With that context set, my list was a bit of a mongrel. Back in 3rd edition I ran mechanized Blood Angels, so I'm both familiar with the concept and wanting to try something different. I ran mech back then because I couldn't do a jump pack list, so my only real option to do a fast, combat-oriented army was to stock up on tactical squads in rhinos. In this brave new-to-me world of Blood Angels with assault squads as troops, the paradigm has changed and the door is open to run a different kind of list. However, I lack the minis to run an all jump pack list, hence the mongrel list that I ended up with. It's a mix of jumpers, mech, and fire support. No detailed lists for this because of the nature of wargear in 40k, but also because this isn't a full-on battle report in the manner that I usually do them. "Army lists" and more after the break.
Librarian w/ Jump Pack, Shield of Sanguinius, Blood Lance
2 x Sanguinary Priests, 1 w/ Jump Pack
10 x Assault Marines w/ Meltagun, Plasma Pistol, Power Fist
10 x Assault Marines w/2 Plasma Pistols, Power Fist
10 x Jumpless Assault Marines w/ Meltagun, Flamer, Thunder Hammer, Storm Shield, Rhino w/ Extra Armor
10 x Jumpless Assault Marines w/ Meltagun, Flamer, Power Fist, Rhino w/ Extra Armor
10 x Tactical Marines w/ Lascannon, Plasmagun, Power Weapon, Rhino w/ Extra Armor
5 x Devastator Marines w/ 4 Missile Launchers, Heavy Bolter Razorback w/ Extra Armor
The idea was to use the tac squad to hold objectives, put a SP (who stays in the box) in the razorback with the devastators (who get out at a good position), then put the librarian in one jump squad and the other SP in the other jump squad. I wanted to hit in two waves or assault troops, but wasn't too sure who would get there first. I had run lists something like this in 3rd edition, so I had a decent idea of how it would work.
EV ran something like this. I don't know particulars, so it's a ballpark thing.
2 x Daemon Princes
3 x Plague Marines in Rhinos
1 Plague Marine squad on foot
3 x Vindicators
As you'll see in a moment, and can probably deduce from the Plague Marine nature, EV set up a gun line of sorts and waited for me to come to him. His nicely painted marines put mine to shame, which may have affected the outcome. I'll remedy that situation, hopefully in the not-so-distant future.
Things started bad for me. I brought the tac squad to hold objectives, and we ended up with the good old fashioned "set up in opposite corners and come out swinging" mission, which meant there were no objectives to hold. I should have taken a shot of the whole table, but the one below is a good representation. I had a hill in my deployment zone that had decent fields of fire, so I set my devastators up there and let the SP ride around in style by himself. I sent the tac squad north to engage one of EV's flanks and sent all the assault troops to hit the other flank. This was probably a mistake in retrospect as I sent my troops the long way, and across open ground. In my defense, I did try to screen the jumpers with the transports, but left gaps between the vehicles that the Vindicators could fire through. One of many lessons for next time.
|You can see my plan in action here. Turn 2ish.|
|What is left of my once-proud sons of Sanguinius.|
|My casualties mid-game.|
|EV's losses, plus a rhino and vindicator (not shown).|