So my super friendly game was against a super friendly guy who unknowingly (he only started playing 40k in December) brought the single most UNfriendly detachment in the game: necron decurion.
He didn’t know, I wasn’t mad, but i did prepare myself for a stomping. I actually did better than expected, nearly forcing a draw and only losing by 1 victory point. In terms of what we had left on tje board it was a lot more in his favor.
Got to run Jain Zar and a Crimson Hunter and Wraithguard for the first time- all did very well, especially those wraithguard. Let’s hear it for d-scythes. “Nice 20 man warrior squad you got there. Too bad they’re in template range.” VOIP
then the wraithguard got focus fired to death by like… everything else including the deceiver shard. But hey, 20 ded crons.
Anyway, really nice dude, really fun game even though I lost. Looking forward to playing him again.
Roman Britain, 2nd or 3rd century AD from the Roman fort at Maryport, Cumbria An Algerian town councillor serving as a Roman army officer in northern Britain
This large and highly-decorated altar, made of Cumbrian red sandstone, was one of the earliest antiquarian finds from Britain: it was discovered shortly before 1587 in the north-west corner of the fort at Maryport, where it had probably been re-used in a late-Roman building.
It was dedicated by Gaius Cornelius Peregrinus, tribunus (military commander) of the auxiliary garrison at Maryport. He came from Saldae (now Bejaia, Algeria) in North Africa, where he was a decurion (town councillor). Ritual objects have been carved on the sides and back of the altar: they include an axe and a knife used in the slaughter of sacrificial animals, and a flagon and dish used for pouring liquid offerings.
The main inscription translates ‘To the Genius of the place, to Fortune the Home-Bringer, to Eternal Rome, and to Good Fate, Gaius Cornelius Peregrinus, tribune of the cohort, decurion of his home town of Saldae in the province of Mauretania Caesariensis, gladly, willingly, and deservedly fulfilled his vow.’
A further inscription on the back of the altar, probably added in the third century, reads simply 'VOLANTI VIVAS’ ('Long life to you, Volantius’).
Basically in a game with a lot of “Oh my GOD you brought THAT cheesy detachment?! AUGH!” the decurion is kinda king of cheese mountain. Like, I can’t really complain given that I often play a Windrider Host which is like… 4th or 5th in terms of fucking cheese, behind arguably the Gladius, the Tau shenanigans with eternal 2+ cover, and maybe one other thing I’m not remembering. Really high up there, anyway.
And if the guy had been like “Yo hey I want to try out a tournament list; it involves a Decurion detachment” I could’ve been like, “Oh, okay, I’ll bring as many d-weapons as I can cram into a windrider host and try to instant death your ‘crons so they’re less fuckening unkillable”. But when setting up the game, he was like “I’m just looking for a low-pressure super friendly game.” And it was! It was that! Because he had no idea that the decurion detachment was king of cheese mountain, and didn’t mean to be like “Ha HA, you fell into my TRAP! Instead of a casual list I brought YOUR DOOM”.
And like i said, I did better than I expected. My wraithguard really did a number on his warlord’s unit, and nearly killed the warlord himself. First time I’ve ever taken them out, so I didn’t know how gross they were either. Frankly d-scythes are pretty clearly overpowered and against like, any other force I would’ve ended up feeling bad for having brought them. Wouldn’t be surprised to see them get very nerfed in the next edition. But as long as people can bring Decurion detachments of nigh-unkillable necrons, I guess some other armies need at least to have the possibility of that kind of overpowered cheese. I’d rather see both get nerfed tbh, but it is what it is. At least only 5 of my dudes were OP, instead of like, my entire formation. :p