Monday, February 10, 2014

Codex: Black Legion

I like to be surprised.  Now I don't really like the fact that the Black Legion Codex was so expensive. But that's a whole other blog and what's the point of beating that dead horse?

For other Chaos blog entries, try these:

Abaddon of Codex: Chaos Space Marines
Chaos Undivided

I found myself actually enjoying the reading of the Black legion fluff.  To be honest, outside of Night Lords, I have rarely cared about Chaos fluff.  So MUCH of it made so little sense and sounded SO much like justifications rather than actual story that I kind of got used to skipping past that and getting to the meaty innards.

However the Black Legion, probably because of the infinitely awesome name and the portent that name kind of hangs in the air with, had my attention.  The picture on the front, like most books, sold me.  I had to own something that awesome looking.  

The book is endless stories.  By endless I mean the missions form a part of the story that can never truly end!  Storied of dread and terrible people doing dread and unspeakably horrifying things to their fellow man and xenos for power and favor.  Nothing exciting there.  But the story of Abaddon the Despoiler it spins is SO much more interesting than the "long walk" of Draigo.  While some of it is well known and pretty vanilla horror stories, like forcing a world to heel and then having the population immolate itself instead..of...fighting to a much more pleasant death?  Well maybe the horror of life under that rule was a distant second to immolation or something.  The depth it gave the character and also his forces was pretty entertaining though. I liked seeing the REASON behind having a fleet based army.  I liked that they explained it, liked the lead up, liked the logic.  I also liked the story of Horus's body and it being taken.  The enormous edifice to the great leader reminded me that these were, in the end, still the reverent Space Marines.  Though damned and fallen FAR from any graces reach, their basic instinct to serve a cause bigger than any one Marine is really illustrated well.  It's ingrained in every one of their Gene Seeds.  You think to yourself "Why the F would Chaos Space Marines ever unite, or be able to hold anything approximating a 'realm' with the name 'Chaos' attached?";  but  that underlying theme, never totally blatantly stated, is elegantly shown in their history, reminding you of the quintessential quality of a Space Marine.  That piece will ALWAYS belong to a Space Marine.  Noble in its willingness to sacrifice, even when it is an avaricious, power mad megalomaniac in Power Armour.  No one's perfect.

And then you actually get to the meat.  The Codex has a few features that are attractive.  It uses the Chaos Space marine Coddex as its basis, so you DO need that codex to play with this one.


First, it can ally with Codex:  Chaos Space Marines.  this elevates the threat profile substantially of a Chaos force.  Having access to four fast attack choices allows you to play exactly like the old Night Lords did or really any of the forces that could have 4 of a certain choice.  This hails back to the 3rd Edition codex people loved a lot.  Codex:  Black Legion eliminates the need for Dual Force Organization Charts (DFO) to form the armies you might wish to.  I hate DFO games, so this is a plus for me.

First Among Traitors

Chosen are Troops choices!  That is awesome.  An Abaddon the Despoiler led force with the punch and kick of these impressive special weapons monsters is a threat to tremble before.  As a reminder, Chosen are like Sternguard, allowing the unit to carry six special weapons of one sort or another in the unit.  Being able to transport your troops to objectives and actually mow enemies down with your scoring units is pretty awesome.  4 attacks on the charge makes them uber without a mark of Khorne, but with the mark, you're getting five attacks on the charge.  I know of no one who likes the sound of that.
A Warpsnith or Abaddon the Despoiler himself can lead a unit of Chosen, soak the incoming fire and absolutely rage in on them the next round.  Powerful in melee, powerful in shooting and a scoring unit?  Yes please.

Ten Millennia of Hate

There's a downside (that comes with an upside).  Units in this force that are allowed, must be a little over expensive as they are forced to take the Veterans of the Long War ability.  Now honestly, this is Not such a bad tax because your Leadership is the EASIEST way to attack most armies.  An army capable of running around with LD 10 Troops is a big advantage against not just morale tests and pinning, but against Psychic assaults and other means of manipulating this important stat.  The +1 LD you get from it might be enough but then you couple that with the Hatred (Space marines) which is a very large cross section of your enemies, you're doing pretty well as point expenditures go.

