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Sorry for not being able to post any of the other tournaments since but I’ve been really busy between school, work and the girlfriend.
Three days ago I arrived in Vegas with the determination to make it too the finals and party a whole lot with the rest of my teammates and my girlfriend. Well after partying for three straight days full of laughs I’m ready to head home.
I’m sitting here at Las Vegas Airport waiting for my delayed flight home and thought I might be able to write some of these battle reports down before I forget.
After five great games I came up a little too short to make it into the finals. I brought my council with a few changes from my original list I said I was going to bring.
Farseer on Bike with Shard and Runes of Warding
Farseer on Bike with Soulstrive and Wraithstone
10 Warlocks of Bikes
Venom with Grisly Trophies and Extra Splinter Cannons
+ 5 Warriors
3 x 4 Windrider Jetbikes
2 Wraithknight – Stock
If you weren’t there then let me tell you about what it looked like. The tournament was set up in a huge ballroom that looked huge. Frontline really outdid themselves! Each table had plenty of terrain, with two line of sight blockers on each table and plenty of cover to hide from the heavy shooting armies. The thing that made this tournament so awesome was that every table had a MegaMat on it. This was my first time playing on these things and let me tell you. Wow this Mat is awesome, I can’t wait till my buddy’s MegaMat comes in so we can get come serious gaming in. The tables were really well spaced with the lowest numbered tables being the highest scoring tables and the higher numbers being the lower scoring tables. There was enough room for all three tournaments to be played side by side comfortably.
My first game I played Steve Sisk and his White Scar bikers. If there was any other match I was more intimidated by it was this one. Steve had a beautiful army of ultra marine painted bikes, I was really excited to play him though because I’ve been in many of the same tournaments as him before but we’ve never played. I knew Steve was a very good opponent and the group of players in Sacramento that he gamed with regularly were also veteran players. I can’t tell you his exact list because I checked my bag with his list, but I’ll put it up later.
For the player packet with all the missions here’s a direct link:
I’m not going to go through the missions but you can check out the packet to see the mission and deployment type.
In this game Steve went first but night fighting was in effect first turn so it helped me make the decision that going second was actually more beneficial to me rather than going first. For deployment Steve castled in corner with his thunderfire behind the bikes. (After the game I asked him why? He said didn’t want to split his forces to try to negate night fighting.)
I deployed in the opposite corner with my wraithknights out front and my venom and council behind them. I made sure to be out of range out of any of his first turn shooting. I didn’t sieze and Steve started by doing the one thing he could turbo boost up and get in range to shoot me next turn. My turn went quick also besides for a few pot shots from my wraithknights, all my powers went off and so I turbo boost towards the middle of the board. In Steve’s turn two he moved his bikes cautiously up, swung a bike squad around the flank to shoot my wraithknight in cover but did a made a couple cover saves. Steve shot both thunderfires at the baron hoping to instant gib him but I successfully either made his invulnerable or look out sired them onto a nearby farseer. The farseer took two wounds even with being fortuned but nothing more happened.
In my turn I healed a wound back on the wraithknight from the wraithstone and positioned both wraithknights close to the flanking bike squad. I moved the council into range for an assault to multi assault but instead decided to assault one of the squads then hit and run away towards his board edge. In the ensuing assault one of my wraithknights rolled double ones going through cover which ended up being one inch too short. The other got in and made short work of the last three bikers giving me first blood. My council killed the bikers down to a single marine and I when rolling off to see who hit and ran first, Steve won. So I consolidated but I only rolled a 1! this screwed me over now I had everyone in perfect blast template formation for his thunderfires. My knight consolidated towards terrain. In steve’s turn three he laid the firepower down on the council, first off each blast was getting five wounds where he hit, overall I think from the two cannons and all the bikes that surrounded me I lost seven warlocks due to some bad rolling on my part. Then Steve assaulted with all the bikes, I knew that the baron had to survive but Steve had positioned his assaults well so if I had any chance of surviving a 15+ bikers plus a chapter master with thunder hammer I needed to take the challenge with the Baron so I wasn’t completely wiped out. In the assault I lost one warlock and saved all 2+ invulnerables on the Baron. I got lucky and got the chance to hit and run out first, this let me move towards his thunderfires and his board edge.
