Battle Report Teaser: Eldar vs Necron Air Force

Hey all, themightysquig here with another Battle Report Teaser. This week, Son of Adam’s Eldar took on Jesse’s Necron Flyer list. Flyers have become a dominant force in the 6th Edition and are expected to be a popular choice at NOVA.  However, SoA thinks that his Eldar army is built to withstand even the toughest flyer list.  With the tournament  just a week away, they decided to put this theory to the test in a NOVA primer match. Can Jesse’s Necrons crush SoA’s Eldar? Can SoA’s list really handle that much firepower? You’ll have to wait for the next battle report to find out! Until then, enjoy these photos from the battle!

Necron Immortals take position near an objective.

Eldar Pathfinder finds a good vantage point in the center ruin.

A squad of Pathfinders infiltrates on an objective.

Snipers fill the middle ruin, giving them sight and range to the whole table.

Council flies over the crest to pursue the Space Wolf allies.

Necron Doom Scythe takes aim at the Pathfinders

Necron Air force covers the table with little fear of return fire.

Death Rays tear through the council every turn.

The Doom Scythe snipes out some jetbikes with its Death Ray.

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Battle Report: Eldar vs Space Wolves with Grey Knight Allies (2k)

Space Wolf Army:
Rune Priest in Terminator Armour, Talisman, Jaws, Living Lightning
Rune Priest in Terminator Armour, Jaws, Hurricane
10 Grey Hunters, 2 Plasma Guns, Drop Pod
10 Grey Hunters, 2 Plasma Guns, Drop Pod
10 Grey Hunters, 2 Melta Guns, Drop Pod
8 Grey Hunters, Plasma Gun, Drop Pod
8 Grey Hunters, Plasma Gun, Drop Pod
6 Long Fangs, 3 Missile, 2 Las
6 Long Fangs, 3 Missile, 2 Las
6 Long Fangs, 4 Missile, 1 Las
Coteaz
10 Grey Knights, 2 Psycannons, 1 Hammer

Saim Hann Eldar Army:
Farseer, Jetbike, Fortune, Doom, Stones, Runes of Wit, Runes of Ward
8 Warlocks on bikes, 3 Spears, 4 Destructors, 1 Enhance, 1 Embolden
Farseer, Jetbike, Mind War, Eldrich Storm, Guide, Doom, Stones, Runes of Wit.
5 Pathfinders
5 Pathfinders
10 Pathfinders
10 Pathfinders
3 Guardian Jetbikes w/Cannon
3 Guardian Jetbikes w/Cannon
7 Fire Dragons, 1 Exarch w/Crack shot, Tank Hunters, Wave Serpent w/Shuriken Cannon

Quick note: kelstertgo from youtube pointed out that you cannot charge from reserves.  We were playing it only from outflank and deep strike, but we ended up playing this wrong.  Thanks to him for pointing that out for us.  So, make sure not to play it that way.  One of the many subtle changes in 6th.

Thanks to Incompetek for the music.

Tournament Review: Outside the Box Games 8.12

Hey all Son of Adam here again with another tournament review.  This last weekend Vanguard and I drove out to Jersey and played in Outside the Box Games’ tournament.  This tournament was a 1999 tournament with 20 players.

I’m sorry that I haven’t put out too many strategy articles recently, but I have been busy playing in these tournaments and painting for NOVA.  Good news is that we should be having some graphics for the articles soon to help clearly display the techniques.

This weekend I brought an Eldar with Dark Eldar allies list.  It had the same council as before, two squads of three jetbikes, 3 squads of snipers, a squad of swooping hawks, an aegis, the duke, and a 20 man warrior squad.

My first match was against Damian and his Necrons.  It was a fun game against a good opponent, and it was good prep for us both as we are both planning on attending NOVA.  You all asked for a more in depth report and so this is my effort to accommodate that; if you are uninterested just take a look at the pictures and scroll down to the bottom.

 

Damian’s (sorry bro, I have no idea how to spell this.  feel free to post a revision and I will throw it in here) list had an overlord with two 10 man immortal squads, a destroyer lord with two 6 man wraith squads, 3 night scythes with 5 man warriors onboard, two annihilation barges, and a doom scythe.  The mission was dawn of war deployment and the victory conditions were Kill points with the BRB secondary for battle points.

 

Damian won the roll for first and passed it to me.  There was already a sky-shield platform in my deployment so I didn’t need the aegis.  I castled up and dumped all of the foot troops in it except for the hawks who skylept at the beginning of the turn.  Then I placed the council on the far side of the middle to try and get Damian to split his forces.  He then deployed all of his wraiths with the destroyer lord across from my castle, and setup everything else across from the council.

