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After some time playing and experimenting, i've decided to expand both my imperial and chaos fleets. I think my Imp fleet is sound, mostly escort based. However, how does my choas look?
1x Despoiler battleship
1x Styx class
1x Murder class
1x Carnage class
1x Devastation class
1x Warmaster (Ld9, mark of Tzeentch)
Well, first of all it will play very differently from your Imperial fleet, that's for sure. Can't say much for the Mark of Tzeentch as I have never used one myself, but everything else looks...interesting. Its really carrier heavy, which is something I don't see too much in Chaos fleets. It should play...interestingly. I'd really like to see it myself. Don't get me wrong, I know that with the right tactics, it could work, but quite often Chaos fleets are based upon Weapons battery cruisers, and you only have 2 of them in a 1500 point fleet. Again, this isn't suggesting you change it - it's just uncommon.
The Despoiler Battleship is a beast, statwise. I've never seen one in action, as I field the Desecrator myself (which, BTW, is not a great battleship). One cruiser type that you might want to consider is the Slaughter class. It is unique in that it can travel as fast as an escort, and its mostly a close-ranged ship. That's where Chaos captains like to be - right in the thick of the fighting.
Overall I think that with some practice, this list could do rather well. Just remember that while you'll want to guard your Styx, you don't have to be as cautious with your other two carriers. The Despoiler and Devastation can get in close with the enemy, if need be. Especially the Despoiler, it can really take some punishment, I'm sure. With that much attack craft potential, you can field a little mix of bombers, fighters, and assault boats. This mix will work well at protecting you from enemy bombers, AB's, and torpedoes, while your bombers can make attack runs on your enemy's main ships and your attack boats chew up his escorts. Carriers are really versatile that way. Have fun.
Thanks for the feedback houston. To be honest, i think i prefer my imperial fleet, as i'm pretty confident with the rules that it relies heavily on. But i wanted my two fleets to play differently, to add variety to games. Also, the choice was: expand to 1500pts escort based = Â£30 expand with a large battleship = Â£15. My wallet wanted a battleship. Besides, from what i've gathered from this forum, there are no "bad" units, only bad admirals!
Very, very true, Will J. With the proper (and sometimes unusual) tactics, you can turn almost any ship into a game winner. Its this unpredictability that sets BFG apart from other GW games (though, admittedly, I'm a little more into doing a 40k Eldar army than I am in finishing the Necron fleet I'm in the middle of - just gotta go with the flow until inspiration for Battlefleet hits me again).
BFG was really made with the Imperial and Chaos fleets in mind, thus they have the most attention paid to them and arguably have the best, most balanced ships. However, I'd really suggest that after you play a few games with your Imperials and Chaos, you might want to check out one of the wacky alien races. Chaos and Imperial fleets play very similarly, but I also play Eldar, which are my favourite, and they are so radically different from those two basic fleets. This leads to much learning and an equal amount of fun. But any of the other lists: Necrons, Tyranids, Orks, Tau, etc. --- all of them offer something new. Its always best to learn the game with the two basic fleets (and for many players, these become their favourites, and for good reason), but feel free to try out some others once you get the hang of things. Its also great because BFG fleets are so cheap compared to 40k armies, and you can buy 2 or even 3 for the price of one army. Gives you a great excuse to try new races.
Enjoy rampaging around the void with your Despoiler. It is the heftiest battleship of both Imperial and Chaos fleets, save the Planet Killer.
I got the delivery today: the despoiler, two dauntless cruisers, firestorms and the awsome kal jerico model (now the heroic senior officer of my IG army..with twin bolt pistols!!
OMG the despoiler is chunky! So much metal, and the balance of the base is all wrong. Awsome model though, well moulded too. I can't wait to play it.
Some BFG ships (like the Space Marine battle barge) are close to a solid pound of metal....that justifies a "Holy crap!". Because of this, some are a little unbalanced on the stands. If you find that you need to, drill a hole in the bottom of the ship where you think it would be best suited, and fill in the other hole with Green stuff. Problem solved.
The other suggestion I've heard is to not glue your ship onto its stand. That way, if ever it snaps the stand off in the hole, you can easily dig it out and place it on a new stand. But these are just things I've heard. I've never had a problem with any of this myself.