Competitive Innovations in 9th: Three Apiece

Apologies for the late column – hit some blockers early in the week, and we’ll be back to the regular Wednesday slot next time around!

It’s been another busy weekend in the 40K world, with six events (including three majors) firing, providing us with a look at how the metagame is shaping up in the aftermath of two huge supermajors. Unfortunately, the answer appears to be that both Drukhari and the Adeptus Mechanicus are showing a renewed period of dominance, taking three event titles each and a considerable number of the rest of the top four slots, with Ad Mech once again particularly dominant in the UK, substantially driven by exactly the kind of brutal plane-heavy lists we talked about last week (though as predicted they’re getting more prevalent stateside).

The topline results make pretty grim reading but it’s not all doom and gloom – several other factions are quietly racking up respectable win rates, providing us with some interesting builds to look at, and at least on the Drukhari side at the top there’s been considerable shakeups to list construction to adapt to the presence of Grey Knights and Thousand Sons in the metagame. My opinion is that if the Stratoraptor got substantially nerfed and Drukhari received a mild knock at the same time just to slightly cut down their amount of stuff things would look pretty interesting, and the armies nipping at the heels of the winners reflect that. Let’s dig in!

As a regular reminder of the current column format:

  • We’re maintaining a list of competitive archetypes here, which we’ll refer to when lists similar to one’s we’ve seen before turn up.
  • Top four lists at majors get a full review, and all remaining X-1 lists feature in the Best of the Rest section.
  • Undefeated lists at GTs get a full review, and all remaining X-1 lists feature in the Best of the Rest section, except where a build is particularly novel and needs a full look.
  • A ✪ next to a non-1st place placing indicates that the player was undefeated going into the final round, or was an undefeated runner up. For some scoring formats, this may not be applicable.

Michigan GT (major)

All the lists for this event can be found in Best Coast Pairings. This event was placed based on pure battle points rather than wins. For that reason, I’m not going to apply the star, as it doesn’t make sense.

Brad Chester – Drukhari – 1st Place

Credit: Wings

The List

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++ Patrol Detachment 0CP (Aeldari – Drukhari) [26 PL, 12CP, 485pts] ++

+ Configuration +

Obsession: Cult of Strife: The Spectacle of Murder

Raiding Forces – CP Refund

+ HQ +

Succubus [4 PL, 75pts]: 1 – Adrenalight (Combat Drug), Dark Lotus Toxin, Precision Blows, Razorflails, Warlord
. Show Stealer (Strife): Show Stealer

+ Troops +

Hekatrix Bloodbrides [8 PL, 130pts]: 2 – Grave Lotus (Combat Drug)
. Hekatrix: Hekatarii Blade, Splinter Pistol
. 8x Hekatrix Bloodbride: 8x Hekatarii Blade, 8x Plasma Grenades, 8x Splinter Pistol
. Hekatrix Bloodbride w/ Shardnet and Impaler: Shardnet and Impaler

Wyches [6 PL, 110pts]: 2 – Grave Lotus (Combat Drug)
. Hekatrix: Hekatarii Blade, Splinter Pistol
. 8x Wych: 8x Hekatarii Blade, 8x Plasma Grenades, 8x Splinter Pistol
. Wych w/ Shardnet and Impaler: Shardnet and Impaler

+ Fast Attack +

Hellions [4 PL, 85pts]: 1 – Adrenalight (Combat Drug)
. Helliarch: Hellglaive
. 4x Hellion: 4x Hellglaive, 4x Splinter Pods

Hellions [4 PL, 85pts]: 1 – Adrenalight (Combat Drug)
. Helliarch: Hellglaive
. 4x Hellion: 4x Hellglaive, 4x Splinter Pods

++ Patrol Detachment 0CP (Aeldari – Drukhari) [35 PL, -2CP, 655pts] ++

+ Configuration +

Detachment Command Cost

Obsession
. *Custom Coven*: Dark Technomancers (All-Consuming)

Raiding Forces – CP Refund

+ Stratagems +

Stratagem: Prizes from the Dark City [-1CP]

+ HQ +

Succubus [3 PL, -1CP, 60pts]: 1 – Adrenalight (Combat Drug), Competitive Edge, Stratagem: Tolerated Ambition, The Triptych Whip
. Agoniser & Archite Glaive

+ Troops +

Wracks [3 PL, 40pts] . Acothyst: Wrack Blade
. 4x Wracks: 4x Wrack Blade

Wracks [3 PL, 40pts] . Acothyst: Wrack Blade
. 4x Wracks: 4x Wrack Blade

Wracks [3 PL, 40pts] . Acothyst: Wrack Blade
. 4x Wracks: 4x Wrack Blade

+ Elites +

Incubi [4 PL, 80pts] . 4x Incubi: 4x Klaive
. Klaivex: Klaive

Mandrakes [3 PL, 75pts] . 4x Mandrake: 4x Baleblast, 4x Glimmersteel Blade
. Nightfiend

+ Heavy Support +

Cronos [8 PL, 160pts] . Cronos: Spirit Vortex
. Cronos: Spirit Vortex

Cronos [8 PL, 160pts] . Cronos: Spirit Vortex
. Cronos: Spirit Vortex

++ Patrol Detachment 0CP (Aeldari – Drukhari) [51 PL, -2CP, 856pts] ++

+ Configuration +

Obsession: Kabal of the Black Heart: Thirst for Power

Raiding Forces – CP Refund

+ Stratagems +

Stratagem: Prizes from the Dark City [-1CP]

+ No Force Org Slot +

Court of the Archon [10 PL, 136pts] . Sslyth
. Sslyth
. Sslyth
. Sslyth
. Ur-Ghul
. Ur-Ghul
. Ur-Ghul
. Ur-Ghul

+ HQ +

Archon [5 PL, -1CP, 85pts]: Hatred Eternal, Huskblade, Overlord, Splinter Pistol, Stratagem: Tolerated Ambition, The Djin Blade
. Splintered Genius (Black Heart): Splintered Genius

+ Troops +

Wracks [3 PL, 45pts] . Acothyst: Electrocorrosive Whip
. 4x Wracks: 4x Wrack Blade

+ Elites +

Incubi [4 PL, 80pts] . 4x Incubi: 4x Klaive
. Klaivex: Klaive

Incubi [4 PL, 80pts] . 4x Incubi: 4x Klaive
. Klaivex: Klaive

+ Fast Attack +

Hellions [4 PL, 85pts]: 1 – Adrenalight (Combat Drug)
. Helliarch: Hellglaive
. 4x Hellion: 4x Hellglaive, 4x Splinter Pods

Reavers [3 PL, 60pts]: 3 – Hypex (Combat Drug)
. Arena Champion: Splinter Rifle
. 2x Reaver: 2x Bladevanes, 2x Splinter Pistol, 2x Splinter Rifle

+ Dedicated Transport +

Raider [6 PL, 95pts]: Dark Lance, Kabal

Raider [6 PL, 95pts]: Dark Lance, Kabal

Raider [6 PL, 95pts]: Dark Lance, Kabal

Archetype

Drukhari Goodstuff/Cronos Hybrid

Why it’s Interesting in 9th

Having landed the runner up slot at the NOLA roadshow it’s perhaps unsurprising that Brad hasn’t messed with his list too much a week later – especially as a lot of the things that made it good there also help out with the Battle Point scoring that was in effect at Michigan. Compared to the average Drukhari list, Brad’s taken out a few power units (notably Trueborn) in favour of having lots of stuff that’s loaded for board control and pretty sticky on the table. At NOLA, this meant there were always a few more units hiding behind the perspex Obscuring blocks to roll out and grab an objective, while at Michigan it looks like they allowed Brad to aim for a near guaranteed 97pts every game through always having plenty of ObSec units to fight for the Primary and tonnes of small stuff for ROD. That appears to have been just what happened on the day, with 4x 97VP scores and one cheeky 100 to keep him ahead of his closest competitor. All together, Brad really showcases the versitility of Drukhari here – sure they’re happiest when trading into stuff to run the opponent out of units, but if they need to focus on maxing out their scores for a specific format they can and will. Congratulations once again to Brad.

Thomas Ogden – Adeptus Mechanicus – 2nd Place

Ironstrider Ballistarius. Credit: Rockfish
Ironstrider Ballistarius. Credit: Rockfish

The List

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++ Patrol Detachment -2CP (Imperium – Adeptus Mechanicus) [28 PL, 550pts, 8CP] ++

+ Configuration +

Army of Renown – Skitarii Veteran Cohort

Forge World Choice: Forge World: Mars

+ Stratagems +

Stratagem: Archeotech Specialist [-1CP]: Archeotech Specialist

Stratagem: Mechanicus Locum [-1CP]: Mechanicus Locum

+ HQ +

Skitarii Marshal [3 PL, 45pts]: Mechanicus Locum, Relic: Raiment of the Technomartyr, Warlord Trait (Codex 3): Programmed Retreat

+ Troops +

Skitarii Rangers [2 PL, 55pts]: Enhanced Data-Tether
. Ranger Alpha: Galvanic Rifle
. 4x Skitarii Ranger: 4x Galvanic Rifle

+ Fast Attack +

Ironstrider Ballistarii [8 PL, 150pts] . Ironstrider Ballistarius: Twin Cognis Lascannon
. Ironstrider Ballistarius: Twin Cognis Lascannon

Ironstrider Ballistarii [8 PL, 150pts] . Ironstrider Ballistarius: Twin Cognis Lascannon
. Ironstrider Ballistarius: Twin Cognis Lascannon

+ Flyer +

Archaeopter Fusilave [7 PL, 150pts]: Chaff Launcher

++ Patrol Detachment 0CP (Imperium – Adeptus Mechanicus) [71 PL, 1,450pts, -1CP] ++

+ Configuration +

Army of Renown – Skitarii Veteran Cohort

Detachment Command Cost

Forge World Choice: Forge World: Mars

+ Stratagems +

Stratagem: Host of the Intermediary [-1CP]: Host of the Intermediary

+ HQ +

Skitarii Marshal [3 PL, 45pts]: Relic (Skitarii Veteran Cohort): Cantic Thrallnet, Warlord, Warlord Trait (Skitarii Veteran Cohort): Calculate Without Diversion

Tech-Priest Manipulus [4 PL, 70pts]: Magnarail lance

+ Troops +

Skitarii Rangers [8 PL, 210pts]: Enhanced Data-Tether, Omnispex
. Ranger Alpha: Galvanic Rifle, Host of the Intermediary, Warlord Trait (Codex 5): Firepoint Telemetry Cache
. 19x Skitarii Ranger: 19x Galvanic Rifle

Skitarii Vanguards [8 PL, 185pts]: Omnispex
. 17x Skitarii Vanguard: 17x Radium Carbine
. Vanguard Alpha: Radium Carbine

+ Elites +

Sicarian Ruststalkers [4 PL, 85pts] . Ruststalker Princeps (Blades)
. 4x Sicarian Ruststalker (Blades): 4x Transonic Blades

+ Fast Attack +

Ironstrider Ballistarii [8 PL, 150pts] . Ironstrider Ballistarius: Twin Cognis Lascannon
. Ironstrider Ballistarius: Twin Cognis Lascannon

Pteraxii Skystalkers [4 PL, 85pts]: Pteraxii Skystalker Alpha
. 4x Pteraxii Skystalker: 4x Flechette carbine

+ Heavy Support +

Skorpius Disintegrator [8 PL, 145pts]: Belleros Energy Cannon

Skorpius Disintegrator [8 PL, 145pts]: Belleros Energy Cannon

+ Flyer +

Archaeopter Fusilave [7 PL, 150pts]: Chaff Launcher

Archaeopter Stratoraptor [9 PL, 180pts]: Chaff Launcher

++ Total: [99 PL, 2,000pts, 7CP] ++

Archetype

Mars Veteran Cohort

Why it’s Interesting in 9th

Anyone who looked at the results from the LGT won’t be surprised to know that Mars Veteran Cohort is extremely good in a format that requires you to aim for high scores because of the scope it gives you to just body opponents off the board. Lots of Ironstriders and a trio of planes provide some great reach, while a large unit each of the two Skitarii flavours unlocks various deadly stratagems for use. Having two big ObSec units with boosted defences also helps to reliably contest the primary, as an opponent who’s been subjected to the combined-arms onslaught this list presents are likely to struggle to shift these durable units. Add in a couple of Skorpii to prise opponents out of safe spots and a few elite Skitarii units to take advantage of the mobility tools the Veteran Cohort provides and you’ve got a super-strong list that would be good anywhere but is ideal for the format – notably, Thomas starting 100-100-97 is presumably what prompted Brad to swing for a 100 in game four, and it was only this list dropping a few points in that same round that kept it from the crown. Good stuff from Thomas.

