While I'm still recuperating from the glory that was Adepticon let me share with you the triumphs and tribulations of a friend of mine who for a second year in a row decided to rub elbows with some of the greatest wargamers at the Warhammer 40,000 Championships! Tom was kind enough to write up a few quick battle reports from his four games and there are some pretty sweet pictures to boot! Since I couldn't really play the tourist role at the Championships (it interfered with the Killzone events we were running) this is my way of covering the event through the point of view of Tom's Dark Eldar, led by the Lord Hellions himself..
Second time at the Tournament, still ranked W2 L2, but had a great time and four very fun high energy games.
Here’s what I brought:
2 Wych Squads with Haemunculi HQ’s
2 Warriors Squads in Venoms
2 Trueborn Squads in Venoms
Round 1, Russel’s Grey Knights
2 Terminator squads in Storm Raven Transports
Librarian in Terminator Armor
Grand Master in Terminator Armor
1 Psyflemen Dreadnought
Round 2 - Jason’s Blood Angels
Jason brought a good suprise drop force:
2 teams of assault marines, one in a razorback, one in a raven,
Sanguinary priest in a rhino
2 storm ravens, one with assault terminators, one with the assault marines.
2 jump pack marines with meltas, plasma pistols, and power fists.
one vangard assault marines with heavies and power fists.
2 two man assault bikes with multi meltas.
Once his Vanguards completely destroyed the ravager, my beasts stepped in and introduced him to the Baron’s Hellglaive, and his Razorwing flock's rending talons.
Game was a win in the end, he won the annihilation objective, nailing down 9 of my forces to me dropping 8 of his; but I held the corners and center objective. Great game, Sathonyx goes 1-1
Jim’s Grey Knights
Honestly this had to be the most beautifully painted army I have simply EVER seen. Jim’s artistic talents were unparalleled in my opinion. I almost hated that I won this game... almost. Jim noted he was eyeing a Dark Eldar force as his next army to master; we had fun discussing what was effective … as it was being effective.
2 squads of henchmen, including death cult assassins, flagellants, demon hosts, and inquisitors. one in a chimera, one in a land raider.
A Squad of Grey Knight terminators did haunt a second land raider, running gauntlet for one of this two grey knight strike marines on foot. The latter charged an objective early, but faced Sathonynx ....
Lastly Servitors loaded with all sorts of heavy weapons on foot.
The constant barrage of splinter cannons took its toll on the grey knights, with 12 shots from each warrior squad and 24 from the cannon outfitted trueborn, I slowly wittled down his well armored manpower. The real turning point was the Beasts. When the Baron came howling out of the webway portal, he pounced on the first strike squad, jumping into area terrain to take them out, after the Talos opened up the left flank landraider, the Baron swooped back to mop up the poor troops inside.
Going for the trifecta though, he was knocked out trying to take down the second henchmen squad. Three times is NOT a charm.
Payback was had … After my right flank Wych squad finished off the strike marines through out flanking and some good shooting, they were introduced to dancing with Terminators. ... and lost horribly. such is the life of Wyches! Honestly though, I am almost certain that the wyches were simply in awe of these guys.... take a look at the closeup, I don’t think i’ve seen this kind of stuff from the Citadel website even. Yet again, huge kudos on the paintwork Jim.
End of the game, Annihilation Points tied, the remaining Dark Eldar forces commanding 3 objectives, and dropping their marked squad of henchmen. Sathonyx goes to 2-1, time for a breather before the last round.
Doug’s Blood Angles
I’ll call this last round pain early, pain often. Canadian Invader Doug brought 2 Razobacks, a rhino, and a Land Raider, 20 assault marines (with wings!), assault terminators and 2 Devestator squads, led by a sanquinary priest. Ok really, 3+ armor saves and feel no pain is really hard to deal with …
Doug completely wiped the field of every last remaining dark eldar force before the game ended! Way to go Ontario … I think?
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