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How do I combat Necrons?

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After another humiliating defeat at the hands of yet another Necron army I find myself caught between two possible courses of action. The first, it to learn from my mistakes and field more units to combat Necrons. The second option however, is to just not fight Necrons ever again and eliminate the possibility of losing to them ever again.

My opponent was equipped with the following:

Necron Lord x 1
Immortals x 10
Necron Warriors x 10
Necron Warriors x 10
Annihilation Barge x 1
Canoptek Wraiths x 5
Scarabs x 4
Canoptek Spider x 1
Tomb Blades x 6
Destroyer Squad x 3

Whilst I was equipped with:

Company Master x 1
Librarian x 1
Tactical Squad x 10
Deathwing Knights x 5
Deathwing Terminators (Storm Bolters) x 5
Dreadnought with Lascannon
Devastator Squad with Plasma cannons x 5
Ravenwing Command Squad x 3
Ravenwing Attack Squad x 3

The game began with almost no cover due to no other tables being available, what little cover there was I positioned neutrally along with our objective markers. I got initiative and went first, I moved in order to position my troops in the best positions available to gain objectives whilst seeking what little cover was possible.

I lost the game spectacularly due to objectives being constantly contested and my Ravenwing never making it to the objective I sent them to. Secondly the casualty rate was catastrophic due to the fact that my troops were completely annihilated.



6 Necrons Warriors
1 Canoptek Wraith
1 Scarab (Later rebuild by the Canoptek Spider)

Dark Angels

3 Ravenwing Command
3 Ravenwing Attack Squadron
5 Devastator Squad
1 Dreadnought
5 Deathwing Terminators
4 Tactical Squad

My Ravenwing were gunned down before they could even make it to cover despite my opening salvo taking out the majority of the Necron Warriors. My Deathwing Knights never made it to the battle due to deep strike mishap and my Terminators suffered a mishap and were positioned in perfect range of the Immortals and Necron Warriors. My Tactical Squad were set upon by Canoptek Wraiths and I only held out due to my psyker gaining an invulnerable save on the Perils of the Warp table. My Devastator squad however were wiped out by the Destroyer Squad and my Dreadnought fell to scarabs.

It seems impossible to win against Necrons so I ask you all as experienced players. How the hell do I fight Necrons and stand any sort of chance of winning?
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Well, take this with a pinch of salt because I haven't actually beaten the new Necrons either, but high-strength low ap large blasts and high strength low ap close combat on units that can sweeping advance seem to be the trick. Unfortunately for DA, that basically just leaves Imperial Knights. Deathwing Knights will do pretty well, seems like you just got unlucky with those - basic Warriors really hate Str6 AP4. The regular Terminators, not so much - a squad of Terminators shooting, even with a Plasma Cannon or Cyclone Missile Launcher, will be lucky to kill a Necron Warrior or two. They're strictly inferior to, for example Hammernators or even Lightning Claw Terminators in this instance because their guns are just going to bounce off of Necrons.

The all-Bolters-all-day Ravenwing list might give a good account of itself as their massive rate of fire should counteract the usual uselessness of firing small arms at Necrons.

Learership modifiers and checks, while hard to come by, are apparently pretty good (Terrify a block of Warriors for example) but I can't say I've ever seen it - too much of the army is Fearless or Ld10 and resilient enough not to take morale very often at all.

Killing the Tomb Spyder first will remove Reanimation Protocols from the Wraiths, taking them down from 'borderline broken' to 'very powerful'. Rad Grenades are also a big help against them.

I would say give me a few more games against them and I'll come up with something (having just completed 1500pts of Space Marines, who are similar to DA), but since the only Necron players I know have quit the army due to the new Codex, I don't think I'm going to get much experience against them.
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also some times just leave the objectives and let him go form them while u just shoot the bejesus out of him after all his amount of vp's means nothing if hes got no models left
You can't table Necrons, not in the Decurion leastways.

Or if you can, I've yet to see the list that does it.
His Wraiths reanimation protocols and the fact that his units aren't just powerful but stupidly cheap mean it's so difficult to fight Wraiths with what I currently have.
I hate to say this but with what you have, you're probably boned bar exceptional dice rolls/terrible Necron playing. Dark Angels are very far behind the power curve, and Necrons are right on the cutting edge. With an optimised list, there'd be more in it.
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