The Bringers of Despair

How many times have you said "I just wish Terminators were better", speaking generally of the lack of Storm Shields for Chaos Marines nor even Storm Bolters.  All the reasons you don't like taking Tactical Terminators exist here in the Chaos Codex except you have no choice:  there are no assault terminators unless you want to call Possessed of Tzeentch as a pseudo-Assault Terminators.

Through history Abaddon has had a nasty group of terminators he hangs out with and they rarely miss.  The group which is known  as the Bringers of Despair, his bodyguard and heralds of his cause, get a +1 BS and WS.  They can bring a fearsome lot of deadly weaponry into combat.  They are easily the equal of many units.  Imagine a Terminator squad that is decked out with bristling combi-weapons like a Sternguard squad does, plus Reaper Autocannons and all hitting on 2's.  When they crash against their foes, only the absolute greatest among their number can rival the WS 5.  Is it worth the +6 points per model?  I think you could spend 6 points on a whole lot worse.  Those Terminators are death, deadly accurate and bashing face against anyone who wants a piece of them.

Terminators aren't the whole story though.  The show stoppers are next.

The Black Legion Relics

So you want to live forever eh?  You will need a lot of help from these to go for it.  Abaddons got quite a collection of things from those who tried for immortality.  The Black Legion has quested for mellenia to find these things, and bring them to the Long War and it is these relics that likely will tilt the odds against the Imperium.  Every Black Crusade is a mere feint in the effort to divide the Imperium, sow doubt and most importantly, hide Abaddons never ending thirst for the ultimate advantages found in such reliquaries as the Eye of Terror may yield to his tender mercies.  Planets have burned and entire populations been sacrificed in the name of getting him what he wants from these mysterious vaults.

The first thing to know about the Relics is that to use them is to preclude using those in the normal Codex:  Chaos Space Marines.  The second thing is that using them may cost you your life.  Literally.

There are six of these monstrous artifacts:  The Spine Shiver Blade, the Crucible of Lies, Last Memory of Yuranthos, The Eye of Night, The Skull of Ker'Ngar and The Hand of Darkness.

Each one seems tailor made for a certain approach to the game, or to solve a certain weakness that the Chaos Space Marines may have.

The Spine Shiver Blade is 5 points less expensive than the Murder sword, and unlike the Murder Sword, is a Daemon Weapon (and therefore OH so many attacks).  It gives the bearer a +1 to initiative which is simply huge because INIT 5 which a Chaos Lord has is slower than even an Exarch with a Scorpion claw!  In fact a great many bad things in the universe might pop a Chaos Lord before he swings.  Further, it is cheaper than the Axe of Blind Fury(also a Daemon Weapon) by 5 points also, and though the Spine Shiver Blade doesn't doesn't get the axes +2 STR and is only AP 3, in the hands of a Daemon Prince, the Daemon Weapon feature makes the Daemon Prince a blender and makes it AP 2.  So if you're tight on points, a Daemon Prince is a decent place to put a Daemon Weapon.  Though the Initiative bonus means little to a Daemon Prince, an extra D6 attacks means a lot!  Not only that but it can make a BOATLOAD of smash attacks with the sword and so you can pay more for the Axe if you REALLY think you'll need it buuuut...

The Crucible of Lies is odd.  It took me some time to ponder when and then if you'd ever want to use it.  On one hand it allows re-rolls of 1 on the Invul save.  The Nurgle Daemon Prince would then be granted a 5+ cover save (and 3+ Jink save if flying) plus re-rolling 1's on invul saves.  If you do this, you will need to take a shot at Biomancy Powers to compensate for the loss of Toughness because a Tough 4 Daemon Prince could rapidly get a stinking Missile Launcher, Crimson Hunter or even a Hive Crone Vector Strike!  Nonetheless, if you DO go with Biomancy, you might well be rewarded for this relatively valuable item.  If you play a Sorcerer of Tzeentch, he can benefit as well in the same way, but a T3 Sorcerer had DEFINITELY better get a good Boon of Mutation or a Biomancy power.  The Skull of Ker'ngar is a very good companion item for this.

