I will be honest, despite playing Dark Angels almost exclusively in 7th Edition, I found the Codex very underwhelming and have not played my DA in 8th until now.
Yesterday i took an old fashioned, fluffy and definitely not optimised force to Warhammer World to take on my mates force of White Scars marines and it rocked.
My force was a Master, Primaris Lieutenant, 2 5 Man Tactical squads, A Scout Sniper Squad, Dreadnought, 10 man Dev squad in a Battalion and a Talonmaster, Bike Squad, Attack bike, 3 man Black Knights and Nephilim in an Outrider detachment.
He also took a Battalion and Outrider with 2 Captains(1 on bike), Librarian, Scouts in Storm, Tacticals in a rhino, Intercessors, Sternguard in Razorback, Bike squad, Apothecary on Bike, Speeder, Inceptors and a 5 man Dev squad.
In the first game he went first and conceded end of turn 4 with only 1 biker and a rhino left.
The second game was a bloodbath for the White Scars after i stole the initiative and he conceded turn 3.
The star units in both games were the Talonmaster and Nephilim as i kept them out of trouble and the sheer volume of shots meant he was failing saves left, right and centre. The Dread was effective in both games taking out his Captain on the bike in game 2 and he also discovered that getting in range of the Black Knights with 2 wound models is not a good move when his bike squad disappeared in the 2nd turn of game 2. Also putting extra models in Dev squads is definitely the way to go. He didn't and watched his heavy weapons disappear in my first round of shooting twice but my las-cannons remained functional through both games.
Things that didn't work very well were the Las Cannon Devs. The number of 1s rolled to hit, damage and for wounds was unreal and the re-rolls were generally rubbish too. The Primaris Lieutenant was really wasted baby-sitting the Dev squad and i am not sure the Stalker Bolt Rifle is and optimal weapons for him.
Overall glad to be back and really have to get the Hellblasters built now. Also will have to get the rest of my black knights built.