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28 February 2013

Guard Tournament Results (part 3)

Rob speaking,

Moving onto Game 3, you can see my list here


Game 3: David Calder, Tau, Purge the Alien, Hammer and Anvil deployment

PLAYER NAME: David Calder
Army Description: Tau
HQ 1: Shasel (50), Fusion Blaster (12), Plasma Rifle (20), Black Sun Filter (3) Iridium
Armour (20), Advanced Stabilisation System (10), Hard Wired Drone Controller, Hard
Wired Target Lock (5), Hard Wired Multitracker (5), 2 Shield Drones (30),(Warlord) = [155]
TROOPS 1: 12 Fire Warriors = [120] + TRANSPORT 1
TROOPS 2: 12 Fire Warriors = [120] + TRANSPORT 2
TROOPS 3: 10 Kroot = [70]
TROOPS 4: 10 Kroot = [70]
FAST ATTACK 1: Tetra (50), Sensor Spines (10), Targeting Array (5) = [65] FAST ATTACK 2: Tetra (50), Sensor Spines (10), Targeting Array (5) = [65]
HEAVY 1: XV88 Broadside (70), Team Leader (5), Twin Linked Plasma Rifle (10),
Multitracker (5), Hard Wired Drone Controller, HW Black Sun Filter (3), 2 Shield Drones,
(30) , Additional XV88, (70), Twin Linked Plasma Rifle (10), Multitracker (5), Additional
XV88, (70), Twin Linked Plasma Rifle (10), Multitracker (5) = [298]
HEAVY 2: Hammer Head Gun Ship (90), Plasma Cannon (15), Burst Cannons (10), Multi
Tracker (10), Black Sun Filter (5), Disruption Pod (5) = [135]
HEAVY 3: Hammer Head Gun Ship (90), Plasma Cannon (15), Burst Cannons (10), Multi
Tracker (10), Black Sun Filter (5), Disruption Pod (5) = [135]
TRANSPORT 1: Devilfish (80), Sensor Spines (10), Disruption Pod (5) = [95]
TRANSPORT 2: Devilfish (80), Sensor Spines (10), Disruption Pod (5) = [95]
ALLIED DETACHMENT: Orks
HQ1: Big Mek (35), Kustom Force Field (50) = [85]
TROOPS 1: 30 Ork Boyz = [180]
TROOPS2: 10 Ork Boyz = [60]
TOTAL: 325
FORTIFICATIONS Aegis Defence Line (50), Quad Gun (50) = [100]

So looking at David's list, it contains a lot of things to worry the Grey Hunters, with the combination of the Tetras and the plasma turrets on the Hammerheads (4 tl shot plasmagun range 48” i believe)(Tetra 4 TL BS4 marker lights that can plus BS or minus cover). The Orks make for an interesting screen. I feel I will be struggling to get any points out of this game, with only the Kroot looking vulnerable as the Fire Warriors can keep their range and I don’t really have the shooting to deal with the Devilfishes 


Deployment: (night fight turn 1)
I was given first turn (again) and set about deploying my Aegis towards the right flank, David deployed his on the left flank, so I kinda knew where he would be going, David then got to choose if night fight turn 1 or not, and he chose yes. I then deployed with the Hyperios missiles and the blob on the left flank, everything else went on the right flank. David then deployed the Devilfishes, Broadsides and Warlord Battlesuit together behind the Aegis on the left flank and the Tetras and Hammerheads on the right flank. With Orks deployed in a ruin out front centrally the Kroot are then outflanking.
  

Turn 1
David had deployed out of 36” range of the Hyperios apart from the Quadgun, as I had no other long ranged fire power, I spent a turn moving the Vet squad away from the board edge on my right and the blob moved infield, slightly. David moved up the left flank with Devilfishs, the Hammerheads and Tetras on the right move down, they then opened up on the Grey Hunters, with a reduced cover save they are reduced to about 5, but they had to go to ground. The Broadsides and Quadgun fail to hurt the Hyperios Missiles.
 

Turn 2
I got all 3 Vendettas who can just about squeeze into a gap the Quadgun cannot get to bottom left, the blob shuffles infield again, the Veteran squad moves away from the board edge, the Vendettas and Veteran squad then remove both of the Tetras giving me first blood and 2 KP's. David's turn 2 and both sets of Kroot arrive on my right flank, both Devilfinishes turbo over towards the ruin in the centre of table to maintain their 2+ cover save! The Hammerheads continue to push forwards aggressively down my right flank. Shooting sees a squad the battered  Grey Hunters reduced to 2 from the Hammerheads, then the Kroot finish them off.
 