Then in my turn I moved the remaining council members towards an assault with a two man bike squad on his board edge, the wraithknights assaulted a bike squad in the middle. Both squads were wiped out and I was able to get to where I needed too. Steve’s turn four he ended up laiding down the firepower on the council trying to snipe the wounded farseer next to the Baron and possibly the Baron. I got lucky and made all my saves but he knew he needed to take out the squad so assaulted the last remaining members of the command squad in to finish them off. I took out three of the bikers leaving one remaining, then I hit and ran right next to the thunderfires for my next turn assault.
In my turn I danced the wraithknights around to get some shots on a few bikers making there way toward objectives in the middle, huddled all my guardian jetbikes in the corner of my deployment zone and prepared the council to multi assault both thunderfires. In the ensuing assault I took out both thunderfires and consolidated right into the back of his deployment zone. Steve’s turn five he moved the chapter master towards the remaining two farseers and the baron (yeah that’s what’s left of the council at this point) and decided to assault them. His other bikes jumped onto objectives and did what they could. In assault my wounded farseer tanked all the wounds in CC, this allowed me to hit and run a few inches away and get ready to last turn contest the objectives. On the last turn all hell broke loose I unloaded the warriors next to their objective, split the council, and shot the jetbikes onto as many objectives as I could. My warlord farseer contested his emperors will objective he held and the baron and the other farseer assaulted the chapter master trying to get warlord. The wraithknights shot and assaulted a the last command squad biker contesting an objective in the middle. The biker survived after making all his storm shield saves.
We rolled and it went on, but on two things mattered if he could hold on to emperors will without letting any of my jetbikes onto the objective. He killed my warlord contesting the objective with a lucky krak missile shot from his hyperios defense batteries I ignored the entire game, so my venom took some shots into the squad killed one which allowed me to turbo boost my jetbikes onto his objective. Fortunately for me the game ended. The final score was 9-2.
A very good start to the tournament, as I went around and checked on other players I saw some very good opponents that had really tuned lists.
I played a very good player Jason Hickle and his amazing looking Death Korps of Kreig.
Jason was playing a very forge world heavy list that included six thud guns, two medusa artillery batteries, avenger and a vulture. This game we rolled off and I decided to go first, because he had two chimeras with searchlights to illuminate my council so he could thud gun it turn one. I planned for the seize though and lined up my council all along my back board edge. (Can’t tell you how many IG and Tau players have seized on me in the past when I was too aggressive) With that in mind he put his chimeras up the middle and his big guns on either side in the patches of terrain. He decided to seize and lucky didn’t get it.
My turn one I flat out the council up the side of the board that had the thud guns on it, for a next turn assault and moved the wraithknights from cover to cover. I shot with the knights and did two hull points on the lead chimera even through night fighting. Jason moved a tad but mostly shot everything into the council, I lost a warlock and took a wound on one of the knights. In my turn two one jetbike squad came in and I prepared to pounce. With the wraith stone I healed the wound on the knight and moved the council up to assault the thud guns. I moved the knights in opposite directions, one going to tie up the blob squad and the other to take out a chimera for first blood.
That’s exactly what happened I took out the guns, chimera and tied up the blob. Jason’s turn two, he rolled for reserves and got the avenger in, which went right after my jetbikers that just came on the board. Now that the thud guns were gone he decided to unload his remaining chimeras and take shots at my council. This with the medusas killed three warlocks and put a wound onto my farseer. The knight in combat with the blob took four wounds from melta bombs and suddenly I was down to only two left on him, so right away through a renewer and the wraithstone I gained back two wounds.
