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Today was the first day of an 8 week campaign style tournament and my Dark Eldar drew Eldar as an opponent. Out of about 18 players there are at least 4 Eldar so I'm figuring on seeing another in future battles.
Today was 1000 points of basic "Cleanse". No objectives or varibles but future games will have them.
Archon - Pun, TH, SF, CD, AV
Raider - DL Horrorfex
2 ten man warriors with 2DLs and 2 Blasters
2 ten man warriors 2 SPL Can, 2 Blstr
Farseer - Doom GH
9 Dire Avengers - Exarch- bladestorm, defend, Wave serpent
3 Jetbikes- S Can. , 2
9 Howl Banshees - exarch
Fire prism - ss, hf
DE: Two sniper squads immolablized both wave serpants. Fire Prism survived a hit. Hq moved up and disembarked. 2 Warrior squads advanced up middle while a Talos in each flank moved to avoid return fire.
Eldar- Cursed his luck now that all his troops became pedestrians. Wave serpents each killed a warrior and the Fire prism landed a big template in a squad taking out four warriors. Warriors flee. Bikes and DAs moved up.
Score DE 0, Eldar-0
DE . Warriors rally. Sniper squads knock a BL weapon off a Wave serpant. Fire Prism saved itself (5) HQ, 2 warriors squads inched forward. One talos moves up. Other waits for Bikes
Eldar: Prism, bikes and DAs this out a sniper squad down to one warrior. Moves FS/HBs into position.
Score DE 0 - Eldar 0
DE: Snipper fail to hit wave serpant. Cannot Lone warrior passed test- retreats out of sight. Warriors squad hit DAs with 2 SPL can. 7 survive but fail test and run away. Talos charges bikes- rolls a 6 and does 7 attacks and only kills one. Big HQ assault. Archon uses drugs to go first and kills 3 HBs. HBs wipe out 6 Incubi. Archon flees and is run down. (lose 2 points).
Eldar. DAs Rally. HQ advances into and crushes Warrior squad (1). Prism knocks DL off Raider. Talos finishes off bikes (1)and advance toward Eldar HQ
Score DE 1 , Eldar 3
DE- Sniper squad knocks last weapon off Wave Serp. Talos advances toward it. Warrior squad that pounded DAs last turn now blasts HQ/HB reduced down to FS/3HB/Exarch. Talos charges HQ killing 3.
Eldar: Prism can't finish off raider. Moves DAs into difficult terrain but leaves one in open ground. Talos finishes off Farseer and HB exarch.
Score- DE 3 - Eldar 3
DE Warrior unit runs for cover. Talos charges WS. Other Talos charges DAs. WS survives. no DAs killed.
Eldar Fire Prism kills raider (1). Talos kills WS (1) Talos kills one DA
Score DE 4 - Eldar 4
DE: Talos continues to roll bad against DAs . Other Talos hides from Prism
Eldar: Prism Kills 1 warrior. Talos kills one DA
Game ends with a 4/4 tie.
Wow- I didn't know how good the Howling Banshees were. If I face more of them in the coming weeks I'll be much more careful
Nice, but really throwing anything into combat with Howling Banshees will get them destroyed on the first round of combat because of their special rule.
Really, Ravagers tear Howling Banshees apart like there's no tomorrow. Even grinding away at them with Splinter Fire is better than CC. The Archon would have been better suited assaulting the Warriors and Dire Avengers, especially with such a huge Incubi Retinue. The Farseer would have been toast. I assume this is possible because all the Eldar vehicles were trashed and I figure the Howling Banshees were advancing far ahead of the rest of the force.
Anyway well done to pick up the draw, especially when the odds began to turn. I always find those Taloi to be really resilient when I need them to be, though they never really kill anything...
I haven't played against Eldar in about 3 years so what I thought would be an easy massacre of them turned out to be one for me. Even though I charged them they counted as charging me too (+1). That was one of those lessons learned the hard way. I certainly won't that in future weeks.
Look for my next post in Dark Eldar "army Lists.
Yep, next time use the Incubi and HQ on anything but the Banshees. Ravagers and Splinter Cannons are the best way to take them out; and if they reach assault, let them kill Warriors instead of Incubi.... though to be fair, they shouldn't have been able to take out your Incubi so easily with your Lord in there.. it sounds like you were a victim of mixed luck as much as anything else.
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I've got a question. Your Talos didn't seem to get many attacks through to the HB. Did the exarch use her War Shout on it?
If she did, then the Talos should have always passed the morale check for being fearless. Then all your attacks should be 3+ to hit, 2+ to wound, no armor saves allowed.
One Talos got my MVP award. It first took out the 3 bikes in 2 CC turns. Then took out the Farseer and 3 HB and an exarch in two combat phases. Finally crashing into 7 Dire Avengers on my fifth turn. But against the DAs,in 4 combats, the Talos only took out 3 DAs. Everything was coming up 1s & 2s. IF, and its a big IF, I could have taken out the DAs in turn 5 I could have slid into that aweful Fire Prism and dropped that. There would have been 2 more kill points for me and a 6-4 victory.
But we had fun. My opponent and I had a good time socializing during the battle and it was an afternoon well spent.
I guess that's really what matters, right? Well, good luck on your next battle and props for being a great sport.