Turn 3
With the Kroot in my lines I needed them gone because the platoon command was pretty close hiding behind a wall, which could easily be reached in a turn or 2 at the very most, so the blob moved over again and the Vendettas moved forwards just in front of a Hammerhead, the Hyperios bounce off the Devilfish, the Grey Hunters, blob and Veterans all open up into the Kroot and kill 1 squad off and maim another, for another KP. Dave's turn 3 and the Hammerheads on the right flank continue to push into my lines, this time both Fire Warrior squads jump out the Fishes and everything then opens up into the small Grey Hunter pack and Veteran squad, both are removed for 2 KP's.


Turn 4
The blob again moves towards the right flank as that's where the action is, the 10 Grey Hunters move forwards towards the Fire Warriors, the Vendettas then all move off the table, the blob then removes the 2nd kroot squad and the rest of my shooting whiffs as the Grey Hunters only kill a couple of Fire Warriors. The Hyperios missiles fail to scratch the Devilfishes again! David's turn 4 a Hammerhead comes crashing through the Aegis and into the Blob, which passes the tank shock, the Hammerheads and Fire Warriors all throw out sickening amounts of fire power into the blob command and Grey Hunters, the command goes to ground and lose 1 Guardsman, the Grey Hunters are removed through weight of shots.


Going into turn 5 I think it’s a good point to go through where we stand: I have taken out both Tetras and both Kroot squads and have first blood for 5pts. David has removed both Grey Hunter packs and the Veteran squad for 3pts.


Turn 5
The blob positions itself to get into combat with a squad of Fire Warriors and the Hammerhead, the Hyperios take out the Quadgun that's been shooting them all game along with the Broadsides (who have done no damage to the Hyperios Missiles). Now we have a little bit of a disagreement, I’m still not 100% sure how it really happened, but I declare a charge on the Fire Warriors and Hammerhead for a disordered charge, so I move closest to closest which is the fire warriors, then I move up keeping coherency, then I begin to move the meltabombs into the hammerhead at that point David stops me saying they still have to move towards the fire warriors, we have a min debate and then David concedes the point and I finish the combat, 1 Fire Warrior remains, who actually wins combat, as the 3 meltabombs explode the hammerhead killing about 10 Guardsman in an epic explosion.

David's turn 5 and the Fire Warriors in the open jump in a Devilfish which flies off as does the other, then the Broadsides open up on a Vendetta which has it's left wing passed a ruin, it’s then hit, penned and destroyed for another KP to David, in combat the lone Fire Warrior is hacked down and the blob moves up 6” towards the other Hammerhead.


We roll for the end of the game and we go to turn 6


Turn 6
The blob moves up and charges the Hammerhead with 3 meltabombs planted on it with 2 pens it explodes, and kills another couple of Guardsman. The vendettas in the meantime have dropped into hover mode and are cowering behind the ruins in the centre of the table from the Broadsides.

Davids turn 6 is basically a none event, the Orks which have moved up need an 11” charge to get into the blob, but they are moving through terrain, and the blob is so strung out there is noway it can all be killed and the Overwatch takes it out of charge range anyway.


At this point we have to call the game as we’re out of time, so we don’t roll for a turn 7.
 

Overall:
I was happy with the win, it ended 8-4 (18-2win) on points with me getting first blood as the only secondary objective achieved. It was a shame about the rules dispute which all seemed very strange, even now, I’m not sure why it even happened, if I’m wrong please point it out. Ignoring that moment in the game, the game went okay for me, doesn’t any game you win heavily? But the Vendettas are still whiffing, it took all 3 and the Veteran squad’s lascannon to take out 2 AV10 open topped 2hp vehicles, so they are starting to become more of a hindrance than help! Because they are so vulnerable to a first blood intercept and they have to be kept out of range, which usually means they are huddled in a corner so don’t do much turn 2 when they arrive, everything they have done they fluffed it /rant!


Moving into game 4 and I’m climbing the tables once again!



