Cadians Vs Drukhari – 2022 League – 2,000 pts
The ninth and final game of the 2022 League...
My ninth and final game of the 2022 League is underway, and this is 2,000 points of Cadians Vs Drukhari!
The full details and results of the 2022 League can be found here.
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This game was played at Boards and Swords.
This is my first and last game with the new Astra Militarum Codex! I have kept as close to the original list (2,000pts Cadian) as possible but have not used all the same Relics and Warlord Traits. I wanted to use a real list for my first game and not add all the extra Warlord Traits and Relics because it would not give me an accurate representation of the new Astra Militarum Codex.
Cadian Battalion Detachment
- Superior Tactical Training Warlord Trait 1CP
- Starting on 5CP
- Platoon Command Squad with Medic, Plasma, Melta, Master Vox and Master of Ordnance
- Platoon Command Squad with Medic, Plasma, Melta, Master Vox and Astropath with Psychic Barrier
- Warlord Castellan Superior Tactical Training Warlord Trait
- 3x Cadian Shock Troopers with a Plasma Gun, Melta Gun and Vox-Caster
- 3x Cadian Shock Troopers with a Grenade Launcher, Melta Gun and Vox-Caster
- 2x Plasma Executioner Leman Russ with Lascannon, Heavy Bolters and Hunter Killer Missiles
- 2x Enginseers
- 3x units of 3 Bullgryns
- Boots on the Ground
- Inflexible Command
- Bring It Down
And Ryan’s Drukhari here.
- Engage on all Fronts
- Grind Them Down
- Take Them Alive
The Mission – Secure Missing Artefacts
- Control one or more objective markers.
- Control two or more objective markers.
- Control more objective markers than their opponent controls.
At the end of each player’s turn, the player whose turn it is scores 3VP if they control the Priority objective marker in their territory.
I think I got my deployment about right.
- The Manticore was hidden.
- The right flank had 30 infantry screening (with some Bullgryns), my Stormlord, and two Leman Russ.
- The right flank had my other 30 infantry and other Bullgryns.
- The Enginseers each had a Leman Russ to heal and give a 5++ to.
So first turn, I pop two Raiders, whose occupants come off unscathed from the destroyed transports.
I did push forward a bit to get nearer to the No-Man’s Land objectives, ready for turn two, in case two goes well and I can safely jump into the middle.
Not a bad start; two vehicles were dead, which was great for the Bring It Down Secondary.
Also, something which I have not done before with the new codex was to;
Turn One go for all Take Over orders on all my infantry
They were not close enough to shoot effectively, so I sacrificed that to Take Cover. It worked well and I lost almost no models from my Infantry Squads in this first turn. I will be repeating this tactics again. And it may even find its way into turn two in the future.
The Drukhair spread and pushed forward. The centre was still empty, which was a surprise.
They went wide though towards the outermost Objectives. My Bullgryns got charged and shot on my left, and I lost two of the three. A few wounds were lost on a Leman Russ, but I got away lightly.
An excellent turn of shooting here for the Cadians. Three more Raiders went down, along with the first of the two Ravagers. Again, great for Bring It Down. I was now fair enough to get three points for Boots on the Ground.
My Leman Russ was healed and pushed forward to get line-of-sight onto enemy units.
The Manticore was doing OK, despite the line-of-sight debuffs it was now getting, thanks to the latest Balance Sheet. I was moving it forward an inch to see a unit, deleting that unit and then doing the same on the next turn.
I did not kill much enemy infantry this turn, though, a lot of it was now in the open.
The charges came, and I lost 20+ infantry models and three or four more Bullgryn. The Bullgryns did survive in the middle and stopped the enemy from further consolidating towards my tanks.
My tanks were still alive and doing OK.
I was now swatting away enemy units that had made it to my frontline. Both Leman Russ were engaged in combat, and both stayed put. Their Plasma Executioners fired out from the combat towards other enemy units, and their sponsons and Lascannons picked off enemy units close by.
In the Fight Phase, some Wyches rolled six Wounds at AP-4 vs a Leman Russ, which had three Wounds. It was dead. But the Enginseer had blessed it! I made all six of the 5+ Inv Saves! That was such a moment in the game, the tank survived, and I could use Relentless next turn to have it act at full wounds. If it survived the next FIght Phase…
… it did not!
I lost both Leman Russ this turn and the last my of Bullgryns.
The enemy were now charging through No-Man’s Land and towards my Stormlord.
Turn 4 & 5
I took no photos of the final turns, so it is hard to remember what happened.
It consisted of my trying to beat back the enemy and control Objectives while the Drukhair pressed me to get Grind Them Down and the Primary.
Cadians Vs Drukhari – Summary
Thanks to my Secondaries and my ability to smash all enemy vehicles, I managed a win here. I even lost in the Primary. And that killing also denied the enemy Grind Them Down four out of the five turns. Which was a big deal when I had so many squishy Toughness 3 Infantry Squads.