Warhammer 40,000 8th Ed Battle Report: *NEW CODEX* Dark Angels vs Necrons 2000pts

We get our hands on a preview copy of Codex Dark Angels, thanks to Games Workshop and reveal it’s secrets in this epic clash against the Necrons!

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  • Dimitri Tkatchenko


    • The B-Bone


  • disqus_f5Wq9lT8Qx

    Awe. I’d love to see a mixed company army hit the tabletop sometime.

    • The B-Bone

      Same! We just donโ€™t own them yet ๐Ÿ˜”

  • Edin Bajramovic

    Love the new intros!!

    • The B-Bone

      Lawrence killed it!!

  • John Barber

    Spidervision? Really? All those Lawrence jokes and that’s the best you came up with? haha ๐Ÿ˜‰ just kidding (and being a bit vicious to boot).

    • The B-Bone

      Haha! I love it though…

  • John Barber

    If you’d indulge a little chef rant, but do you guys only have a Ravenwing Dark Angels army in your studio? I ask because I just feel like it’s a bit of a shame to always see them and not what the other toys Dark Angels have to offer. I have a hankering to see what Dark Angels (as an army of green men) can do, or even Deathwing for that matter.

    Anyway, I’m sure I’ll greatly enjoy this bat rep anyway!

    God I love how Games Workshop are now bosses and give all these goodies out to their fan sites so we can get pumped and excited to such a degree blood bursts from our veins (what, you saying that’s just me?)

    • The B-Bone

      The truthful answe is yes! We only have Ravenwing, we will expand them down the line but as we have other marine armies, I would imagine we will do some others first. Sorry!

  • Chris Hughes

    Speed of the Raven, Strength of the bear, Eyes of the Hawk!! Bravestar… Now filmed in Spidervision ๐Ÿ˜€, sorry but that stratagem made me think of that crappy old cartoon every time it was mentioned!
    The Tauer-block is possibly your best joke ever sir! Loving this batrep already!

    • Archmike

      How dare you sir! Bravestar was awesome! Hmph I say! Hmph! ๐Ÿ˜ค

      • Chris Hughes

        Hah! I am afraid I have to disagree! (I was wondering if anyone else would remember it)

        • Archmike

          Well I loved it so ner! I’m still gutted I lost the toy of his gun :'(

    • The B-Bone

      Never seen that one? Maybe it didnโ€™t get to Aus? As for the lawrence joke… I agree. Itโ€™s the best one he has done

      • Chris Hughes

        You really didn’t miss much! Although the intro may be worth a Google ๐Ÿ˜€ sci-fi western stupidity!

      • Dimitri Tkatchenko

        You guys in Australia?

  • Rokok

    “TAU’er block” Roflol, I love it. Btw Bones, if you want to move out of Struggle City, buy more drones…

    • The B-Bone

      But I already have like 20?!

  • Archmike

    Banter level over 9000 in this one ^_^ Giggled all the way through ๐Ÿ˜€

    • The B-Bone

      Same here! Glad you enjoyed it!

  • Jeremy Mitchell Vrtis

    An end of year video offering up what you would change in this edition would be a cool video. Maybe in a tatics discussion style.

    Thanks for the great content!

    • The B-Bone

      A year wrap up video you say? Interesting… if we have time that is something we could do for sure! We are under the pump right now as some of us are going away for Christmas, but Iโ€™m sure we can squeeze this in!

      • Jeremy Mitchell Vrtis


      • Jeremy Mitchell Vrtis

        That would be fantastic! i am now looking forward to it!

  • Archmike

    Sisters of Battle whilst not actually resident in Struggle City do, however, have their convent in the inner suburbs.
    “The Church of Issues” is also frequented by, of all people, Harlequins.

    • Rokok

      I’d agree, but I recently won a tournament with Sisters. With Chapter Approved out, they’re even stronger. The only thing holding me back is money and the miniatures range.

      • Archmike

        Oooh! What was your list? ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

        • Rokok

          So it was a 1250 point tournament, I took Celestine with two Geminae, a Canoness with Eviscerator and a Priest. Two lots of 9 Battle Sisters with Flamer, Heavy Flamer and a Combi-Plas, and one 5 girl Battle Sister squad with a Heavy Bolter. Two lots of 6 Dominion with two Melta and two Flamer and Plasma Pistol. And finally two Immolators and two Rhinos. The Dominion squads went in the Immolators, the Battle Sisters in the Rhinos with a character in each. I learnt some valuable lessons, and I would change this list if I were to do it again. For example the Dominion squads needs to be bigger, and therefore in Rhinos. Some of these choices are driven by what’s in my collection.

          • Anders Jeppesen

            *”…won a tournament with Celestine.”
            That’s what you meant ๐Ÿ˜‰ Not sisters.

          • Rokok

            Oh look, a troll.

          • Archmike

            Aha! I knew bigger squads was the way! I’ve found a 5 girl Retributor squad with 4 heavy flamers in an immolator makes a big mess of pretty much anything short of heavy tanks ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Alex Lee

    Wait, Didn’t you play the ol’ Crons against the exorcists?