Last Memory of Yuranthos is incredible and odd.  It grants you a Mastery Level, though it doesn't come with a spell.  This is great if you are a mastery Level 3 and want to match Eldrads 4 when Denying the Witch rolls are going off!  So it has a nice defensive element to it.  You may find it easier to use 2 Warp Charge spells as well.
At its core what it is is the Sunburst Psyker NOVA blast, in all direction D6" for EACH Warp Charge you spend (maximum of 3)  You can literally hit everything within about a 36" line if you want to .  Each Target takes the 2D6 STR 4 AP 5 Blinding Ignores Cover hits!  Imagine this going off against an army that has 12 units deployed within 18 inches to either side of the Psyker!  All enemies have to take an initiative test or be blinded plus the damage.Pretty awe inspiring.  And if they don't kill its source...  He'll do it again. A Tau army hit with this could be in serious doo doo.

Naturally if you FAIL your Psyker test, you are simply removed from play.  D'oh.  The price of power is indeed great.  Careful who you put this on and include the Spell Familiar in your plans!  Needs to be at least a level 2 Psyker to maximize its ridiculum.

The Eye of Night is truly a tool of war and its simple.  It costs 10 more points than just the Chaos Lord who holds it.  It is 5 points more expensive than even the dreaded Dark Angel Banner of Devastation.  Unlike the banner, this is a one shot only weapon that fires a Haywire Maelstrom at the enemy.  Only STR 4, AP 5 Large Blast Ignores Cover.  That sounds okay but way too spendy for a one use item that can scatter.  But wait.  there's more to this Eye of Night, for it does D3 automatic Penetrating Hits on any armored target it touches.  It can kill tanks with a lucky roll and it cuts right through all the cover shenanigans, so Mechdar will be in no hurry to cluster their tanks.  This is the great equalizer against armored forces and the Black Legion have a long history of evening the odds at whatever cost.
It's highly recommended that a HIGH BS character fire it.  So a Daemon Prince or a Chaos Lord are best.  With this item, many weaknesses for a melee oriented army are resolved by being able to reliably threaten the shell within which lies the tasty morsels inside.

The Skull of Ker'Ngar is very cool.  It is a good companion to the Crucible of Lies.  The lowered toughness by 1 caused by the Crucible ceases to matter when this Skull is around to give you Eternal Warrior.  Not only that but because it is likely that a Tzeentch Daemon prince is where these artefacts would go together, he now would enjoy a whopping 3+ save against Psykler powers (5 for being a Sorcerer, +1 for the Skull and +1 for having more Mastery Levels).  Now this makes for a fairly tough to kill Daemon who can swoop in to take any foe out without the usual fears involved.
Chaos Lords would do equally well with the two but brings those gifts to bear a bit slowly compared to Winged Daemons.

The Hand of Darkness is awesome.  No Murder Sword ever thought about being this cool.  It takes all your attacks and makes them into one single AP 1 Powerfist strike.  Since its armourbane and fleshbane, as well as instant Death, well...  The enemy that gets hit with that has a very poor chance indeed. It goes at normal initiative order too.  Not awesome for its prey.  The Hand of Darkness is actually the perfect weapon for a lesser Lord to carry.  The Dark Apostle becomes an absolute terror, with his Zealot re-rolls with such a powerful weapon.  His two attacks, normally not something to write home about, cease to matter.  A WarpSmith might catch an enemy napping too.  Imagine the surprise when a Sorcerer takes the Hand of Darkness, and casts WarpSpeed, which can add D3 initiative.  The sorcerer could conceivably kill Mephiston with his last breathe!  A Chaos Daemon Prince with this weapon would end him with no delay.

The Relics are very good reasons to try out a Black Legion army as is the fact that Chosen are now your TROOPS and you can take a unit of beat stick Terminators who don't miss.

There is another issue.

The Missions.  The Codex:  Black Legion book forces a roll off when using it.  If the Black Legion player wins, he gets to use the Alter of War Missions in the Black Legion Book instead of the Eternal War missions!

The missions themselves are quite fun.  There are regular missions that any force can play against the Black Legion and then there are themed Echoes of War missions which are army specific ones recreating battles the Black legion has really fought in books and lore.  The rules do not force you to roll off for the Echoes of War missions, only the Alter of War ones.

