This weeks battle report isn't going to be an 'edge-of-your-seat-slugfest,' in fact though your already here and thus probably bored at work I should tell it to you anyhow.
As the title says it was Grey Knights vs Daemons 2000 pts.
When I showed up last night at my FLGS all my buddies were leaving to go get Chinese food, on their way out they told me that Logan (A really good teenage up and comer) wanted to play me with his Daemons. At first I thought this was a joke (because of the army misparing) but as I soon found out he was serious. Logan had spent the last few weeks reading the new codex and likely crying the whole time as now his Daemons just got another slap in the face. But nonetheless he wanted to play and see just how bad things had gotten.
So anyhow, I obliged to play and was (ill admit) a bit nervous...If I lost I would never hear the end of it, but if I won I would crush the sick and twisted dreams of his daemon army.
We set up a standard table and he went first.
Mission: Kill points
My list (Short version)
- Grand Master with Batman belt
- Libby with lots of powers
- 4 paladins, 2 swords, 1 hammer, 1 banner
- 2 10 man GK strike squads in psybacaks: 2 psycannons, hammer, halberd justicar.
- 1 5 man GK SS psycannon, psyback, hammer halberd.
- 2 psiflemen dreads.
- Land Raider Redemmer
His list (iirc)
- 2 x 20 blood letters
- Tze Prince
- 2 small squads of Nugle Daemons
- 5? Fiends
- 10 hounds
- 6 Blood Crushers
|you don't have to be a genius to figure out the way this game went.|
Pregame: I get scout on my strike squads and move out of my deployment zones.
Daemon turn one:
He comes on the table with 2 squads of 20 blood letters and a squad of hellhounds... One of the squads scatters huge and lands right in front of my psiflemen (this will be fun!). The other squad comes down on my left flank next to my scouted razorback there. his hounds come in the middle of the table and land safely.
Grey Knights turn one:
I begin by casting Warp Quake with all my strike squads. In shooting whatever can shoots at the left flank bloodletters, killing all but 4 (iirc). The dread charges his other squad and kills nothing (this is going to be a long fight.)
Deamons Turn two:
His nurgle daemons come in and he deploys them in BFE. He also has his blood crushers come in and are JUST out of the warp quake... bummer. The remaining 4 bloodletters assault my razorback and shake/stun it 3 times, In my turn I ignore the results. The hounds are a bit more successful and explode the razorback they assaulted. In the resulting explosion I kill 3 hounds and he kills 2 GK, I fail my check and become pinned (booo!)
GK turn two:
I cast warp quake again from my strike squads and spread out. My Land Raider moves into position and dumps out the paladin squad in front of the blood crushers. In shooting I finish off both the Hounds and the last 4 blood letters. During my assault I cast quicksilver, might of titan and hammer hand. Needless to say the Grandmaster, librarian and 4 paladins make very short work of the blood crushers. The psychotroke grenades make him LD 2... All the blood crushers are dead before they can attack.
Deamons Turn Three:
He only has his fiends come in... He rolled all "2's" for his big deamons (Skarbrand, blood thirster and Daemon prince).
GK Turn Three:
I spread out more and cast warp quake, at this point almost half the table is covered in "No deepstriking," in shooting i wipe out the fiends. the table is clear of daemons, except for the few left fighting my dread.
Daemons turn 4: Skarbrand comes in, scatters and mishaps into the table corner at the far end. Blood Thirster scatters and also lands in my bubble of "no" he mishaps back into reserves. His DP scatters but not into my Bubble and is "safe," At this point he concedes since my whole army has clear LOS to his Prince.
I had two GK strike squad combat squads as a fire base, 4 psycannons and 6 storm bolters are a helluva fire base, especially when in cover! Im not at all surprised by this outcome, but it was crazy to see just how screwed daemons are against GK. Warp Quake is great! Once again the Paladins smashed face with whatever they ran into... All in all this was almost a Non-game because of the match-ups. If your a daemon player save yourself time and don't play vs GK.
Post game: We set up a mock fight between my paladins (without grenades) and a skarbrand + bloodshitrster team. The GKs killed the blood thirster before it could strike. Then Skarbrand killed 2 paladins. In the next round the GK finished off skarbrand easily. This was without charging on both units and without grenades so if the GK charged with grenades it would have been even more sad for daemons
Hope you all enjoyed this Thursday battle report.... Comments/questions?