In first turn I turned on the fortune and flat out the council to my left flank just in front of the platform to cover up the firebase from assault.  Then everything shot at the one squad with the destroyer lord.  Damian was running him in the front in order to pass off all of the wounds.  However, I was able to get a few sniper shots in on him and reduced him to one wound, and knock off two wraiths.

In his turn he charged all of the wraiths forward and left the destroyer lord to the back.  Everything else changed direction and took its time getting in range of the castle.  One squad of wraiths was 11 inches away from the council but didn’t want to chance the overwatch for nothing and decided to run instead. 

For the start of my turn two I moved up the council and prepared for a multi-charge.  The fire base split its shots between the two squads, reducing the lord’s squad to a man, and the other to four wraiths.  Then the council charged in and knocked some more down. 

Damian’s turn two started with all of his fliers coming in trying to get shots on the castle, because the council was still engaged.  The rest of the army continued to adjust to being out of range.  All of the fliers opened fire on the castle, forcing them to go to ground and only managed to kill a few models.  In combat more of the wraiths dropped, but one survived and tied up the council for my turn.

 In my turn three, everything had gone to ground and the council was still engaged, but the jetbikes came on and hid on the now vacant part of the table.  In combat the last wraith went down and the council consolidated the best it could for the oncoming fire.

 The crons turn three had all of the night scythes continue to move forward, as the council was out of position for them to turn and fire on them, but the doom scythe moved into position to engage them.  The command barges now changed direction and went back to their original side of the table trying to chase down the guardian jetbikes.  All of the night scythes fired on the castle and it went to ground again, only loosing a few models.  The barges were out of range, and the doom scythe shot on the council, but couldn’t do enough damage.  Between all of the tesela’s arcs the doom ended up being hit and loosing a hull point.

 For the top of turn four the council charged over towards the first immortals squad and eliminated them between shooting and combat.  The castle snap fired into the same immortals squad to help reduce its numbers, and the guardians went flat out across the table to eliminate one of the barges range.

 In his turn four the night/doom scythes all flew off the table, the barges continued their pursuit and the immortals climbed a mountain hoping that the dangerous terrain would kill some of the council.  They fired on them and didn’t do much damage, but the barges were able to take out two from one of the guardian’s squad.

 For the top of my five the council moved into the mountain, shot, and charged the immortals killing all of them.  The guardian’s squad split up and flat out to the safest places they could find.

 In his turn five, all of the scythes came back and finally hunted down the remaining guardians.  The game ended, and Damian ended up getting three KP’s; two for the guardians and one for the Swooping Hawks that scattered off the table (sorry I forgot to mention that, they didn’t do anything but jump all game anyway).

 

 

My second match was against Mike Ludwig and his ork horde army.  Mike is the president of the Big Gunz gaming club and was a real fun guy to play against.  The table looked like a wave of green orks all game.  He had six 30 man ork boy squads with nob/claw/pole, three squads of 10 lootas, and a KFF big mek.  The match that we played was dawn of war deployment with four objectives across the middle.  There were special rules that said that the objectives could disappear if a six was rolled at the beginning of the turn.

 Mike got first turn and deployed everything in the only way he could manage, which was filling the board, throwing the mek as centrally that he could, and spreading out the lootas evenly.  I responded by putting the council out of range of all but one loota squad, throwing all the rest of the snipers in buildings, putting the warriors in the aegis, and reserving the hawks and one five man sniper team.

 Mike rolled for night fight first turn, which saved me from a lot of dakka.  He ran all of the boyz forward and shot what he could, but didn’t kill anything.

 In my turn the council moved up, but stayed in range of only one squad for charging.  All of the fire base fired on one unit and removed a chunk of it.

 For Mike’s turn two, he again advanced and fired on the council.  The one squad that was reduced and close enough to charge decided to not take the bait and instead backed up and covered the lootas.  Not much damage was done from his shooting.

 In my turn two the scouts came in and outflanked on the wrong side.  The council charged forward and with the fire base laid into the squad that had a chance to counter charge, reducing its effectiveness, and pinned another.

 For Mike’s turn three he wiped out my snipers easily, as they were out of cover.  Then he shot everything into the council and charge them with two squads.  I over-watched and hurt one and then the other came in without being hit.  I ended up kill the first squad and knocked out a lot of the other one as well.

 In my turn three the council finished up the rest of that squad in combat, and I fired into the pinned squad and the lootas.  The pinned squad got knocked down a few and the lootas had one member left.

 In Mike’s turn four we lost two of our objectives but evenly.  He moved everything up to hit the council at once.  The rest of the army shot into the council.  Then the one squad that was pinned, charged in and did a little bit of damage before being wiped.

