Guest Editorial by Raw Dogger: The Road to Adepticon 2014

Guest Editorial by Raw Dogger: The Road to Adepticon 2014: The Coteaz Conundrum. As always, Raw Dogger has a potty mouth and strong opinions, so reader be ware! Check out his blog, KimChiGames for more Raw Goodness!

This year I’ve made the monumental (financially speaking) decision to attend Adepticon this coming April.  This isn’t my first time attending the iconic event, as I made the pilgrimage 2 years ago.  The sheer magnitude of the cost to attend this tournament certainly doesn’t make this an easy decision to make.  With tickets running about $75 for the weekend badge and the 40k Championship, round-trip airfare running around , $300 from California, and rooms that cost $125 a night you are looking at eating a ton of ramen just to afford this thing.  Cost aside, this is THE tournament to attend if you are a 40k tournament gamer and want to test your metal against the best players in the country.  I believe there are 270-ish players in the Championship, with only 16 moving on to day 2.   The organizers do a good job making other events available after the championships, so when you get the inevitable loss in round one you can look forward to a busy weekend afterwards.

My biggest mistake the first time I went was signing up for too many events, sharing a room with too many people, and drinking my body weight in alcoholic beverages.     Seeing as how I’ve effectively stopped drinking any kind of alcohol (THANKS, OBAMA LIVER) that takes care of the expensive drunkenness.  As for the room situation, that is almost unavoidable.  I will be at the tournament for at total of 5 nights.  That will be around $550 just for the hotel alone.  I CANT AFFORD THAT SHIT!  So teaming up with 4 or five guys to crash on the floor is mandatory.  As for the events, I only plan on signing up for the Championships and then a couple of smaller events spread throughout the weekend.  I will be socializing a lot more this time around.

OK, so what the fuck is the title of this post going on about?  Well, I had just about finalized my 1850 list for Adepticon when, as usual, a nagging thought came to me (as it do).  Here is the original list I was set on taking,

Space Marines (Iron Hands)

Chapter Master – Terminator Armor, Shield Eternal, Thunder Hammer, Auspex

Tactical Squad- +5, Plasma Cannon, Plasma Gun, Rhino

Tactical Squad- +5, Plasma Cannon, Plasma Gun, Rhino

Scout Squad – Melta Bomb

Terminator Assault Squad- 4x Thunder Hammer/Storm Shield, Land Raider Crusader w/Multi-Melta

Land Speeder x2 – Typhoon Missile Launchers

Land Speeder – Multi-Melta, Heavy Flamer

Storm Talon – Sky Hammer Missiles

Devastator Squad – +3, Missile Launchers

Thunderfire Cannon


A slight variant from the list that I took to Brawl in the Fall.

Then I got to reading Captain Dees’ (Nutz) Feast of Blades tournament reports.  He had seized the initiative twice and that had either earned him an outright victory or made it extremely easy for him to defeat his opponent.  You hear about this all the time and it is certainly one of the most frustrating aspects of 40k 6th edition.  I also noticed an increase in Space Marine drop pod lists under review on various forums around the internetz.  I began musing on an old ally idea I had for Inquisitor Coteaz from the Grey Knights Codex.  With Coteaz you get the peace of mind that comes with his special rule Spy Network which causes your opponent to re-roll successful Seizes.   You also get the incredibly useful against drop pod spam special rule, I’ve Been Expecting You.  Of course, you have to take a troop choice with Coteaz, and here is where another of his special rules become gold.   Inquisitor Coteaz makes any Henchmen Squads troop choices.  So by adding Coteaz to my list not only do I get solid Seize and Drop Pod protection I also get another troop choice.


So how would I load out the Henchmen Squad?  I would start with 3 plasma cannon armed Servitors.  Coteaz will have the psychic power Presience, so the ability to twin-link 3 plasma cannons is fan-fucking-tastic.  Remember, his rule I’ve Been Expecting You makes his unit able shoot at any unit that arrives within 12″ of him.  This means that any unit dis-embarking from a drop pod and the drop pod itself are fair game for 3 twin-linked plasma cannons.  DEAL BREAKER.  I would also take 2 Crusaders to get a couple of 3++ saves and round out the unit with 3 or 4 Henchmen with hot-shot lasguns.  I would be giving up all three Land Speeders to get the points for this unit but I think they add so much to my list that it is totally worth it.  This also means the Iron Hands Chapter Tactics might not be the best since I would be getting rid of 3 vehicles so I’ll be spending some time trying out the other ones.

