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Old 16 Jul 2005, 20:11   #1 (permalink)
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I have just bought the IG codex (mainly because I wanted to add IG squads to my WH army) and went through the Doctrines rules. So my question is, for those of you who are more experienced with the IG, are conscripts any good? They seem rather useless to me, especially with their VERY low stats on WS, BS and mainly leadership. I know they are cheap but what's their role on the battlefield other than meatshields?
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Old 16 Jul 2005, 20:22   #2 (permalink)
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Conscripts quite a good choice.

You can give them Flamers so that poor BS will not matter and you can just use them for a massed charge, again in this situation the poor WS won't seem all that bad (you will hit most things on a 4+).

If you take independent Commissars, then you can join one to the conscripts and then the poor Ld won't matter. He will also pack an extra punch in combat.

'other than meatshields?'

Anyway, meatshield is quite an important role, its better that your Conscripts are used this way rather than your Guardsmen as you get 3 for every two Guardsmen.
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Old 16 Jul 2005, 20:58   #3 (permalink)
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From what I've seen and heard Conscripts are actually very usefull - dislodging an enemy that's holding a table quater or objective gets realy difficult when theres fifty of the little buggers - Even pie plates have difficulty.

Witch Hunters are all about close-quarter firefighting, and a mob of idiots screening your advance can realy help out.
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Old 16 Jul 2005, 21:13   #4 (permalink)
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But the thing is Witchhunters and Daemonhunters cannot use Conscripts - only Infantry Platoons and Armoured Fist Squads.

Conscripts are amazing for their price though - people always underestimate them!

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Old 16 Jul 2005, 23:20   #5 (permalink)
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You could have an IG army anduse WH as allies.
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Old 17 Jul 2005, 00:08   #6 (permalink)
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True, but only as a non-tournament army.

A shame, really, since I can see an Inquisitor making heavy use of local defense forces.

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Old 17 Jul 2005, 00:16   #7 (permalink)
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Conscriptsm are good but it will cost you less to get the higher skills of normal infantry. Although they can take mass assault weapons and the like which is fun and handy. As for 'meat sheilds', well every army has at least one.
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i've never tried using conscrips before in my army....I may have a go after reading this topic
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conscripts make great barriers and are cheap enough not to worry about.
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lol, i use conscripts in big games... were a 200pt 50 man squad might be needed.... run them up with tons of flamers and sit them on the objective... whilst giving them adaqit covering fire of course *cough* not *cough* i usually have a commisaar in there with them as they use his Ld it make the enemy whimper thinking he's got to take out 50 men before he can reach my lines... very funny to watch.....
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