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It’s that wonderful autumn-winter Season here in the High Desert of Reno/Sparks, Nevada – the cool windy center of WOLFBROTHER Territory. Many of our brothers attack the snow covered mountains of the High Sierra with sadistic glee. Some lick their wounds from the last brutal local tournament and prepare for the next, and others get ready for the last murdermake of 2012 down the mountains into California. The great chill of winter is almost set in, and everyone has big plans for the great 40k off season.
Last week I posted my thoughts on taking Space Marines as allies for my Reavers (Space Wolves) army, allowing me to represent the machine sect within the Reavers chapter. I was thinking of it as a way to add some subtle flavor and tactical flexibility to the chapter, but Sonsoftaurus commented along the lines that using the allies rules to add more power armor to a Space Wolf army was wasting an opportunity to add contrast to the army. From a modelling standpoint he has a very good point and his comment sparked me to put more thought into bringing something different to the table: Eldar.
I attended the April Assault at Crossroad Games in Standish, Maine on Saturday. It was a hobby focused event with heavy emphasis on soft scores. I figured I’d post my impressions of the day as a review for those of you who are interested and feedback for those who hosted the event. For those of you who would like to see the details of the event you can download the event packet here.
Originally we, myself and two other authors here, had planned on doing a joint battle report but that never came to pass. I had already written my portion of things so instead of wasting it I may as well toss it up here.
My FLGS is hosting a large 30-person tournament on Nov. 12th called The Standish Standoff. In short it’s a more hobby oriented tournament where our monthly ones are not. As such, I’m working out some lists for my Space Marines that capitalize on what I have painted to avoid the last-minute rush of needing to get things done. Tournaments are a motivator for painting but at the same time I don’t want to do rush jobs on my army either.
Last week I didn’t get up a Road to Glory report but it was a thorough spanking and wasn’t a ton to go over. I was tabled by turn five by a great Tyranid player. That made this Wednesday night the final game and the way the campaign works it was the game that decided it all. Despite being thrashed consistently every week, the Imperium could still win the campaign.
I hope everyone had a great holiday weekend, well, those in the US anyway. Of course, hopefully everyone else had a great weekend too. My wife and I went on a mini-vacation and just got back last night. Now it’s back to the grind.
The team tournaments at the LGS are probably the most looked forward to events we have. It’s generally 1,000 to 1,250 per-player so beginners can generally make the points and having a partner always lends a different atmosphere to the games. This past Saturday was no exception for turnout with 20 players in attendance.
I’ve been seriously considering starting up a new army but haven’t nailed down what yet. To complicate the decision there’s the inevitable new Necron codex due out sooner than later but until I see it I can’t say for sure they’ll be my next investment.
This month we began what will become a monthly routine at the LGS with the first 40K night of the month being Apocalypse. I had reservations about this because I’ve only played a handful of times, the first time being not fun at all and really putting me off. The second time wasn’t so bad but still not all that much fun.
The tournament this month at the LGS was a 2K one but with a twist. You had a 1,500 force and two 500 sideboards. You combined the core and a sideboard and it had to stay in the force org. Once you knew the mission and your opponent’s main force you both picked which sideboard you’d use. When this was brought up after last month’s tournament I tried working out a list this way and wasn’t happy with it. A few days ago I finally put together something I liked but it was not play tested. Trial by fire. Be warned, this report is way longer than my usual ones. Feel free to skip to the wrap-up section if you like.
At the LGS we seem to be slowly migrating away from every week playing practice games for the upcoming monthly tournaments, which is good. I’m all for practice but doing the same thing week in and week out gets old.
Saturday was the monthly tournament at the LGS. This month was a random partner team tournament: 1,250 per-player with 1 HQ, 0-1 Elites, 1-3 Troops, 0-1 Fast Attack and 0-1 Heavy Support with the ability to double up one 0-1 slot. We had a pretty good showing with 10 teams (20 players), and I was paired up with a Tyranid player who I’m acquainted with, a co-worker of Kamui. I’d run through his list but I’m still terrible at remembering Nid unit names. I had my Necrons and ran this list here.