Another battle report. This time I took my Tyranids against regular-opponent-John's Emperor's Children. We played Race to Victory from Chapter Approved, though the mission was largely irrelevant because we were were playing Monsters vs Dreads!
My list was Hive Fleet Jormungandr (which made literally no difference as you will see shortly), Battalion, Spearhead and Superheavy Auxiliary.
HQ: Hive Tyrant with Miasma Cannon, Old One Eye, Malanthrope (warlord)
Troops: 3 Ripper Swarms, 4 Ripper Swarms, 3 Warriors with deathspitters
Heavy Support: 2 Carnifexes with heavy venom cannons and upgrades, Trygon, 2 Tyrannofexes with Rupture Cannons
Lord of War: Scythed Hierodule
John took something like this:
HQ: Daemon Prince, Lord on Steed
Elites: 3 Contemptors with chainclaws with inbuilt Soulburners, 2 Sonic Dreadnoughts with Blastmasters and Missiles
Heavy Support: 2 Decimators with double Soulburners. Leviathan with drill and Soul Burner
John's first turn was pretty brutal. Soul Burners unleashed on the Carnifexes, even with some below average rolls killing both. The remaining Sonic Dread fired on one of the Tyrannofexes to try and take revenge for his brother. One of the Contemptors was Warp-Timed up to charge Old One Eye, easily dispatching him with his chainfists. I used the Stratagem to fight back and knocked off a few wounds, but I was a little worried at this point by all the Mortal Wounds flying about.
A fun but quick game, though I was very lucky with the shooting turn 2, and John had some classic bad luck from that point on. 8th edition is really working for the Scythed Hierodule. John admitted that he should have focused him down on turn one instead of the easier kills of the Carnifexes. I think I would have panicked less, but I think he's probably right. The Hierodule is capable of so much damage if left to his own devices.