Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Battle Report: Grey Knights/Legion of the Damned vs. Blood Angels

Over the past weekend, I had the great fortune to play not one, but TWO games of Warhammer 40,000 with some former competitors at Arkham Games. This is the first of two Battle Reports.

I took this list against Kyle's Blood Angels build. His list was the following:

Blood Angels (Flesh Tearers Detachment)

Angel's Fury Spearhead Force
Stormraven with Plasma Cannon and Heavy Bolter
2x Stormraven with Assault Cannon and Multi-Melta
3x10 man Tactical Squads with Flamer and Heavy Flamer

2 Librarians, ML3 (One had the improved psychic casting wargear). They both took Daemonology powers.

2x Death Company Dreadnoughts in Drop Pods

5x Scouts in a Drop Pod

We rolled up Dawn of War with Purge the Alien as the mission type. My Librarian was the Warlord, and his trait was totally irrelevant due to a deep strike mishap! Kyle had one of his Librarians as the Warlord, also with an unused Warlord Trait.

My Librarian took Divination powers, that did nearly nothing!

Kyle had 1st turn.

DeploymentKyle hid his librarians behind some thick ruined buildings, with nothing else deployed. I deployed nothing.

Turn 1 (Kyle)

Kyle flew on his Three Stormravens, which had no targets whatsoever. He attempted to summon some daemons, but he had no success. He also dropped down 2 Dreadnoughts.

Turn 1 (Rarkthor)
I deep struck with my Eldar for a turn power, landing 1 Terminator Squad (the Librarian's squad did not come in) and both of my Dreadknights. I shot one of the Librarians up a bit, leaving him with 1 wound. The Dreadknight shot the Dreadnought in the back, immobilizing it.

Turn 2 (Kyle)
The Stormravens flew around shooting up my units. They did not do a lot of damage, killing one or two Terminators, and landing a wound on a Dreadknight. One of the Librarians managed to get out a squad of Pink Horrors, who then rolled the Greater Daemon summoning power. The other Librarian also managed to get out a squad of Pink Horrors.

Turn 2 (Rarkthor)
The Librarian squad came in, along with 2 Legion of the Damned squads. Librarian's squad Deep Strike mishapped, and was placed by Kyle in the far corner of my deployment zone. The Legion Squads landed behind Dreadnoughts. The shooting from the Psisilencer Dreadknight killed the 1 wound Librarian, gaining me First Blood and a Kill Point. The combined shooting at the Dreadnought wrecked it, and severely damaged the other. The Warlord Librarian was left with two wounds, and I charged it with Terminators. No damage on the first round of combat.

Turn 3 (Kyle)
Scout drop pod landed in a far ruin, trying to find safety. One Stormraven went into hover mode and landed the Tactical Squad out by a Legion Squad. One Pink Horrors squad summoned a Bloodthirster onto the table. More shooting from Stormravens whittled away at Dreadknights and Terminators. Librarian died in combat that turn. Slay the Warlord and another Kill Point. I also gained a kill point from a dead Pink Horrors squad who slipped into the warp. The tacticals charged a Legion squad, and began what Kyle and I referred to as "The Combat of the Derps." They each hacked at one another, killing a guy a piece for about 4 combat rounds. 

Turn 3 (Rarkthor)
My last Legion Squad, last Terminator Squad, and the Stormraven came onto the table. Lots of shooting happened, killing the second Pink Horror Squad, the second Dreadnought, and killing the empty Stormraven in Hover Mode. More derp combat.

Turn 4( Kyle)
Kyle dropped another Tactical Squad into the fresh Legion squad. More Stormraven zooming and shooting, with some aerial combat thrown in. A Dreadknight bit the dust, and the Bloodthirster landed by some Terminators, ready to fight. I had managed to get them Hammerhanded up, but no Force :( Bloodthirster wrecks them in combat, netting Kyle a Kill Point. More derpy combat.

Turn 4 (Rarkthor) My shooting manages to kill the Scout squad. I move the Librarian unit into hiding. More derpy combat, and general running away from a giant Bloodthirster.

Turn 5 (Kyle)
Kyle drops the final Tactical Squad to try and reinforce the derp combat. More shooting, takes out a few more Terminators, netting him another Kill Point. Some missed charges, and the Legion escape the derp combat, with two guys left.

Turn 5 (Rarkthor)
The Dreadknight shunts away from the Bloodthirster, landing for Linebreaker. The Librarian and Terminators manage to stay hidden. The remaining Legion take a few more Blood Angels with them.

In the final turn, it was mainly in the clean-up stages with a few combats left. The Bloodthirster flew over to attack the surviving Dreadknight, but no dice. Game ends with my victory 12-4.


Some lasting impressions of the game:

Deep Strike Mishap Sucks. I need to Deep Strike a bit more carefully. The Battle Focus on landing is really key though.

Omega Deployment is very good against the Turn 1 Assault Blood Angels build. It really leaves the Dreads and Stormravens with nothing to do. Luckily, I landed both Dreadknights down, or I would have been screwed.

Kill Points was not a very favorable game for Kyle. He, at a point, needed to table me in order to win. Luckily, Shunting Dreadknights, Hidden Librarians help with that.

I feel that we both brought solid lists that were built around a concept. The issue I saw with both of the lists is that if the concept fell through, the army fell through as well. It's much like playing a combo deck in Magic. If the combo works, awesome! If not... the game is uphill for sure.

Thank you very much for the game Kyle! I hope to see you at NOVA kicking some butt!

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