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 Post subject: NetEA Dark Angels (v1.91)
PostPosted: Mon Feb 12, 2018 3:15 pm 
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Hello everybody,

Some while ago I took over as the Dark Angels AC from Mard, who's done an excellent job capturing the spirit of the list. I've tried to stay as close to the fluff as possible, and looked at the stats in other lists as much as I can. I've also had a look at what's available in terms of Proxies.

One thing I've avoided is the Slow Fire rule. This rule is OK on WE, but in a list with this much plasma it just gets out of hand. The race to actually fire off Slow Fire weapons in round 1 (so that you can fire again in turn 3) promotes a kind of play that I find somewhat neurotic.

There are too many differences to list really, but the general philosophy has been the same: The Dark Angels army is a lot more siloed and rigid than the Codex Astartes list, but has access to some pretty interesting gear once you start investing in one of the branches.

The unique Dark Angels victory condition is still there, but now replaces the BTS goal instead of the Blitz.

Another thing I've tried to keep in mind is the trade-off between the flexibility of the basic units, and how that relates to what upgrades cost. The loss of Teleport is being compensated for when buying transports for example.

Some units that don't see much use in the Codex List should hopefully be much more interesting in the Dark Angles, and some units that see heavy use in the Codex list are not present at all... We'll see how that works out.

Finally, I think it should be possible to build some pretty interesting themed lists with the structure the list currently has.

Update 27/8 v1.87
Big bunch of updates and changes:
-> Grand Master no longer grants access to more elite formations in the list
-> Dark Angels Core detachments grant access to 3 Dark Angels support detachments.
-> Deathwing & Ravenwing Strike detachments grant access to 3 Deathwing & Ravenwing Specialist detachments.
-> Dreadwing Relics are now max 1 per army.

-> Scout Infiltrators formation now comes with Rhinos as standard for 200 points, and can upgrade these to Dark Angels Razorbacks, but can no longer take Commander.
-> Captain now called Dark Angels Captain. Like normal Captain, but with Teleport Homer. Makes the Captain more meaningful as an upgrade, and gives lots and lots of new tactical possibilities.
-> Assault Marines now called Dark Angels Assault Marines. Like normal Assaults but with Plasma Pistols, giving them 4+ FF. The formation comes with a Dark Angels Captain as standard, for 275 points. Can't take other Commander upgrades.
-> Mortis Dread now has 5+ CC.
-> Dark Angels Razorback -5pts.
-> Predators 4 for 225 points instead of 6 for 300.
-> Deathwing Cyclone Termies -25pts

-> Relic Deimos can take the Hunter upgrade again.
-> Relic Glaive formation now minimum 2 Glaives, max 3.
-> Thunderhawk Transporter now called Dark Angels Thunderhawk Transporter, 4++ save and 1 quad hvy bolters on either side. Between 1 and 3 in a formation. 175 for the first one, 125 for upgrade. Have tried to make crystal clear in its transport rules that it can only carry inf that has an associated transport vehicle it can ride in. Can carry the Stalker as well.
-> Stalker now called Dark Angels Stalker. The stats for the normal stalker IMO makes it fairly useless, and pales in comparison to the Hunter, so the up-gunned Dark Angels Stalker now has FF5+, 45cm range and AP5+/AT5+/AA5+. 2 for 100 points.
-> Nephilim and Dark Talon now both costs 225 points. The Nephilim now has 2 Hurricane bolters, while the Dark Talon's Rift Cannon is MW3+ and the Stasis Bomb also has Disrupt.

Update 15/10 v1.9
Got some feedback on the last version and I though I'd update the list to reflect that + some other stuff I thought of:

-> Dark Angels Special Goal clarified to be dependent on Characters in the Ravenwing Attack formation.
-> Ravenwing formation now known as Ravenwing Attack, and Ravenwing Auxilia now known as Ravenwing Support.
-> New (old) unit: Ravenwing Black Knights return. Like normal Assault Bikes but with some shooting, MW in CC and Commander (meaning that the Ravenwing Attack formation comes equipped with everything needed to use Coordinated Teleport to its full extent).
-> Ravenwing Attack formation now consists of 1 Black Knights unit, 4 Assault Bikes, 3 Ravenwing Land Speeders. According to the fluff, the majority of the Ravenwing rides on Assault Bikes, so I thought its main formation ought to reflect that. Also +25pts.
-> Ravenwing Land Speeder Venegance got 4+ FF, and the Plasma Storm now has different profile.
-> Ravenwing Support can upgrade the entire formation to Venegance for 50 points.
-> Clarified that all Coordinated Teleport is considered to take place simultaneously. So no chaining the Teleports (not a huge issue, but it was ambigous, so might have caused some debate).

