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I am writing this thread because they're many new Eldar players out there. Everyone knows that new players lose a lot, but this is exceptionally true if that player is Eldar.
I have edited this because of all the codices that have been redone since it was written.
How many competitive games can be won by footslogging aspect warriors and guardians? So this is why I write.
Before proceeding please take a look at the following links.
http://www.librarium-online.com/foru...ammer-40k.html (108 Ways to Play/Win at Warhammer 40K)
Please note that some of the threads and links are old/outdated.
Farseer- His ability to re-roll dice is what wins games. He has a vast array of options which make him a multipurpose and potentially expensive model.
His stat-line is decent, but his strength is irrelevant, given his weapon. His standard equipment make him a good model to begin with. His options make him either for a specific use or a multi-use.
Runes of Warding- This is a really good item for the price, practically a steal. With the new codices out, they have some pretty potent psychic power. This is now a must have for armies. You will thank me when you stop jaws of the wolf world.
Runes of Witnessing- These are decent items, but the points can usually be spent better else where. If you are casting more than one power a turn, consider these. Keep in mind they also increase your chances for a perils of the warp.
Spirit stones- No explanation needed here.
Singing Spear- I've found that these are more for a players personal taste. I usually take it if my model has 1 on it. I do enjoy throwing them at vehicles. Sometimes I split him off from his squad to assault a tank that hasn't moved. This is of course situation dependent. So the choice is yours.
Jetbike- This is a pricey, yet good upgrade. Use it for seer council squads.
Doom- A must have for Banshees. A huge bonus for Dire Avengers. This is also statistically better than guide for BS4.
Guide- Doom is better for BS4 models, but BS3 models...mainly the falcon and war walkers become twice as good when cast on them
Mind War- This can be a fun time for any Eldar player. However I would never take this as a lone power on a farseer. It doesn't affect dice re-roll. Which as stated before, is my Eldar's path to victory.
Eldritch Storm- Probably the least popular of the the choices. This is because of its low Str and that is grants cover saves.Its not even really that nasty to vehicles because of its AP. (or lack). However, I have seen some fun things happen from spinning the vehicle around. I usually only take it as a secondary power and only in for fun games.
Fortune- Such a good power. If you have a seer council, don't even think about leaving home with out it. I use it for banshees as well.
*Nakarur- You also need to take care when upgrading your farseer. He should never have more than 2 powers, and should have points spent wisely. Sometimes it is more beneficial to have 2 seers with 1 power than 1 seer with 2 powers.
These guys are an expensive unit, and can easily devour 1/4 or more of your points. These should be taken only in higher point games. Once again Eldar trickery with dice and psychic abilities come in the play here. These units also have an array of options at your disposal.
SpiritSeer- A must have if you they are babysitting a wrath unit.
Singing Spear- See Farseer statement.
Jetbike- A must have if your farseer has one. Here is where the points start piling up.
Destructer- This is essentially a heavy flamer. A few of these and your opponent will have a hand full of dice in his hand for saves. Take care not to give them all this though. The points will be sky high.
Embolden- Not a bad idea, considering your farseer will be testing once or twice a turn. Also a lot of councils usually have some "naked" powerless warlocks in it. If you have extra points I suggest slapping on these on as extra security. 5 points to reroll all leadership tests is just awesome.
Enhance- It is crucial that your warlocks are hitting on 3s in CC against a majority of the units in the game. This will increase your dice count in to wound, and increase your opponents dice count in armour saves.
Conceal- This is not necessary for a seer council. Unless you are facing something that negates INV saves.
This guy is an assault unit. However his point costs keep him out of my army. Also his ability cannot compare with my Eldar favorite....re-rolling dice. But he is not an automatic no. He has a VAST armory at his disposal and can be fitted to compliment any aspect units abilities. If you are planning on taking him anyway, I will lay out some basic lay outs for which units he will be complimenting. He is also widely used for eldar armies doing the alpha strike. Which works for some people.
