Tournament Review: Alternate Universe 1750 9.12

Hey all Son of Adam here again with another tournament review.  This weekend I played in a tournament, and with some suggestions from comments and friends of mine I came up with the worst list from my painted models.  It was time to troll.

            The tournament this weekend was at Alternate Universe in Blue Bell PA.  This was their 1750 anniversary tournament and was tons of fun.  The crew there always has a good time and is always made up of very friendly players.

            Without further ado here is my troll list:

HQ: Crisis Commander Shas’O with irodium armor, vectored retro-thrusters, flamer, fusion blaster, hw tl, hw mt, and stimulant injectors.

Elites: 3 Stealth Suits with 1 leader and 1 fusion gun

Elites: 3 Crisis suits with 1 Shas’vre 2 plasma, 1 melta, 3 flamers, 2 drones

Troops: 6 Fire warriors in a devilfish w/sensor spines, d pod, flechette dis

Troops: 6 Fire warriors in a devilfish w/sensor spines, d pod, flechette dis

Troops: 10 kroot

FA: 4 Pathfinders with a devilfish w/sensor spines, d pod, flechette dis

HS: 3 sniper drone teams

Fort: Aegis

HQ: Lord Commissar with a power sword (no fist, or axe) in a chimera

Elites: 3 Ogryns in a chimera

Troops: Penal Legion Squad

FA: Armored Sentinel with a Plasma Cannon

–Allows time for laughter–

I’m not trying to say that anything in here is inherently unplayable, but I do want to point out that these were the worst models that I had painted for these two forces.  Some of these are pretty funny and are very rarely used in the competitive scene.  By suggestion I took tau/guard with as many lightly armored transports as possible because of how bad they got.  I added in a squad of ogryns, and a penal legion squad as they are often the least used troops choice in the IG codex.  I made sure that my Lord Commissar had no weapons of relative use, and was in his own dedicated transport.  All in all I think that the best thing in the army was the aegis line, and I wouldn’t have taken it if I found my ethereal in time.

            So for the first match I played against a very balanced Space Marine army with 3 tac squads, a scout squad, a chapter master, a chaplain, 10 man terminator squad, a whirlwind, and a large dev squad.  The mission was a modified VP mission, wherein there was a neutral model that counted as a flying MC that moved in a random direction each turn and was worth 4 VPs.  My opponent rolled for the random direction on the first turn and sent the bird into my quarter.  After that I spent two full turns shooting it down. 

            He then deep struck his termies w/Chaplain in front of my lines and I shot down half of them while bubble wrapping everything with the kroot for the counter charge.  In his turn the scouts outflanked and his termies ran through the kroot.  I finished off the rest of the termies and shot down the rest of the scouts.  At that my opponent forfeits.  I had a win with a bunch of luck.  If my opponent had rolled for the bird to fly into his quarter it would have been much different.


            In the second game I played against my friend TJ’s Grey Knights.  He was running a grand master with two 10 man termi squads, one 10 man strike squad, a storm raven, and an aegis with a quad-gun.  Our mission was 6 objectives with the Big Guns never tire rule.  We started off in Dawn of War deployment and he won the first turn.  He set up by combat-squading the strikes to hold two different objectives, putting one 10 man in the middle of the field and combat-squading the other, placing half of it in the raven.  On my side I split castled.  Some of my stuff went on my far left flank and some on the far right with everything else in reserve and the Crisis suits deep striking.

            I shot down his quad-gun, and put some wounds on both strike squads and one of the termie squads.  He spent his first few turns moving up and running.  The suits deep struck next to the strikes in the aegis and flame/plasma’d them all down with the grand master.  (Allocating the wound pool is great for the shooter now).  The rest of my left flank shot down his other strike squad.

            In TJ’s next turn the raven came on and put some pain on the suits and his center 10 man backtracked and went after them as well.  The other five man moved forward to get to a middle objective.  In my turn the kroot outflanked onto the now vacant objective on my left side and the stealth suits on my right to support the crisis suits.  I dropped the 5 man termie squad and moved into an advantageous position with the suits.  TJ brought the raven down and charged my suits and wiped them.  Then in my turn I brought the ogryns forward and all of my transports marched together across the field.  In the last turn of the game I tank shocked his termie squad out of position and then charged them with the two ogryns I had left.  Because he was out of position from the tank shock, I was able to charge one hammer-termie and kill him in combat, while the rest of the squad couldn’t get back in and won (with two ogryns against a 10 man GK termie squad) simply because of the tank shock placement.  The game ended and I had more objectives than TJ did to get the win.  That put me at 2-0 and on the top table for the last round.


            In game three I played Frank with his Demons/IG list (for those of you who remember, I played against Frank at the Stomping Grounds tournament in the last round as well.  This was the modified list that he brought with him to NOVA).  He had a blob squad, a command squad, three valks with two vets and a platoon command in them, a large squad of screamers, 3 man flamers, and two big flying MCs.  Our mission was three objectives with one in each zone and the third in the neutral zone with a vanguard deployment.  Frank castled with his guard and I castled on the exact opposite side.  Frank got first turn and got his preferred wave.  He dropped both MCs in my front line with the screamers and the rest of his army was out of range for everything else.  I brought all of my guns to bear and pulled one MC out of the sky, but couldn’t kill him.  In his turn one of the MCs charged the ogryns and the other flew forward to get position.  His flamers came down and finished off my pathfinders.  In combat the ogryns stuck it out.

