(-) dropped 4 Stealers for MSU 3x5
(-) dropped 5 Acolytes and icon from the big unit
(-) dropped Primus
(+) added another 5 Neophytes and 2 seismic cannons (for 2x20 blobs)
(+) added a demo charge to each 5x Acolyte team
(+) added Iconward and Clamavus to make Neophytes extra sticky
(+/-) swapped some psychic powers and warlord traits; not sure extra Warlord traits that helpful here, and gave the Crouchling and Gift from Beyond a whirl.
Still solid. Enemy (Sisters) increased aggression, throwing Celestine up one flank and Canoness + Dominions + Retributors on other.
Played stand off turn 1 except for stellar contesting work from combo of bikes, Ridgerunner and seismics a) ruining the immolator on the objective and killing 4 Sisters down to 2 with a Reckless Demolitions charge from the bikes.
Turn 2 throttle was lackluster, only 2 of 5 units making it into combat. Only opponent's poor rolls and two clutch 4++ rolls saved Patriarch, who started munching enemy rear alongside final 10 Acolytes.
Although one Rockgrinder died instantly, the other just sat on 2 Paragon suits for three turns, even after 5 Stealers came over to give some swings... Patriarch had to double back to mid board to kill the last one in the last turn, again having to make some serious 4++ saves.
On Celestine's flank, was able to kill Celestine (the first time) and then the hand flamer Seraphim almost smoked the Neophytes over there, but seismic cannons are brutal, and Magus Smites + Ridgerunner Blast laser forced them off. Celestine then just sat on her mid-field glowering at me. I got 5 Acolytes and 5 Stealers behind that flank and murdered 10 Novitiates, but then an Inquisitor and Crusader came and slowly whittled the Stealers they. Good contest tho.
On final turn I was able to Raze one of his objectives and even though Reserved Arcoflagellants made it in to kill one of the 20xNeophytes supported by Canoness on one rear flank, I eked it out with the single Raze and a couple points on Engage and as the difference.
I feel like I need maybe just one more charge roll from Ambush here. May go to Iconward and Ambush Primus next; the Magus usually does 'something', but I think Clamavus + Iconward are sufficient support for the Neos on their own and Amulet Primus as Overwatch counter lets Patriarch at least try and get it with Psychic, which I have not yet learned to leverage fully.
The Good Doctor.
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