Finally got out to an event over in Rochester, NY yesterday at Millennium Games. It was not really a tournament but a set of three games to let people learn to new rules and see how theirs lists would work out under them. Multiple lists were allowed and prizes were handed out by a raffle at the end.
The format was 1500pts with three 2.5 hour long rounds. Since this event was really just for fun and learning I wanted to try something that I had not really done before, bring a list with a minimum of vehicles and large number of infantry. With the reduction in cover saves I really didn't know how this list would work out, last edition 4+ saves were good, but I was a bit worried about the 5+. I also wasn't sure how this list would react to different armies. I've used a vehicle heavy Guard army since I started playing in 3rd edition. I just love tanks.
Here's my list:
Company Command Squad(Power Fist, Med-Pack, Standard,Vox, Plasma Gun) + Chimera
Vets 1 ( 3Plasma Guns, Grenadiers, Power Fist) + Chimera
Vets 2 ( 3 Meltas, Demolitions, Power Fist) (In Vendetta)
Command Squad (Vox, Power Sword, Commissar, Power Sword, Standard)
5 Infantry Squads (2 Commissars, 7 Power Swords, 2 Vox, 3 Flamers, 2 Grenade Launchers)
Heavy Weapons Squad (3 Lascannons)
Heavy Weapons Squad (3 Missile Launchers)
Special Weapons Squad (3 Sniper Rifles)
Special Weapons Squad (3 Grenade Launchers)
Vehicle Count: 3
Infantry Count: 101
I don't think I ever made a list without a Leman Russ before, and with the new Squadron rules taking a pair of them isn't so bad, even with the limitation of having Hull Points.
Tyranid Prime (warlord) + whip/sword, toxins, regen (bio)
Tyrant + wings, devourers, old adversary, regen
Hive Guard x3
Zoanthropes x3 (all telekenesis this game)
Termagants x30 (warlord here)
Tervigon + claws, toxins, 3 powers (bio), cluster spines
Raveners x6 + rending
Shrikes x3 + whip/sword, toxins
Mission 2 featured the Hammer & Anvil deployment with The Emperor's Will as objectives. Below you can see our terrain set up, I have the right side of the board and he had the left. You can see his objective next to the gray ruin and mine was in the building centered on my side. We both wanted to set up terrain to our own favor. He wanted to cover his advance and I wanted to protect my troops so they could shoot more before they got nom'd. I think that my warlord caused my units within 12 to have move through cover but I do not recall what his was.
Aaron gets 1st turn and deployment so I get to go second. We both deploy right up on the edge of our zones, he wants to close with me as soon as possible and I wanted to open fire as soon as possible. He doesn't have any reserves but I reserve my Vendetta with Melta vets inside to outflank.I put the 20 man blob and platoon command in the far building. The rocketeers and large blob are in the center. In the nearest building is a lascannon squad, the grenade launcher squad, and my Company Command in their Chimera. In the rear building are the snipers with the plasma vets just beyond that in their Chimera.
The nids begin to advance through cover, the flyrant comes flying at my lines and so forth. The tervigon spawns 17 gants but rolls doubles so they will be all that come out. They move to hold his objective and get a skyfire nexus. How amazingly useful... The thropes cast some invul bubbles and buff the flyrant.
The flyrant shoots up and shreds my Lascannon teams and the 4+ cover is not nearly enough to save them, Aaron takes 1st blood.
I move nothing, and begin to fire upon the bugs. My objective is nothing of note. I order bring it down for the missile teams against the flyrant and then first rank fire, second rank fire on each of the blobs. The 20 man blob downs a ravener and other shooting kills 1 gant. No other harm is done.
The tyranids advance again, gants and tervigon remain in cover the shrikes move up again and the ravenors prepare to assault the blob. The flyrant flies over the 30 man unit and lands at its rear near all the sergeants and the commissar. For shooting, the hive guard attempt to de-mech the plasma vets but fail to cause any damage. Zoanthropes attempt to wipe out the missile teams but all of their crushes only manage to kill 1 team. Still, it's enough to force a morale check. The flyrant dishes out some pain to the blob and kills 2 sarges and a commissar as well as some troopers. Look out sir! wasn't doing to well here. Don't think the troops liked their leaders much.
