40k List-Tech: BAO Top 10 Blood Angels List

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Today on List-Tech we have the most requested BAO tourney list: Danny Kwan’s 5-1 Blood Angels list. 

The list-tech segment is a series of articles designed to focus on unique, competitive lists crafted by players in the community in order to provide new and experienced players with tactics, tips, and tricks to use in the heat of battle. For more great tactics articles head on over to Frontlinegaming!

“Victorious warriors win first and then go to war, while defeated warriors go to war first and then seek to win”

― Sun Tzu, The Art of War

Keep calm and make a list

Today on List-Tech I will be highlighting the two most requested lists from the 2016 BAO. If you would like to check out Brandon Grant’s Undefeated Dark Angels list and the List-Tech for it click here. Otherwise keep on reading to find out how to beat over 160 players with a very uncommon Blood Angels list.

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Danny Kwan’s Blood Angels

Librarian (ML1), Veritas Vitae, Force Sword, Auspex

Furioso Dreadnought, Frag Cannon, Melta Gun, Drop Pod
Command Squad, Melta Guns (x3), Drop Pod

Tactical Squad (x5), Melta Gun, Sergeant with Infernus Pistol, Drop Pod
Tactical Squad (x5), Heavy Flamer, Sergeant with Infernus Pistol, Drop Pod

Fire Raptor, Heavy Bolter Sponsons

White Scars CAD

Librarian (ML2), Hunters Eye, Force Stave

Scout Squad (x5)
Scout Squad (x5), Land Speeder Storm with Heavy Flamer

Storm Talon, Skyhammer Missile Launcher
Storm Talon, Skyhammer Missile Launcher
Drop Pod

Centurion Devastators, Grav Cannon and Grav Amp (x2), Sergeant with Grav Cannon and Grav Amp and Omniscope


Not Danny’s list. Just a BA army I liked at the BAO

The List Interview

1. Tell us a little bit about your army, why did you go with certain units? Why did you pick this army list in particular? Is there anything special about your army that you want to highlight?

As a Blood Angels (BA) player, my options are often extremely limited. I lack a lot of what is available to Space Marine (SM) players and I don’t really get that much in return for what is sacrificed. To be honest, I think that it would be crazy for me to use a pure BA force in a competitive meta because the codex is extremely under powered compared to their SM counterparts. However, the BA Codex does have a lot of hidden gems that allows for tactical fluidity, assuming that the player knows what they are looking for and how to best take advantage of what is available.

By looking at my list, it’s apparent that I don’t use too many codex specific units except for the Furioso Dreadnought and Mephiston. I have two Tactical Squads embarked on Drop Pods, one with a Heavy Flamer (Which is available only to BA Tactical Squads), and the other with a Melta Gun. Both Tactical Sergeants have Inferno Pistols (Str 8 Ap 1, Range 6, Melta, and are also only available to BA models). My warlord is a Mastery Level (ML) 1 Librarian with an Auspex and the Veritas Vitae, which grants my warlord an additional Warlord Trait (WT) on the Strategic Table. The last two units for my BA Combined Arms Detachment are a Command Squad loaded with three Melta Guns, a compulsory Sanguinary Priest (Grants Feel No Pain), and Company Champion and a Fire Raptor with Twin-Linked Quad Heavy Bolters.

For those who are wondering why I included a Dreadnought and Mephiston: My Furioso Dreadnought is armed with a Frag Cannon (Str 6 AP- Rending Template that fires twice) and can generally wreck Guard equivalent blobs and doubles out Canoptek Scarabs, Ripper Swarms, and Nurglings. Mephiston is there to kill Monstrous Creatures and Imperial Knights with his ability to cast Strength 10 for his sword and Force.

My White Scars CAD is comprised of a ML 2 Librarian with the Hunters Eye, two squads of Scouts, one with a Land Speeder Storm that is equipped with a Heavy Flamer, two Storm Talons equipped with Skyhammer Missiles, and a unit of Grav-Centurions.