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26 February 2013

How to Magnetise a Necron Triarch Stalker

Nick speaking,

OK, so after you have taken all the bits of the sprue and cleaned them up, start assembling the model, up until the point of the weapons sections that are on the last two pages of the instruction book. You may want to consider leaving some of the bits unglued for painting, which is what I did with my driver. Once you have done all that and you come to the gun holder piece that sits under the Stalker, then we will start to magnetise. Start by gluing a small piece plastic or plasti-card (I used an old cut up base) to the underside of that section as pictured below...


We have glued this section in so that we can glue a magnet onto the other side for the gun to magnetise to. Just cut off the piece of plastic on the gun that would normally fit into the hole and that bit is done. I am using these magnets in this section...


Next, use a 2mm drill to drill out a hole in the front of the gun after removing the plastic tab. Glue a 2x1mm magnet in the hole and then into the holes already on the rear sections of the three gun fronts as pictured...


Continuing on with the 2x1mm magnets and your drill piece, drill out the holes that are already in place for the side sections and into the sides of the Gauss Weapons. Then cut of the tabs and put a magnet in place of them on all the other side section bits, again as pictured below...

 

 That's it, all done and ready to go...



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24 February 2013

Eldar Doom! We will adapt...

Nick speaking,

After my initial knee-jerk reaction to the last Eldar FAQ, where Farseer Psychic Powers that do not require line of sight to the target, cannot be used whilst embarked on a Transport! It got me thinking about the 6th Edition Mechdar list that I have been playing. My first thoughts were that the list would be rendered useless with me not being able to cast double Fortune and Doom with Eldrad, but maybe that initial reaction was a bit hot headed, so lets take a look at what this really means for my Mechdar and see how I can adapt.

First up, here is my list as it stands...

IDIC Mechdar

HQ

1 x IDIC Eldrad (210)

TROOPS

10 x Dire Avengers/Exarch/Power Weapon/Shimmer Shield/Bladestorm (162)
              *IDIC Wave Serpent/Scatter Lasers/Shuriken Cannon (125)
6 x IDIC Guardian Jetbikes/2x Shuriken Cannon (152)
              *IDIC Warlock Jetbike/Embolden (50)
6 x IDIC Guardian Jetbikes/2x Shuriken Cannon (152)
              *IDIC Warlock Jetbike/Embolden (50)

ELITES

5 x Fire Dragons (80)
              *IDIC Wave Serpent/Scatter Lasers/Shuriken Cannon (125)
5 x Fire Dragons (80)
              *IDIC Wave Serpent/Scatter Lasers/Shuriken Cannon (125)

FAST ATTACK
 
5 x Swooping Hawks/Exarch/Skyleap (132)

HEAVY SUPPORT

1 x IDIC Fire Prism/Shuriken Cannon (125)
1 x IDIC Fire Prism (115)
1 x IDIC War Walker/2x Scatter Laser/Spirit stone (65)

Points 1748


In this army, Eldrad joins the Dire Avengers in a Wave Serpent. He then HAD the ability to either Guide the Fire Prisms, Doom units in range, and Fortune anything he needed to. Now of course, all he can do is double Fortune his Serpent and the Dire Avengers inside the tank and maybe Guide the Serpent with his third power! Well, the Scatter Lasers are already twin linked, so he will only be guiding the Cannon upgrade. That's about his lot now from inside the tank, even if he gets out of it, he can't do any other powers that same turn!


I could keep him in the list and run with what I have at the moment, just taking the hit and accepting what we have, or we could try to adapt. The obvious choice is to get a Jetbike Seer Council, then I can use any powers with no problem at all, but I don't want a total re-write of my list. I am already playing a Saim-Hann army with a Jet Seer and I have a Foot Council in my Footdar list, so I don't really want them to overlap too much.

So a Seer Council is out, but what about Eldrad? I have been thinking long and hard over this, as I want to basically keep the list as it is, but just adapt it to the new rule as best I can. I could drop Eldrad and have two basic Farseers with Fortune, and Runes of Warding. one to go with the Dire Avengers in Eldrads place and the other to go with one unit of Fire Dragons, as there is nowhere else for her to go!

That change didn't really make much sense, as a Seer with Fire Dragons is going to go down pretty quick just from the nature of what the Dragons need to do in the list, go out, get out, kill something then die! I then got thinking about having two Bike Seers to go with the Jetbike units, not as good as a Seer Council, but the 'Mini Seer' has worked well for me in the past.


