Friday, April 15, 2016

Adepticon 2016

Adepticon 2016

Traveled out to Adepticon with Eric, Mike and Sam on an epic 12 hour car drive from VA to Chicago, woo.

Played in the Singles GT with Thunderstar - Did not do super well.

Round 1-  Eldar (Small Loss)
Round 2 - Tyranid (All the win)
Round 3 - Gladius (Small loss)
Round 4 - Khorne Deamonkin (Tie)

The funny thing about the GT, was 2 out of my 4 opponents are local to my area (CT), sooo we traveled a far distance just to do that.

For the Maelstrom event I ran a Stormlord w/ IG lascannon spam army, with white scars drop cents.

Round 1 I played a thunderstar (oh the irony) and lost horrifically. After that lots of alcohol was involved so the rest was just funzies.

Round 1 - Thunderstar (huge loss)
Round 2 - 5th Edition Grey Knights list (Huge win)
Round 3 - Space Wolves / Imperial Knights / .. White scars I think? (Tie, but so much talking and alcohol was involved we got to like the top of turn 2.. so to be fair its outcome was totally unknown, maybe a tragic loss for me.)

Team Tournament
Our team had 3 drop centurian lists and one IG / Stormlord list (mine). We planned our armies vs. other space marines, elder and tau. Unfortunately we got a lot of deamons.

Round 1 - Played vs. a hybrid army, they had deamons one one table (which we lost), and elder / tau on the other (which we won). The guys from CT were on this team, and I had played both in the GT, so the irony of traveling far to play locals continues.

Round 2 - Played vs. Eldar, Skittari - This was a good game, and we were helped because of the deployment being hammer and anvil. We won both. The interesting thing to note is we had actually played these guys last year, and they were super cool.

Round 3 - Played vs. Daemons (3 daemon armies, 1 elder)... goooo deamons. Two horrific losses. My stormlord was doing great, until it got D'd out on a 6, resulting in all my guys going SPLAT in a single turn.

Round 4 - Played vs. another hybrid army, IG, Necrons, Ravenwing, Eldar. Round was basically a wash if I recall correctly. What I do recall more is Troy coming by and bringing me a lot of alcohol.

Round 5 - More daemons! losses on all sides. Also yet more people I knew =0

So after our losses round 3, we regrouped and discussed, we determined having gotten 6/6 first bloods, we'd try to go for the first blood award with 10/10 as were were down something like 82 pts at the end of round 3, so were not in a position to recover effectively. This we were successful in in the following games, so we managed to win the First Blood prize with 10/10 first bloods. =0 yayyy

The car trip out, dorking it up

Day 1 of the Team Tournament, epic team spirit there =0

Mikes tossing up the bunny ears.

Hmmm these guys look strangely familiar (I played both of them in the GT too!)

Tired and dorky

The armies!

Jared's team Tiki team. They won best spirit and had some great mixed drinks

Sean, Kurt, Tony and Sam's team playing the team that won the event in the final round

Team afterwards. Phil joined us for one round b/c Matt was sick, so was honorary team member. Phil also did really awesome and blew up a lynx with a drop meltagun, just saying.

Team tournament results

Team tournament overall results

The First Blood medal - front

The First Blood medal - front


This was just epic. There was a stereo system under it playing mood music.

Singles results

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Hammer in the new year GT, 2016

As most of you reading this blog will be aware, Phil runs a blog (I think? =0) which can be found here... .. Go check it out!

I went to a 32 person GT run by Phil that was initially delayed due to a massive snowstorm, but eventually regrouped a month later. The interesting thing about the GT is most of the attendees were like a whose-who of GT circuit players. So all the people you'd normally expect to see at the top tables of a far larger GT. So this made Hammer in the New Year a much more difficult GT from the onset, as almost everyone there was an experienced player, rather than having a few baby seals to club as a warm up. Overall this was a fantastic event and I hope Phil runs another one next year.

Also should mention that Matt (Eldar) won the whole event (his blog here --> .. which obviously needs updating.

I did decently, won my first two games then lost to Gonyo's Tau.... So Gonyo is now officially my bane =0.
Game 1 - 4 Knights and iron hands techmarine
Game 2 - Ad-Mech conclave w/ a knight
Game 3 - Gonyo's Tau with ignore cover formations, piranha spam.
Game 4 - Charlie w/ Riptide wing and tons and tons and tons of marker drones
Game 5 - Eldar jetbikes, wraithknight and d-scythes with Dark Eldar allies for vehicles.

I have to give a very substantial public shout out to Charlie for Game 4 - At this point obviously we both had lost a round so were out of the running more or less, but Charlie was extremely gentlemanly in our game despite overwhelming poor luck on his part.
The game went like this:
I hid my entire army behind a ruin for turn 1 and tanked all of the SMS from the riptide wing, but turn 2 I ran forward leaving myself very open and exposed by necessity of the terrain. So Charlie had one turn to shoot my army off the board to cripple me. The thing about riptide wing with marker dones, is that it actually has enough ignore cover shots to do this. With all the marker drones, and the firing twice thing, its a ton of BS 5 S5 + ignore cover shots incoming. More than adequate to wreck a non-invisible thunderstar like mine.
So turn 2, Charlies reserves come in, and I think we both got kinda caught up in him using them to try and melta-gun my whirlwind to death, because he forgot to nova-charge all his guys for the extra delightful shooting. So when it came time to fire the riptides, we both realized at the same time he had forgotten to this action he would have very obviously done. He had already started shooting his meltaguns on his crisis suits... So we both kinda awkwardly stared at the board, because nova-charging was/is literally the difference between winning the game or not. Obviously if Charlie had asked to roll his nova charges, I would have had to agree, because its such an obvious thing to do. It's not like you'd decide later to not nova charge, the only time riptides do not nova charge is if they have one wound left. It's just a thing. But Charlie did not ask, knowing full well it would cost him the game, and I thought that was extremely gentlemanly, as it did not put any of the obligation of the mistake on his opponent (me obviously). So for that, I have to give him a shout out.

I also somehow passed way more 2+ saves, and FNP's that are statically average.

I know we were in the losing bracket, but its still a thing. Charlie 100% had me, and we rolled it out after the game concluded to see how it would have gone had he remembered, and he wrecked me hard. In my mind Charlie has the real win on that game, leaving me 0-2 vs. him.
My Beautiful army in all its glory
Game 1 - The third knight valiantly holding its own for a few

Game 2 - Figuring out the Ad-Mech movement. This mission was relic so I basically scouted onto it, grabbed it, and ran away like a bloody coward. Go me.

Game 3 - Gonyo beating me, look how bored he looks. He knew he already had this one in the bag I'm sure.. being my bane and all =0
Game 4 - vs Charlie, observe my cowardly scout forward tactics. I literally hid my entire star inside this super massive ruin so he could only fire SMS at me turn 1.

Game 5 - Vs Eldar D-scythes. My mistake here was getting hasty and seizing to try and assault the transports which were vey badly deployed.