The main idea behind my army is to be fluid yet surgical. I have a lot of options for deployment (Infiltrate, Deep Strike, Scout, and Outflank) that allows me to be where I need to be and a good combination of weapons and models that allows me to kill what I need to kill. As with all players, my tactics are situationally dependent upon the opponent and their army, but, unlike say a “Wolf-Star” or a “Battle Company”, my list has the advantage of not being forced to play in any specific way because of the aforementioned reasons as well as my ability to access two WTs on the Strategic Table (I also get to re-roll my WTs because I’m running a Combined Arms Detachment).

My friend, Myles, compares my list to a “Glass Hammer.” One of the major weaknesses of my army is that I must be able to maximize the amount of damage that I can inflict within the first two turns or I’ll get outpaced because I lack mobility. With that in mind, I chose to include two Storm Talons and a Fire Raptor to supplement my fire power and to have the added ability to go into hovering mode and claim some additional board presence later in the game.


2. What expectations did you have for the meta? Were there any armies you were worried about? What match-ups did you feel most comfortable with?

My expectations regarding the meta were fairly straight forward and inline with everyone else. I expected to see a lot of Eldar, Tau, Necron, and SM players with the kind of powerful lists that are associated with each army. Luckily, I’ve had the good fortune of being able to play and lose against a variety of amazing armies at my local gaming store. The overwhelming amount of losses that I’ve suffered have helped me develop enough insight into how each army works. Familiarity breeds comfort and comfort makes it a lot easier to prioritize the targets that largely contributed to my losses in the past.

To be honest, there weren’t too many armies that I was worried about because I have a decent to good understanding of how each one works. However, the three armies that I did secretly worry about were: Tau (Early Warning Override spells doom for me every time), Imperial Knights (Those 5 Knight lists… really, is that necessary? Lol), and a Renegades list piloted by Adam Solis (I haven’t quite figured out how to win against his horde of zombies that are protected by a Void Shield Generator yet).

I don’t want to say that I felt more comfortable with one army over another. If anything, I felt more comfortable with certain missions over other missions. I kind of expected every player to have an excellent grasp on how to play their army and that their army was comprised of the most point efficient and lethal units from their respective codices. I absolutely hate playing Purge the Alien because of how many points I can potentially give up, unless it’s against a SM Battle Company.


3. How did you prepare yourself and your list for “meta” armies like Eldar varients, Battle company, and Daemon lists? Who did you beat on the way to victory at the tournament?

In my opinion, the best way to prepare yourself for any tournament is to simply be brilliant at the basics. By that I mean knowing and understanding the rules of the game and the rules for your army. You have to know what each unit is capable of and how to maximize its potential in order to play to the mission. In addition, you have to know something about the army that you’re playing against. If you have no experience with that specific army then you should ask plenty of questions and not simply take the player at their word. As Travis Simpson, a manager at Game Empire Pasadena, says, “You have to be your own advocate.” My first round match up was against a Dark Angels player who essentially ran a “Wolf-Star” comprising 3 Iron Priests on Thunder Wolves with 3 Cyber Wolves each that were attached to a Ravenwing Command Squad. He incorrectly stated that his Wolves had an Armor Save of 6 which meant that the majority save for the unit would be 6 thus causing my Grav-Cannons to wound on a 6’s. Having played against Space Wolves in the past, I knew that Iron Priests didn’t have the option to take Fenrisian Wolves (The unit containing models with a 6 save) and that the Cyber Wolves had an Armor Save of 4+. Had I not know this information and politely asked my opponent to verify my claim then my Grav-Cannons would have been essentially useless against his “Wolf-Star.” As the Blood Ravens like to say, “Knowledge is power.”

In regards to my victories, I’ll have to say that I was very fortunate to be matched up against the opponents that I had for each specific round. None of my games were won easily, especially my fifth round against a SM Iron Hands player who ran two Command Squads on Bikes, each Marine with a Power Fist, Storm Shield, and Grav-Gun. For the latter half of the game, he was able to masterfully exploit my lack of mobility and he literally fisted each of my units to death. However, he didn’t play to the mission and ignored my Drop Pods and Scouts in his haste to destroy the last of my Grav-Centurions during the bottom of the fifth turn. Luckily, the game ended on turn 5 and my Drop Pods and Scouts were still controlling the Objective Markers.


4. Hindsight is 20-20 and looking back on the tournament was there anything you would have changed about your list to better accommodate the meta you experienced?

