Re: [Epic] Re: Squat Cheese

From: Cameron Bentsen <stu7i95_at_...>
Date: 20 Jan 1997 11:53 EST

In message "Squat Cheese", you write:

> Aaron P Teske <Mithramuse+_at_...> writes:
> > Excerpts from Epic: 18-Jan-97 Re: [Epic] Re: by Brett Hollindale_at_powerup
> > > I should have said, "it would be a very brave player to field Squat SHV's"...
> > > There's plenty of other cheese in the Squat larder...
> >
> > There's plenty of cheese in *every* larder, when you get right down to
> > it. Is there any particular reason you're picking on the Squats?
> Yeah, the same reason I complained about Chaos. I can't cope
> with the forces I tend to see. Overwhelming firepower until their CC
> gets to me. I really hate Warlord battlegroups, and I don't know how
> to stop a T-hawk, even after subscribing to the mailing list. It
> pretty much ensured the loss of a Titan, artillery, or something else
> vital.
> There seems to be less in the IG troop selection... <shrug>
> Mark

Well, I can't help you with every army you come across, but I can give you some
guidelines and some specific suggestions:

If you're dealing with a cheesy force (i.e. 75 Bloodletters), you have 3
choices: fight cheese with cheese, try and figure out what it's weak point is
and design an opposing force to face it, or simply refuse to play against it.

In general, know your own army's strengths and your opponents' weaknesses.
This holds true in any military simulation. For instance, the I.G.'s strength
is that it can get a lot of guys for pretty cheap. Someone was earlier
suggesting a Chinese army, with lots of Tacs and some Heavy guardsmen.
Anbother strategy is the guard CC army, with lots of Roughrider, Bikes, etc.
Not only ought you to know your opponent's army, you should know your opponent.
What kinds of units does he like? What kinds of mistakes does he typically make?
For instance, does he like to take Titans but doesn't screen them from CC?

Lastly, some specific suggestions for dealing with problems you mentioned:
- one way to deal with Titan battlegroups, especially ones with lots of big
  guns, is to avoid taking anything you would hate to lose. If you can, keep
  your troops out of their line of sight until you're close enough to swarm
  them. The easiest way to kill a Titan is to CC it with several stands of
  relatively cheap troops like bikes; alternatively, you can try to get behind
  them with some fast, shooty troops like fliers (though this is more risky.)
  A T-hawk filled with marines can be murder on an unprepared Titan.
- Thawks are most easily dealt with using AA platforms like the Hydra. Your
  second strategy is to surround expensive units with "bodyguards" of cheap
  infantry. Failing this, you need to avoid taking any units that could be
  potential targets, like artillery or other expensive units.

Cameron Bentsen, Ottawa
Received on Mon Jan 20 1997 - 16:53:00 UTC

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