You’re on the right track, but you can change a few things to make this list a lot harder.
First, drop the Runesmith. You won’t need him. Your Runelord should have a shield, RoStone, RoResistance, RoShielding, MRoBalance, RoSpellbreaking, and possibly a RoCleaving. Alternatively, you might drop the RoStone in favor of a second RoSpellbreaking. Deploy him in a corner, preferably behind terrain, where your opponent will have the hardest time getting to him. In rare cases, you’ll be able to deploy him behind terrain such that he is virtually impossible to engage in close combat, like behind a building set up at an angle right on the edge of the board in one corner, where any unit would have to first enter the building and then exit but cannot due to limited space.
Next, your BSB should have the MRoGromril, the MRoChallenge, a RoBrotherhood, and since you have 5 points left over, why not? Give him a RoFire or RotFurnace to either give him flaming attacks or a 2+ Ward Save against flaming attacks.
Your Longbeard Rangers and first unit of Miners are great! If you have the points, add more Rangers, but if not, don’t worry. You’re right in the zone! Your second unit of Miners is weak, though. Push them up to 40ish and give them full command.
Last thing regarding your list, you probably won’t have the points for both Cannons and the Gyrocopter. I would advise at least one Cannon, probably two, but choose either the Gyrocopter or the second Cannon to keep and drop the other. This is a judgment call on your part. Choose which you think will be most essential for you to have.
As for your opponents, I can provide some limited advice on how to use this force against each.
Warriors of Chaos are generally your toughest opponent, but he’s not unbeatable. Beware of your opponent’s Daemon Prince! Most WoC players run one nowadays. Stay out of combat with him if at all possible! He’s going to be mobile enough that he might not give you the option to avoid combat. Take him out with your Cannons, but if you can’t, refuse challenges and allocate every attack available against him. If you do, you have a chance to kill him early, especially if you’ve weakened him at all with your Cannons. If you don’t kill him early, you will lose the unit, so try to make it survive as long as possible. Use your other units in the meantime to destroy the rest of his army. The same goes for monsters and chariots, too, but to a lesser degree: kill with Cannons, and if they don’t go down, try to get a favorable charge against them before they do you. Against an inexperienced player, you’ll have a lot better chance, as he might do foolish things like send his Skull Crushers to take out your Anvil of Doom (charge him on the flank with a unit of Miners) or go after your Cannons with his Daemon Prince, leaving your Longbeard Rangers free to smash things up. Try to get multiple charges on things you can, snipe spellcasters, and take out units quickly to minimize damage to your combat blocks.
Against Vampire Counts, you’ll similarly want to steer clear of his Vampire Lord if he’s tooled-up for close combat (most are these days). If you do happen to get into close combat for whatever reason, again, no matter what else you might be fighting, allocate every attack available on the Vampire Lord. Enough S6/S5 attacks should bring him down. If not, just assume you’ll eventually lose the unit, so make it as survivable as possible using challenges and active combat resolution to kill as much as you can. You might, just might, be able to make the Vampire Lord crumble, so be on the lookout for that opportunity. If you see it, take it. You probably won’t get a second chance. Take out monsters with your Cannons and use the Anvil of Doom to slow down the Vampire Lord and keep him away from your units. Just about everything else in the Vampire Counts army will die if you touch it, so go to town slaughtering Zombies! If your opponent is inexperienced, you have a decent chance of tabling him. Against an experienced player, just make sure to shut down his magic phase and you’ll have a decent chance of taking home a win.
Against Skaven, you’ll want to play very much like you would against Vampire Counts. Stay away from combat with his HPAs. Kill them with your Cannons. Look for opportunities to take out his spellcasters early! Skaven magic will ruin your day, and they won’t care that that it took a miscast to do so. Often, their spellcasters will be bunkered in big units of rats, so allocate as many attacks as you can against the spellcasters, because you shouldn’t have any trouble wading through the sea of ratmen thereafter. Against an inexperienced player, you’ll have a decent chance of obtaining a strong win.
Against the High Elf player, you’ll probably have the toughest matchup, especially if he’s an experienced player. Watch out for a unit of 20ish Phoenix Guards with a bunkered spellcaster and possible Banner of the World Dragon. You have two options with this that you’ll have to weigh carefully. The first option is to engage this unit, snipe the spellcaster, and hope that your opponent can’t do enough damage to break your Rangers before your Miners show up in support. The second option is to avoid the unit entirely, using the Anvil of Doom to push you around the board taking out everything else in the High Elf army. You’ll eventually have to fight the Phoenix Guard unit, but if you do so later rather than sooner, you’ll have less to worry about your unit getting bogged down in combat with them but more to worry about from his spellcaster flinging magic at you the first few rounds of the game… It’s a tough call. Whatever you do, remember your training: take out monsters and flyers quickly with your Cannons and let your troops go to town against his troops. A lot of people get nervous when they see 10-15 Swordmasters or White Lions. Don’t worry. With your large units, you should be able to shrug off the casualties they inflict and then proceed to decimate those units.
Last, take a bucketful of dice! Any that perform badly, punish by sticking them in the microwave. Ha!
Edited by Swordthain, 14 October 2013 - 04:00 PM.