Last year I was drafted in to play 40k, despite the fact that before the tournament i'd played one game of 40k since 3rd ed. This year however I was slightly more prepared, I even finished my own army, the Grey Knights above. As for gameplay i'd still only managed to get about 6 or 7 games in with them before the tournament, but I'm a pretty quick study. The tournament format is a bit different from usual, and this is where it becomes really interesting and fun for me. Each team has 4 players, with a possible 5th player sub, or simply a 5th army. The teams are comp scored as an average score for the entire team, so some teams use the 5th army as a extremely soft list, that will never see the table, so they can get away with some harder lists for the 4 players. We however had 5 players so went with what we had.
Day one of the tourny is solo matches, 3 rounds , 4 games per round solo matches, but the difference here is we're given 4 scenarios before the round starts, and we get to decide which of our armies fights which scenario. Basically with a bit of strategising you can stack the games in your teams favour (in theory).
Day two is different, its 2 team games of 2v2, again with scenarios before you decide on the match ups, this can lead to a lot of fairly interesting combinations, and this is where having a 5th army really shines, because there are a lot more options covered in terms of objective grabs, or kill point options.
The team we entered for 40k had 3 returning players from last year, myself, our team captain Brad (over at http://landomisfittoys.blogspot.com.au/2012/03/viccs-come-around-again.html) and nick. Then our newly drafted players were Adam (over at http://thegoldend6.com/) and Aarron, who's claim to fame is he got paid by the Army to play in a 40k tournament over the summer.
Now to the interesting stuff, the armies, as you can see above my grey knights got done for the tourny, finishing touches went on litereally the night before. Sorry for the shitty blurred pics, they looked decent on my phone at the time.
|This is a different pic to the first i swear, its slightly more or less fuzzy depending on how you squint.. also there are legs behind it|
The list had a librarian, 5 termis with psycannon, a 10 man strike squad with 2 psycannon in a rhino, a 5 man strike squad with psycannon in a razorback, a purifyer squad with 2 psycannon in a razorback, a 5 man interceptor squad with a psycannon, and 2 rifleman dreds, a liberal addition of thunderhammers, and psybolts to the vehicles and the 10 man squad of marines. The army was designed to be a slow moving wall of torrent fire, able to move 6 inches and fire to near full effect, with A LOT of shots. Usually maneuverability would be an issue, but given we could pick and choose armies to match scenarios I was able to heavily stack the firepower with this list.
The next armies were mostly suplied by Brad, 3 of the other 4 being his armies.
|Sorry for the blurryness, just squint a little|
Overall we did pretty well for a bunch of guys who havent played much 40k, in the past year, the competition actually had some of the best 40k players in victoria there as you'd expect. In the end our team came 5th overall, but we did win best sports, which im stoked about! and we came second in best painted, infact it was so close they had to get an extra judge in to decide the best painted.
As for the rest of the tournament, our warmachine guys clean swept, they went into the last round so far ahead they could have napped under the tables and still won overall best warmachine. Fantastic effort from them. The warhammer boys however, disapointed us, they went into the tourny with the best warhammer player in australia, and the rest being top 20 easily, and somehow only managed to scrape out a second place. But also got a best painted for their efforts.
The tournament as a whole was looking pretty close, but the solid effort across all 3 game systems brought us home with a win, and we retained our title of Best Wargaming Club In Victoria (and lets face it australia) , Incredibly stoked and proud of everyone involved ! and already looking forward to next years event.
|The organisers even sculpted this prize for everyone from the winning club!|
|And here it is, proof we're the best, now we're going to fight to the death over who gets to keep the plaque|
As for the grey knights, expect better pics and an update on how they performed next time!