Warhammer 40K Video Bat Rep #216 Skyblight Tyranids vs Cron Air

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InControl takes the new Skyblight Tyranid Formation out in a game against JY2’s tournament winning Cron Air Necrons in an 1850pt battle! As always check out the Tactics Corner for more bat reps!


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42 Responses to “Warhammer 40K Video Bat Rep #216 Skyblight Tyranids vs Cron Air”

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    Pascal Roggen March 8, 2014 1:26 pm #

    No movie up yet.

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    Agrius March 8, 2014 1:37 pm #

    Excellent game! It definitely looks like skyblight is going to be tough to contend with, even factoring in the bad turns of rolling on the necron side. Looking forward to seeing more battle reports with this formation.

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    joedrache March 8, 2014 1:45 pm #

    nice report Jeff. what’s frankie’s number?

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    iNcontroL March 8, 2014 2:25 pm #

    Jy2 was saying he had only lost 2-3 times with this army in 2 editions 🙂 NIDS ON THE BOARDS FOLKS

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    Syko515 March 8, 2014 3:33 pm #

    awesome game, very nice to see the nids putting in work!

  6. jy2
    jy2 March 8, 2014 4:17 pm #

    BTW, these were our lists:

    Dakka flyrant
    Dakka flyrant
    Dakka flyrant

    30 Termagants – 8 Devourers

    10 Gargoyles
    10 Gargoyles
    10 Gargoyles

    Hive Crone
    Hive Crone

    Harpy (HVC)
    Harpy (Stranglethorn)

    Geoff went more with the units that he (and the store….and I) had and also units that he was more familiar with. His psychic powers included 1 Catalyst, 2 Onslaughts, 2 Psychic Screams and Dominion on the tervie.

    This was my list:

    D-lord – 2+, MSS, ResOrb
    D-lord – 2+, MSS

    2×5 Gauss Immortals in Night Scythes
    2×5 Warriors in Night Scythes

    3×5 Wraiths

    3 Annihilation Barges

    For the record, I’ve only lost twice with my Necrons ever since 6th Ed. came out (before this game). Back in 5th, I believe I only lost once with my wraithwing or MTO necrons (ironically, that was against Reece’s Tyranids back in 5th). However, I do have some losses with my more casual, non-Wraithwing/MTO necrons.

    I still had a chance to win it at the end. I only needed to kill 1 more gargoyle. However, my warriors hit 6 times and I only manage to wound twice (needed to wound at least thrice). Oh well, not one of my greatest games dice-wise, though in all fairness, Geoff played great and my D-lords did get back up I believe 4 times.

    In any case, Skyblight Nids are going to dominate the Tournament scene, especially if people play it the way we did in this game (where you CANNOT contest the gargoyles at all). You will see them up there on the top tables. You will even see them win tournies. They are like last years screamer/flamer-spam Tzeentch Daemons before they got updated by the new Daemon codex. Yes, they are THAT good.

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    Hugz4Genestealers March 8, 2014 8:21 pm #

    Man, I don’t want to go and buy two more of the new flier kits, but everything I hear about the Skyblight Swarm makes it sound so good…

    • jy2
      jy2 March 8, 2014 11:50 pm #

      It is. Skyblight will change the meta once again. Now, armies will have to take into account not only massed FMC’s, but regenerating scoring units that will be hard to contest in competitive play. It’s going to be doubly challenging for most armies to do so.

      • Reecius
        Reecius March 9, 2014 1:25 pm #

        This Formation may be a bit much, honestly. We need to playtest it more.

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          Anomander Rake March 9, 2014 3:27 pm #

          Its ok if Missions hold by Gargoyles can be contested, but the otherway its also working. 1 fu**ing Gargoyle can just steal an Objektive from u.

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            Hotsauceman1 March 9, 2014 3:58 pm

            “Commander Commander. We couldnt hold the objective”
            “There was a single gargoyle, it looked at us menacingly”
            “gargoyle? The thing that will get shredded by your bolter?”
            “Get me a more competant squad”

    • Reecius
      Reecius March 9, 2014 1:26 pm #

      It’s insanely good.

