilst most troops would of course be dropped together, dropping in troops mid battle would be a perfectly viable strategy!
Never done a drop troop army list, I always like to rock Grenadiers, but when i take shaeffer and a bunch of stormtrooper squads it makes for good battles - but like the chap who also plays Tyranids says - never against the Nids!
Considering the random nature of drops, I think it's balanced. It's one of those tactical gambles that can make or break a game. The sportsmanship marks could come in if you have an excessive numbers of vets or something else that allows you to bulk up the percentage of special weapons.
Perhaps I am biased because I've only played against Drop IG once, in a 1,500 pt. game.
On the second turn he deployed 110 troops, only 2 squads (one a remnant squad) died, the rest landed literally 4 inches from my army. My turn, I have like 10 models left (out of 47 or somesuch).
I think my opponent got ridiculously lucky in his scatter rolls, reserves rolls, and plasma overheat rolls, but it was hardly a sporting game.
Turtles For the Turtle God!
Shells For the Shell Throne!
Trust me i've seen unsporting lists and drop troops ain't it.
A Death Guard HQ with 10 choosen champions each with a chaos spawn and terminator armour no matter how many hits you land this 949pt squad won't be wiped out before the end of the six turns with 30 Toughness 5 wounds each with a 2 or 3 save!!
This backed up by two defilers is a hell of an unsporting army in which your opponent doesn't stand a chance.
Drop Troops armies are Orky. They can kill themselves almost as well as the enemy. For something to be cheesy, it has to be effective consistently.
Sometimes you get the Cheddar, sometimes you get the Limburger...
RecklessFable's Journey to Mediocrity (Painting an IG army)
I've been addicted to World of Tanks lately and neglecting my IG... But it is so... much... fun!