    • The B-Bone

      I knew he had! First time on free view though

      • Alex Lee

        I would say he owes you a pint or two!

  • Andreas Rehn

    That was a really fun battle report and gratz to Mr Bone for claiming victory!

    • The B-Bone

      Cheers mate!

  • Chris Patten

    Regarding the Transcendent C’tan, aka flying spaghetti monster, thoughts on naming him “Tutan- Ramen”
    Like Tutankhamun? but noodles? get it?… sorry just trying to channel my inner spider.

    • The B-Bone


  • Ben Dalling

    Except Ravenwing bike spam and Azreal+Hellblaster+plasma strat spam nothing in this codex seems exciting competitively speaking. It’s a shame that instead of exciting new things to make deathwing and non-gimmick green wing viable we got like 3 overlapping rules to reduce the effect of moral on an army that already doesn’t have much of an issue with moral.

    Maybe they didn’t push the power level too far because they know the Lion is coming and he’s an absolute beast? One can dream.

    • The B-Bone

      I agree… But maybe you’re right! The Lion could change everything!

  • John Barber

    Hmmm, not sure about that relic stopping interrupting units, if only because you spend command points on it. It isn’t an ‘ability’ per se because it isn’t something listed on their datasheet, like say; Chapter Master rule or Teleportation. That actually does seem like something that needs to be FAQd/erratad.

    • The B-Bone

      I would hope it can’t be interrupted… But I agree it can be taken either way!

  • John Barber

    @2:10:59 Sekhmet-Ra couldn’t actually attack Sammael because ole Sekhmet charged that turn against the company guy. I assume you forgot about this in the heat of the game and the enjoyment of the situation (and any breaks you had between filming the action!). Not sure if it would have changed the situation though ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • The B-Bone

      Ah yes, very true! Got caught in the moment and we couldn’t get out of it! I think there is a song about this?

      • Dimitri Tkatchenko

        How So? I thought as long as you can activate a unit you can strike anyone in range. Where does it say you can only attack a unit you charged? Just curious… might mean we have been playing this wrong with my m8t for a long time

        • Andrew Carter

          Main rule book, Fight Phase, 3. Choosing Targets “Models that charged this turn can only target units that they charged in the previous phase.”

  • Anders Jeppesen

    DA vs Necrons?! More Necrons for the army? Necrons confirmed as next codex after Daemons!

  • John Glass

    Excellent, as you’d expect. The chemistry between the pair of you is just great to watch and to listen to.

    Struggle City, living in a Tauer block … brilliant! Lawrence, have you considered a career in stand-up?

    • The B-Bone

      Lawrence… Stand up?! God help us ๐Ÿ˜› Glad you enjoyed it mate!

  • Chris Hughes

    This was brilliant! You guys seemed to be having a great time ๐Ÿ˜, really good fun to watch.
    Good job on the win Mr Bone! Finally got the Ravenwing to do the business!

    • The B-Bone

      Thanks mate ๐Ÿ™‚ Glad we could be of service!

  • Martijn Poot

    Thank you for the battle report, it was great fun =D A few remarks though, the ghost ark can only reanimate warriors, not immortals unfortunately. Also, when you charge, you can’t attack units you didn’t charge (heroic intervention), and consolidation is done in the fight phase (and you go through the entire sequence per unit, so if multiple units are locked in combat, only the unit that killed the enemy can consolidate towards other enemy units). And I guess the Veil of Darkness can make you teleport out of combat and still shoot, because you didn’t do a fall back action in the movement phase.

    Nonetheless, it was an awesome battle report, you both fought valiantly!

    • The B-Bone

      Thanks mate, great shout out there! Glad you enjoyed it ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Andy

    It’s always hilarious when lawrence is on the backfoot and gets increasingly ironic throughout the game

    • The B-Bone


  • Anders Jeppesen

    Orikan has a 4+ invul like all Necron characters. But being 2D on Samaels weapon it didn’t matter.
    Oh the Necrons need a codex so bad. The new wound table, the nerf to AP3/AP2/AP1 just hurt them so bad.
    Necron warriors are also overcosted compared to every other infantry on kill power, bar Aspect Warriors.

    Yeah, Gravity Pulse should be a 4+ for the points an obelisk costs. It became useless.

    There is only 1 tactic that works in Necrons and it’s just warriors with crypteks. The +1 to RP even pales in comparison to just getting more warriors.

  • Trev

    Great battle, guys, I really enjoyed the banta and the back forth. So nice to see you guys enjoying it, even when the dice turned. The Raven Wing look like a fierce addition – so fast and so much fire power. I think the Stasis bomb is terrifying!! Great batrep!!!

  • Eddie

    Lawrence didn’t you use the Nefrati against Little Dragon and his exorcists?

  • DakkaJoe07

    Great battle report guys as always. Thanks for the peak at the new Dark Angels stuff. Lawrence. i Think you cheated yourself out of a few wounds on your left unit of scarabs. Treated them as 2 wounds per base in that first round of shooting, may have still died but might have soaked a few more shots =)

  • Sargos

    lawrence you played against little dragon Exorcists with necrons before ๐Ÿ™
    dark angels looks good, blood angels also looks good!
    40k is huge when csm and orcs stay in the picture as strong armies
    the plasma CP that add damage is kinda cool! thank god i cant use it with my iron warriors terminators squad

  • Dan Burgess

    Halfway through turn 1 and I want a ravenwing army. Great video as always.