Even with 20/20 hindsight, I don’t think that I would have changed my list in order to accommodate the meta. I have considered swapping the BA Tactical Squad with a WS Tactical Squad with a Combi-Melta (Sergeant), Melta Gun, so that I can use the 30th Anniversary Tactical Marine with his sweet Strength 5 AP2 Rapid Fire, Instant Death, gun, but I don’t know if ITC allows the model. (We don’t) I have also been tinkering with the idea of removing Mephiston and replacing him with another Furioso Dreadnought with a Frag Cannon in a Drop Pod. Despite his potential, Mephiston has done nothing but fail me during the BAO.

2nd Round: Against Wulfen: Mephiston cast Warp Speed and was Strength 10. (9 attacks on the charge) He dealt 8 wounds and only killed one Wulfen. I just removed Mephiston and told my opponent not to bother rolling.

4th Round: Against a lone Necron Overlord with 1 wound and only a 3+ Armor Save, Resurrection Orb had already been used: Mephiston cast Force (5 attacks). Failed 4 to hit rolls, failed the to wound roll, then got murdered causing my Command Squad and Warlord to run off the board.

5th Round: Against an Iron Hands Tech Priest on a Bike: Mephiston cast Iron Arm (5 attacks). Failed 4 to hit rolls and caused 1 woundl. My opponent saved the single wound with a FNP and then Servo-Armed Mephiston to death.

6th Round: Against a grounded Fly-rant with 2 wounds: Mephiston cast Strength 10 and Force (6 attacks on the charge). Failed 4 to hit rolls and 2 to wound rolls. He was promptly murdered right after.


5. What are some tips or tricks you have for people who might want to start using your army?

Tips for using the BA Codex. Uhm. It’s not a very forgiving codex to use unless you run them as allies or have a really good plan with them and use a lot of Forge World models. The BA Formations and Detachments generally aren’t that useful in this current meta. I could be wrong, but I think most people would agree, especially after GW nerfed the Angel’s Fury Spearhead Force. Overall, I think that any force can be decent given the players knowledge and experience with their army, but as previously stated, any mistakes that are made by a BA player aren’t very forgiving in a game unlike with the SM codex where transports are free, etc, etc. Best tip is to just have fun and expect to lose several games. Hopefully after that, you’ll start gaining some meaningful experience that will help you figure out different and creative ways to win!

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About Petey Pab

Aspiring 40k analyst, tournament reporter and Ultramarines enthusiast, Petey Pab only seeks to gather more knowledge about the game of 40k and share it with as many people as he can in order to unite both hobbyists and gamers. We are, after all, two sides of the same coin.

28 Responses to “40k List-Tech: BAO Top 10 Blood Angels List”

  1. Michael Corr
    Michael Corr August 1, 2016 11:44 pm #

    Really enjoying this series so far. It’s nice to get some insight into how different players build their armies and their philosophy behind games.

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    Fernando Martins August 2, 2016 3:33 am #

    Thanks for the great article. It was a very pleasant surprise to see a BA army in such competitive tournament final position.

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    AngryPanda August 2, 2016 5:37 am #

    Some cool advice and I realy don’t want to go the purist “it’s not a Blood Angel list if it has allies!!!!” road here but seeing how the Fire Raptor could be in either list I kind of have to ask what excactly does make this a Blood Angels list instead of a White Scars with an unusual allies choice?

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      Threllen August 2, 2016 6:55 am #

      Just that it sounds cooler to say its a Blood Angels list. Like all of the “Chaos Space Marine” lists that place well when it’s really just a Cabal + flesh hounds from KDK.

      • Reecius
        Reecius August 2, 2016 8:19 am #

        Well, it is a Blood Angels list, actually. No, it isn’t a pure BA list, but no reason to grill Danny for that. He’s a dedicated BA player trying to make the best of a bad codex.

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          Threllen August 2, 2016 8:50 am #

          Well I didn’t mean to “grill” him, but if we consider the Fire Raptor really could get appended to either CAD, it’s really almost a split BA/White Scars list. Fairness in disclosure, it’s not really a “White Scars list” nor is it a “BA list” but both. I certainly don’t begrudge anyone for adding allies to their BA considering you just can’t really run BA solo in a competitive environment right now.

