Most vessels in the fleet are slow, cumbersome and lightly armed. This, coupled with their legendary low Leadership, means that Ork players around have a hard time when dealing with other, more specialised fleets, such as Eldar and Necrons. Things aren't as bad as they seem, however. This article focuses on the pros and cons of the various Ork vessels and provides all budding Ork Warlords around with useful tips on how to tackle the different foes in Battlefleet Gothic. The fleet list published in Armada is way better than the raiding fleet of the Rulebook and is the only list you should consider for your fleet. Truth be told, the vessels you find in the Blue Book aren't that exciting.
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Most vessels in the fleet are slow, cumbersome and lightly armed. This, coupled with their legendary low Leadership, means that Ork players around have a hard time when dealing with other, more specialised fleets, such as Eldar and Necrons. Things aren't as bad as they seem, however. This article focuses on the pros and cons of the various Ork vessels and provides all budding Ork Warlords around with useful tips on how to tackle the different foes in Battlefleet Gothic.
The fleet list published in Armada is way better than the raiding fleet of the Rulebook and is the only list you should consider for your fleet. Truth be told, the vessels you find in the Blue Book aren't that exciting. If you compare a Kill Kroozer points with a Chaos Slaughter cruiser , you'll quickly see the difference. So, how do you create an efficient Ork fleet?
You have to consider two very important facts. First of all, you're going to lose a lot of vessels during the game. While an Eldar player can afford to hug the table edge and stay out of range all the time, you have to cover the distance and bite the bullet for the first part of the game; moreover, Orks are good at ramming but they can still damage themselves while doing it.
Second, Ork leadership is poor; this means that your tactics should involve the minimum number of special orders and that you should avoid cruiser squadrons. These two factors suggest having a big, tough fleet with lots of weapon batteries and very few wonder weapons. I'm not saying you shouldn't have launch bays and torpedoes, but a strategy based on torpedo runs and assault boats is best suited for Space Marines and Dark Eldar, not for Ld5 carriers!
For Ork standards it is fast, manoeuvrable and it can also shoot if need be. With its speed of 25 it's also the only escort in your fleet that can have something in range when fighting Eldar.
The most important thing, though, is its very low point value. A squadron of 5 only costs points, has a respectable firepower 10, will give your opponent a pitiful 31 victory points if you manage to save just one escort from his guns, and - should you actually get to ram something - can cripple a cruiser with little effort. Every time there's a cruiser nearby, you should consider ramming it as an option since there's no way you can fail the Ld check to hit it on one die, provided you don't have Ld5, that is!
Don't bother against Necron and Eldar, though. Got a massive bomber wave heading towards your Kill Kroozer? Just ran into it with a Ram Ship. It will be blown to bits, but the Kroozer would have hardly had better chances…. Ravager Attack Ship A very good escort at 35 points, combining as it does firepower 2 and 1d6 torpedoes. As I've already said, you shouldn't base your fleet on ordnance, but having some actually helps. You should bear in mind that they are one-shot weapons — failed command checks and Brace for Impact special orders will probably stop you from firing those torpedoes more than twice in an engagement.
In the first turns you should try and get them in a good position, using the torpedoes to disrupt your opponent's moves if you get a big salvo, or just sending it against enemy ordnance markers if you roll a 1, then cross your fingers and Lock On.
Savage Gunship This is probably the poorest design at your disposal, which is a shame as the models are brilliant. Unfortunately the game mechanics of the heavy gunz, that get the negative modifiers on the gunnery table due to Blast Markers but don't get the positive ones due to range, mean that the amount of dice you roll will be.
Add the fact that you won't be able to fire. On the contrary, they are useful when you start very close to the opponent, such as in a Surprise Attack scenario. Onslaught Attack Ship The Onslaught really is the workhorse of the fleet. Of course, if you roll poorly when calculating the firepower, you'll find them outrageously expensive, but then again, they're Orks! Combine them with ravagers for an extra tactical edge see above , or get. I've said, you'll lose ships way before you get to use them and piddly little squadrons quickly lose their effectiveness once one escort is destroyed.
Kill Kroozer. A Kill Kroozer only has one purpose in the fleet - namely, soaking. It has a very low firepower for cruiser standards, as three weapon hard points are fitted with heavy gunz batteries which will only come into play when you're very close to the enemy. In any trade-off with enemy vessels, it will be the underdog. So, why should you include one? Well, first of all, because it's big and gives few VPs to your opponent.
People should always use Kill kroozers in an aggressive fashion, to act as fire-magnets; since it's the escorts that do most of the work, you have to make sure that they are reasonably intact when they get into range. A Kill kroozer is relatively harmless but, once it gets close, it can use the heavy gunz, ram or - even worse - board.
Having one or two of these is essential, then, but you have to make sure they avoid the stacks of ordnance that will be heading for them. A quick note on squadroning capital ships here: the whole logic. Terror Ship Definitely not the best carrier around. A more expensive version of the Kill Kroozer, it swaps the side heavy gunz batteries with launch bays.
It wouldn't be that bad if Ork ordnance was just as good as anyone else's, though. Unfortunately, Fighta-Bommas are slower fighters and poorer bombers, suitable only against escorts. Assault boats are very useful when dealing with escorts, but blowing big ships to bits is what Orks have problems with. Still, unless you want your entire fleet swamped by Ordnance markers, you'll have to have at least one of these. Hammer Battlekroozer This ship is the missing link between the humble cruisers and the mighty Ork Battleships.
