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Raven Guard Batrep #6

 Post subject: Raven Guard Batrep #6
PostPosted: Fri Nov 03, 2017 6:21 pm 
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Took the RG out for another spin last night, I took:

Scouts
Scouts
Tacticals - hunter
Devastators - pods
Terminators - chaplain
Vanguard veterans
Sternguard - ambush
Sternguard - ambush
Storm eagle
Thunderhawk
Thunderhawk
Strike Cruiser
Thunderbolts

Matt took steel legion

Reg HQ - hydra
Tank Company - hydra
infantry company - hydra, griffons
infantry company - hydra, griffons
Sentinels
Sentinels
Shadowsword
Shadowsword
Thunderbolts
Thunderbolts
Thunderbolts

as it might look from the list above, this was about as uphill a struggle as the raven guard would expect, no real juicy weak formations to pick on, no easily destroyed ground flak, and lots of CAP-potential

The game started with the strike cruiser missing with the barrage as matt had split his army into two big blobs, on the left the deathwind killed two griffons and the devs retained to engage the sentinels, wiping them out for the loss of one stand, they were then engaged and destroyed by the infantry company, the sternguard then decided to engage the infantry company without the support of the devs I was banking on having to support fire, but also died.....

Basically the game continued like that, I drip fed very small formations to the big guard blobs as slowly as possible, but after the terminators failed to break the tanks, it turned from a retreat into a rout, the vanguard vets storm eagle survived 3 AA hits only for the shadowsword to kill two stands in combat and win the rolloff, destroying the aircraft and the one surviving veteran nowhere to run outside of 15cm

so yeah, not really a good game to show the army off, I played stupidly and should have gone with my gut and ganged up on a flank with everything rather than coming in piecemeal, but there was little I could do to stop him getting all his planes on CAP and the single hunter was not much of a deterrant

so yeah.... I still want storm talons in the list over tbolts for flavour reasons but nothing felt remotely overpowered last night!!!

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 Post subject: Re: Raven Guard Batrep #6
PostPosted: Mon Nov 06, 2017 5:59 pm 
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Interesting to hear your experiences. We have played SL against a number of SM lists (Vanilla, White Scars, DA etc but have to be honest and say never RG) and SM always seem to struggle. OK if they dont have to go toe to toe and can just steel objectives, but in a stand up battle they always lose. I guess it makes sense with the fluff - SL are the masses doing the grunt work, SM are the scalpel

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