Sunday, 4 September 2011

Yorkshire Store Tournament - Part 1


So on Friday 2nd of September I took part in the Yorkshire Store Tournament at Warhammer World. Twenty games of 40k and about 10 of Warhammer doubles to battle over the coveted store trophy held by the Leeds store for 3 years running now. The army I took was;
     Daemon Prince, Wings, Mark of Slaanesh, Lash of Submission - 155pts
     Daemon Prince, Wings, Mark of Slaanesh, Lash of Submission - 155pts
     3 x Obliterators - 225pts
     3 x Obliterators - 225pts
     3 x Obliterators - 225pts
     3 x Chaos Terminators, 3 Combi meltas - 105pts
       Dedicated Landraider, Daemonic Possession, Dozer Blade - 245pts
     5 x Plague Marines, 2 Plasma guns, Rhino with Extra Armour - 195pts
     5 x Plague Marines, 2 Plasma guns, Rhino with Extra Armour - 195pts
     5 Chaos Space Marines - 75pts

Game 1 - Annihilation / Dawn of War vs Ultramarines.

Nathan, my opponent in the first game, was relatively new to tournaments and had brought a balanced Ultramarine army. Unfortunately for him this didn't include a Librarian. He won the roll off and chose to deploy first, weirdly not deploying anything, so of course I returned the favour. At the start of turn 1 his army rolled on, two Landraiders (one a crusader) moved rapidly down the board. A dreadnough dropped down in a pod, but had no one to target so found himself alone in the middle of the board. With nothing to shoot at it moved to me. My entire army except the Terminators moved onto the board edge. The firing phase was largely uneventful. We blew the Multimelta off the Dreadnought with a unit of Obliterators, but other than that most of his Units couldn't be seen.

Turn two and the Landraiders continues their drive down the board. The Las Cannon shot from his Landraider bounced off my Landraider and the missile launcher couldn't hit the Obliterators., so it was a largely uneventful turn two for him. My turn two was a little more destructive. The Terminators deepstrike onto the board and although they scatter still land near enough to the Landraider Crusader to pop it with their Combi-Meltas. The tactical squad and captain that stagger out of the smoking crater quickly find themselves being lash'ed into a tight bunch in the middle of open ground, queue the Plasma cannons. Six shots later and only a wounded Captain remains, who is then killed by plasma gun fire from the Plague marines. On the other side of the board the poor dreadnought is immobilized by more Las-cannon fire.

In Turn three Nathan's reserves arrive, two units of terminators armed with a cyclone missile launcher each. They use the homing beacon on the drop pop to land safely on the right side of the board. The captain prepares to charge my Terminators, unfortunately due to my shocking triple one armour saves they die to bolter fire from the tactical squad before he gets chance. His terminators unload into a unit of plague marines that had been sneaking up the far right side of the board to attach the tactical squad at the back, but only manages to kill two of the five. On the other side of the board, the Landraider drive forward and unloads another tactical squad infront of my Obliterators, then it's machine spirit fires a lascannon and blow up a rhino belonging to the 2nd unit of plague marines. The bolt pistol fire into the Obliterators is largely ineffective, but the charge from the unit and subsequent combat round kills one of the chaos weapon masters due to yet more shocking 2+ armour saves. However the Obliterators stay in the fight. Turn three was going to be critical for me, with all his forces committed I had to deal with them before they started taking a tole on my army. One of my Daemon princes flew close to the combat to lend his support to the Obliterators. The landraider shakes it's counterpart again with a glancing shot and the plague marines fire more shots at the dreadnough with little affect. On the other side of the board it's a different story. His terminators, already bunched up through deepstriking and very closer to each other too faced the plasma cannons of 6 Obliterators, of the two 5 man teams only the captain of one surived the onslaught and to add insult to the attack the Daemon prince successfully whipped him away from the army. In close combat the Daemon Prince make quick work of 4 of the tactical squad and the marines with the Obliterators finishing them off.

Turn four and the marines were in a bad way, the Landraider fired a single lascannon at my Landraider but bounced off, the Terminator Captain advance back towards the battle lines. The tactical squad at the back of the board opened up on the Plague Marines killing the three bolter armed marines, but with a rapidly diminishing army there was very little the loyalist could do to stop the chaos onslaught. For my turn four the lone obliterator moved up to the Landraider and put a meltagun shot straight through it's engine block, ironically the resulting explosion wounded him didn't kill him. My Landraider finally put the weaponless immolise dreadnought out of it's misery. On the other half of the board the Daemon Prince lashed the last remaining tacitcal squad into a tight group ready for the Plasma cannons which then vapourised the whole squad. The Terminator captain was shot by the plasmaguns of the Plague Marines.

At the start of turn 5, with only his drop pod alive, my opponent bowed out. It had been a fairly brutal affair which was fairly one sided, but Nathan took the experience well and we even had time to chat after about how marines normally operate in tournaments. Overall it was a good game, both from a result point of view and my opponent.


Results - WIN

Games two and three to follow .........


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