The raveners assault the 20 man blob, I think overwatch causes 1 wound and striking first does not help me much either. They end up killing more than half of the unit, though we're stubborn and hold fast. The missile teams pass morale prepare to unleash some more rockets.
In my turn I roll to see if the Vendetta comes in but it does not. I move my platoon command squad to cover the side of the 30 man blob, though I probably should have just charged for the extra attacks. I shoot at the flyrant but fail to do anything. I cause 1 wound on the terivigon and wipe out the shrikes. I think one of the zoanthropes died this turn. In the assault phase the raveners finish off the infantry and consolidate towards the platoon command.
The tervigon begins to come towards my lines, bringing some of the gant blob with it. The tyrant flies over my command squad's chimera and toward the nearest table corner. The ravenors continued to move at the PCS. Both of my Chimeras are blown this turn, the plasma vets get pinned but the company command is not thanks to their Regimental Standard's morale reroll.
The Tervigon assaults the blob but the gants fail to follow. The raverners engages the PCS and wipe them, they consolidate towards the plasma vets. The tervigon takes a wound and kills a few guardsmen, they hold, even without their commissar.
The Vendetta arrives and outflanks this turn, I zoom it onto the board and shoot at the zoanthropes, killing those that remained. The plasma vets shoot at the raveners and cause some wounds, killing 1 I believe. Shooting from the CCS grounds the tyrant, even though it could not wound it, a lasgun brought it down to the ground. Combat with the tervigon continues to grind on.
The gants all shuffle around again to max out cover. The tyrant turns and shoots my CCS to death. The raveners charge my dismounted plasma veterans. Overwatch manages to cause a few more wounds thanks to some lucky plasma gun hits.
The veterans must have been ready for action because I dish out quite a few regular wounds before he gets his attacks. Then the powerfist strikes with them and causes some more wounds. In the end only 1 ravener remains alive while I lose 2 guardsmen. He fails morale due to a lack of synapse but I fail to catch him. The tervigon combat continues but the blob falls back this time. They wind up right on top of the objective.
On my turn the Vendetta hovers forward and the mela vets dismount.
I move the melta vets forward and begin to open fire. The melta vets shoot melta and some shotguns, but I also toss a demo charge and frag grenade at the gaunts. All this only manages to kill about 6 of them.
Plasma vets put a wound on the last ravener. The blob rallies and shoots at the tervigon dropping it to 1 wound. Most everything else fires at the tyrant leaving it with only 1 wound. The vendetta hits the tervigon as well but rolls only 1s to wound.
The spawned gaunts on his objective shoot and assault the vets, the hive guard do nothing. The Tervigon and tyrant both assault the blob. The Vets and the blob are both wiped out.
On my turn I take out the tyrant with lots of my fire. The tervigon is able to absorb the rest, but I forget to shoot my grenade launcher special weapons squad. We have to end the game here due to time.
In the end Aaron had 5VP to my none, since he took first blood, slayed my warlord, held his objective, and contested my own. Had I fired my grenade launchers, it could have ended up 5-3, but my only hope of really winning would have been to pull the gants off of his objective somehow. Overall this was a very fun game and it was great to finally play against Aaron as I have seen him at several events and have been reading his blog for some time now. In this case I don't think player placed terrain worked out too badly as we both got what we wanted out of it, but it still looked kinda cinematic with my guard trying to hold their line against the encroaching alien menace. Still, I think for tournaments that TO set terrain would be preferable.
My vendetta rolled a lot of 1s to wound this game but still preformed okay. It didn't die, so that was nice too. With this game in the books I was impressed with how this list preformed. Coming into this set of games I really expected a lot worse. Warlord traits are hit or miss, but I think they are a cool addition to the game
Game 3 sometime later. I may just want to spend tomorrow night painting.