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NetEA Blood Angels v EUK Iyanden

 Post subject: NetEA Blood Angels v EUK Iyanden
PostPosted: Fri Feb 27, 2015 10:57 am 
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Assault DC+Chaplain in thawk
Terminators in thawk
tbolts
Scouts+ las RB (realised later this should have gone on the tacs)
Speeders
Tacticals+SC+hunter
Storm ravens
Storm ravens
Storm ravens
Strike Cruiser

Used predators as proxy ravens

Dptdexys Iyanden
WG in Vampire
Nightwings
War Walkers
WG+Seer
Falcons (2 Firestorms)
Falcons (2 Firestorms)
Falcons (2 Firestorms)
Guardians in Wave serpents
Guardians in Wave serpents

Both lists picked with no knowledge of what the opponent was taking.

Tacs deployed on blitz, speeders+scputs garrisoned forward behind cover, eldar hid behind cover where possible with a Walker screen.
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SM won initiative
Spaceship came on, bombardment hit falcons killing 2 and breaking the formation, also killed 1 walker.
Ravens all planetfalled behind the hills in front of the eldar, 2 close up 1 on mid line

Ravens retained and shot up another falcon formation killing 4
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Mounted guardians assaulted the other close up Raven formation wiping them out
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Eldar retained and other mounted guardians assaulted the already fired ravens killing 1 and winning the assault
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Eldar triple retained to double and shoot the midline raven formation killing 1, ravens returned fire killing 2 falcons and breaking them

Nightwings on CAP
Scouts killed a walker and moved within FF of the left mounted formation

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 Post subject: Re: NetEA Blood Angels v EUK Iyanden
PostPosted: Fri Feb 27, 2015 11:20 am 
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WG on blitz went on OW
Tbolts on CAP
Vampire air assaulted tacticals surviving a point of damage from the tbolts, vampire died in assault but eldar won, 3 vehicles+SC escaped.

Speeders moved up on to other mounted guardian formation and killed a WS

Terminators air assault, surviving 1 lance +1 normal hit from the nighwings, with scouts in FF support
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1 WS escapes

Death co air assaults other mounted guardians with scouts in FF support
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No eldar survive

Tacticals rally, ravens rally, ravens shed BMs
Lone falcon, 3 falcons, lone WS rally, WW fail (broken by scouts earlier), lone falcon fails

Eldar have
2 WG formations, 3-4 broken walkers, 1 broken falcon, 1 WS, 1 falcons, 3 falcons, nightwings left
Marine have lost 1 raven formation, 1 raven, most of tac co

turn 2
Eldar win iniative.
Blitzguard WG assault and wipe out LS
3 falcons fail to activate

Rallied ravens drop back and kill the lone WS
DC auto retain and assault and kill lone falcon
Nightwings ground attacked tacs killing the SC
termies assault and wipe out 3 falcons
tbolts fail to shoot down nightwings
ravens+thawks mop up broken formations

Tacticals rally again, no broken eldar alive to rally
Eldar have left 2 WG formations and the nighwings

turn 3
Eldar win intiative
Blitzguard WG assault and break the DC (2 die)
Tacs double forward onto an objective
Scouts drop back to contest my blitz with WG that air assaulted
Nwings kill my BTS tacticals
termies double towards eldar blitz shooting WG -1 kill
ravens do the same
ravens do the same
tbolts+thawk ground attack WG but no kills
thawk picks up terminators

turn 4
DC fail to rally, no other broken formations

SM win initative
termies air assault blitzguard BTS WG wiping them out
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WG on my blitz assault and wipe out scouts
1 formation of ravens moves up onto an eldar objective
NW put BM on termnators
thawks, tbolts+other ravens shoot up other WG until they break

3-1 to SM (BTS, blitz, take and hold vs BTS)
Both dptdexys and I agreed it was one of the most one sided games we had played, if we hadn't been doing a batrep we would have called it at the end of turn 1 which I don't think we have ever done before in 8+ years playing.
If it hadn't been Iyanden with lots of fearless RA then IMO they would have been completely tabled far sooner, as it was it was only me makling stupid mistakes (not putting tacs on OW to protect them in t1, not picking up the termies in turn 2) that stopped it being a bigger, quicker win.

