Taking my Imperial Guard army up against some Codex Chapter Space Marines in Pitched Battle, Annihilation, 1750 points.
I wanted to try out some things different and I decided to go with a Leman Russ Squadron, just to see how it would turn out against some Multimelta and Lascannon attacks. I deployed aggressively with 2 Leman Russes and 1 Demolisher. I always give my Russes hull flamers just because I like to fit them in there, and to discourage someone from getting up close and personal. They're also useful for a mad rush into an infantry squad or two.
The plan? Form a solid core and bubble with my Leman Russes, causing as much mayhem as possible, while the Vendetta's worked the flanks and picked off any opportune targets. Since I was going first and the Meltas were still a reasonable distance away, I moved up with my squadron, and started placing templates in the middle of formations.
Template placement here was key with using so many blast weapons. To ensure you get the most effective hits, you want to maximize your chances of hitting any target, not just the unit you are hitting. (More on that later in another post). Vendettas moved up the side, and started blasting Marines, killing 6.
As the retreat continues, I take a turn to fire and kill another squad. Just before the Meltas spring from the Land Raider, I pull back, pop smoke on my russes. The Dreads are now visible and my Vendetta squadron knocks out one. However, because I gave up my 4+ cover, I took a Lascannon to the nose, got immobilized, and was wrecked.
The game ended on turn 5, being ahead 4 kill points to 1.