Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Posted by hyv3mynd
After many sleepless nights and much soul searching, I've decided to revise and finish the Dark Eldar for DaBoyz GT 2012. This was mostly influenced by the amount of time I spent building and converting the army prior to 6th, and the fact that it's never seen more than a 3 game RTT. Another factor is that they're removing comp from the scoring matrix this year for the first time and I feel the special characters add so much depth.
Here's a 4th or 5th generation list I've come to after much proxy testing.
HQ: Lady Malys (1#, 130 pts)
HQ: Baron Sathonyx (1#, 105 pts)
Elite: Grotesques (8#, 305 pts)
7 Grotesques, + Liquifier Gun x1
1 Aberration,+ Venom Blade
Troops: Kabalite Warriors (15#, 170 pts)
14 Kabalite Warriors, + Blaster x1 + Splinter Cannon x1
1 Sybarite, + Venom Blade
Troops: Wyches (10#, 145 pts)
9 Wyches, + Haywire Grenades + Shardnet & Impaler x1
1 Hekatrix, + Haywire Grenades + Venom Blade
Fast Attack: Beastmasters (21#, 286 pts)
1 Clawed Fiend,
2 Razorwing Flocks,
Heavy Support: Razorwing Jetfighter (1#, 145 pts)
HQ: Maugan Ra (1#, 195 pts)
Troops: Rangers (5#, 95 pts)
Heavy Support: War Walker Squadron (3#, 180 pts)
1 War Walker Squadron, + scatter lasers 9#
Aegis Defense Line + Icarus Lascannon (85pts)
It may look like a mish-mosh but there is a little method behind the madness.
The baron will (usually) join the beasts, giving them stealth, hit-and-run, and grenades. The unit is so fast with beast/jump status that it can hang back for counter assault, flank for disruption, or rush up for a first/second turn assault. The baron's grenade launcher ensures they always they strike at initiative and hit-and-run now passes to the unit and ensures they're never tarpitted by walkers or the like as long as they don't get swept. Stealth makes gives them 3+ cover behind the aegis. With the baron, the unit even puts out 12 poisoned shots and can reliably force a grounding test on a flying MC and tarpit it with 4+ invulns. Maugan can join this unit if fearless is needed since it also passes to units now. Beastmasters are also characters now so this unit is great for challenge shenanigans and lookout sir's.
Maugan will (usually) join the grotesques. He can stand at the front with eternal warrior and 2+ armor and dish out wounds via lookout sir to the multi-wound FnP grotesques. His shooting is highly annoying and he can now allocate with precision shots and ignore cover. If I camp him out next to the icarus lascannon, he can make the interceptor shot with bs7 and ignore jinks. He's not shabby in assault either and makes the unit fearless. The aberration has a venom blade to take challenges that Maugan may not want to. The baron could also join this unit for hit-and-run if needed.
Lady Malys can join whichever needs psychic immunity or the higher leadership more. Her redeploy ability synergizes well with the baron's +1 for the first turn. She could also stay back with the 15 warriors and fire the icarus lascannon. With 7/8 attacks at ws7 and i7, she'll probably kill most upgrade characters in a challenge or can defer to a beastmaster, aberration, sybarite, or hekatrix depending on which unit she joins.
The wyches are there to slap vehicles (av14) or walkers with haywire grenades which are awesome now. Go ahead and drop that furioso dread near me now. The warriors put out a silly amount of poisoned shots on the move. The snipers... snipe stuff. The war walkers add torrent fire to anti-infantry, light transport, or anti-flyer. The razorwing can add anti-tank or pie plates as needed.
Anyways, I feel like it's a nice mix of shooting and assault, resilience, speed, and diverse scoring units. It could suffer in 5+ objective games and will probably crumble to armies that ignore cover, but no army is without weakness. It doesn't rely on psykers yet has some psy defense. It has some anti-flyer power and isn't threatened by many flyers short of doomscythes.
The list also works in most of the models I competed for my 5th ed WWP list and gives me a solid base to build on over the next 3 months. Let me know what you think. Unless there's a glaring weakness I overlooked or rules combo I botched up, I'm going to pick up the needed models and start grinding out the batches and bases.
at 11:11 PM