It has two shields, up to three turrets, launch bays and a fearsome prow weapon array, combining respectable firepower and either torpedoes or bombardment cannon. The catch is that you have to Reload Ordnance before you shoot with the latter, so once you're in the thick of it, you'll have to choose between reloading and Locking On. Still, a good vessel for large engagements, but for 1, point games I'd rather have one of the following as my flagship.
The Fab Four These legendary ships are what the Ork fleet needed the most:. The best of the bunch is Dethdeala of course — basically a souped-up version of a Hammer with more firepower and a regular bombardment cannon for just 20 points more once you factor in the extra turret.
With a Warlord and an Extra Power Field, this is a perfect flagship for a fleet of any size and I recommend you get this in any engagement unless you want to field a Hulk. Next comes Gorbag's Revenge. It's more expensive than Dethdeala, but you gain the launch bay capacity of a Terror Ship for the loss of just 2 points of firepower from the side batteries. Given its battlefield role, it can stay away from the real fighting and lend support where needed. The fact that it can launch up to 8 Ordnance markers a turn means that you won't have to waste points on Terror Ships.
I love Slamblasta's background and concept. However it comes at 20 points more than Dethdeala, but it's slower no Soopa Enginez! Kroolboy is the worst of the four. There is no reason to take this instead of Dethdeala. Rok Roks are so slow that they'll never keep the pace of the rest of the fleet, and that's saying something. Moreover they're difficult to control, because turning with them is not an exact science and they might just change course when you don't want to. To cap it all, they're nowhere as sturdy as you might expect; weapon batteries will tear through them with ease, but what you should really watch out for are assault boats.
Since any critical hit on a Rok will cause one damage point, and you only have one turret, once a-boats are in range you can kiss your asteroid goodbye. Roks only work when taken in large numbers, but in 1, point games I'd rather have three more Ram Ships instead of a single Rok.
Hulk Ladies and gentlemen, this is what Ork players have been waiting for. It has a staggering 40 hit points and your opponent won't get VPs for crippling it, so unless you're playing against a Hulk-buster fleet i. Chaos with 4 Carnage cruisers , most opponents will just ignore it and concentrate on the rest of the fleet. This is great, because if you don't have Blast Markers in base contact you can actually pass Command checks to make full use of its devastating weaponry. If your launch bays are already full or you have too many markers still on the table, just Lock On - you have so many weapons around there's no need to turn.
Of course, it has some downsides; it's very slow and turns every other turn, meaning it isn't a wise choice when you play scenarios based on speed or manoeuvrability, such as Blockade Run or Escalating Engagement. Still, playing with it not to mention building it! Here are two different all-round lists for 1, point games. The tactics below will be roughly based on these lists.
Ram Ships Onslaughts Ravagers Total 1, points. This fleet has a substantial amount of torpedoes, and might look. However, you shouldn't. Having two Terror Ships in a 1, point game. Dethdeala is the rally point of the fleet - having three cruisers to choose from in case you roll poorly for it, chances are you'll roll.
A good Ld value is essential for this ship as it's the most. Hulk, Ork Warlord, 2 extra re-rolls If your fleet includes a Hulk you are bound to lose your. It is such a good carrier and sports so many long-ranged guns, though, that this fleet is just as effective if not more so as the former.
Chaos, the Imperium and the Tau These fleets are the most common opponents you're likely to find as they are a favourite choice for beginners. This doesn't necessarily mean that your opponents are beginners, though. The good thing about these fleets is their low Attack Rating value, which will let you choose the scenario most of the times. As they have either long ranged guns, nova cannon or tons of launch.
No matter the scenario, though, your priority is to make sure you still have ships by the end of turn three, as the first half of the game will be little more than gunnery practice for your opponents. Keep your ships close to each other, go on All Ahead Full every time you can and use every available trick to make their carriers Brace for Impact - Tau Explorers in particular should be shot at whenever possible since, every time they brace, you're preserving a significant portion of your fleet from a horrible death by bombers.
Once your ships are in range, you can make use of heavy guns and boarding actions, and this should give you a fighting chance, especially against the Navy and Tau - the Warlord-led Kill Kroozer will make a mess of any cruiser nearby.
1999 Battlefleet Gothic Imperial Fleet 2 Games Workshop Pro Painted Ship BFG 40k
I am no photo editing guru by any means, but here is the start of what I plan to use to integrate BFG into my armada games. Nor did I assign a point value to the ship. Here is a link that gets you to the viewable pdf. It was too large to post here as an attachment.
Battlefleet Gothic Tactics Ork
It is the sequel to 's Battlefleet Gothic: Armada. Largely expanding on the groundwork laid out by the first game, Battlefleet Gothic: Armada 2 is a full-blown sequel - bigger, richer, more impressive and more ambitious than the original game. Set in the Segmentum Obscurus - the region of Imperial space that surrounds the Eye of Terror - over three-hundred years after the events of Battlefleet Gothic: Armada , the second game covers the events of Abbadon the Despoiler's 13th Black Crusade; the defining conflict of Warhammer 40,'s 8th edition. With bigger battles, refined gameplay, improved multiplayer modes and features for a better and more balanced online experience, improvements across the board and even more customization options for fleets and ships, Battlefleet Gothic: Armada 2 promises to be the ultimate Warhammer 40, space battle experience. An expansion featuring a campaign with the player taking control of the forces of Chaos was released in June