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I just played my first 2 games with 2 autarch`s list and keeping all (or almost all) in reserve.
The results were amazing. First game was a 3k point vs a sister/gray knights mech army where practicly first 4 turns all battle was in the right flank in 25% of gameboard (was so funny seeing all my army there and 30-40% of enemy army and more coming to the grindhouse) and last turn was the contesting/claiming objective part. Second was a 1000 pts vs a vanilla SM witha predator, Dread, chapter master and 2 squads of 10 marines 1 with some plasma`s in it. My first turn was great popping all his antitank weapons and i just killed him slowly till the end.
I feel this kind of approach can be competitive too, as deepstiking cheap melta autarchs cand be deadly for the enemy armor, especially with spiders looking at the rear of some tank, witha reserve list you can happily outflank with a lot of great results, and you can concentrate your firepower on parts of enemy army and use your mobility to move around in the next rounds. Also denying a whole round of shoting to the enemy is nice.
But i did not faced experienced players against this tactic. I wonder how can i counter let`s say a castle deployment in the middle of the board.
So please tell me your stories and strategies for this kind of tactics if you play with it or against it.
I wasnt aware that Autarchs stacked their Strategy Ratings- thats awesome I might have to playtest a Reserve army with some Warp Generator Autarchs in some spiders!
Last edited by Trask; September 19th, 2009 at 05:08.
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Warp Spiders with an Exarch and Autarch tooled out for close combat are a force to be reckoned with, I use one such formation in all my armies from 1500-1850, and occasionally at 1k as well. It's a little over 300 points for 8 Spiders and the Autarch, but very deadly against anything in regular 40K (except vehicles in close combat, ick.)
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Well, Autarchs aren't really "cheap", so an Autarch with a fusion gun isn't cheap.
However, a STR6 barrage of fire into a vehicle's rear armor is going to hurt anything short of a LandRaider or Monolith with out without a melta-autarch.
The biggest problem I find with Autarchs is that they replace Farseers. Farseer's Fortune and Doom are amazing powers and I find them hard to give up.
I really enjoy playing a mech reserve list. Going second lets you ignore two rounds of your enemies fire and then show up half way across the field turbo boosting and aimed right at their weakest point. If they move to close you can even show up and blast units off the board. You get to shoot first and still go last, the best of both worlds. I find one Autarch will generally work out well enough for me in this and that way I get to keep a farseer in my lists.
so anyone played against a catle opponent. someone who deploy in middle of the board in transports, all in the same small area, se he can denay our outflanking walkers,scorpion assaults? with a reserve list of course.
When I play reserve it is normally a mech reserve list so I just play it out like a normal game and live with the fact that my opponent has lost rounds of shooting and rounds of moving while they stayed hunkered down. If your list is based heavily of deepstrike and outflank I would think the best bet would be concentrating on one side with your forces. You could also forgo using the autarchs bonus and hope that when some of your units show up the opponent breaks his castle and the remaining units you have in reserve can find some holes to exploit.
I find that most people arent expecting an Eldar reserve army...thats usually a marine tactic. So, when you start dropping in behind their lines with Spiders (one of my personal favorites) and flanking with Scorps and Walkers, their tactics seems to go awry.
Nearly every SM player Ive played against is looking for your standard Eldar tactics: Most of the army is fielded when you start and they can reasonably expect to destroy at least one of your tanks by turn 2.
As for running 2 Autarchs...ewww. I love my Doom too much. 1 Autarch and a Farseer would be sufficient in those cases, IMO.
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