July 24, 2013
On Saturday I attended the FoB Qualifier tourney at my FLGS. My first round was essentially a free win, but you can read about that one HERE.
Feast of Blades Qualifier: Round 2
- Two infantry blobs of 30 with commissar and maximum amount of plasma weaponry in each.
- Two Leman Russ Eradicators (I think that's the one. The one with the ridiculous plasma cannon)
- Two heavy weapon teams with 3 lascannons each
- Three special weapons teams with 2 plasma guns, 1 meltagun, and a demo charge
- Two Vendettas with 3 twin-linked lascannons, each carrying one of the special weapon teams
- Command squad with a lascannon (other stuff too, but I never found out what they were)
- 6 Ratlings
|Board #2 during Round 3 (orks vs. chaos)|
The objectives (clockwise from the top-left) ended up being 4, 1, 3, 2, 2, 3 once we got into the game and started discovering them.
- I honestly do not know what I would have done differently during the first turns. I only had one turn to try and spread out before both Vendettas came in, and once they did I had to take a lot of anti-tank. If I had spread out more then I would have exposed myself to his other units. Perhaps I should have just gone flat-out with All my vehicles the turn before he arrived.
- Longstrike should have shined this game, but he didn't have anything to shoot! All he could do is drop submunitions on guard going to ground in area terrain because the tanks were always hull down and obscured. Perhaps I could have given up one turn of shooting with him to flat-out move for a better firing angle. But that central LOS piece made it pretty much impossible to draw a bead on the Eradicators.
- Remember special equipment! I missed possibly the best opportunity to use the NSJ that I will ever have. I also forgot my carbine squad's DFish had sensor spines but that one didn't matter because I passed the dangerous terrain tests.
- Firewarriors make a decent anti-air unit, even unassisted and in small numbers.
- Cohesion. I used aggressive tactics with some of my units and conservative ones with others. Armywide actions would increase the effectiveness and survival rate of the army as a whole.
- Give up shooting once in a while in order to get a better position or increase survival. I only went flat-out with DFishes and the Skyray, perhaps I should have been going Flat-out with the hammerheads too until I had decent targets.
I am sorry if I came off blaming my opponent too much. I'm sure most of his mistakes were really just that, and not intentional. He doesn't put much effort into learning new rules and they were mostly minor mistakes.
His army was custom built for armies like mine, so I think I actually did ok, considering how much lascannon/plasma/melta/demo weaponry I had to deal with.
Thanks for reading! Let me know what you would have done differently if you were in a similar situation!