This week's second battle report sees my newly started Deathwatch army take on a mixed force of Iron Hands and Adeptus Custodes, commanded by William, in the Contact Lost maelstrom mission (3 cards each turn).
My army consisted of:
Combined Arms Detachment
Watch Master- Beacon Angelis (with V2)
5 Veterans- 5 Stalker Pattern Boltguns (V1)
5 Veterans- 4 Frag Cannons, Storm Shield, Auspex (V2)
Drop Pod (DP)
5 Veterans- Infernus Heavy Bolter, Sergeant with Xenophase Blade and Combi-melta (V3)
5 Veterans- Black Shield with Power Sword, 2 Heavy Thunder Hammers, Power Sword, 2 Storm Shields (V4)
5 Bikers- 4 Power Swords, Power Axe, Meltabombs (B)
Corvus Blackstar- Extra Armour, Auspex Array, Blackstar Rocket Launcher (CB)
Vanguard Veteran- Heavy Thunder Hammer (VV1)
Vanguard Veteran- Heavy Thunder Hammer (VV2)
For my warlord trait, I got Lord of Hidden Knowledge, giving my warlord and his unit five re-rolls.
I started the army with the Watch Master. He is essentially a Chapter Master with an AP2 power weapon that strikes at initiative, pretty handy! I gave him the Beacon Angelis to allow me to quickly re-deploy a unit.
I took a combat tooled-up Veteran squad to accompany him; a Blackshield with a power sword, two Heavy Thunder Hammers, a power weapon and a couple of Storm Shields for defence. I planned to put them in the Corvus Blackstar for assault.
I then took a Veteran squad with 4 Frag Cannons. Deployed in the drop pod, these should eliminate any threat on the turn they arrive. I could use the Beacon to re-deploy them quickly to support the Watch Master. I also took a unit with Stalker Boltguns for some long range firepower. A final unit with an assault Heavy Bolter and a Sergeant with a Xenophase Blade was also added.
I took a Bike unit with power weapons, this would give them some good mobility and combat ability. With the points left over, I took two individual Vanguard Veterans with Heavy Thunder Hammers. This would give them good mobility and could hit really hard in combat.
Apologies for the "grey army", I've just got them built and am waiting on some decent weather to get them undercoated. It may be some time.....