-> Deathwing Knights now has 2 Interrogator Chaplains as standard instead of 1. +25pts.
-> Deathwing Overwatch now has Thick Rear Armour.
-> Deathwing Dreads -25pts.
-> Main Deathwing Terminators formation can have Interrogator Chaplain.

-> Predator Destructors -25pts.
-> Mortis Dread's Twin Autocannons now AP4+/AT5+/AA6+.
-> Correct stats on the Hvy Flamers on the LR Ares.

-> New, more interceptor oriented weapons for the Nephilims.
-> Thunderhawk Transporters got 2 twin Hvy Bolters on either side, like in Black Templars E-UK.

Update 18/10 v1.91

Small post-game update:
-> Deathwing Knights formation now consists of 3 Deathwing Knights units, 1 Deathwing Terminator unit, 1 Interrogator Chaplain and 1 Librarian. The configuration in v1.90 sort of solved the problems the formation had previously when being engaged in FF, but was kind of weird. Giving Deathwing Knights FF also would have felt strange, since these types of squads really are CC only. I've got a better feeling for this version.
-> Black Knights unit got Scout so that the Ravenwing Attack formation can garrison again.

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 Post subject: Re: Return of the Dark Angels (v1.0)
PostPosted: Mon Feb 12, 2018 5:12 pm 
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And if anyone wonders where the inspiration to the Deathwing Specialist Detachments come from, they can go and have a look at the Heavy Armour Breacher Elites at Vanguard.

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 Post subject: Re: Return of the Dark Angels (v1.0)
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Woo! Glad to see this project back off the ground! Some initial thoughts/concerns glancing through the list:

- Drop pods: they're not included in the Transport special rule as an option, but they are included in the unit summary?

-Tacticals/devestators: I'd keep these to just plasma honestly. The thought was probably to allow folks to use their normal marines in a DA list, but what it allows is one stand of missiles for 45cm blast markers and the rest with plasma for the 30cm smackdown. And, honestly, the list is already going to have a lot of toys and options. Reducing the flexibility of the tacticals seems good.

- Terminators: do we need 3 different kinds? If yes, "Assault Terminators" is traditionally the name for either dual lightning claw or thunderhammer & stormshield loadouts; these are just normal terminators and would definitely need a new name. Also adding a heavy flamer to the deathwing knights seems weird?

- What does this list lose compared to Codex Marines? It's less flexible in that it has core and support formations, and can't take titans, but otherwise it seems to be Codex + toys. Available options probably need to be pared down.

- Hunt for the Fallen: this might want to be restricted to just formations with character upgrades rather than infantry too; right now the opponent will have a lot of flexibility in choosing what it'll be (and honestly, in most cases they'll be able to pick their BTS anyway, which makes this pretty situational). Also needs a clause about the target formation being on the board at the end of the game? Right now Eldar for example could pick a unit of rangers and just keep them in the webway all game to deny this objective.


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 Post subject: Re: Return of the Dark Angels (v1.0)
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NoisyAssassin wrote:
- Drop pods: they're not included in the Transport special rule as an option, but they are included in the unit summary?


Great feedback NoisyAssassin!

Just copied the transport section from another list, didn't really read it through.

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-Tacticals/devestators: I'd keep these to just plasma honestly. The thought was probably to allow folks to use their normal marines in a DA list, but what it allows is one stand of missiles for 45cm blast markers and the rest with plasma for the 30cm smackdown. And, honestly, the list is already going to have a lot of toys and options. Reducing the flexibility of the tacticals seems good.


Good catch on the Plasma/Missile Launcher.

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- Terminators: do we need 3 different kinds? If yes, "Assault Terminators" is traditionally the name for either dual lightning claw or thunderhammer & stormshield loadouts; these are just normal terminators and would definitely need a new name. Also adding a heavy flamer to the deathwing knights seems weird?


