Thursday, August 9, 2012

The U Gen Debs Expansion

I'm really loving the 6th Edition of 40k. One of these days (I promise soon) I'll go into why I like it so much, but it has rekindled my love of 40k. The last 18 months or so I've been 110% in Fantasy's camp, but now that I'm high on 40k again I rarely even think of Fantasy.

Because I sell my armies as soon as they get painted and I get bored of them, which is within months of getting them done, that left me with Tyranids for 40k. Since I decided to play Warhammer 40k for the NOVA Open this year I decided that doing so meant I had to get an army that would be fun to play with and would be interesting.

For years I've wanted to do an alien coalition for the Adepticon Team Tournament. Having Tau, Orks, Eldar, and Kroot all teaming up seemed like a really fun idea. It never went anywhere, but I'm now trying to do that idea for the NOVA Open.

Here's the list I'm planning on taking to the NOVA:


Tau:
HQ
Shas'o, Fusion Blaster, Plasma Rifle, Multi-Tracker, HW Drone Controller, 2 Shield Drones

Elites
2 Crisis Suits, Plasma Rifles, Missile Pods, Multi-Trackers
3 Crisis Suits, Team Leader, Fusion Blasters, Plasma Rifles, Multi-Trackers, HW Drone Controller, 2 Shield Drones
3 Crisis Suits, Team Leader, TL Missile Pods, Blacksun Filters, HW Drone Controller, 1 Shield Drone

Troops
12 Fire Warriors, Shas'ui
12 Fire Warriors
20 Kroot, Shaper, 12 Kroot Hounds

Fast Attack
4 Vespids, Strain Leader

Heavy Support
Broadside, Team Leader, Blacksun Filter, HW Drone Controller, 2 Shield Drones
Broadside, Team Leader, Blacksun Filter, HW Drone Controller, 2 Shield Drones
Broadside, Team Leader, Blacksun Filter, HW Drone Controller, 2 Shield Drones


Ork Allies:
Warboss, 'Eavy Armour, Cybork Body, Power Klaw, Shoota
30 Ork Boyz, Sluggas, 3 Big Shootas, Nob with Power Klaw
2 Deffkoptas with TL Rokkits

Fortifications:
1 Aegis Defense Line with Quad Gun


Now, I totally know how and where I could make it better (drop the Kroot for Shoota Boyz, drop the Vespids and just play with a points handicap, etc) but I'm digging this list. I like the Kroot models and I've always dug the Vespids.

I think it'll do well. I think it puts out enough shooting to create a real threat, I think it has some resilience and will be able to stand up to enemy shooting, and I think it'll have a decent enough counter attack element to make up for Tau's weak Assault phase.

The biggest downside to this army is that I decided on it in the last week of July. I got started on it on August 1st and since then I've made quite a bit of progress. Here's what all I have painted so far!


 I'm really happy with how my Crisis Suits are coming out. Above is the Shas'o with the unit of two XV8's and Shield Drones. These guys took an afternoon to paint.

 I really love the Fire Warrior models, and even if they weren't finally worth using (it's taken 3 editions but I think they're finally good enough to use in 6th) I probably still would have taken two units.


I'm less thrilled with my Kroot. I think they work but the primer got a little dusty so some of them are a little bumpy. It's excusable because they're dirty Kroot. These guys painted up very fast as I managed to get all 32 of them painted in about 4 hours.

That leaves the following to paint in 3 weeks:
6 Crisis Suits, 3 Broadsides, 9 Shield Drones, 12 Fire Warriors, 30 Ork Boyz, 1 Ork Warboss, 2 Ork Deffkoptas, 5 Vespids, and the Aegis Defense Line. I know I can do it but it's going to kick my ass.

I'll be updating as I make progress and have more thoughts about the army!

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