Saturday, August 31, 2013

Youtube saturday 31st of August 2013

Paul McCartney - New
Still going strong

Evermore - One love
In any case a cool video

Deep Jandu ft DJ Surinder Rattan and Al Beeno - Janeh Jaana
I hate that they keep pushing the sale on you by interrupting the song...

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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

August Annihilation 25-8-2013 Game 3

In my third game I was up against a Evert-Jan's Nurgle Chaos Space Marine and Nurgle Daemon army.

His list (as far as I know)
Daemon prince with wings with poison 4+ instakill weapon
Great unclean one (6 wounds T6, 5+ inv save with possibility for FnP)
1 or 2 units of plague bearers (t5 poison 4+ and shrouded)
2x 2 obliterators, the 'dreadnought'
2 Nurgle marine squads (t5)
Heldrake (flyer with s6 ap3 flamethrower)

I didn't know the instakill ability yet, so the Great unclean one looked like the worst thing on the table (at least before the heldrake would arrive). A lot of T5 on the table and 2 very creepy big ones. Not much long range shooting though, so it would be a challenge, but not impossible.

Game on
I again got first turn. I have to say I've been lucky with getting first turn.
First it has to be said that we laughed a lot about our deployment (and so did the guys next to us). Since both armies are best in close quarters, we deployed the objectives in a 4x4 range instead of using the 6 foot wide table. We basically ignored 2x4 feet of the table :)
Having learnt from game 1 and 2 I deployed the Trygon. Now I had to pick a target which would need to be First Blood. The Great unclean one had 6! wounds on T6 and a 5+ inv save and the daemon prince had t6 4 wounds, but a 3+ save. Even with 24 re-roll to hit shots s6 I probably wouldn't be able to kill any of the marine squads so I went for the Great Unclean one. Both Tyrants blazed and killed it outright. Pfew...
The Daemon prince (just left of the right Flying tyrant was unharmed still).

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The Great Unclean one got send back to the warp before it got a chance to do anything but look evil.
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Evert-Jan is giving off a dark look. Not sure why the Inquisition is letting him get away with wearing their shirt...maybe they were in on it? Whatever, rotting food is food too.
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Sadly I didn't get around to taking more photo' was too tense of a battle I guess.
The Doom arrived in T2 and killed a bunch of marines and got stuck in a squad of marines before it (t3 or 4) got instakilled.

In the meanwhile
The Daemon prince turned out to be a real nasty beast. When the flying tyrant was grounded, it charged (took a wound from overwatch) and instagibbed my Tyrant. With Initiative 8 and poison 4+ instakill attacks, this was no challenge. I wtf'd. This beast has to die, and quick!
In the meanwhile, my Gargoyles moved up leaving room for the Trygon (left flank) to assault the obliterators which were coming close. I charged, managed to hit and wound all 7 normal attacks.
EJ claimed they were ap3 attacks instead of ap2 as I've always thought..since we didn't find anything about it after 5 minutes of paging through the book I gave him the benefit of the doubt. Looked like I had to declare Smash attacks (halving the number, doubling the strenght), which I didn't. They made all saves and hurt my Trygon (which was already down to 3 wounds out of 6). After that, the Daemon prince came in and killed it instantly, just like it had with the Tyrant. I checked back later...I díd have ap2 attacks (check the entry for Smash).
I'm not mad about it, it's just a game and these things happen, but it wóuld have greatly influenced the game.

Daemon prince
Somewhere either before or after it charged the Trygon, I Vector striked the daemon prince with the remaining tyrant which took it down to 1 wound. It was now on the move to kill off the rest of my army and it wouldn't have a problem doing so. It hád to die.
Plan A: shoot the hive guards (4 shots s8 ap4) missed, no wounds or saved. Plan B: Zoanthropes: 1 wound, cover saved. Plan C Psychic Shriek with a tervigon: dénied. Shit...out of options...this is going all wrong.
Wait...maybe..just máybe...Plan D. There were just some gargoyles left after the Heldrake burnt most of them. How many times haven't I lost my tyrant to lasgun fire... ok. Here goed. I roll 1 hit (s4 ap5), wound on a 6...and......................He fails!!!! Wow, my beast of the match, instantly.

The obliterators (which should've died earlier..) moved up though and the Heldrake refused to go down too (darn daemon saves) and burned gargoyles and gants at leasure. The obliterators killed off some gaunts and managed to contest one of my objectives. The other one I kept.
I tried hard in his deployment zone. The Flying tyrant vector striked and shot and whatnot..but eventually it was just out of reach to contest one objective and the shrouded plaguebearers shrugged off my 12 shots.
I tried to contest the other objective by running up a squad of gants, but too little, too late.