The only problem with two Jet Seers with the bikes, is the role the bikes currently take in the list, they are usually just reserving and staying out of trouble so that they can claim any objectives at the end of the game, so I might as well just stick with Eldrad. This then brings me onto my final conclusion, a bit of a compromise between the two. One Foot Farseer to join the Dire Avengers and one Jet Seer to join one of the Jetbike units.

I think this could work well, it gives me the chance to Doom, Guide and Fortune as needed with the Jet Seer, and lets me have Fortune up on the Dire Avenger Wave Serpent, which being Troops, is the tank I need to keep up for as long as possible. OK, so here is my new adapted Mech list, let me know what you think...

IDIC Mechdar v2

HQ

1 x IDIC Farseer/Jetbike/Fortune/Doom/Guide/Stones (180)
1 x IDIC Farseer/Fortune/Runes of Warding (100)

TROOPS

10 x Dire Avengers/Exarch/Power Weapon/Shimmer Shield/Bladestorm (162)
              *IDIC Wave Serpent/Scatter Lasers/Shuriken Cannon (125)
6 x IDIC Guardian Jetbikes/2x Shuriken Cannon (152)
              *IDIC Warlock Jetbike/Spear/Embolden (53)
6 x IDIC Guardian Jetbikes/2x Shuriken Cannon (152)
              *IDIC Warlock Jetbike/Spear/Embolden (53)

ELITES

5 x Fire Dragons (80)
              *IDIC Wave Serpent/Scatter Lasers/Shuriken Cannon (125)
5 x Fire Dragons (80)
              *IDIC Wave Serpent/Scatter Lasers/Shuriken Cannon (125)

FAST ATTACK
 
5 x Swooping Hawks/Exarch/Skyleap (132)

HEAVY SUPPORT

1 x IDIC Fire Prism (115)
1 x IDIC Fire Prism (115)

Points 1749

Sadly I had to drop the War Walker to get them in, but he was just a little distraction unit anyway, so I don't think it will have much of an impact on the list
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22 February 2013

Guard Tournament Results (part 2)

Rob speaking,

So moving up the tables after a good win game 1, I had hoped I would be avoiding a really nasty list, but my luck was not in!


Game 2: Gary Percival, Tyranids, Relic and Emperors Will combined, with Pitched Battle deployment:

GARY PERCIVAL
Hive Tyrant (170) wings (60) Twin Devourers (15) Twin Devourers (15) Old advisory (25)
paroxysm, leech essence (0) = 285
Hive Tyrant (170) wings (60) Twin Devourers (15) Twin Devourers (15) Old advisory (25)paroxysm, leech essence (0) = 285
Doom (90) Mycetic Spore (40) = 130
2 Hive Guard = 100
2 Hive Guard = 100
10x Termagants with flesh borers = 50
10x Termagants with flesh borers = 50
Tervigon (160) Catalyst (15) Toxin sacs (10) adrenal glands (10) cluster spines (0)= 195
Tervigon (160) Catalyst (15) Toxin sacs (10) adrenal glands (10) cluster spines (0)= 195
Harpy (160) Cluster Spines (0) = 160
Harpy (160) Cluster Spines (0) = 160
20 x Gargoyles (120) Adrenal Glands (20) = 140

A much more fine tuned list than Dave's, with 2 Tervigons spawning gaunts and the Harpies for extra flying MCs, this list will give me much more trouble, but I have a chance as the mission favours me.

Deployment: (Night fight not in effect turn 1)
For some reason I won deployment zones and began to deploy, then Gary deployed as well before we’d rolled for who had first turn.... Gary then won the roll off and elected to go first. I deployed centrally not knowing where Gary would go, I kept the Platoon command on my objective with the Blob surrounding it, the Grey Hunters deployed in the left flank to go for the Relic or cut back to support my objective if needed, both the Warlord command and Veteran squad went in the 2 Vendettas.

Gary deployed in a big block with the Tyrants and Harpies out front, 1 Tervigon behind with Gant support, 1 Tervigon goes on the left flank on Gary’s home objective, with the Gargoyles on the right flank.

Turn 1
Gary moves up with all 4 flying critters and push them all into my face, 1 Tervigon poops out 15 and rolls a double, the other poops out 7 or 8 and doesn’t. These then all move up towards the Relic... the Gargoyles then move up to support the flying critters, Gary then throws all his fire power (both Tyrants and Harpies) fire into the Grey Hunters, both squads are reduced to a handful, of which 1 fails moral and runs off the table! Giving away first blood. My turn 1 the blob moves up, the remnants of the Grey Hunters move up as does the Platoon command who are cowering out of sight behind a ruin. The blob then clear’s a large unit of Termagants, the Hyperios and Grey Hunters combine fire into a Hive Tyrant killing it.