Then the thing that almost cost me the game happened: I failed fortune. With that I was forced to assault the council into the blob to make sure I wouldn’t get shot at in his turn. I moved the other knight behind the avenger that just came in and missed both even with guide. Two more jetbikes came on and hid from the vulture that was going to come on. In the ensuing assault I wiped out 20+ of the blob and also took out the commissioner, fortunately for me he had a inquisitor left to make the squad stubborn. They stuck and my gamble worked. In Jason’s turn three his chimera went up the opposite flank of the knight toward my board edge where my object. Jason mostly shot at the knight in cover behind the avenger doing a wound or two. He also brought on his vulture to help out with the knight but failed to kill him, the avenger went after another jetbike squad and left one jetbike standing.
In the blob assault I wiped out his last guys and consolidated the knight towards the medusas and the council toward the squads that unloaded out of the chimera. In my turn four my last jetbike squad came on and ducked behind some cover. I fortuned up this time and went after the command squad + two other veteran squads. My knight moved within one of making the assault and the other prepared to take two shots into the rear of the avenger. I got one hit into the rear which forced Jason to jink, he failed but fortunately for him it was only a vector locked result. My other knight assaulted the medusa and caused them to break from combat results.
Then the council tried to multi assault the squads and even with fleet came up one inch too short. In Jason’s turn he brought had to fly the avenger off the board because he couldn’t fly 18 inches and get any shots, so he brought the vulture in to take it’s place, so it could do what the avenger couldn’t finish a biker squad. The council took fire from the veterans with plasma guns in front of them but only lost two warlocks. In my turn five I shot the lone jetbiker across the table to take a three and two point objectives. I also moved the decimated squad of warriors within three of my two point objective and threw the knights at any remaining threats. I shot one knight into the vultures butt and he decided to jink, saving an explosion result. The other knight tried the same thing but failed terribly. Then I threw the council into assault with the three squads, wiping them out easily and consolidating back towards the objective.
In Jason’s turn his turned all his firepower onto taking out as many of the jetbikers and warriors as possible. Unfortunately for him I had lady luck on my side and my squads took a casualty each and stuck their leadership checks. At this point we rolled for an extra turn but we both knew I had it at this point so he called it. The game ended with a 10-0 win for me.
So after round 2 I was feeling a little uneasy because my table number was dropping rapidly and the lists were becoming harder match-ups for me too face. This game I played Max Hill. He had a very well built list consisting of wave serpents/wraithguard, two wraithknights, and four spiritseers.
I won first again but decided to give it too him because nightfighting was in effect and I believed I was better at grabbing the relic going second rather than first. Max deployed towards the back of his zone which worked perfectly for me. I counter deployed the council out of range by putting it in the middle of my zone but out of 48 inches of the serpents. I put the wraithknights up front as bait for his serpents and knights to shoot at turn one.
I didn’t seize and watched Max move a little taking shots at the knights but with the amount of cover and nightfighting the knights and serpents didn’t do anything. In my turn I moved the council in a pencil formation up the board with he baron in the back and the farseers in front, I kept the venom behind terrain but within 6 inches of the baron so I could reroll my powers next turn. My knights shot at his and I ended up stripping a wound off the sun cannon guy.
In Max’s turn two he moved his knights in front of his serpents, shot at the council but ended up not doing anything. I started by moving the council into assault range of the wounded knight and advancing my knights towards his other knight. I shot a scored a lucky six on his wraithknight and he failed his cover save and disappeared. In assault I did enough wounds to not kill him so we stayed locked.
In his turn three Max turbo boost one of his serpents towards my deployment zone, shuffled the others around and took some pot shots at the knights. In assault I finished the knight off and consolidated towards his jetbikers and serpents. In my turn I moved my two knights to intercept the serpent and set up the council to multi assault the serpent and the jetbikers that I had just caused to fall back due to terrify from one of my farseers. They assaulted and he failed his morale check killing the bikers and getting me into assault with the serpent. I destroyed it. The knights destroyed the turbo boosted serpent in assault and at this point he ended up calling it. So with that I walked away with a 10-0 win.
