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Hey fellow gamers,
The dust has started settling after the 'ard boyz semifinals at the Krystal Keep in Dayton Ohio. My experience was as follows. (It is a little long...skip to the end if you just wanna see how I did.)
12players were in attendance, the field looked like this:
Vulkan Marines: 3
Lash Chaos: 4
Imperial Guard: 1
Tyranids: 1 (Represent!)
2x Tyrants: Devourers x2, +S, +BS
each with 3 guard
2x Carnifex: Barbed Strangler, Scything Talons
9x Warriors with leaping, +S, Death Spitters, 1/2 Rending and 1/2 Scything
4x10 Genestealers: Scuttler, Fleshhooks, one with Feeder tendrils
9x Spinegaunts...without number
10x Spinegaunts...without number
2x Carnifex: Barbed Strangler, Scything Talons, +W, +T
1x Carnifex: Devourers x2, +W, +T, +BS
My first game was against Orks...crap. The mission is modified Kill Points, Troops are worth 3KP, Elite/Hvy/Fast are worth 2KP, HQ/Dedicated Transpots worth 1KP. 12" deployment zones...he wins roll and chooses first turn/deployment.
His list from memory:
30 boyz x3
15 storm boyz x2
9 Meganobz in battle wagon...counts as troops
9 Nobz in truk w/ painboy...elite
15 commandoz w/snigrot
He deploys across entire board. From left to right...storm boyz, storm boyz, battle wagon, boyz squad, lootas, boyz squad, truk. one boyz squad in reserve...commandoz coming in where ever he wants.
I castle in the left corner. This way his slowest elements have the longest distance to travel. Tyrants up front since they are worth the least. Two stealer squads on table, 2 outflank. Both Gaunt squads in reserve I fail to sieze the initiative.
Him: Everything rushes towards me. Battle wagon sets up for turn 2 charge. Storm boyz get closer than I think they should have. Lootas put 3 wounds on a carnifex.
Me: I shoot the piss out of the storm boyz and then charge the squad that does not flee...massacre move brings me back into my castle. Pot shots kill a loota, and a few boyz...dont manage to hurt the battle wagon even with side armor.
Him: Gazgul whaggz...letting stormboyz regroup. Reserve boyz fail to come in. His shooting puts 3 wounds on warriors. He charges gazgul and meganobz into both tyrants and guards. After the dust settles I have killed about 4 Nobs and he kills 3 guard and puts a wound on each tyrant.
Commandos come in and charge two carnifexes. Snigrot kills one, and the rest of the squad puts two wounds on the other. I kill two orks.
Me: 1 stealer squads come in. Shooting kills a hand full of boyz, nothing huge. I charge two squads of genestealers into the mega nobz. Higher initiative + Rerolling to hit + Tyrants and guard still swinging = everything but gazgul dies...he has 2 wounds and kills a tyrant.
I charge genestealers and one arriving gaunt squad into the commandos. I kill a total of 7 models, get kills a total of 6 and passes moral.
Him: Shooting does nothing. He charges boyz squad and regular nob squad into carnifex/commando combat. Not many boyz or nobs make it into combat + all they can kill are a couple gaunts. My genestealers roll gold. I win combat by a narrow margin but he stays put. Gazgul get mauled.
Me: I charge two genestealer squads and warriors into the big combat. I kill everything but a couple Nobz, who stay put.
Him: Seeing the futility of coming after me, he backs everything up. I kill the rest of the nobs and he manages to kill my tyrant with shooting.
Me: We take a close look at the mission and determine that neither of us is going to get more than an draw. We shake hands and add everything up.
Result: 12pts Me, 10pts Him. Great game, a lot of fun to play.
There were 3 massacres and 3 draws for the round. Im not out of it yet..I hope.
Round 2: vs Lash Chaos...I got paired up to one of the massacreing players.
His list from memory:
2xPrinces, one w/ lash, one w/ warp time
3xplauge marines in rhinos
1xland raider w/tzniche terminators.
The mission is dawn of war deployment w/6 objective markers. On turns 2-4-6 you roll to make one of the objectives live. The objectives are spread with 3 on his side and 3 on mine. NIGHT FIGHT FOR ENTIRE GAME...i will not mention the craziness that this created.