Kramer Doyle – Drukhari – 3rd Place

Kabalite Trueborn. Credit: Corrode

The List

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++ Patrol Detachment 0CP (Aeldari – Drukhari) [33 PL, 700pts] ++

+ Configuration +

Obsession: Cult of Strife: The Spectacle of Murder

Raiding Forces – CP Refund

+ HQ [3 PL, 60pts] +

Succubus [3 PL, 60pts]: 1 – Adrenalight (Combat Drug), Dark Lotus Toxin, Precision Blows, Razorflails, Warlord

+ Troops [12 PL, 220pts] +

Wyches [6 PL, 110pts]: *Random x 2* (Combat Drug)
. Hekatrix [10pts]: Hekatarii Blade, Plasma Grenades, Splinter Pistol
. 8x Wych [80pts]: 8x Hekatarii Blade, 8x Plasma Grenades, 8x Splinter Pistol
. Wych w/ Shardnet and Impaler [20pts]: Plasma Grenades, Shardnet and Impaler [10pts]

Wyches [6 PL, 110pts]: *Random x 2* (Combat Drug)
. Hekatrix [10pts]: Hekatarii Blade, Plasma Grenades, Splinter Pistol
. 8x Wych [80pts]: 8x Hekatarii Blade, 8x Plasma Grenades, 8x Splinter Pistol
. Wych w/ Shardnet and Impaler [20pts]: Plasma Grenades, Shardnet and Impaler [10pts]

+ Elites [4 PL, 80pts] +

Incubi [4 PL, 80pts] . 4x Incubi [64pts]: 4x Klaive
. Klaivex [16pts]: Klaive

+ Fast Attack [14 PL, 340pts] +

Hellions [7 PL, 170pts]: *Random x 2* (Combat Drug)
. Helliarch [17pts]: Hellglaive, Splinter Pods
. 9x Hellion [153pts]: 9x Hellglaive, 9x Splinter Pods

Hellions [7 PL, 170pts]: *Random x 2* (Combat Drug)
. Helliarch [17pts]: Hellglaive, Splinter Pods
. 9x Hellion [153pts]: 9x Hellglaive, 9x Splinter Pods

++ Patrol Detachment 0CP (Aeldari – Drukhari) [60 PL, 976pts, 10CP] ++

+ Configuration [12CP] +

Obsession: Kabal of the Poisoned Tongue: The Serpent’s Kiss

Raiding Forces – CP Refund

+ Stratagems [-1CP] +

Stratagem: Prizes from the Dark City [-1CP]: Additional Relics [-1CP]

+ No Force Org Slot [10 PL, 136pts] +

Court of the Archon [10 PL, 136pts] . Sslyth [18pts]: Shardcarbine, Splinter Pistol, Sslyth battle-blade
. Sslyth [18pts]: Shardcarbine, Splinter Pistol, Sslyth battle-blade
. Sslyth [18pts]: Shardcarbine, Splinter Pistol, Sslyth battle-blade
. Sslyth [18pts]: Shardcarbine, Splinter Pistol, Sslyth battle-blade
. Ur-Ghul [16pts]: Ur-Ghul Talons
. Ur-Ghul [16pts]: Ur-Ghul Talons
. Ur-Ghul [16pts]: Ur-Ghul Talons
. Ur-Ghul [16pts]: Ur-Ghul Talons

+ HQ [5 PL, 85pts, -1CP] +

Archon [5 PL, 85pts, -1CP]: Ancient Evil, Huskblade [5pts], Overlord, Splinter Pistol, Stratagem: Tolerated Ambition [-1CP], The Animus Vitae
. Splintered Genius (Poisoned Tongue) [1 PL, 15pts]: Splintered Genius [1 PL, 15pts]

+ Troops [8 PL, 135pts] +

Kabalite Trueborn [8 PL, 135pts] . 6x Kabalite Trueborn [60pts]: 6x Splinter Rifle
. Kabalite Trueborn w/ Heavy Weapon [25pts]: Dark Lance [15pts] . Kabalite Trueborn w/ Special Weapon [20pts]: Blaster [10pts] . Kabalite Trueborn w/ Special Weapon [20pts]: Blaster [10pts] . Trueborn Sybarite [10pts]: Splinter Rifle

+ Elites [8 PL, 160pts] +

Incubi [4 PL, 80pts] . 4x Incubi [64pts]: 4x Klaive
. Klaivex [16pts]: Klaive

Incubi [4 PL, 80pts] . 4x Incubi [64pts]: 4x Klaive
. Klaivex [16pts]: Klaive

+ Fast Attack [5 PL, 80pts] +

Scourges [5 PL, 80pts] . Scourge with Special / Heavy weapon [17pts]: Plasma Grenades, Shredder [5pts] . Scourge with Special / Heavy weapon [17pts]: Plasma Grenades, Shredder [5pts] . Scourge with Special / Heavy weapon [17pts]: Plasma Grenades, Shredder [5pts] . Scourge with Special / Heavy weapon [17pts]: Plasma Grenades, Shredder [5pts] . Solarite [12pts]: Plasma Grenades, Shardcarbine

+ Dedicated Transport [24 PL, 380pts] +

Raider [6 PL, 95pts]: Bladevanes, Dark Lance, Kabal

Raider [6 PL, 95pts]: Bladevanes, Dark Lance, Kabal

Raider [6 PL, 95pts]: Bladevanes, Dark Lance, Kabal

Raider [6 PL, 95pts]: Bladevanes, Dark Lance, Kabal

++ Patrol Detachment 0CP (Aeldari – Drukhari) [15 PL, 320pts, -2CP] ++

+ Configuration +

Detachment Command Cost

Obsession: Cult of Strife: The Spectacle of Murder

Raiding Forces – CP Refund

+ Stratagems [-1CP] +

Stratagem: Prizes from the Dark City [-1CP]: Additional Relics [-1CP]

+ HQ [3 PL, 60pts, -1CP] +

Succubus [3 PL, 60pts, -1CP]: 1 – Adrenalight (Combat Drug), Competitive Edge, Stratagem: Tolerated Ambition [-1CP], The Triptych Whip
. Agoniser & Archite Glaive: Agoniser, Archite Glaive

+ Troops [3 PL, 50pts] +

Wyches [3 PL, 50pts]: 3 – Hypex (Combat Drug)
. Hekatrix [10pts]: Hekatarii Blade, Plasma Grenades, Splinter Pistol
. 4x Wych [40pts]: 4x Hekatarii Blade, 4x Plasma Grenades, 4x Splinter Pistol

+ Elites [6 PL, 150pts] +

Mandrakes [3 PL, 75pts] . 4x Mandrake [60pts]: 4x Baleblast, 4x Glimmersteel Blade
. Nightfiend [15pts]: Baleblast, Glimmersteel Blade

Mandrakes [3 PL, 75pts] . 4x Mandrake [60pts]: 4x Baleblast, 4x Glimmersteel Blade
. Nightfiend [15pts]: Baleblast, Glimmersteel Blade

+ Fast Attack [3 PL, 60pts] +

Reavers [3 PL, 60pts]: 3 – Hypex (Combat Drug)
. Arena Champion [20pts]: Bladevanes, Splinter Pistol, Splinter Rifle
. 2x Reaver [40pts]: 2x Bladevanes, 2x Splinter Pistol, 2x Splinter Rifle

++ Total: [108 PL, 8CP, 1,996pts] ++

Archetype

Drukhari Goodstuff

Why it’s Interesting in 9th

Another Drukhari list that’s heavily tilted towards board control, bringing in the same extra Wyches and the Court that Brad has, but leaving the Cronos on the bench in favour of Trueborn. That gives the army an extra bit of darklight punch to cut through the defences of AdMech planes, which feels like a strong choice in a scoring format likely to attract them (like terrible mechanical vultures), and running as Poisoned Tongue also allows this army to guarantee that they get to take their shot in even the most inclement situations. That factor may have helped this list achieve its path to victory – it took third place on 4-1 ahead of some players on 5-0 on the strength of a pretty high scoring loss, demonstrating an ability to eke out points even when things aren’t going great. Once again – Drukhari are still excellent, and you can build your army to achieve lots of different goals using the tools available to you, and this is some great stuff from Kramer.

Michael Sarapata – Adeptus Mechanicus – 4th Place

Sicarian Ruststalker Princep
Sicarian Ruststalker Princep. Credit: Pendulin

The List

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++ Battalion Detachment 0CP (Imperium – Adeptus Mechanicus) [73 PL, 1,470pts, 9CP] ++

+ Configuration [12CP] +

Army of Renown – Skitarii Veteran Cohort

Forge World Choice: Forge World: Mars

+ Stratagems [-3CP] +

Stratagem: Archeotech Specialist [-1CP]: Archeotech Specialist [-1CP]

Stratagem: Artefactotum [-1CP]: Artefactotum [-1CP]

Stratagem: Artefactotum [-1CP]: Artefactotum [-1CP]

+ HQ [9 PL, 150pts] +

Skitarii Marshal [3 PL, 45pts]: Control Stave, Radium Serpenta, Relic (Skitarii Veteran Cohort): Cantic Thrallnet, Warlord, Warlord Trait (Skitarii Veteran Cohort): Calculate Without Diversion

Tech-Priest Manipulus [6 PL, 105pts]: Logi [2 PL, 35pts], Magnarail lance, Manipulus Mechadendrites, Omnissian Staff, Relic: Raiment of the Technomartyr

+ Troops [12 PL, 305pts] +

Skitarii Rangers [6 PL, 155pts]: Omnispex [5pts] . Ranger Alpha [10pts]: Galvanic Rifle
. 14x Skitarii Ranger [140pts]: 14x Galvanic Rifle

Skitarii Vanguards [2 PL, 50pts] . 4x Skitarii Vanguard [40pts]: 4x Radium Carbine
. Vanguard Alpha [10pts]: Radium Carbine

Skitarii Vanguards [2 PL, 50pts] . 4x Skitarii Vanguard [40pts]: 4x Radium Carbine
. Vanguard Alpha [10pts]: Radium Carbine

Skitarii Vanguards [2 PL, 50pts] . 4x Skitarii Vanguard [40pts]: 4x Radium Carbine
. Vanguard Alpha [10pts]: Radium Carbine

+ Elites [24 PL, 442pts] +

Sicarian Ruststalkers [8 PL, 136pts] . Ruststalker Princeps (Blades) [17pts]: Chordclaw, Transonic Blades
. 7x Sicarian Ruststalker (Blades) [119pts]: 7x Transonic Blades

Sicarian Ruststalkers [8 PL, 153pts] . Ruststalker Princeps (Blades) [17pts]: Chordclaw, Transonic Blades
. 8x Sicarian Ruststalker (Blades) [136pts]: 8x Transonic Blades

Sicarian Ruststalkers [8 PL, 153pts] . Ruststalker Princeps (Blades) [17pts]: Chordclaw, Transonic Blades
. 8x Sicarian Ruststalker (Blades) [136pts]: 8x Transonic Blades

+ Fast Attack [10 PL, 213pts] +

Serberys Raiders [6 PL, 117pts]: Enhanced Data-Tether [5pts] . 6x Serberys Raider [96pts]: 6x Cavalry Sabre, 6x Clawed Limbs, 6x Galvanic Carbine
. Serberys Raider Alpha [16pts]: Archeo-revolver, Cavalry Sabre, Clawed Limbs, Galvanic Carbine

Serberys Raiders [2 PL, 48pts] . 2x Serberys Raider [32pts]: 2x Cavalry Sabre, 2x Clawed Limbs, 2x Galvanic Carbine
. Serberys Raider Alpha [16pts]: Archeo-revolver, Cavalry Sabre, Clawed Limbs, Galvanic Carbine

Serberys Raiders [2 PL, 48pts] . 2x Serberys Raider [32pts]: 2x Cavalry Sabre, 2x Clawed Limbs, 2x Galvanic Carbine
. Serberys Raider Alpha [16pts]: Archeo-revolver, Cavalry Sabre, Clawed Limbs, Galvanic Carbine

+ Flyer [18 PL, 360pts] +

Archaeopter Stratoraptor [9 PL, 180pts]: Chaff Launcher [20pts], 2x Cognis Heavy Stubber, 2x Heavy Phosphor Blaster, Twin Cognis Lascannon

Archaeopter Stratoraptor [9 PL, 180pts]: Chaff Launcher [20pts], 2x Cognis Heavy Stubber, 2x Heavy Phosphor Blaster, Twin Cognis Lascannon

++ Patrol Detachment -2CP (Imperium – Adeptus Mechanicus) [26 PL, 530pts, -4CP] ++

+ Configuration [-2CP] +

Army of Renown – Skitarii Veteran Cohort

Detachment Command Cost [-2CP]

Forge World Choice: Forge World: Mars

+ Stratagems [-2CP] +

Stratagem: Archeotech Specialist [-1CP]: Archeotech Specialist [-1CP]

Stratagem: Mechanicus Locum [-1CP]: Mechanicus Locum [-1CP]

+ HQ [3 PL, 45pts] +

Skitarii Marshal [3 PL, 45pts]: Control Stave, Mechanicus Locum, Radium Serpenta, Relic: Exemplar’s Eternity, Warlord Trait (Codex 3): Programmed Retreat

+ Troops [6 PL, 155pts] +

Skitarii Rangers [6 PL, 155pts]: Omnispex [5pts] . Ranger Alpha [10pts]: Galvanic Rifle
. 14x Skitarii Ranger [140pts]: 14x Galvanic Rifle

+ Fast Attack [8 PL, 150pts] +

Ironstrider Ballistarii [4 PL, 75pts] . Ironstrider Ballistarius [4 PL, 75pts]: Twin Cognis Lascannon [10pts]

Ironstrider Ballistarii [4 PL, 75pts] . Ironstrider Ballistarius [4 PL, 75pts]: Twin Cognis Lascannon [10pts]

+ Flyer [9 PL, 180pts] +

Archaeopter Stratoraptor [9 PL, 180pts]: Chaff Launcher [20pts], 2x Cognis Heavy Stubber, 2x Heavy Phosphor Blaster, Twin Cognis Lascannon

++ Total: [99 PL, 5CP, 2,000pts] ++

The Standout Features/Archetype

Mars Veteran Cohort

Why it’s Interesting in 9th

Another Mars Veteran cohort build that’s a bit closer to the Siegler-style list, with Stratoraptors providing the bulk of the long-ranged threats and a substantial number of points dumped into some lethal melee Skitarii to contest the table. It’s another well-known winning formula, and very much squeezes the most out of the powerful Army of Renown. A very well constructed build from Michael to close out our first tournament.

