I played my first couple 6th edition games on Sunday! Since we were just starting out I suggested we play only 1000pts and I brought my Orks. As first impressions are important, I figured I would post a few things I learned so that I can look back on this in a few months.
Thing I learned: Positioning your models is SO IMPORTANT.
Having played so much 5th edition (where movement wasn’t as big a deal) I have got into the habit of just throwing around my units. You cannot do this in 6th edition. A friend compared it to microing units in an RTS and that sounded pretty accurate.
I do really like this change though as it brings a little of a skirmish feel to 40k. We were only playing at 1000pts though and I could see this may get annoying in larger games.
Thing I learned: Meganobs are awesome.
I took a small unit of 4 Meganobs and they just wrecked things. In one game they easily beat 5 GK Terminators. They managed to get a bunch of wounds on me before I was able to strike but because I killed his thunderhammer with fire before I charged he only had Halbreds left and I easily passed my saves. An easy 8 powerklaw wounds back means the GK are toast.
My second game was against friend’s Imperial Guard army with a couple allied Sisters of Battle squads. He had this cool Crusader/Assassin squad which was used the Crusader as Storm Shield wall to protect the Assassins behind. Two quick combi-skorcha shots left the Crusaders dead and the 5 Assassins unprotected. After charging my MANZ and his Assassins just obliterated each other (he had power axes) and only my Warboss walked away.
Thing I learned: Short table edge deployment is annoying.
How common is it to have one of the 4′ ends of a gaming table against a wall? Deploying on a side of the table that is against a wall is really fucking annoying. LOS is almost impossible to check and you are constantly having to run around the table. Not only that, but even at only 1000pts having a 48″ wide deployment zone was getting kind of crowded. 1500 or 2000pt games are going to be interesting.
Thing I learned: Dreadknights are OP
I’m only half kidding since I only played one game against it at 1000pts. But that single Dreadnight killed 7 Flash gitz, 20 Boyz, 2 Killa Kans and 4 Meganobs. I managed to get 3 wounds on it over the course of the game, 1 from Flashgit shooting, 1 from Flashgitz in combat and 1 from the boyz. The S10 on it is amazing and the fact that it counts as a character means it easily picks out any major threats to it. I’m interested to see how it is in a full size game.
That’s it for now! I’m off to play my 3rd game and am very interested to see what else I will learn afterwords.