Alternatively, Wolf Scouts are an excellent assault unit that can cause absolute carnage against heavy weapons teams, especially when equipped with power weapons.
Unlike other Space Marine Scouts, Wolf Scouts are not new recruits, but rather Grey Hunters with a silent, brooding demeanour who are never happy save for when they are hunting their prey across the cold, barren landscape. These Space Wolves are given lighter skirmisher armour and organised into loose packs of Wolf Scouts.
Let's run through the different weapon options available to Wolf Scouts and give some example unit builds. Wolf Scouts come with a bolt pistol and combat knife as standard.
swap close combat weapon for Bolt Gun - nah
Sniper Rifle - worth taking for whole squad infiltrating
Melta Bombs - expensive for whole squad
Mark of the Wulfen - awesome!
Flamer - better weapons available
Heavy Bolter - rubbish
Melta Gun - essential for tank hunting
Missile Launcher - only worth taking if infiltrating
Plasma Gun - expensive and more likely to kill wolf scouts
Plasma Pistol - expensive
Power Weapon - take mark of the wulfen first
There are two ways to field your Wolf Scouts; either Behind Enemy Lines or Infiltrating. So I'm going to assess both and explain the different combinations that are worth taking.
This ability is what makes Wolf Scouts so special. If outflanking, on a roll of a 1, they arrive from the left table edge, on a roll of a 2, they arrive from the right and on a 3+, the Space Wolf player may bring his Wolf Scouts on from ANY table edge, including his opponent's. The fear factor this causes for many defensive, slow and/or mechanised armies is too good to pass up!
Wolf Scout Pack 1: 85 points
5 Wolf Scouts, melta gun
Cheap, cheerful and ready to die!
If your Behind Enemy Lines roll goes badly, not to worry, because they didn't cost that much. If you get your 3+ roll, they can appear behind an enemy tank and blow it up with their melta gun, or go and hold up a heavy weapons team in close combat.
If you want some extra clout and have the points to spare, you can add a wolfguard armed with a combi-melta, powerfist and melta bombs for an extra 48 points.
Wolf Scout Pack 2: 133 points
Wolf Guard: Combi-Melta, Powerfist, melta bombs
5 Wolf Scouts, melta gun
I'm reluctant to pile on many more upgrades, extra weapons and additional men, because this unit when Behind Enemy Lines is going to die quite horribly after it has killed its intended target.
As much as I'd love to have a 10 man Wolf Scout squad with mark of the wulfen, 2 power weapons and a melta gun led by a Wolf Guard rampaging around at the back of the enemy army, it's a lot of points to gamble on a 3+ Behind Enemy Lines roll.
Deploy the Wolf Scouts after both sides have set up anywhere on the table, but no closer than 18" to an enemy unit if you can be seen, 12" if you can't be seen.
It's also important to mention that the Scout move allows Wolf Scouts to move 6" into position before the game begins. I wouldn't gamble on any first turn charges though.
Wolf Scout Pack 3: 90 points
5 Wolf Scouts all armed with Sniper Rifles
Just like the dreaded Space Marine Sniper Scouts, the Wolf Scouts do it better with their increased Ballistic Skill of 4. They do cost an extra 3 points a head though.
Wolf Scout Pack 4: 180 points
10 Wolf Scouts all armed with Sniper Rifles
If there's one thing the Space Wolves lack, it's long ranged anti-troop firepower that's equally effective at wounding Monstrous Creatures. For a few points more, you could even upgrade one of the sniper rifles to a Missle Launcher to get the job done.
Wolf Scouts are quite a versatile unit for the Space Wolves and are best taken as a small skirmish unit that appears from Behind Enemy Lines or as a mob of highly accurate Snipers.
As a skirmishing unit arriving from the enemy table edge, Wolf Scouts can disrupt the enemy formation and hold up units to aid the advance of the main Space Wolves battle line as it crashes into the foe.
Alternatively, they can provide accurrate 36" firepower from a strategic position to wittle down the enemy's numbers from a distance or soften up monstrous creatures.
Finally, a quick note on the 'Behind Enemy Lines Conga-Line'. I encountered this once in a game with my Tau against a Spacer Wolves player in the last edition. He had 6 Wolf Scouts led by a Wolf Guard.
He was determined to kill my Broadsides and managed to walk on from my board edge in the 3" gap between my Broadsides and Battlesuits.So that's 1" from the Broadsides to the left, 1" for the base of the Wolf Scouts and 1" from the Battlesuits to the right.
However, because he had 7 models, making up 7" in a straight line, he wasn't able to deploy them, because the unit can only move 6" in the movement phase.
So if you're going to sneak in between 2 enemy units from Behind Enemy Lines, always make sure that your Wolf Scouts pack numbers no more than 6 models.
Finally, if you think the official Space Wolves Wolf Scout models suck, check out these Wolf Scout conversions.