Had two 1500pt games last week against my friends Tau. Both of us were just testing the waters with these armies and it helped us get a lot of insight into how our armies work and what we need to improve on.
This was my list for game 1;
Agoniser, Blaster, pgl
5 Kabalite Warriors
5 Kabalite Warriors
Blaster, Phantasm GL
1 Razorflail, 2 Hydra Gauntlets
8 Splinter Pistol, 1 Blast Pistol
10 Kabalite Trueborn PGL
Dual Blade Demiklaives
Dis Cannon, Shock Prow
Dis Cannon, Shock Prow
Twin Splinter Rifle, Splinter Cannon
Triple Dark Lance
His list was roughly;
Commander with all missile loadout
Stormsurge w/ destroyer rockets, S.M.A.R.T missiles, pulse driver and burst cannon
3 crisis with cyclic cannons
2 x 10 Pathfinder (2 rail rifles each) Teams with Cadre Fireblade
Fast attack 10x Drone Squad
He took first turn and during deployment he dropped Ghostkeel in my deployment. Pealed wounds off my Ravager but it survived, unfortunately because he castled at the back it meant his stormsurge didn't get to attack this turn except for one weapon which flunked its dice roll, commander and crisis were in reserve, pathfinders shot all markerlights so no damage from them.
My first turn I shot my voidraven into the Ghostkeel killing its drones and knocking it to five wounds, the Ravager and it's unit on board took it down to one wound. shot into the Pathfinders and only killed drones. Gunned my wyches up the board utilising cover to try and get to the stormsurge.
He drops his crisis suits in cover in my deployment zone looking to finish off the ravager...which they do, the Ghostkeel went for a Venom and blew it up, leaving my incubi in the middle of the board. More markerlight spam to try and take down the Wych Raider with my Archon. Storm surge fires and kills another Venom and removes 4 wounds off of another raider.
My turn my Venom arrives on the Ghostkeel, they disembark, I drop my scourges next to Stormsurge to and none of their blasters get through his saves, the wyches pistol their way in and the Archon shoots to. Through overwatch they lose three but succeed the charge, by end of combat I've stripped it down to 12 wounds. A Raider finishes off the Ghostkeel, crew takes off two wounds from a crisis suit, second raider and crew takes another suit, incubi charge a unit of pathfinders, lose 1 model from cover save and wreck the entire unit (3 left and lost morale so the rest died).
Fires with the Crisis, knocks 4 wounds off a raider, the pathfinders kill another Incubi, the Stormsurge walks out of combat and kills the Venom, Scourges and all but one Wych, the Archon lives to but with 4 wounds remaining.
Last Venom shoots at stormsurge, knocks out another 4 wounds (
Wyches and Archon shoot (5) I charge back in, the Wych dies, but the Archon makes it and has one wound left after overwatch, in combat he knocks the stormsurge to one wound, the stormsurge does nothing back, the Archon lives! Incubi move across the board for a charge next turn into the pathfinders. Raider kills the last crisis, second raider fires into pathfinders killing another three drones.
He forgets about the Archon and shoots everything from his remaining commander and stormsurge into my Raiders and Venom bomber, knocking the bomber to 5 wounds and the raider explodes, killing 4 trueborn inside.
I charge with my Archon, he survives overwatch and kills the Stormsurge, he is then kicked to the face by the Commander and meets his end. Last raider and bomber fire into the Commander, do 3 wounds, Incubi mow through another Pathfinder squad leaving two alive...
At this point friend calls it, I win with 6VP - 2VP
Have to admit the Scourges were probably the worst thing in the list, everything else did something, they fired...did nothing and then died :/
Game two I dropped a Venom and the Wyches for a unit of Harlies and the skyweaver.
This time he did more of a castle with his pathfinders and ghost keel upfront, so I went for these first, Incubi at the first group, Harlies at the second (I went first) and by the end of turn 1 one group was completely gone, the other group only had two left.
Then I just played a game of cat and mouse around the board keeping objectives and scoring linebreaker with the scourges.
Didn't take down the stormsurge this game but still took out the crisis suit pack, ghostkeel and commader. He took out one of my raiders, the full Harlie squad (after they killed his commander) and both Venoms.
In the end it was a crushing defeat as I gained linebreaker, captured 5 of the objectives uncontested, scored first blood and kill the warlord.
He had 1 objective, linebreaker and that was it, so 8-2.
Really liking the way D.E play and really liking Blasters and Lances. Will probably swap out the dissies for lances and see how they go or run them on the Scourges to see if that helps them become more proficient. Flyer was ok but never really made its points back in both games (except for being a draw fire distraction). Really liking Incubi and Harlies are far better than Wyches.
Just bought two Tantalus, the Ynnari triumvirate, some Harlies and two razorwings, so gonna try that build in the next few weeks and then a Ynnari build shortly after.