Twin-Linked Tournament: “The Space Communists”

We made the drive up from Santa Cruz to Sacramento on Sunday to participate as “The Space Communists” in the Twin Linked Tournament, which is basically a doubles format where each player fields 1000 points.  My team partner, Mark, played Tau and I played Orks.  His was a rather eclectic group of blueskins, featuring a little bit of everything and almost none of what people expect, i.e. no riptide, plasma/melta spam etc.  Even his fire warriors were armed with pulse cabines instead of the usual rifles.  The greenskins were pretty standard, three trucks full of boyz, a battlewagon commandeered by the warboss with his nob retinue.  The grots managed to drag three lobbas to the edge of each battle.  They entrenched themselves wherever they could find a good spot to hide so they could be left in peace to mortar both sides indiscriminately.

Game one featured a drop pod army of Ultramarines led by Tigurius allied with Space Wolves.  All I can say about this is that we had two Great Moments early in the game.  First, Longstrike managed to one shot kill their Sicaran battle tank on turn one.  Second, my nobz handily defeated an advancing squad of terminators.

The Tau made some good shots and all of my orks managed to get into close combat.  But the ork boyz couldn’t really shift the advancing grey hunters and it didn’t help that Tigurius was able to keep his squad invisible for the entire battle.  Theirs was a very powerful army and we never really had much of a chance.  We held on until (I think) turn five and were tabled.  The only survivors of the orks were the gretchin mortar team, who legged it because Tigurius frightened them with his scary magic and outrageously long horns.  I believe this team ended up either winning the tournament or taking a close second place.

Even though we got tabled we still had fun.  I certainly got a few list building ideas for the Space Wolves I’m painting, and I’m definitely going to try for Invisibility when I play a psyker who can roll on the Telepathy table.  That is one mean spell!.

Game Two was against another drop pod-heavy army.  This time Salamanders and Dark Angels.  Unlike the first scenario, this was a hard fought game from beginning to end.  The marines were able to come in and do a lot of damage with their flame throwers and other weapons, but not being particularly good in assault we were able to deal with them fairly well once we weathered their initial fire.  Unfortunately they were able to deal with his fairly well too with their dakka.

They had another Sicaran battle tank and again Longstrike blew it up before the beakies knew what they were about.  For the Greater Good!

There was a lot of end-game maneuvering with each side trying to score points by taking table quarters.  The main thing that kept us in this game was the Tau commander.  He sat on one of the objectives and scored points each turn while the orks fought off multiple attempts by the marines to drive him away.  Besides the points, it was a skyfire objective and the enemy feared for their Fire Raptor Gunship.  They didn’t really need to.  Worry more about the nob hiding a power claw up his commissar’s great coat when you go into hover mode!  All of Mark’s crisis suit bodyguards nobly gave their lives but between their firepower and wall of greenskins he was able to score five of the eleven points we accumulated during the game.

When the smoke cleared and the accountants worked their magic, it was an 11-11 tie.  We shook hands and everyone was all smiles.  A great game!

Game Three was against Grey Knights and Orks.  The main unit of the ork army that interested me was a squad of 30 ‘ard boyz led by Mad Doc Grotsnik.  Heavy armor, Feels No Pain, and Fearless made them hard to shift while Rampage made them potentially even more dangerous in close combat.

We were able to kill this unit though it wasn’t easy.  My mortars took their bloody due as Grotsnik’s boys advanced and the kroot took them under fire from their woodland fighting positions on our right flank.  I ended up engaging them with all three units of boyz as well as my nobz, though one unit had to charge sans their trukk.  Dang those Grey Knight back shooters!  Although the combat only lasted for our turn my hands were tired after finishing dicing it out.  I don’t think I would have won without using all four of my squads, as well as thinning them out beforehand with a little help from the kroot.  When the dust settled Grotsnik and his charges were all dead.

The Grey Knights consisted of two large squads of terminators and they did good work in our backfield, though the main battle happened mostly in the center of the board.

This time there was no Sicaran for Longstrike to kill and he ended up dueling a battle wagon full of lootas to a draw for four turns.  Finally some deffkoptas came in out of nowhere and put an end to mighty Longstrike’s reign of terror.  Then my warboss called a Waaagh!, charged about twenty inches with his remaining nobz and blew up our opponent’s battlewagon, taking out about half the lootas as well as all of his own squad and almost himself in the bargain.  Ignominiously he was finished off by some gretchin, who spend most of the battle hiding in reserves only to come in at the last moment to lord it over my warboss!