Whether the list "needs" more than one type Terminators is of course a matter of taste. I thought this could be an interesting way to represent more than the usual type. The normal Terminators should have another name, I agree. The flamer is in the Knights unit for several reasons: 1. To give them a FF value. They become really situational otherwise. 2. To me the Deathwing Knights represent boarding Terminators, who will have Heavy Flamers with them. 3. Because the Vanguard kit I had in mind for the Specialist Deathwing Terminators has an extra Heavy Flamer.

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- What does this list lose compared to Codex Marines? It's less flexible in that it has core and support formations, and can't take titans, but otherwise it seems to be Codex + toys. Available options probably need to be pared down.


Well, if you have any suggestions for what should be removed I'm all ears. I think the list will struggle to get all that many activations, and will force Marines to play differently than they normally do. Look at the upgrades as well, they're in fairly specific places, and come in specific amounts. Access to the "toys" is restricted, so you will have to pay in order to get them.

It's quite problematic to remove core Space Marine stuff in the list, as it would be hard to motivate why they're missing.

As a more general point, the basic Codex Astartes list is quite outdated in terms of units. What it gives you is complete flexibility to select the force that you want. But for example you can't really play an armoured force with it and a lot of options are just kind of expensive and not seen that often (Whirlwinds, Destructors). I think it could do with a lot more options than it currently has given what GW has released recently. If you look at other Space Marine variant lists they also tend to add more than they subtract.

Finally, the list has options that are more expensive than in Vanilla Marines. Maybe more units should have a cost premium tho, considering the special rules they have.

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Hunt for the Fallen: this might want to be restricted to just formations with character upgrades rather than infantry too; right now the opponent will have a lot of flexibility in choosing what it'll be (and honestly, in most cases they'll be able to pick their BTS anyway, which makes this pretty situational). Also needs a clause about the target formation being on the board at the end of the game? Right now Eldar for example could pick a unit of rangers and just keep them in the webway all game to deny this objective.


Good points. Have not really considered this rule all that much. I'll have to think about it.

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 Post subject: Re: Return of the Dark Angels (v1.1)
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 Post subject: Re: Return of the Dark Angels (v1.2)
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I am kind of excited. I may have to storage drive and dust off my DAs. Once I get thru Cold Wars and AdeptiCon, I will pull them out.

I would can the MLs on the Devs.

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 Post subject: Re: Return of the Dark Angels (v1.2)
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I've had a read through the list and have a few comments, some of which echo noisyassassin's above

Firstly the list has a LOT of options, more than most other SM lists, I know that gives variety of builds and whatnot, but I'd ask if you could try to pick out the pertinent bits that make the Dark Angels 'Dark Angels-y' and focus more on those?

for example, maybe take out the 'standard' predator formations and keep the executioners in to focus the theme more on the special toys the dark angels have, same for stuff like the Ares..... *maybe* the Ares could replace the vanilla land raider as an independent formation, and the land raiders be reserved to transport the deathwing around?

I'd be concerned with the potency of the deimos predators in a landing craft.... 4x 60cm Macro shots basically anywhere on the table is really really deadly, in fact I'd be tempted to remove the landing craft to remove that option, I can see that combo really putting some noses out of joint....

The terminators..... I don't think the list needs 3 flavours if I'm honest, the standard loadout is meant to represent a detachment with a mixture of ranged and close combat weapons, and does so pretty well in my opinion.... if you want to add a second flavour, please try the close assault terminators instead, the deathwing knights are ludicrously potent with 2 extra macro attacks each.... I'd suggest adopting the thunder hammer variant with CC2+ no shooting or FF and one extra attack rather than two (plus the inv save) with thunderhawks to fly them round in, they can almost always BTB their targets anyway and don't suffer the teleporter's curse of pre-prepping yourself then losing the strategy roll.... ;)

Thanks for not going overboard with the aircraft, they both look good as they are :)

I'd probably drop the plasma option from the tacticals and make devs fixed twin plasma, giving infantry weapon options is a tad too granular, plus no other marine list has it, pick a thematic weapon loadout and stick with it :)

I'm aware the restrictive list structure helps mitigate some potential issues, although I'm not sure if the Landing craft and space craft need to go into the air third

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 Post subject: Re: Return of the Dark Angels (v1.3)
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Good feedback Kuss, have uploaded v1.3 as a response.

