First question was from Grazer who also writes for a couple blogs, Rogue Trader and Claws and Fists so check him out (and perhaps he will join the blog roll legion for DFG after this). His question was as follows
"I'd be interested in what you think are the best options for Allies for IG, and whether you even think they are necessary at all.I have used Blood Angels infantry to try and strengthen my midfield and to fight for objectives, but they are quite expensive and obviously limit the amount of artillery tanks and flyers you can select from the IG codex."
Allies can be fun, and fluffy at times (or not fluffy at all in other times), especially with Imperial Guard. We kind of fit in with everyone (orks are a bit of a stretch in my mind but everyone else has used the poor fellows extensively, including Nids, ((That's right GW you missed out on some people making GREAT genestealer cult army lists... )
However the Guard codex is really hard to pair with any other army to really get that feeling of "this was worth it" out of them when you are looking to field Guard as a primary force. We have good options in nearly every category. Our weakest, the Elite slot, still contains some great options with Ratlings, Marbo, and Stormtroopers (I personally feel that Psyker Battle Squad just is not worth it anymore, to many stubborn and Fearless units out there). So maybe you want to look into other armies Elite slots to fill some good tough objective contesting units like a terminator/paladin kinda deal. Grey knights also can bring something that can protect us from our every hated opponent, daemons, with preventing them from deep striking to close.
However you do sacrifice some firepower to get these kind of units/abilities. There is no point in taking allies heavies, we have the best ones in Leman Russ variants, and our fast attack slots are just full of win in the sentinels and vendetta/valkyrie. Plus are space marine troops -really- better at holding objectives? Maybe... depends on the firepower your opponent brings to the table and how your list is constructed.
Overall I rarely, if at all, take allies, and would not recommend them at this time for tournament play unless your local area has a plethora of deamon players, but this would not serve you somewhere like Adepticon where just to much variety to really make a difference and even then (cause my local area does have a ton of them) I don't even bother, instead relying on my overwhelming firepower to take care of the daemons.
Alright, that is it for questions and topics this week. Keep an eye out for my Units Of The Guard series which will start next week with one of the HQ choices that the guard can bring.
Also, if you readers have any other topic you would like me to cover in a post (I recommend Imperial Guard questions but hell I will give any subject a shot as long as it pertains to wargaming) shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Until next time, burn some heretics, kill some mutants, and do it always.....
FOR THE EMPEROR!