As I mentioned in the last post I was at a tourney at the weekend. It was a local one organised by my FLGS, Worlds at War. It was in fact 3 tourneys in one – a 40k tourney, a flames of war tourney and a warmachine tourney. My son and I entered the 40k tourney. Little Geek just turned 12, the minimum age for this tourney.
The tourney was not particular hard core! There were 12 people, three of them kids (Little Geek and 2 of his buddies from school), and I knew and have played most of the others on numerous occasions. A tourni for fun and laughs.
I eventually decided on Version 3 of the twin Raven list – the one with the Honour Guard and the Vanguard Vets. First game was against a friend who was playing his Chaos Marines. They were a Khorne themed army and absolutely stunning. The man’s an artist! Unfortunately he didn’t have enough shooting to down my Ravens before I hit his lines. After the dust settled he had a Greater Demon left, locked in combat with one of my Furiosos, and nothing else. A win for me.
Game 2 was seize ground, three objectives, against a fairly typical mech elder list. I was a little worried about this one as if he played the “last turn objective grab” game I might struggle. But my dice were on fire and I downed his Grav Tanks pretty quickly and the rest was mopping up. Another win.
Game 3 was annihilation, Dawn of War against an ultra marines army. He was running 15 (foot slogging) Tac terminators and assorted bits and bob (attack bikes, trip lascannon predator, thunderfire cannon, some foot slogging tactical squads and a speeder). Nothing much to say really. After I killed the bikes and the predator, the Furiosos got in among his units and even the Terminators couldn’t do much. The funniest thing was my assault squad running as hard as possible to get out of range of his Thunder Fire Cannon! The bloody thing killed the whole squad down to the sergeant!
Game 4 was a blast – annihilation again, against the guy who taught me to play 40k (Little Geek and I attended the local GW “beginners academy” a couple of years ago and this guy was the staffer who ran it – it’s all his fault!). He plays space wolves, and usually runs long fang spam with lots and lots of foot slogging grey hunters (surprisingly effective!), but recently he’s been moving to a mech based list with Hunters in rhinos and razorbacks, a land raider and a couple of dreads.
I got first turn and set up to rush him – thankfully he didn’t seize, and first turn I moved flat out into his face killing the Land Raider, and one of the razorbacks using power of the machine spirit. In reply he downed one of my ravens (I think with living lightening). At this point I though it was in the bag, but he played a very clever game and pulled it right back – in the end I thing I won by 2 kill points. Highlight of the game was one of my Furiosos being locked in combat with Ragnar Blackmain for 4 rounds of combat (after having butchered the squad he was with) and then, just as the Furioso got out of that combat, he was charged by a rifleman dread, and locked in combat with that dread until the end of the game….!
Little Geek did pretty well. He plays Demons, and (of course) struggles against the grey knight spam you see at tourneys (he’s been coming to tourneys with me since he was 10 – at least to the ones without age restrictions, so for his age he’s an “old hand”). This time he played 2 grey knight players and beat them both. I suspect the most satisfying was against one of his schoolmates who had been explaining how his Knights would stomp Little Geek’s Demons. I think LG killed everything bar his Land Raider!
So fun for all the family and a cool trophy for me for pulling out the win!
So anyway – final decision on the list for this coming weekend? Well last night I was agonising over which version of the twin Raven list to take. I had all my models out on the table to see what I had available (sadly it has to be a pretty big table!). In a moment of weakness I was distracted by the shininess of my Sanguinary Guard – a year ago I painted a bunch of the models thinking I might run a Dante Wing. But they’re tricky models to paint, and I got a bit bogged down. The project went on the shelf after I finished about 15 models….but last night they looked so shinny!
So I’ve gone with Version one of the twin Raven list, but with a slight change – rather than taking an assault squad whose only job is to camp objectives, I swapped it for a 3rd Sanguinary Guard squad! So a total of 15 scoring bodies in 3 separate squads… and 4 of the missions involve objectives, 2 of them 5 objectives….oh dear! Yes, that’s right I’ve actually made the list worse – what can I say – I’m a victim of shinny model syndrome!
I suspect I’ll get stuffed…..! But I’ll win the Saturday night poker game we’ve got planned….(well actually no, I’m rubbish at poker so I’ll probably lose my shirt!)
I’ll let you know how it goes.