Thursday, 29 September 2011

Poison!

I wanna be elected

After the very kind offer of Sgt. Brisbane, I go to thinking, what kind of Dark Eldar list would I run if I could afford it? I think that I'd like a Venom-heavy list with lots of poisoned shots. Well, let's see what we can come up with...

Since, we're going to have a lot of anti-infantry firepower in the Venoms, we need to take something that can take out enemy mech, so let's take 3 Ravagers. I also want to take a couple of Blaster Trueborn units, just in case any enemy vehicles get too close. I'll keep them pretty simple and take three Trueborn with three Blasters in a Venom with another Splinter Cannon.

I also want to take a reasonably tooled up Archon and some Incubi to be his bodyguards. Yes, the smart points are going into Haemonculi for their Pain Token goodness but I want my army led by a proper evil genius. Let's give the Archon a Blast Pistol, an Agoniser and a Shadow Field and then team him up with 4 Incubi. I'll upgrade one to a Klaivex so that I can hit at three Initiative steps with this unit (not hugely important since they all have Power Weapons but slightly useful) and then I'll stick them all in a Venom with additional Splinter Cannon. This is a proper unit killer although they do risk being swamped by a horde.

Onto Troops now and I think I'll go for 4 units of 5 Warriors, each with a Blaster in a Venom with Splinter Cannon. It's time to add some Melta to the mix since I need to be able to actually destroy enemy vehicles. With that in mind, I want two units of 3 Reaver Jetbikes with a Heat Lance. Adding all of that up, I'm not that far away from a 1750 point list. I can just about fit in a third unit of Jetbikes and then another unit of Warriors in a Venom since I'm a bit short on scoring units. I can only afford to give them a Shredder though.

HQ
Archon, Blast Pistol, Agoniser, Shadow Field

Elites
3 Trueborn, 3 Blasters, Venom, Splinter Cannon
3 Trueborn, 3 Blasters, Venom, Splinter Cannon
4 Incubi, Klaivex, Venom, Splinter Cannon

Troops
5 Warriors, Blaster, Venom, Splinter Cannon
5 Warriors, Blaster, Venom, Splinter Cannon
5 Warriors, Blaster, Venom, Splinter Cannon
5 Warriors, Blaster, Venom, Splinter Cannon
5 Warriors, Shredder, Venom, Splinter Cannon

Fast Attack
3 Reavers, Heat Lance
3 Reavers, Heat Lance
3 Reavers, Heat Lance

Heavy Support
Ravager
Ravager
Ravager


Lots of speed, reasonable anti-tank and a lot of anti-infantry shooting. It's not a totally efficient list but it looks like it could be fun. I think the hardest thing for me would be getting into the right mindset for this list's playstyle. It's not durable enough just to rush forward, you really have to pick the right moment to commit your forces.

What do you guys think to my first Venom-spam list? Have you tried this kind of list? What would you change?

4 comments:

  1. Honestly? This is more or less the same as every other venom-spam list posted on the net.

    Nothing original, nothing new.

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  2. You should try it out. I would be particularly interested in the performance of the Reavers. Would you suicide those to pop some light armor early then splinter the contents?

    Also have you considered clone fields? The web dismissed them but I love ignoring wounds (oh look that powerfist just smoked one of my clones ^^)

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  3. Erm, I never said it was original - it's clearly a Venom spam list. I've not seen (m)any of these sort of lists with an Archon, Incubi and Reavers in it. Usually I've seen Haemonculi, more Trueborn and Scourges/Beast packs.

    I also haven't seen many Dark Eldar lists (Venom or otherwise) on the table in my local scene so I posted this list to hopefully get some tips from people more experienced than myself.

    Since you don't seem to like this list, I'd be interested to know if it's purely because of its lack of originality or because it's not a very good list? What would you recommend instead?

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  4. Oh yeah, Clone Fields! I've got an image of the Archon fighting in the mirror maze from the end of Enter The Dragon. I'm actually pretty poor at rolling 2+ saves anyway as my Terminators would tell you!

    I think that the Reavers would definitely be a suicide unit but I'd try to keep one squad alive in objective games for a last turn turbo-boost objective contest...

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