How to use Terminators and Drop Pods against a gun-line.
You know the situation. It's your turn two, and you have reserves coming on to the table. The problem? You have two squads of Terminators and your opponent has a nice Necron/Tau/Tzeentch gunline. You deep-strike as close as you can, successfully charge a unit, wipe it out, and die in your opponent's turn. Or, you don't destroy it, and merely delay your fate. How do you prevent such a waste of points?
With a high-risk/high-reward strategy. You deep-strike in BEHIND the gun-line. In order to understand why this works, first you need to understand why a gun-line works so well. Since the 1600's or so, IRL generals have overlapped arcs of fire to facilitate ease of killing targets. 40K is no different. It's rare that a single enemy unit can kill one of yours by itself without turning into a point vacuum. The entire point of a gunline is to concentrate fire on your one or two most forward units without having to worry about move-and-fire penalties, line-of-sight, or any of the disadvantages usually associated with shooting after moving.
Deep-striking in front of such a gun-line, then, is suicide, as it turns your expensive terminators into nice, juicy targets for all the AP2 shots any proper gunline possesses. Good luck on that 5+ invulnerable save. But what if your opponent doesn't have any AP2 shots? Chances are, then they have a ton of other shots heading your way, and you'll die to volume of fire.
But why deep-strike behind your opponent? After all, can't they just turn around and shoot? Yes, and that's what you should want. You see, by deep-striking behind them, you've forced your opponent to choose between turning his units around, leaving a gap in his arcs of fire, or ignoring them, and hoping he does enough damage to your units in front to negate whatever damage your units behind him do. Either way, you are at an advantage.
So, let's go back to the initial scenario. Instead of your terminators arriving in front of the gunline, they try to deep-strike behind. One mishaps off, and rolls a three. The other scatters right behind the Ethereal/Overlord/Lord of Change. At this point, you should be very happy. Heck, if they scatter behind a vehicle, it's even better because power fists can hurt.
All-in-all, it's a lot better to take the chance that your terminators/drop pods may end up useless than almost guarantee that they will.
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