So, I played 2 games Sunday. The first was 2000 points against Guard, the second was 1500 against Orks.
Against Guard I had:
Cryptek with Veil of Darkness
Destroyer Lord with staff of light
2 blobs of 20 warriors
10 Tesla immortals
3 Tesla tomb blades
This game was an unmitigated disaster. I put the monolith in deep strike just in case I didn't go first, with the Immortals inside. We we're playing the ITC
Version of Retrieval, with each player having 2 objectives. This was the first game I think I've ever played where every model had some paint on them!
I went first so I dropped the monolith in cover inside a shrine of the aquila. The plan was to drop the Immortals in as soon as I could and scoot out to harass stuff. One warrior blob stayed on the objective in my zone and the other advanced onto my other objective, the wraiths ran up through cover, the destroyers I had to leave out in the open to try to get at his Heavy Weapons, and my Tomb Blades flew up some ruins to shoot at the other lascannons he had. I think he had 8 or 9 total. My turn one of rolling was not that good, I hurt a bunch of his units but only finished one. He lost a few lascannons but all of the ones hidden in troop squads survived. The monolith wound up doing almost nothing to a Leman Russ or the squad next to it by bad rolls.
His turn one was really bad for me. The monolith went down way too fast. For as much as it costs it needs either Quantum Shielding or an invulnerable save. That guaranteed him BGH and destroyed my Immortals, too. The cover and LoS
blocking didn't help. The tomb blades and destroyers got wiped by deep striking plasma scions.
Turn two I just didn't have enough left. My warriors & ghost ark killed half of his scions, the wraiths and other warriors killed a command squad and an infantry squad, but that was all I could do. His turn 2 his vulture (which was out of range due to him trying to hide it in cover) went after my warrior blob with the remaining scions, a pair of manticores (I think, they had 4 one time use missiles that shoot out of LOS
) and anything else in range and took them out. Turn 3 my cryptek jumped in the ghost ark and it advanced over to the other blob while wraiths took out another infantry squad. His turn three the ark got shot down so I conceded. It was really bad. It honestly seemed like I forgot to bring part of my army. We need a serious point decrease.
My second game was much better. I whipped together a list last minute and I wanted to make it as different from the last game as possible. I brought a vanguard and an outrider, with Command Barge, wraiths, 5 destroyers and 3 tomb blades (tesla) and then Overlord, Lychguard, Deathmarks, and a stalker. This actually went much better for me. We just played for kill points.
He got first turn and drove his trucks and wagon up. One truck was close enough the burnas inside could flame my destroyers but they were in cover and took it well. Wraiths took one wound from a truck and some bikes shooting, the lychguard hid with overlord out of LOS
. I lost almost nothing turn one from him moving everything.
My turn the destroyers shot down a dread and the stalker blew up a truck, which the tomb blades then followed and killed all the burnas inside. The overlord used veil of darkness to jump the lychguard behind his other truck and wrecked it with scythes. The wraiths caught his 3 bikes and warboss and killed his nob (he tried to tank on him and it went badly). Meanwhile my Deathmarks came in behind his warlord, a mek with some crazy gun. Failed to put a single wound on him (in part due to extremely lucky armor saves).
His turn 2 the boys from the wrecked truck charged my lychguard, he completely ignored my Deathmarks, and tried to focus everything else at my destroyers. He killed a few but not enough. The fight went very badly for his boys and kind of badly for his bikes, killing a scarab but losing his warboss and another bike.
I used the canoptek reanimation stratagem and got my wraith back, and two destroyers out of the three I had lost. I shot up his battlewagon but failed to finish it off. My lychguard continued to rip through his boys, but didn't finish them. Wraiths whiffed on his last biker.
His turn, he charged his wagon into my stalker. The stalker came out of it barely alive but did take the two remaining wounds off his wagon. He had nobs inside, so my best hope was for them to blow it up and kill themselves. But I finished his bikes and the boys, so he conceded (it was also getting late by that point).
All told the unorthodox list went much better. Maybe just because I wasn't fighting a codex army, though. It was my first game against Orks, though, so it was fun. I'm definitely hoping we get points cuts across the board in our codex! Stuff is just too expensive to be effective. Also, strangely, I also have a hard time against vehicles, something necrons historically have been great against. I miss my neutron lasers for sure.