Brother C is unapologetically bringing meat to the table...
While helping and teaching some of our newest members get acquainted with the 40kverse, it dawned on me why my Dark Angels are not as competitive as they could be. This will not be a whine session about 5th edition vs. 4th, but honestly, 5th edition is definitely taking the game to another level. Dark Angels are full of great temptations, taking ravenwing bikers or deathwing terminators as troop choices seems like a great idea.. at first. But lets look at the breakdown. 215 points gets you a 5 man term squad, base weapons. 220 points gets you a 6 man ravenwing squad, no upgrades. (course you also have to figure in the cost of the correct HQs for the rule to be in effect).
Terms are great for that anvil unit you want to defend ground or push a front into your opponent's lines, but in order to do this, you need a LR or deep strike. LR are a nice but a significant point sink, and termies on foot is hit or miss. Not being able to assault out of a deepstrike means your opponent can just sit back and wait to blow them away. deepstriking and then running into cover is great, but it by no means guarantees their survival. Plus, if we are talking troops, you will probably have 3+ groups, are you running around with 3 LRs?
Ravenwing have scout move, which is a real nice bonus, outflanking that tank line in the back can be devastating, but at 250 (give or take for upgrades) for a 6 man squad, hardly seems worth it, no invul saves, concentrated fire will drop them fast.
Having said all that as an intro. I realized what I was doing wrong with my army and how I was building my list. There wasn't enough MEAT. (aka tact marines as troops choices) I was getting so caught up with expensive troop units with few bodies to absorb damage. I completely overlooked the need for massive amounts of tact meat to take some of the hits for these elite squads.
5th edition armies are bringing lots of firepower to the table, and its just no longer economical to concentrate that fire on a few soldiers, when you could be spreading it out through a larger force.
Have other players come to this same realization? How are you using your meat in your list to absorb fire and wounds, allowing your specialized units to become more effective? How are you dealing with opponents realizing they need to bring more bodies to the fight? are you taking more template weapons? are you reserving your forces and then deepstriking/ outflanking?