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Old 27 Aug 2009, 18:24   #1 (permalink)
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Default Any other role for platoons?

Other than sitting back on an objective and shooting?

Advancing on objective?
spearheading assaults?
outflanking?
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Old 27 Aug 2009, 21:19   #2 (permalink)
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Advancing on objective?
After you neutralize any threats and you have a clear path towards the intended objective.

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spearheading assaults?
They are your Scoring units. You want them to die last. As such, you want the bigger stuff to clear the way; Tanks, Rough Riders, Ogryns etc.

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outflanking?
Only if you have Al'rahem.
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Old 30 Aug 2009, 10:37   #3 (permalink)
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Default Re: Any other role for platoons?

Ah line blocking

Meat sheild

Meat Grinder

Tank hunting (60 points for a squad with melta gun... walk em forward till you hit tanks!)

Massed lasgun fire (135 lasgun shots from FRFSRF combined squad with no upgrades + pistols)

Mobile objectives takers...



Look outside the box. Try some different setups.
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Old 08 Sep 2009, 07:10   #4 (permalink)
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the only proper use for a guards men platoon is 1 thing and one thing only.
put them in a nice pretty firing line behinde cover and let them die like guards men. this should cause a well enough distraction for your veteran squads to claim objectives
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Old 08 Sep 2009, 10:50   #5 (permalink)
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You assume people use both choices.

I have yet to see a guard army on the table using both veterans and a platoon. every IG army I have faced has one or the other.

Mind you my elysians use both though, just dont see it in other people.
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Old 08 Sep 2009, 11:11   #6 (permalink)
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1 large platoon, and 1 vet squad for one of my lists.

The platoon is just for mobbing, and the HWT's are the main part of my army. The vets walk behind and melta anything that gets too close.
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Old 08 Sep 2009, 17:34   #7 (permalink)
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You assume people use both choices.

I have yet to see a guard army on the table using both veterans and a platoon. every IG army I have faced has one or the other.

Mind you my elysians use both though, just dont see it in other people.
I beg to differ sir, I play a purely mixed list myself between a full platoon and veteran squads mounted in chimeras.( personally i like to arm them with three plasma guns per squad)
The main mass of troops usually soaks the fire and the veteran squads run around and take care of the "dirty" work. This is how i counter tau that think there broadsides are safe hiding behind cover.
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Old 08 Sep 2009, 20:48   #8 (permalink)
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My 2500 point ard boyz army this year was composed of almost nothing but infantry- and two leman russ tanks. I like to send my infantry forward in three waves. Wave 1 is a platoon of fifty with nothing but flamers and FRSSRF! They soften resistance and act as meat sheilds. Wave 2 kills tanks and are infnatry squads armed with meltaguns and krakgrenades. Wave 3 mops up with three vetran squads spamming plasma (also make great MC killers). And finally wave 4 is armed to the teef' with heavy weapons, moving forward to capture objectives when both me (and my opponent) have been anihalated. This army is very effective as there's not much that can stop 250 guardsmen.

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You assume people use both choices.

I have yet to see a guard army on the table using both veterans and a platoon. every IG army I have faced has one or the other.

Mind you my elysians use both though, just dont see it in other people.
I beg to differ sir, I play a purely mixed list myself between a full platoon and veteran squads mounted in chimeras.( personally i like to arm them with three plasma guns per squad)
The main mass of troops usually soaks the fire and the veteran squads run around and take care of the "dirty" work. This is how i counter tau that think there broadsides are safe hiding behind cover.
I run something like this all the time- my vetrans are my elite and hence will tackle the elite of my opponents army, this usually means spamming plasma. (It kills TEQ, MEQ, and MC's, sounds like a taco, tex mex...never mind)
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Old 09 Sep 2009, 06:28   #9 (permalink)
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yes the three plasma gun veteran squads have been the bane of many armies i have played agiansts the most memarable being when a crimson fist player peeled open two chimeras with my beloved "plasma Love" veteran squads, which he didnt know were mounted in the chimeras, unfortunatley for him pedro and his 500 point honor guard didnt survive 6 plasma guns rapiding firing, yes amazingly all 12 shots hit and all wounded i dont think i will ever roll that well in my life agian his face was the reddest i think i will ever see it when the back bone of his army died to guardsmen . . . it got even redder when he found out what Straken and a ministrum priest with and eviserator can do to sternguard veterans muahaha
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yes the three plasma gun veteran squads have been the bane of many armies i have played agiansts the most memarable being when a crimson fist player peeled open two chimeras with my beloved "plasma Love" veteran squads, which he didnt know were mounted in the chimeras, unfortunatley for him pedro and his 500 point honor guard didnt survive 6 plasma guns rapiding firing, yes amazingly all 12 shots hit and all wounded i dont think i will ever roll that well in my life agian his face was the reddest i think i will ever see it when the back bone of his army died to guardsmen . . . it got even redder when he found out what Straken and a ministrum priest with and eviserator can do to sternguard veterans muahaha
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