EJ had 2 objectives and contested a 3rd.
I had the final one.
I had first blood and line breaker. He had slay the warlord and linebreaker.
I had 3 killpoints (great unclean one, daemon prince and a 'dreadnought')
He had 1 Tyrant, 1 trygon, the doom and its pod, 1 tervigon and 1 or 2 squads of gants.

Captain hindsight
A véry very close call. I lost, but had a great match againts a cool opponent. It sucked that the Trygon died before it could do anymore hindsight it would've killed the obliterators, which might have made the difference. I also should have tried running the tyrant as close as possible to the objective held by the plague bearers to contest it and the gants running up should've tried assaulting..but that would have been a hit-or-miss too.
My 'man' of the match: the Gargoyle who was a last minute plan D to take out the Daemon prince..and did.
His 'man' of the match was that Daemon prince which instagibbed my tyrant, my trygon and attention whored across the board.

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August Annihilation 25-8-2013 Game 2

2nd game vs Cees-Jan with a combination of Eldar and Tau.

My list: see Game 1
His list:
- Eldar guy on jetbike, Tau xv8 commander
- 3 wave serpents, 2x 3 jetbikes
- 2 Fire prisms
- 1 Tau sky ray and a Riptide

Mission: the scouring on a Hammer and anvil deployment.

The enemy and the deployment in game 2 are probably one of the worst match ups I could find although there was also an Imperial Guard player with 3 Vendetta's which would've been worse.
I expect my enemy to sit in a corner and take me out until there's room to manouver.

I got first turn again. Put the 2 termagant squads on the nearest objectives and then moved forwards. I had to. The enemy was just out of reach of a first turn shooting, so first blood would be out of the question and I would suffer in his T1. If I didn't move, he'd move and still shoot the crap out of me.

The skimmer colony all castled up, with only the sky ray with av13 in range of
possible tyrant fire, which is too high to damage.
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Everything except the objective holders moving up.
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Liam's tower of power got a sci-fi treatment.
The doom of Malantai's pod scattered a horrible 11 inch exactly the wrong way,
the Doom got out, didn't do anything since it wasn't in range.
The trygon álso scattered a similar horrible distance. I should've fielded it instead of deepstriking.
Sounds familiar, but the lesson was only learned after game 2.
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Flying Tyrant #1 was already down and #2 was dying...
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Tervigon one got killed, the termagants which were close were basically wiped
out by the psychic backlash -> 3d6 -> 14 s3 hits against bóth squads.
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Skyray immobilized, Wave serpent destroyed and a Fire prism destroyed.
But this was the only damage I did.
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For the Eldar and Tau it was a case of clean up on isle 13 (table number), and move out to the objectives in turn 5.
I got completely tabled.

Reasons why I got tabled in no particular order
1: Bad match up: skimmer circus vs Nids, although hive guards help.
2: The enormous distance in Hammer and anvil, made sure I wouldn't get a shot of in turn 1 and it would take a big part of the army quite a while before they got in range.
3: I should've deployed the Trygon, it would've kept the Eldar skimmers in the corner longer and a bit more trouble with target prioritizing. Now it scattered off to a useless distance.
4: The Doom scattered almost to the max and failed the 2nd save it had to make which instakilled it.
5: Maybe I could've run the tervigons up more to put more pressure.
6: My opponent was very experienced. Knew exactly what he was doing and what he was fighting.

Fun: Considering that I don't see the fun in the opponents armylist, I did have a good time. The armylist basically meant no infantry at all on the table untill 1 sq had to get out of a burning wave serpent in t3 or so and the others only got out in t5 or so to secure the objectives. I wouldn't have enjoyed playing the other side. On a final note, playing against a half-painted army does take a bit of the fun out of the game for me, since it feels more like a random game instead of a 40K battle with 2 painted armies.

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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

August Annihilation 25-8-2013 game 1

I entered a Warhammer 40K tournament (1723pts) in Veendam at Kunstkot.

First up, Lee with his Dark Angels. The setting was Crusade with Dawn of war deployment: 5 objectives.
I've played against him before, but I was sure he would've added stuff to his army.
Their enormous output of bullets can be scary.

