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Hi, recently my friend and I decided to start Battlefleet Gothic after playing a few games at the conflict. We are going to get the starter box (Splitting the cost) and I'm playing Imperial. After reading the rules I have made my first Fleet list. I just want some comment on my list, as I have only played a few games at conflict.
(I'm still thinking up names for my ships)
Dictator Class Cruiser (Fleet Admrial)
-3 Sword Class Frigate
-2 Firestorm Class Frigate
Lunar Class Cruiser
Gothic Class Cruiser - Eternal Faith
Dominator Class Cruiser - The Emperor's Wraith
I was thinking to split my fleet into 2, or keeping them together depening on the game we are playing. This also fits nicely with the starter kit because all I have to get after this is the Sword Class Frigate and Firestorm Class Frigate (around $40 all together).
Thanks in advance.
Welcome to LO and BFG!
I would say that the Dominator is a weak point in this list. Not the ship specifically, but it's location. Nova Cannon are looong ranged weapons, and while the Dominator *does* have those very strong broadsides, you won't want to keep it mixed in with the Lunar and Gothic, both of which really do need to be up close. Of course, you could argue that the latter two ships' torpedoes will be used when the Nova cannon is being used, but hey, this is just my opinion And if you load up on them and play against a faster fleet (which is basically all of them), the enemy will quickly close so that you cannot use the Nova effectively, leaving you out a lot of points.
I personally think that if you want a Nova cannon ship, the Mars class Battlecruiser is the way to go. It has launch bays as well, so it can hang further back, relatively alone, and still influence the close-up battles. Also makes a great flagship.
I added the Dominator Cruiser mainly for it's strong broadside batteries, the Nova Cannon was just an added bonus. But, I do not know if Nova Cannon is really worth it (Planing to use the scatter dice rule). If I don't take the Dominator, what crusier should I take? I was trying to keep a balance between mid-range weapons (Lance) and close range Weapon Batteries.
mEGALOMANIAC brings up a good point. Whilst it can be argued that the Dominator can be used as you approach the enemy fleet (nova cannon) then contribute with the close-in fighting (big weapons batteries), I'm not sure it is a good idea in a fleet so small. When you have so few ships you need to keep them together so that they don't get singled out and killed one by one. Therefore, as you will be forced to keep the Dominator near to the rest of your fleet it will only be able to fire the nova cannon a few times a game. When you have a larger fleet you can split up a bit more; have the nova cannon armed vessels at the back with some decent escorting vessels. Your fleet isnt really big enough for this yet.
A good replacement for the Dominator would be a Tyrant. This ship gives you some decent ranged batteries (longer ranged than the other ships) which will be very useful - especially when fighting Eldar and Chaos fleets (ESPECIALLY when you are fighting Eldar). If you are dead set on having a nova cannon in your fleet you could get a Mars as mEGALOMANIAC suggested.
When you come to expanding your fleet have a look at the Cobra escort. These little guys are great for sneaky torpedo attacks into the enemy flanks. Unfortunatly they are getting more and more rare these days, but you can still get them from some online stores (Canada and UK sell them - pick the closest to you)
So, the Dominator. Keep it if you like it, just be mindful fo the points mEGALOMANIAC raised. I would say it is possible to use it quite well in a small fleet, but there are ships that should perform better.
Good luck with the fleet matey! I hope you enjoy BFG - its a really great game IMO. Have a look at the link in my signature for a BFG competition that is currently running!
Thanks for all your advices, I am going to keep the Dominator Class Cruiser for now. I am going to play a few rounds of games first to see how well I do. Changing Dominator to Tyrant is just replacing the Prow weapon, so it souldn't be too hard.
I was also wondering if there are any site that teaches you the basic tactics for playing BFG.
Thanks again for giving me these tips.
Have a look at the "articles" section of the specialist games website (click me!). Here you will find several good articles on how to use your fleet. The ones you will find most useful ar these:
http://www.specialist-games.com/assets/tactics.pdf - general tactics
http://www.specialist-games.com/asse...rialTactic.pdf - Imperial tactics
http://www.specialist-games.com/asse...ronTactics.pdf - cruiser squadron tactics
These should get you off to a good start. There are other webpages with tactical advice, but if I were you I would play a few games before you read too much. Get a feel for the game, learn a few things for yourself, then when you go back to read the articles they will make much more sense and probably inspire some tactical thinking of your own. So... I would advise you to read through the GW articles I have linked you to, play a few games, then re-read the articles and look for some more.
Good luck mate!