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A Primer on Massed Armour Tactics

Discussion in 'PanOceania' started by daboarder, Dec 17, 2017.

  1. daboarder

    daboarder Force One Commander
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    for Yu jing? they already do, backed up by a swarm of 5 pt orders
     
  2. Maksimas

    Maksimas Maxi

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    Not that much variety there though, IMO.

    So I do hope IA will at least give more variety to that ( Which so far seems like it will. ).

    Plus, am I the only one that struggles making lists with Kuang Shi...? Buggers are so cheap I can't think of how to spend all the leftover points, honestly.
     
  3. Maksimas

    Maksimas Maxi

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    So... fiddling about out of boredom on Infinity Army ( As one normally does. ) trying to get down a vague idea of how to think up lists for such a style of play for vanilla and sectorial factions...

    I noticed thinking up lists for that is a bit harder than I thought. Mostly because finding a way to fit in those HI you want isn't that difficult compared to trying to find out what stuff to support them with AND how to fit that stuff in to achieve that. Kinda like a jiggsaw puzzle, building the outer rim of it is easy, filling in the inside is hard, except toss in a bunch of extra non-mandatory or optional pieces into the mix.

    Which now leads me to ask...
    How does one support the armour in a massed armour list? Would like to at least find out more on that topic now, I suppose.
     
  4. Zsolt

    Zsolt Well-Known Member

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    AVA 4, 6.6 pts and 0.1SWC orders. That start to run towards the enemy, pants down, on first opportunity. Who also forgot to bring their own smoke. Still, cheap orders.
     
  5. daboarder

    daboarder Force One Commander
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    Didnt say they didnt have limitations on their use. But 2 shaolin 4 kaungshi a CG kcd and a hsien is a good start to a Hi list
     
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  6. Maksimas

    Maksimas Maxi

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    Well.

    IA has dropped.
    MO re-work also dropped in.
    And even the Morat HI got a nice tune up too.

    It is a good time to enjoy Heavy Infantry.
     
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  7. Maksimas

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    Or, well, at least a good time if you like Yu Jing and PanO HI, and also pretty decent if you had some interest in Morat HI ( Like me. ).

    Also, that MO box is looking mighty tempting now...
     
  8. Ayadan

    Ayadan Knight of the TAG Order

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    The good thing in this box is you can form more than one FT out of it so it is pretty helping for new players to begin to be familiar with forming FT according to the situation and not only to the list.
     
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  9. Maksimas

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    Well that's highly convenient.
     
  10. Mc_Clane

    Mc_Clane Zhànzhēng bùzhǎng
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    This is some hard oversimplification about the problems of wound centralization. You need to take into consideration a lot more important factors not just a couple
    1. ARM, a Second class Atribute Overcosted
    2. Enemy Order economy:
      amount of orders the enemy need to spend to begin shooting and the subpar nature of ARM
    3. Burst and special Ammo: (almost all of them Downgrading Armor performace or simply bypassing it) are becoming more and more at hand with every game expansion.
    4. Dirt warfare: hacking and other defensive/offensive asymmetrical tactics. That has the potential to choke you out or render most of your profile useless.
    5. Less Board control
    Of course it has good things too, And it can work with decent rolls and good tactics. but on an even match during a High level game... the adversary has the upper hand if he can deal with the 2-3 key pieces
     
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  11. daboarder

    daboarder Force One Commander
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    Play better.

    Seriously all old arguments that have been proven not ti be the issue online personas complain about time and time again. There is another thread for crying about HI being apparently "underpowered". This thread is for focusing on how to use HI effectovely

    @Mc_Clane sprry for snapping
     
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    AdmiralJCJF Heart of the Hyperpower
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    This whole thread is about you giving better answers than this.

    If that's the level of response anyone engaging is going to get then it's time for @psychoticstorm to close the thread.
     
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  13. daboarder

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    Mmm a bit edgy i admit. And honestly im also tired, very very tired of having the same conversation multiple times.

    But lets try have a longer discussion then for at least 1 more time.

