Tuesday Night Fight Pre-Game Report! Astra Militarum vs. Necrons!

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Mike: Pre-Game Thoughts

I’ve been looking forward to this game since the match ups for the master’s league were first posted, and especially after Cooper (aka: Coop Juice) posted his predictions that had me losing. I’ve played Reecius once before, had a good time in a close game, and I expect this game to be close again.

I’m hoping the inherent Necron toughness will see me through this game. I’m not sure what Reecius is going to run, so I haven’t bothered to try to tailor my list at all. With that in mind, here is the list:

2000 Points


160 Overlord with void reaper, Phase Shifter, Resurrection orb

235 10 Warriors with Ghost Ark

235 10 Warriors with Ghost Ark

85 5 Immortals

220 10 Tomb Blades with shield vanes, nebuloscopes

110 5 Tomb Blades with shield vanes, nebuloscopes

110 5 Tomb Blades with shield vanes, nebuloscopes



240 6 Wraiths

50 Tomb Spyder

60 3 Scarabs


255 6 Wraiths 5 whip coils

50 Tomb Spyder

60 3 Scarabs

65 5 flayed ones

65 5 flayed ones

This is going to be a really important game for our division of the masters league. The winner of this game definitely has the inside track to winning the division.


Reecius Pre-Game Thoughts:

I think this will be my toughest game of the Master’s League! Mike is a very good player playing a tough army. He and I have tangled before, and his Crons beat my Orks in a tough, close game. So, I am looking for some payback! I haven’t tailored my list at all, it’s the same Airborne Imperium army (+150pts) I have been playing and really enjoying. I think I have the mobility, firepower, flexibility and ability to put my assault assets in position to do the most good to take the day. However, it’s going to be a tough fight, Crons are no joke, especially when commanded by a smart general.

Airborne Imperium 2000pts
Unit Description Size Cost
Space Marines CAD Raptors CTs
Issodon (Warlord) 1 175
Scouts Bolters 5 55
Scouts Bolters 5 55
Elysian Drop Troops Detachment
CCS M.Gun x 4, Fist 5 115
CCS M.Gun x 4, Fist 5 115
Veterans P.Gun x 3 10 125
Veterans P.Gun x 3 10 125
Veterans M.Gun x 3 10 110
Vulture Punishers 1 155
Vulture Punishers 1 155
Vulture Punishers 1 155
Skyhammer Annihilation Formation Imperial Fists CTs
Assault Squad Vet Sarge, P.Fist 5 120
Assault Squad Vet Sarge, P.Axe 5 110
Devastators H.Bolter x 4 10 180
Drop Pod 1 35
Devastators H.Bolter x 4 10 180
Drop Pod 1 35
Totals 86 2000


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37 Responses to “Tuesday Night Fight Pre-Game Report! Astra Militarum vs. Necrons!”

  1. Truesight December 1, 2015 3:26 am #

    Three Vultures? Goodness gracious.

    • Reecius
      Reecius December 1, 2015 9:11 am #

      Yeah, lol, the Master’s League is gloves off.

      • AbusePuppy December 1, 2015 10:20 am #

        It ain’t called the Amateur’s League for a reason!

        • Reecius
          Reecius December 1, 2015 10:24 am #

          Lol, exactly. Plus, you can tailor your list too, doing “recon” to try and figure out what your opponent plays is half of the fun!

  2. Trueknight December 1, 2015 5:30 am #

    Are the Vets/CCS just hoofing it across the board??

    • Blightstar December 1, 2015 5:39 am #

      Kinda. But since they are Elysians they have option to Deep Strike and I think Reece will be playing them like that.

    • AbusePuppy December 1, 2015 5:46 am #

      I assumed he would be DSing them or using Lias to Infiltrate with them.

    • Reecius
      Reecius December 1, 2015 9:39 am #

      They can DS, or I can Out Flank/Infiltrate 3 units due to Issodon if I want to.

      • Trueknight December 2, 2015 10:22 am #

        Ahhhh ok! Makes sense!

  3. AbusePuppy December 1, 2015 5:48 am #

    Where does the Overlord go? Doesn’t seem like he really has any good choices for where to deploy. He can’t start with the Flayed Ones unless they Outflank, he can’t get in a Ghost Ark unless you run it empty, putting him with the Immortals (or solo) seems like asking to get sniped, and if he’s with the Wraiths or Tomb Blades he’s slowing them down a lot. With.. the Scarabs I guess?