Mission Breakdown:

Speartip Strike
This is a Dawn of War Deployment mission.  Kill Points are the Victory Condition, however Elites/HQ's are worth TWO victory points and the Slay the Warlord secondary Objective is worth 5 points.  The enemy of the Black Legion player makes the unit that his Warlord is in a Zealot unit.  The Black Legion units can Deep Strike on turn 1 or 2 without having to roll (though they must write this down secretly before the game)

In this mission it's as if your Deep Strikers are getting the Dark Angel Deathwing Assault rule more or less.  It is mildly helpful, albeit it doesn't help you scatter any better =).

We played this mission and it was fun.  The game was in doubt to the end because the Warlord alone was worth 7 points (2 as HQ, 5 for Slay the Warlord Secondaries), so if either one went down, it was game changing.  Fans of Warmachine will recognize the bloody game this becomes and it's really quite cool to see armies adapt to this.

Kill Them All
Enemies Deploy within 12" of the center.  In this mission, those enemies in the center are doomed.  Black Legion forces are allowed to start the game at least 24" from the board center, which really gives the enemy a lot of problems as the Black Legion can come from both sides!
To help emulate the enemies resolve all enemy forces are Stubborn in this mission.  Hooray!
Black Legion reserves come on from ANY table edge and flee towards the NEAREST one though so be careful!   Enemies fall back to the center of the board to hold the line.
Without Number: Black legion units that are destroyed can come back at the start of their next turn from ongoing reserve (though may not CHOOSE to remove units, as was/is the case in some missions and in the IG book for example).  The Black Legion must table the opponent or lose!  If even one model is alive, the Black legion has failed.

Now this mission seemed like fun after the mini-Campaign called Conquest of Kaiserslautern VI.  The idea of endless Chaos coming at you until you succumbed and the objective in that campaign was to see how LONG you could last, not IF you would last.  Chaos effectively had to end you in 4 turns to avoid a loss, though that is not a rule in this mission.  Still, tabling an army is no joke. Enemy Deep Striking and Outflanking will be interesting to watch on a mission like this one.

Capture the Artefact
Another Dawn of War deployment zone.
The enemy places an objective somewhere in his deployment zone, worth 3 points.
All non-vehicle units get the Zealot rule.
This is the only mission amongst the three that DOES use mysterious objectives, albeit there is only one Primary objective so mostly, the defender is advantaged!

Wrapping it all up

With the great missions to play, the awesome artifacts to play with, the signature units and the Chosen as troops, it all makes for a different feel to an old idea and I like it.  I foresee some success with the Black Legionnaires!

Friday, February 7, 2014

Battle Report: Mechdar vs. Night Lords

I changed my list and have done more work to try and get this Night Lords list in shape.  There were bumps along the way, as I learned that Mechdar are an issue and their cover saves a pain in my rear.  Without an answer to that problem, I knew a melee oriented list would always be somewhat of a mismatch that only superior Generalship could overcome.  Having to bring an absolute "A game" every game isn't easy though and so I looked to improve the list over and over again.  Small things at first and then big things.

Chaos doesn't have Tyrant Guard that are dirt cheap and that can just rip through those shields and Holo-Fields.  Chaos doesn't have much in the way of answers to the Eldar shielding at all and the more of it there is, the less we like it.  So round after painful round they tear into you, as many as 14 Twin linked shots per round at STR 6 and 7 for a very economical cost.  It's unholy how much three of those things can project, let alone 4-5 and their ability to keep doing it is remarkable.  You just gotta' silence them, no matter the cost. Plus anything that can silence THEM will also prove useful against all armored opponents.  So really, looking to the Black Legion Dex (which I will blog on very shortly) makes sense for the Night Lords.

Without further ado since this is long already, I will present you with a battle report here which shows you where I am with the list.  keep in mind that this list has morphed a fair amount and has not won every game during the process.  However, it has won more and more as time has gone on (which is what you want to see if you're a mad scientist sort like me) and my comfort level with a heavily melee army in 6E grows.