Warp Spiders- Warp Jump Generator, Power Weapon, Mandiblasers, and Fusion Gun
Swooping Hawks- Hawk Wings, Fusion Gun, mandiblasters, and power weapon
Banshees- Mandiblasters , power weapon, and fusion gun
Scorpions (only if mounted)- Mandiblasters, Power Weapon, Fusion Gun.
Dire Avengers(exarch shoulve have defend and PW/Shimmer shield or Dire sword)- Mandiblasters, Power Weapon, Fushion gun.
Dark Reapers- Reaper Launcher, mandiblasters, Chainsword or power weapon
Shining Spears- Jetbike, Laser Lance or power weapon, Mandiblasters, fushion gun
Also if you are going to put him with your jetbike council, give him a Jetbike, power weapon, mandiblasters, Fushion gun. (dont take the lance because there is a good chance you are going to get bogged down)
AVATAR +PHOENIX LORDS-
Avatars are too slow for mech lists, but can are good for hybrid and foot slogging lists.
P. Lords- Just avoid these for competitive play. For fun pick whatever one you want.
Striking Scorpions- These guys are tougher than Banshees, but lack fleet. Which makes them more undesirable than their sisters. Their ability to infiltrate makes them worthwhile, of course at a high cost.
Recommended Unit size- 6+
Always upgrade to an exarch. Then you can choose his weapon.
Power Claw- This thing is good, but he will lose his +1A and fight last. But gives you a good chance to knock down a vehicle and get the last couple kills so you dont lose combat.
Biting Blade- This is also another viable option, but again he will lose his +1A
Chain Sabres- These are Bad.
Shadow Strike- If they do not have a transport, then they are taking this. Outflank with them. Too many turns on the board spells certain doom for these guys.
Stalker- Not necessary but so helpful. Since these guys come stock with plasmas, they will be undoubtly your cover hiding, objective holding troop assaulters.
**Elendor- On a side note, I think it should be mentioned that if a Striking Scorpion Exarch takes a claw, he still has his chainsabre. Thus, I believe you can choose which weapon to attack with. I did this in my last game; I needed him to attack at I6 so I chose not to use the claw that turn. So basically you could choose to either attack at S6 I1 or at S4 I6.
Recommended Unit size- 5-6
These guys must ALWAYS have a transport, whether a falcon or wave serpeant.
The exarch here is optional, although he does add quite a punch to the unit.
Fire Pike- I've found this weapons usefulness kind of limited. It's basically if the unit doesn't get killed the turn they pop out...they get to move and shoot and may be in double dice range for the exarch. So take at your own discretion.
Dragons Breath Flamer-There is alot of debate on this weapon, because once you start making alot of wounds..good people will stack up the melta shots and then take armour saves. But overall its a great weapon combined with crack shot. It allows for multi purpose of the unit.
Tank Hunters- A very helpful upgrade. Steep price though.
Crack Shot- Not always necessary, because undoubtly these cats will be in a transport. It is crucial that you drop them off at a point where 50% of the hull is NOT cover by terrain. It can and will be necessary against MEQ armies. All their tanks come with smoke launchers, which are very annoying.
These guys are tough, no one can deny them that. Although the points of a unit of them is really steep. And it is noteworthy to mention that the price of the models are steep as well. (thank you GW) These guys need a transport because they are slow slow. They also need a warlock. Which brings their unit price to over 300 points.
I wont go in to this unit any farther.
This unit with all power weapons is a dream come true. The problem is that they have a low str. This can be properly negated if you attach a Farseer with Doom to them. Which you should ALWAYS do. This unit ALWAYS needs a wave serpeant. The falcon has too small capacity.
Recommended unit size- 7-10
Always upgrade to an exarch.
Executioner- A good weapon giving it a higher str. Although removing 2 dice from your hand when attacking, which is a big no no in my book. Although the extra str bonus of the weapon can give you a chance to wound high T things or armor.
Mirror Swords- Sweet weapons, adding dice to my hands.
Triskele- No, your unit will be running most of the time or in transport. There wont be much shooting going on from these ladies.
War Shout- Good power, however units that are likely to fail LD tests, are likely to have ws3 as well. However turning it over on their side can grant them a 5 to hit, which is always fun. But most of the time units cannot survive more than 1 your initial assault.