I win the roll for first turn and give it to him. He starts with nothing on the board...I pile my 2 gaunt squads on an objective and put a tyrant on the other side of the board. The gaunt basically sit there, out of synapse, for the entire game with a 2+ cover save.
Him: He rolls on with everything and put one wound on the tyrant.
Me: I rush forward and hurt nothing.
Turn 2: The objective on the right side of his board activates...crap.
Him: He sends a rhino of plague marines and a vindicator over to the objective. Deamon princes are on the other side with both other rhinos. He puts a wound on a carnifex with shooting.
Me: Two stealer squads arive...one on each side of the board. He is to strong on the sides so I bring them both in on my back edge. Both Tyrants start moving towards his active objective. I put a wound on the Warp-time prince. Everything else rushes forward.
AT THE END OF TURN 2 A TOTAL OF 3 WOUNDS HAVE BEEN DEALT!
Him: His greater deamon arives to re-enforce his active objective...sigh. The deaom princes inch forward but he fails to lash my stealer squad...uh oh. Shooting does a few wound here and there. Nothing major.
Me: Two stealer squad arive and charge the lash prince...he kills a couple stealers and I eat him alive. At this point a carnifex charges a rhino on that side and bounces off...I am getting two close for comfort for him though. A lucky barbed strangler shot on side armor trashes the vindicator.
Turn 4: The objective on my right side activates, right next to my stealer squad.
Him: His prince charges my injured stealer squad and kills all but one...I may do a wound. All of his plague marines stay inside rhinos. Thats fine with me. The land raider disgorges the terminators who charge one of my tyrants. The Tyrant and guard kill 3 terminators and he does a wound back.
Me: Shooting continues to do nothing. Carnifexes continue assulting vehicles and continue to do nothing. Stealers mop up terminators and deamon prince. My other Tyrant assaults a rhino and bounces off...he is now looking right at a greater deamon and a full squad of plauges.
Him: Land raider moves to contest my objective. The two plauge marine squads on the left still sit in rhinos...thats fine. Plauge marines on right rapid fire into tyrant, maybe killing a guard. Greater Deamon charges in...I do a wound, he does 3 + 2 for combat resolution...not good. Obliterators kill other tyrant with shooting
Me: I finally bust both rhinos on my left. I send a carnifex after the land raider and do nothing despite 2 penetrating hits. My Tyrant regroups and puts two more wounds on the greater deamon. He wiffs his attacks.
Turn 6: Objective in my center activates...to bad for him.
Him: Because I destroyed both of his rhinos he is unable to try to contest the new objective so he must kill all scoring units in the area. He fails, by a lot. He surrounds his objective with plauge marines and the greater deamon and tyrant just growl at each other.
Me: My carnifex destroys his land raider...giving me control of 2 objectives to his 1. That is GG.
Result: Massacre, 20pts for me, 0 for him.
At the end of round 2 one player has two massacres, my opponent from round one is ahead of me with a 23 pt massacre and I am in 3rd.
Round 3 vs Lash Chaos and Abbadon
I have played this player twice before and one both times. His list from memory:
10 Berzerkers in Land raider with abbadon
5 tzniche terminators in landraider
3 plauge marine squads in rhinos
1 noise marine squad in rhino
Mission; Table quarter deployment with one objective in the middle. Primary objective is controlling the center, secondary is controlling the quarters...Kill points dont matter!
I win the roll for deployment but have him go first. He makes a wall with rhinos and land raiders and I make a wall of monsterous creatures and gaunts.
Him: He lashes a tyrant backwards and almost kills a carnifex. His only movement was park a rhino on the objective...i love it when people move towards me.
Me: Shooting destroys the rhino and kills all of the plauges that spill out. I just fan out and march forward a little.
Him: He lashes a gaunt squad away from the objective...which I am fine with. I get peppered by obliterators but nothing important is killed.
Me: I kill his lash prince with concentrated fire and kill a couple obliterators with my warriors...who fail a difficult terrain charge. I went for it with two genestealer squads on his side of the board and fail another difficult terrain charge on his oblits...great.
Him: He murders all but five stealers that went after the oblits and kills a carnifex with shooting. Abbadon pops out of his landraider and murders my entire warrior squad.
