So, what to do? The NOVA terrain metagame is producing a lot of interesting thoughts, but one I had, along with Marshal Laeroth after he had to play in it, was "darn, this would be great for a Black Templar drop list".
I'm going to try to compare, using Nike's metric system (start here, then here), to run Marshal Laeroth's old and new DDP lists, his NOVA 2011 Gunline and the two variations of my Deep Strike list, plus a first cut trial of putting a heavy weapon into the Crusader squads. Remember that the metric system does NOT give a full picture, it is simply a way of roughly measuring the offensive capability of a list.
NOTE: I'm going to ignore DLRPG (Dead Land Raiders Per Game) for all of these lists, they all have enough anti-AV14 to deal with it.
NOTE: All Typhoon & Cyclone ML are assumed to be firing Krak without frags, even though I will often fire frags into Marine squads in cover.
First, lets look at what Laeroth's Gunline looks like:
Original Deep Strike:
Revised Deep Strike (with Castellan-led THDC)
Lots of numbers, but what do they tell us? A few things, firstly that the firepower of the DP/DS lists to kill MEQ is fairly equivalent. The Gunline looks good, but considering a lot of its DMS stat comes from AP2 weapons ducking armor saves, it actually hurts when confronted with the level of cover saves given by the NOVA terrain meta, as can be read over on Implausible Nature. The Las/Plas Crusaders are 2.33 DMS compared to the 1.44 DMS of Melta Crusaders. Maybe not much, but it adds up. The 20+ stat is considered viable.
The DMCC stat is lower for both the Gunline and both DDPs, especially the Gunline and new DDP. However, again, between shooting and assault, all five armies have acceptable MEQ killing numbers.
All five armies have acceptable DRPG stats, although the old DDP is at the bottom end of the spectrum with ~66 total DRPG.
How do they stack up against one another in each stat?
- DMS: Gunline, New DDP (-5.9), New DS (-6.1), Old DS (-6.6), Old DDP (-6.8)
- DMCC: Old DS, New DS (-1.1), Old DDP (-19.9), Gunline (-24), New DDP (-29.2)
- DMS+DMCC: Old DS, New DS (-0.6), Gunline (-17.4), Old DDP (-24.2), New DDP (-28.6)
- DRPG(S): Gunline, New DDP (-9.3), Old DS (-24.4), New DS (-25.5), Old DDP (-32)
- DRPG(A): New DS, Old DS (-3.3), Gunline (-25.8), Both DDP (-37.4)
- DRPG(Total): New DS, Gunline (-0.4), Old DS (-2.2), New DDP (-21.2), Old DDP (-43.9)
This is getting long and there are other areas to cover which I'll touch on in a third post.