Sunday, January 17, 2010

Tournament Results

The tournament was a total blast for me. It was the first one I had ever played in. and it went pretty well. After the advice I got on the blog I decided to take my own list, with a few changes. Here it is:

2x Death Company Furioso Dreads w/ HF and meltagun
2x Tactical squads w/ flamer and Lascannon and rhinos
3x Baal preds
2x Attack bike squads with MM, 2 bikes each
1 Landspeeder squadron, 2 speeders with HF and MM, and one with a typhoon ML

The list worked pretty well I thought. I was pleased with each of the units in the end. Although, I would drop the lascannon from the tac squads without too much hesitation. With all the moving I had to do, they just didn't get fired enough to justify the points, although in one game, one of them stopped an annihilator pred.

So on to the games! The point of the tournament was to mix it up a bit, so they used 3rd and 4th ed scenarios. I began playing with 5th, so they were new to me, and I thought they were pretty fun.

Game 1 was Cleanse, control table quarters with troops. I was matched vs a nice guy named Luke who proceeded to kick my teeth in with his drop pod wolves. He ran a tough list, but I played terrible. I didn't place anything in reserves like I should have, I deployed poorly, I didn't even pop smoke on my tanks and dreads at the end of the first turn before he dropped on me. It was abysmal to say the least. Even had I played well, his list was tough, and I don't know if I could have beaten him. Wolves are tough, and they have an answer for everything in each squad it seems. Melta and chainfists for vehicles, 3-4 attacks on the charge, and counterassault. So, he beats me in table quarters 2-1, and mostly destroyed my whole army. I did get more than half of his army, but I still lost.

Game 2 was vs a cool kid named Brett playing foot slogging orcs. Mission was to get into your opponents deployment zone for bonus points. He had about 150 models on the table and things weren't looking to wonderful. The game went well for me though. I had lots of shooty, and the flamers on the dreads and the speeders took their toll heavily on the poor orcs. He deployed first and had to be spread out, so I took one side of the board and rolled his flank. He got a few of my preds, a speeder, and a bike. Everything else of mine made it into his zone and I scored major points for all the units and the rhinos. He had a few squads in my zone, but I won the game squarely.

Game 3 was against a fellow named Aaron. He was a good opponent overall, but his Chaos Marines list could have been better. It was Fabius Bile and a load of his enhanced plague marines. 3 squads in rhinos, and one 20 man squad with a predator annihilator. The mission called for me to defend a 2'x2' square from him. I had a building right in the middle of it, so I parked my bikes and speeders right on top and fired at him as he advanced towards me. I popped his rides so he had to get out to fight me, and the combats just didn't go too well for him. He had a really bad time with his powerfists against my dreadnoughts, and I ended up grinding him down. Fabius took out my Libby in an epic assault on top of the building. I gave him 2 wounds and he gave me 3, I failed one of the 3+ saves and that means ID against Fabius. Too bad. I won the game pretty solidly. His 20 man squad was down to about 15 marines and locked in assault with my dread, and his predator was immobilized. I had lost one baal pred to massed Lascannon fire, on baal was immobilized from meltagun fire, and lost 3 attack bikes and Libby. It was a fun game overall.

So the results came in and I had tied a few people in battle points. There were 3 of us tied with 2-1 records. But my victory points were the highest of anyone else at the tournament. I had gotten loads of bonus points for fulfilling the objectives during the missions. So I came in second! I was stoked over it. The guy I lost to was the first place winner, so that was a little consolation for me.

I'm glad I stuck with my own list in the end, rather than borrowing from Stelek. I had played similar versions of this list before and was certainly more comfortable with it than I would have been with the razorback spam list.

Long report I know, but hopefully worth the read.

I'm just waiting now for the next time!


  1. CongratĂșlations! I am always happy when people find their own list. Not that I don't like Stelek's approach- in fact I am a regular reader of his blog- but I usually play 1750 points (being European) and a lot of his tactics just don't work below 2000.
    Anyhow- good read- send some fotos next time- I know you can paint and I'd love to see your army in action.

    Congrats again.

  2. I brought my video camera to to take pics, and maybe even some vids, but I just didn't have the heart to do it. I was so flustered over being in the tournament.

    But next game I have to get things together, and get some pics of my army in action.

    Maybe I should get it painted first . . .

  3. Good job Michael - glad the tournament went well. I want to play Luke one of these days. Everyone says he wins every tournament! Not sure how fun wolves vs. wolves would be though... I agree with you on the squads with the Lascannons. Unless you can Combat squad them it is a waste to stick them into 10 man units...

  4. Thanks John. And I appreciated your help on the list. The Librarian was a great add. I shut down JotWW and Living lightning with the hood, which made me feel great.

    The winner didnt't deserve it in the end. I was reading the wolves codex after the tourney, and he wasn't playing by the rules. I will post about it in a few days, I'd like to get some feedback, because this is the first time I've run into that. I make mistakes in the game and maybe pick more dice on the assault then I should or something similar, but this was blatant, and quite unfair. Anyways, I'll post it a bit later after I calm down about it, lol.