Yesterday my FLGS held an 1,850 tournament that allowed Imperial Armor. I brought along Chaos Marines using this list: . The list was an experiment. I’ve never thrown down a real death star unit and wanted to give it go. I only managed a few practice games with it before the tournament, none of which went well for me.
First game was against Daemons. Turn #1 saw him mishap his 7 x Crushers (I think it was 7), and they died. He misshaped Uraka, a FW Daemon Prince, and I got to place him. I put him in front of a bunch of my guns and mowed him down on my turn. He also misshaped some Horrors, if I recall, and they went back into reserves. With so much going wrong for him I was able to work towards the objectives without a ton of resistance and won the game 28-3.
Second game was against Necrons. Not a lot went well for me this game. One amusing moment was 12’ish Scarabs charging Abaddon and what remained of his Terminator retinue. Abaddon took out 6’ish bases on his own (S8 instant death), and another base or two went down to a Terminator fist. By the end of combat the Scarabs and Spyders had to make 24’ish fearless saves. The Spyders held on though, which was unfortunate for me in this case, and the Scarabs went down to the fearless saves.
Beyond that moment though, the game was controlled well by my opponent and I ended the game with a Rhino, 5 x Chaos Marines and one Obliterator left alive, losing the game 32-1.
Final game, also against Necrons. This was one of those games that appeared closer than the score would indicate. The Necron list was your standard writhing worldscape list and it was effective. Between that and a few failed key rolls, I lost this one 33-1.
There you have it. It was a fun day. I got my head kicked in the last two games but the players are cool and it’s the local tournament scene so there really isn’t any major asshats to deal with.
That being said, lately I’m continually finding myself discouraged in my 40K games. In March I picked up my Orks again to prepare for a tournament that was held in April. During that time my record with the Orks was 0 wins, 7 losses and 1 draw. After swearing off my Orks again for some unforseen duration, I went back to Chaos, an army I’ve done really well with. Since that move my Chaos record is 3 wins, 6 losses and 1 draw, the worst string of games I’ve had with Chaos since starting them.
Ultimately records mean nothing but it does show how, for some reason, my gaming ability seems to be on the decline and it’s aggravating. I won’t blame bad dice rolls, a weak codex or any number of factors I could point a finger at that aren’t me. Things like that may contribute but are by no means THE reason I’m in such a rut lately.
I do want to experiment a lot more with the Chaos codex. The problem I’m having with it at the moment is the rumors. With 6th edition being around the corner, it would seem, and Chaos sometime soon, as rumors have it, I’m having a hard time investing cash into the army. I just don’t want to pick up things that become obsolete for one reason or another. Also, who knows what new toys Chaos will get or how 6th edition will change the 40K scene? There’s new kits I’ll likely need to buy and so I’m keeping my money close at hand for such an event.
The problem there is that leaves me with a limited collection to pull from and only so many lists I can run. I think I need to suck it up and get over my fear and invest a little money into the army. I mean, if the new Chaos codex is like four months out then that’s a lot of games to be played.