Another hard-fought game, but as the Grey Knight player pointed out, being a kill point mission this was a tough one for us to win.  The Grey Knight player only had three kill points in his entire force whereas I had four points just in my vehicles alone, and that was what the game came down to.  We were pretty even in terms of scoring points for board control and other things but they were able to score points killing my trukks with easy psycannon shots.  I think they got the fire warrior’s devilfish as well.

Still, I had a rare victory of sorts in that all three of my boyz squads managed to survive the game in one form or another, including one squad of shoota boyz that kited one of the terminator squads for most of them game sniping at them.  “How come you don’t just charge me?” he asked.  “Boss sez use taktics an’ stuff,” my nob yelled back.  In reality they just didn’t want to get within chopping distance of those halberds.

Mark and I were fortunate enough to be voted second place winners in the sportsmanship category, which was fun.  We are hoping to play in the next tournament in December.  Thank you to all of our opponents for fun games, and to the TO Mark Broughton.  Also thank you to Great Escape Games in Sacramento for hosting and the fancy tournament discount.  I was able to score a cheap Space Wolf dreadnought for my collection!

The Great Martian War

I ran across this video the other day and quite enjoyed it and thought that most anyone who likes 40K or steampunk in general might like it, so I’m posting it here.

I noticed some interesting details revolving around the adoption of alien technology by the humans, such as a futuristic blaster on a tank for example.  When I watched it a second time, I noticed a lot more of these details and the little story the video told, which I didn’t really notice as much on the first viewing when I was mostly just enjoying the special effects and the music.

Also, for the 40K players — a modest FAQ update dropped on October 22nd.

“Those Guys Look Like They Know How to Party!”

I finally finished up a minimum-sized mob of nob bikers, along with my Forge World warboss.  I magnetized some of the arms in case I want to swap out their weapons and to make transporting them to games a bit easier.

One funny thing about painting one biker and then not getting around to finishing them for a couple of years is that now I want to go back and work on the first guy some more.  I probably will at some point, but for now it is onward to finishing other projects.

I put this picture up on another site where I’ve been a member for several years now.  I got a chuckle when one of the other members wrote, “Wow, those guys sure look like they know how to party,” or words to that effect.  Makes me think I need to model a beer cooler to the back of one of their bikes or something.

Swords Against Tanks!

I played my orks in a three player game recently.  My friend played Imperial Fists, who were my allies, and together we took on a mechanized Guard player.  There were ruins in each of our deployment zones but otherwise a featureless board in no-man’s land. The mission was a custom one featuring victory points for controlling table quarters, so we had to spread our forces out a bit.

The Guard sent their battle tanks to deal with the space marines and earmarked two veteran squads in chimeras and two devil dogs (fast melta tanks) to roll up the orks on their right flank. After a couple of turns of maneuvering and counter-maneuvering, the Guard managed to blow up both of my battle wagons. The one with 20 boyz ended up taking no wounds.  Pretty surprising to be sure.  Although none of the boyz were injured they were plenty agitated!

This game the boyz acted like they had “Preferred Enemy: Unpainted Models”!

The boyz charged both of the devil dogs and beat them to death with their swords, axes, and clubs. (Never had to use the power klaw, which was good because I was hoping to avoid having my boyz climb all over tanks and then have them blow up.) They received a bit of an assist from a couple of nobz with great axes on the devil dogs, but otherwise the nob squad and warboss were only a small factor in the coming onslaught.  It was as if the nobz and boyz had sort of traded places.

One of the chimera trundled up, unloaded their veterans and shot a few orks dead. Then the boyz got together and turned their vehicle upside down and ran off what few veterans remained. The nobz finished off the survivors, apparently taking care of the boyz’ light work.

Not a spent force yet, they then ran over to the second chimera pictured in the far right corner of the picture and beat it to death with their swords too. The boyz soon finished off those veterans as well, but suffered heavy losses to flame throwers. So one squad of 20 boyz settled the hash of the entire Guard right flank and now the remaining boyz set their sights on a leeman russ squadron that was dueling a couple of razorbacks entrenched behind some ruins.

It was not meant to be for the boyz. Their beautiful Waaagh! dream was just about over. They finally bit off more than they could chew and were obliterated three battle cannon shots, along with a little supporting fire, later. Still, the sole survivor was the nob, who sheltered behind a ruin in the Guard deployment zone and scored at the end of the game for line breaker and also victory points for the scenario we were doing.

Pretty fine work for a squad of ork boyz. I think that nob deserves a promotion or least an assignment to another squad of boyz he can lord it over. For what it is worth we scored a resounding victory, which was good because we were otherwise 0-2 in the tournament. Going home 1-2 is a lot better than 0-3!