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Had a great game against the Black Templars, my first 40k outing in yonks and first against this marine chapter. 1500 points, I tried a few different things...
HQ- Punisher Archon 132 with the usual tricks, 2 Haemonculi at 90, do you really need to guess what weapons they get?
Elite-8 wyches with succubus weilding an agoniser in fex raider 200 points. Archon along for the ride.
Troops- 2 min manned fex raider squads with DL upgrade and sybarite with p. blades/s.pistol, 1 haemy attached to 1 squad
2 squads 14 man warrior squads, including syb with p.blades + s.pistol, 1 dl, 1 splinter cannon, 2 blasters. 154 each-2nd Haemy attached to one squad.
1 10 man DL squad.100
Fast attack min/max squad of reavers with blasters 95
Talos and 2 ravagers each with 2 dissie upgrades 330
2 Landraider crusaders, one with blessed hull upgade fielding alot of guns and then some, inside were tactical 10er and veterans squad with loads of h2h goodies. Then there were 2 other 10 troop squads with a captian type indy charater and flamers, meltas.
As I am putting out my models I hear the following from other players, getting me quite amped to play well
Against my army, your DE would be tabled by turn 3.
Your wyches and lord will get eaten in h2h.
On paper, the DE are the most (faecally) constructed race in 40k
So some cool moments were had:
Rolled dawn of war, one objective to defend/ gain control of.
Wallop! 14 man warrior squad with haemy is reduced to 8 in firing phase but return pain to the templars, taking them down to 5. Talos in support eats the marines. Yummy. I love the flow DE have in a co-ordinated team assault like this.
Payback is a b***h, the blessed crusader drops h2h SM veteran badness on talos, sayonara.
You can say that again-DE Lord and wyches think to hell with winning that objective, let's dine on marine super organs. With help from supporting ravager fire as I assault zoom, odds are 2 to 1 in my favour as the barney starts. Protracted battle over 3 turns. Result: Wyches ate well, 6 of them left standing. Situation vacant for a DE lord with highly undesirable qualities.
Under waves of splinter fire all on comers to my objective are blown away save for footslogging artificer indy who withstood a ravager hail on turn 3 with 1 wound left. This indy sweeping advances my dl squad and takes my objective in cover. Shudder...
So...zoom goes a raider, my destructor rolls ap 2, have a min max squad ready to take back objective. Speed is good!
Turn 5 sees 2 of my raiders blown away by the LRs. Short on troops, the black templars must rely on their LR tanks and the one without the upgrades strays a little too close...My blasters, dL combo finally get that elusive wrecked result. VERY SATISFYING is an understatement.
Turn 7 The blessed crusader has this turn to clear a min max squad reduced to 3, my syb, a dl gunner and a haemy. My Ravager has been unable to remove the last 6 marines on their objective. Blasted cover! My wyches are too far away to challenge the templars. My other ravager is immobilised, has a clear line of fire but the lance can not stop something that is invincible to DE weapons.
I still had 8 warriors that could have fleeted closer to the objective in turn 6 but in my naivety, thinking the game would likely end at 6 turns, I have made a mistake. If the min max squad is killed it will be a tall ask to get the desirable movement through difficult terrain back to my objective. The templars will win. The templar shooting rolls begin. 5 cover saves to be made on 3 miniatures...Roll 5, 2, 3, 1...must get this save...4 PHEW!! Dl gunner passes last man standing, as the syb and Haemy sacrifice for the greater bad.
Nice! I love hearing about DE running wholesome (slaughter-orgy), fun games.
I had one DE opponent in my area, before he moved to Hawaii v.v He came home to visit his family, but I didn't get a chance to play him.. he's still largely undefeated in my group, and I watched him slaughter my friend's silly Nidzilla list like it was nothing. It just goes to show you, outdated rules mean nothing when in the hands of a superior tactician.
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Wyches and lord getting eaten in hand 2 hand???? had these people played dark eldar before? my Archon eats greyknight terminators for breakfest!
Good game and very nice battle summary
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Some nice compliments there. A superior tactician? Nah, I didn't have the invincible vehicle!!
My opponent had thought of a very good list to negate a DE force while being able to remain mobile and I could not surmount a forward attack after all my raiders had been blown away. I was forced to react on each turn and made defensive choices.
This was the first time my opponent said he had challenged a DE player that actually understood DE. Another fella had come along between turns and could not understand why I had not been beaten each time he visited.
My minis went through a lot of playground abuse but they shone where they were supposed to. The Wyches ground down the command squad over the course of the game. Thanks to s4 drugs they helped the succubus land a lot of damaging hits. The warriors converted enough splinter rifle rapidfire hits to cause death by armour save on a much harder yet heavily outnumbered foe.
As always, live and learn: I'd have been better off taking the strength drug than the extra attack drug on my DE lord. The shadowfield will inevitably fail so his best defense is to kill the opponent before he can strike back. Damaging on 3s could have changed this game.
Should I have brought a goblet of spite? Probably!
I could have had another 14 man foot troop squad and 7 man raider squads if I dropped the DL squad and the jetbikes. This might have given me a shot at winning as I'd have had plenty of bodies to spread the pain and then give it back.
Am I stilll a raider short from completing my army? Possibly but then I would need a new raider box, consarn it.
Love this game, a list is never quite perfect and the script is never written on any game you play!
Yeah, ok, mercy Wiki! I could have phrased my question better in the other thread but me and rules, pffftt, i dunno so that's why I'm here