Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Vancouver, WA USA
Most of the lists that make use of Razorspam (or at least the ones that I've seen anyway) are shooty focused lists. Lots of 5 man grey hunter packs with 1 melta and no upgrades.
The idea of taking such small and naked squads is so that you can spam as many razorbacks in the list as you can. The more guns you have, the more shooty are, and the more chances you have of blasting your enemies into little bits. While the basic space wolf is more close combat oriented than a vanilla marine, these razorspam lists are not really about hand to hand, they're about firepower.
While the 5 man grey hunter pack can do alright in close combat without any upgrades and in small numbers, they should never be used to take on your opponents dedicated close combat troops. Those guys you blast to bits with your las/plas razorbacks, meltas, long fang packs, etc. and then (and only then), you send in your 5 man grey hunter packs if you need to dislodge the enemy from an objective or something. At that point your opponent's close combat troops have (most likely) been severely mauled, will be understrength, and ready for your grey hunters to move in and clean up.
So why so much razorspam?
Well, if you look at the meta-game you see a lot of mechanized shooty armies at the top of the pile. Why is this? Because mechanized shooty armies do really well in 5th edition. There's a lot of reasons for this, such as...
-Not being able to assault out of a closed topped vehicle
-Being able to fire out of a cosed topped vehicle via fire points
-Being able to disembark out of a closed topped vehicle and rapid fire/shoot assault weapons, etc. to full affect
-Transport vehicles having heavy weapons and being fairly cheap to take
-Vehicles, as well as the guys inside, being able to fire and move
-Vehicles being made more survivable in the glancing and penetration charts
-No longer having rules like emergency disembarkation which often caused troops to be pinned when the vehicle was destroyed
-2/3rds of the standard missions requiring you to get your troops onto objectives to take them (i.e. wanting to take transports so you can get them where you need them)
In the end, this means you see a lot of these types of armies. They're very mobile and can each put out a considerable amount of firepower. I.G. and Space Wolves are two of the best at being able to create this type of list, and that's why you're seeing so many razorspam space wolf armies out there.
Last edited by Uber Ork; 10-02-11 at 08:37 PM.