Thursday, 4 June 2009

Battle Report: Doubles Tournament Warm up

I've posted a couple of times about the 500 point doubles tournament I'm playing in at my local club (it's more of a league really than a tournament), and Wednesday night was the first time we'd seen who we were teamed with and the other players lists.

My submitted list was:
Daemon Prince, Mark of Nurgle, Wings, Warptime (175)
6 Plague Marines, 2 with melta guns (158)
Rhino with dozer blade (40)
Vindicator (125)

Looking at the draw, I was paired with a Daemon player (good player, I'd played his Orks the previous week). His list was something like:
7 Plaguebearers with instrument
5 Horrors with the Changeling

Pretty brutal, especially paired with my list. Unfortunately, he didn't make it to the warm up so I teamed with a couple of other guys. Both games were Annhiliation with Pitched Battle setup.

Battle 1: Chaos and Chaos Vs Imperial Guard and Ultramarines

In this one I was teamed with another Chaos player (he plays Nurgle the same as me, I'd played him a while back). His list was minimal and nasty: Abaddon the Despolier, 5 marines (free wounds for Abaddon), and a vindicator.

The IG had a Lord Comissar, some storm troopers, 10 penal legion troopers (who rolled rending CC attacks), 5 ratlings and a Valkyrie with lascannons and missile pods. The marines were some scouts with Telion, Chapter Master with half a dozen Sternguard.

This was pretty much a blood bath. My DP got a first turn charge off on the ratlings who had scouted, and destroyed them before destroying the Chapter Master and sternguard in the next couple of turns. Abaddon walked forward, destroyed the speed bump penal troops before destroying the scouts. The valkyrie shooting was pretty woeful with it's lascannon (BS3 and it was mostly concentrating on destroying the vindicators) and it didn't really do much at all. By turn 4 or so, they only had the valkyrie and some storm troopers left so they conceeded.

Battle 2: Chaos and Ultramarines Vs Eldar and Dark Angels

This was a bit of an odd team up army-wise. I teamed up with the UM player we'd beaten in the previous game in a fluff bending team-up. He'd been allowed a one off change to his list as he hadn't known about the tournament before arriving that evening, so he'd dropped the scouts for 5 terminators.

On the other side of the table were 5 Death Wing terminators with assault cannon, chain fist, 5 man Dark Angels tactical squad and a Librarian in terminator armour. The Eldar consisted of an Avatar, about 6-7 Fire Dragons with an Exarch with fire pike, 8 Dire Avengers with Exarch, 5 scouts. This game looked to be a tougher prospect than the last one with the Avatar being very tough to take out.

My Daemon Prince rampaged again, tearing apart the Dark Angels tactical marines, battering the scouts and killing them before a grand face off with the Dire Avengers and Avatar. My opponent rolled badly for 2 rounds of combat and only managed to take one wound of the DP. In return my Daemon Prince killed the avatar. The Death Wing deep striked and destroyed my vindicator before being shot a couple of times (my Rhino killed one with it's bolter!) and the losing in CC to the Ultramarine terminators. My UM teammate used his orbital bombardment to good effect on the Fire Dragons and his chapter master finished them off with shooting and assault at the end of the game.

The game finished in a win for us.

Hopefully I can carry this good form over into the league for the next few weeks.

My Daemon Prince was absolutely brutal. I feel a bit guilty about taking him as he's tough to stop at 500 points but looking at other lists (Ku'gath, Abbadon, Avatar, Ork Nobs with FnP and cybork bodies, Skulltaker etc) it was probably the right thing to do.

1 comment:

sovietspace said...

Nice little report mate, cheers. I've never done a doubles game, it must be very tricky having to form tactics etc. in cooperation with someone you've never met before!