Less options now, but with the rigid structure the list has it's hard to cut down too much in any given category without losing too much flavour, but YMMV.

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 Post subject: Re: Return of the Dark Angels (v1.3)
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okay further feedback from my point of view and I wanted to get this out early so it can be discussed/ignored as everyone sees fit

the list has some very strong restrictions, which is not a bad thing in and of itself, but right now it feels a bit like 2 or 3 lists mashed together..... if you go heavy on the ravenwing, then you can't fit much deathwing in there, then you need ironwing support but you can't afford the stuff you need to include to get the juicy toys.... It might almost work better as 2 separate lists....

I had planned to take on this list and reboot it somewhat, using the newer stats from Mard's list, but I felt someone else should run it as I don't want to seem like I'm hogging lists under my purview

my own idea was to make the ravenwing the core element, as I understand it, they exist as a department within the larger Dark Angels organisation specifically to hunt down the fallen, the nice toys like plasma preds, glaives, deathwing dudes would exist as an adjunct to that

so a very basic structure would be something like:

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Ravenwing formations
Ravenwing land speeders+variants (don't unlock support)

Special- (2-3 per ravenwing formation)

Tacs/Assaults/Devs/Scouts
Deathwing termies (can swap stands for assault termies, also can have land raiders or crusaders)
spaceships
landing craft (need to be careful with this and plasma preds)
tanks (preds, vindicators, whirlwinds etc)

Elite (1 per ravenwing formation)

plasma preds
LR Ares
Glaives

Aircraft (the usual 1/3 limit applies)

Nephilims
Dark Talons
Thunderhawks

it lets folks take most of their DA toys and, I hope, helps to give the list a strong theme around the ravenwing by making their inclusion mandatory, it also really helps to justify the 'hunt for the fallen' rule which as it stands really needs robust testing (I played a big xmas game once where the dark angels had to take down EVERY character in the opposing army to capture the fallen, but that's not much fun if you face orks with a warboss in a great gargant....)

I just hope to stimulate some discussion and hope we can make a well rounded, yet strongly themed list which isn't just codex plus toys, and has its own unique playstyle and theme, I really hope this post is taken in the constructive manner in which it is intended :)

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 Post subject: Re: Return of the Dark Angels (v1.3)
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the list has some very strong restrictions, which is not a bad thing in and of itself, but right now it feels a bit like 2 or 3 lists mashed together..... if you go heavy on the ravenwing, then you can't fit much deathwing in there, then you need ironwing support but you can't afford the stuff you need to include to get the juicy toys.... It might almost work better as 2 separate lists....


The restrictions are super strong, I agree. And it's very much an experiment in that regard. The general plan is simply to limit cherry picking, which in my experience tends to make lists look the same.

But perhaps that makes the lists people take too one sided.

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I had planned to take on this list and reboot it somewhat, using the newer stats from Mard's list, but I felt someone else should run it as I don't want to seem like I'm hogging lists under my purview

my own idea was to make the ravenwing the core element, as I understand it, they exist as a department within the larger Dark Angels organisation specifically to hunt down the fallen, the nice toys like plasma preds, glaives, deathwing dudes would exist as an adjunct to that


I think that while the list should allow such an army to be taken, players shouldn't be forced to take Ravenwing if they don't want to. That would be to take the restrictions too far in another direction, and Dark Angels isn't always in every battle hunting the Fallen after all.

Loosening up the restrictions a bit might help. And maybe the "Hunt for the Fallen" rule might be restricted to armies that include a Ravenwing detachment and / or an Interrogator Chaplain?

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I just hope to stimulate some discussion and hope we can make a well rounded, yet strongly themed list which isn't just codex plus toys, and has its own unique playstyle and theme, I really hope this post is taken in the constructive manner in which it is intended :)


No worries. The Dark Angels is a very particular list, and people are always going to have strong opinions about it. While it will be impossible to please everybody, I'm aiming to make it possible play a variety of lists without going overboard with options. And I can understand that the extremely rigid org in the current list isn't everyone's cup of tea.

