Friday, December 27, 2013

Thunderhawks Viable?

At 2k, I can fit a Thunderhawk (with d-cannon), two storm talons, and a storm raven into a list. This looks great on the table. By the rule of cool we may have already won. On the other hand, not a lot of points are left for the rest of the army. The remainder is spent on three full tactical squads lead by tigerius. (there is a rhino thrown in there to act as a bunker for the first turn).

In terms of game play, two squads are deployed along with Tigerius. The last squad is split across the thunderhawk and storm raven. Even using the lighter aircraft to provide cover, I think the Thunderhawk would get blown out of the air by massed wave serpents.

Is there a viable list including a thunderhawk? The variant to this list is to put a Death Star in the Death Star, and rely on scouts to hide on the ground. I am not sure either list works.

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  1. All legal lists are viable. Whether you can win games with them is another story. But honestly, if you're fielding cool models that nobody gets to see very often, you've won in a different way. On the other hand, you do have a D-weapon.

  2. There's a viable way to do this most likely, though it is a little rock-paper-scissors by intent (i.e., a very strong anti-air army is going to simply beat you up, especially since your D weapon is blast-based and thus cannot engage opposing air).

    You're going to need to get as many infantry models on the ground, scoring ones, as possible. You may want to look at IG allies or similar, and also at the Inquisition minidex.

  3. I don't see the Stormraven as providing you anything, really. The Thunderhawk is a transport with a 30-man capacity, you really should make use of it. Drop the `raven, use the points on three Tactical Squads... The ability to deliver scoring marines, en masse, is one of the Thunderhawks greatest strengths.

  4. Ok, I've added inquisition and some fortifications.

    1. I am working on a guard variant now, I can definitely pack in the troops with IG.