Turn 2
Gary drops 1 Harpy and the Hive Tyrant in preparation to charge, the Gargoyles move up to support, then the Tervigon poops out another 15 or so Termagants on his home objective but rolls a double. Both Tervigons then move up towards the Relic, as a squad of 5 Termagants grab it. The Hive Tyrant declares a charge and takes to all the Overwatch hits, the Gargoyles and Harpy move into combat as well, the blob takes a lot of casualties, but kills a few Gargoyles and passes moral. My turn 2 and 2 Vendettas come on, both of the left flank but the game is basically up, I throw everything into the Harpy out of combat killing it, then throw whatever is left into the Termagants holding the relic, I need to stop that moving backwards! Into combat and the blob takes another battering, but thins the Gargoyles to a handful, a Rune Priest then Force Weapons off the Harpy.

Turn 3
The Doom stays in reserve again, the Tervigon moves and grabs the Relic, the Hive Guard start to fire into the Vendettas, thankfully, they all miss. Straight into combat and the blob stem the losses somewhat, killing more of the Gargoyles, they are reduced to 7-8, but the Hive Tyrant takes all the hits on the chin as I fail to wound with a single hit! My turn 3, the Grey Hunters move up to tackle the Hive Guard, the 3rd Vendetta comes on and the others position themselves to take out the Tervigon, the Vendettas then all light up the Tervigon and reduce it to a couple of wounds, the Grey Hunters fire into the Hive guard and do nothing! Back into combat and the blob is down to just 4 Sergeants and 3 bods with attached friends, the Gargoyles are wiped out, but they all remain locked in combat with the Hive Tyrant.

Turn 4
The Doom comes down in my deployment zone and takes out all the Hyperios Missiles and most of the Blob command holding my objective... some spawned Termagants make a move towards the combat involving the blob and Tyrant, the Tervigon retreats with the Relic back away from the Vendettas. More spawned Gants move up and take out the remnants of the Grey Hunters, the Hive Guard then shoot down the Warlords Vendetta, killing all the contents. The Termagants charge the blob and a combination of them and the Hive Tyrant finish all but finish them off, just a Rune Priest left who does nothing to the Hive Tyrant. My turn 4, things are looking bleak now, as the Doom takes out the rest of the blob Command who fail to get out of the 6” range. The Vendettas drop out of zoom mode and take out the Tervigon holding the Relic, combat is quick as the Rune Priest is crushed by the Hive Tyrant.

Turn 5
Everything tries to get shots off on the Vendettas which are my only things left... but somehow they both survive, 1 is limping badly with 1 HP left, but its still going! The other survives a Vector Strike and a Hive Tyrant's shooting 1 2HP left, a Termagant pick up the Relic once again. My turn 5 and I see a ray of light, I zoom over the Tyranid horde and grav chute the Veteran squad in and they land bang on target, contesting the Nid objective, then I make a MASSIVE mistake (I think), I fly over with the Vendetta still in skimmer mode, then open up with everything into Termagants holding the Relic, I should of declared focus fire (but I’m not sure vehicles can??) the Gant holding the relic is 3 Gants in, I get 3 wounds after some shockingly poor rolling, now if I had declared focus fire the 3rd wound would of killed the Relic holder... but instead some Gants are touching cover so get a 3+ cover save and 2 die... close but no cigar.

So at this point Gary has won primary by 3 (as a Gunt is holding the Relic) and winning secondary by 2 (as I have line breaker), so will be a narrow ish defeat if the game ends now!

But no! My luck doesn't continue and the game goes to turn 6, The Termagants and Tervigon protecting Gary's home objective finish off the Veteran squad that contested the objective turn 5, the Vendetta survives the few shots that are thrown at it, my turrn 6 and the Vendetta drops into hover mode to stay on the table.

As we only have 30 seconds left we don't roll for a turn 7 and the game ends, with Gary holding his own objective and the Relic inflicting a heavy defeat on me, which was either 14-6 or 16-4 (memory fail).