    1) Arm and its "overcosted":
    So firstly, it is what it is and if it is an issue its one thats not unique to HI. But honestly a point of ARM on a bs11/10 line troop with 1W and a point of ARM on a bs13/14 HI with 2W are not the same thing.

    While its true ARM only comes into effect when you have lost a F2F roll its also true that when you are not looking at the state in a vacuum that the HI while having more ARM than the line troop is also less likely to need that ARM due to the higher statline of the HI meaning it loses less face to face rolls. Additionally with multiple wounds each pip of ARM on a HI has far more impact per troop than a pt of ARM on a LI. These points are often ignored.

    2) order economy:
    Firstly, pick the right locations to bunker down. Making thr opponent spend orders moving around the table before they can fight is just good reactive mechanics regardless of if your playing HI or warband spam. Additionally as before, HI used right excels at killing the opponent in the HIs reactive in a way that LI spam doesnt. You dont get better Order economy than killing the opponents troops with their own order pool.

    3) burst and special ammo, yes these are becoming more common. But typically the commonality is ammunition that chews through LI. And B3 is still the primary B of most weapons putting the age old SF HI on the same footing as most of the games active weapons. But even beyond that, with mixed links keeping the cost down its easier than ever to supplement massed solo Hi with linked reactive HI rocking B2. Truly terrifying is a list of Linked long range aros and medium range HI specialists in SF working together.
    Which ties into board control. Because really they are the same thing. Use your HI for aggressive defence in multiple layers.(see original post)

    4) dirt warfare: honestly this is where we have seen massive improvement in HI over the last year or SO. W8th the changes to MO amd the introduction of IA there are more utility options and asymetrical warfare options available ti HI than ever before. Stealth and linked KHDs rocking tinbots go a long way to making HI untouchable to the age old answers used by factions such as nomads to circumvent with strengths. Hacking vulnerability for HI hasnt been a major problem since the introduction of KHDs and its even less so now.
     
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    I mean, I get it mate.

    And maybe it IS time to close the thread.

    But thanks for making the effort.
     
  15. Ayadan

    Ayadan Knight of the TAG Order

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    That's what you say when you don't understand the heavy armored warfare.

    1. Less board control: At the first turn, if you're not the first player, yes. But it is a boarder control focused on the quality and not the quantity. All the point is that, because you have less board control at the start, your opponent will have to spend more orders just in order to gain LoF with your first line guys. And because they are harder to kill than a random flash pulse bot (thanks to superior FtF and ARM/BTS attributes), they have good chance to loose only 1W or not. Then you retreat thanks to guts roll a little bit so your opponent will need to spend a new order to gain LoF on the first guy. Problem, there is now a second guy to face before trying to take down the first one. And the second guy will retreat a bit and so on. At each FtF, you only need one lucky roll to end all this order expense and transform it in a pure loss. And at each FtF, your opponent is using orders to just put you one order down while his attack piece is one order further to retreating to its position of security. At the end of the turn, if he want to take some objectives too, he may have put you unconscious/dead one guy if he want to play it safe. 2 if he is more relentless/careless but then, the guy who put you down your guys is close enough to be dealt with immediately, without spending too much orders to kill a threat to your remaining heavy guys. Then, you can push your attribute advantage by slowly and relentlessly gain control of key parts of the table and lock them down.

    2. Ennemy order economy: how many orders do you think you'll need to use in average to bring a trooper able to take down Patsy in LoF? How much more orders do you think you'll need to take her down while she is retreating just enough to loose LoF with your attacking guy at each lost FtF? How many orders will you need if your guy gets stunned or killed while challenging her? Heavy armored lists work on the frustration and temptation and a good deployment will ask you at least 2 or 3 orders from a guy in the middle of the table to gain a LoF to the easiest LoF to get plus 2 more to put her unconscious (in average) so equiped with a B3 DAM 13 weapon 90% of the time. Your opponent want your heavies dead because they are both great threats and the first orders he can kill you. It will be rare to see someone investing 5 orders to just leave a HI to 1 wound and still alive before retreating.

