It's been a busy weekend for the hobby. I got a game against a friend's possible DA escalation list. We played PL 50.
DA list was:
X3 5 Intercessors
5 Devastators: X2 lascannon, x2 grav, combigrav, cheribum
DA Bomber Flyer
Captain: thunderhammer/storm shield
X2 5 Intercessors: power sword, grenade launcher
5 Tactical Marines: lascannon
Dreadnought: twin lascannon, storm Bolter
Landspeeder: dual h. flamers
It was a good game but captain smash and a landraider are a lot to deal with at low PL. Captain dropped in a destroyed the bomber in melee turn 1. After that he killed a dev turn 2 but got smited, hit with a powerfist and a force sword and was out of the game. My friend rolled 4 4++ saves when I hit his devs with the captain. I bogged most of his army by locking them up with the raider. The dred sniped Azrael with a lascannon shot, the Intercessors ganked his Libby and my speeder was flaming and pinballing through his back line. He called the game after turn four having just one or two Intercessors left from each squad and just a couple devs. I lost captain, all the Tacticals, half of one Intercessor squad, and my Landraider and Landspeeder were both below half health.
It was a good game but we all agree that Captain Smash is a pretty big crutch for BA models and Azrael is the same for DA.
I got a second PL 104 game vs a friend's new Custodes today because he just got the book. I can say Custodes are tough as nails and hit like a bag of hammers. They do have a there critical weaknesses though. A crippling lack of psychic defense, weakness to mortal wounds, and they can be stymied by invuln saves.
I had Mephiston and Inquisitor Greyfax and the Custodes inability to stop my buff spells and blocking smite wounds only on a 6 gave me a huge advantage. Unleash Rage on Assault Terminators and Smite were deadly this game. Greyfax also used Dominate on his Captain and made him attack a banner bearer. The Custodes were powerless to stop any of this.
The real gem was how much Custodes struggle against high invuln saves. I matched his Custodes with Assault Terminators, Captain Smash, and the Terminator Ancient with the Banner of Sacrifice. We were both getting through very few unsaved wounds, but the hammers were doing three damage each time vs his D3 damage. I don't think any Marine army but BA has the chops to stand toe to toe with Custodes in drawn out battle. It was a pretty glorious showing for the BA. The big meat grinder melee ended up involving in total: Captain Smash, two squads of Assault Terminators, a Drednought, and the Terminator Ancient vs Valoris Trajan, a Custodes Captain, a 3 man Custodes Squad, and two Vexilla (one the banner of +1 attack, the other the banner of -1 to hit in shooting). The BA walked out of the fight victorious with 4 Assault Terminators and the Terminator Ancient still standing.
I tabled the Custodes in the bottom of turn 7 with 4 Assault Terminators, the Terminator Ancient, Greyfax with one wound left, one Tactical marine, 5 Intercessors, a Sanguinary Novieate, and a Levithan Dred on its last two wounds still standing on the table.
Edited by Bonzi, 28 January 2018 - 03:40 AM.