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Hey and welcome back reader, to the final installment of my Elysian Droptroops in 8th edition-series. Welcome back trooper! While theorizing and doing your math hammer is a good exercise for deepening your knowledge of the game, at some point you really have to stick your cheek out and throw a few punches to get a feel for how your army will perform in your local meta.
At ease! I also took the st Light Company to a 30 player tournament recently where I managed to end up second best scoring the most victory points in the entire tournament , which gave me an opportuniy to run the Elysians against some of the tougher lists in the current meta.
The Xenos incursion was swift and resolute in this system. Any survivors that had not accepted submission into the false Xeno empire had either fled into the wastelands, or formed small gangs of militia who spent more time fighting each other than the enemies of mankind. Myron of the st had gone through every report and vox transmission from the initial assault on Verdis Prime in order to study the tactics of his alien adversary. Co-ordinated suppressive fire with guided targeting missiles and pulse weapons, followed by jet deployed specialist strike teams of battlesuits and drones.
Operation Adamant Wedge was under way and the st, supported by a small group of Grey Knights, were the speardhead. The plan was as bold as dauntless: after establishing a firing line with elysian recon forces, the rest of the army would strike from above and deploy using the High Altitude Combat Drop-doctrine.
Myron looked at brother Captain Severus on the other side of the briefing table. A stern warrior cleric clad in ancient terminator armor, decorated with the sacred insignias of the Inquisition, stood in silence as the staff team overlooked holographic maps and attack patterns. Captain Ikaru Perseus personally supervised the task of rearming and refueling one of the platoon Valkyries from the vantage point of a tower at the F. He was at the end of his twenty month long deployment at this Emperor forsaken rock, called Aglaia IV, which apperantly had resources valuable enough to justify the deployment of Phantine skyborne specialists rather than conscripted colonials for protection.
He hated this place. The ever burning sun, the scorching sands of the planet surface, and the constant harassment by solar winds making scanners and clarion vox-nets unreliable. For some ironic reason this system was also under constant threat from Eldar piracy, as if the Xenos found some animalistic pleasure or instinct in fighting over this place of rock and sand. Skirmishing with Eldar corsairs was a daily routine for the troopers of the st, which is why the commanders made sure to keep response units in the air at all times — consuming fuel on a rate higher than normally accepted by the Adeptus Administratum.
Perseus glanced at the red veil flickering around the sun. In an instant, a flash of pure white light pierced his vizor and forced him to avert his gaze!
A thundering salvo of laser and shuriken fire blasted the surface of the colony, forcing the defenders to take cover while Xeno hover craft and jet units deployed around the perimiter in a graceful manouvre. Before his troops had time to return fire, Cpt. Perseus activated his distress beacon to signal the rapid reaction units. Welcome to this Warhammer This was a Matched Play test game of pts designed for us to try out the new indexes, as well as the core game rules and mechanics.
I won the roll off to set up a single objective first and placed it on the Skyshield landing pad. Simon then set up a single objective on top of one of the towers.
Units and models were selected mainly due to what we had painted from our 7th edition armies. This was my second game in 8th ed. But that of course went both ways since it was also Fredriks first game. I love how the new edition works, and all the small tricks that we found out as the game went on. Overall the game was really close but I made a fatal mistake in the 6th turn that made it possible for Fredrik to table me.
Meltaguns in melta range hurts A LOT. My unharmed wraithlord got deleted by three lone meltagunners and BOOM! We were equally surprised by their effect but had a great laugh together. Next time my Ghostwarriors will return in larger numbers and claim victory.
Fredrik: Wow, what a game! The new edition is really fast and engaging. My first impression is that you are a lot more active as a player during each phase now, since every situation has modifiers that impact the game in ways you need to be aware of. I really really enjoyed how well the Elysians performed in this game. Having the ability to reserve half your army and perform deep striking attacks with surgical precision, wherever you want and whenever you want to remember turn 3 at the latest!
Two final points: Tauros assault buggies and Drop sentinels are way more useful now since they dropped in price and got a boost to their weaponry. In higher point games I think there will be more of a choice between orders for different situations.
