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I played my second game with the new codex yesterday. I was able to do 1850 points, a rarity for me since most of my armies haven't gotten nearly that big.
The mission was Cleanse, and we used the middle level. (I don't recall what that's called)
My own army list follows. THe SW player had a big unit in a LR Crusader, a Vindicator, a unit in a Rhino, three dreads (one venerable) and a small unit of jump-pack marines.
In summary...I took a force without much anti-vehicular firepower and got pinned down by a almost completely mechanized army. Owch. I didn't lose much, but I was too busy keeping my head down to pursue mission objectives.
Terrain was fairly evenly spaced buildings. We treated the bases as level 2 area terrain that the infantry could hide behind. Most of the action took place along a string of buildings streching diagonally along the table with fire lanes running along either side. Most of my infantry started up front but in cover.
Early action was mostly between the Wraithlord and the DN's, who traded shots. The Wraithlord's Brightlance didn't do anything, and it was taken down quickly after several lascannon and the Vindicator fired at it. The Falcon took lots of hits, but it was fully kitted out and just got repeatedly shaken.
The big unit of Guardians took most of the shooting early on, but it was mostly out of sight and had Conceal and Fortune on it, so it wasn't hurt much. The foremost Dire Avenger unit took some hits, but nothing big.
The Scorpions advanced up the right, opposite the Vindicator, and the Falcon (carrying the Harliquins) zipped up that flank too. My 'big push' was an attack by the Hawks, Spiders, Harlies and Scorpions.
The hawks came down first. It's a crappy unit, just five hawks with no Exarch. (it's on my list!) I was initially gonna plink at rear armor, but my oppocent reminded me that S3 wouldn't hurt AV10. D'oh! They went after the jump marines instead. I think the gernade blast killed one, and they maybe killed one in shooting. Then they were charged and died. No big suprise there.
I took a chance in letting the Falcon get within charge range of a dread, and it got swatted and immobilized. Oof...well, that's what the vectored engines were for! The Harliquins hopped out next turn and charged the jump marines, and the Scorpions charged the DN that had just killed the Falcon.
My scorpion exarch is one of the old ones with a biting blade, so I wasn't very hopeful for his chances, but he hit three times and killed the dread! Nice, I wasn't counting on that.
The harliquins, though...did poorly. Even on the charge, I only killed one marine. (hurting me was that I had only one Kiss, on the leader, and the rest were CCW's only) Then the marines killed two harlies, routed them, and ran them down. Argh.
The Warp Spiders were out in the open after double-jumping, and the Crusader dropped a huge unit of marines next to them. The marines fired a flamer, killing ALL SEVEN of the spiders under the template (!!!), and bolt pistol fire killed the rest except for the Exarch. He got to kill one or two before going down in an avalanche of marine attacks.
At this point we called the game. The Eldar just didn't have anything left to crack his mounted army, and he was holding them in one corner while nickel-and-diming them away.
Mistakes? Too damn little anti-tank for this kind of army, that's for sure. And I think I should have just braved the guns and tried moving up. There were some Singing Spears that coulds put some hurt into the tanks...maybe. I had to get some good luck SOMEWHERE, right?
I could also -really- use a transport. Eh. It's on the to-do list.
1,850 point Biel-Tan list
Farseer, Doom, Singing spear
Harliquins x 6, Master w/ Kiss
Scorpions x 10, Echarch w/ Biting Blade, Stalker
Dire Avenger x 10, Exarch w/ Bladestorm
Dire Avenger x 10, Exarch w/ Power weapon and Shimmershield, Defend , Bladestorm
Guardians x 16, Starcannon platform, Warlock w/ Singing spear, Conceal
Warp Spider x10, Exarch w/ xtra spinner, Powerblades, Withdraw
5 x Hawks
Falcon w/ Scatterlaser , Vectored engines , Holo-fields , Spirit stones
Wraithlord W/ brightlance
4 x Reaper w/ Exarch, Shurken Cannon, Crack shot
Wow man, bad luck there. I was kinda noticing Eldar seemed to have some limited anti tank capability in this new book? Maybe thats just cauz I play tau? :shifty:
ya hey, about the eldar lack of heavy weapons, my friend (and i to) found that an eldar
rlauncher is an over all best for the reaper exarch. you still get pretty good infantry cover
with your squads regular reaper launchers, but if you take a eldar rlauncher, you get pretty
good armor coverage. He knockes out my dread every time, so i just thought that maybe it
would help you.
If i were you i'd definitly give the harlies more Kisses, since that's what makes them close combat maniacs, and get working on another transport.
Biel-tan with no fire dragons, tsk tsk. Melta bombs and fusion guns are your friend vs armor.
Also the hawks have nasty grenades, you should have deep struck them behind cover, then leapt over it and charged the tanks and used nades on them.
Harlequins without kisses can be pretty useless, don't make that mistake again.
Guardians have no place in a true biel tan list, and where was the avatar?
At any rate, hopefully you learned from your mistakes and will use them to prevent future mistakes.
"War does not determine who is right - only who is left" Bertrand Russell
We bring only death, and leave only carrion. It is a message even a Human can understand.
also, your hawks have haywire grenades. They should have been able to fry that rhino no problem :cry:
Baby, when I'm the voice of reason, we've got problems!~artificerSomeone should stop
Jervis "let's make it easy enough for a 3 year old to play" Johnson
before he turns 40k into checkers~anon