The Rest of the Best

Pure Battle Points is even more ~chaos mode~ for working out where to cut this than 20-0, so I’m going to arbitrarily cut at the top 10.

  • 5th – Jason Sniegowski – Orks: Quite different to the other early Ork builds we’ve been seeing (and I suspect heavily tuned to the pure Battle Point format), Jason’s army aims squarely at board control through a mixture of ObSec speedy Deathskulls units, Goffs and Trukk Boyz Meganobz in Trukks, and some Snakebite herohammer (including a trio of Smasha Nobz) and Squighog Boyz to round things out. The list looks like it can apply massive reactive pressure and very reliably rack up points while the opponent is dealing with its nonsense, and it only missed out on a top four slot by a single VP!
  • 6th – Joshua Minnich – Nurgle: The reasonably popular combo of Be’lakor, Epidemius and Death Guard Daemon engines gets another strong showing here, with a trio of Bloat Drones again a likely concession to the need to get out and score high every game.
  • 7th – Mike Henderson – Adepta Sororitas: Penitent Engine spam, maxing out on the full 12 with a few solo Anchorites as well, and backed up by the usual named character suspects, Retributors for reach and a few utility/objective units (including Sacresants for bodyguard nonsense on Celestine).
  • 8th – Caleb Nelson – Thousand Sons: Cult of Duplicity Rubric/Scarab spam, with two big units of spawn for some extra early pressure.
  • 9th – Geoff Hill – Grey Knights: Swordbearers Dreadknights/Interceptors.
  • 10th – Michael Jeffries – Tyranids: A hilarious monster mash list, going for double Dimachaerons with a custom hive fleet for extra resilience on deployment with Biosphere Consumption and extra brutality on the charge with Prey Sight.

Battle for Salvation (major)

All the lists for this event are in Best Coast Pairings. This event did a top cut after three rounds similar to what GW ran in NOLA, and the rankings here are placings within the top bracket.

Sean Nayden – Drukhari – 1st Place

Venom. Credit: Corrode

The List

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++ Patrol Detachment 0CP (Aeldari – Drukhari) [17 PL, 320pts, 10CP] ++

+ Configuration +

Gametype: Matched

Obsession: Cult of Strife: The Spectacle of Murder (Restricted)

Raiding Forces – CP Refund

+ HQ +

Lelith Hesperax [5 PL, 90pts]: Blood Dancer, Warlord

Succubus [3 PL, 60pts, -1CP]: 1 – Adrenalight (Combat Drug), Dark Lotus Toxin, Precision Blows, Razorflails, Stratagem: Tolerated Ambition

+ Troops +

Wyches [3 PL, 60pts, -1CP]: 3 – Hypex (Combat Drug)
. Hekatrix: Agoniser, Blast Pistol, Morvaines’s Agoniser, Stratagem: Hekatrix of the Crucibael
. 4x Wych: 4x Hekatarii Blade, 4x Plasma Grenades, 4x Splinter Pistol

Wyches [3 PL, 55pts]: 3 – Hypex (Combat Drug)
. Hekatrix: Blast Pistol, Hekatarii Blade
. 4x Wych: 4x Hekatarii Blade, 4x Plasma Grenades, 4x Splinter Pistol

Wyches [3 PL, 55pts]: 3 – Hypex (Combat Drug)
. Hekatrix: Blast Pistol, Hekatarii Blade
. 4x Wych: 4x Hekatarii Blade, 4x Plasma Grenades, 4x Splinter Pistol

++ Patrol Detachment 0CP (Aeldari – Drukhari) [61 PL, 1,158pts, -3CP] ++

+ Configuration +

Detachment Command Cost

Obsession: Kabal of the Poisoned Tongue: The Serpent’s Kiss

Raiding Forces – CP Refund

+ Stratagems +

Stratagem: Prizes from the Dark City [-1CP]

Stratagem: Prizes from the Dark City [-1CP]

+ No Force Org Slot +

Court of the Archon [5 PL, 68pts] . Sslyth
. Sslyth
. Ur-Ghul
. Ur-Ghul

+ HQ +

Archon [5 PL, 90pts, -1CP]: Ancient Evil, Blast Pistol, Huskblade, Overlord, Stratagem: Tolerated Ambition, The Animus Vitae
. Splintered Genius (Poisoned Tongue): Splintered Genius

Drazhar [8 PL, 145pts]

+ Troops +

Kabalite Trueborn [4 PL, 65pts] . 3x Kabalite Trueborn: 3x Splinter Rifle
. Kabalite Trueborn w/ Special Weapon: Blaster
. Trueborn Sybarite: Blast Pistol

Kabalite Warriors [3 PL, 55pts] . 3x Kabalite Warrior: 3x Splinter Rifle
. Kabalite Warrior w/ Special Weapon: Blaster
. Sybarite: Blast Pistol

+ Elites +

Incubi [4 PL, 80pts] . 4x Incubi: 4x Klaive
. Klaivex: Demiklaives

Incubi [4 PL, 80pts] . 4x Incubi: 4x Klaive
. Klaivex: Demiklaives

+ Dedicated Transport +

Venom [4 PL, 80pts]: Grisly Trophies, Kabal, Splinter Cannon, Twin splinter rifle

Venom [4 PL, 80pts]: Grisly Trophies, Kabal, Splinter Cannon, Twin splinter rifle

Venom [4 PL, 80pts]: Grisly Trophies, Kabal, Splinter Cannon, Twin splinter rifle

Venom [4 PL, 80pts]: Grisly Trophies, Kabal, Splinter Cannon, Twin splinter rifle

Venom [4 PL, 85pts]: Kabal, Splinter Cannon, Splinter Cannon

Venom [4 PL, 85pts]: Kabal, Splinter Cannon, Splinter Cannon

Venom [4 PL, 85pts]: Kabal, Splinter Cannon, Splinter Cannon

++ Patrol Detachment 0CP (Aeldari – Drukhari) [27 PL, 520pts] ++

+ Configuration +

Detachment Command Cost

Obsession: Kabal of the Flayed Skull: Slay From The Skies

Raiding Forces – CP Refund

+ HQ +

Archon [5 PL, 90pts]: Blast Pistol, Huskblade, Overlord
. Splintered Genius (Flayed Skull): Splintered Genius

Succubus [3 PL, 60pts]: 3 – Hypex (Combat Drug), The Triptych Whip<Strife>
. Agoniser & Archite Glaive

+ Troops +

Kabalite Trueborn [4 PL, 65pts] . 3x Kabalite Trueborn: 3x Splinter Rifle
. Kabalite Trueborn w/ Special Weapon: Blaster
. Trueborn Sybarite: Blast Pistol

+ Elites +

Incubi [4 PL, 80pts] . 4x Incubi: 4x Klaive
. Klaivex: Demiklaives

Mandrakes [3 PL, 75pts] . 4x Mandrake: 4x Baleblast, 4x Glimmersteel Blade
. Nightfiend

+ Dedicated Transport +

Venom [4 PL, 75pts]: Kabal, Splinter Cannon, Twin splinter rifle

Venom [4 PL, 75pts]: Kabal, Splinter Cannon, Twin splinter rifle

++ Total: [105 PL, 7CP, 1,998pts] ++

The Standout Features

  • Venom spam breaks out and wins a major in the hands of an Aeldari master.
  • Lots of blast pistols to take advantage of the extra mobility and reach from Venoms.
  • As many combat characters as possible squeezed in, including Lelith as a third super Succubus.

Why it’s Interesting in 9th

Since the Drukhari codex dropped Raiders have been the big news transport-wise, but one of the dirty secrets of the book is that Venoms are pretty good too! They’re fast, much easier to hide, and the D2 AP-1 splinter cannons are increasingly relevant as Thousand Sons and Grey Knights proliferate in the metagame (especially with Poisoned Tongue’s boosted poison weaponry).

Sean has taken that and built a list that’s all about giving your opponent a gigantic headache as they try to deal with it. With a total of nine Venoms, the list can be all over the place, all the time, and easily afford to lose a few without really breaking a sweat, threatening to win some games just by being impossible to outmaneuvre. If the opponent does come out to play then what they’re going to discover is that the contents of these Venoms are hateful. Not content with the usual ration of Incubi and nasty Characters, Sean has really gone the extra mile here. Most units that can carry one have a blast pistol as well as whatever other special weapons they can carry, ensuring that there’s almost always a darklight shot ready to fly forth, and as well as the standard two Succubi, Drazhar and one Archon we’re got two more nasty killers – a second master archon and Lelith. The latter hasn’t really got much play thus far because of how strong you can make the first two Succubi in your army with traits/relics, but if you want a third high-speed murderer then she’s better than what you can build yourself (plus leaves relic slots for other units). Having almost every Venom carrying potential trade-up threats looks key to how this list functions, and Lelith is a smart choice to fill this role given that.

Sean is a well known Aeldari mastermind, so it’s not hugely surprising that where hidden depths still exist in a well explored codex he’s the one finding them, and I love this list – it’s refreshingly different from what other people have been doing, and is almost certainly worth sticking a pin in for whenever Raiders catch another point hike. Congratulations Sean.

Anthony Vanella – Drukhari – 2nd Place

Credit: Corrode

The List

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++ Patrol Detachment 0CP (Aeldari – Drukhari) [35 PL, 615pts] ++

+ Configuration +

Detachment Command Cost

Obsession
. *Custom Coven*: Dark Technomancers (All-Consuming)

Raiding Forces – CP Refund

+ HQ +

Drazhar [8 PL, 145pts]: Hatred Eternal, Warlord

+ Troops +

Wracks [3 PL, 40pts] . Acothyst: Wrack Blade
. 4x Wracks: 4x Wrack Blade

+ Heavy Support +

Cronos [12 PL, 215pts] . Cronos: Spirit Probe
. Cronos
. Cronos

Cronos [12 PL, 215pts] . Cronos: Spirit Probe
. Cronos
. Cronos

++ Patrol Detachment 0CP (Aeldari – Drukhari) [23 PL, 460pts, 9CP] ++

+ Configuration +

Battle Size [12CP]: 3. Strike Force (101-200 Total PL / 1001-2000 Points)

Detachment Command Cost

Obsession: Cult of Strife: The Spectacle of Murder (Restricted)

Raiding Forces – CP Refund

+ Stratagems +

Stratagem: Prizes from the Dark City [-1CP]

+ HQ +

Succubus [4 PL, 75pts, -1CP]: 1 – Adrenalight (Combat Drug), Competitive Edge, Stratagem: Tolerated Ambition, The Triptych Whip
. Agoniser & Archite Glaive
. Show Stealer (Strife): Show Stealer

+ Troops +

Hekatrix Bloodbrides [8 PL, 135pts, -1CP]: 2 – Grave Lotus (Combat Drug)
. Hekatrix: Agoniser, Morvaines’s Agoniser, Splinter Pistol, Stratagem: Hekatrix of the Crucibael
. 8x Hekatrix Bloodbride: 8x Hekatarii Blade, 8x Plasma Grenades, 8x Splinter Pistol
. Hekatrix Bloodbride w/ Shardnet and Impaler: Shardnet and Impaler

+ Elites +

Incubi [4 PL, 80pts] . 4x Incubi: 4x Klaive
. Klaivex: Demiklaives

+ Fast Attack +

Hellions [7 PL, 170pts]: 1 – Adrenalight (Combat Drug)
. Helliarch: Hellglaive
. 9x Hellion: 9x Hellglaive, 9x Splinter Pods

++ Patrol Detachment 0CP (Aeldari – Drukhari) [55 PL, 921pts, -1CP] ++

+ Configuration +

Detachment Command Cost

Obsession: Kabal of the Black Heart: Thirst for Power

Raiding Forces – CP Refund

+ No Force Org Slot +

Court of the Archon [10 PL, 136pts] . Sslyth
. Sslyth
. Sslyth
. Sslyth
. Ur-Ghul
. Ur-Ghul
. Ur-Ghul
. Ur-Ghul

+ HQ +

Archon [5 PL, 85pts, -1CP]: Ancient Evil, Huskblade, Overlord, Splinter Pistol, Stratagem: Tolerated Ambition, The Djin Blade
. Splintered Genius (Black Heart): Splintered Genius

+ Troops +

Kabalite Trueborn [8 PL, 135pts] . 6x Kabalite Trueborn: 6x Splinter Rifle
. Kabalite Trueborn w/ Heavy Weapon: Dark Lance
. Kabalite Trueborn w/ Special Weapon: Blaster
. Kabalite Trueborn w/ Special Weapon: Blaster
. Trueborn Sybarite: Splinter Rifle

+ Elites +

Incubi [4 PL, 80pts] . 4x Incubi: 4x Klaive
. Klaivex: Demiklaives

Incubi [4 PL, 80pts] . 4x Incubi: 4x Klaive
. Klaivex: Demiklaives

+ Dedicated Transport +

Raider [6 PL, 95pts]: Dark Lance, Kabal

Raider [6 PL, 105pts]: Chain-snares, Dark Lance, Grisly Trophies, Kabal

Raider [6 PL, 105pts]: Chain-snares, Dark Lance, Grisly Trophies, Kabal

Raider [6 PL, 100pts]: Chain-snares, Dark Lance, Kabal

++ Total: [113 PL, 1,996pts, 8CP] ++

Archetype

Cronos Drukhari

Why it’s Interesting in 9th

Reigning Goonhammer Open US Champion Anthony (I hope he wore his belt) is another player who doesn’t have much reason to mess with his list – it’s a tried-and-tested event winning concoction that sailed him to a second place finish here, putting up a very respectable fight against Sean in the finals despite it looking like a pretty rough head-to-head on paper. Congratulations to Anthony for another fantastic finish.