Come on you apes, you wanna live forever?! It is done! Finally D-O-N-E! Now there are several things to note about the Elysian army, and although I appreciate reader comments and discussions, some points have to be made on the choice of taking an all Elysian list to a competitive environment.
First of all the Elysian list is old. Like really old. Even though the Imperial Armor vol. I have talked about this in previous posts, and to make things clear the army struggles in several aspects no matter how you make the list. This works exactly like the Drop pod tactics of some popular Marine lists and should not be neglected. However, since I can only fit two flyers in my travelling case I have chosen to not bring a single valkyrie.
Lasty, I would love to field the Elysians from the D army list. Not that they are regular in any way. They are after all, a bunch of action-jacked-thrill-seeking-jarheads jumping out the back of winged containers.
FLamers, 1xVenator w. TL Lascannon. As you can see the army has two Company Command squads. Will gladly sacrifice them for a glorious suicide mission. On to the core of the army: the Veterans.
What do I have up my Fast Attack sleeve? I have to start with the Vulture which is the work horse of the army. Beware sloppy deployment and movement players, this beast will wreck anything from Leman Russes to Thunderwolves if you give me the opportunity. Sure it might not arrive on time but when it does I can choose to go after armor and flyers alike.
Last out is a unit of Tauros vehicles. This is a single CAD tournament after all. The buggies are perfect for outflanking and frying objective campers as well as securing linebreaker, and if I have to I can take pot shots at enemy side or rear armor with the lascannon should I arrive at the wrong table edge.
There are several reasons for this, but mainly it is because I simply refuse to pay 75pts a piece for Scout a. Sure they are cool as hell but equally expensive.
The Drop Sentinels are iconic Elysian units and the organizers gave me green light to use them as Armored ones from this formation. This turns Armored Sentinel units into very mobile gun platforms that can threaten multiple units while moving by running after shooting at the same time.
The best part of being armored is locking khorne hounds in combat for the rest of the game. On a final note I added a small unit of Stormtroopers. This was a last minute meassure as I was lacking 90pts by the time of the deadline for sending the army lists.
Stormtroopers are fun utility units that can either deepstrike to grab an uncontested objective or just go for a Hail Mary-shot with the meltagun or a salvo of hellgun fire, but one should not forget that the Elysian Stormtroopers still comes equipped with both pistols and close combat weapons which makes them a bit more capable of pulling off assaults against weakened units.
I hope you find my list both entertaining and thematic. Want some epic music along with the army pictures? Check this showcase out:. I chose a dark base color for his uniform and highlighted it up to a rich deep blue. The webbing was painted in the same khaki colors as the rest of my army to represent the fact that the officer was handed basic field gear from the company Quarter Master prior to deployment.
I replaced the Princeps head with that from a Vox Operator and added some additional field equipment like a knife, a water canteen, and some ammo pouches to his belt. Search for: Close. The fast and the furious — pts of Elysian Droptroops!
Veterans clearing out a compound. Photo by: Benny Sand. Veterans of the st Company advancing into firing positions. Picture by: Benny Sand. A Tauros Venator engage an airborne Tau Commander in a ruined industrial zone.
The commander in charge with a Powerfist, and Cpt. Perseus ever at his side. Veteran Droptroopers ready for breaching action! Fire support section. Infantry squads make up the core of the army. The Xeno witchmaster commanding his spirit warrior warband of corsairs.
The Wave Serpent, a truly beautiful model and such a beast in the new 8th edition Index! Simon deploys his Jetbikes outside the perimiter defenses. The Wraithlord also deploys behind cover.
Elysian Drop Army List
Codex - Elysian Drop Troops: /tg/'s 8th Edition
Hey and welcome back reader, to the final installment of my Elysian Droptroops in 8th edition-series. Last year I took pts of Elysians to the Rock using an army list from the old and somewhat underperforming Taros campaign book. When I got drafted for NR5 I finally had a reason to paint it! I also added another Tauros Venator as I love those buggies too much, and a couple of Cyclops to add some comic heat. Finally, I seasoned the stew by finishing four additional heavy weapon teams to allow me to run a few heavy weapon squads, as well as re-organizing my infantry to suit the new army book better.