|Something seems to be missing in the deplyment zone? (LOS blocking 'stuff')|
Using only thirty-two terminators and two dreds is a bit unnerving. The low model count can be very intimidating and figuring out how to use them correctly is going to take some work.
In my game against orks I set up on a road hoping to make it accross into cover and force my opponent to come at me and assault me in cover or drive his trucks and wagons in after me (forcing a dangerous terrain check). The picture above shows most of my deployment in nothing but trees set up by my opponents son. He means well but the whole idea of balancing the table so one side or the other is foreign to him at this point in his experience with warhammer. He'll get it over time since he is a smart kid.
I thought Trin's orks would get to my piece of the board but I stopped his wagon's early and then kept coming at him in close combat. The storm shields combined with wound allocation in a two TH + SS, chainfist, powerfist, cyclone missile launcher w/ TH + SS (five terminator squad) is good. I know that many favor a full five TH + SS combo with the cyclone added as the optimal choice but in many cases against orks it was enough to have three.
Now against Imperial Guard and their big guns and units loaded with special weapons I would have liked forgone the shooty terminators and had all the +3 saves. I'm not sure where the middle ground (as in balance) can be found.
The dreds in my list, however 'cool' they are don't fit. I have to concede that small units of Ravenwing bikes w/two meltaguns and teleport homers is the way to go. It gives me options about 'outflanking' and the deathwing assault combined with the homers are 'tools' not to be ignored. I found in all my games with the terminator squads that they could in fact withstand at least one round of the 'kitchen sink' being thrown at them making me 'want' the deathwing assault option.
Being fearless has the bonus of making the 'psyker battle squad combined with ratling snipers' shinnanigans usless. I'm still subseptable to 'the powers' but I found in three differing games that they were no big deal against me. I have not played wolves yet so I reserve the right to change my mind though.
All in all I am pleased with the terminators and my opponents agree that adding the bikes will improve what I have available to do on the table against other opponents. Painting bikes is next onmy list after I finish the terminators and a few other models. July is coming up and I have some vacation... to paint and enjoy the beach.
If you have any questions, I will be in the corner...