  • GerManticore

    Why’s it always raining in the intro? Is that some England-pun I am missing?

  • SirGore

    Really enjoyed this battlereport and good to see Lawrence playing. He knows the rules well so runs smoothly exept when he thought he could save the 20 Necrons when he lost 17 of them and convinced Bone to charge with hes apotecary =) Great Game anyhow, Lawrence your the Boss!

    • Jonathan Taff Jones

      you can tell he usually plays shooty armies though as there are some howling combat errors. When sammael intervened the necron lord couldn’t attack him as he didn’t declare a charge against him. Secondly you don’t have to kill the unit to consolidate. You consolidate straight after you attack not at the end of the phase.

      • SirGore

        You are right about this things but I let a few slide.

  • unitled

    Interesting that Lawrence doesn’t rate the Immortals in Necrons… I’ve had a LOT of luck with 10 Immortals with Tesla, benefiting from My Will Be Done. This is 20 shots, hitting on 2s, and causing 3 hits rather than 1 on a hit roll of 5 or 6; I’ve had 35+ hits even from fewer than 20 shots! Sure, there’s no mod on the save (so less good against marines) but they just delete blobs of infantry in other armies. With Ghostwalk Mantle, the Deceiver, and now Veil of Darkness you can reasonably move them into the best position and let loose ๐Ÿ™‚

    • unitled

      Also, quick note: with the new Warlord Trait on the CCB, you reduce damage first then get to use Quantum Shielding. Yes, it’s the bad way round ๐Ÿ™

  • Matt

    Great bat rep as always guys!

    You mentioned they’ve added a lieutenant in a land speeder which makes me so happy! Gives me another character for my all speeder list. Is Sammael in Sableclaw still an option? If so what do you guys think of him compared to on the jetbike?

  • The Brew Master

    Question about the reanimation protocols at 59:50 – I just came across this in my game and we didn’t know the answer. Your stratagem gives you the ability to re-roll 1’s for reanimation protocols, but your character nearby gives +1 to reanimation protocols.

    So, you only need 4+’s to reanimate because they effectively become 5’s after the modifier, but would the 1’s effectively become 2’s after the modifier, not allowing you to re-roll them?

  • Magiceffect

    Hey Spider, you mention the special rule for ravenwing is advance is a 6″. But don’t all bikes advance 6?

  • casey mad

    I want a shirt with B-bones face on it with text underneath saying “That’s mathematics.”

    • The B-Bone

      Same here!

  • Alex Gray

    Brilliant game guys I really enjoyed it ๐Ÿ™‚ Great to see some fun lists as oppose to semi-optimised ones all the time (which are great but fun is fun isn’t it) Big problem at the minute when a codex army fights a non codex army still though :/ Chapter approved has helped a lot though with the traits and such ๐Ÿ™‚ Thoughts?

  • snakechisler

    Excellent stuff thanks for the heads up on the relic on reading it your thinking well maybe after seeing it in action its hell yea that’s a cracker.

    I’ve built me some inceptors (plasma & HB) 6 * D3 shots on the plasma with Sam & The new Lt speeders nearby re-rolling one’s for over charge with stratagem for 3 damage should be brutal enough

  • Metalfist

    I think my local hobby shop is about to experience the pain train… once I buy a few more Black Knights ๐Ÿ˜‰ Oh dear oh dear I have some disturbing ideas. Fantastic match, though I would be very interested to see a list with no fliers, they are good especially with the cost drop on the dark talon, but they still seem.. a bit lackluster at least to me.

  • Aaron Paulding

    So, I’ve had this question for a while but not looked into it too much but since the relic seemed to play a big role here I thought I’d ask: do named characters (ex. Samael) count as having a relic already? I run Eldar and Eldrad has his Staff of Ulthamar (I think it’s called) but I’d like to put the Phoenix gem on a Spiritseer but the way I’ve read the rule I’m not sure I can. Would love some help from you or the community. Most batreps I see people do this (named character and a relic on another) but just want to double check.

    Otherwise, great game as always! Dark Angels are not my favorite but it’s really cool to see some different Necrons, I’m excited to see their codex drop.

  • Pat Ray

    Great Game. I agree that bigger blobs of Black Knights would be way to go! Really need that Lt Speeder to get those added wound buffs! It would interesting to see that new list tackle Lawrence and Grotty Nurgle studio army. The Alpha strike force meets the immoveable implacable Nurgle.

  • Greg Hogan

    Did I hear Lawrence say in this video that with chapter approved you no longer lose the game if you have only flyers left? I could have sworn I heard that but now I can’t find it in the video. If he did say that, where is it in the book?

  • Grey Buckleton

    Get Battle report! I’m pretty sure when the Necron lord charged only the champion that makes him the only target you can attack. Sammael intervened and is not a legitimate target as he was not the target of the charge. “Models that charged this turn can only target enemy units that they charged in the previous phase.”