Da Boyz GT 2015 Retrospective Part 2 – THERE CAN BE ONLY ONE (The Singles)

DaBoyz GT Logo front facing

Logan here again, this time talking about the Singles event at Da Boyz GT 2015! If you’re looking for an account of flawless victory, you may want to check out a different article, however I’d like to think I didn’t do completely horribly! Check out the Tactics Corner for more great tournament reports!

As noted in the last post, this event was using it’s own version of Highlander comp (no duplicate troops unless all troops were taken, no multiple Heralds, single GC/SH LoW, no battle brothers, only a single Forgeworld unit, and no formations or detachments made up for formations).

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I brought a combination of Tau, Inquisition, and an Assassin:

Tau CAD

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Commander – CCN, MSS, PEN, Stim Injector, Vectored Retro-Thrusters, Iridium Battlesuit

Riptide – Ion Accelerator, Skyfire, Intercetpr

3x Crisis Suits – 2x Fusion on each, Vectored Retro-Thrusters

11x Firewarriors – Shas’ui

10x Kroot

6x Pathfinders – Shas’ui

2x Tetra – Sensor Spines

3x Broadsides – HYMP, SMS, Interceptor, 4x Missile Drones

Stormsurge – Pulse Driver Cannon, TL AFP, 4++, Skyfire, Interceptor

Aegis Defense Line – Quad Gun

Officio Assassinorum Detachment

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Culexus Assassin

Inquisitorial Detachment

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Ordo Xenos Inquisitor

 Round 1

My first round opponent was Sam Smith, who brought an enormous Ork horde to battle. The following picture is before his deployment was finished:

Zhadsnark

Big Mek – Warbike, Luky Stikk

Mad Dok Grotsnik

28x Boyz – Nob

29x Boyz – Nob

29x Boyz – Nob

14x Warbiker – Nob

3x Warbikers

3x Warbikers

3x Warbikers

10x Gretchin

10x Gretchin

10x Gretchin

Deffkopta

12x Lootas

Sam had top of turn, and road forward to about halfway up the board as my Servo Skulls had denied his Scout move. From there, he opened fire with a few bike units and managed to cause both my Pathfinders and Firewarriors to flee off the board like little cowards. In exchange, I erased Zhadsnark’s unit, one or two units of bikes, and brought my Stormsurge up in hopes that it could charge and stem the green tide… it didn’t work. Turn 2 saw a Waagh, and my Stormsurge surrounded by Boyz and another unit of bikers… Stomp is kind of useless when you’re dead before the I1 step :/ My own mistake, but it was them or the broadsides. Bottom of 2 had my Broadsides destroy a unit, and then get nailed in close combat where they held their own, but conveniently (for Sam) I forgot about my Hit & Run, so I just sat there and bit the dust the following turn.

This game ended with max points (33) for my opponent, and 0 for me… Operation submarine was well underway!

Game 2

This game I got matched up against Dan Galligan from The 13th Legion (who were giving out free beer mugs, and had a pizza party! Hell yeah, awesome!) who was running a really cool, and old-school, Nurgle Chaos Space Marines list with heavily converted vehicles that looked amazing!

Chaos Sorcerer – Terminator Armour, ML3, Spell Familiar, Force Staff

Chaos Lord – Terminator Armour, The Black Mace, Sigil of Corruption

3x Chaos Terminators – Land Raider

7x Plague Marines – Rhino

Hell Blade

Helbrute

3x Chaos Spawn

5x Havocs – 4x Lascannon

Unfortunately, as things tend to go, new is better than old. While we had a fun time rolling dice, and Dan was a fantastic sport, there wasn’t much in the way Tau death in this game, with me only losing my Tetras to the Spawn, and Dan running out of models toward the end of turn 4.

This game marked the start of operation submarine… 33 points for me!

