How to Play a White Scar Battle Company!

Hello everyone, Frankie here to go over some tactics I use with the White Scars Battle Company. As always, be sure to check out the Tactics Corner for more great articles!

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The first and probably most important tactic when playing a White Scars Battle Company is deployment. There are two main factors that determine how you should deploy, the enemy army and mission. The enemy’s army factors into your deployment because you need to decide if it’s one that you can take head on or if it is one that you should play cautiously against. If it is an army you can take on, you deploy everything on the deployment line. You will scout forward and get ready for your alpha strike. I myself have a ton of Grav Cannon shots and quite a few Meltas for my first turn strike. Now, if you are going for the Alpha strike don’t forget about the mission. Leave some units back to hold objectives or keep a few in reserve. The second option is to play cautiously. This option is not my favorite and I rarely do it because its boring. In this tactic you keep your army in reserve and let your Drop Pod come in to keep you alive. Once your army comes on you will be staying in your transports and running away from whatever is scary in your opponent’s army. The times you would play cagey are against psychic deathstars that you have no chance of hurting or a bunch of Imperial Knights since they are tough to kill. Though I personally dislike the play style, cautious is probably the best way to play the Battle Company due to everything being Objective Secured.

deployment

The next tactic with the White Scars Battle Company is Scout! This is a tricky one since it allows you to get closer to the enemy , but also allows you to outflank everything if you should want to. Most games I use it to get closer to the enemy since I want to be able to shoot my Grav Cannons, though I sometimes outflank a bunch of units which is an amazing tactic on objective based games. Your opponent loses a few turns of shooting and you get to come in on some objectives if you placed them correctly. Another tactic that I use when playing against Drop Pods is circling my little bike unit and not scouting with them. This gives them some cover and allows them to charge turn 1. It is important to think about all these tactics when deciding who to scout and where to scout.

scout

The following tactic is my favorite with all the transports I have, and it is the movement phase withe the Battle Company. I love the movement phase because its always a question of whether I move my Rhino and bail out to shoot, or I stay in and use it as a firing platform. Most of the time you control mid field and dont do a whole lot of movement so that you can fire your Grav Cannons, but you can always bail out the five man units with the Meltas and do some work with those Bolters. I have a lot of fun on the turn I get everyone out of there transports and make little Rhino walls so assault units have a harder time getting to my guys. The Rhinos are really what make my list good, they give my Marines protection and get them to where they need to be. My favorite tactic with the Rhinos are when I outflank I bring two in to form a V. The guys can then shoot and not be charged due to no room for a base to fit through and two Rhinos in the way.

movement

Next and probably the second most important tactic with the White Scars Battle Company is the shooting phase. In this phase you always have to be thinking about target priority. Target priority for this army is anything that can kill the Rhinos easily or anything that has a lot of AP 1-3 shooting. Destroyer cult is something to fear as it has everything you are worried about. Also Centurion stars aren’t your friends. I guess missions would kind of fall into this category as well since some turns you will need to flat out onto an objective or kill a certain unit to deny your opponent some points. Make sure to always be thinking about the mission, the last thing you want to do is realize you are losing on turn 4.

priority

Last tactic with this army is Hit and Run. This is the most annoying and best rule in the game. It is nuts that the whole White Scars Battle Company gets it for free. Anyways, with this tactic it is important to pick the times you want to be in combat. Sometimes locking that big, nasty Imperial Knight in combat might not be the worst idea or charging some Broadsides just so they cant shoot. Charging is the hardest tactic with this army because most of the time you have little 5 man units, and you have to plan for assault two turns ahead since you are mostly embarked.  Once you are in combat you have to decide if it is time to hit and run or stay and hold them up for more turns. Sometimes I hit and run just to get extra movement towards certain objectives. Or I hit and run so that my opponent doesn’t kill my unit. It all really depends on what you are trying to accomplish. Most of the time though you will be hit and running on your opponents turn so you can shoot them in your turn.

hit and run

Anyways those are my tactics when using the White Scar Battle Company. Always remember whether you are playing with or against this army to always play to the mission. Hope you all enjoyed it and let me know what some of your tactics are playing with or against this army.

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15 Responses to “How to Play a White Scar Battle Company!”

  1. Cooper Waddell October 26, 2015 2:48 pm
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    Why not all drop pods? been meaning to ask you this for a while.

    I don’t feel like Rhinos are as reliable to get you there and if you get assaulted, its not hard to hit and run out or come up with some creative bubble wrapping to protect yourself, not to mention all the shooting you would put down.

    It also saves you the 150 points you don’t need to spend on Khan (because you wont be outflanking) and can spend on a different captain. From there, you can now roll on a potential strategic WL trait and also get the fancy new relic on your lord to ignore cover.

    • White925 October 26, 2015 2:52 pm
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      I think you can play a full Drop pod list as well but I like the Rhino version. The Rhinos are great for posting up in mid field and shooting out of.

  2. fluger October 26, 2015 3:58 pm
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    I’m interested to see how the new White Scars formation might change your list.

    • Vercingatorix October 26, 2015 4:03 pm
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      What formation is it?

    • White925 October 26, 2015 4:07 pm
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      I dont think they will. The obsec is what makes my list so good. But I will probably add a bike army to my collection to use the White Scars detachment.

      • fluger October 27, 2015 9:49 am
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        Yeah, ob sec spamming is so good, hard to argue with that.

  3. Deuce11 October 26, 2015 6:19 pm
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    How does this list ever lose? It’s the perfect list: Competitive, fluffy, Troop heavy, strategic yet straight forward.

  4. Oadius October 26, 2015 6:28 pm
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    TZC are some, if not thee best White Scar players in the country. Dan May and Frankie know their stuff…. Hit N run army wide really is amazing and with the perks of Gladius to boot, wow. I like the Rhino list with how important Maelstrom can be, it seems that Frankie is basically counting on winning maelstrom most of the time. Drop pods and null deployment is an amazing tool but so is late I’m the game mobility. Just my two cents. Is it February yet?

    • white925 October 27, 2015 8:35 am
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      Thanks buddy. And yeah army wide hit and run is a little crazy. White scars I feel have one to many rules. February is going to be a blast.

  5. Sam October 27, 2015 4:23 am
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    That white scar ignore cover relic is awesome and I’m sure you will find a place for it in any white scar list

  6. Hotsauceman1 October 27, 2015 9:13 am
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    Grumble Grumble. I played White scars before it was the hotness………
    and NOW i looks like a jerk when I play mine 🙁
    Oh well. I guess im just gonna have to have fun with my white scars battle company.

  7. Ming October 27, 2015 4:42 pm
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    Why not ultramarine tactics instead? A full game of re rolling 1’s. Makes thos grave cannons all the more powerful.

    • Jason
      Jason October 27, 2015 4:59 pm
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      The freedom of choosing how you will deploy based on your opponent’s deployment is really really powerful. Also, with a White Scars Battle Company you are already getting 2 Tactical Doctrines and 1 Devastator and 1 Assault Doctrine. Not too shabby.

  8. Petey Pab
    Pablo October 27, 2015 5:00 pm
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    Hey Frankie, why not a paragraph or two on doctrine use eh? You’re not the ultrasmurfs, you can’t just pop off a doctrine every turn. We don’t want a new generation of White Scars users using their doctrines during the shooting phase, or using assault doctrines on the first turn.

  9. Jonny Eklund October 28, 2015 5:38 am
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    Im doing mine but not as a cheesy white scars army 😉 But as salamanders 🙂

    Need to get my hands on some more Razorbacks though. I currently have 4 and 4 Drop pods. But im aiming for 6 razor and 2 pods.