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I had just decided to dig out my old Grey Knights army and start working on them again after a three-year hiatus from 40k when the new codex and models came along. Here's my very first crack at an army list and basic strategy, based in part on the models I already have- please help me pick it to pieces so I can start modifying models and filling in my gaps:
Librarian Tevar Tesh w/ force halberd, Sanctuary, Summoning, 2 servo skulls
Ordo Xenos Inquisitor Merrian Farmoon
w/ conversion beamer, rad grenades, psyker (hammerhand) and force sword
Servitor w/ Plasma Cannon
2 Warrior Acolytes w/ Boltguns
Dedicated Transport: Inquisitorial Chimera
w/ extra armor, warp field, HK missile
w/ additional purifier, 2 force halberds, psybolt ammo for squad
Strike Squad Excelsior
w/ 2 add'l knights, psybolt ammo, psycannon
Strike Squad Ultimo
w/ 2 add'l knights, 6 force halberds
Terminator Squad Justice
Interceptor Squad Vengeance
w/ extra armor
Total: 1989 pts.
My strategy: pack the inquisitor and retinue into the Chimera, while the Librarian joins the Purifiers in the Land Raider. Dreadknight and Paladins control the flanks, Terminators in Deep Strike, Squad Excelsior in center as a static firebase, interceptors and strike squad Ultimo hang back to support the line where needed and wait to be Summoned by the Librarian into action.
At the start, the Inquisitor and his chums pop out from the top of the Chimera and carry out drive-by attacks at range, using the conversion beamer to best effect. In the closing turns they'll look for an objective to snap up or a weakened enemy usit to assault (the arco-flagellants, Rad Grenades and crusaders should give them a somewhat credible assault against the right target). The mystic should be able to guide the Deep Striking terminators onto the battlefield to assist if needed, otherwise they can home in on the servo-skulls to minimize scatter.
The Land Raider with the Librarian and Purifiers lumber towards the juiciest objective so they can assault it if the enemy is there first. Once they have it, either the interceptors can teleport in to support, or the Librarian can Summon strike squad Ultimo to hold it while he and the Purifiers push forward.
Ok, so there it is- a great theory that will no doubt fall tragically apart in practice. Like I said, it's been 3 years since I even opened a codex (went ahead and had kids, so all my reading material is about friendly rabbits and curious monkeys these days), so I'm sure there are rules I'm forgetting or overlooking. Any help, advice or criticism is greatly appreciated!
To point out my own rookie mistake, the inquisitor can't fire her conversion beamer out of the Chimera if it moves, which makes that whole facet of my little plan kinda pointless- not so much a "drive-by" as a "park as far away as possible-by". It might make more sense for her to remain stationary for the first few turns and fire across the board, then either assault enemy units that get close or let the Librarian try to summon the chimera mid-game. Or perhaps better yet I should just give up on the beamer and revise my scheme.