Cadians vs Craftworlds - 1,500 Points
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Cadians vs Craftworlds – 1,500 Points

My first game in 9th Edition against the new Craftworlds Codex!

Approximate Reading Time: 3 minutes

This Cadians vs Craftworlds game is for a league at Boards and Swords, but not this league I am in. This is for a 40-player league split into four divisions of ten players. The top players of each division will play off for a final winner sometime in Feb/March next year. There are ten players in a division, you play everyone once, and there is one game per month. So my games will be completed nine months from June.

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In my division, there are the following factions taking part;

This game was at Boards and Swords in Derby. It was in late July, so a while ago, details will be lacking, I am afraid.

Pacificus Division – Round 1

Scores after round 1

Scores after round 1

Cadians 1,500 Points List

Cadian Battalion Detachment

This game was using the Nachmund GT Book. This League is moving to the new Nephilim GT Book for all its games until after July. We are using the new points and the new balance datasheet though.

I have gone for a no-frills list here.

It has infantry, and it has tanks, with a Wyvern for some line-of-sight ignoring shooting.

Command Points

  • 1CP for Imperial Commander’s Armoury
  • I will be starting on 11CP


  • Company Commander Warlord with Grand Strategist and Laurels of Command
  • Company Commander
  • Gatekeeper Tank Commander with Multi Meltas and Lascannon


  • 3x Infantry Squads with Vox Caster, Lascannon and a Meltagun, Sergeant with Plasma Pistol and Power Sword
  • 3x Infantry Squads with Vox Caster, Lascannon and a Plasma Gun, Sergeant with Plasma Pistol and Power Sword


  • 2x Platoon Commander with Power Sword and Plasma Pistol

Heavy Support

  • 2x Leman Russ Demolishers with Multi Meltas and Lascannon
  • 1x Leman Russ Demolisher with Multi Meltas and Lascannon
  • 1x Wyvern

Cadian Secondaries

  • No Prisoners
  • For the Emperor
  • Raise the Banners High

Craftworlds 1,500 Points List

Command Points

  • Started on 12CP

Spearhead and Supreme Command Detachment

This is from memory so might be slightly incorrect;

  • Avatar
  • A few characters
  • 8 Wraithblades
  • 2 or 3 units of Rangers
  • 2 units of Guardians

No Psykers – that I remember!

Craftworlds Secondaries

  • No Prisoners
  • Engage on all Fronts
  • Assassination

Mission – Tear Down Their Icons

Score 4VP for each other the following;

  • Control 1 or more Objectives
  • Control 2 or more Objectives
  • Control more Objectives than the enemy

The other Primary involves completing an action in your opponent’s half of the battlefield to plant explosives. The enemy can remove them via an action. At the end of the game each one remaining that you planted in the opponent’s half scores you 4VP to a maximum of 15VP.



It is so hard to remember what happened from turn to turn as this was now 7 weeks ago. But I know that I went hard after the Avatar on turn one but did not kill it. I nearly did though! It died on turn 2 which was good as it was gearing up to hit several of my tanks with its beam type weapon.

I lost a lot of infantry each turn and struggled to move out and grab objectives and also Raise the Banners High.

At the time this felt like a horrible loss, but it was not looking at the score line. The Eldar managed to just do better than my forces on the Primaries and Secondaries – it was no steam roller like the Tau game!

Final Score

Astra Militarum – 42
Craftworlds – 55

Craftworlds Victory