Acrobatic- Good! until your opponent realizes how tough they are when they assault. That will be the last time he charges them.
These guys are good. I have seen a few threads on debating them with banshees. But the fact of the matter is ....they are too expensive and cannot have a dedicated transport. That being said. Leave them on the shelf.
Your bread and butter! These guys are worth it. Dont be afraid of their Str and T. Always field in groups of either 5 or 10.
Exarch- A must if you have 10, not if you have 5.
Power weapon and Shimmer Shield- Its a good setup, but rarely used. There is a better choice. But the inv save is nice.
2 shuriken catapults-DO IT! This gives him 5 shots that hit on 2s with bladestorm. You can't pass it up for the point costs.
Dire Sword- In theory a good weapon. But on the tabletop, a waste.
Blade storm- A must have. DICE COUNT.
Defend- It is fine, but I like to leave my Avengers out of CC.
These guys need a transport.
These guys are snipers with a good special ability. Their ability to become pathfinders are good
Recommended unit size -5-6
These guys are good targets and that is about it. They are bad at holding objectives without cover. They are generally bad at most things. But there is some good in them.
The unit can have a warlock (see above) with a power. I like to choose embolden for defenders, as they will be taking alot of damage in the game and be taking alot of tests. Conceal is also a good choice, should they think they are going to hold an objectives in the open.
They get a heavy weapon platform. Since they have a low BS, always choose a multishot weapon. Scatter lasers are a good choice as they have long range and alot of shots. (if only star cannons were higher str....)
Recommended unit size- 15 +warlock
Often underestimated and left out of the game. These guys pack a punch from what anyone is expecting. and most importantly...they are a troop choice!
Recommended unit size-10
These guys have the option to have 2 assault weapons. Either flamers or meltas...which are both good weapons. I leave the tank hunting to other units though and go ahead and take the flamers.
The warlock is crucial to this unit. 2 powers come to mind with this unit. Destructer and Enhance. Destructer combined with 2 flamer templates can put alot of dice in your opponenets hand. But enhance can help with MEQs and that when they fight back (which they will) they will need 4s instead of 3s on assault round 1.
NakaRuru*-- If you are going to give them fusion guns they are looking to hunt tanks and MCs, I would recommend the singing spear for the warlock to give them a 3rd ranged attack against those targets, also embolden is a good power as they often times will get shot and forced to make a test if they get out of a transport.
This unit needs a transport. Give them a wave serpeant.
*emp.-Make sure when you make a late push for objectives (or to something in cover) you tank shot the squad you're assault, because the troops need to move this will bunch them up 1" around the tank (saying you choose to stop on top as tanks have priority), majority of the time this tactic will now allow you to *auto-hit* and wound more models to the squad you're going after.
These guys are fast and mobile and not good at shooting or assaulting. But they are good at grabbing objectives!
I would leave them in reserve to conserve their life span. Use their speed to grab and objective as opposed to contesting (with tanks).
If they plan to be ont he board the whole game, warlocks are a fine addition. The power you choose should not be conceal and probably not enhance. Either embolden or destructor. This is pricey though.
Shuriken cannons can be added at your own leisure. Don't expect much. Although you may get lucky enough to pop a rear armor tank.
*emp. - For jetbikes, remember that you have a 6" assault move no matter what, so you can play "hide and seek" by darting out of cover to shoot, and than back behind in the assault phase which keeps them a solid viable option to survive until turn 5+.
These guys can pack a punch on the charge. However their high point costs, keeps them out of most lists. But if you do take them..
Recommended size- 3 or 5.
Take the Exarch, you wont regret it.
Shuriken Cannon- Go ahead, but be ready to shave it if you need points.
Power weapon- Don't do it.
Star Lance- Take this. Its a close range bright lance.
Skilled rider- is a little steep for what it does. But it is not worthless. Be ready to shave this if you need points.
Withdraw- I would take this, the last thing you want is something dumb happening and getting locked in combat. These guys need to always be getting out of assaults they are in.