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 Post subject: Re: Return of the Dark Angels (v1.3)
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 Post subject: Re: Return of the Dark Angels (v1.4)
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Forcing one into the restrictions of the different wings, and Hunt the Fallen objective is our DA flavor fav. I would like to play the tight restriction over serval months before loosening up the limits.

So Ravenwing and the Deathwing inner circle are your tier one operators. They should be better than line troops and very expensive. There involvement in a battle would be small in number and very specific in task. (think about the operational relationship between delta and the rangers) In that right, if you take them numbers should be small and the "Hunt the Fallen" must be automatic.
It should be a choice to take them or not. As all DAs are not debriefed on the true nature of the Legion. The legion maintains the dark secret all the while continuing normal theater operations.

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Forcing one into the restrictions of the different wings, and Hunt the Fallen objective is our DA flavor fav. I would like to play the tight restriction over serval months before loosening up the limits.


I kind of liked the super-rigid wings too, but I recognize that it might be too much for most people. There's really nothing to prevent you from playing it that way if you like tho.

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How about running some polls to gauge what the community want from the list? I did that with the Imperial Fists, now IF are almost as big at exemplifying the codex as the ultramarines, but the list emphasises the dogged, siege defending aspect of them, do the 'real' IF have Assault marines, bikes, thunderhawks, landers and spacecraft? They certainly do, but those units dilute the *theme* of the NetEA list so were deemed unneccessary.

While few non-DA successors fight DA-style, the list should play as something other than 'codex plus extra toys and minus a few options', that approach was really what killed the most recent incarnation of the Blood Angels list, because rather than complimenting the existing panopy of marine lists, it made most of them largely obsolete....

for me, the unique thing about the dark angels is the ravenwing and their secretive hunt for the fallen, I'm not saying get rid of the deathwing or ironwing, but to pick a strong theme for the dark angels and stick with it, rather than trying to represent all the different ways the dark angels can play. Other chapters use lots of armour (chief among them the scions of iron, but also the IF and Iron hands) so maybe drop the focus back on the more Dark Angels specific styles and have more limited deathwing/ironwing options, perhaps just the more special DA-only units

If you want a more general codex-style list then use the codex list and proxy all your nice DA minis in, that's what it exists for

The guy who mentored me at my first 'proper' job after leaving university once told me that a good designer designs with his eraser, not his pencil, my approach is always to cut stuff first, then add other bits in afterwards, not that I'm advocating that for anyone else of course, just be aware that once a unit is in a list, it's harder to remove it, it's generally better to pare the list back, then add things as people ask, people tend to be happier when you give them a new toy rather than take one away ;)

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I really agree with the point of view that each SM army needs a strong theme, but going with the comparison with your Imperial Fist; I feel like making Ravenwing the defining unit in the list would be a bit like forcing the Imperial Fist player to take all Inf in bunkers.

Right now you *can* take bunkers, but it's certainly possible to play IF without ever even considering the fortifications.

At the end of the day, I suspect all a poll would reveal is that different people are looking for different things from the DA list. And it's a list that's not lacking in things to theme it around:

Stuff off the top of my head:
-> The Deathwing
-> The Ravenwing, the Hunt for the Fallen
-> The Ironwing, and unique Relic items from the Horus Heresy such as the Fellglaive
-> The Plasma weaponry
-> The AA Dreadnought is a novelty item in 40k, but a very interesting unit in Epic
-> The Ares Land Raider

Apart from that, there are certain things that simply can't be missing from a Space Marine list. Which units is of course different for different players, which is why I've been hesitant to do it so far. If it were up to me, there are several things that would get pushed out.

One approach would be to take away some of the redundant units in the list, which I also happen to feel are too common in other SM lists.
-> The Annihilators (which compete with the Land Raiders and the Deimos Relics)
-> The Thunderhawk (which compete with Teleport, drop pods and the Landing Craft)
-> Scouts (which compete with the Land Speeders)

Other people will make a different selection, but it's certainly possible to deliver a list without a lot of the stuff people expect to see in a Space Marine army.

I also think that enabling too easy access to the Heresy era weapons goes against the fluff. Each army should be able to take one unit, but only a themed Ironwing list should be able to take two or three, we don't want EA to become Epic 30k after all.

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