Daniel Wohlmuth – Adepta Sororitas – 3rd Place

Credit: Evan “Felime” Siefring

The List

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++ Outrider Detachment -3CP (Imperium – Adepta Sororitas) [34 PL, 700pts, -3CP] ++
+ Configuration +
Detachment Command Cost [-3CP] Order Convictions: Order: Argent Shroud

+ HQ +

Missionary [3 PL, 40pts]: 2. Chorus of Spiritual Fortitude
. Bolt Pistol, Ministorum shotgun, Chainsword

+ Elites +

Hospitaller [3 PL, 50pts]

+ Fast Attack +

Dominion Squad [4 PL, 80pts] . Dominion Superior
. . Bolt Pistol & Boltgun
. Dominion w/ Special Weapon: Artificer-crafted storm bolter
. Dominion w/ Special Weapon: Artificer-crafted storm bolter
. Dominion w/ Special Weapon: Artificer-crafted storm bolter
. Dominion w/ Special Weapon: Artificer-crafted storm bolter

Dominion Squad [4 PL, 80pts] . Dominion Superior
. . Bolt Pistol & Boltgun
. Dominion w/ Special Weapon: Artificer-crafted storm bolter
. Dominion w/ Special Weapon: Artificer-crafted storm bolter
. Dominion w/ Special Weapon: Artificer-crafted storm bolter
. Dominion w/ Special Weapon: Artificer-crafted storm bolter

Seraphim Squad [4 PL, 90pts] . 2x Seraphim: 4x Bolt pistol, 2x Frag & Krak grenades
. Seraphim Superior: Bolt pistol, Bolt pistol
. Seraphim w/ Special Weapons: 2x Ministorum Hand Flamers
. Seraphim w/ Special Weapons: 2x Ministorum Hand Flamers

+ Heavy Support +

Retributor Squad [6 PL, 140pts]: 2x Armourium Cherub
. Retributor Superior
. . Bolt Pistol & Boltgun
. Retributor w/ Heavy Weapon: Ministorum Heavy Flamer
. Retributor w/ Heavy Weapon: Multi-melta
. Retributor w/ Heavy Weapon: Multi-melta
. Retributor w/ Heavy Weapon: Multi-melta

Retributor Squad [6 PL, 140pts]: 2x Armourium Cherub
. Retributor Superior
. . Bolt Pistol & Boltgun
. Retributor w/ Heavy Weapon: Ministorum Heavy Flamer
. Retributor w/ Heavy Weapon: Multi-melta
. Retributor w/ Heavy Weapon: Multi-melta
. Retributor w/ Heavy Weapon: Multi-melta

+ Dedicated Transport +

Sororitas Rhino [4 PL, 80pts]

++ Battalion Detachment 0CP (Imperium – Adepta Sororitas) [65 PL, 1,299pts, 11CP] ++
+ Configuration +
Battle Size [12CP]: 3. Strike Force (101-200 Total PL / 1001-2000 Points)
Detachment Command Cost
Order Convictions: Order: Bloody Rose

+ HQ +

Celestine and Geminae Superia [10 PL, 200pts] . 2x Geminae Superia: 2x Bolt pistol, 2x Frag & Krak grenades, 2x Power sword

Morvenn Vahl [13 PL, 265pts]: Warlord

+ Troops +

Battle Sister Squad [3 PL, 55pts] . 4x Battle Sister: 4x Bolt pistol, 4x Boltgun, 4x Frag & Krak grenades
. Sister Superior
. . Bolt Pistol & Boltgun

Battle Sister Squad [3 PL, 55pts] . 4x Battle Sister: 4x Bolt pistol, 4x Boltgun, 4x Frag & Krak grenades
. Sister Superior
. . Bolt Pistol & Boltgun

Battle Sister Squad [3 PL, 55pts] . 4x Battle Sister: 4x Bolt pistol, 4x Boltgun, 4x Frag & Krak grenades
. Sister Superior
. . Bolt Pistol & Boltgun

+ Elites +

Celestian Sacresants [6 PL, 150pts] . 9x Celestian Sacresants (Hallowed Mace): 9x Bolt pistol, 9x Frag & Krak grenades, 9x Hallowed Mace
. Sacresant Superior: Inferno pistol, Spear of the Faithful

Dogmata [4 PL, 65pts, -1CP]: 3. Psalm of Righteous Smiting, Relic: Chaplet of Sacrifice, Stratagem: Saint in the Making, Warlord Trait: Blazing Ire

Repentia Superior [2 PL, 40pts]

Sisters Repentia [6 PL, 98pts] . 7x Sisters Repentia: 7x Penitent Eviscerator

Sisters Repentia [3 PL, 56pts] . 4x Sisters Repentia: 4x Penitent Eviscerator

+ Fast Attack +

Zephyrim Squad [4 PL, 90pts] . 4x Zephyrim: 4x Bolt pistol, 4x Frag & Krak grenades, 4x Power sword
. Zephyrim Superior: Bolt pistol, Zephyrim Pennant

Zephyrim Squad [4 PL, 90pts] . 4x Zephyrim: 4x Bolt pistol, 4x Frag & Krak grenades, 4x Power sword
. Zephyrim Superior: Bolt pistol, Zephyrim Pennant

+ Dedicated Transport +

Sororitas Rhino [4 PL, 80pts]

Archetype

Bloody Rose/Argent Shroud

Why it’s Interesting in 9th

Edit: We missed the order change on first publication here, now fixed!

Daniel builds on his win at the Portal Fall GT a few weeks back with a third place finish, this time swapping out the Mortal Wound firepower of the Ebon Chalice for the speed and melta punch of the Argent Shroud. His signature unit remains however – the full unit of Bloody Rose mace Sacresants to ruin the day of enemy tarpits – jumping to AP-2 makes a world of difference to what you can reasonably take out with these.

Sascha Edelkraut – Black Templars – 4th ✪ Place

Black Templars Crusaders. Credit: SRM

The List

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Warhammer 40,000 9th Edition) [108 PL, 9CP, 1,999pts]
Battalion Detachment 0CP (Imperium – Adeptus Astartes – Black Templars)
Configuration
Battle Size
Selections: 3. Strike Force (101-200 Total PL / 1001-2000 Points)

Chapter Selection: Black Templars
Detachment Command Cost
Gametype
Selections: Matched

Stratagems
Relics of the Chapter
Selections: 2x Number of Extra Relics

No Force Org Slot
Cenobyte Servitors
3x Cenobyte Servitor
Selections: 3x Close Combat Weapon

HQ
Captain on Bike
Selections: Astartes Chainsword, Chapter Command: Chapter Master, Frag & Krak grenades, Lightning Claw, Master of the Codex, The Aurillian Shroud, Twin boltgun, Warlord

Chaplain Grimaldus
Selections: 1. Litany of Divine Protection, 5. Fervent Acclamation, Artificer Crozius, Frag & Krak grenades, Litany of Hate, Plasma pistol

Primaris Chaplain on Bike
Selections: 5. Recitation of Focus, 6. Canticle of Hate (Aura), Absolver Bolt pistol, Ancient Breviary, Chapter Command: Master of Sanctity, Crozius arcanum, Frag & Krak grenades, Litany of Hate, Rites of War, Stratagem: Hero of the Chapter, Twin Bolt rifle

Troops
Crusader Squad
4x Initiate w/ Chainsword
.Selections: 4x Astartes Chainsword, 4x Bolt pistol, 4x Frag & Krak grenades
Sword Brother
.Selections: 2x Astartes Chainsword, Frag & Krak grenades

Crusader Squad
4x Initiate
.Selections: 4x Bolt pistol, 4x Boltgun, 4x Frag & Krak grenades
Sword Brother
.Selections: Astartes Chainsword, Boltgun, Frag & Krak grenades

Crusader Squad
4x Initiate w/ Chainsword
.Selections: 4x Astartes Chainsword, 4x Bolt pistol, 4x Frag & Krak grenades
Sword Brother
.Selections: 2x Astartes Chainsword, Frag & Krak grenades

Elites
Apothecary
Selections: Astartes Chainsword, Bolt pistol, Frag & Krak grenades, The Crusader’s Helm

Bladeguard Veteran Squad
4x Bladeguard Veteran
Selections: 4x Frag & Krak grenades, 4x Heavy Bolt Pistol, 4x Master-crafted power sword, 4x Storm Shield
Bladeguard Veteran Sergeant
Selections: Frag & Krak grenades, Heavy Bolt Pistol, Master-crafted power sword, Storm Shield

Redemptor Dreadnought
Selections: 2x Storm Bolters, Icarus Rocket Pod, Macro Plasma Incinerator, Onslaught Gatling Cannon, Redemptor Fist

Redemptor Dreadnought
Selections: 2x Storm Bolters, Icarus Rocket Pod, Macro Plasma Incinerator, Onslaught Gatling Cannon, Redemptor Fist

Terminator Assault Squad
Assault Terminator Sergeant
.Thunder Hammer & Storm Shield
.Selections: Storm shield, Thunder hammer
Assault Terminator w/THSS
.Selections: Storm shield, Thunder hammer
3x Assault Terminator w/x2LC
.Selections: 3x Lightning Claw (Pair)

Vanguard Veteran Squad
Selections: Jump Pack
6x Vanguard Veteran
. Selections: Frag & Krak grenades, Lightning Claw, Storm shield
1x Vanguard Veteran
. Selections: Astartes Chainsword, Frag & Krak grenades, Storm shield
2x Vanguard Veteran
. Selections: Astartes Chainsword, Frag & Krak grenades, Lightning Claw
Vanguard Veteran Sergeant
. Selections: Frag & Krak grenades, Storm shield, Thunder hammer

Heavy Support

Eliminator Squad
. Selections: Bolt sniper rifle
Eliminator Sergeant
. Selections: Bolt pistol, Camo cloak, Frag & Krak grenades, Instigator Bolt Carbine
2x Eliminators
. Selections: 2x Bolt pistol, 2x Camo cloak, 2x Frag & Krak grenades

Eliminator Squad
. Selections: Bolt sniper rifle
Eliminator Sergeant
. Selections: Bolt pistol, Camo cloak, Frag & Krak grenades, Instigator Bolt Carbine
2x Eliminators
. Selections: 2x Bolt pistol, 2x Camo cloak, 2x Frag & Krak grenades

Whirlwind
Selections: Whirlwind castellan launcher

Why it’s Interesting in 9th

It’s always nice to see an old ruleset get one last hurrah before a big update hits, and for this Black Templars list it’s particularly cool to see Sascha lock in a top four finish before the switchover, as they’ve had a few near misses at previous events. In terms of a list, this is pretty much a showcase of what made Templars strong in their Index builds – double super-chaplains to throw out buffs, cheap troops from Crusaders and a trio of lethal melee units to roll round the table with classic Devout Push kicking the stuffing out of opponents, with Redemptors as a central anchor and a Whirlwind to drop Suppression Fire. It feels like there’s a good chance that plenty of the tools here stick around in the new world (Redemptors in particular) but there’s bound to be changes as well, so this army shall stand as a final glorious testament to what dedicated fans like Sascha were able to achieve despite having the thinnest set of rules out there.

The Rest of the Best

Once again, just going to hit the top ten here, since that was the top bracket.

  • 5th – Josh Schutz – Hive Mind: a three way mash-up here, with a Kraken Tyrant and Genestealers for an early rush, two full Kronos Hive Guard bricks to rain death on the enemy, and some Twisted Helix Acolytes (in Trucks) and Metamorphs to provide trade pieces and sticky objective play, with a nasty tooled up Patriarch to round things out.
  • 6th – Mark Hertel – Adeptus Mechanicus:  Mars Veteran Cohort with loads of small Infiltrator and Ruststalkers squads (backing up one full unit of the latter) and some Skorpius Disintegrators for the home field.
  • 7th – Alexander Fennel – Adeptus Mechanicus: Mars Veteran Cohort, extremely similar to Mark’s list (perhaps unsurprising as they share a team).
  • 8th – Jared Vail – Adepta Sororitas: Bloody Rose/Argent Shroud goodness.
  • 9th – James Watkins – Orks: Freebooterz with lots of buggies and planes, plus a murder squigboss.
  • 10th – TJ Lanigan – Chaos: A spin on the Thousand Sons/Plagueburst Crawler list we’ve been seeing around, here featuring a full Scarab Occult unit to provide a devastating wrecking ball.

Fantasia Fanatic XL (major)

All the lists for this event can be found in Best Coast Pairings. 20-0 scoring was used at this event, with larger bands than the WTC standard (anything less than 6VP difference was a draw, and each band above that was 6VP). I have assigned a top table ✪ here because the table 1 game in the last round was definitely the decider – both players were far enough up on points that even an 11-9 victory locked in the crown.