    3. Special ammo and burst: yes, this hurts heavies when a Spitfire of a HMG comes and shoots at them. But only if the firing trooper is good too. I don't see a Keisotsu HMG succeeding in killing a FK ML easily. Even a Line Kazak AP HMG wouldn't be found of trying. So, essentially, it's fighting a heavy unit with another unit putting similar active firepower in play, nothing exceptional here. Exactly what you'll do once it is your turn. And when you're playing good units with 2+ W/STR, you can afford to split your burst in order to kill more than one guy in one order because you won't face a lot of hard to kill targets. It's not the case of your opponent who can't afford to split his burst between troops fighting on an even foot with his active trooper.
    On the special ammo topic, the most common (Shock) has no effect on HIs and TAGs. AP is pretty common too but you don't find them on every plateform. You can have some armies using SMGs like others would use combi rifles but those are pretty focused on close range firefights. The same can be applied to BSG. So, then, you have AP HMG (only Ariadna and Haqq), MULTI weapons (often on costly plateforms or crap fighters who are in defensive FT) and some AP loaded common weapons but they are rare outside of Ariadna. So, AP is a real problem against Ariadna. Outside, you'll find AP on elite, long range ARO and close range units only. Don't expect to cross more than 3-4 guys loaded with AP ammo when fighting any other faction. T2, Viral, K1, Plasma, Breaker are pretty restricted ammos in their access. Just like AP, you won't cross many units with weapons using them. E/M becomes a greater problem but is on low burst weapons so your high attribute valors make them hard to connect and successfully fry one of your guy. And since the guy is still alive, your opponent hasn't solved the problem if your Engineer is still alive. Same is applied to ADH and high PH makes them harder to work successfully. Then Stun and Flash: really common in ARO but not as harming as if you have only had one attacking guy. You have backups and the stunned guy can still find a defensive position and be ready for ARO. Plus, heavy armored units always have some BTS so, it's harder to stun them.

    4. Dirt warfare: you can play dirty with HI and TAGs too. Discover the mine then use it to place a template catching the minelayer, use stealth and your 2W to tank CK and cross the repeater area and go chase this pesky hacker, KotHS can deal easily with Moran, forcing hackers to aim his holoechoes thanks to stealth while shooting the Moran... what we lack is a LGL on our ORCs like Wu-Ming have but you still can use good units like BF or Bolts in a heavy armored list to solve your repeater and infiltrator problems.

    5. ARM and BTS is "overcosted": I would really like to know where does this come. Because ARM 0 guys can tank DAM 15 hits? Because partial cover already grants 3 ARM/BTS? Well, wounding a ARM 4 unit in cover with a plain Sniper rifle isn't as easy as it seems. You have less than 50% chances on wounding the target for each hit unbeaten in the FtF. With the good attributes numbers HIs have, you would find one hit in average out of two shots. Then this lonely shot has less chance to wound the target than you have to wound it than it has to stay unharmed. So, you need high burst weapons or multiwound ammos to get chance to pass the two former layers provided by high attribute values. And after that, there is a third layer: 2W. You really need specific weapons to even put unconscious a HI while Normal ammo is enought to deal with 1W units composing 2 groups lists.
    ARM/BTS are also really handy to break through blockade. Since you have 50% chance of just ignoring the damage of a mine, you can focus more on moving and killing rather than stopping by each speedbumper your opponent cared to leave here to you.

    Not sure if I'm clear and consistent everywhere but I tried to give what my experience taught to me. I've played 10 orders lists countless times to the point that I need now to learn back how to build and play 2 group lists and I can tell you that 10 orders lists played well are on par with 2 groups ones.
     
  16. Knauf

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    So have you had more opportunities to apply this approach to IA by now? Between the NCO fueled Zu Yong Pain Train, the Yan Huo Haris and the Mowang, there should be plenty of ways to realize your ideas, especially since they all bring additional order efficiency via Tactical Awareness and NCO.