*emp- Just clarify how the str6 power weapon attacks for Shining Spears only apply when they initiate combat, otherwise they are indeed str3 normal attacks. And as one hand is used for driving and one for the lance, they do *not get +1 attack for two 1 handed weapons, and so have a base of 1 attack and 2 on the charge.
Pricey, but their warp packs make them fast enough for a mech army.
Recommended unit size-5-6
Take the Exarch always.
Additional Death Spinner-- the number of shots makes this the most popular choice. Remember...its about the amount of dice!
Spinneret rifle- Opposite of "additional Death spinner"
Power blades- I prefer to keep costs down, and keep these guys out of assault. Should they get in, these are nice, but the low str against meq..
Surprise Assault- Is a worthless upgrade, they already come with deepstrike standard.
Withdraw- Good, because your opportune will want to assault you. But then you will need to run away. To shoot again. If you have to cut 1 power to save points, cut this one.
These guys are generally not worth their steep point costs. Against IG infantry though they can do wonders. It takes alot of armor or low save infantry...which IG has both.
Recommended unit size-5+
Always take the Exarch.
Power weapon- Not needed.
Hawks Talon- Not enough dice in hand for my liking.
Sun-rifle- This is what I'm talking about. One of those..."Can I borrow your dice...I don't have enough" moments.
Sky-Leap- Good power. At most it allows your hawks to be in play 3 turns a game. Which isnt all that bad, the longer they are on the table, the more chance they have at dying. Plus the pie-plate when you come back in is good.
Intercept- Good for its point costs. Be prepared to shave though.
Vyper have low armor, high speed, and big guns. You have to be very careful with them. Or you will watch alot of points get taken off the board as fast as it was put on.
These guys need to make use of their speed and cover. The idea is to help mow down infantry when playing GEQ and shoot the rear or sides of tanks.
Recommended unit size- 1
Options- never give these guys bright lances. Too pricey of a fragile unit than. Double Shuriken Cannons is always a fun combo. EML are good weapons too but bring the price up a bit too high for my liking.
Do not give it any upgrades for the vehicle. This is a waste of points.
Heavy weapon Battery- NO
Dark Reapers- These guys are good but have little place in a mech list. I will not even go into detail on them/
Far too slow in my opinion, but can be a good bullet magnet.
If you take this guy. assume he will not make it into combat. No one will come within 12" of him. Give him 2 guns, since he has a higher BS, single shot weapons are a go ahead.
These can be used in Mech lists because they have scout abilities.
Recommended unit size-3
Weapon options- Try not to give these guys single shot weapons. You will cry when you miss 50% of the time. Leave the tank busting to wave serpents and fire prisms. They are excellent troop slayers and transport poppers. Use outflank to conserve their life and give them a good position. Always use cover.
Weapon Choices: All scatter lasers, All EML (a guide seer goes around them then.) or all shuriken cannons.
This bad boy is left out of many lists, because of the high point cost it takes to field it right, and its low BS. But it has the ability to have 3 heavy weapons and can transport 6 people. It is a multipurpose model, which is why it costs more in the end.
Weapons- Unless you plan on guiding him, take either a Shuriken cannon or Scatter laser. You will thank yourself with multi shot weapons.
If you have the points to spare the shuriken cannon upgrade isn't a bad idea. More dice, reasonable power.
Spirit stones -are a must if they are carrying people.
Holofields- Take these. They are not as good in 5th edition, but still are worth it. The falcon is too expensive to let go without a fight.
Star Engines- No, you need to be able to shoot every turn you can.
Vectored Engines-5th edition really makes this upgrade unnecessary now.
Transpolar: It is popular to put fire dragons in here, as there are one of the few squads that can still be good and have a low model count.
It is also a good idea to stick 5 DA in it, so the falcon has objective claiming ability. Just dont let them get out!
I personally put a guideseer in here and give the falcon all sorts of re-rolling dice!
This guy is the backbone of the fire base in an eldar army. His beam is a powerful weapon of destruction. His ability to combine is so good, you'd be a fool to pass up.
Options- in lower point games give them nothing.
Spirit Stones arn't bad idea. I've had them stranded away from my army before and have dreadnaughts catch them....
