Thursday, August 29, 2013

Competitive Blood Angels Part 4: Time to Strike


  In the previous parts of this tactica series we have discussed some of the best units and elements of the Codex. Now it’s time put theory into practice and make some army lists. I will begin with a list focused on assault

 HQ

Librarian- 125
  • Jump Pack
  • Force Axe

Elites
Sanguinary Priest -75
  • Jump Pack

Furioso Dreadnought- 175
  •          Frag Cannon
  •          DCCW wt HF
  •       Drop Pod

Furioso Dreadnought- 175
  •          Frag Cannon
  •          DCCW wt HF
  •       Drop Pod


Troops
10x JP Assault  Squad- 225
  • Power Axe
  • Meltagun x2
10x JP Assault  Squad- 225
  • Power Axe
  • Meltagun x2
10x JP Assault  Squad- 225
  • Power Axe
  • Meltagun x2
5x Assault Squad- 125
  • Flamer
  • Sergeant wt 2 Hand Flamers
  • Drop Pod

Heavy Support
1x Stormraven Gunship- 200
  • TL multi-melta
  • TL Lascannon

1x Vindicator- 150
  • Siege shield

1x Vindicator-150
  • Siege shield


 This is obviously an assault oriented list. Featuring 30 assault marines, boosted with a librarian and a priest as well as lots and lots of support for these units.

 The basic idea of the list:

-Deploy 30 marines+ characters as close to the enemy as possible, taking into consideration the safety of the units ( aka do not deploy on open ground)

- 1st turn, 2 furiosos arrive from reserves. Each one has 3 template weapons. Abusing the accuracy of a drop pod deep strike, place the dreadnoughts into the best position possible in order to achieve maximum template coverage. The key here is to go for a quick 1st Blood, while throwing 2 bulky, 13AV dreads right into the heart of the enemy. Your opponent will most likely turn his attention to the furiosos, allowing the rest of the army to advance safely.

- Vindicators are here to soften up targets so that the assault  squads can finish them with minimum casualties. Furthermore, it can cripple most assault units in a single shot.

- The Stormraven is there as a cute anti-flyer option and provides some additional firepower.

- The 3rd drop pod and its contents are fit to claim isolated objectives. They also have 1 flamer and 2 hand flamers to clear enemy units from cover. The option of 2 hand flamers is personal preference, and you can easily exchange them and the flamer for a meltagun and a power weapon, or something like that.


All things considered, I believe that as far assault BA go, this is probably one of the best builds possible. It makes a balanced, consistent force that maximizes synergy between units to get the most out of the force. Still, it is a list that relies heavily on the element of surprise and a suspicious opponent could possibly workaround it.

Next part will  feature a Land Raider heavy BA list. Thank you
 Stefanos Kapetanakis, out


1 comment:

  1. this is a nice list, i have posted myself a list using vindicators as an option for a competitive blood angels army list in 6th. i don't think that any BA list could be really competitive until we get a new codex which will bring point costs online with space marines and other 6th edition codexes though.

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