Sunday, October 25, 2009

Help Request: 1000 Pts. IG Mech


Daryl wrote:

Hey, im starting up an IG list (currently at around 100 points :S) but I am looking for your help on making a fully mechanized IG list.



I have read most of your battle reports up to date and I like your style of having most of your force inside the chimeras. So from this I got some inspiration to try and make a mech IG force, however im in a spot of bother. Being new to IG as I previously stated, I do not know what types of units to put in the chimeras, or even what to give veterans in the chimeras! Im hoping you can help me. Please please please, can you help me think of a chimera-based force? Also, do you need platoon command squads for the veteran squads to join?

SandWyrm's Reply:

Cool! My first request for list help. Careful, you'll make me feel important or something. :)

First, let's define what a "Mech" list is. To me, a Mech list is a one where every unit is either a tank/walker, in a tank, or deep striking. So at 1000 points I'd probably take something like the following:

HQ
145 Company Command Squad w/4 x Melta, Chimera (Hull Flamer)

Elites
105 5 Stormtroopers w/2 x Melta

Troops
155 Veteran Squad w/3 x Melta, Chimera (Hull Flamer)
155 Veteran Squad w/3 x Melta, Chimera (Hull Flamer)
155 Veteran Squad w/3 x Melta, Chimera (Hull Flamer)

Fast Attack
120 3 Scout Sentinels w/Autocannons

Heavy Support
165 Leman Russ Demolisher w/Hull Heavy Flamer

The Scout Sentinels and Russ are for long range supporting fire and transport killing, while the Chimeras rush in to kill with the Melta/Heavy Flamer combo and sieze objectives. The Stormies are there to kill things like Whirlwinds and Exorcists that tend to hang back and be bothersome.

The list you sent me for critique wasn't full-mech though. It was actually a mixed list of infantry and vehicles. So here's what I'd take in that vein:

HQ
100 Company Command Squad w/2 x Plasma, Lascannon

Troops
155 Veteran Squad w/3 x Melta, Chimera (Hull Flamer)
155 Veteran Squad w/3 x Melta, Chimera (Hull Flamer)
50 Platoon Command w/4 x Flamers
100 Infantry Squad w/Grenade Launcher, Autocannon, Commissar
65 Infantry Squad w/Grenade Launcher, Autocannon
65 Infantry Squad w/Grenade Launcher, Autocannon

Fast Attack
145 Hellhound w/Hull Multi-Melta

Heavy Support
165 Leman Russ Battle Tank w/Hull Lascannon

This is a more static list that uses a platoon to sit on an objective and pound the hell out of anything that comes your way. If you blob the infantry into a super-squad of 30, you'll be a stubborn wall of bodies that only assault troops with flamers will be able to shift. The CCS will be able to twin-link the Autocannons and Grenade Launchers with a single order, keeping one order for itself. The PCS with the flames is there for close-range backup.

Meanwhile the Hellhound and the Chimeras will rush forward to kill and sieze things.

Hope that helps. :)

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