Warhammer 40k Battle Report: *NEW CODEX* Eldar Craftworlds vs Ravenwing 2000pts

We were lucky enough to receive the latest Aeldari Codex Craftworlds for preview from Games Workshop, so Bone and I throw down with a brand new Studio Ulthwe army to put it to the test!

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  • Michael O’Holloran

    I almost dropped my porridge when I saw this had dropped ….

    • Hahahaha! Glad you managed to hold onto it! Enjoy mate πŸ™‚

    • Chris

      Haha. Yeah i was refreshing the page for days hoping for a new upload. The wait was worth it.

  • Chris_paints_

    Am i the only one who gets extra excited if Bone is playing?

    • Jesper77

      No I also like him he is hillarious! AItough I like all of em and the synergy between em is great.

      • The B-Bone

        Thanks mate πŸ™‚

    • I do too for what it’s worth πŸ˜€

      • Chris

        Awesome game and nice armies! Poor bone who had to endure your trickeries in the beginning of the game.

    • James Daniel Wilcox

      Bone and Beard for me ^_^ Though Liam made a great impression. But I enjoy everyone in the cast. They all bring something to the table.

    • The B-Bone

      Cheers mate πŸ™‚ Is it weird I get excited about myself playing?

      • Matthew AbdulHaqq Niemi

        Haha not at all! Nothing like a cup of tea and the rush of BATTLE to get the blood pumping in the morning!

        • Matthew AbdulHaqq Niemi

          Pumping blood = Khorne-ish tea

        • The B-Bone

          HAHA Totally agree!

  • Cole Chism

    for D-Scythes don’t you roll one D3 for the whole unit to determine shots or did that change with the codex?

    • Didn’t say that under the weapon profile in the Codex… So maybe it’s changed?

      • Jamie Martin-Cortez

        Index wise, it’s single D3 for the unit as a whole..but if that’s changed in the codex those D scythes just got alot more juice.

    • Cole Chism

      ooo thats tasty then cuz it definitely was D3 for the whole unit previously

  • Adam Varney

    Cant wait to see the new fluff and rules about Eldrad. going to be super exciting building my ulthwe/dark eldar lists now!

  • Franco Vilanova

    General thoughts on it guys? Seems luckluster to me! Gotta love the points drop, but I can’t see anything absolutely powerful as every other codex so far got, I don’t want ultra powerful Eldar again, but Death Guard have a better Battle Focus tan Eldar…

    • No way my man, they are very powerful again. Definitely not 7th ed stupid but very far from lacklustre. I think they can compete with Death Guard no problem, but will require a little bit more intelligence in the build and play now rather than ‘scat pack spam’.

      • Franco Vilanova

        Alright, if you say so, I’ll trust you. Maybe it doesn’t look that good in paper but they are beasts in the table. WK going down 35 points with the Sword and Board config was good, actually got the model a few weeks ago and now I can field it! haha.

        • It helps, but I still find the sword and board the weakest load out. The majority of the time, you want to use his titanic feet πŸ™

          • Franco Vilanova

            1:46:00 could have rolled the Ulthwe saves! Not that It mattered since you made like 2 in the entire game.

          • Franco Vilanova

            2:02:00 FNP in the Farseer also, +5 for his ghosthelm? Unless that changed?

          • Franco Vilanova

            Oh you rolled Ulthwe ! And passed one! He had 3 wounds!

        • Andy

          Afaik the wraithcannons went up to strength 16 aswell. So the knight will be absolutely removing whatever it shoots at

  • At 1:07 I think you forgot the Darkshroud was DOOOOOMed, and used a command point reroll for a wound roll.

  • Alex Gray

    Just wanted to say whilst I remember (haven’t finished watching yet!) I love that you are using the new TT dice πŸ™‚ It really helps show them off and show viewers what they actually look like! I think it would be awesome if you could showcase the whole dice range gradually over BR’s so we could see them all πŸ™‚

    • The B-Bone

      Thanks mate, that’s the plan πŸ’ͺπŸ’ͺπŸ’ͺ

      • Alex Gray

        Ah great! Awesome batrep btw πŸ˜€ love the Ravenwing studio army πŸ™‚

  • Robe

    So glad to see the codex bring back the love with some of the units, I was worried with 8th that army flavour was going to disappear but I’m feeling very wrong at this point, even having only heard of snippets there seems to be so many options opening up. Feels like bringing synergy and finesse will actually reap you rewards, not saying they’ve been underpowered but personally its been tough facing those marine bubbles, Eldar trickery for the win!

    • The B-Bone

      Elder are back in a big way I feel!

  • Sargos

    keeping the high quality again guys!
    i find it funny that guard.eldar got there “legion” traits to their tanks also, which marines and csm didnt get
    i hope to see games with alot of models and stuff that dying left and right (not one sided ofc).
    eldar psychic seem strong as always (as long we wont have invisability again everything is fine)
    on the other note, Lawrence im thrill for the new campigen you guys gonna bring us in 10 days! .
    when we get cast of players? [last request :)]

    • The B-Bone

      Cheers mate! Cast of players dropped today!

  • kyle brown

    Awesome to see that the eldar are back and I love that they now have chapter tactics now. Makes me super excited for my dark creed haemonculus and frozen stars harlequins to see what they have?

  • Anders Jeppesen

    You guys should try once and swap after a match, so you play the same mission, same deployment halves and all, but just swap armies before the first unit is deployed.
    It would be fun to see how you would play the dark angels and Bone would play the Eldar. It would also help teach Bone how to play vs you.