Me: I kill all of the berzerkers with abbadon with shooting and then charge the guy with a carnifex and tyrant + 2 guard. Abbadon kills the tyrant+guard before I get to attack...yikes, and I drop him to his last wound with the carnifex.
My 5 remaining stealers charge a squad of plague marines...hit 10/10 and kill all but 2...he whiffs his attacks back! It is important to note that another squad of stealers enters the board on the opposite side and try to run towards the action.
Him: He kills all but 2 gaunts in one squad with shooting and immobilizes the empty land raider. Carnifexes continue dying to lascannons and the like. He charges his noise marnies into the stealer-plauge combat and I manage to hit 9/10 and kill another plauge marine. 2 stealers survive the combat...tying two of his scorring units in his backfield.
Abbadon easily kills the carnifex.
His terminators charge my surviving tyrant and suffer the same fate as their breathren last game.
Me: My last stealer squad walks on the wrong side of the board again. The other squad rushes towards the center as quikly as they can. All of my shooting bounces off of abbadon, who is anchoring his center until my two remaining spine gaunts take a shot. 1 hit, 1 wound, 1 failed save and Abbadon drops. I did a dance.
My tyrant eats his last two terminators and he finnaly kills the stealers in combat.
Him: He loads up his rhinos and rushes towards the objective. The lead on immobilizes itself in an unfortunate spot. The squad gets out and stands on the objective. His shooting kills my contesting carnifex and kills my two heroic gaunts. He controls the objective with a plauge squad, the surviving plauge marine in a rhino, and an oblit and is set up well for a turn 6 stand.
Me: My stealer squad from turn 3 moves 6, fleets 6, and difficult terrain charges 6 in order to charge his center along with my tyrant and 2 guard. My last surviving carnifex also charges the plauge marine in rhino. I choose to relolve the center combat first, killing everyone and massacre moving into a bubble around the objective. My carnifex blows up the rhino and because of the bubble be is unable to contest the objective with the marine inside.
I roll for random game length...Its a 2 . Game over.
I get a massacre 21-0. He killed 1664pts worth of stuff to my 1100 worth of his but I still squeaked out a massacre.
The standings end up:
1st: Orks...my origional opponent
3rd: Dual Lash Chaos...who was massacred in the third round by the ork player but still managed to hang on.
My last two games were increadibly close...and I want to thank both of my opponents for well played, if not increadibly tense games.
MVP: Tyrants with guard...for surviving charge after charge and still bringing the pain.
Last edited by Sniperfex215; August 10th, 2009 at 18:50.
Congrats on the 2nd place win
5th E Sand(Grey) Knights: 11-3 (retired) 5th E Eldar: 37-4 (retired) 5th E Wolves 5-0
Cool wins, it seems like you had the luckiest shooting....ever? in that 3rd game. A Rhino dead and all Plague Marines with Tyranid guns? I would have been crying. The way Abaddon died is why I never take special characters, they always die to the dumbest stuff. :]
Seeing how there's so much Lash and such, I'm glad my army can dominate those lists. 4 of the sameish lists in a tourney? This is Warhammer not Magic the Gathering....
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8x TL Strength 6 w/reroll to wound
24x TL Strength 5 w/ reroll to wound
8x Strength 6 blasts
1x Strength 4 large blast
19x TL Strength 3 shots
Tyranids can Shoot my friend...we just cant hurt land raiders.
To be fair, Abbadon did kill 604 pts worth of stuff and draw a huge amount of fire.
This is 'Ard Boyz though...the broken stuff is the stuff that advances. I just wonder how many people changed their lists after the pre-lims...not because of the new missions, just because they wanted to use something meaner.
Great games and good report. The way you deployed in game 1 and with all the blast weapons that you had, I thought you had a good chance to beat the orks. One thing I don't like about orks is that usually you won't finish the game against them in a tourney setting...they take way too long to resolve just 1 round due to the number of models they have.
Abaddon is one tough cookie. In 1 tournament I had playing against him, it took my 2 cc-fexes and 3 killa kans (it was a doubles tourney) and a large amount of dakka prior to finish him and his terminators off.
Congrats and reps on a job well done. Hopefully you go on to the finals and represent.