First 6th ed batrep, here we go:
IG army list:
Primaris psyker with rulebook powers (got puppet master and psychic shriek)
PCS with 3x flamer
20 man blob, 2x autocannon, 2x grenade launcher, commissar with plasma pistol and power weapon
Veteran squad with 3x plasmagun, grenadiers, power sword and chimera with heavy flamer
Vendetta with heavy bolters
Hydra (just trying it out in 6e)
Leman russ battle tank with lascannon and heavy bolters (another experiment)
Ilya had 3 quite large dire avenger squads, a farseer, a few warlocks, a warwalker, a falcon and some striking scorpions
Mission was crusade, deployment was the standard pitched-battle style one. We did everything in the order of the rulebook and one thing I noticed was that the terrain was a lot denser than how we usually play it. It also took a fair amount of time to set up. I tried to create areas of los blocking stuff down the middle for hiding and some open firelanes. Ilya was to deploy first and I didn't manage to seize the initiative.
Considering this was the first battle of 6th ed, all tactics went straight out of my head and I spread my army, allowing Ilya to sort of refuse flank me. Also the blob and the Leman Russ ended up having a very limited field of fire.
He moves up a little and begins to cast spells and dish out a bit of firepower... It turns out that the primaris psyker I was hiding behind what seemed to be a LOS blocking piece of terrain could be seen through a crack and he suffered a wound.
This was followed by minor losses on the blob.
My turn and I return some fire doing minor damage, mainly to the falcon.
Eldar turn 2 and the advance continues. Some striking scorpions arrive and the eldar inside the falcon get out
A little more damage is done to the blob...
The eldar suffer some more losses in return
|I begin to reposition or try to and get some shots in at the eldar in the ruins|
|And end up killing a whole squad on one of the objectives|
|Vendetta comes in and my pcs flames another dire avenger squad hiding in a ruin and follows up with a rather unsuccessful assault.|
The eldar try to retaliate in turn 3 but don't do much...
The blob runs into the bastion and hides hoping to claim the objective next turn, and also I took out the falcon either this turn or the one before
|Marbo combined with a desperate attack by the veterans causes this to happen - although I think the pictures have got a bit jumbled for some reason...|
In any case game ends 9-5 to the eldar
Following this match:
- I found that at least against non-flyer armies I still don't like the hydra
- That the primaris psyker, even with rulebook powers is still nothing too special... so I next match I tried out a ccs instead (stay tuned)
- I need to work on positioning the blob
- Should not be making simple mistakes during deployment
- This points level is not nice to my guard, as I have to take away a lot from my usual army list - should probably try building a specific one from the ground up
- First blood is VERY important need to work towards getting it rather than doing max damage to the enemy
Although not too bad overall considering this was my first game and I was able to salvage some points towards the end