    • Reecius
      Reecius December 1, 2015 10:26 am #

      He sticks him in with the Wraiths based off our last game.

      • Mike December 1, 2015 11:09 am #

        I typically run the wraiths and overlord together. I find that the wraiths are able to slingshot the overlord into combat pretty effectively.

        • Reecius
          Reecius December 1, 2015 11:57 am #

          Yeah, the old “Slingshot Engage” trick works well for them.

  4. Vercingatorix December 1, 2015 6:16 am #

    Are the tomb blades the heavy bolter or small blast variety? I don’t know the necron names for things.

    • Blightstar December 1, 2015 6:50 am #

      Heavybolters. They have +1 armor and +1BS upgrades.

      • AbusePuppy December 1, 2015 8:00 am #

        Nebuloscope is Ignores Cover now, not +1BS.

        • Vercingatorix December 1, 2015 8:19 am #

          I think they are going to tear through Reece’s army if he can’t lock them in combat first turn.

          • AbusePuppy December 1, 2015 9:38 am

            Eh, they’ll kill some infantry if they start on the board, but those Vultures are bad, bad news for anything with a Toughness value, and they can even chew apart Ghost Arks once shields are down (or if they get in the rear arc.)

            In a lot of ways it’s gonna be a match between whether Reece’s anti-infantry can kill the Wraiths fast enough to keep his own troops alive, because if any ObSec survives it’s gonna be really problematic for the ‘Crons and they have essentially no ways to kill the three Vultures.

          • Reecius
            Reecius December 1, 2015 9:39 am

            They are probably the biggest threat to my army, yes. But, I have a plan to deal with them!

          • Vercingatorix December 1, 2015 10:45 am

            Whats ridiculous about decurion wraiths is that if you don’t kill the tomb spider they can still laugh off the vultures.

          • Reecius
            Reecius December 1, 2015 11:30 am

            Yeah, they are incredibly durable and are what won him the game (along with the min/max Flayed Ones) vs. me last time.

          • Mike December 1, 2015 11:24 am

            I’m hoping that I can protect the more important aspects of my army from reecius’s alpha strike, weather his first blow, and then have enough left to kill him.

  5. jy2
    jy2 December 1, 2015 7:49 am #

    Are vultures also transports?

    • AbusePuppy December 1, 2015 8:00 am #

      No, they give all their transport capacity up for awesome guns and special rules.

      • Reecius
        Reecius December 1, 2015 9:40 am #

        Yes, they are incredibly good.

  6. jpwyrm December 1, 2015 8:40 am #

    Man, this is going to be an awesome game for sure! 3 Vultures will should definitely kick some ass Reece, please make proper offerings to the dice gods in order for it to happen!

    I’m curious as to why you haven’t equiped your second ASM sergeant with power fist? Especially against Necrons, Str8 and AP2 would be quite handy. I guess one of the Elysian Officer could have lended his to a proper, astartes close-combat fighter…no? 😛

    • Reecius
      Reecius December 1, 2015 11:58 am #

      I think it will be a very cool game, too! Both armies pack a wallop. And yes, 3 Vultures is straight brutality!

      I run the one sarge with an Axe as that is what he is modeled with.

  7. Adam
    Adam (thediceabide.com) December 1, 2015 8:49 am #

    Is this Elysian or D-99? Either way it looks BRUTAL!


    • Reecius
      Reecius December 1, 2015 10:28 am #

      Elysian, and yes, this will be brutal! I predict not much is left alive at the end of the game.

      • Adam
        Adam December 1, 2015 3:24 pm #

        That’s ugly, I’m still partial to D-99 though… BS5 Vultures when shooting the ground? Trolololol

        • Reecius
          Reecius December 1, 2015 4:06 pm #

          Yeah, and a unit where every guy carries a special weapon, haha

  8. iNcontroL December 1, 2015 10:19 am #

    fun game!

  9. Alex Yuen December 1, 2015 11:11 am #

    Go team Frankie !!!!!! O wait…………

  10. 1PlusArmour December 1, 2015 11:36 am #

    Nice, looking forward to it!

  11. Novastar December 1, 2015 2:48 pm #

    Reece did you raise your vultures collision coverage yet?

    • Reecius
      Reecius December 1, 2015 2:51 pm #

      Lol, no, but I should.

      • Vercingatorix December 2, 2015 1:48 pm #

        I’m assuming that the game mechanic that causes them to crash is in place due to ALL pilots uncontrollable urge kill their targets with velocity and mass rather than ammunition.

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