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Finally had time for my first game in 5th edition. We did 1000 points of nids vs. demon hunters.
4x Warriors w/ 4 tw-devs and 1 venom-cannon.
4x units of spinegaunts 10-15 large.
Demon Hunters (not sure of his exact list):
5-10 man stormtroopers w/ 2 rhinos
2 units of spacemarines with a wide variety of flamers, psi-cannons, bolters, launchers, etc...
1 tricked out melee commander
We rolled for scenerio and got kill-points. (augh). I won the roll and deployed on the side with decent cover. He deployed with a weighted flank behind a burnt out building.
Long story short, it was a slaughter for nids. I was able to use cover to get better saves than I've been used to. (Heck any save is unexpected.) On the flip side, cover doesn't help much if your save is already a 3+ or 2+. By the end of the third turn he had his commander and two marines left. I had fed the commander a unit of gaunts to keep him busy while I wiped out the rest of his army. I had lost one ravener and half a unit of spinegaunts.
The biggest thing in 5th for nids is cover. With the increased ability to get cover saves, we really have to put thought into where we place and move our units. Personally I'm not used to actually getting to roll a save for gaunts, it was quite a shock.
I also like how the alteration to blast template weapons work. My barbed strangler actually has a better chance at taking something out. In the last edition, more often than not, I'd miss. Now it is going to be somewhere on the board. Even if it's not where I wanted it to land, chances are it's going to do some damage.
All in all I think the latest edition makes us a bit more survivable. We still have to play smart and use the board to our advantage. But we now get more out of it than we did before. The only downside is melee. With the rending nerf and losing the ability to consolidate into a unit after combat, we're weaker when it comes to hand-to-hand.
Sounds like you had a blast .
Good to know that cover is much more useful now, and were you using your gaunts to provide your other beasties with cover-saves? The blessed 'wave-assault is now a nice fire screen too, so I am really happy that my elites will actually survive the raw deal we get with target selection thanks to a large mass of chitinous bodies between them and the enemy.
Sounds like you were facing Grey Knight, bad choice against Nids, though if they had purifiers i feel for you. You said you did not take much damage though, so I assume they were tricked out with Psi-Cannon instead.
Congratulations on your victory. For the Swarm!
Yeah I used gaunts for cover. He had psi-cannons but only got to shot them for one turn. I had enough fire that I was able to wipe out the unit on turn two.