I brought Fate’s Angels, my Marines, and faced Grey Knights last night. I had a test list I was trying out that was more shooting oriented than I normally run, which I figured would be handy since he had a large 10-man Paladin Squad and I certainly wasn’t going to beat him in assault. So, here’s the battle report.
We rolled spearhead deployment for annihilation. I got first turn and set up near the edges with my Tactical Termies with attached Librarian shielding it. He set up his Paladins front and center, along with Crowe, with some shooty guys (forget what they were), in some woods with a Vindicare and Eversor hanging with them. He had a Storm Raven reserved with Purifiers in it.
I had a unit I was testing and this was a rather ideal match for it. I put 10 Sternguard in a Pod with all combi-plasma and combi-meltas. It dropped in turn #1 and combined with my other shooting took out four Paladins. He returned fire on the Sternguard and removed about half the unit.
For the first three turns I really just sat back and shot and he was getting close enough that it was charge or be charged. I moved up my Assault Marines with Shrike, who were hanging back for just this situation, and advanced my Termies. However, a low fleet roll ensured my ASM weren’t joining the fight and the Paladins rolled my charging Termies. From here on I just kept trying to deal with the Paladins and couldn’t. His Storm Raven came in and the Purifiers cleared out the ASM. We went to turn #7 and I was tabled.
Brutal game. In hindsight I should have been backing up my Termies a bit each turn to keep the Paladins out of charge range and waited until he only had a few left before considering going at them. I also would have been better served moving my ASM to attack his back lines where the shooting unit was with assassins instead of just waiting around. If I had combined the efforts of my Sternguard with the ASM then I could have cleared his flank and pinched the Paladins.
Despite being rolled, it was a fun game. It was my first look at Grey Knights and they they are devastating for sure. With a few more games under my belt against these guys and I might actually make it a close game.