Rickard Nilsson – Adeptus Mechanicus – 1st Place

Skitarii Vanguard
Skitarii Vanguard. Credit: Pendulin

The List

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++ Battalion Detachment 0CP (Imperium – Adeptus Mechanicus) [102 PL, 7CP, 2,000pts] ++

+ Configuration +

Forge World Choice: Forge World: Lucius

+ Stratagems +

Stratagem: Archeotech Specialist [-2CP]: 2x Archeotech Specialist

Stratagem: Artefactotum [-1CP]: Artefactotum

Stratagem: Host of the Intermediary [-1CP]: Host of the Intermediary

Stratagem: Mechanicus Locum [-1CP]: Mechanicus Locum

+ HQ +

Skitarii Marshal [3 PL, 45pts]: Mechanicus Locum, Relic: Exemplar’s Eternity, Warlord Trait (Codex 3): Programmed Retreat

Tech-Priest Manipulus [5 PL, 95pts]: Artisans, Magnarail lance, Relic: Raiment of the Technomartyr

Tech-Priest Manipulus [6 PL, 105pts]: Logi, Magnarail lance, Relic (Lucius): The Solar Flare, Warlord, Warlord Trait (Lucius): Luminescent Blessings

+ Troops +

Skitarii Rangers [8 PL, 170pts]: Enhanced Data-Tether, Omnispex
. Ranger Alpha: Galvanic Rifle, Host of the Intermediary, Warlord Trait (Codex 2): Battle-Sphere Uplink
. 19x Skitarii Ranger: 19x Galvanic Rifle

Skitarii Rangers [8 PL, 170pts]: Enhanced Data-Tether, Omnispex
. Ranger Alpha: Galvanic Rifle
. 19x Skitarii Ranger: 19x Galvanic Rifle

Skitarii Rangers [8 PL, 170pts]: Enhanced Data-Tether, Omnispex
. Ranger Alpha: Galvanic Rifle
. 19x Skitarii Ranger: 19x Galvanic Rifle

Skitarii Rangers [8 PL, 170pts]: Enhanced Data-Tether, Omnispex
. Ranger Alpha: Galvanic Rifle
. 19x Skitarii Ranger: 19x Galvanic Rifle

Skitarii Vanguards [8 PL, 170pts]: Enhanced Data-Tether, Omnispex
. 19x Skitarii Vanguard: 19x Radium Carbine
. Vanguard Alpha: Radium Carbine

Skitarii Vanguards [8 PL, 170pts]: Enhanced Data-Tether, Omnispex
. 19x Skitarii Vanguard: 19x Radium Carbine
. Vanguard Alpha: Radium Carbine

+ Elites +

Sicarian Infiltrators [8 PL, 119pts] . Infiltrator Princeps (Flechette/Taser): Artefactotum, Relic: Temporcopia
. 6x Sicarian Infiltrator (Flechette/Taser): 6x Flechette Blaster, 6x Taser Goad

Sicarian Infiltrators [4 PL, 85pts] . Infiltrator Princeps (Flechette/Taser)
. 4x Sicarian Infiltrator (Flechette/Taser): 4x Flechette Blaster, 4x Taser Goad

+ Fast Attack +

Serberys Raiders [2 PL, 48pts]: Serberys Raider Alpha
. 2x Serberys Raider: 2x Cavalry Sabre, 2x Clawed Limbs, 2x Galvanic Carbine

Serberys Raiders [2 PL, 48pts]: Serberys Raider Alpha
. 2x Serberys Raider: 2x Cavalry Sabre, 2x Clawed Limbs, 2x Galvanic Carbine

+ Heavy Support +

Skorpius Disintegrator [8 PL, 145pts]: Belleros Energy Cannon

Skorpius Disintegrator [8 PL, 145pts]: Belleros Energy Cannon

Skorpius Disintegrator [8 PL, 145pts]: Belleros Energy Cannon

++ Total: [102 PL, 7CP, 2,000pts] ++

Archetype

Lucius Horde

Why it’s Interesting in 9th

Rickard’s previous run with this list is already the exemplar for this archetype and this time, to demonstrate how much of a force it remains even post-nerf, he’s taken it all the way to a first place finish. This army is just a nightmarish slog to push off objectives – it’s got a massive number of durable bodies, anything that emerges to fight them head on is getting sandblasted with Galvanic Volley Fire and Enriched Rounds, and opponents that try to outmaneuvre it are going to find their key objective holders picked off by the belleros cannons of the three Skorpii. Like a lot of the lists we’ve looked at this week, not only is it strong in general it’s also ideal for its format, as it both scores effectively itself and will frequently keep the number of VP the opponent racks up to a minimum – taking No Prisoners against it is pretty optimistic for lists without some astonishing firepower, it doesn’t give much else up, and it can bully opponents off the Primary with ease. All strong stuff, and Rickard is well known for being a master of the Mechanicus, so it’s no surprise that he picked up the win here (and by a pretty hefty margin).

Magnus Forslund – Adepta Sororitas – 2nd Place

Sisters of Battle Repentia
Credit: Evan “Felime” Siefring

The List

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++ Vanguard Detachment -3CP (Imperium – Adepta Sororitas) [47 PL, 823pts, -1CP] ++

+ Configuration +

Order Convictions: Order: Bloody Rose

+ No Force Org Slot +

Crusaders [1 PL, 22pts] . 2x Crusaders: 2x Power sword

Repentia Superior [2 PL, 40pts, -1CP]: Stratagem: Saint in the Making, Warlord Trait: 4. Beacon of Faith

+ HQ +

Celestine and Geminae Superia [10 PL, 200pts] . 2x Geminae Superia: 2x Bolt pistol, 2x Frag & Krak grenades, 2x Power sword

+ Elites +

Hospitaller [3 PL, 50pts]

Preacher [2 PL, 30pts]: Zealot’s Vindicator

Sisters Repentia [6 PL, 70pts] . 5x Sisters Repentia: 5x Penitent Eviscerator

Sisters Repentia [6 PL, 70pts] . 5x Sisters Repentia: 5x Penitent Eviscerator

Sisters Repentia [3 PL, 56pts] . 4x Sisters Repentia: 4x Penitent Eviscerator

+ Fast Attack +

Zephyrim Squad [4 PL, 90pts] . 4x Zephyrim: 4x Bolt pistol, 4x Frag & Krak grenades, 4x Power sword
. Zephyrim Superior: Bolt pistol, Zephyrim Pennant

Zephyrim Squad [4 PL, 85pts] . 4x Zephyrim: 4x Bolt pistol, 4x Frag & Krak grenades, 4x Power sword
. Zephyrim Superior: Bolt pistol

+ Heavy Support +

Penitent Engines [3 PL, 55pts] . Penitent Engine: 2x Penitent buzz-blades

Penitent Engines [3 PL, 55pts] . Penitent Engine: 2x Penitent buzz-blades

++ Patrol Detachment 0CP (Imperium – Adepta Sororitas) [55 PL, 1,176pts] ++

+ Configuration +

Order Convictions: Order: Valorous Heart

+ HQ +

Ephrael Stern and Kyganil of the Bloody Tears [6 PL, 120pts]

Morvenn Vahl [13 PL, 265pts]: Warlord

+ Troops +

Battle Sister Squad [3 PL, 75pts] . 3x Battle Sister: 3x Bolt pistol, 3x Boltgun, 3x Frag & Krak grenades
. Battle Sister w/ Special or Heavy Weapon: Multi-melta
. Sister Superior: Chainsword
. . Bolt Pistol & Boltgun

+ Elites +

Celestian Sacresants [6 PL, 131pts] . 8x Celestian Sacresants (Anointed Halberd): 8x Anointed Halberd, 8x Bolt pistol, 8x Frag & Krak grenades
. Sacresant Superior: Bolt pistol, Spear of the Faithful

Celestian Sacresants [3 PL, 75pts] . 4x Celestian Sacresants (Anointed Halberd): 4x Anointed Halberd, 4x Bolt pistol, 4x Frag & Krak grenades
. Sacresant Superior: Bolt pistol, Spear of the Faithful

+ Fast Attack +

Dominion Squad [4 PL, 85pts] . Dominion Superior: Chainsword, Plasma pistol
. Dominion w/ Special Weapon: Artificer-crafted storm bolter
. Dominion w/ Special Weapon: Artificer-crafted storm bolter
. Dominion w/ Special Weapon: Artificer-crafted storm bolter
. Dominion w/ Special Weapon: Artificer-crafted storm bolter

Dominion Squad [4 PL, 80pts] . Dominion Superior: Chainsword
. . Bolt Pistol & Boltgun
. Dominion w/ Special Weapon: Artificer-crafted storm bolter
. Dominion w/ Special Weapon: Artificer-crafted storm bolter
. Dominion w/ Special Weapon: Artificer-crafted storm bolter
. Dominion w/ Special Weapon: Artificer-crafted storm bolter

+ Heavy Support +

Retributor Squad [6 PL, 130pts]: 2x Armourium Cherub
. Retributor Superior: Chainsword
. . Bolt Pistol & Boltgun
. Retributor w/ Heavy Weapon: Multi-melta
. Retributor w/ Heavy Weapon: Multi-melta
. Retributor w/ Heavy Weapon: Ministorum Heavy Flamer
. Retributor w/ Heavy Weapon: Ministorum Heavy Flamer

Retributor Squad [6 PL, 130pts]: 2x Armourium Cherub
. Retributor
. Retributor Superior: Chainsword
. . Bolt Pistol & Boltgun
. Retributor w/ Heavy Weapon: Multi-melta
. Retributor w/ Heavy Weapon: Multi-melta
. Retributor w/ Heavy Weapon: Multi-melta

+ Dedicated Transport +

Sororitas Rhino [4 PL, 85pts]: Hunter-killer missile

++ Total: [102 PL, -1CP, 1,999pts] ++

The Standout Features

  • Valorous Heart take the place of Ebon Chalice/Argent Shroud in a team-up with the Bloody Rose, bringing extra durability to the table.

Why it’s Interesting in 9th

A key thing for succeeding in 20-0 formats is that you want to minimise the chances of ever getting rapidly taken off the table, as a single 0VP loss will likely sink your chances of a top four finish. With that in mind, running Valorous Heart Sisters makes a tonne of sense – they’re hardly a bad pairing with the Bloody Rose anyway, but in this particular format the extra durability (especially good on the Sacresant units) is maybe a bit more valuable than either the extra mortals from Ebon Chalice or the aggression of Argent Shroud. Having the small Sacresant unit around is also particularly good with Celestine, as in cover they’re going to be extraordinarily difficult to prise out with most artillery, letting her and the Geminae snake out to control objectives with ease.

In terms of the actual units in the detachments other than the extra Sacresants things look pretty standard – lots of vicious melee trade pieces in the BR detachment, Blessed Bolt Dominions and Retributors in the Valorous Heart contingent, then named characters to taste, the only unusual one being Ephrael Stern (who’s honestly just kind of mean for her price, so why not in a build that can contest the table!). All the Sisters hits with an extra concession to the format, earning a well-deserved second place for Magnus.

Tim Nordin – Dark Angels – 3rd ✪ Place

Dark Angels. Credit: Greg Chiasson

The List

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++ Outrider Detachment -3CP (Imperium – Adeptus Astartes – Dark Angels) [72 PL, -2CP, 1,475pts] ++

+ Configuration +

**Chapter Selector**: Dark Angels

Detachment Command Cost [-3CP]

Gametype: Matched

Ravenwing Outrider Detachment [3CP]

+ Stratagems +

Stratagem: Relics of the Chapter [-1CP]: Number of Extra Relics

+ HQ +

Primaris Chaplain on Bike [7 PL, 140pts]: 2. Catechism of Fire, 5. Recitation of Focus, Chapter Command: Master of Sanctity, Litany of Hate, Warlord, Wise Orator

Sammael [8 PL, 150pts]

+ Elites +

Ravenwing Apothecary [6 PL, -1CP, 135pts]: Chapter Command: Chief Apothecary, Reliquary of the Repentant, Selfless Healer, Stratagem: Hero of the Chapter
. Black Knight Bike: Astartes grenade launcher

Ravenwing Black Knights [18 PL, 360pts] . Ravenwing Black Knight: Corvus Hammer
. Ravenwing Black Knight: Corvus Hammer
. Ravenwing Black Knight: Corvus Hammer
. Ravenwing Black Knight: Corvus Hammer
. Ravenwing Black Knight: Corvus Hammer
. Ravenwing Black Knight: Corvus Hammer
. Ravenwing Black Knight: Corvus Hammer
. Ravenwing Huntmaster: Corvus Hammer

+ Fast Attack +

Attack Bike Squad [6 PL, 180pts] . Attack Bike: Multi-melta
. Attack Bike: Multi-melta
. Attack Bike: Multi-melta

Attack Bike Squad [2 PL, 50pts] . Attack Bike: Heavy bolter

Bike Squad [5 PL, 90pts] . Biker Sergeant: Astartes Chainsword
. 2x Space Marine Biker w/Chainsword: 2x Astartes Chainsword, 2x Frag & Krak grenades, 2x Twin boltgun

Storm Speeder Thunderstrike [9 PL, 160pts]

+ Flyer +

Ravenwing Dark Talon [11 PL, 210pts]

++ Patrol Detachment -2CP (Imperium – Adeptus Astartes – Dark Angels) [25 PL, 9CP, 524pts] ++

+ Configuration +

**Chapter Selector**: Dark Angels

Battle Size [12CP]: 3. Strike Force (101-200 Total PL / 1001-2000 Points)

Detachment Command Cost [-2CP]

+ HQ +

Lieutenant(s) [16 PL, -1CP, 350pts] . Ravenwing Talonmaster: 1. Brilliant Strategist, Arbiter’s Gaze, Stratagem: Hero of the Chapter
. Ravenwing Talonmaster

+ Troops +

Infiltrator Squad [6 PL, 130pts]: Helix gauntlet
. 4x Infiltrator: 4x Bolt pistol, 4x Frag & Krak grenades, 4x Marksman bolt carbine
. Infiltrator Sergeant

+ Elites +

Company Veterans [3 PL, 44pts] . Company Veteran: Astartes Chainsword, Storm shield
. Company Veteran Sergeant: Astartes Chainsword, Boltgun

++ Total: [97 PL, 7CP, 1,999pts] ++

Archetype

Ravenwing

Why it’s Interesting in 9th

Ravenwing love going fast and killing things, with the Attack Bikes, Storm Speeder and Dark Talon here all being great for racking up Death on the Wind points and it’s not that rare to see a big unit of Black Knights in a list that’s going hard on them, as they provide a brawling capability that’s otherwise missing from the second company. They’re also another great way to rack up secondary points and a good place to dump buff or mobility stratagems, as they represent a lot more concentrated threat than the rest of the list.

