boomwolf wrote:That being said, I really don't unerstand his list, the problem is not in it's anti-tau capabilities, but in its very core. it does not look like a good list against anything at all, and lacks the fundmentals of SM lists.
I have to concur. The list you posted for your friend has the "beginners mistakes" so to speak. It looks somewhat cool, maybe even fluffy, but is very poorly optimized. We have all been there and done that. Only by playing those games that we lose do we learn from our mistakes.
If you want a captain type of character I always recomend one of the space marine special characters. Remember they can be used to describe your own customer characters!
Also as everyone else has pointed out his army suffers from mobility, which is actually one of their strongest features. Stuff in drop pods should either be the scariest things in the army or he should be fielding his whole army for a defensive drop pod list. Sternguard are one of the best units for this role, 5-10 dudes that drop before you can shoot them either with all combi-melta or combi-plasma that cannot mishap unless they go off the board are crazy good. Even after they have used their combi-weapons they can still be dangerous with their special ammunition.
Dreadnoughts are rough in this edition. They suffer as all vehicles due from the changes to damaging. And with only taking the one it is going to suffer all of the anti-tank shooting alone guaranteeing its destruction. He either needs to take multiples for redundancy or keep it cheap enough that losing it is not a huge investment.
Space Marines is an army about having a purpose. Their units are broad enough to fill just about any role, but expensive enough that you have to make tough choices when making a list. His list doesn't have a direction and it shows when he faces a list like yours that has its focus and is good at it (mobility and shooting).
What I might suggest is having some trial games before starting your campaign. This way he can get enough games in to feel confident about changing his list. It also doesn't hurt you having more practice playing against Space Marines, there are enough of them out there!