Friday, 21 March 2014

Last minute undecision


I'm suffering some last minute indecision around my 1850 Adepticon singles army. Although I'm not planning on changing the codices I'm using I am debating mixing up the army list. My original thoughts were ;-

Primary Detachtment - White Scars
Kor'sarro Khan on Moondraken  - 150pts
Chapter Master with The Shield Eternal, Thunderhammer, Artificer Armour, Bike & Auspex - 255pts
Command Squad with Bikes, 4 x Grav Guns, 2 x Storm Shields, Apothacary - 230pts
10 Tactical Marines with Meltagun, Multi-Melta, Combi-Melta in a Rhino - 205pts
10 Tactical Marines with Plasmagun in a Rhino - 190pts
Stalker - 75pts
Thunderfire Cannon - 100pts
StormTalon Gunship with Skyhammer Missiles - 125pts

Allied Detachtment - Space Wolves
Wolf Lord with Bike, Runic Armour, Storm Shield, Power Fist, Saga of the Bear, 2 Fenrisian Wolves - 265pts
Rune Priest with Bike, Runic Armour - 155pts
5 Grey Hunters - 75pts

It relies fairly heavily on the weight of the one super unit with the four ICs in with the command squad. If that unit can be countered the rest of the army don't have a whole lot of punch. I'm not very impressed with the Stalker, its never really earnt its points in any of my practise games.


The idea I'm considering is ;-

Primary Detachtment - White Scars
Kor'sarro Khan on Moondraken  - 150pts
Chapter Master with The Shield Eternal, Thunderhammer, Artificer Armour, Bike & Auspex - 255pts
Command Squad with Bikes, 4 x Grav Guns, 2 x Storm Shields, Apothacary - 230pts
10 Tactical Marines with Meltagun, Combi-Melta in a Rhino - 195pts
5 Space Marines Bike, 2 x Grav Guns, Melta Bombs - 140pts
5 Space Marines Bike, 2 x Grav Guns, Melta Bombs - 140pts
Thunderfire Cannon - 100pts
Thunderfire Cannon - 100pts
StormTalon Gunship with Skyhammer Missiles - 125pts
StormTalon Gunship with Skyhammer Missiles - 125pts

Allied Detachtment - Space Wolves
Rune Priest with Bike, Runic Armour - 155pts
7 Grey Hunters, Meltagun, Wolf Standard - 120pts

So I've removed the stalker (it hasn't performed in any matches yet) and the Wolf Lord. Added in a second thunderfire which give better opportunities against units using a tank out front, such as beast packs and a 2nd storm talon as this maintain my air defence but works better against low or no flyer opponents. Swapping the Marines in rhino for two bike squad maintains my troop units but the bikes have a better damage output. One 5 man effectively replaces 2 melta for 2 grav, whilst the other has as many bolters but now twin linked and 2 grav guns.

So the death star is a little weakened by the loss of the 2nd beat stick but is it a good swap. The old deathstar unit was good but if you could neutralise it (by killing or avoiding) I lost. This way it's still a threat but there are more options and threats to deal with.

So people what do you think? Help me out, which is better or do you have another suggestion?

Sunday, 16 March 2014

Adepticon 2014 - 2 weeks to go

So with only 2 weeks before I fly out to Adepticon where am? Well my army is painted. There's more detailing on bases and some models I can still do over the next couple of weeks, but as it stands today its playable.


In the last month I've had a number of practise games with mixed results. Against middle of the road armies it can dominate fairly well. The alpha strike from the command squad is good, but fairly easy to defend against. The IC's are pretty tough but I do wonder if they'll earn their points in most games, the unit does seem to take a lot of the brunt of opponents fire power.

I need to get better at multi-charging rather than breaking off the ICs if possible. Most times I've broken on of the ICs off from the unit it gets targetted and killed once its destroyed it's target. Without the feel no pain from the apothacary they are alot more fragile.Eldar still a problem, their high speed and rate of fire mean they can keep away from my bikes.

I am half considering dropping the Wolf Lord in favour of a second Thunderfire and second Storm Talon so I have multiple threats which can deal damage and not just one super unit which if cracked is practically an auto loss from that point on.

I also need to get better at remember some of the smaller rules from the army, pinning from the Cannon, Concussion from the grav guns and the auspec on the chapter master to name a few.