Like the other top builds here, this list does have a concession to the format in the form of a deeply heretical non-Ravenwing detachment, bringing some Company Veterans and Infiltrators to provide reliable home objective holders, a small angle for ROD in extremis, and of course bodyguard shenanigans for the ever-present Talonmasters. Being able to take the fight to the enemy with some objective play in the back pocket makes this a great way to run Dark Angels in this format, and only running face first into Rickard’s list (which this army just flatly doesn’t have the numbers to kill) kept TIm’s Unforgiven locked up in third place.

Jonas Hallbom – Grey Knights – 4th Place

Grey Knight - Justicar
Grey Knight – Justicar
Credit: Pendulin

The List

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++ Battalion Detachment 0CP (Imperium – Grey Knights) [109 PL, 2,000pts, 9CP] ++

+ Configuration +

Brotherhood: Rapiers

Detachment Bonuses

Detachment Command Cost

+ Stratagems +

Armoury of Titan [-1CP]: 1 Additional Relic

+ HQ +

Brotherhood Techmarine [7 PL, 110pts, -1CP]: 3: Unyielding Anvil, 4: Vortex of Doom, Aetheric Conduit, Boltgun, Foretelling of Locus, Omnissian Power Axe, Shield of Humanity
. Servo Arms
symphonic strike

Grand Master in Nemesis Dreadknight [11 PL, 235pts, -1CP]: 2: Empyric Amplification, 2: Hammer of Righteousness, 4: First to the Fray, 4: Vortex of Doom, Dreadfist, Dreadknight teleporter, Exemplar of the Silver Host, Gatling Psilencer, Heavy Psycannon, Nemesis Greatsword, Servant of the Throne, Sigil of Exigence, Warlord, symphonic strike

Lord Kaldor Draigo [10 PL, 180pts]: 1: Gate of Infinity, 3: Sanctuary, 5: Warp Shaping

+ Troops +

Strike Squad [6 PL, 110pts] . 4x Grey Knight (Halberd): 4x Nemesis Force Halberd, 4x Storm Bolter
. Grey Knight Justicar
. . Nemesis Force Halberd
Hammerhand, symphonic strike

Strike Squad [6 PL, 110pts] . 4x Grey Knight (Sword): 4x Nemesis Force Sword, 4x Storm Bolter
. Grey Knight Justicar
. . Nemesis Force Sword
Hammerhand, symphonic strike

Strike Squad [6 PL, 110pts] . 4x Grey Knight (Sword): 4x Nemesis Force Sword, 4x Storm Bolter
. Grey Knight Justicar
. . Nemesis Force Sword
Hammerhand, symphonic strike

+ Elites +

Servitors [2 PL, 30pts]: 4x Servitor

Servitors [2 PL, 30pts]: 4x Servitor

+ Fast Attack +

Interceptor Squad [14 PL, 240pts] . 9x Interceptor (Sword): 9x Nemesis Force Sword, 9x Storm Bolter
. Interceptor Justicar
. . Nemesis Force Sword
Ethereal castigation, symphonic strike

Interceptor Squad [14 PL, 240pts] . 9x Interceptor (Sword): 9x Nemesis Force Sword, 9x Storm Bolter
. Interceptor Justicar
. . Nemesis Force Sword
Ethereal castigation, symphonic strike

+ Heavy Support +

Nemesis Dreadknight [9 PL, 175pts]: Dreadfist, Gatling Psilencer, Heavy Psycannon, Nemesis Greatsword
Hammerhand, symphonic strike

Nemesis Dreadknight [9 PL, 175pts]: Dreadfist, Gatling Psilencer, Heavy Psycannon, Nemesis Greatsword
Hammerhand, symphonic strike

Nemesis Dreadknight [9 PL, 175pts]: Dreadfist, Gatling Psilencer, Heavy Psycannon, Nemesis Greatsword
Hammerhand, symphonic strike

+ Dedicated Transport +

Rhino [4 PL, 80pts]

++ Total: [109 PL, 9CP, 2,000pts] ++

Archetype

Dreadknights and Interceptors

Why it’s Interesting in 9th

A strong Grey Knights showing to round out our third Major, and this is honestly a great representation of one of the ways the faction seems to build right now. It turns out that Dreadknights are just so good on rate that you don’t need to get too clever on mixing up detachments with them, and if you just want to stick to four you’re perfectly fine taking them out as Rapiers in a single Battalion. You lose the extra ranged punch of Swordbearers, sure, but it turns out that the Knights just don’t need the help to kill stuff when they focus it, whereas having a deeper pool of CP to lock in your casts and amplify your other units is extremely valuable. That isn’t to say that taking additional detachments is wrong (and indeed you need to if you want to get 5+ Dreadknights in a list), but you don’t need to if you want something more cohesive. This list uses points saved on more Dreadknights to buy Draigo as an extra combat nightmare, and has a bumper crop of Interceptors and Strikes to control the table, making it excellent at completing Purifying Ritual and a huge headache for opponents with armies that rely on Stranglehold as a safe pick. Cool stuff from Jonas.

The Rest of the Best

From a glance at the scores, going to the end of the top 8 players here neatly covers everyone with 70+ BP total, so that’s what we’re doing.

  • 5th – Max Persson – Adepta Sororitas: Argent Shroud/Bloody Rose, but with a tiny Ebon Chalice detachment snuck in just for the Warlord trait (and some battle conclave) units like in the old days.
  • 6th – Marcus Persson – Thousand Sons: The Cult of Duplicity (with some Mutalith Beasts in tow) team up with the Cult of Prophecy, the latter looking like they’re mostly here to reliably buff Chaos Spawn and to create an Exalted Sorceror that’s super hard to pin down thanks to the Guided by Whispers trait.
  • 7th – Kristoffer Wikner – Orks: Freebooterz with absolutely everything packing some kind of engine – buggies, warbikers and Deffkilla trikes, with a couple units of Deffkoptas covering the skies.
  • 8th – Ludvig Advin – Drukhari: Drukhari Goodstuff-ish, but trading out Cult of Strife for a meatier set of Cursed Blade units, including some inexpensive Clawed Fiends for objective utility.

Into the Hellstorm 6 – Rip n Tear!

All the lists for this event can be found in Best Coast Pairings.

Mani Cheema – Adeptus Mechanicus – 1st Place

Tech-Priest Manipulus. Credit: Rockfish
Tech-Priest Manipulus. Credit: Rockfish

The List

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Battalion Detachment -4CP (Adeptus Mechanicus) [42 PL, 900pts]

Forge World: Lucius

-HQ-

Techpriest Manipulus [6 PL, 105pts, -1CP] Holy Order Logi, Warlord, Warlord Trait:Luminescent Blessing, Archeotech Specialists: The Solar Flare
Skitarii Marshall [3 PL, 45pts, -1CP] Mechanicus Locum: Programmed Retreat, Free Relic: Exemplar’s Eternity

-Troop-

Skitarii Rangers [8 PL, 190pts, -1CP] x20, Galvanic Rifles x18, Plasma Caliver x2, Enhanced Data-Tether, Omnispex, Ranger Alpha, Host of the Intermediary: Firepoint Telemetry Cache
Skitarii Rangers [8 PL, 190pts, -1CP] x20, Galvanic Rifles x18, Plasma Caliver x2, Enhanced Data-Tether, Omnispex, Ranger Alpha, Host of the Intermediary: Battle-Sphere Uplink
Skitarii Rangers [8 PL, 190pts] x20, Galvanic Rifles x18, Plasma Caliver x2, Enhanced Data-Tether, Omnispex, Ranger Alpha

-Flyer-

Archaeopter Stratoraptor [9 PL, 180pts] Cognis Heavy Stubber x2, Heavy Phosphor Blaster x2, Twin Cognis Lascannon, Chaff Launcher

Outrider Detachment -5CP (Adeptus Mechanicus) [57 PL, 1,100pts]

Forge World: Mars

-HQ-

Skitarii Marshall [3 PL, 45pts, -1CP] Archeotech Specialists: Raiment of the Technomartyr

-Troop-

Skitarii Rangers [8 PL, 175pts] x20, Galvanic Rifles x19, Plasma Caliver x1, Omnispex, Ranger Alpha
Skitarii Rangers [2 PL, 40pts] x5, Galvanic Rifles x5, Ranger Alpha
Skitarii Rangers [2 PL, 40pts] x5, Galvanic Rifles x5, Ranger Alpha

-Elites-

Sicarian Infiltrators [8 PL, 119pts, -1CP] x7, Flechette Blaster x7, Taser Goad x7, Infiltrator Princeps, Artefactotum: Tempercopia

-Fast Attack-

Ironstrider Ballistarii [4 PL, 75pts] Twin Cognis Lascannon
Ironstrider Ballistarii [4 PL, 75pts] Twin Cognis Lascannon
Ironstrider Ballistarii [4 PL, 75pts] Twin Cognis Lascannon
Serberys Raiders [2 PL, 48pts] x3, Serberys Raider Alpha
Serberys Raiders [2 PL, 48pts] x3, Serberys Raider Alpha

-Flyer-

Archaeopter Stratoraptor [9 PL, 180pts] Cognis Heavy Stubber x2, Heavy Phosphor Blaster x2, Twin Cognis Lascannon, Chaff Launcher
Archaeopter Stratoraptor [9 PL, 180pts] Cognis Heavy Stubber x2, Heavy Phosphor Blaster x2, Twin Cognis Lascannon, Chaff Launcher

Archetype

Lucius/Mars

Why it’s Interesting in 9th

Mani does it again, putting a few planes back on the shelf in favour of more big guns and a few utility units, and proceeding to sweep to a comfortable 6-0 victory. The list has a lethal alpha strike from the planes and Ironstriders, real board stickiness from the Lucius Skitarii (who also provide While We Stand targets thanks to taking the extra plasma) and has tricks for every occasion baked in via relics and warlord traits (plus Wrath of Mars on the appropriate Skitarii unit). In short, it’s everything that makes AdMech a top-tier faction in one incredible package, and with the number of reps Mani now has under his belt with Lucius/Mars, it’s no surprise to see him taking another crown.

List Highlight – 5th – Henry Bearne – Thousand Sons

Credit: Robert “TheChirurgeon” Jones

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++ Patrol Detachment 0CP (Chaos – Thousand Sons) [47 PL, 12CP, 8 Cabal Points, 915pts] ++

+ Configuration +

Cults of the Legion: Cult of Time

+ HQ +

Ahriman [10 PL, 3 Cabal Points, 180pts]: 11. Gaze of Hate, 11. Tzeentch’s Firestorm, 21. Presage, Disc of Tzeentch

Thousand Sons Daemon Prince [10 PL, 3 Cabal Points, 185pts]: 12. Twist of Fate, 13. Doombolt, Hellforged sword, Hourglass of Manat, Immaterial Echo, Warlord, Wings

+ Troops +

Rubric Marines [6 PL, 1 Cabal Points, 105pts] . Aspiring Sorcerer: 12. Glamour of Tzeentch, Inferno Bolt Pistol
. 4x Rubric Marine w/ inferno boltgun: 4x Inferno boltgun

+ Elites +

Scarab Occult Terminators [21 PL, 1 Cabal Points, 445pts]: 2x Hellfyre missile rack
. Scarab Occult Sorcerer: 23. Temporal Surge, Inferno combi-bolter, Rites of Coalescence
. 7x Terminator: 7x Inferno combi-bolter, 7x Prosperine khopesh
. Terminator w/ Heavy Weapon: Soulreaper cannon
. Terminator w/ Heavy Weapon: Soulreaper cannon

++ Patrol Detachment -2CP (Chaos – Thousand Sons) [55 PL, -3CP, 7 Cabal Points, 1,085pts] ++

+ Configuration +

Cults of the Legion: Cult of Duplicity

Detachment Command Cost [-2CP]

+ Stratagems +

Sorcerous Arcana [-1CP]: Additional Relics

+ HQ +

Exalted Sorcerer [7 PL, 3 Cabal Points, 130pts]: 22. Weaver of Fates, 31. Empyric Guidance, Disc of Tzeentch, Inferno Bolt Pistol, Prosperine khopesh, Umbralefic Crystal

Infernal Master [5 PL, 2 Cabal Points, 90pts]: 21. Temporal Manipulation, 5. Glimpse of Eternity, 6. Malefic Maelstrom

+ Troops +

Rubric Marines [6 PL, 1 Cabal Points, 105pts] . Aspiring Sorcerer: 23. Baleful Devolution, Inferno Bolt Pistol
. 4x Rubric Marine w/ inferno boltgun: 4x Inferno boltgun

+ Elites +

Scarab Occult Terminators [21 PL, 1 Cabal Points, 450pts]: 2x Hellfyre missile rack
. Scarab Occult Sorcerer: 13. Doombolt, Ancient Automata, Inferno combi-bolter
. 7x Terminator: 7x Inferno combi-bolter, 7x Prosperine khopesh
. Terminator w/ Heavy Weapon: Soulreaper cannon
. Terminator w/ Heavy Weapon: Soulreaper cannon

+ Heavy Support +

Forgefiend [8 PL, 155pts]: 2x Ectoplasma cannons, Ectoplasma cannon

Forgefiend [8 PL, 155pts]: 2x Ectoplasma cannons, Ectoplasma cannon

++ Total: [102 PL, 9CP, 15 Cabal Points, 2,000pts] ++

The Standout Features

  • Ultra high pressure via double full Terminator block.
  • Forgefiends provide additional cost-efficient damage dealers.