Mission was Speartip Strike from the Black Legion Codex  (Kill Points, Dawn of War Deployment.  2 points per HQ/Elite.  Slay Warlord = 5 points!  Units protecting Warlord get the Zealot Rule)

My list, roughly:

4 x 5 Chaos Marines
Chaos Lord (Gift of Mutation was +1 Str)
Chaos Sorcerer (Biomancy:  Endurance, Gift of Mutation:  Feel no Pain, Warlord Trait: Hatred SM)
14 Nurgle Raptors (Champion got +1 STR to his shooting weapon.  whoopee)
14 Nurgle Raptors (Champion was unworthy to receive his Gift of Mutation)

His list, roughly:

Crimson Hunter
2 x Prisms
10 Dire Avengers
10 Guardians
5 Jetbikes
Eldrad the Awesome
Karandras...the atomic bomb
3 x Wave Serpents
10? Warp Spiders
10 Striking Scorpions

Initial thoughts going in:

Mechdar is feared for a reason.  Night Fight was only going to benefit him, since he has massive bonus's for cover saves and my initial long range stuff would have its AP nullified in importance.  I also knew he could redeploy at will and so spending a lot of time on that issue, for me, would be wasted time.  i had to put everything in the middle, as far forward as it would go and cut off damaging output from his soon to be infiltrating Scorpions and the beast that is Karandras.  I decided to leave my right flank open to cut off the left flank from giving his infiltrators an easy path.  By doing so, I had plenty of room on the right to head towards once his infiltrate was done.  I knew his Warp Spiders would try to take me on the right, but I felt that was to my advantage if I used my Deep Strikers correctly.  So I decided I would deep strike all four Nurgle Droppings (Mutilators and Obliterators), and the Raptors (always scary).  I ensconced my HQ's in Rhinos to protect them, hoping Night Fight would keep me alive just long enough.

Nathan shad hoped to be able to try and charge me in the first round if he went second and in any event to close to danger close position in round 1.  His plan, since the Warlord was worth so many points, was to use his endless stream of Twin-linked, STR 6 and 7 shots to kill my Rhino wall and expose the HQ's to Karandras (or just MORE STR 6 and 7 tank shots for that matter).  With the volume of shots his tanks can produce and the power of Eldrad the awesome, he would simply roll dice into my face, strand me and pick me off at leisure, comfortable in the knowledge that his Warp Spiders could whallop any of my tiny units, my Rhinos and really, anything whatsoever in the force.  Once the HQ's were in the open, his Crimson Hunter and his Warp Spiders were sure to kill them no matter where they went (except maybe the AV 13 building in the middle).  He deployed his Prisms on top of a three story Ruin which put them far out of reach of being hurt by a lions share of my stuff since mine is a melee force.  It would be a long hike up and then if they got there, he'd just alight them to the ground for yet another round of safety.  Smart.

And so we began.

Turn 1

I seized the initiative.  Whut!  The Chaos Lord unleashed the Eye of Night, killing an as yet unmoved Wave Serpent (out poured the Dire Avengers) and also stunned the Guardian Wave Serpent(2hull points).
Defiler killed just one infiltrating scorpion on my left.  Awesome start for my 200+ point giant.
Rhinos ran to center.  Sorceror was in one, Chaos Lord in another.  Two empty.  A bunker in the middle, AV 13, awaited us next round.

The Mechdar fired a torrent as usual, but Night Fight and having one Wave Serpent stunned allowed the rhinos to cling to life.  One Wave Serpent in reserve.  No serious damage in the end to either side and his dire avengers went to a ruin in a corner to protect Eldrad where he had redeployed at start of game so that his powers could be shared with his allies.  Saving the Warlords is all important in this mission, so the Dire Avengers became Zealots as per the mission rules.

So Turn One ended with a single dead wave Serpent and a bunch of scorpions on the chaos Marines left doorstep, protected by Karandras the awesome.  The Rhinos were pretty beat up and feeling their 10,000 year service time.

Turn 2

Mishaps for both Obliterators.  D'oh.  Bad luck.  Back to the warp they went.  Raptors alight in far left corner to hunt Eldrad and scatter but not disastrously, but they flubbed their shooting, almost nothing to show for it.  Three chaos marine units come in on my left board edge to harass the Scorpions, opening fire and killing 5 Squishyscorps dead (math).  I think Karandras took a wound.  Defiler tried to kill scorpions but was unmotivated apparently and killed one.  Again.  Effectively we ended no threats whatsoever.  Turn two was pretty ineffective.  Chaos lord hid in rhino and sorcerer shot his combi-melta from the building in the board center.  I think he hit a serpent but it survived.  Chaos Mutilators were Deep Struck in.  One was to my right to ready for Warp Spiders coming in and the other was there to push towards the enemy tanks from behind a convenient wall in their usual creepy way.

