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A Quick Skirmish

I got the chance to play a PL 50-ish game today.   Since the 83rd Catachan is busy trying on new uniforms, I thought I'd bring my Raven Guard.

My army was
  • Shrike
  • Librarian with Jump Pack
  • 10 man Assault Squad with Jump Packs
  • 5 Scouts with close combat weapons
  • Dreadnought with two twin autocannons
  • Devastator Centurions
My opponent brought ( I think)
  • Primaris Captain
  • Primaris LT
  • Hellblasters
  • 2 X Intercessors
  • Inceptors
my deployment

We were playing a mission with -1 to shoot over 18" and flares were a stratagem.  We also used some of the Cities of Death rules. 

I only had a patrol and used all three of my CP's to booby trap 3 terrain pieces.  The booby traps worked well.  In fact, I think I could spend less on booby traps and still make him hesitate to advance through buildings.

The game was pretty fun, but, what I learned was those Inceptors can be pretty good at character assassination.  In their first round of shooting, they knocked shrike down to 1 wound and killed him with a mortal wound when they assaulted.  Those Hellblasters and their -4 AP are pretty brutal, and with 30" of threat they become very dangerous.  Even worse, they'd get +2 to armor saves for cover because they never moved an inch (Cities of Death Rule).

I think the Devastator Centurions are just too many PL for a game this small.  I just didn't have enough guys to go grab objectives.  Consider that 17PL could have got me a second scout squad and two Land Speeder Storms.

Have you had many small games?  What have you learned?

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