Back In The Saddle With Battle Company

2015-08-29 08.49.14First off, sorry I’ve been away from the articleing side of things. I have excuses! First I scratched my eye really bad and the doctor had to rescratch it with tweezers…on my eye…to make it heal properly. So fun! Then I succumbed to the plague that was running through my classroom turning my kiddos into nurglings sending their puss and ooze all around the room. Thanks for all the get better emails..er wait, that was only my mom…screw you guys! Well back to business. Check out the other tactics articles in the tactics corner!

One of the things I really believe that will up your game is to play as much as you can against a diverse play field. The more games you can play against the “meta” out there, the better off you will be at a tournament. Knowing how a key unit works in a tournament or how a new army plays is key to success. 40k is a “gotcha” game where the less you know about a units special rules, an armies combo, or how an army plays can easily ruin your day.

One of the armies I’ve heard about, seen, but haven’t really played against is the Battle Co. There isn’t a lot of people playing this list in my area so games have been next to nil. My current Centstar list is an elite, low model count list that can have trouble with Objective Secured and the Battle Co has it in spades. So I decided that since I have a lot of Drop Pods, Rhinos, and Razorbacks that I should try it out myself to see how it works and I will need to do with my Centstar to take it down. I was also able to get a game in with our local Battle Company guy who was using Drop Pods.

Game With Battle Co.

20150930_200137The list I was using I’ll wax over a bit as it wasn’t very optimal, using what I have. Basically it was a White Scars Battle Co with Assault Cannon Razorbacks, Grav Devastators in Rhinos, Drop Pods with Meltas, a unit of Assault Marines and Bike Marines. Khan on a bike and a Chaplain on a bike, as wellas the 10th Co Task Force with three scouts. He was running a couple of mini CSM deathstars with Nurgle bikes and Ahriman with Cypher in another squad. His list wasn’t optimal as well, but actually put out a lot of psychic firepower with Ahriman. I really felt the pain some of my opponents feel when I’m running with near 20 psychic dice to their 5.

My impressions with the Battle Co was that it didn’t really do as much as would have hoped in terms of killing things. Some of that was dice as I spent one major round shooting a Rhino and not taking it out. When I was able to get into position with the Grav Devestators they did some work, but the Assault Cannons did minimal damage and once the squads came out they were sitting ducks. I have some changes in mind that should be fun.

Lessons on Killing the Co – I think if I can kill key transports, I should be able to slow it down a lot, which should help the endgame and maelstrom objectives.

Game Against Battle Co.

2015-09-09 19.50.13My game against the Battle Co was with Drop Pods and Ultramarines. Grav Devastators, Assault Marines, Bike Squad, Chapter Master (he learned later about the ITC rule), and Scouts. We were playing kill points, but I knew the endgame would be key. The Kill Point mission still favors the Battle Co to win as he has the edge on the Maelstrom mission and can easily win all three tertiary missions with Ground Control (hold 2 objectives), Table Quarters, and Linebreaker.

It ended up being a really close fun game with me having it on turn 5, him having it on turn 6, and me winning it on turn 7. He had a couple of bad scatters with his pods and my Locator Beacons were clutch to get me into key spots. The three objectives were scattered in a line down the middle of the table with him holding tight onto the left objective and me pushing into the middle and trying to hold the right objective. I was able to get a drop pod onto the center objective and some scouts on the right and use the rest of my force to kill the center units. It came down to the game going on and my scouts dying to allow the Centstar to kill off the models on that right objective to keep him away from Ground Control.

Lessons on Killing the Co. – Focus on what you can do, not on what you hope to do. Don’t spread yourself too thin and focus on the center of the field as you will have more options to spread out endgame and contest or win quarters or objectives. Objective placement will be important as well as you might be able to concentrate on a one portion of the battlefield to control it. Putting that one in the back corner as we often do could be a bad move against Drop Pods or scouting Transports as they can easily flood a corner and you will have to spend too much time taking it back to then have to come back to center.

Current Battle Co List

Here is what I’m thinking of trying out next with the Battle Co.

White Scars Battle Co

2015-09-09 19.50.18Khan on Bike

Chaplain on Bike

5 x Tacticals in Las/Plas Razorback

1 Drop Pod with Melta/Melta Bombs

1 Attack Bike

1 Bike Squad x 4 with 2 Grav Guns

2 X Devastators with 2 Grav Cannons in Rhino

3 x 5 Scouts

Imperial Knight

Warden

-Avenger Gatling Canon

-Heavy Flamer

-Stormspear

-Meltagun

-Reaper Chainsword

I’ve been itching to play my Knight again and this could be a fun mashup.

W20150930_200141hat has worked well with your Battle Co and against said Battle Companies? Any other thoughts or strategies to take it down? Post below!

About CaptainA

Aaron is a longtime gamer of many systems. He is an avid community builder of 40k and after running many 40k events in Portland, Oregon, has recently moved to Boise, Idaho and continues to host and run leagues and events. He has also recently expanded his repertoire and entered the second hand Warhammer business. Check out his website at www.trader-a.com to see how he can help you get rid off your old and unused models.

10 Responses to “Back In The Saddle With Battle Company”

  1. fluger October 3, 2015 1:04 pm
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    Great article, but…can we take a moment to talk about that Qbert?

  2. Reecius
    Reecius October 3, 2015 1:55 pm
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    Did you not take an Auxiliary formation with your Battle Company, buddy?

    • CaptainA October 3, 2015 2:12 pm
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      They are in there. Forgot to type them in.

    • CaptainA October 3, 2015 2:15 pm
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      Fixed!

      • Reecius
        Reecius October 3, 2015 3:54 pm
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        Nice!

  3. bigpig October 3, 2015 2:34 pm
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    Love playing my BatCo. As you said, it doesn’t have a ton of punch, which is what I like about it as compared to all the star lists out there. There are some heavy lifters in there, but it is a different play style than what has typically been dominating the meta. This makes it fun, in my opinion, to play with and play against. One of the things I’ve learned with it is that, while you have a lot of units, it is easy to run out of them if you play recklessly. It can feel like you have an overwhelming army early on, only to run out of steam in the last few turns. Playing against them I would say the same thing. Even if you feel like you are getting overwhelmed, just keep a level head and focus on what you can do. Start unboxing the enemy army one piece at a time and each piece for a specific reason. I like your suggestion about starting in the center (or center of objective clusters) and work out.

  4. iNcontroL October 3, 2015 9:06 pm
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    cool list! Have yet to see a BC with a knight like that.. could be cool. Let us know how it goes!

    • CaptainA October 4, 2015 9:23 am
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      Thanks! I will try. Got some other Centstar ideas as well.

  5. Kartr_Kana October 6, 2015 10:22 am
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    There’s been an official ruling on the Captain upgrade? I knew they were talking about disallowing the statline upgrade for Captains in the Demi-company, didn’t know anything had been finalized.

    Not keen on the double Demi-company GSF, seems like too many points invested into to little firepower. A single Demi-company with solid auxiliary option or two seems like a better use of the GSF. Interested to see how the knight synergizes (sp?).

    • CaptainA October 6, 2015 11:04 am
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      Its in the ITC faq under space marines.