So what do you guys think?  Is this a good replacement?  Will this assuage my fears of getting Raped Seized upon?  Am I getting too fat?


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12 Responses to “Guest Editorial by Raw Dogger: The Road to Adepticon 2014”

  1. Novastar87 November 11, 2013 1:02 am #

    I would try the Ultramarines CT since you are taking
    Units that would Benifit from all of the abilities

    • White925 November 11, 2013 5:03 pm #

      He just played me with the army and iron hands all the way haha.

  2. Adam November 11, 2013 5:32 am #

    I really think that the Grey Knights (or Inquisition) ally idea is really really solid. It adds so much to the army and you lose so little. I think the heavy servitor idea is inspired. I’m pretty sure I’d do the same thing unless I really really wanted to have monkeys in my army for whatever reason.

  3. NIK2286 November 11, 2013 7:56 am #

    I agree that Coteaz is GREAT seize-protection, just don’t go postal when that ONE guy rolls box-cars and still gets to seize!

    You can also build in some charge deturance with a single death cult assasin to accompany the crusaders. Cuts down on bodies, but the bodies you lose weren’t going to survive a dedicated attack anyway. I’d rather have those I6 power weapon attacks just in case something scary makes it back-field (and also let’s you have a second counter-attack squad to help babysit the tacticals)

    • White925 November 11, 2013 5:03 pm #

      Yeah Coteaz is a beast and gives you the cheap troop options. Not sure one death cult would be enough but worth a shot.

  4. Doc_S November 11, 2013 6:20 pm #

    Apparently Coteaz is in the new inquisitor codex and with their alleged rule of “you can field an inquisitor in any imperium of man army as a HQ slot” would really make or break this list. I am fiddling with a similar situation, where that Coteaz slot literally will make or break the army for me. I have pre-ordered the inquisition codex in dire hopes that the above is true. If so.. Let the games begin.

  5. Gordy November 11, 2013 7:50 pm #

    I’ve never been seized upon when I’m playing my Grey Knights. Thanks, Coteaz, you’re the best.

  6. Shane November 11, 2013 9:06 pm #

    I’ve been using Coteaz with a shooty henchman unit for some time now.
    My usual load out is 3 plasma cannon servitors, 3 plasma gun acolytes, 2 Jockaero and nude acolytes to fill.

    This unit pumps out so much fire power that it just can’t be ignored and with the bonuses from both the Jokaero and the 2 Divination powers can change the game with a single shot.
    Not to mention the fact that it can sit on a home objective freeing up the rest of your army to go get em.

    I recently played a tournament where I got first turn in the first three games one of which by forcing my opponent to re roll after seizing on me and then managed to seize twice with Coteaz’s re roll for the final two rounds. Against some armies going first is absolutely vital so shenanigans like that certainly improve your odds of a win and did for me.

    • bigpig November 11, 2013 10:50 pm #

      I think I’ve seen the business end of that unit before 🙂

    • Raw Dogger November 12, 2013 8:15 am #

      That does sound pretty brutal, but a bit expensive IMO. I try to keep the unit under 200 points for a nice, tidy allied contingent. I actually have changed this list fairly extensively since I wrote this article.

      • Doc_S November 12, 2013 6:16 pm #

        Thats how it goes in 40k lol always working… tweaking..

  7. Shane November 11, 2013 9:15 pm #

    Another nasty combo I’ve been working on is my Coteaz unit as above as an allied detachment for my all bikes/speeder White Scars army.

    I’ve only had a handful of games so far but scouting bikes going first more often than not along with Coteaz and co holding the home objective and giving deep strike / out flank protection to my Typhoon speeders is proving to me a match made in heaven. With the Inquisition codex landing shortly Coteaz might even become a battle brother to potentially add invisibility to a bike squad along the way?

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