Alright before I start about round four, let me give you a little back round. So Saturday morning (Day 2) I got a call from a one of my high ups in my unit telling me that I was going to administratively separated from the navy unless I get some papers to them. They told me to get the papers too them no matter what. Now I’m in Vegas, Nevada and they’re in Alameda, California. I started panicking, I called everyone I knew that was back in California, finally my mother answers her phone, I tell her what she needed to do. Unfortunately for me what seems like something easy to bring up, soon becomes a huge pain in the ass as I start getting calls from everyone in my Navy unit about what is happening.
Next thing I know I’m standing across from my round four opponent Adrien Jeaniard with everything but the game on my mind. Adrien was playing a flying circus demon list with three Demon Princes, Lord of Change and of course Fateweaver.
Reece and Frankie allowed everyone that wanted to start early the chance to start early, so I got there a half an hour early just because I knew I might have to make a phone call or two during the game. Now I thought I had everything handled before I got to the game but as soon as I started rolling dice for powers all hell broke loose between superiors calling me and my mother trying to figure out what forms were the right ones. I honestly just totally blanked out and let Adrien roll for everything without looking, I trusted him fully but the problem was that I didn’t have an idea what demon prince had what until I was in assault with him in the game. On top of that I didn’t roll fortune and instead rolled two death missions for both farseers.
So with that in mind I went first and deployed very cautiously but centrally enough that I could get first turn shots from the knights onto the princes and possibly fateweaver wherever they were on the board. With that in mind he deployed behind a tall ruin in the back of his deployment zone keeping all his lesser demons in reserve. About this time I was taking a call so I didn’t know what demon had what. He tried to seize but didn’t do it In my turn one I moved the knights into max range of his lord of change which was on the top level of the ruin. I hit with everything but with hot rolling on his part nothing happened.
I then went ahead and boosted the council in front of the knights acting as a buffer in the coming turn. (Here’s where I made my first mistake, I should’ve realized even with my knights at max range he wouldn’t be able to hurt them in his turn) In his turn since he was too far so he just moved up and cast some powers. Fateweaver casts the grimore on himself taking some shots, and downing the venom.
My turn two I made a huge mistake and moved the council right in front of three demon princes. I thought with the knights shooting one of the princes I could take him down with guide. I was so wrong and promptly missed all shots at the demon prince with everything, I knew this game was over because I kept having to walk away and take calls instead of focusing on the game. I just needed to secure a few points somehow, but then I re decided that instead of going on an wasting Adrien’s time on a game that I couldn’t win I conceded the next turn. I honestly wouldn’t have given up but I was walking away from the table so much that I couldn’t think about gaming while the Navy thing was going on.
So I took a 0-10 loss and surprised a lot of people watching my game. I feel if I didn’t have the distraction of the Navy constantly calling me I could’ve played a more competitive game. I’ve played Jy2’s flying circus before without fortune and I had to play more defensively but I still was able to pull it out both times. Anyway after I got the Navy stuff all done with it was about time for game five.
So after my round four performance I suddenly dropped from table two to eleven. Even with a blowout in this game I still had no chance of making the top eight.
My last game was against Mike Bass from the Reno Wolfbrother’s. Mike was an awesome guy to play he brought a pure Eldar triple wraithknight/serpent list. I was so happy to have the Navy thing out of my hair that I told Mike about what happened last round and that this had to be a fun game. That’s exactly what we had. Mike had a cool thing, the rape whistle he called it, when one of his knights rolled a six to wound he would blow this thing. Lol, I couldn’t stop laughing because we knew that there might be some six’s on both sides being rolled.
With that in mind, night fighting was rolled up and Mike took the side with plenty of cover. I gave Mike first turn because at this point we both just wanted to have fun. Mike deployed with all three of his knights in his central piece of cover and two wave serpents on one flank and another three on the other flank. With night fighting on my side and the deployment being longer than usual, I opted to deploy towards the side with the two serpents so I didn’t receive as much fire from the serpents on turn one. I decided not to seize and away we went.
