R&H ARMY REVIEW AND TACTICS
Read the rules, checked the faqs and played some games. R&H got the short stick from the pile, thats for sure. So we need to suck it up or go play IG/AM with R&H skins.
Overall the list is weak and suffers from design flaws in some unit datasheets. R&H get almost none buffing auras or really impacting faction special rules. Gladly some datasheets are good and the army in a whole is not in ruins. Lets take a closer look R&H army list and datasheets.
-Still there to annoy us with the need to keep notes and write leadership values down.
-Effects can be minimized for Militia and Disciples, see Renegade Command Squad.
Our army wide buff that affects most of the infantry units. Costs nothing but using a Renegade Commander as warlord.
-Covenant of Khorne(+1 st when charge) and Nurgle(6+ inv save to str 4 or less attacks) are the weakest ones and should be skipped for power purposes, fluff is another thing.
-Covenant of Slaanesh(2d6 advance and 3d6 charge, pick the highest dice) makes the affected units signically faster, so a solid rule for getting in to melee. Get this if your army goes for close combat.
-Covenant OF Tzeentch(+1 hit in overwatch fire) is the strongest ability as it doubles overwatch effect of infantry. Use this unless you have something special planned.
R&H Psychic Discipline
1. Warp Flux. Warp Flux has a warp charge value of 7. Choose an enemy unit within 12", it immediately suffers D3 mortal wounds. Against VEHICLES, it inflicts D6 mortal wounds instead.
-Short ranged but an aimed smite that does more damage against vehicles. Solid against vehicles that come near your lines like rhinos or walkers.
2. Creeping Terror. Creeping Terror has a warp charge value of 7. Choose an enemy unit within 12", if that unit takes a Morale test in this battle round, it subtracts D3 from its Leadership value.
-Havent used this yet. Why give the enemy more casualties in the morale phase if you can smite/warp flux them now instead? Maybe in a prolonged melee...too situational.
3. Unnatural Vigour. Unnatural Vigour has a warp charge value of 10. Every RENEGADES AND HERETICS INFANTRY unit (except this unit) within 6" re-rolls failed charge rolls and re-rolls failed hit rolls and wound rolls in the
Fight phase for the rest of the turn. At the start of the Morale phase, each affected unit suffers D3 mortal wounds.
-I like the fact we have this power, event if its so hard to pull of. This makes u want to think around how to make a list working and using this. Power is certainly worth it
if you manage to buff those hordes of infantry or better yet big units of Ogryn/Spawn. Casting wont be easy, as u need like 2-3 Malefic lords or 1-2 Rogue Psyker Covens with command re-roll to get this cast.
Probably not worth the effort, but R&H army hardly is anyway so you might want to give it a try .
-Offers nothing but free Chaos Covenant rule, so always get one as the warlord. Pick "Inspiring Leader"(+1ld 6"aura) as warlord trait and go near a Renegade Command Squad(s).
-Pretty weak in stats and cc survival so dont upgrade those weapons and stay out of harms way so you dont give up "slay the warlord".
-Knows two powers + smite and can cast & deny once. Not bad for 30 points, actually really good. Fill remaining compulsory HQ slots with these or go beyond compulsory slots.
Rogue Psyker Coven
-Contains five psykers so it costs 100 points. Still it knows only one power + smite and can cast & deny once. Choir of Chaos rule allows casting with 3d6 and getting mortal wounds in exchange.
-Obviosly meant to cast Unnatural Vigour or smite with 3d6. But those points allow for three Malefic Lords that get you so much more casting and are characters...
-If your local meta allows under minimum size units you can buy less than five Rogue Psykers, get unit containing 1-2 so it stays cheap and choir away. Remember these arent characters so go inside a Chimera before coming out to cast.
-So R&H get their own cultist entry. Cheaper flamer and Champion options but now more expensive ppm cost than codex CSM cultists. Uncertain Worth.
-These guys aim and hit better than your Renegade militia soldiers, with one more point in cost you will generate 50% more hits compared to Militia or Mutants.
-You get no boost options to morale, so prepare to "melt" in CC. Either go for big squads with CC configuration with Enforcer or stay small and shooty. .
-Example units: 10 Cultists w/autoguns + Heavy stubber = 54pts or 30 Cultists w/pistol&BAW + 3 Flamers + Enforcer = 201pts...those 150 points are better spent elsewhere.
Renegade Militia Squad
-Really suffer for being ws/bs 5+. You got the weapon options to buy but no skill to aim them, thanks Forge World...grr! Gladly some weapons are cheap to buy and flamers wont fail.
-I suggest skipping sigil but buying a vox if you have a Renegade Command Squad with a command net vox.
-Example units: 10 Militia with two flamers and a vox = 59pts for moving and counter assaults or 10 Militia with Heavy bolter and a vox = 53pts for a gunline.
Renegade Mutant Rabble
-Like militia with less upgrade options and get Curse of Mutation. Get pistols but sadly no brutal assault weapons(BAW) with them. So change pistols to auto/lasguns or shotguns.
-With only one 5+ attack they lack melee punch badly so better to keep them in small and shooty squads with auto/lasguns. Shotguns get marginally better only if in 6" of enemy, so not worth halving your maximum range.
-Curse of Mutation is free so if dont want to spend any extra points on your troops, mutants are a strong candidate.
-Example units: 10 Mutants with autoguns = 40pts.
TACTICS on TROOPS in general
While is see taking horders of Cultists/Militia/Mutants with upgrades and Enforcers to keep them in line as the cool thing to...I dont see it working effciently with these rules.
Our troops are lacking in some critical place, like militia is bs5+ or mutants ws5+ and having one attack they are over costed at 4ppm(+upgrades) for what they bring. We got no buff auras to help them, Enforcers dont increase their sucky damage output.