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    bridges60 March 9, 2014 6:24 am #

    I really hope my Meta starts allowing data slates and formations. These would be a great asset to any tyranid army. i really love the living Artillery one, i just doubt i’ll get to play it in Houston, lol

    • Reecius
      Reecius March 9, 2014 1:22 pm #

      We’re going to open the doors to some of this stuff, for sure. I think some of them are really fun and hep a ton.

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    Leif Kenneth March 9, 2014 1:55 pm #

    Yo! I’m playing a 1500 tournament next weekend and I’m gonna try out sky blight myself. We mostly play 1850, but the up coming tournament is 1500.

    I just can’t decide if I’m gonna bring the 3rd dakkarant or 2nd hive crone.

    My 2 lists would be:

    3x dakkarants
    2×10 term
    3×10 gargs
    2x harpy
    1x hive crone


    2x dakkarants 1 with regen
    2×10 terms
    3×10 gargs
    2x harpy
    2x hive crone

    The zoan goes in bastion for backfield synapse.

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      bugsculptor March 9, 2014 4:25 pm #

      Definitely looks like this type of list is a winner.

      That’s my only complaint with the skyblight dataslate… the list seems to write itself and is then better than most other things you can come up with using the codex. It’s like GW wrote their own netlist.

      Doing anything other than adding flyrants (duh), more crones (double duh) or the mandatory two troops doesn’t really make for an optimal list. You can leave the tervigon at home and take a third crone… but that doesn’t really make you feel like you’ve made the army your own…

      • jy2
        jy2 March 10, 2014 9:23 am #

        Yeah, that’s why I keep comparing it to the old Tzeentch Flamer/Screamer-spam Daemons. It’s an anomaly of a list and got better as you add more flamers/screamers to the list. Same with the Skyblight. It gets better the more FMC’s and gargoyles you add to the list.

    • jy2
      jy2 March 10, 2014 9:20 am #

      Personally, I prefer the 3rd flyrant because flyrants are a much more flexible unit and with better offense.

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        Leif Kenneth March 10, 2014 2:06 pm #

        I was thinking the same. More rolls for catalyst is nice

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    Hotsauceman1 March 9, 2014 3:20 pm #

    My guess is the best way to do this IS too not completely kill the gargoyles. Or too contest with non-troops(Someone told me they cant be conteste by troops, although Im not sure if they are right)

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    Paolo Distruggiuova March 10, 2014 1:03 am #

    I honestly hope TOs will allow dataslates from now on… Skyblight swarm is a bit over the top? Who cares!!! When is the last time you saw nids winning a tourney? It’s not like we have all other armies on par and nids suddendly screw up a balanced game right?
    It’s nice to see a different army challenge the top ones, especially if it’s one that was lacking in the competitive scene from 2 editions.

    Oh btw I’m a chaos player and I play nids quite often

    Ps: Thanks Reecius and everyone else for the lovely blog!

    • Reecius
      Reecius March 10, 2014 2:40 pm #

      Thanks for the feedback and glad you like the blog!

      We will for 100% certain be allowing at least most of the formations.

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    Bassface7 March 10, 2014 2:27 am #

    Well holy shit. That cron list is one of the most cheese-tastic things i’ve ever seen and NIDS beat it!? Hats off to Geoff though man, that was well played.

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    N.I.B. March 10, 2014 4:34 am #

    Dakka Flyrant
    Dakka Flyrant
    Dakka Flyrant


    10 Termagants
    11 Termagants

    15 Gargoyles
    15 Gargoyles
    16 Gargoyles

    Harpy – TL Heavy Venom Cannon
    Harpy – TL Heavy Venom Cannon

    Hive Crone
    Hive Crone
    Hive Crone
    Hive Crone

    1995 points

    9 FMC’s. Over-scoring Gargoyles that won’t stay dead. So. Much. Pressure.

    • jy2
      jy2 March 10, 2014 9:25 am #

      Personally, I’d drop 1 crone to add some more support units, including backfield Synapse and other stuff.

