On Wednesday my Chaos Marines, Disciples of Twilight, faced off against Eldar in a 1,500 game of 40K. I brought along a list I’ve been toying with for Fratris Salutem, a 40K event this spring, that features my Warpsmith, Grimtech. The list can be seen here: http://cmdctr.net/lists/disciples-of-twilight-1500-fratris-salutem-2014-warpsmith-v2/
I knew from the start it was going to be a rough game. I don’t believe I have won a single game against Eldar and their new codex and my opponent had a Wraith list featuring: 2 x Wraithknights, 2 squads of Wraithblades, 1 squad of Wraithguard, 2 x Seers, 5 Dire Avengers and a Wave Serpent.
I had first turn and my opening was ineffective. His return fire saw my 3 Obliterators vanish (ouch). I was trying to keep my distance from the Wraithknights and fire on the Wraithguard but I had to turn my attention to the Wraithknights as they closed in. A solid round of shooting put four wounds on one Wraithknight and both Wraithknights failed charges, buying me another turn of shooting. My Heldrake showed his lazy ass up on turn #4, vector struck one Wraithknight and opened fire with the hades autocannon to take the wounded one down.
At this point the Wraithguard were in my face along with the remaining Wraithknight. There was little I could do. My remaining Helbrute charged the Wraithknight, who had previously charged my CSM squad led by Grimtech (my Warpsmith), and was brought down. The Wraithknight finished off the squad the next round of combat.
The game went a full seven turns and it was a game of attrition I could not win. By the end of the last turn I was tabled. Despite getting pounded I was pretty happy with my list. It held up better than I expected against the Eldar. I was figuring I would be tabled by turn #5 so making it to turn #7 was an accomplishment in my eyes. Had I opened up on the Wraithknights earlier, while I still had the fire power, then things could have gone differently. I normally try to ignore them but with two on the table that wasn’t possible and I should have recognized that sooner than I did. I did do a fair amount of damage in return despite my summarizing sounding very one-sided. He had a squad of Wraithblades left, two wounds remaining on the Wraithknight and a Wave Serpent.
It was a good game and a good first run on this list of mine. The Heldrake with the hades autocannon played out very well in this game. After taking down the Wraithknight it went on to take out the Dire Avengers and then the Wraithguard. Those high strength shots were very needed against a list featuring T8 and T6 everywhere. I’m happy with how the list is playing out in general as well. I’ve been questioning the Helbrutes for a while. They fit the theme I’m going for but generally aren’t all that effective. However, they do draw attention and soak up some fire and sometimes that’s all a unit needs to do in order to be useful so for now I’ll keep them in there. The style of the list suits me, it has models I enjoy using so regardless of effectiveness it’s been fun to use.