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13/03/2012

Stay Awhile, and Listen! - Dagger of the Legion 1750

Good afternoon, ladies and gents! I wanted to knock around a list with you guys I've been working on for the tourney I'm going to at the end of March. As you all know, tournament-winning lists are usually either complete spam or something that comes entirely out of left field, that NOBODY sees coming. Mine is the latter. Mercer, I know you'll hate this, because you despise deep strike, but damn does it run well. So much fun. Here's the list, I'll describe how it works after the list itself.

The Dagger of the Legion 1750 pts

HQ: 750
- Nemesor Zahndrekh
- Court:
- Harbinger of Destruction, Solar Pulse
- Harbinger of Despair, Veil of Darkness
- Harbinger of Eternity, Chronometron

- Vargard Obyron

- Overlord
- Phaeron
- Resurrection Orb
- Court:
- Harbinger of Despair, Veil of Darkness
- Harbinger of Eternity, Chronometron

Troops: 535
- 10 Immortals
- 10 Immortals, Tesla Carbines
- 20 Warriors

Fast Attack: 285
- 7 Canoptek Scarabs
- 7 Canoptek Scarabs

Heavy Support: 180
- Annihilation Barge
- Annihilation Barge

Alright, so here's what happens. Everything starts on the board. Zahndrekh is with the Gauss immortals, with his Harbinger of Despair and the other court's Harbinger of Eternity. Obyron is in the Tesla immortals. The basic overlord is sitting in the 15 man warrior squad, making them relentless and generally being a pretty cool guy. He's the kind of dude you'd knock back some brews with. Not Obyron, though. He's kind of a dick.

What was I talking about?

Oh yeah. Also, in the warrior squad is the other Harbinger of Despair, and the other Harbinger of Eternity. The Harbinger of Destruction will hang out with the Tesla immortals as well. See where this is going? If not, that's okay, because I didn't either at the time I wrote it. Annihilation barges deploy on either side of the main force, and are mainly in the list for flank harassment and because I have one painted already and wanted to use it. The scarabs cool their heels wherever there's some cover. So, you may be asking yourself, and quite correctly, how does this list actuall DO anything? Well, my boy, I shall tell you. It's extremely sneaky, and absolutely devious.

For those of you that don't know, Obyron has a veil of darkness that lets him skip out of combats, and if he deep strikes within 6 inches of Zahndrekh's squad, he doesn't scatter. So that's three veils of darkness in three bulked out shooting squads. Now you begin to see. So here's generally how a game goes. I give up turn 1 to most armies, and solar pulse to get them to come closer, or take turn 1 and just maneuver a little bit without veiling. When my opponent takes the bait and moves forward, I will veil both immortal squads and the 15 man squad of warriors to the weakest flank of his army and rapid fire the shit out of it. Here's the beautiful part of this - The chronometrons allow me to reroll one D6 per phase. So, depending on the result of the scatter, I can either reroll one of the distance dice or I can reroll the scatter dice. But how, you say? Well, my friends, the rule only states that I can reroll a D6. It does not specify what kind of D6. A scatter dice is a dice with 6 sides, is it not? (evil laugh) Before you start calling me a WAAC and RAW player, I am joking. I'll just use the chrono's to reroll distance dice. This makes for a fairly reliable deep strike. Just imagine 20 immortals and 15 warriors suddenly within rapid fire range of your weakest flank while annihilation barges and scarabs are nipping at the edges of your advancing army. Yeah.

So here's the second part of how this works. Obyron's squad will ALWAYS be in front of Zahndrekh's, because he doesn't scatter if his squad is within 6 inches of Zahndrekh's. If the enemy is going to assault any of the squads, it will have to be Obyron's, and next turn everyone veils to a different part of the board. Obyron can veil out of close combat. Every turn, I veil away from my opponent's assaults. I stick around long enough for them to get close, then veil to the other side of the board and shoot again.

So, that's how this list works. I think it's going to be insanely unexpected and work on sheer surprise factor. Thoughts, gentlemen?