I think this will be my last blog post until I get back from America, so I'm also going to use the time to mention the York Garrison Summer Solstice.

Solstice is the annual tournament I help organise and run. This year we've taken a risk and moved it to the larger hall in our venue. This means we need to get about 25-30 people there. So if you're interested follow this link to the full details and I'd love to see some of you there on the 26th / 27th July.

Saturday, 1 March 2014

Adepticon 2014 - 4 weeks to go

Following on from the post on the Adepticon championship tournament, the other event I’m taking part in is the Team tournament. The team tournament is fairly famous in the US 40k scene and always draws a large turnout. Teams of four people compete in five games over two days. Each player has a 1000pts army and team with one other member of their team in each round. During day one the organisers pair the team, ensuring that you have at least one game with each member of your team. On day two the pairings are left to the team to decide.

All wolf army looked amazing
As with any tournament there are a mixture of team and their objectives. There are the fiercely competitive teams who are out to win and have engineered a team chocked full of nasty units and combos. However one of the major draws are the more fluffy armies. Last year I saw a several really nicely themed armies, from an all Thunder Wolf / Fenrisian Wolf army, purely Space Marines bike army (using the older SM codex so before bikes were as good as they are now). There were lots of themed Chaos armies with each member taking a mono god list. It was unfortunate that last year due to the NORA virus hitting the hotel and taking out one of our team we only got to play on Day one, but it was certainly fun.



This year I’ve managed to get a place in a team with three fellow Geek Nation Tour participants. Lee, Brian and Dano are all friends of Teras the owner of GNT and have graciously agreed to let this brit join their team. Last year the team I was in was a collection of four gamers using the armies they’d brought for the singles event. As such, we had a fairly disparate team containing Tyranids, Orks, CSM and Marines (Adepticon rules that anyone can ally with each other and count as allies of convenience). This year Lee, Brian and Dano had already come up with a theme for the team and I was happy to join in, especially when Brian announced that he was happy to source and paint all 4 armies! So having made this offer to paint 4000pts you’d assume that the theme was a small elite based army, nope. We are using a foot based Space Marine army and each 1000 point army consists of a HQ, three tactical squads, an assault squad and a devastator squad. So between the four armies that’s 200 marines that Brian has agreed to paint. We’re each responsible for creating, modelling and painting our HQ. Mine is a level two Librarian with jump pack to run with my assault marines. What it does mean is that when two of these armies are paired together, you’ve got an entire company of Nova Marines taking to each table.

In other news, York Garrison’s Summer Solstice has been announced. It’s the second year I’ve been involved in running it and were hoping to improve again on last years. We’re in a bigger venue this year so we can offer up to 40 places and hopefully since we don’t clash with Toy Soldiers this year we’ll manage to sell out. I'll probably feature this more in some future blog updates.

Finally I’m off to another Yorkshire Open Qualifying event on Sunday, although I’ve already qualified from the RAGE event I want to get more practise with my bike army. As such I’m fairly certain I’ve gimped my Adepticon force in order to fit into 1500, but I wanted to include the full 1060pts deathstar unit to get practise with it. The army I’m taking is ;-

 Primary Detachtment - White Scars
Kor'sarro Khan on Moondraken  - 150pts
Chapter Master with The Shield Eternal, Thunderhammer, Artificer Armour, Bike & Auspex - 255pts
Command Squad with Bikes, 4 x Grav Guns, 2 x Storm Shields, Apothacary - 230pts
5 Space Marines Bike, 2 x Grav Guns, Melta Bombs - 140pts
5 Space Marines Bike, 2 x Grav Guns, Melta Bombs - 140pts
Stalker - 75pts

Allied Detachtment - Space Wolves
Wolf Lord with Bike, Runic Armour, Storm Shield, Power Fist, Saga of the Bear, 2 Fenrisian Wolves - 265pts
Rune Priest with Bike, Runic Armour - 155pts
5 Grey Hunters - 75pts

I've pretty much removed most of my scoring and utilities in order to keep the deathstar in tact, but tomorrow isn't about winning, its about practising manoeuvring, placement and experience with the deathstar unit in preperation for Apdeticon. Winning a couple of games would be nice though.