Star Engines- no
Holofields- Too pricey for small games, but in large games its great cause while regardless he wont be shooting, he will still be alive and be able to propose a threat.
New entry from spear head, hurray.
This guy is really fun to use and can put the hurting on heavy infantry armies, but the kicker is that most competitive armies have no foot infantry...
They DO have the ability to hurt high armour tanks, but it is rare. The main benefit is the mono-filament web rule, which is just wonderful. I recommend using this guy against hybrid armies and for fun. If you are feeling lucky, take this bad boy.
Competitive lists of mine still consist of 2 prisms and 1 war walker squad.
As for upgrades: refer back the fire prism entry on it.
Wave Serpeant-This guy is the meat and potatoes.
Any weapon is fine for his turret because he get thems twin linked! (except star cannons) Spirit stones are the only upgrade worth while for this tank, as he will always need to stay moving cause of his cargo. Stuff aspect warrior HERE!!!!
****Fleeting Æther-A tactic I learned from Fritz at WayOfSaimHann, is when placing objectives in Seize Ground (3-5 objectives,) is to place one of your objectives exactly 12" away from another objective, this way you Wave Serpent (if placed in the correct way) can be contesting or controlling 2 objectives at once due to it's immense length (I believe they're roughly 7" long, even longer if you have the Forgeworld variant upgrade.) I use this trick all the time, and it frustrates opponents to no end when you can dedicate forces needed elsewhere due to one troop doing double duty on a pair of objectives. As most Eldar tactics are, this is an excelent force multiplier since you can accomplish more tasks with less units, and with mech Eldar, we need to be able to do as many things as we can with the units we have in the time we are allowed.[/
PHEW!!! So now that you have good background about units for a mech eldar list. I have a few sample lists for you to look over and help your while you design you own list.
HQ- Farseer w/Doom
Elites- 9 Howling Banshees w/ Exarch, Mirror Swords
Wave Serpeant 1/ TL EML and Spirit Stones
Troops- 10 Dire Avengers w/Exarch, Dual Shuriken Catapults, Blade Storm
Wave Serpent w/ TL BL and Spirit stones
Heavy Support- Fire Prism
HQ-Farseer w/Doom, Spirit Stones, and Fortune
Farseer w/ Guide
ELITES-10 Howling Banshees w/Exarch, Mirror Swords, Acrobatic
Wave Serpeant w/ TL EML and Spirit Stones
TROOPS-10 Dire Avengers w/ Exarch, Dual Catapults, Blade Storm
Wave Serpeant w/ TL Shuriken Cannon and Spirit Stones
10 Storm Guardians w/ Warlock, Destructer, 2 Flamers
Wave Serpeant w/ TL EML and Spirit Stones
Heavy Support-Fire Prism
***FartsMcGee-Something else that i thought should be brought up in a thread for new to mech eldar is our inherent weaknesses.
Low armor values are a big problem for us, even though we have all sorts of trickery to negate the low armor it poses a fairly major problem for us be cause a str 7 gun is just about as dangerous as a str 10 gun.
Second: Inherently low model counts. This one hurts a ton because it means that there is very little room for error. When a piece of the machine fails unexpectedly it has a nasty tendency to take the rest of the army with it.
Third: Power Fists/Claws/Krak and Melta nades. For horde and foot slogging armies these weapons are typically of very little consequence, for us it takes our mobility away, when our transports start to spill our few models about everywhere its painful.
Fourth: Insufficient killing power. Some might disagree with me about this but even given bladestorm and prism shots we can't match the fire power of other armies and its easy to get drawn into a shoot out if we're not careful.
Fifth: Very little staying power. Once we get out or shot out of our transports it has to end quickly.
So when playing mech eldar you have to work to minimize these weaknesses and do everything you can to keep your opponent from exploiting them. This usually entails surgical strikes at heavy support units, proper application of counter point units (i.e. wraithlords), and a LOT of fortune and cover saves, and probably most importantly keep your vehicles OUT OF ASSAULT unless you are giving them 6's to hit from a flat out, but even then its still risky.
Oh and a couple of rules that you will get called on a lot.