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            AngryPanda August 2, 2016 10:01 am

            Oh yeah same here. I think it’s a feat in itself to make Blood Angels units work at all. It just seems an even split and so it was an honest question on how it counts as a Blood Angels army. I’m sure the Fire Raptor pushes the points firmly towards them.

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            tag8833 August 3, 2016 4:58 am

            These days, Most Space Marine lists are White Scars. I’m pretty familiar with THE white Scar Allied Detachment.

            Librarian (Hunter’s Eye)


            Drop Pod

            Grav Cents

            I also played against a 8 Dreadnought list that was White Scars the other day. And White Scars are the right choice or Battle Company. There was a list built around assault Cents that was White Scars. I played a 7 drop pod alpha strike list with tons of Melta. White Scars. Basically, if they are marines, expect them to be White Scars.

            The White Scars chapter tactics are so much better than other chapters, so most marines are white scars, and that kinda sucks in my opinion. I’d like to see them more balanced. Perhaps a loss of Hit-And-Run on non-bike units.

        • Chris Morgan
          Chris Morgan August 2, 2016 1:51 pm #

          I don’t use as many allies as he does, but that’s a matter of preference not player caliber. Doesn’t diminish his accomplishment to use the tools he’s got available to get the job done. Personally I love the competition 🙂 We’ll get our day in the sun again, then you guys better watch out 😀

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        Heldericht August 2, 2016 8:49 am #

        It’s hard enough to make non-battle company SM work. Unless you’re deathstarring it up. Double CAD only ever works for Eldar these days in competitive play.

        It’s hard enough to make CADs work, on top of that he made a BA CAD his primary with the majority of points. That is a hard thing to invest in AND do well at a tournament. Please show me the last time someone else did it in a major tournament?

        People are talking as if this is such an easy thing to do by switching units around, but it’s not. And from his interview, you can tell he is a dedicated BA player trying to make his faction work. It’s not his fault the majority of his units overlap with regular SM.

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          AngryPanda August 2, 2016 10:06 am #

          No one is saying this is some sort of easy mode. Or that the BA units here are too much the same as generic Marines. But it’s something like 16 to 23 models (just a guess on first glance, don’t shoot me for the number) and you can’t really be surprised that for some people it’s hard to still figure that as a list leaning on one chapter.

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          tag8833 August 2, 2016 2:17 pm #

          I got 6th with a single CAD Ork list at Sloberknocker GT.

          I was 4th with a Double CAD Ork list at March Maddness GT.

          Since Orks don’t have access to powerful formations like Space Marines, Eldar, or Tau, the only way to make them work is through CADs.

          Of course if we upped points to 2500 then Orks and IG could use their formations, and compete with other armies. Or we could dump formations to give Dark Eldar, Orks, IG, Grey Knights, and Tyranids a chance to compete again.

          You might even see a workable Blood Angel army that isn’t 1/2 White Scars do OK if you tweak the army comp to favor Space Marines, Necrons, and Eldar a bit less. There is no Reason the ITC couldn’t be a bit more inclusive.

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      8Julnlecs August 3, 2016 5:18 am #

      Wait til you guys hear about my Blood Angels Battle Company taking titles and spilling blood while spraying belts with black spray paint.

  4. Chris Morgan
    Chris Morgan August 2, 2016 1:41 pm #

    Interesting. A very different list building strategy to mine. Always got to shout out to the other BA Battle Brothers of mine out there.

    Sad that Mephiston didn’t perform for you. I’m glad that I’ve had better luck, he’ll kill Knights and Wraithknights for me on the regular. Also love the Fire Raptor (it’s a personal favorite of mine).

    Stay strong, BA Players!

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    tag8833 August 2, 2016 2:08 pm #

    I don’t think you can reroll Warlord traits generated from artifacts like the Veritas Vitae

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    Hiveminded August 2, 2016 2:34 pm #

    Grats to the BA player, fantastic job!

    On a different note, it’s clear this list is competitive because of the allied units (ignore cover drop grav cents, storm talons) and the FW flyer, not because of the BA codex models.

    It would be great if the ITC could track scores for allied armies separate from pure codex lists.