Game 3

As luck would have it, I was paired with another member of The 13th Legion – Steve “The Gentleman Gamer” Schlegel, with his Ork Stompa, a void shield generator, and a whole bunch of boyz! Unfortunately, it seems I did not get a picture of his army!

Big Mek – Finkin Cap, KFF

Warboss – Mega Armour, Lucky Stikk

9x Burnas

9x Tankbustas

8x Flashgitz

3x Gun Wagon

10x Boyz

10x Gretchin

Stompa

Void Shield Generator – 2x Shields

Believe it or not, that Stompa is SCARY! 72″ S10 AP2 7″ blast!? That’s a one-way ticket to Frowntown for my Commander if he fails his cover save, LOS, or Invul… Fortunately, dice appeared to be on my side as far as that went.

Steve could have easily decided to sit back and shoot me to death while claiming the objective(s) he needed, however he made the mistake of bringing the Stompa out of the Void Shield Generator’s range, which resulted in it taking 12+ hull points of damage over 2 shooting phases, effectively ending the game. Props to Steve for not laming it out, but unfortunately it was a poor tactical decision.

In an interesting twist, in this game I learned that Fortifications, buildings specifically, can hold objectives! They count as units, do not say that they are not scoring, and count as part of your army unless the opponent claims them… We spent some time going over the rulebook, as well as talking to some other folks, and we couldn’t find anything to dispute this regardless of how strange it was, so I ended up walking away with 25 out of a possible 33 points.

Game 4

With the first day ending after game 3, we all went out for a steak and beers at the venue restaurant (which is also great, though pricey!), so I went into day 2 ready for some action and with high confidence.

I sit down against my opponent, Craig Bigham, see that he’s running ‘Nids in Highlander, and say to myself “Jackpot!”. Oh boy, was I in for some fun…

Flyrant

Zoanthrope

Venomthrope

Malanthrope

10x Termagant

10x Homragaunt

12x Gargoyle

3x Shrike

1x Hive Crone

2x Carnifex

1x Toxicrene

Tyrannocyte

Trygon Prime

This game could have very well gone my way if it weren’t for some serious dice fail, and admittedly poor deployment by me. Craig had top of 1, and flew his Hive Tyrant over to take some potshots at my Broadsides, normally this is a bit of a waste given their 2+ save, but it wasn’t this time… turn 1 saw 2 Broadsides dead from shooting, and my remaining Commander, Drones, and Broadside flee off the table in terror by rolling boxcars back to back for panic and run distance.

Things really fell apart from there, and long story short I was tabled by turn 4. The only thing worth noting is that my Stormsurge spent some time punching it out (or kicking shins) with the Trygon Prime, and over 5 rounds of combat (or 6-7 stomps) did not roll a single 6. There’s a lot of talk about taking two of these guys to “stomp deathstars”, but that feels like you’re throwing half the points of your army on a gamble of rolling a 6, meanwhile these guys die in a matter of 1-2 turns against even a stiff breeze, let alone a proper close combat deathstar. 2 thumbs down for that approach…

This game saw another 0 for me, booo…. Craig went on to finish 4th overall! But there was an upside…

Game 5

Like any good Warhammer weekend, there needs to be at least one game against someone that is nothing but smiles, laughs, and who will share some (horrendous, American) beer with you… Mr. Max Dubois!

This game had me up against his uncharacteristically soft Chaos Space Marine/Daemons of Chaos army:

Chaos Lord – Bike, Mark of Nurgle, The Black Mace, Sigil of Corruption, Melta Bombs

Daemon Prince – ML3, Power Armour, Wings, Burning Brand, Spell Familiar

3x Terminators – Combi-plasma

10x Cultists

5x Plague Marines – 2x Melta

5x Havocs – 3x Lascannon

Herald of Nurgle – FNP, ML2, Palanquin, Greater/Lesser Reward

20x Plaguebearer

6x Plague drone

Firestorm Redoubt

Unfortunately this was another game, like the last game of the doubles, where even with insane dice there couldn’t really have been a win for Max. He brought a fun list, and got a horrible table to play on (zero LOS blocking, zero ruins), and faced a terrible matchup with lots of Ignores Cover. Turn 1 saw most of his Plague Drones dead, Turn 2 took out the rest of them and the Lord, and Turn 3 finished off the Daemon Prince.