Why it’s Interesting in 9th

This list caught my eye because of how effectively it uses a double Terminator loadout. I’ve now got a few games against Thousand Sons under my belt and am kind of blown away by how nasty the Terminators are. Because they’re mostly throwing out D1 shots with good AP, stacking buffs on them (as Thousand Sons can do with exceptional efficiency) turns them into essentially all-purpose killers, and with ObSec as well if they drop in and flatten your opponent’s best counters they’re going to dominate the primary. It’s nasty enough when one unit warps in with either Sorcerous Facade or the Umbralefic Crystal to do this early on, so hey, why not try two? The Cults of Time and Duplicity combined mean you’ve got one unit that rides the crystal and threatens to heal if not fully cleared, and a second where the unit can warp back out or respond to issues elsewhere thanks to Facade being repeatable. Normally, lists that want to just go all-in out the gate can be extremely hit or miss, but Scarabs are so particularly nasty and durable that it feels like a much more reasonable strategy here, especially as using Cabalistic Rituals can lock in the powers needed to make them excel. This list also dips in to the more Daemonic part of the Thousand Sons roster to ensure it presents minimal easy targets, making it pretty tough to pick secondaries against and also providing good tools to screen the characters with while the Terminators are out doing mischief in the opponent’s half of the table.

I’m always a sucker for a list that goes big on a plan and this one definitely falls into that bucket, a really cool concoction from Henry.

The Rest of the Best

Three more players finished on 5-1 records, and two more drew in the final round to end up on 4-1-1. They were:

  • 2nd – Josh Roberts – Space Marines: Iron Hands Successors (Born Heroes/Whirlwind), running the Minotaurs chapter to take Hecaton Aiakos, double dipping on character dreadnoughts. Beyond that, all the usual Marine suspects – Redemptors, Devastators, VanVets you know the stuff.
  • 3rd – George Twymann – Slaanesh: Mostly Slaanesh Daemons with a small Emperor’s Children detachment, bringing a couple units of Marines to sit on home objectives, a Discordant to benefit from buffs and a Daemon Prince to throw out Death Hex.
  • 4th – Nick McDaid – Dark Angels: Speedy Ravenwing as a hammer, but rather than pure Deathwing as an anvil a trio of Redemptor Dreadnoughts joins the party.
  • 5th – Henry Bearne – Thousand Sons: See above.
  • 6th – Michael Duff – Adeptus Mechanicus: Mars Veteran Cohort plane spam, going in on all six alongside a healthy contingent of melee Skitarii to contest the ground.

Glasshammer Open 2021

All the lists for this event can be found in Best Coast Pairings.

Malik Amin Rubio – Adeptus Mechanicus – 1st Place

Skitarii Marshal
Skitarii Marshal. Credit: Pendulin

The List

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++ Patrol Detachment 0CP (Imperium – Adeptus Mechanicus) [37 PL, 775pts, 9CP] ++

+ Configuration +

Forge World Choice: Forge World: Lucius

Gametype: Matched

+ Stratagems +

Stratagem: Archeotech Specialist [-1CP]: Archeotech Specialist

Stratagem: Host of the Intermediary [-1CP]: Host of the Intermediary

Stratagem: Mechanicus Locum [-1CP]: Mechanicus Locum

+ HQ +

Skitarii Marshal [3 PL, 45pts]: Mechanicus Locum, Relic (Lucius): The Solar Flare, Warlord Trait (Codex 5): Firepoint Telemetry Cache

Tech-Priest Manipulus [6 PL, 105pts]: Logi, Magnarail lance, Relic: Raiment of the Technomartyr, Warlord, Warlord Trait (Lucius): Luminescent Blessings

+ Troops +

Skitarii Rangers [8 PL, 180pts]: Enhanced Data-Tether, Omnispex
. Ranger Alpha: Galvanic Rifle
. 18x Skitarii Ranger: 18x Galvanic Rifle
. Skitarii Ranger (Plasma caliver): Plasma Caliver

Skitarii Rangers [8 PL, 180pts]: Enhanced Data-Tether, Omnispex
. Ranger Alpha: Galvanic Rifle
. 18x Skitarii Ranger: 18x Galvanic Rifle
. Skitarii Ranger (Plasma caliver): Plasma Caliver

Skitarii Rangers [8 PL, 180pts]: Enhanced Data-Tether, Omnispex
. Ranger Alpha: Galvanic Rifle, Host of the Intermediary, Warlord Trait (Codex 3): Programmed Retreat
. 18x Skitarii Ranger: 18x Galvanic Rifle
. Skitarii Ranger (Plasma caliver): Plasma Caliver

+ Elites +

Sicarian Infiltrators [4 PL, 85pts] . Infiltrator Princeps (Stub/Sword)
. 4x Sicarian Infiltrator (Stub/Sword): 4x Power Sword, 4x Stubcarbine

++ Patrol Detachment -2CP (Imperium – Adeptus Mechanicus) [39 PL, 770pts, -2CP] ++

+ Configuration +

Detachment Command Cost [-2CP]

Forge World Choice: Forge World: Mars

+ HQ +

Tech-Priest Manipulus [5 PL, 95pts]: Artisans, Magnarail lance

+ Troops +

Skitarii Rangers [8 PL, 165pts]: Omnispex
. Ranger Alpha: Galvanic Rifle
. 19x Skitarii Ranger: 19x Galvanic Rifle

+ Fast Attack +

Ironstrider Ballistarii [4 PL, 75pts] . Ironstrider Ballistarius: Twin Cognis Lascannon

Ironstrider Ballistarii [4 PL, 75pts] . Ironstrider Ballistarius: Twin Cognis Lascannon

+ Flyer +

Archaeopter Stratoraptor [9 PL, 180pts]: Chaff Launcher

Archaeopter Stratoraptor [9 PL, 180pts]: Chaff Launcher

++ Patrol Detachment -2CP (Imperium – Adeptus Mechanicus) [23 PL, 453pts, -2CP] ++

+ Configuration +

Detachment Command Cost [-2CP]

Forge World Choice: Forge World: Mars

+ HQ +

Tech-Priest Enginseer [3 PL, 55pts]

+ Troops +

Skitarii Rangers [2 PL, 40pts] . Ranger Alpha: Galvanic Rifle
. 4x Skitarii Ranger: 4x Galvanic Rifle

+ Fast Attack +

Serberys Raiders [2 PL, 48pts]: Serberys Raider Alpha
. 2x Serberys Raider: 2x Cavalry Sabre, 2x Clawed Limbs, 2x Galvanic Carbine

+ Flyer +

Archaeopter Fusilave [7 PL, 130pts]: Command Uplink

Archaeopter Stratoraptor [9 PL, 180pts]: Chaff Launcher

++ Total: [99 PL, 1,998pts, 5CP] ++

The Standout Features/Archetype

Mars/Lucius

Why it’s Interesting in 9th

Why mess with perfection? Malik takes a very lightly tweaked version of his LGT-winning build to another top spot, once again featuring AdMech’s signature mix of a lethal alpha strike and alarming durability and depth. Not much more to say than that – congratulations to Malik on another win.

The Rest of the Best

Five more players finished on 4-1. They were:

  • 2nd ✪ – Kenneth Knott – Drukhari: A rather unusual Realspace Raid list that brings lots of board control to the table – three solo Artists of the Flesh Talos, several chunkier infantry units in boats (including a full Haemoxcytes unit) and some murder characters.
  • 3rd – David Gaylard – Adeptus Mechanicus: Mars/Lucius with all the usual hits.
  • 4th – Danny Evison – Iron Hands Successors: All the standard issue Iron Hands Successor (Heroes/Whirlwind) toys, with some Eliminators and an Invictor providing some flexibility on setup and holding the home field.
  • 5th – Tom Leighton – Drukhari: Drukhari goodstuff with the less common choice of a couple of Voidraven bombers, providing access to big swing turns in some matchups.

40K Brawl – Cadian Catastrophe

All the lists for this event can be found in Best Coast Pairings.

Liam “Corrode” Royle – Drukhari – 1st Place

Credit: Corrode

The List

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++ Battalion Detachment 0CP (Aeldari – Drukhari) [102 PL, 9CP, 1,805pts] ++

+ Configuration +

Gametype: Matched

Obsession: Cult of Strife: The Spectacle of Murder, Kabal of the Poisoned Tongue: The Serpent’s Kiss, Realspace Raid
. *Custom Coven*: Artists of the Flesh (All-Consuming)

+ Stratagems +

Stratagem: Alliance of Agony [-1CP]

Stratagem: Prizes from the Dark City [-1CP]

Stratagem: Prizes from the Dark City [-1CP]

+ HQ +

Archon [5 PL, 85pts]: Ancient Evil, Huskblade, Overlord, Splinter Pistol, The Djin Blade, Warlord
. Splintered Genius (Poisoned Tongue): Splintered Genius

Haemonculus [4 PL, 80pts]: Master Regenerist, Stratagem: Alliance of Agony WLT, The Animus Vitae

Succubus [4 PL, 75pts]: 1 – Adrenalight (Combat Drug), Competitive Edge, Stratagem: Alliance of Agony WLT, The Triptych Whip
. Agoniser & Archite Glaive
. Show Stealer (Strife): Show Stealer

+ Troops +

Hekatrix Bloodbrides [8 PL, 120pts]: 2 – Grave Lotus (Combat Drug)
. Hekatrix: Hekatarii Blade, Splinter Pistol
. 9x Hekatrix Bloodbride: 9x Hekatarii Blade, 9x Plasma Grenades, 9x Splinter Pistol

Kabalite Trueborn [8 PL, 135pts] . 6x Kabalite Trueborn: 6x Splinter Rifle
. Kabalite Trueborn w/ Heavy Weapon: Dark Lance
. Kabalite Trueborn w/ Special Weapon: Blaster
. Kabalite Trueborn w/ Special Weapon: Blaster
. Trueborn Sybarite: Splinter Rifle

Wracks [3 PL, 40pts] . Acothyst: Wrack Blade
. 4x Wracks: 4x Wrack Blade

+ Elites +

Incubi [4 PL, 80pts] . 4x Incubi: 4x Klaive
. Klaivex: Demiklaives

Incubi [4 PL, 80pts] . 4x Incubi: 4x Klaive
. Klaivex: Demiklaives

Mandrakes [3 PL, 75pts] . 4x Mandrake: 4x Baleblast, 4x Glimmersteel Blade
. Nightfiend

+ Fast Attack +

Scourges [5 PL, 60pts] . 4x Scourge w/ shardcarbine: 4x Plasma Grenades, 4x Shardcarbine
. Solarite: Shardcarbine

+ Heavy Support +

Talos [12 PL, 230pts] . Talos: Talos Gauntlet, Talos ichor injector
. . Two heat lances
. Talos: Talos Gauntlet, Talos ichor injector
. . Two heat lances

Talos [12 PL, 230pts] . Talos: Talos Gauntlet, Talos ichor injector
. . Two heat lances
. Talos: Talos Gauntlet, Talos ichor injector
. . Two heat lances

Talos [12 PL, 230pts] . Talos: Talos Gauntlet, Talos ichor injector
. . Two heat lances
. Talos: Talos Gauntlet, Talos ichor injector
. . Two heat lances

+ Dedicated Transport +

Raider [6 PL, 95pts]: Dark Lance, Kabal

Raider [6 PL, 95pts]: Dark Lance, Kabal

Raider [6 PL, 95pts]: Dark Lance, Kabal

++ Patrol Detachment -2CP (Aeldari – Drukhari) [11 PL, -2CP, 195pts] ++

+ Configuration +

Detachment Command Cost [-2CP]

Obsession: Cult of Strife: The Spectacle of Murder (Restricted)

+ HQ +

Drazhar [8 PL, 145pts]

+ Troops +

Wyches [3 PL, 50pts]: 2 – Grave Lotus (Combat Drug)
. Hekatrix: Hekatarii Blade, Splinter Pistol
. 4x Wych: 4x Hekatarii Blade, 4x Plasma Grenades, 4x Splinter Pistol

++ Total: [113 PL, 7CP, 2,000pts] ++

Archetype

Talos Drukhari

Why it’s Interesting in 9th

Telling Liam that Talos are good again is a bit like telling Ron Burgundy that the evening would be livened up by some jazz flute, so it’s no surprise to see him throwing down with them and winning big! For this list, he’s gone for one of the standout builds for the pain engines, which is running them as Artists of the Flesh (-1D being a bit of a no-brainer) and with the gauntlet/injector/heat lance combo. This tends to make them the most consistently useful and deadly – having the gauntlet and lances means that if you run into a wall of Ork buggies you’re sorted, while the injectors are good against almost everything (and make up for not having scalpels against hordes). In this configuration you’re also heavily motivated to put the Talos in a Realspace Raid, as you don’t really want Artists of the Flesh on anything else, and being able to squeeze them into three Heavy Support slots unlocked by other units is great. Being able to benefit from a Raid Mastermind’s re-rolls also helps to mitigate their slightly poorer accuracy, and because they’re extra tough you get more out of Master Regenerist than you otherwise might.