            For my turn the suits deep-struck behind his guard lines, but even with the re-roll they mis-hap’d and Frank placed them near the screamers.  I was able to shoot down the other MC and stuck it out in combat again.  On his side the screamers jumped over to the middle objective and his flamers blew up a d-fish.  In combat his mc had one wound left and I had one wound left on two different ogryns.  On my side I brought the kroot and the stealth up on the middle objective (I had cleverly placed it in the back corner near my side to limit his mobility and utilize my own).  The penal legion charged into the MC and the rest of the army shot down the screamers and flamers.  In combat I finished off the MC and he killed off all but one wound of one ogryn.  His valks came in and shot down all but the commander suit with their las.  For the final turn my gun drones split off.  I was able to shoot down two different valks and charge the remains with drones to kill them off (super-drones they are always under-rated).  Then the stealth suits jumped up and charged the remaining valk, which had gone into hover mode for the maneuverability in order to put himself into position for the objective.  However, the suits were able to immobilize it.  The game ended and I was able to hold two objectives to his one in order to win the game.


            All in all I ended up with three wins, with an ok painted trolling army, and managed to pull out best sportsman (which they passed on being that I won best overall).  There was some luck involved, particularly in the first game with the random direction of the bird, but I feel like solid play was what allowed me to win out over the rest.  My opponents were great guys and we all had some fun with these matches. 

            My thanks to the guys at Alternate Universe and especially to Jack, who has been putting on these tournaments for four years now.  Well done all.

About Son of Adam

I am a 40k player and have been since the time of third edition. My first love, and presently an unfortunate one at that, is the Tau. In 4th edition I began a modest IG army, and then started a small yet growing Grey Knight trophy army in 5th. In the recent past, I have succumbed to the desire to play Eldar; that same alluring desire of precision in play, and artistic gracefulness of modeling that many 40k players always seem to toy with. I am finding this last army to be very challenging and enjoyable. My involvement with the hobby is as an appreciator of much of the fluff, an admirer and novice in the art of modeling, and an enjoyer of the game.

Posted on September 17, 2012, in Armies, Battle Reports, Events, Tau and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. Well played! 🙂

    I think that shows us that the player is the most important part in this game besides the luck ;). So many ppl try to find some cheesy super Op list out there… . Great job showing me this! 😀

    Keep it up man!


    • Thanks Newt.

      The games were very fun for my opponents and I. And you are right, the list is only one third of the game imo. It certainly didn’t give me the advantage, but it was a fun set of games, which in the end, is what we are all really playing anyway.

  2. You’re welcome. Again well played and fun as always.

  3. Hey SoA, really been missing your general strategy articles. Have you read this guide to 40k strategy fundamentals? It’s really in-depth and well written. I took one the very important but little talked about chapters on mass vs mobility and converted it to art of war style so I could easily implement in my games. Here it is:

    II. Maneuvering

    1. In any given match, one army will be the more mobile, and one the more massive. 

    2. An army that is more mobile than its enemy will maneuver to isolate enemy units and achieve local superiority against more massive armies, whilst also contributing to the accrual of victory points. 

    3. An army that is less maneuverable than the enemy will therefore be more massive. 

    4. Thus, It will place and maneuver its units such that each unit cannot be attacked without offering an equally strong counter-attack by supporting units. This is achieved through calculation of range (movement+weapon) and firepower, and unit spacing.  

    5. The more mobile army shall not attack enemy units that it does not have significant power superiority against (2:1) unless the attacking unit is to be sacrificed for a grander strategy. 

    6. Sacrifice without gain is called a mistake. 

    7. Instead, the mobile army will use its superior mobility to claim important objectives or board positions, and draw out enemy units so that they may be isolated and crushed. 

    8. The less mobile army must acknowledge that it is less able to maneuver to objectives on short notice, and therefore must plan its movements starting on turn 1 for how it will go about obtaining the desired objectives by turn 5, without sacrificing local superiority to a more mobile army. 

    9. No army is guaranteed to be the most mobile or most massive against any given army. In any given match, a skilled general must be observant of which army is the more mobile, and which the more massive, and adjust their play accordingly.

    10. Using the tactics of a mobile army against an enemy that is more mobile will lead to defeat. Using the tactics of a massive army against an enemy that is more massive will lead to defeat. 

    11. Such is the art of maneuvering. 

    Maybe you could add it to the Art of Warhammer and maybe do an article on the subject.

    • KP sorry I haven’t done one of those in awhile. I haven’t seen much call for it after I wrote the first ones, but since you are getting something out of them, I will jump on this one next week.

      I had never seen that site before, but I started to look through it and I like the way he writes. I will check back in there again soon.

      I may need to steal some of your art of war(hammer) lines for that article if you don’t mind? There are some good ones in there. (Don’t worry I will credit you).

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