Hi all, Jwolf here.
Bulwark suggested that I write about what is bad for the standard Marine lists in the new Imperial Guard Codex. I’m not going to talk about any of the terrible things that can be done with Inquisitorial Allies, just the straight Codex. Here are my thoughts, in no particular order.
-Chimera are cheap enough to be thrown about without any compunction, making Mechanized Guard more effective.
-Hellhound chassis vehicles can mount hull multi-meltas. This makes both opening up and blocking off the advancing Rhinos a good deal easier.
-Orders mean that cheap Guard Autocannon Heavy Weapons Teams will hit a lot better, and Autocannons break Rhinos.
-Vendettas are extraordinary anti-vehicle weapons.
-The Colossus kills Marines in cover from across the board.
-The Banewolf performs extremely well coming on from Reserves to destroy Marine squads that have either arrived via Drop Pod or charged across the board.
-Armored Sentinels can hold Marines in place for a great length of time, even if they have a Powerfist.
-In the previous Codex, AP2 Blasts were hard to come by. In the new Codex, AP2 Blasts are everywhere.
-The profusion of cover in Fifth Edition changed the game. Fire On My Target makes cover almost useless against low AP weaponry.
-The Medusa projects Demolisher firepower at 50% greater range.
-Upping the side armor of Russes from AV12 to AV13 means it takes dedicated AT weaponry to penetrate even the side armor of the big guys with the Battlecannons.
-Psyker Battle Squads make Librarians nearly required, which restricts your HQ choices.
-Guardsman Marbo (forever Le Soldat here at BoLS) means something you care deeply about will die, and there isn’t much that can be done about it.
-Valkyrie-borne troops held in Reserve with reliable outflanking arrival makes delivering troops onto objectives later in the game easy for the Guard.
~I’m sure there some points I have either overlooked or neglected in this list, so let’s hear what you think. The Guard have arrived. What are you Astartes officers going to do about it?