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    Alex r August 2, 2016 3:37 pm #

    Saw the ignoring cover cents and went yep

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    Chandler August 2, 2016 4:07 pm #

    Is anything really a “pure” codex army anymore really? Outside of maybe Eldar and Necrons? True enough, there is nothing particularly Blood Angel-y about this list, but for him to take it 5-1 and top 10 in BAO is a testament to his skill as a player. Well done, Danny.

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    Danny K August 2, 2016 4:30 pm #

    Thank ya’ll for the generally more positive comments! I’m not sure if too many people on that BoLS website read anything past the army list section before commenting, which is fine!

    It’s true, this isn’t a “pure” Blood Angels list. If anything, the Angry Panda is right. This is pretty much just a BA / WS list that is split right down the middle with a Fire Raptor that can swing either way. But, up until last year, that Heavy slot was held by a Storm Raven (Which is actually in both codices… ahem, the BA’s got access it first).

    But, in my defense… the reason I chose Blood Angels over any other chapter was specifically because of the weapon options that their Tactical Marines and Dreadnoughts could take. Inferno Pistols for Tactical Sergeants and Heavy Flamers for Tactical Squads. I believe that the Tactical Squads in addition to my Furioso Dreadnoughts with their Str: 6 AP:- Rending Templates that fire twice (I replaced Mephiston for another one) rounds out the amount of fire power that I can use against my opponents. This gives me more flexibility and allows me to be able to successfully Alpha Strike nearly any opponent.

    Overall, my list isn’t meant to be fluffy. It’s meant to allow me to remain competitive against the vast horrors that inhabit the current 40k meta. So, I apologize for misleading anyone who had hoped to see a triumphant “pure” BA list…

    As the Blood Raven Librarians from Dawn of War like to say, “Hope is the first step on the road to disappointment.”

    • Petey Pab
      Petey Pab August 2, 2016 4:50 pm #

      Danny! You did absolutely nothing wrong with making this list. It’s us evil reporters and editors that gave this article the title!

      I mean to be fair to me, WS/BA list doesn’t look good on the title screen and Blood Angels w/ scars allies is a bit too long. But hey, Reece doesn’t feed me unless I get dem views 😉 a man’s gotta eat.

      I am also sorry if anyone felt mislead. I truly thought this was a Blood Angels list. I mean it has Mephiston, A furioso dread, and Inferno pistols. That sounded very Blood Angelsy to me.

      Also to be fair, minus the Hunter’s eye it doesnt look anything like a White Scars list. No khan, no bikes, no transports.

      • Chris Morgan
        Chris Morgan August 3, 2016 11:01 am #

        Yeah it’s all about the rules. WS don’t have the rules we deserve, but they have the rules that we need right now. Haha

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      AngryPanda August 2, 2016 5:05 pm #

      ” If anything, the Angry Panda is right.”
      In a completly unbiased statement with no specific cause I’d like to say that you are a wise man.

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        Hiveminded August 2, 2016 5:27 pm #


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      Threllen August 3, 2016 5:27 am #

      How much do the infernus pistols cost for BA? I remember having similar type pistols when I played DE (I know there was a lance pistol, not sure if there was a melta pistol) but they were too expensive to really be worth their point cost. They cost the same as an actual lance gun…

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        Danny K August 3, 2016 7:50 am #

        15 points per pistol. A bit pricey but they’ve worked well so far.

    • Chris Morgan
      Chris Morgan August 3, 2016 10:51 am #

      Honestly I think I’m one of the few who still try to keep “pure” BA or minimal allies, and in a competitive environment that’s the standard that you need to play to. The problem with SM is that they cry to the emperor when we get a flyer but don’t want to share their toys back with us after they get it anyways. So, we share their units in a different way 🙂

      With the buff to dreads, I expect to see even more furioso dreads around. Also, the Furioso Librarian is worth looking at again. They are a good SHV/GMC counter now that they have bonus attacks. Go crazy with some S10 ID attacks with quickening.

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    bassface7 August 2, 2016 11:01 pm #

    Pretty unusual list, and the guy did well to get into the top 10 with it. However the title’s pretty sensationalist – worthy of BoLS. If the question is “How do you make the top 10 with BA?” the answer this article gives is “Take a White Scars crutch.”

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    Baal August 3, 2016 11:12 pm #

    Lol. “Blood Angels”

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