Hey there folks. Along with the new year coming up I have a new project forming in the dark corners of my apartment. I recently rejoined the dark brethren of the webway and started a new army of Dark Eldar. I leaped at the chance to not only play some of my favorite models in the GW line, but to also do some large scale conversions. So far I've had some fun converting the warriors and even some Incubi, and I have plans for more down the road.
However, I wanted to get used to their style of play again, as well as have fun with a new approach to running my Imperial Guard. So I thought I'd try both at once and challenge myself to see what I could do to out-think myself. It's a fun method to re-evaluate one's own perceptions of their army. So I decided to battle myself, man-o e... well same man-o.
So I won't bore you with the details on lists. The main concern wasn't to challenge myself in terms of constructing a list for either army. I mainly wanted to develop a fun list out of guard that was capable, and I ran what I could so far from my Dark Eldar, allying in a few units of Ghost Warriors from the Eldar models I have on hand.
So first off the Imperial Guard Death Korps managed to not only secure the defensive position in the ruined city, they also managed to act faster than the agile denizens of the place between places. Setting up to take the bastion, the Imperial forces form up to advance across the exposed midfield to take the fight to the enemy. The cover of darkness would aid them as much as the enemy.
Utilizing it's impressive speed, the Bane Wolf Jurten's Wrath moved into position, covering the smaller (relatively speaking) wraith constructs with a weaponized cocktail of poisonous and corrosive chemicals. While two of the Wraithblades were felled by the attack, the other three struck were able to shield themselves with some form of immaterial defenses. Meanwhile the rest of the troops moved forward, securing a lost piece of Archeo Tech from a downed Aquilla lander. Although the attack was a success, the Dark Eldar Trueborn armed with several dark-light weapons were prepared with a counter attack, ready to avenge their (albeit already dead) craftworld allies, turning the once powerful tank into a molten pile of slag.
So in the end, the dice were totally on the Dark Eldar's side. And beyond anything it was a fun time to just throw dice against myself, and reacquaint myself with my armies. If you look very closely at the pictures, you may get a glimpse at something to come for Rites of Battle. If nothing else, I'm excited for it. I hope the battle was fun to read, and as something to learn from, playing a game against yourself is a good way to test your own skills. Once upon a time I wrote an article on it. Check it out if your interested in more on that point.