So Spag, who has been playing 6th all weekend, called today to get ideas on how to knock down a Fateweaver Flying Circus (We have a LOT of Daemon players around here.). Here's my solution:
I agree with Stelek that Hydras by themselves aren't going to cut it. As they represent a single-point-of-failure when fighting a Circus. So let's use all of the um... gifts... that GW has given us to solve this problem. You do have space left on the credit card after buying the new rulebook, right? Good thing Spag and I have most of this already. All I need to do is proxy a Quad Gun.
This Allied Detachment has been added into my Sang Guard list, but you'll get the idea. The Allies and Fortifications are 405 points in total.
HQ 225 Dante Troops 210 Sanguinary Guard Squad w/1 x Infernus Pistol 220 Sanguinary Guard Squad w/2 x Infernus Pistol 220 Sanguinary Guard Squad w/2 x Infernus Pistol 220 Sanguinary Guard Squad w/2 x Infernus Pistol 220 Sanguinary Guard Squad w/2 x Infernus Pistol Fast Attack 140 2 x Land Speeder w/Heavy Flamer, Multi-Melta 140 2 x Land Speeder w/Heavy Flamer, Multi-Melta Allied Imperial Guard HQ 70 Primaris Psyker Allied Imperial Guard Troops 85 Veteran Squad w/3 x Flamer Allied Imperial Guard Heavy Support 150 2 Hydras Fortifications 50 Aegis Defense Line 50 + Quad Gun 2000 Total
First, convert yourselves some Hydras. Then give your extra wall sets to your favorite Tyrannid player. They'll need 'em.
Next, wall-off the center of your deployment zone with the Aegis and place the Hydras behind it on one side for 4+ cover (pay attention to how you assemble the wall during setup so they'll get 25% coverage, yes it can be done). Then put the Quad gun on the other side. The Vets+Primaris can go in the middle for 2+ cover, or in terrain on an objective somewhere. Don't try and shoot them, just keep their heads down. Their job is simply to sit tight while the rest of your army does it's thing.
According to Spag, flyers don't get actual saves that Fateweaver can re-roll. Just a 5+ that knocks them to the ground with a high-Str hit if they fail. You can then assault or shoot them on your terms.
Qty Price Model Sub-Total 3 $29.75 Aegis Defense Line $89.25 2 $37.25 Chimera $74.50 1 $15.00 Primaris Psyker $15.00 1 $29.00 Imperial Guard Box (10) $29.00 5 $1.60 IG Flamer Bitz - eBay $8.00 Total: $215.75
BTW: If you buy all of this, you'd better hope Circuses don't fall out of style, get comp-banned, or nerfed by a FAQ later. If I was GW, I'd delay releasing the missile launcher upgrade costs to Skyfire too. Because the really desperate players will be buying solutions right now. :)