Eldar Crimson Hunter came in with the WarpSpiders and his extra Wave Serpent.  After what amounted to two pretty preliminary turns for me with still only one kill, the first real bloodshed began.  Scorpions wiped a marine squad, Spiders and Crimson Hunter blew up a Rhino and the Defiler (sigh, it's a Crimson Hunter, what can ya' do?) respectively.  Ruh roh.  Eldrad and Dire avengers shot EIGHT Nurgle raptors dead.  Ouch.  Eldritch storm for the win.  Bad round for Chaos!  Eldrad charged and killed the  Raptor champion.  Avengers killed another.  Raptors lost combat but stood, much weakened and really having been able to do nothing but absorb fire (though in this capacity, they do excel).

I needed to rally from the fusillade.

Turn 3 

More Chaos Raptors drop into Eldrads building to say hello and they drop way below the sight horizon of the Prisms above them.  Mutilators close in, one from behind its wall and the other from the right side building, now that the Warp Spiders decided to go for other targets.  Obliterator lands and glances a serpent.  The rhino on my left closes in on Eldrads position to play its Dirge Casters  next round.  The Chaos Lord and Chaos Sorcerer continue to hide out while chaos marines in my left corner shot scorpions but AGAIN fail to kill them even with a nice volume of shots.  Two of the three units charged and got swept and the 4th chaos marine that walked on to help now faced an angry looking phoenix lord.  Hmm...  that did not go well.  More good news.  Worse was that the darn Exarch was with him still too and Scorpion Claws are too awesome for words too....  The combat in the far left ruin went on and eldrad cut up another raptor.  Tie combat.  Down to 5 RAPTORS!  Grinding and milling them down, but they again stood their ground, unable to break free and wreak havoc on the Prisms above them.

Eldar guardians got out and shot the first Obliterator to pieces, Karandras slew another marine squad.  Nom nom nom, that was four KP's just from him alone pretty much.  Eldar were now coming into full effect.  The Crimson Hunter fired on the building the Sorcerer was in and wounded him but he had the It Will Not Die and also the Feel no Pain rules on it so he was hanging in there.  Jetbikes appeared from the board edge to help drop the Obliterator but were now exposed.  Warp Spiders killed the Chaos Lords Rhino, forcing him to hide in a building with Karandras closing in...  The Chaos Lord and Chaos Sorcerer were dearly trying to avoid getting into Karandras and his fellow Exarchs claws.

Turn 4

A Chaos Rhino tank shocked the Eldar Jetbikes off of the board.  A Mutilators reached it's target and tore the nearest Wave Serpoent to pieces while the other tried to jump up and get to the Fire Prisms perched way up on the ruins.
The Obliterator, lost in the warp, found his bearing and landed in time to TL Flamer 9 of the 10 Guardians that killed its brother, but the lone survivor shrugged his shoulders and stood firm.
Meanwhile the Raptors that Deep Struck in the turn before joined the fray finally and tore apart the Dire Avengers, killing five just with the Hammer of Wrath and then swept Eldrad away.  they consolidated away from the far corner they had been in along with the two surviving Raptors from the first unit that had been blasted by eldrad.  They headed for the doors in preparation perhaps to head upstairs if necessary to kill the two Fire Prisms alighting up on the upper floor that were battering at the AV 13 building my Sorcerer was hiding in.  Really shoulda given him a bodyguard to take the wounds!

The Chaos Heldrake also came in this turn (sigh, sometimes he comes in when ya want and sometimes...) and vector struck the Warp Spiders killing two and then burninated three of them with its DaemonForge ability.  With nothing else to do, the Chaos Lord finished the last Warp Spider dead with a bolter.

At this stage I had already gotten First Blood, Slay the Warlord, and killed 1 HQ, 2 troops, an elite, a Fast Attack, 2 Serpents, Linebreaker = 16.
He had killed the Defiler, 4 troops, 2 Rhino, an Obliterator and had Line Breaker also = 9.

So we aren't so far apart but he needs to kill my leader and he's running out of time.  Killing my leader was a 7 point swing possibility and would free him up to kill other things as well.  Still in the game!