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 Post subject: Re: NetEA Blood Angels v EUK Iyanden
PostPosted: Fri Feb 27, 2015 11:33 am 
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List wise the BA gain - storm ravens, death co, mods to help assault units assault, more speed, sang guard, good new pred
and lose - titans, pred destructors, vindicators (so 2 fringe units and the titans)

Storm ravens are a more than able replacement for warhounds. Warhound have void shields and MW shooting but ravens fulfil the role that warhound fulfil IMO better. Warhound generally (for SM) move forward targeting AA turn 1 to prep for air assaults and then run round using their speed afterwards. Ravens can do this even better as what they lose with no void shield+MW is more than made up for with skimmer, more movement, longer range shooting, better AT, more difficult to suppress and planetfall - all for less points. After my third activation all the ground AA was gone.

Planetfalling the ravens lets you drop them behind cover and with their range and speed they can then hit anywhere if the positioning is wrong or just pop up if correct. Using them again I'd definitely deploy them further back and have even better results.

Reading the list afterwards I think I could definitely improve on the list I used with trying combinations of raven formations, scouts+ravens and termies+ravens. Planetfalling terminators in ravens look pretty brutal. IMO the unit need fundamentally redesigning - does it need planetfall? LS don't have it in epic, can the guns be toned down so its just a fast transport with some shooting?

Other than ravens being pretty ridiculous, the 35cm blanket move feels wrong, As it is BA are the fastest army in the game, and I'm not convinced any tracked vehicle should match a skimmer. Would a 5cm bonus for doubling be better?

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 Post subject: Re: NetEA Blood Angels v EUK Iyanden
PostPosted: Fri Feb 27, 2015 12:23 pm 
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Certainly in my one test game I over committed with the Ravens in the first turn. But I agree that they are better than Warhounds and from the IG point of view Vultures.

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 27, 2015 1:16 pm 
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 27, 2015 1:58 pm 
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I echo the sentiments! Great to see wider attention and great report (fantastic minis also!). Much to chew on and your input is greatly appreciated.


Tiny-Tim, any way can convince you to take them on another outing? :)

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What were the thoughts for dropping the SRs so close? With a 60cm shot and a 35cm move/skimmer they could have been on the mid-line and gotten to shoot before the Falcons got to them.

Either way, I agree that the lack of Warhound/Land Raider/Vindicator formations is irrelevant as you'd never take them anyway with 250 point Stormravens.

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jimmyzimms wrote:
Tiny-Tim, any way can convince you to take them on another outing? :)

Finding a time loop that I can pop into for the duration of the test and report writing would be perfect, otherwise it is add it to the list with Iyanden, tournament preparation, Orks & EUK

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 27, 2015 8:51 pm 
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Tiny-Tim wrote:
Certainly in my one test game I over committed with the Ravens in the first turn. But I agree that they are better than Warhounds and from the IG point of view Vultures.


The Vulture comparison is what I was thinking of all day today.
If the Marines had access to Vultures with +5 strategy, ATSKNF and 1+ initiative they would be cost around 400 points (if not more).
The Storm raven loses in range and 1 pip on the one shot AT but gains RA, Planetfall, Transport and I'd say slightly better secondary weapons so why is this formation not at least 400 points with the stats it has.


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Dave wrote:
What were the thoughts for dropping the SRs so close? With a 60cm shot and a 35cm move/skimmer they could have been on the mid-line and gotten to shoot before the Falcons got to them.


I think Steve realised this as soon as they where deployed, it would have saved a formation from assault.

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Planetfalling the ravens lets you drop them behind cover and with their range and speed they can then hit anywhere if the positioning is wrong or just pop up if correct. Using them again I'd definitely deploy them further back and have even better results


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