Saturday, September 25, 2010

Hard Boyz Semi-Finals: Round 1

This is my army pre-semifinals at Hard Boyz. Went down to long Island and played in it at the Brothers Grim. The list is the same I used in the preliminary rounds. 2 stacked up sternguard squads, 2 venerable dreadnoughts, and 2 Ironclads, 3 Tactical Squads, and of course Vulkan. Not presented in the picture is the 9 pods that the whole army would ride down in.

In round 1 I ended up playing someone who travelled even farther than myself to get to the tournament. Though I cant recall his name, it was easily one of my favorite games of 40k all time. He was using 2 landraiders loaded with terminators, Lysander and a librarian heading up each of these combat nightmares. 3 tactical squads, and a unit of scouts made up his scoring units.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Hard Boyz testing again

Well the preliminaries of hard boyz went fine, with a major win for the final revision of the list. So getting ready for the second round it was back to Alex and his awesome guardsmen list to see if the last minute changes would pay off against a much better player then the prelim opponents.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Renewed Vigor

Im trying to renew my intent to bring content and especially battle reports with shiny pictures or at least maps of games to the blog sphere. With additionally some opinion articles as well.

But battle reports are the big thing because sometimes I feel that there arent enough ones to read out there. And lack either good pictures to show the action or some easy to follow top down drawings to show the flow of the match.

Now heres to hoping that this doesnt last a few weeks and then find me not posting for months again.

I still have the hard boyz semi finals to post about, and also went to another 1850 40k tournament at the Brothers Grim store again this past weekend. Bunch of pics from the former and less from the latter, but will do my best with both.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Hard Boyz Testing Origional LIst

This was months ago in May. I was testing for the hard boyz preliminary rounds with my friend Alex. My list included 5 dreadnoughts in pods, 2 tactical squads in pods, an assault squad in pod and a 7 man vanguard unit with jet packs. Against Alex's straken led all infantry guard regiment.

In this first picture you can see his deployment with hundreds of boots on the ground. Mystics set centrally for protection, and he also has one unit outflanking with Al Raheim.
My initial drops included a very risky and ultimately futile rear drop in the corner. I made the mistake of dropping vulkan and the MOF with the small assault squad instead of my 5th dreadnought as well. My shooting was limited in effect and then vulkan was scared off the board by the psyker battle squad.
Turn 2 saw the horde move up, including i believe the outflanking squad coming in far left off of the screen in this image. My two dreads that are shown here dual assaulted the large squad to the center and split it in half due to charge reactions. Eventually they succumbed to counter charges by straken. The dreadnought far in the top corner was immobilized.
Turn three I landed two tactical Squads and a dreadnought to try and crush the outflanking unit and restore some balance to the objective based game we were playing. The vanguard in my first foray with the unit charged the edge of a blob squad and though they killed a few for a turn or two were eventually cut down to a man by the 40 man unit with its hidden power weapons.

This game went very badly. Eventually I was ground under the boots of imperial guardsmen. And we reset the board for a second practice game. The second game went much better, we tried the victory points mission this time and ended up drawing the game. But I was still far from satisfied with the list and how it was performing. The vanguard were simply too expensive and inefficient at what I was trying to use them for, and also didnt fit my playstyle at all. I eventually switched my list at the 11th hour before the actual event and brought 1 less dreadnought and 2 full sternguard units that I enjoy so much for their shooting power out of their pods, I also ended up with another tactical squad instead of the assault marines.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

More Hard boyz testing

This was also a hard boyz test game in may. Against eric aka Lord Victor and his candy apple eldar. The game was capture and control with an objective near the giant fuel tanks at the top left and near the building where my tactical squad deploys at the bottom right.

This game was almost a major draw fest. However yriel wiffed with 5 attacks against my lone sergeant at the end of the game. Eldar are difficult for a drop pod list with all their speed. And even though I didnt do a verbal run down you can see the movement of the game through the pictures I hope.