Spending a lot of points on things to die wont generally help to win. So I suggest you buy minimum 10-man troops as tax in brigade/battalion. What to buy, theres no clear winner loser, that at least is a good thing so they all have their uses. Mutants are best if you want cheapest w/o any upgrades, Cultist are best but most expensive and Militia offers firepower & morale(vox) with additional cost.
My personal preference is currently Militia because they get two flamers per ten guys and best morale from vox network. Heavy stubber/bolter or a mortar are always cheap even with bs 5+. Troops might get more important in the future when/if GW will give them the OBSEC rule.
-Now FAQ`d to beasts so dont get the Chaos Covenant -rule or to enter transports.
Renegade Disciple Squad
-Change from troop militia to elite disciples is a big jump what comes to hitting things. You get twice the hits with bs/ws 3+ compared to militia 5+. They are fanatic(2d6 and choose better +3 for leadeship), so better significally morale and no need for vox(saves 5p per squad).
-Squad can get one of a special and heavy weapon. Only champion gets to upgrade close combat gear.
-use small squads of five men with one expensive heavy weapon like lascannon or missile launcher. Usually stay at long range and stationary so no special weapon for that reason.
-Example unit: 5 Disciples + Lascannon = 50pts
Renegade Command Squad
-Like Disciple Squad but four strong missing the champion.
-Banner of Hate(models slain in fight 6" do make an attack) might be worth it in middle of a infantry gunline.
-Command net vox is good, gives Command Squad LD to every other unit with a vox. So roll a good LD on Command Squad(re-roll if necessary with a command point) and keep Renegade Commander with "Inspiring Leader"(+1ld 6"aura) nearby. Might get up to LD 10.
-Keep out of LOS or add a hvy weapon and shoot far away out of harms way. Add some men or buy two squads if you have many militia/vox squads and enemy has indirect fire or you want redundancy.
-Example unit: 4 Disciples + Command net vox + Lascannon = 54pts
-Chaos "comissars" but they have 3" aura and slay 1-3 models. Not really helpful unless you play big squads of troops. With so small aura you might need one Enforcer per squad.
-Would be good if the troops available would be better or cheaper, but now only adds up their costs. Stats and protection not worth sending them to fight so no need to upgrade CC gear.
Renegade Marauder Squad
-These are quite good and versatile unit being ws/bs 3+, 2 attacks base and a free specialists -rule. Your best option for special weapons and close quarter shooting. In it for the money is good and you can re-roll the dice if you really want to keep the squad.
-Forgeworld did a sloppy job with the Brutes, not worth the 30pts so pretend they dont exist.
-Get access to sniper rifles. Stalkers with snipers sound fun but in practise these have not sold on me yet as you need on average 5 squads of two rifles to get one sure mortal wound.
-Example units: 5 Marauder Stalkers + 2 plasmaguns = 44pts or 10 Marauder Hereteks w/shotguns + 2 Meltaguns + Power fist = 94pts
Renegade Ogryn Beast Handlers
-One Ogryn and 3-6 hounds. Hounds have pretty good stats for 10pt models. They do get a lot of attacks if they charge and bonus to hit if Ogryn manages a wound with its goad.
-Can inflict serius damage for a unit of this point cost if you get the charge and target is lightly armoured.
-Example unit: Ogryn Pack Master & 6 Chaos Mauler Hounds = 94pts for 15 T5 wounds and 22 S5 attacks on the charge.
Renegade Ogryn Brutes
-AKA the meat train. Deadly charge with Avalanche of Muscle and Combat Stimms. Somewhat similar stats and point cost with Chaos Spawn. Boss with drill is a boss indeed.
-These and spawn are your maing big CC hitters. Ogryn can get inside Chimera and Valkyrie(unlike spawn that are beasts, check faq).
-Example unit: 4 Ogryn Brutes inc Boss with a pwr drill + Chimera w/two heavy flamers = 133 + 109 = 242pts.
Renegade Plague Ogryns
-Like Ogryn Brutes but with Scions of Nurgle and Shower of Bile. So they get Covenant of Nurgle that is a waste and cannot get other covenants(Slaanesh for speed) but they do explode .
-Plague claws are nice, S:5 ap:-1 D:1d3 with re-roll to wound against non-vehicles and these are cheaper than Ogryn Brutes. Only missing is the dentist boss with a drill.
-Example unit: 4 Plague Ogryns + Chimera w/two heavy flamers = 104 + 109 = 213pts.
Overall the Elite section is where our hitting power is located. Disciples and Marauders cost 6ppm and hit 3+ while 5+ hitting militia and mutants are 4ppm. Add other better rules and weapons that cost the same whoever buys them...you get some much more for a few more points.
Renegade Heavy Weapons Squad
-Militia fire support. Suffers from poor BS5+. Also no way around Uncertain Worth so they will die and flee to morale easily if targeted.
-Keep them cheap by using mortars or heavy stubbers/bolters.
-Example unit: 3 weapons Teams with mortars = 24pts.
End of the list. Having played some games with R&H they can do okay in a casual setting. Most hitting power comes from units outside of R&H army list. AM artillery and vehicles still work fine and hit with BS4+.
I am afraid that with time R&H will only get weaker compared to other factions who are getting proper codex books and updates from GW. Forgeworld seems to be really slow and lightly staffed what comes to 40K. And R&H are probably low on the priority list because the model range is around ten years old and not selling too much I presume. So be prepared to be stuck with this index army list for the foreseeable future...I really hope to be wrong.
Edited by Hand_of_Than, 30 August 2017 - 04:52 AM.