Overall:
Well, things went downhill pretty early with my Grey Hunters running off the table, but I deployed poorly with them stranded in the open, behind the Aegis they could of GtG for a 2+ cover save, drastically reducing the casualties, I then would of had a chance of first blood and then 15+ Grey Hunters to help the blob in combat, if the Gargoyles are taken out before they do lots of damage to the blob the game changes I also kept the Rune Priests back, they should of been much closer to the front. But a steep learning curve and an enjoyable game scrapping for every tournament point I could get!

Back down the tables I go!  Game 3 up next!

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19 February 2013

Next Necron Project Results

Nick speaking,

Thank you to everyone who participated in my recent Poll about what Necron unit I should get next. I was using the poll to get your opinions of course, and had full intentions to go with whatever the poll results were. As you can see below, the top three results were a second Night Scythe, Deathmarks and a Triarch Stalker. It was very close between them with only two votes separating first and third. So my next purchase is going to have to be one of these three.

I wasn't surprised to see that a second unit of Wraiths received a good amount of votes, and it was also nice to see Tomb Blades got the same amount of votes as them. As my followers will already know, I have already managed to get my hands on some old Destroyers from eBay, who will be standing in as Tomb Blades for me anyway...

  

 Which Necron Unit Should I Get Next?

Tomb Blades                                9 (10%)


Triarch Stalker                             14 (16%)

Praetorians                                   1 (1%)
 

Lychguard                                    3 (3%)
 
Deathmarks                                  15 (18%)
 

A second unit of Wraiths             9 (10%)

A second Night Scythe                16 (19%)
 

A third Ghost Ark                        2 (2%)
 
A third Annihilation Barge          7 (8%)
 

Aegis Defense Line                     7 (8%)

So it's between a Night Scythe, Deathmarks and Triarch Stalker! I am currently using my Pariahs as stand in Deathmarks, so I don't think I am in any hurry to get them at the moment, and I have one Night Scythe that I am already playing. The Triarch Stalker a brand new unit that I have never had any experience with before, and as a long time Necron player, a new unit is just too exciting to turn down...



 


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17 February 2013

IDICBeer is Back!

Nick speaking,

So, here I am all back up and running again, with a brand new Blog template. The change was a lot of work and to be honest only went as smoothly as it did because I had some (a lot) of help from a very kind wiz kid colleague of mine (thank you very much Bill). Overall I am very happy with the end results and really happy I made the change. Hopefully you all like it too, and more importantly, you find using it a lot easier, especially on your smart phones. Thanks for all your support and lets continue on with some more 40k posts...

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14 February 2013

IDICBeer is Going Down!

Nick speaking,

Due to popular demand, I will be attempting to update the IDICBeer Blog template on Saturday 16th February. So if you visit my Blog and it is down, please do not panic, I hope to be back up again with a brand new template as soon as possible. Thanks for all the support so far and I hope the new template makes your visits more enjoyable. Bye bye my old friend...


Back soon, hopefuly!
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12 February 2013

Eldar Support Weapons Painted

Nick speaking,

I finally finished painting my Eldar Support Weapons, it took me slightly longer than I thought from after I did the post about magnetising them, as I went out and bought a second one after that post. I hope you like them...







 







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10 February 2013

Nid Defence Line Battle Report

Nick speaking,

With my new 'Loc List' ready to go with its Defence Line, I was really looking forward to see how the changes would work out. For my first game with the list, I was up against a Blood Angels army with two Librarians and a Librarian Dread, so there was going to be a lot of Psychic powers floating about...

Stinger Loc List v2

HQ
1 x Winged Hive Tyrant/Devourers/Adversary/Hive Commander/Swap powers for Biomancy (310)

TROOPS
1 x Tervigon/Catalyst/Adrenal glands/Toxin sacs (195)
1 x Tervigon/Catalyst/Adrenal glands/Toxin sacs (195)
17 x Termagants/Devourers/Mycetic Spore/Death Spitter (220)
20 x Termagants (100)

ELITES
2x Hive Guard (100)
2x Hive Guard (100)
1x Doom of Malan'tai/Mycetic Spore/Death Spitter (140)
HEAVY
1 x Mawloc (170)
1 x Mawloc (170)

FORTIFICATION
1x Aegis Defence Line (50) 

Points 1750



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8 February 2013

Guard Tournament Results (part 1)

Rob speaking,

So the other weekend I attended Caledonian, one of, if not, the biggest independent tournament in the UK scene at the moment, which is run amazingly by Tim King, the event was attended by 84 people in the end as the snow took it's toll, but it was still a good turnout.