    • Jonathan Wernham

      I agree with Anders, you could easily “swap sides” just to see how B-Bone does. Plus it could easily be a very quick turn by turn overview or even a comment in the round up.

      • DMvdH

        Very cool to do with a tactica series! then I’ll be all for dropping dice rolls even πŸ˜‰

    • The B-Bone

      Could be fun!

  • John Barber

    Can I just say that it’s nuts that you seem to get the Ulthwe 6+ FNP on seemingly everything and not just on infantry/bikers and wraithlords. That’s pretty fantastic imo. Still, I wonder if it’s kinda encroaching on Drukhari territory with their Power From Pain thing.

    • Robe

      I was worried seeing the same abilities cropping up in different armies but it does help to churn out codexs whilst helping to maintain balance, but have to say with Ulthwe it actually feels fluffy as its essentially a free spirit stone upgrade.
      An yea think it was forgotten, ghosthelm is actually better now, still a 5+ ignore mortal wounds but now ignoring perils of the warp wounds on a 2+, although I don’t know if they have to be from his own miscast for that buff.

  • Snake Plissken

    Yes I love the UlthwΓ©, they have been my favorite army since I started playing back in 3rd. I have to say though it almost seemed like a bit of a miss match. The Ravenwing are great and all but every game I’ve seen them in for 8th now they just seem to get overwhelmed with mass firepower which they can’t seem to match because they’re too expensive to field the same volume of units. If I ran them (and I plan to eventually once I get mine painting up) I think I would just do dark angels with supporting Ravenwing. I don’t see them as a great stand alone army without some tactical squads or maybe Deathwing backing them up.

    • The B-Bone

      Glad you got to see some of your favourites mate! Yes they definitely need a Codex to give them back their edge. I think once it drops they will become quite strong again!

  • Jonathan Wernham

    Another excellent battle report guys. Glad i have signed up! It was a toss up between you guys and miniwargaming but i know i made the right choice. Feel sorry for the Ravenwing and as (was) a Dark Angels player i am finding from the videos that its a combination of weight of dice/weight of models are the way forward and elite armies are struggling for a place in the competitive scene. Do you agree?

    • The B-Bone

      Thanks so much for your support mate! I do agree with this statement, just make sure you have a smattering of anti tank in there and it’s golden!

      • Matthew AbdulHaqq Niemi

        My hunch (though I’m no strategic genius) is that all-biker armies are too cost inefficient unless you’re playing a castle army of some sort. The Eldar just had way more firepower!

        • The B-Bone

          Very true… I feel the codex will sort this out though !

  • Andreas Rehn

    Hmm, not sure if it was the cameras focus or that the new dices reflected the light differently but this is the first battlereport you guys have done where it’s been tricky to see the resulting dice rolls. No problem with the black dices. Anyone else experiencing this? Or is this one of those “what color is this dress?”-syndrome?

    Otherwise, great battle report ^_^

    • Robe

      Probably the finish on the white pearl dice, unfortunately without super expensive tech it can be very tricky to alter white balances to take only them into account and it will affect the focus anyway, better off to diffuse the light source to stop it bouncing, which I think they already do thanks to their kit so not sure of the fix there

    • The B-Bone

      Yes we noticed this in the edit. I think is the gloss on the dice πŸ™ shame because they look lovely in real life!

  • Simon Stevens

    really excited for the narrative campaign, the first one was definitely my favourite thing you guys have done

    • The B-Bone

      Thanks mate! It should be an absolute belter!

  • James Daniel Wilcox

    Great report! Thank you! Can’t wait to see more non-imperial armies on the channel!

    • The B-Bone

      Plenty more of them on the way!

  • C.J. Sower

    Fantastic batrep so far! “The streets will run red with lambish blood” was a delight to hear after the dentist appointment I just out of. Bbone if ever we meet I shall buy you a beer as I did for Lawrence once upon a time!

    • The B-Bone

      Thanks mate, that would be lovely!

  • Archmike

    Loved seeing that πŸ˜€ ELdar player since 2nd and I stopped in 7th because it wasn’t fun playing an army that broken. Nice to hear they’ve been toned down a bit so i can get them down off the shelf!

    Although Saim Hann Banshee webway strike :O!

    • The B-Bone

      Yeah I think you guys are welcome back to the table now πŸ™‚

      • Archmike

        We’ll see how welcome I am after our Tuesday night game ^_^ I feel “webway strike” will not make me overly popular πŸ˜›

  • Sean Kenny

    “I am a witch.” πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ Never change Mister Bone.

    • The B-Bone

      HAHA Ok I won’t πŸ™‚

  • Metalfist

    Oh my beloved Ravenwing, woe upon them as death has come to claim them.

  • Aaron Wilson

    Bone mate, never change. This game had me howling with laughter, this was entertainment at it’s best.

    In regards to the bucker of dice dicussion, totally agree. Elite armies just don’t have that resilence anymore with the ability to get cheap en-masse -1 shots, or withotu any rend the mutli wound models points cost have gone up. That paired with anything can hurt anythign and the game of bubblehammer/rereroll hammer we play now it’s all about more dice for more force multipliers (strategems, re-rolls, psychic powers etc)

  • Erik Tasker

    Ulthwe were also my first and favorite army when I was a kid! Great to see them beautifully painted on the channel! Bring out the Hemlocks and wraith units! πŸ™‚