October 11, 2009
After a gig on Friday, Saturday was a night in with some Warhammer 40K and curry in anticipation for next week's Grand Tournament weekend.
In spectacular Luke-Style, Luke hadn't even finalised an army and left with 3 unopened Tau Battlesuit boxes to frantically bolster his force with just 6 days to go!
Between myself, Luke and James, we comfortably played 2 games within the time limit of 2 hours per game that we had set.
James VS Luke
James had his Dark Angels Ravenwing army as always, while Luke had minimised his troops in favour of more units focussed on killing things. Luckily for him, they rolled a Kill Point mission.
Luke won the roll to go set up and deploy, forcing James to set up his Ravenwing and take the first turn.
Following his recent Grand Tournament warm-up day with members of the FLAME ON! tournament team, James had some new ideas about playing his Ravenwing. Namely setting everything up (instead of outflanking) and swarming Luke's deployment zone on Turn 1.
However, this was a Spearhead game, so James could only set up in his table quarter.
Luke set up a lone Hammerhead in the opposite quarter and held the rest of his army in reserve with the Tau Battlesuits deepstriking in.
What ensued was James's faster units hunting down the Tau, unit by unit, while the Tau took a steady toll on the Ravenwing bikes and landspeeders.
Luke's two Tau Battlesuit command teams armed with plasma rifles, missile pods and Ballistic Skill 4 (hitting on 3+) were devastating, although the same couldn't be said of the Stealth Suits.
Luke has gone for a totally different approach to the Tau Empire in 5th edition 40K, which is to wipe out the enemy. He simply accepted that he will always struggle to claim or contest objectives. So his solution is to make things dead. And thinking about it, it's not a bad solution at all.
The game ended with 5 Kill Points to James and 7 Kill Points to Luke.
In between games we went across the road for a curry. As James and Luke were driving, it was up to me to drink their complimentary brandys in the curry house, so I was a little more 'confident' in playing a hot Tau on Tau game against Luke.
Adam VS Luke
While my Tau army revolves around tanks and battlesuits, Luke's army revolves around battlesuits and broadsides. I didn't favour my chances against 5 railguns, 4 of which were twin linked. I also didn't fancy the chances of my Battlesuits against his 6 Fireknife battlesuits all hitting on 3+.
We rolled the Annihilation Mission and Dawn of War set up. Usually my favourite combination, but then I realised I may have been better off in an objective grabbing mission.
The game began with some sneaky setting up on both our parts with the plethora of smart missile systems on my tanks wiping out one of Luke's firewarrior teams.
Luke's Stealth Suits deepstriked in front of my gunline and died horribly.
Luke's second Tau Battlesuit Command Team deepstriked next to my Broadsides, but I had already disembarked 12 Firewarriors inside the nearby building.
The Fireknife Battlesuits unleashed a volley of plasma fire and missiles at the Broadsides, but with some canny wound allocation, both Broadsides fought on with 1 wound remaining while only 1 shield drone was lost and they passed their moral check.
Next turn 24 shots from the Firewarriors took a terrible toll before the Broadsides charged in and finished off the last Fireknife Battlesuit.
Early in the game I passed an obscene number of 4+ disruption pod saves for my tanks. Surely testament to the power of alcohol consumption prior to a game?
But as the game drew on, Luke's railguns began to take their toll. I simply didn't have anything that could take out so many Broadsides, let alone close with them quickly. Fortunately the game ended on Turn 5, otherwise my immobilised tanks would have quickly become destroyed tanks.
3 Kill Points to Luke, 4 Kill Points to me.
We had some great games and a good curry. So not bad for a night in at all.
Next weekend will be a good one. Out on Friday, play games all Saturday, out on the Saturday night, drag ourselves to the final day of the tournament on Sunday, then pack up and come home. Back to work on Monday!
In the meantime, Luke has purchased 3 Tau Battlesuit boxes from me (they were just sitting in the cupboard) and will be amalgamating what points he has from his Stealth Suits and lone twin missile pod Battlesuit to see if he can make ANOTHER Fireknife Tau Battlesuit team from them.
If he can kill enough, I think Luke might do quite well with his Tau army at this year's Grand Tournament.
October 11, 2009
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