Turn one was a little bit of shuffling from his knights and moving from the serpents on the opposite flank of my council to get in range of my knights. The two serpents flank on the same side of my council moved up to unload on me. All in all he ended up killing a Farseer I put out front to tank wounds, and a warlock. This earned him first blood, unfortunately for him it wasn’t the fortune seer so even though it hurt me it wasn’t terribly bad.
In my turn one I healed up a wound caused on my knight with the wraithstone and moved up. I made sure the knights kept their toes in the area terrain just for cover against his knights. Shooting for me went pretty well, I got past the cover save of the serpent on the flank closest to my council and immobilized it. Then I turbo boost the council into a defensive formation in front of my knights to protect them from a potential assault from his knights. I turbo boost the venom behind some LoS terrain to help it survive another turn.
In Mike’s turn two he moved his serpents on the opposite flank of the council back a bit to get away from the council’s threat range. He moved the lone operational serpent on the council’s flank along the board edge to get shots on the venom’s tiny bit of the wing he saw. In the ensuing shooting he took out a warlock, downed the venom, killed two warriors and put two wounds on a knight.
In my turn two I had two jetbike squads come on, I hugged my board edge in an attempt to get away from the remaining serpents fire. I healed both wounds on the knight with a combination of the stone and a renewer. Next I kept one knight touching cover on the side with the three serpents while the other knight jumped over towards the serpent hugging the board edge to threaten it into moving back into his deployment zone. The council moved up and presented itself as a juicy target for all three of his knights but also continue to threaten his serpents into moving further back. I destroyed the downed serpent with the knight nearby, also stunning the dire avengers inside. The other knight took shots at one of his wounded knights dealing two wounds and forcing him to reconsider assaulting with all three.
In Mike’s turn three he moved two of the knights towards the council and another one toward my knight threatening the operational serpent on the council’s original flank. He moved the operational serpent up to take shots at the jetbikes. Then he moved the three serpents on the opposite flank further back from the council. He took some shots on the knights but I either saved them or took a wound or two on each. Then Mike assaulted his knight on the flank of the operational serpent into my knight, then it happened I rolled a six for the overwatch and a six to wound. Since he was going through area terrain of the ruined serpent he had a 5+ but he failed it. He also assaulted his two other knights into my council, I was going first because both knights were touching cover when they assaulted so I promptly did three wounds on one and one on the other. In return I lost no one because I was rolling hot with my 4+ invulnerable.
After that everyone was fearless so I hit and ran away towards the three serpents that were perfectly lined up. I landed right in front of all of them for a easy one inch assault. He consolidated one of his knights towards my knight that had just instant killed his and the other a inch towards where the council was. In my turn three things started really picking up. I got the remaining jetbikes onto the table after losing one squad last turn. I powered up the council and moved the knight and inch from his operational serpent hugging the board edge. I put another wound on the knight in the open and got ready for assault. I ended up moving myself a bit further away from the serpents so when I declared the knight as the main and the serpents as the secondary all the council didn’t go into the knight.
In the ensuing assaults the knight eliminated the serpent his the hammer of wrath hit alone, exploding it and killing three of the dire avengers inside. The council took out two of the three serpents through explosions and left the last one with one hull point and no guns. The baron took the knight on and did three wounds leaving it with one remaining. I consolidated into the knight and it went into Mike’s turn four. At this point the turns went really fast I killed the knight in his turn and ended up killing the last serpent and dire avengers who got out of the explosions through sheer weight of attacks alone. His knight assaulted mine and we both killed each other. I jumped all my jetbikes onto objectives, picking up the relic and getting warlord on the last turn from my knights assault. The game ended with 9-1 victory to me. Mike was a great opponent with a tough list, we’ll have to play again in the future.
Overall I finished with 38 out of 50 battle points in the tournament to get me 16th place. I did exactly what I set out to do, go 4-1. So I was happy even with the house rule of the 2+ save getting nerfed I feel like I did very well. Unfortunately I feel like I could have done better especially in my round four instead of giving up but overall I had an awesome time in Vegas and the event was spectacular. Thanks Frontline Gaming for running such a awesome event.