Afternoon everybody! Hope all's well. Over here I've been ploughing through a few of my distractions for the last couple of weeks and I have an upcoming post on some more Force on Force miniatures. But having finished my latest model I decided to work on something a bit new to me.
Strangely enough, I never ever used to take assault weapons in my Guard armies. It was a long-standing belief that assault and heavy weapons should be concentrated into Special and Heavy Weapons Squads, where their firepower could be brought to bear on a single target. I abandoned this doctrine when I decided to take heavy weapons in the squads to help them outshoot Space Marines (my most common opponent). The rest of the firepower would come from humble lasguns.
That tactic has worked fine - except in this Guard army I don't even have any Special Weapons Squads. I decided to rectify this and get a few to add to my squads - also, the six men I freed up by replacing them with assault weapon troopers would give me the rump of another squad, maybe we could have a 4-squad platoon ...
This is rare in being a decision not influenced by fluff. I do play to win, and I enjoy the tactics of the game but I don't spend hours poring over army lists to pick the best of my options. I usually just pick what's 'realistic' in terms of the fluff - but my anti-tank capability is seriously lacking. The packs from GW come with a meltagun and a flamer - I plan to give each platoon two flamers and two meltaguns, then have the squads move around in pairs. One for anti-tank, the other for anti-infantry.
So what are all the Guard players' thoughts on assault weapons? Worth it? Or just wasted points - they are after all just carried by T3 Guardsmen. Incidentally I took the opportunity to take some detailed photos of the uniforms and paint job - despite the special weapons they have standard uniforms and I've realised there aren't many photos on the blog of the humble infantrymen in my army (this is their step-by-step).
Thanks for reading chaps and chap-ettes, hope to see you again here soon.