You can see my list here, I totally forgot my phone so there are no pics which is gutting! But here we go!
Game1: Dave Williamson, Tyranids, The Scouring with Vanguard Strike Deployment:

HQ1 : Hive Tyrant 170pts, 2x sets of Twin-Linked Devourers with brain leach worms 30pts,
Wings 60pts, Old adversary 25pts, Regeneration 20pts, (Total 305pts)
HQ2 : Hive Tyrant 170pts, Lash whip and bone sword, 1 set scything talons, Armoured
Shell 40pts, Old adversary 25pts, 1x Tyrant Guard Rending claws and scything talons.
60pts, (Total 295pts)
Elite1 : 3x Hive Guards 150pts
Elite2 : The Doom of Malan'tai 90pts (Transport 1)
Elite 3 : 2x Zoanthropes 120pts
Troop 1 : 13x Termagants flesh borers 65pts
Troop 2 : Tervigon, Cluster spines, Scything talons 5pts, Adrenal Glands 10pts, toxin sacs
10pts, Dominion, catalyst 15pts (Total 200pts)
Troop 3 : 3x Tyranid Warriors 90pts, Scything Talons, 2x Deathspitter 10pts, 1x venom
Cannon 15pts (Total 115pts)
Troop 4 : 30x Hormagaunts 180pts, ToxinSacs 60pts, Scything talons, (Total 240pts)
FA 1: 20x Gargoyles 120pts, Toxin Sacs 20pts, Fleshborer,(Total 140pts)
HS1: Biovore 45pts
HS2: Biovore 45pts
Transport : Mycetic Spore ripper tentacles 40pts

So after a brief look at the list before the game I was feeling okay about getting something out of this game, as long as I could get my hands on that 4pt objective, I have 3 strong scoring units, 3 weak ones and 3 Vendettas, which can score if the objectives are placed high enough (Which I totally forgot about when placing my objectives....), so I felt confident as long as the Flying Tyrant doesn’t get into the squishy troops behind the blob and the Doom doesn’t cause too much chaos.

Deployment:

I was passed first turn and it was night fight turn 1, so I set about castling in my corner, Aegis out front, with the blob and attached Characters behind, on the left went both Grey Hunter packs and the Veterans, behind that lot went the hyperios missiles, the Warlord Command went in the Vendetta and Platoon Command started in reserve.  

Dave's deployment, Dave divided his army up, the 30 hormagaunts, 13 Termagants, Hive Tyrant on foot, Zoanthropes and Tervigon deployed opposite the blob, then on the extreme left flank went the rest of his army, so that's 3 Warriors, 20 Gargoyles, 2 separate Biovores and the winged Hive Tyrant (which is out of sight to the whole of my army).

Turn 1
Dave attempts to steal and fails, the blob struggles over the Aegis and gets 3” into no mans land, the Grey Hunters also struggle, due to night fight and lack of ranged weapons, I don’t do much damage, 7 of the 13 termagants are slain and one of the Zoanthropes goes down. Dave's turn 1, everything on the right moves forwards bar the Tervigon who poops out 18 gants! Who then in turn jump on the 3pt objective in the centre of his deployment zone, the mauled termagants move and run off to capture the 1pt objective in the top right corner, the Tervigon after spawning the gants moves to capture the 3pts objective in the top left, on the left flank everything moves forwards, still keeping out of sight behind a ruined Bastion. The Biovores then launch their shells into the blob, but cause minimum damage.

Turn 2
The blob moves up to consolidate its position in the midfield, the Grey Hunters still struggle about in the ruin they deployed in, all 3 Vendettas come on, 2 central, 1 on the right flank, the blob opens up into the hormagaunts, thinning them to about 18-20, the Grey Hunters also open up into the hormagaunts, thinning them by another couple. The Veteran squad try to drop the remaining Zoanthrope but fail, so the Hyperios missiles are needed and they do the trick, giving me first blood, the Vendettas fire into the Gargoyles, but only kill about 6 between them. Dave's turn 2 the Hive Tyrant on foot and hormagaunts on the right flank move up to the blob, the Doom stays in reserve, the Hive Guard move out of hiding and run towards the objective in the centre of his deployment zone which turns out to be Skyfire! The Biovores and Warriors hide behind the ruined Bastion, the Hive Tyrant with wings also surprisingly does the same, while the Gargoyles move behind a ruin on the extreme left flank. The Biovores switch target and fire into the Grey Hunters killing 1 and they fail moral, the Hive Tyrant and Hormagaunts declare charges, the Hormagaunts are reduced in number to about 6-7 by the time they hit the blob, the Hive Tyrant makes combat as well, issuing a Challenge which is accepted by the naked sergeant who dies to the hammer of wrath hit, the Tyrant Guard and Hormagaunts kill a handful of Guardsmen between them, while the Guardsmen can only reduce the Hormagaunts to about 3, the Tyrant Guard also takes a wound.