My list:
2x Flying Hive Tyrant with 2x dual devourers. 1 with hive commander, 1 with poison.
2x Hive guard, 2x zoanthrope, Doom of Malantai in a pod
2x Tervigon with 3 powers and poison, 2x 10 termagants
15 Gargoyles with adrenal glands
1 Trygon (1720pts)

His (as far as I know)
Some commander, a command squad, 3 (?) tactical squads, 5 Terminators,
10 assault marines (in reserve)
Dreadnought with rocketlauncher and assault cannon
2x landspeeder (heavy bolter and assault cannon?)
Razorback tank with some marines, Aegis defence line with quad cannon.

Game on
I got first turn, which is a good thing since the flying tyrants don't want to get caught on the ground.
1 objective was in my far right corner, the others were pretty close to eachother on the left half of the table.
The plan would be to hold the objective in the right corner with a cheap unit and focus everything else on the other 4. That is, capture them and kick the enemy off the others or at least contest them.

You can see my (Tyranid) deployment and Lee standing across the table in white.
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My Termagants were hugging the objective on the far right.
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The two flying tyrants moved up fast. Everything else moved up equally.
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First blood! Well..scrap. It took 1 tyrant and the hive guards.
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And a landspeeder got taken out. The Tyrant flew around Iron Armed on S/T9
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While the Tyrants were having a field day, the spawned gaunts
got shot up by the dozen. Keeping those objectives was an effort.
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The Trygon burst from the ground near the far right objective to, if need be,
defend the objective against the assault marines.
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The Tyrants were wreaking havoc shooting and charging.
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The assault marines were still sleeping in turn 2 as Lee forgot to call on them.
They did show up on turn 3, but too little too late.
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At the end of turn 3 we had to call it a day since time was up.
Because Lee had the objectives concentrated on one flank I could focus one 2/3rds of the table.
The Tyrants killed off the vehicles and quickly after that had a field day in the back lines. Rolling high on Iron Arm helped making one of them véry hard to kill.
They weren't doing the killing all that fast due to imperfect dice throwing in combat, but that wasn't bad since they could get out of close combat at the end of the opponent's turn. The Doom of Malantai did nothing except for putting a scare on Lee for a turn. He passed 3 leadership tests on 3d6 and then killed the Doom off.
The Trygon did nothing much but turn up and roar a bit.
The Tervigons were moving up and securing objectives while keeping Lee occupied with cannonfodder to kill. The Hive Guard did their job, killing armour.

In the end I held 3 objectives, including the one in the right corner and contested the other 2 with the Tyrants.
The majority of the marines were either killed or about to be killed in the 4th turn if we'd had it and the razorback and the 2 landspeeders were wrecked, as was the quad cannon. The HQ choice was dead, 2 of the 5 terminators were gone, there was a dreadnought left and the assault marines who came in late.
It made for a solid win.
Lee's assault marines should've been called on in turn 2, but the best they could've hoped for with their load out was to contest 1 objective.

Learning points:
I didn't need to deepstrike the Trygon. I was lucky Lee forgot his assault marines in turn 2.
The Tyrants were awesome with iron arm and endurance. For the rest, I won the game mostly on tactical experience and a lack of heavy weapons.

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Saturday, August 24, 2013

Youtube saturday 24th of August 2013

Dead players - Yeah

The Vaccines - Melody calling

Avenged sevenfold - Hail to the king
I only knew them by name till now, not as loud as I thought, but not in a bad way.

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Saturday, August 17, 2013

Youtube saturday 17th of August 2013

Walk off the earth - Royals
Great stuff as always

Maximum the hormone - Revenge (translated the title)
Japanese weird metal music

Warthog - Mad by love
It's cut short at the end, but enjoy the 3.02 there is!

Saviours - We roam

Soulfly - Bloodshed
In case you need to vent some anger...the new single from Soulfly can help with that.

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Saturday, August 10, 2013

Youtube saturday 10th of August 2013

Mumford and Sons - Hopeless

MGMT - Your life is a lie
quite depressing...

Lord Huron - Ends of the world
A strangely fitting mix between 'relax' and country or something...
They're going to be on a local festival, might try to check them out.

Twenty one pilots - Holding on to you

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Saturday, August 03, 2013

Youtube saturday 3rd of August 2013

Youtube spotify list

Sixto Rodriguez - Sugar man
New to me.

Biffy Clyro - Victory over the sun
it rocks

The naked and famous - Hearts like ours
I like their echo'y voice.

Beady Eye - Shine a light
Liam still has a great voice.

Passenger - Holes
Sticks in your ears.

Valient Thorr - Cerberus

Ka - Off the record
A simple but cool way to show a name-dropping track.
Quite incredible how he rhymes all these artists names, tracktitles and lines together.

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