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      iNcontroL March 10, 2014 11:18 am #

      no backfield synapse unless you leave behind a dakka flyrant which would be a waste.. jy2 is correct.. drop a crone and add 2 zoeys or better yet find the points for a tervigon. Synapse brother! We cannot forget this or we die! Especially the lil guys!

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        Leif Kenneth March 12, 2014 1:34 am #

        How would you deal with riptides with skyblight? Im gong to a 1500 points tourney this weekend, and I know there will be alot of Tau with Riptides.

        • jy2
          jy2 March 12, 2014 8:26 am #

          Just overload them with your threats. They won’t be able to shoot down enough in time. You will lose some FMC’s, but when your gargoyles hit their lines, they will be in trouble.

  14. Adam
    Adam March 10, 2014 7:18 am #

    Hey, i’ve noticed you guys have been playing 1850 a bunch lately, is that the size that your future events are going to be, or are you going to stick to 1750?

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      D-ManA March 10, 2014 9:25 am #

      That is a good questions. I would be more inclined to travel to their events if they went up in points.

    • jy2
      jy2 March 10, 2014 9:26 am #

      Actually, Geoff and I were practicing for Adepticon, which is at 1850. However, since the Adepticon missions aren’t published yet, we decided to use LVO missions instead.

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      Gordy March 10, 2014 9:52 am #

      I think it’s more that there are a lot of other events that are 1850pts. Though, I like my own lists at 1850 better than what I can fit into 1750, so I wouldn’t mind.

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    BeeCee March 10, 2014 12:13 pm #

    I wonder with this formation if it would be a good time to try the single brainleech/ LW/BS flyrant with toxin. If you used Geoff’s list it would be the same except 4 devilgaunts would be normal gaunts.

    I know the tyrant would most likely die as soon as he got out of combat unless it was on your opponent’s turn but with 3 i feel i could brute force them around.


    • jy2
      jy2 March 12, 2014 8:28 am #

      Frankly, IMO you need the shooting of the dakkarants. Any CC-tyrant is just less optimized. Then again, many people play for more for flavor rather than for efficiency. If you like it, then go ahead and do it.

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    Deekers March 12, 2014 1:09 am #

    I gotta say that was a great batrep and glad to see such power from the Skyblight formation. Curious to see InControl run this again soon after some more games to get fully familiar with it. And finally the commentary from InControl batreps is highly entertaining haha, keep it up bro

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    James March 12, 2014 1:03 pm #

    shaaaaky caaaaaam, slowly getting better though. do not need close up views of anything, ever lol

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    MrCK March 12, 2014 4:13 pm #

    I have run the Skyblight formation twice now, and it seems really hard to beat. I have been running 7 FMC’s total and I completely destroyed an eldar list tonight. It’s not even the gargoyles, its just the sheer amount of flyers in a single FOC.

    The living artillery seemed a lot more balanced.

    I won’t be running skyblight again, as neither I, nor my opponent enjoyed it. However I did enjoy using harpies for the first time.

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    Leif Kenneth March 16, 2014 3:37 pm #

    I played a 1500 points tournament this weekend with skyblight. I ended up winning 2 out of 5 games :(. .

    First loss was aggainst venom spam / beast star. Purge the alien and off course he got first turn. I reserved all my FMCs and they came in on 4th turn 🙁

    The 2nd loss was aggainst taudar in the scouring.

    3rd aggainst o’vesa / farsight.

    This was my first games with skyblight and with more practice I think I will do better aggainst Tau. I’m really considering sky shield landing pad for protection aggainst Tau with first turn. In both matches vs Tau I lost first blood and warlord 1st turn. No cover save, no swooping and they don’t need los :(.

    • Reecius
      Reecius March 16, 2014 7:24 pm #

      Yeah, going second against a safh is the weakness of skyblight.

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