1. YES you can tank shock through buildings, you just have to take a dangerous terrain check.
2. YES you can cast doom, fortune, and guide from inside a transport. You MAY NOT cast it to the inside of a different transport. You MAY NOT cast mind war or eldrich storm from inside a vehicle. You DO NOT need line of sight for any of the non-shooting abilities.
3. YES you can move and assault banshees out of a transport as long as it didn't move AT ALL (including the free pivot) before they disembarked. The transport MAY move and shoot still, just not flat out.
4. NO you can't ram for a str 11 or above hit.
5. Wave serpents DO NOT allow for extra dice on rending (from shooting) on front and side armor
6. YES Banshees do assault into cover and go first.
7. YES Star engines let you move 36". 24" in the movement phase and 12" in the shooting.
8. YES you can selectively tank shock by flying over units that you don't want to tank shock. Which REALLY makes people mad.
9. Movement with a skimmer is ALWAYS horizontal, even if they are going up or down.
10. YES you really can park your skimmer there. Just be sure to take a terrain check EVERY TIME you start AND end a movement phase there.
DISCLAIMER- If you disagree with anything above, please post politely and I will edit accordingly. If anyone has anything to add, please post here or PM me. Credit will be given where due.
GOOD LUCK MECH ELDAR!
Farseer w/ Guide
5 Fire Dragons
-Wave Serpent w/ Twin Linked Shuriken Cannons and Spirit Stones
5 Dire Avengers
-Wave Serpent w/ Twin Linked Eldar Missile Launcher and Spirit Stones
5 Dire Avengers
-Wave Serpent w/ Twin Linked Eldar Missile Launcher and Spirit Stones
6 Grav tanks to boot!
Last edited by ericismyname; January 22nd, 2011 at 23:43.
Eldar -APOC- 6500 Points
Chaos Daemons -Fate Crusher- 3500 Points
Grey knights - 1000 Points
I like this it's a good basis for Mech Eldar lists. If I may be so inclined to ask you to add though;
1) Just clarify how the str6 power weapon attacks for Shining Spears only apply when they initiate combat, otherwise they are indeed str3 normal attacks. And as one hand is used for driving and one for the lance, they do *not get +1 attack for two 1 handed weapons, and so have a base of 1 attack and 2 on the charge.
2) For jetbikes, remember that you have a 6" assault move no matter what, so you can play "hide and seek" by darting out of cover to shoot, and than back behind in the assault phase which keeps them a solid viable option to survive until turn 5+.
3) For the storm guardians I personally favor the 2 flamers and destructor combo. This bypasses their low BS. Make sure when you make a late push for objectives (or to something in cover) you tank shot the squad you're assault, because the troops need to move this will bunch them up 1" around the tank (saying you choose to stop on top as tanks have priority), majority of the time this tactic will now allow you to *auto-hit* and wound more models to the squad you're going after.
4) My personal opinion on the Autarch, if used always go with the Mandiblasters, unless of course you're kitting him out to shoot, than don't even worry about adding this or the mask. Autarchs come with plasma grenades (when they charge they go by Initiative order), and with an Initiative of 7 they will be going first most of the time either way, the +1 attack benefits more.
5th E Sand(Grey) Knights: 11-3 (retired) 5th E Eldar: 37-4 (retired) 5th E Wolves 5-0
Hah, interesting we both hit 7's
Oh how could I forgot to add the most important note, if you play anti-tank army, make sure you sacrifice one of your friend's models to the dice gods for good luck. Why your friends you ask? Well why the hell would you sacrifice your own? That's just stupid.....
5th E Sand(Grey) Knights: 11-3 (retired) 5th E Eldar: 37-4 (retired) 5th E Wolves 5-0
One big thing I would point to is the Autarchs master strategist (sp? ) in a mech list, two Autarchs or even just one greatly increase the power of going into reserve with the whole list.
Since this is for beginners you could also say something about not taking alot of powers on your farseer. I generally only take 1 unless I have spirit stones and almost never take 3 powers.
Firedragons, I find the exarch is generally wasted points, but the flamer with crackshot is one of the only ways you can make the firedragons slightly multi purpose rerolling flamer makes them a bit better against hordes. Not the best setup but it can be useful if you don't know what you will face.
