Mini Report: marines/dark angels/tau vs eldar/tau

Very mini. This one’s gonna be mostly a series of photos and then a small amount of analysis.

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Start of game. No wraithknights this time, but 3 riptides. We would go first, and they would cause inordinate amounts of trouble, especially in terms of interceptor fire.

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End of our first turn. Note the crater where my ironclad would usually be. Intercepted.

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End of theirs. Massed lascannon fire was a pretty effective way to deal with the riptides.

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2a complete. Ravenwing were tied up with an avatar. Another riptide down.

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2b. We spent most of the game trying to tie things up after giving up first blood on turn 1. For a while we did, but we just couldn’t maintain it.

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My thunder hammer terminators got shredded because they failed all their 3+ saves. I think the biggest problem was first blood. As much as I love that ironclad, it really didn’t stand much of a chance with so much interceptor fire on the board, and at 250 points, that hurts.
In the future; I’ll probably sub in a land raider in situations like this.
The ironclad rarely lasts long, but the ability to basically knock out a unit of my choice makes it a worthy sacrifice. All those intercepting riptides kept it from getting the opportunity.
It’s weird that even armies I traditionally view as mobbish are so full of elite units these days that thunder hammers and lascannons are a viable list. It strikes me as ludicrously specific and limited, but it seems to work as far as this meta goes.

A decent game, but my brain was sorta wishing I could try fantasy again. Probably this Friday. I made some new foamcore trays last night in anticipation. 1000pts this time.

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