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Well, so the semi finals are over and I didn't manage to get into the top 3. Kind of depressing as I really wanted to go to Chicago. Not just to run in the finals but also to see some old friends and family (I grew up there)
The first round I played a some what nidzilla army. I really needed first turn but as luck would have it, I didnt get it nor was I able to grab the initiative. Overall my Tau managed to hold their own and we tied. I managed to get all 4 bonus points.
The second round I played another nid army. I managed to get first but my opponent kept everything in reserve. Since it was a dawn of war set up it allowed me to deploy my troops and get them all moved into position. However, it was nightfighting for the whole scenario which really hurt me. Even with BS filters on my hammerheads, broadside shas'vre and my hq I could only really shoot with these each turn till they started to close and my pathfinders started to be able to mark units. While I feel my guys did well (I killed more points then he did) he ended up getting a massacre on me with me only able to claim 1 of the bonus points.
I would also like to note that all my DF and Hammerheads had SMS which did prove to be quite a pain for him.
Last game I still stood a chance to get in the top 3 (if one of two players did very badly, which they didnt) However, the Eldar player I went up against chose to not be there on time. He was off doing something. Anyway, just before the event coordinator was about to declare the game to me by default (which I really would prefer to play) he showed up. He took awhile setting up which really ate into the time we had to do the scenario.
He went first and pounded one of my pathfinder units scoring 9 wounds with a fire prism. Going to ground with them saved them big time. Already getting a 4+ cover save, the 3+ saved 4 of my pathfinders and only giving him 1 kill. I really stuck it to this guy as in my first turn of shooting I destroyed one fire prism and destroyed the main gun off of the other.
My crisis fireteam did a pinpoint deepstrike on turn 2 and roasted 20 of his guardians in cover and I wiped out the scorpians he outflanked with that was unable to destroy the hammerhead they assaulted. My broadsides and some small arms fire was whittling down his wraithguard. All the while my deathrains and HQ kept slowly damaging his two wave serpents. My kroot did a great job of luring his storm guardians and wraithguard off to my right table quarter. I sacrificed one kroot squad while another was intact as it kept falling back.
We only made it to turn 3 but it was quite obvious that turn 4 I would have recieved a massacre and I believe the game going the full rounds I probably would have tabled him. Not that this would have given me a top 3 spot regardless.
All in all, all three opponents were fun to play and I am very happy with how my army performed. There were several very nasty arguments as we had 3-4 very anal rules lawyers there. Gratefully, I did not have to play any of those people.
The overall winner was a Vulkan SM player. Hopefully next year I will be able to represent for the greater good.
- Never underestimate the power of human stupidity.
Out of curiosity, how many fliers and outflankers did that second nids player have? On the same line, how many Infiltrators do YOU have? If he has his entire army in mission reserve, you could have completely wasted him by forming a line on his table edge. Tyranids don't have vehicles, and so cannot Tank Shock you out of the way. If you had done that, the entirety of his army other than ones with the Wings biomorph would have attempted to come onto the field, been unable to, and died instantly without you having to fire a shot. That leaves you with on his outflankers and a Flyrant to deal with, which probably would have amounted to 500 or so points of stuff, tops, plus would have come on piecemeal.
I realize that this is an incredibly mean, cruel, underhanded, and unfair way to win... but it is completely legal and in THAT scenario for THOSE stakes I would have taken it with both hands.
Last edited by PsyBomb; August 10th, 2009 at 15:30.
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Snow Forces of T'olku W/L/D : 3-4-2... I like to think I'm learning, though.
Oh man, that is such a evil idea. With the kroot I had (and I did put them out as my two original troop choices) I could have easily covered his table edge.
- Never underestimate the power of human stupidity.
I had the same thought, PsyBomb.
Yet another reason why Kroot totally kick ass.
And another reason why pure infantry lists are nowhere near as viable in 5th edition 40K as they were previously.
ninjabackhand: point and click, again, really? even after i give you an military term "shock tactic" you still call it point and click.
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I note that you mentioned your fire squad, was this what I call a torch squad (TL Flamers)? How did you find it performed overall under tournie conditions?
Would you post the list you used and let us know what maybe (if anything) you would have done differently.