Turn 3
The Grey Hunters that can move do so towards the left flank as they move into range of the Gargoyles, the Platoon Command comes on and reinforces the 2pt objective in the centre of my deployment zone, the Vendettas all move to get LOS to the Hive Guard about to get on a Skyfire objective, they then open the shooting and kill 1 and reduce the other to 1 wound. Combat and the Hive Tyrant issues a challenge, which is accepted by a brave sergeant who obviously dies, the Hormagaunts and guard kill another few Guardsmen, the Hormagaunts and guard are then removed through weight of hits. Dave's turn 3, the Doom arrives next to the blob, but uses the Spore to hide from the Hyperios missiles, the Hive Tyrant moves over to a Vendetta, the Hive Guard move onto the Skyfire objective, the Hive Tyrant takes a hull point of the Vendetta, the Hive Guard then shoot down the Vendetta containing my Warlord company command, luckily 2 survive the explosion. The Biovores kill a couple of Grey Hunters from the pinned squad, but they pass moral! Combat sees the Hive Tyrant issue another Challenge, which is rejected, so a Rune Priest cannot attack, the Tyrant then kills a handful of Guardsmen who then strip 2 wounds off in return, but the other Rune Priests fluffs and causes no wounds!

Turn 4
The Grey Hunters both move out towards the objective on the left flank, the 2 Vendettas move around to get LOS to the Hive Tyrant while still flying, the Grey Hunters start the shooting phase by thinning the Gargoyles to just 4, the Hyperios missiles then fire into the Hive Tyrant and reduce it to 1 wound, which a Vendetta then finishes off, the other Vendetta then kills another Hive Guard, the Veteran squad then remove the Spore pod exposing the Doom. Combat continues and the blob drags down the Hive Tyrant giving me Warlord, then consolidate 5” spacing out. Dave's turn 4 and Doom moves up to the blob, the Gargoyles continue trying to hide, the shooting phase starts by the Biovores firing into the Grey Hunters again, this time scattering way off, the Doom then charges the blob and gets killed by a Force Weapon, the blob then consolidates 2” towards the 1pt objective in the top right corner.

Turn 5
The blob moves up and runs towards the objective in the top right, but they are short! The Grey Hunters move onto the objective in the bottom left, the Vendettas move to support, the Hyperios missiles open the shooting phase and go into the Hive Guard, but it goes to ground passing the 3+ cover saves. The Vendettas then remove both Biovores as the Grey Hunters remove the Gargoyles. Dave's turn 5, the Warriors move up to contest the objective on the left flank while the Hive Guard misses a Vendetta with a snap shot.

So at the moment, Dave has 7pts worth of objectives (2x 3pt and a 1pt objective), I have the 4pt objective and a 2pt objective.. so I NEED the game to go another turn... Dave then rolls a 3... game goes on!

Turn 6
The blob moves up to charge the Termagants, the Vendettas then find their killing ammo and remove the Warriors as the Grey Hunters move to consolidate their position on the objective bottom left, as the Hyperios Missiles kill the Hive Guard, the blob then charge and remove the Termagants, but also get me line breaker.  

We call it game there, as there is no time for another turn and Dave has zero shooting left. So there was a 3pt swing in the last turn, with me now controlling 4pt, 2x 2pt objectives, 1pt objective, while Dave still has control of the 2x 3pt objectives. I also have all 3 secondary missions for a 19-1 win!

Overall
Things went well, I got the objectives I set about getting, (top right, bottom left and my 2 central and bottom right) but I got lucky the game went to turn 6. But I was dominant in the game but Dave had control of the most objectives until turn 6! If it had ended turn 5 I would of lost 9-11! Luckily for me, it didn’t! I was happy to get a win in the first game and with it not being a 20-0 I hope to avoid some of the really nasty lists!

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