Big news for the new year.. The overlords have started an escalation league, starting at 500pts and working its way up to 2500 by the end of the year. Finally I have a roundabout way preventing any race choice deviance. I won’t go too much into the rules as it’s a pretty standard affair, we play two games a month that count towards the league and we can change out 10% of the list when moving up between the points levels which allows us to find extra points for any really big units or change out an element that we don’t think is working well.
So I will be using the imperial fists I’ve been working on over the past few months, more specifically using the sentinels of terra codex. When the supplement first came out, I didn’t really give it much thought, generally I’m not entirely for the company specific supplements. I would prefer that the supplements were directed towards entire non-first founding chapters who don’t get too much attention in the main codex, giving us a bit more in the way of background and probably some more relevant chapter tactics in the same way that forgeworld has done for the red scorpions et al. Personally I think that certain chapters such as the Blood Ravens and Silver Skulls would gain a lot from this treatment, but I digress….
A little while ago a read a post by Ciaran (he of many podcasts) about how he was looking at the clan raukaan supplement as a more general Iron Hands one as the added flavour didn’t appear to be particularly raukaan exclusive. So that got me thinking that the same is probably true for the Sentinels, the only real changes are the chapter relics (of which I planned to use none in any case), the fact you can take centurions are elites (which will probably be useful at larger points levels) and the slight change to the bolter drill (being now twin linked within half range rather than reroll 1s at all range) and as I was quite keen on the idea of rolling a couple of tac squads in rhinos and blasting (or at least trying to) away a unit at short range. So all in all the codex is pretty well set up for what I need from it at this point in time.
So the first month (being January due to the linear nature of time) is 500points, which also happens to be an bit of a b to build a list for, as there is no way you will be able to a genuinely all comers list (to give you a feel, the other lists notably include a vendetta and one even has 2 tervigons and conversely a more or less fully foot daemon list), but here is what I have come up with.
Librarian with force axe.
10 Tac Marines w/ Rhino, flamer and missile launcher
8 Tac Marines w/Rhino and plasma gun
Certainly not world beating but hopefully enough to do a job. Obviously its pretty difficult to discuss and overall plan with no reference to the mission type, but the strengths and weaknesses would appear fairly self evident.
There are 3 scoring units if that if I need to split the large tac squad in an objective game, moreover, these units are fairly hardy – at least when compared to guard units and chaos cultists which I expect I will be seeing quite a lot of. Alternatively in games of kill points I can keep the units together, and if I am able to get within 12 inches I would back the rerolling bolters to put a sizeable dent in most infantry units.
The landspeeder gets in by virtue of being the cheapest way to get in a bit of anti tank which is happily also pretty mobile.
Now to the weaknesses (at least the ones I have spotted – which isn’t to say there isn’t a plethora of ones I haven’t). Firstly even with 3 missiles I am slightly concerned by the lack of anti tank/monstrous creature firepower. 3 Missiles will struggle to put a dent in a 6 wound tervigon (although with the change to the nid codex in a couple of days we may see the list become impossible to build at any rate). Furthermore, a couple of the guard players are bringing a couple of chimeras which, with only AP3, I will be looking to hull point strip. The sooner I can find the points in the list for some lascannon devs the better! Although based on current plans this may not happen until the 1000 point stage.
Enough for now, I will report back after the first round of games on Sunday. Ciao.