On Saturday a group of eight of us from my FLGS loaded up two vehicles and headed down to Watertown, MA for a 24-player tournament being put on by the Dorkamorka club. This was the second Shell-Shocktober they were doing and we always enjoy heading down for their 40K tournaments. Most times we head down we bring along a few new people as well, as in they have never made the trip, and it’s always a great time. They are the club that inspired us to start the Standish Standoff, for those familiar.
This is the list I brought down. It’s a scaled down version of my Standoff list with a slight alteration; my Standoff list doesn’t have the Obliterators. I’ve had good luck with the list in play testing leading up the event. The list is a combination of models I have painted, sort of making them an auto-include since painting mattered, stuff I just enjoy using like the Princes despite not being really competitive, and some competitive options like Nurgle Spawn and Obliterators.
On to the games a bit. My first game was against Bill, a Tau player from our shop and someone who rode down with us all. We rarely play one another though so I didn’t mind the pairing at all. This was a tough game from the start. I was doing what Chaos does against Tau, closing the distance, and holding up well considering. I then had a brain-lapse and charged a Prince of mine into some Fire Warriors. Don’t get me wrong, that move was intended and not my mistake; my mistake was the Prince I used. See, I had an iron arm Prince and he’s the one that should have charged in. My mistake saw that Prince take a S10 railgun shot to the face from Longstrike nearby in overwatch (supporting fire), and instant death my Prince. After that I couldn’t bring much together and took a big loss.
Second game was against Orks, a Speedfreek style list. I played Ron, a super nice guy. With both lined up on that deployment line wanting to jump into melee and that’s exactly what we did. He was running some Warbikes down a flank and I sent a Prince to intercept them and destroy the unit. The rest of his force was coming down the center so I meet them there and used the earlier mentioned Prince to surgically strike him in the flank while I held up the rest of the army. The game went largely in my favor and I took a big victory on it.
Final game was against Cody, a Dorka swing player, and he was playing Space Marines. This was the best game of the day. My Princes mostly stayed airborne this game harassing and threatening while the rest of my force advanced at him. I had around 6 Chaos Marines on foot after losing their Rhino and they took out a Land Speeder Storm with Scouts inside. My Marines then charged those Scouts and hilarity ensued. I had to challenge and I lost my Aspiring Champion to a Scout Sarge but he also died in that same challenge. That left 4 Scouts vs 5 Marines and over the course of the next 4 turns I continued to lose that combat and when it concluded he had 2 Scouts left. I lost 6 Marines to 5 Scouts and 2 of them lived! Meanwhile the frequent term that could be heard from my opponent, in fun of course, was, “Fucking Daemons!” I made so many 5++ saves that game that it just became hilarious. The game was close. Neither of us achieved the primary objectives and I had taken only one more secondary objective than him.
With the games concluded it was time for awards. The top prize is Best Overall, just what it sounds like, battle points plus soft scores (comp, painting and sportsmanship), and that went to Hippie, one of our own. Next was Best General and that went to Anthony. After that was Best Painted Army and that went to Campbell. Then there was Best Army, a composition of painting, army comp and probably some magical formula for a score, and that went to me. They also did a Dorka Choice which is an all encompassing thing where they feel you represent hobby well, at least that’s my understanding, and that went to TheRhino (another of our ‘crew’). There were three Best Sportsmanship awards: Matt (one of us), Fred (one of theirs), and Warren (another of ours). Lastly was the Golden Squig, best painted model, and I won that with one of my Daemon Princes. The Golden Squig was between myself and Warren with his Space Wolf Scout but I just nudged him out.
It was a great day all around. I always enjoy the trek down there. Loading up a bunch of cars, playing games, drinking beers, grabbing dinner with the crew afterwards and the journey back; it’s just a fun day. They have some pictures of the day over here if you want to check it out.