Harlies, the shadowseer and their ability to rend MCs and have fusions guns makes them a bit better than you make them out to be, not my preference but think they do have some perks.
Rangers, I find it odd that you bash other units for being to slow then praise rangers, they like most other slow units will be left behind in a mech list.
Guardian defenders, in cover they will last about as long as even points of rangers and the heavy weapon does give them some options, I do agree that they don't fit into mech lists well.
Storm guardians, If you are going to give them fusion guns they are looking to hunt tanks and MCs, I would recommend the singing spear for the warlock to give them a 3rd ranged attack against those targets, also embolden is a good power as they often times will get shot and forced to make a test if they get out of a transport. The chance of rerolling a farseers tests can also be a consideration.
Guardian jetbikes, I'm not a big fan of usinging bikes only as objective grabbers, 6 with 2 cannons a warlock with a spear and embolden makes the unit well rounded able to threaten AV move quickly and put out a decent number of shots. They don't fit the mech army as well because they give enemy small arms something to shoot at but feel they have uses still.
Warpspiders, Suprise assault is a useless power, all jump infantry (which spiders are ) get deepstrike for free.
Warwalkers, I feel that even with scout the fact that they are stuck moving so slowly makes them a hard sell in a mech list. YMMV
Lastly I think the lists you posted are competitive but that many fireprisms may make your enemies call cheese. Perhaps you could make one that is a bit more friendly?
Reserve lists work best with mech. The whole point is to use the speed to hit your enemy hard in a short period of time at his weakest point while limiting the amount of time your units can be targeted. If your opponent doesn't move forward at all from his starting line then you come in and play like normal just with a few less turns. If he advances then it is even less distance that the transports and their cargo have to travel to get to prime targets. While multiple tanks are hard to kill in 5-7 rounds, they become even harder to kill in 3-5 rounds that you get by running reserve.
YMMV = Your Mileage May Vary. I put that in because some people feel the scout move / outflank give the walkers enough speed I feel differently.
You talk about rangers holding an objective from round 1 with a mech list I don't even think about objectives until round 4 maybe round 3 if I will need to get one on the other side of the board. Rangers give your opponent a static target to go after, you are then forced to either let them die or throw your generally outnumbered units at the enemy to try and halt the enemy advance.
I base alot of my mech playing around the speed of the list. This is why I am negative on rangers and warwalkers for mech. If it can not shift 12-24" in one round it either falls behind and dies or becomes an anchor that the rest of the list has to stay by negating my speed.
Mech is fluid, with the speed and reserve options if played well it can not be pinned down. Why make it more static by adding slow moving units or units that can not move and shoot?
Great, excellent, amazing post. It covers all the bases, and gives people a good idea on how to run a Mech list. Originally I was going to disagree about the harliquins, but since you're running a Mech list, I couldnt agree more!
Heck! Even your statement about Storm Guardians was spot on with my view of them!
Also, I would add for people to not be afraid to use Wave Serpents as actual tanks. They do a pretty darned good job of it (best dedicated transport in the game. The thing can duel even the best tanks in the game and win!)
Lately I've been running mine with just TL cannon and spirit stones and I've been having a lot of success with it. The extra points frees up enough for something that the enemy has to shoot at first (ie a falcon) so your transports actually get your troops there without being shot at too much. The problem I have with waveserpents is that if the enemy gets a pen hit then theres a good chance that the serpents usefulness is going to go waay down. It only has one good weapon, so a weapon destroyed really hurts (especially if you went all out 45 points for a BL). Its greatest asset is its speed so immobilized will take that away. Most other "tank" tanks can take one of either of these results and not be near-useless, (think of LR, LR with sponsons, predators, etc) but the serpent really gets affected. And when you are paying 145 a pop that really hurts.Also, I would add for people to not be afraid to use Wave Serpents as actual tanks. They do a pretty darned good job of it (best dedicated transport in the game. The thing can duel even the best tanks in the game and win!)
Btw eric nice job on the comprehensive overview, is this page going to become a sticky? (it should!)
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