Tuesday, 13 November 2018

Element Games Grand Slam - My List


As I may have mentioned previously, in a couple of weeks I will be attending the Element Games Grand Slam (or EGGS) 40k event, at, unsurprisingly, Element Games. I was seriously considering taking my Orks with a new Codex and a list similar to the one I wrote here, but I haven't really had a chance to get any games in with them yet, and I still haven't given the Valiant a go yet, so I've decided to go with an Adeptus Mechanicus and Imperial Knights alliance.

So here is the list I'll (probably) take with me. As with most of the lists I write, it's not really competitive, but it should have some 'teeth', as the TTT team would say. Even though it is a tournament, I will still stubbornly refuse to run anything other than Ryza and Taranis for my forces. With that in mind I've taken a few units that hopefully should take advantage of those traits and stratagems etc. I feel like the list is definitely lacking in bodies, but hopefully will make up for that by overloading the enemy with priority targets. I'll start with 11 command points, but I intend to spend one or two of them buffing the Valiant with a warlord trait and/or relic. I'd considered making it the warlord, but it will almost certainly die every game, and I like the option to pick a trait/relic that will help against the opponent. I'd like a few more command points, so hopefully I'll pick up a couple with Monitor Malevolus.

Ryza Battalion and Taranis Superheavy Detachment - 11 command points

Tech-priest Dominus: warlord trait: Monitor Malevolus; Weapon XCIX (replaces Volkite blaster); phosphor serpenta
Tech-priest Enginseer

5 Skitarii Rangers
5 Skitarii Vanguard: Enhanced Data-tether
5 Kataphron Destroyers: 5 plasma culverins, 5 phosphor blasters

Cybernetica Datasmith

Heavy Support
2 Kastelan Robots: 2× 2 heavy phosphor blasters; 2 heavy phosphor blasters
2 Kastelan Robots: 2 Kastelan fists; 2 heavy phosphor blasters

Lord of War
Knight Valiant: 4 shieldbreaker missiles & 1 twin siegebreaker cannon
1 Armiger Warglaive: meltagun
1 Armiger Warglaive: meltagun

As I said, I don't think this is a top tier list, though maybe a bit stronger than one might take for a friendly or narrative game. I don't really have any expectations of winning anything significant, but I'm aiming to come somewhere in the middle of the pack and, more importantly, have fun. That's the plan anyway, and if the games are a bust, at least there is a bar!


  1. Good luck at the event. If it's any consolation, I think the list I am taking would have a lot of trouble against yours.

    1. Thanks! Perhaps we will get the opportunity to find out...

  2. Best of luck dude, looks like a decent list to take. I have one similar I'm running in a small league with friends, more Ad Mech than Knights but I'm liking the feel.

    1. Thanks. I like that this one is split almost 50/50 on points, feels like a legitimate alliance without being too ‘soupy’.

  3. I like the list a lot. Sticking to your fluff without taking too many 'competitive' options. Excellent stuff sir.

    I do wonder if you'll find a use for all those Shieldbreaker missiles though.

    1. Thanks. Just got back from the tournament. Turns out the primary use for the Shieldbreaker missiles was for a fireworks display, they did miss a lot!