So on his turn the Crimson Hunter damaged the building the Sorcerer is in and wounds him (but It Will Not Die and Feel No Pain make the Sorcerer a tough nut).  The two Prisms, Karandras, A Guardian and the Crimson Hunter were now the bulk of what he had left.  Karandras chased after the Chaos Lord and fired on him, wounding him, since Karandras's claws had sawed through all the twisted Chaos Marines he could find.  The last Wave Serpent took and shot the Obliterator and caused a wound.  A lone Guardian fired two shots and killed the Obliterator!  His revenge complete, he sang the song of his people.  Guardians had killed both Obliterators!
A prism immobilized itself trying to get off the top of the building while the other alighted down to put distance between itself and the Mutilator that was trying to climb up to kill it.

Turn 5

A Chaos Rhino Tank Shocked the Guardian off the board.  The Mutilator destroyed the Scorpions Wave Serpent.  No more Wave Serpents.
The Heldrake Vector Striked the immobilized Prism up top of the ruin and killed it as it flew off the board.
The two Raptors remaining (one with a meltagun) from Eldrads beatdown plus two Mutilator( who gave up any stair climbing mission) couldn't combine to kill the other Prism that had alighted on the charge!  Embarrassing.  REAL bad rolls again, but thoughout the game the dice hadn't been great for me in totality.
The Fresh Raptor unit jumped out front of the Prism and ganked karandras with Bolt pistols to take his last wound and kill his Exarch buddy.  4 points!  Never got to charge him.
The Two Chaos Champions basically just stayed away from Karandras and the Crimson Hunter as best they could.  They knew the Crimson Hunter was a problem so the Chaos Lord let loose his Combimelta but failed to kill it.

On the Eldar turn, the Crimson Hunter did more damage to the Chaos Sorcerers "bastion", but it didn't kill him.
The prism went down to ongoing combat.  That left the Eldar with their Crimson Hunter in the sky and burning wreckage everywhere.  Bravely he fought on, trying to kill my Warlord and very nearly succeeded AGAIN.  The Psyker power from Biomancy played huge in this game for me.  I may seriously have to reconsider how often I choose Biomancy.  There really is a lot you can do with it even though it's not a "damage dealing" kind of Discipline.

Turn 6

The Crimson Hunter was torn from the skies by the claws of a Heldrake coming in from ongoing reserve.  It wasn't much risk to have put him there in turn 5 because of the score.  Completing the tabling was the Heldrakes honour.

Big points in the game:

Seizing allowed me, even with Night Fight, to draw First Blood.  There wasn't much High priority stuff to strand in my force but had he gone first, he would have gotten first blood from me instead.  As it was the Rhinos got beat up even with Night Fight and one more Wave Serpent would have at least finished one of the Rhinos.  Seizing forced him to plan B.  Obviously that's true for anyone that gets it seized, but it was noteworthy.  Characters like Coteaz and especially Asdrubiel Vect do it to people all the time, but not often Night Lords.

Another big thing was the Deep Strikes.  I made some pretty dangerous ones, scattered in almost ALL cases, courting disaster.  But like a boss the more important ones didn't mishap (for once), though I did mishap both Obliterators.  Had that not happened to my li'l Nurgle droppings, I'd have had a really good shot at killing his Wave Serpents sooner.  The Deep Strikes when they went awry didn't get me killed so I can't actually complain.

The army was able to fully express its potential in this game and it was maybe the second game I can really say that it really did.  It has suffered terribly from mishaps.  As I play more, I am growing more and more confident in calculating when I really NEED to take those high risk jumps with this force.  I will admit that I have a very cavalier attitude when it comes to risk.  I enjoy the game a lot more when super cool things happen than when there is no moment of drama.  I take unnecessary risks and if there is one thing that has always marked my style, it's my extreme risk tolerance.  I want to win worse than I care about losing.

The third biggee was Tank shocks.   Last two games have featured prominent displays of what grinding people under treads does to enemy morale.  And as I always tell people (who will listen), morale is the best stat in the game to attack.  i took out two Eldar units with one Chaos Rhino.

Saturating the enemy and forcing them to box from a corner is very effective and this army really benefits from compacting the enemy position.

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