Max played the objectives where possible, and did manage to snag some points in that game. I walked away with 30, to his 5.

Closing Thoughts

I had a really good time at this event. The venue, staff, players, rooms, food, etc… was all just wonderful. Also, it was awesome to meet some of the “big names” of 40k like Greg Sparks, Nick Nanavati, and Tony Kopac (and I’m sure others, there was a lot of drinking…).

Overall,  I finished 41st on battle points (48th overall, if I remember correctly), out of 98 players. I’m definitely disappointed with the result, but I learned a huge amount, so I’m hoping to do better at my next event!

Really, the only negative thing I have to say is that the comp was really not conducive to the “casual and/or fun” atmosphere I think they (DaBoyz staff) were hoping for, and I believe, are known for. It was also strange to be an ITC ranked event, that did not use any form of the ITC FAQ or missions in addition to the Highlander format, and it would have been nice to know that it was ranked ahead of time. These are pretty minor things though, and really did not detract from my enjoyment of the event.

I’ll be back next year for sure, I just hope they don’t opt for Highlander again, but go for something a bit more mainstream… like ITC 😉

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11 Responses to “Da Boyz GT 2015 Retrospective Part 2 – THERE CAN BE ONLY ONE (The Singles)”

  1. iNcontroL November 11, 2015 6:44 pm #

    thanks for the writeup! Love these. Highlander can be tough.. flips the game on its head.

  2. tag8833 November 11, 2015 8:00 pm #

    Thanks for the writeup. That Tyranid List is weird to me. I’ve run Tyranid lists with Da Boyz army comp, and that one isn’t the way I would have gone. What went in the Tyrannocyte? The Toxicrine? Did the Carnifexes Shoot, or were they close combat. Did the Trygon Prime have the ymgrl factor? (A Relic that gives it +1 attack or +1 Strength).

    That Trygon Prime really stands out to me as a majorly suboptimal usage of points. Did it start on the table or deep strike?

    • 1PlusArmour November 12, 2015 5:45 am #

      Tyrannocyte was empty, just there for some dakka. Carnifexes were Dakkafexes (Devourers/BLW), Trygon had something like that, yes (don’t have the list next to me at work).

      Everything other than Tyrannocyte started out on the table. Honestly, if he had decided to deep strike the Trygon, it’s quite possible that I could have won (barring my Broadsides running off -_-) as it would have bought me 2 more turns of Riptide and Stormsurge shooting.

      • tag8833 November 12, 2015 7:24 am #

        That is how I would have played it against your list as well. But it negates some of the design of the list.

        Had your Broadsides not failed so spectacularly, I imagine a Tabling would have gone the other way. Buffmander + Missilesides can one shot any unit in that army.

        Or if the Deployment had been Vanguard or Hammer and Anvil, you probably would have got him.

        • 1PlusArmour November 12, 2015 8:18 am #

          Haha, it actually was Vanguard… I just played (deployed) incredibly poorly, I should have been MUCH further back, and I learned that lesson the hard way.

  3. Shaydozer November 12, 2015 2:46 am #

    Love these write ups! Thanks dude.

    • 1PlusArmour November 12, 2015 5:46 am #

      Glad you guys are enjoying them! I’ll be sure to keep doing them for any GTs I go to.

      Unfortunately, currently, they’re few and far between since we only have 1 year where I am (and lots of ~20 man RTTs), but there’s ND Open coming up in February, and I miiiiiiiight be making a trip out to Adepticon…

  4. 1PlusArmour November 12, 2015 5:47 am #

    Not sure if it’s just my work connection… but are the images broken for anyone else? I will update them if so <_<

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