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I'd just like to throw the question out:
If u couldn't field any MC (e.g. Tyrants, 'fexes) and had to either be prodominantley stealer's or gaunts (any type) what would you have?
say it's a 1,500pts battle and u are allowed lictors, raveners etc. post u're preference and a little on why
The reason no-one has replied is that you probably want both.
The gaunts shield your genestealers, hold up the enemy in combat and then the 'stealers come in and rip the enemy to shreds.
If you're wondering which is better in general, genestealers are by far the better CC troop and gaunts are a better shooting troop, but in the end genestealers have the potential to do much more damage (but only if they get into combat )
I'd prefer elite. Use cover to make your way up the board and rip them apart in cc.
i tihnk it determines more on what army you are facing
If i was playing IG or Orks i would take gaunts, but if i was playing space marines or something similiar with decent weapon skill toughness and save on your basic troop i would go genestealers
apart from the army your facing it all comes down to how you play and what takes your fancy. I love the look on your opponnent as he unloads his 20 something marines and you unload your 60 something bugs, but then again stealers kick absolute ass in close combat. I plyaed against my friend and as soon as my stealers got into c&c he was dead, first 3 rolls for me first stealer were all 6's
Personally i think a mix is the best way to go if you were thinking about going to a tournament or something like that, but what ever floats your boat, different strokes for different folks
For me, I'd have to go with the Stealers. Not for any advantage in abilities (they both do their job very well), just because my Stealers are all painted and my Gaunts are in various stages of paint (or more accurately, lack there of).
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