Other things that their presence encourages is the inclusion of Bloodbrides. Ichor injectors mean that the Talos aren’t horrible against hordes, but sometimes you’ll just need to shove a large brick of ObSec models off an objective, and Bloodbrides have got you covered for that (especially with the Cult of Strife strats unlocked by the second detachment).

Outside of that this is pretty much Drukhari goodstuff business as usual – Trueborn, Incubi, Mandrakes, murder Characters, you know the stuff. Liam’s going to talk about his list in an article of his own, but something I know he’s planning to change is to swap the Poisoned Tongue to Black Heart, as with fewer Raiders to hide than the average Drukhari build (plus playing on the same Factorum/Vanguard Tactics terrain we’re using for the Goonhammer Open) Insidious Misdirection just wasn’t needed, and the higher damage output would have been better. That didn’t ultimately hold him back though, and he was able to secure the GT win after a final round against Stephen that came right down to the wire.

List Highlight – Stephen Box – Adepta Sororitas – 2nd ✪ Place

Sisters of Battle Canoness
Sisters of Battle Canoness. Credit: Corrode

The List

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++ Battalion Detachment 0CP (Imperium – Adepta Sororitas) [98 PL, 1,999pts, 8CP] ++

+ Configuration [12CP] +

Battle Size [12CP]: 3. Strike Force (101-200 Total PL / 1001-2000 Points) [12CP]

Detachment Command Cost

Order Convictions: Order: Our Martyred Lady

+ Stratagems [-2CP] +

Stratagem: Open the Reliquaries [-2CP]: 2x Additional Relics of the Ecclesiarchy [-2CP]

+ No Force Org Slot [3 PL, 50pts] +

Hospitaller [3 PL, 50pts]: Bolt pistol, Chirurgeon’s tools

+ HQ [16 PL, 300pts, -2CP] +

Canoness [4 PL, 85pts, -1CP]: Blessed Blade [10pts], Bolt pistol, Frag & Krak grenades, Relic: Chaplet of Sacrifice, Stratagem: Saint in the Making [-1CP], Warlord Trait: 4. Beacon of Faith
. Rapturous Blows [1 PL, 25pts]: Blessing, Miraculous ability

Junith Eruita [7 PL, 130pts]: Mace of Castigation, 2x Ministorum Heavy Flamer

Palatine [5 PL, 85pts, -1CP]: Bolt pistol, Power sword, Relic: Blade of Sacrifice, Stratagem: Exemplar of the Order [-1CP], Warlord, Warlord Trait: 2. Righteous Rage, Warlord Trait: 3. Martyr’s Strength
. Word of the Emperor [2 PL, 40pts]: Blessing, Miraculous ability

+ Troops [9 PL, 165pts] +

Battle Sister Squad [3 PL, 55pts] . 4x Battle Sister [44pts]: 4x Bolt pistol, 4x Boltgun, 4x Frag & Krak grenades
. Sister Superior [11pts]: Chainsword, Frag & Krak grenades
. . Bolt Pistol & Boltgun: Bolt pistol, Boltgun

Battle Sister Squad [3 PL, 55pts] . 4x Battle Sister [44pts]: 4x Bolt pistol, 4x Boltgun, 4x Frag & Krak grenades
. Sister Superior [11pts]: Chainsword, Frag & Krak grenades
. . Bolt Pistol & Boltgun: Bolt pistol, Boltgun

Battle Sister Squad [3 PL, 55pts] . 4x Battle Sister [44pts]: 4x Bolt pistol, 4x Boltgun, 4x Frag & Krak grenades
. Sister Superior [11pts]: Chainsword, Frag & Krak grenades
. . Bolt Pistol & Boltgun: Bolt pistol, Boltgun

+ Elites [24 PL, 519pts] +

Celestian Sacresants [6 PL, 140pts] . 9x Celestian Sacresants (Anointed Halberd) [126pts]: 9x Anointed Halberd, 9x Bolt pistol, 9x Frag & Krak grenades
. Sacresant Superior [14pts]: Anointed Halberd, Bolt pistol, Frag & Krak grenades

Celestian Sacresants [6 PL, 140pts] . 9x Celestian Sacresants (Anointed Halberd) [126pts]: 9x Anointed Halberd, 9x Bolt pistol, 9x Frag & Krak grenades
. Sacresant Superior [14pts]: Anointed Halberd, Bolt pistol, Frag & Krak grenades

Celestian Sacresants [6 PL, 126pts] . 8x Celestian Sacresants (Anointed Halberd) [112pts]: 8x Anointed Halberd, 8x Bolt pistol, 8x Frag & Krak grenades
. Sacresant Superior [14pts]: Anointed Halberd, Bolt pistol, Frag & Krak grenades

Crusaders [1 PL, 22pts] . 2x Crusaders [22pts]: 2x Power sword

Death Cult Assassins [1 PL, 26pts] . 2x Death Cult Assassins [26pts]: 2x Death Cult power blades

Dogmata [4 PL, 65pts]: 4. Litany of Enduring Faith, Bolt pistol, Frag & Krak grenades, Mace of the Righteous, Relic: Litanies of Faith, War Hymn

+ Fast Attack [16 PL, 335pts] +

Dominion Squad [4 PL, 80pts] . Dominion Superior [12pts]: Frag & Krak grenades
. . Bolt Pistol & Boltgun: Bolt pistol, Boltgun
. Dominion w/ Special Weapon [17pts]: Artificer-crafted storm bolter [5pts], Bolt pistol, Frag & Krak grenades
. Dominion w/ Special Weapon [17pts]: Artificer-crafted storm bolter [5pts], Bolt pistol, Frag & Krak grenades
. Dominion w/ Special Weapon [17pts]: Artificer-crafted storm bolter [5pts], Bolt pistol, Frag & Krak grenades
. Dominion w/ Special Weapon [17pts]: Artificer-crafted storm bolter [5pts], Bolt pistol, Frag & Krak grenades

Dominion Squad [4 PL, 80pts] . Dominion Superior [12pts]: Frag & Krak grenades
. . Bolt Pistol & Boltgun: Bolt pistol, Boltgun
. Dominion w/ Special Weapon [17pts]: Artificer-crafted storm bolter [5pts], Bolt pistol, Frag & Krak grenades
. Dominion w/ Special Weapon [17pts]: Artificer-crafted storm bolter [5pts], Bolt pistol, Frag & Krak grenades
. Dominion w/ Special Weapon [17pts]: Artificer-crafted storm bolter [5pts], Bolt pistol, Frag & Krak grenades
. Dominion w/ Special Weapon [17pts]: Artificer-crafted storm bolter [5pts], Bolt pistol, Frag & Krak grenades

Zephyrim Squad [8 PL, 175pts] . 9x Zephyrim [153pts]: 9x Bolt pistol, 9x Frag & Krak grenades, 9x Power sword
. Zephyrim Superior [22pts]: Frag & Krak grenades, Plasma pistol [5pts], Power sword

+ Heavy Support [18 PL, 390pts] +

Retributor Squad [6 PL, 130pts]: 2x Armourium Cherub [10pts] . Retributor [12pts]: Bolt pistol, Boltgun, Frag & Krak grenades
. Retributor Superior [12pts]: Chainsword, Frag & Krak grenades
. . Bolt Pistol & Boltgun: Bolt pistol, Boltgun
. Retributor w/ Heavy Weapon [32pts]: Bolt pistol, Frag & Krak grenades, Multi-melta [20pts] . Retributor w/ Heavy Weapon [32pts]: Bolt pistol, Frag & Krak grenades, Multi-melta [20pts] . Retributor w/ Heavy Weapon [32pts]: Bolt pistol, Frag & Krak grenades, Multi-melta [20pts]

Retributor Squad [6 PL, 130pts]: 2x Armourium Cherub [10pts] . Retributor [12pts]: Bolt pistol, Boltgun, Frag & Krak grenades
. Retributor Superior [12pts]: Chainsword, Frag & Krak grenades
. . Bolt Pistol & Boltgun: Bolt pistol, Boltgun
. Retributor w/ Heavy Weapon [32pts]: Bolt pistol, Frag & Krak grenades, Multi-melta [20pts] . Retributor w/ Heavy Weapon [32pts]: Bolt pistol, Frag & Krak grenades, Multi-melta [20pts] . Retributor w/ Heavy Weapon [32pts]: Bolt pistol, Frag & Krak grenades, Multi-melta [20pts]

Retributor Squad [6 PL, 130pts]: 2x Armourium Cherub [10pts] . Retributor [12pts]: Bolt pistol, Boltgun, Frag & Krak grenades
. Retributor Superior [12pts]: Chainsword, Frag & Krak grenades
. . Bolt Pistol & Boltgun: Bolt pistol, Boltgun
. Retributor w/ Heavy Weapon [32pts]: Bolt pistol, Frag & Krak grenades, Multi-melta [20pts] . Retributor w/ Heavy Weapon [32pts]: Bolt pistol, Frag & Krak grenades, Multi-melta [20pts] . Retributor w/ Heavy Weapon [32pts]: Bolt pistol, Frag & Krak grenades, Multi-melta [20pts]

+ Dedicated Transport [12 PL, 240pts] +

Sororitas Rhino [4 PL, 80pts]: Storm bolter

Sororitas Rhino [4 PL, 80pts]: Storm bolter

Sororitas Rhino [4 PL, 80pts]: Storm bolter

++ Total: [98 PL, 8CP, 1,999pts] ++

The Standout Features

  • Martyred Lady provide a very different angle on Sisters, going wide for pure board control.
  • ObSec Sacresants for days.

Why it’s Interesting in 9th

Stephen’s build here goes in a different direction to most Sisters armies, eschewing the raw punch of the Bloody Rose, Ebon Chalice and Argent Shroud in favour of the toolbox and board control that the Martyred Lady bring to the table. The key thing powering this list is the Death Before Disgrace stratagem, as in combination with the Dogmata it means that either two Sacresant units or Sacresants plus the Zephyrim can be gunning around with ObSec at the same time, which can make it very tricky for the opponent to score primary points (especially if the Sacresants are also enjoying Light Cover from Junith). That isn’t the only Martyred Lady trick the list uses effectively either – as the opponent tries to chew through the units (especially the Retributors) they’re going to find themselves losing models via either A Martyr’s Duty or Rejoice the Fallen, and with a Hospitaller kicking around there’s every chance the squad can be reloaded to try again the next turn!

The other trick that the order brings is the hilarious murder Palatine, who can sacrifice wounds to then throw out a vicious volley of mortals with the Blade of Sacrifice, especially if you use a miracle dice to make the hit roll a 6 with The Passion up. The Canoness is no slouch in a fight either, as the combination of the Chaplet of Sacrifice and the Rapturous Blows ability makes her a force to be reckoned with, and the latter also gives her one turn of sending Sacresants or Zephyrim to the moon damage wise.

The list finishes up with some units for objective play and the pretty much mandatory Blessed Bolts Dominions, and ends up as a showcase of both cunning list construction and the flexibility of the Sisters book – this is very different to how most armies from the codex play, but still highly effective and highly flavourful. A real masterclass on how to do something unusual from Stephen.

The Rest of the Best

Three more players finished on 4-1. They were:

  • 3rd – Matthew Edginton – Adeptus Mechanicus: A Skitarii Vanguard heavy Veteran Cohort list running as a rad-saturated Forge World with Scarifying Weapons, allowing the big Vanguard units to be pushed to AP-2 when it really matters.
  • 4th – Jay Seebarun – Grey Knights: Rapiers Dreadknights,  a couple of Interceptor units in lascannon razorbacks (a quietly popular choice in the UK right now, as it gives you some punch against damage reduction) then Strikes and characters to fill, including a Brother Captain to provide maximum re-rolls if the Dreadknights need to focus something, and who can punk stuff in combat with the Soul Glaive.
  • 5th – Dean Murphy – Chaos: Keepers and a carpet of Bloodletters backed up by Be’lakor and a trio of Plagueburst Crawlers, giving the list a nice mix of pressure, horde ObSec and attrition to take advantage of tying the opponent up.

Wrap Up

No let up next week, as it looks like we’ve got a couple of majors each in the UK and US to look forward to, and a good few GTs besides. We’ll see you then, and comments, questions and suggestions to contact@goonhammer.com as always.