 In my turn four the council charged one squad on his remaining objective and the firebase was generally getting out of range to do much else, but knock off the remaining loota and weaken the squad the council was charging.  The guardians came on and hid out of range of the remaining lootas.

 In Mike’s turn five, everything counter-charged the tied up council, and did a bunch of damage.  The lootas fired ineffectually into the snipers.  In the end he had three squads that remained in combat and the councils numbers began to get thin.

 For my turn five I boosted the bikes onto an objective, dropped the hawks on his in case the council didn’t make it, and shot the lootas off the table.  In combat the council killed off one of the squads but took a bunch of damage in return.

 The game ended here, but Mike wanted to see how it would go so we played it out.  He ended up killing all but one wound on each of the farseers, but they won combat and stuck around giving me the win on objectives.  Mike got first blood with the snipers that I shouldn’t have outflanked with, and I was able to pick up line breaker and kill the warlord.

 

 

For the final match I played an old friend of mine named Steve.  Steve brought a very nice, non-net-list, Necron army.  He had a destroyer lord with 6 wraiths, a night scythe with 15 warriors, two arks with 10 warriors, a 14 man warrior squad on foot, a squad of scarabs, a triach stalker, a doomsday ark, and two barges. 

 The mission this time was “The Relic” and the deployment was again dawn of war.  Steve got first turn and setup his stalker and ark on my right and spread everything else around from there to the left.  For my deployment I setup the council in the middle with the warriors in the aegis, and the snipers infiltrated onto my left.

 In Steve’s first turn it was night fighting, which ended up not mattering too much.  Almost everything advanced forward and shot off the one squad of guardians that I put on the table and killed a few warriors.  The ark shot my council and knocked off one guy.

 In my turn, I moved up the council to cover the snipers from the advancing wraiths, and my shooting didn’t do anything.

 Steve responded by moving everything into position to fire on the council and the snipers.  His night scythe came on the far left and contributed to the fire.  The Lord detached and went after the snipers and the scarabs and wraiths charged into the council.  I over-watched the scarabs nearly to death and killed the rest in combat, and the wraiths and I traded damage.  His Lord ended up rolling double ones and didn’t make it into combat.

 In my turn two, one squad of guardians came on and everything that was in range/free to shoot, shot at the lord reducing him to one wound.  The combat with the wraiths reduced them to a few members.

 Steve brought all of his guns to bear on my warriors in turn three, and nearly wiped them out, and then he killed off my guardians with his warriors.  Another squad of warriors dropped out of the ghost ark and picked up the relic.  The lord charged my snipers and lost his last wound to overwatch.  In combat my council removed the last three wounds in the wraith squad and consolidated towards the middle of the table.

 For my turn three, I charged the council forward and shot down the whole warriors squad with the relic and then consolidated on top of it. 

 The game ended there, because we ran out of time.  The game ended in a tie, but the tiebreaker was kill points which gave me the win.  Steve again got first blood and I was able to pickup kill the warlord on an overwatch.

  

All in all it was a fun day.  I ended up getting top spot and Vanguard tied the hard fought fight for the smoking boots award.  The store was great.  It is a bit newer but has great tables, terrain, and community.  Many thanks to the owner, Mike, for putting on such a great event.

 

Thanks all for reading.  This is a long post, but it is also the more detailed report that you guys were asking for.  I hope that is what you were looking for.  Please note that the pictures are all from my punny camera as the Mighty Squig was not able to attend, and should be looked at graciously.  On a side note, would you rather the perspective shots from the first matchup or just the turn overview from the second two?  Should we continue this longer, more detailed version, or just do the smaller one?

 

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Son of Adam is featured in the 11th Company Podcast

Hey all, Son of Adam got interviewed in the 11th Company Podcast! Click here to check it out! Fast forward to about 1:36:33  in episode 130 to jump right to the interview!

Battle Report Teaser: Eldar vs Space Wolves with Grey Knight Allies

Hey all, themightysquig here bringing you another Battle Report Teaser. This week, Son of Adam went head-to-head with Matt, owner of Stomping Grounds. Matt brought a Space Wolves drop pod army with Grey Knight allies to square up against SoA’s Eldar list.

It was a close game, as drop pods can cause a lot of trouble for SoA’s Eldar. Does SoA overcome his list disadvantage? Does Matt give SoA his first loss since the launch of this blog? I’m not going to tell you (haha, take that, internets!). Instead check out these pictures from the game and make sure you check out the Battle Report and Strategy Follow-up for this game as they get posted.

Snipers hide behind the aegis defense line

Long Fangs deploy in a ruin in order to get clear line of sight on the battlefield.

Long fangs rain down fire support all game almost untouched.

The fire dragon exarch manages to survive combat for a round.

Grey Knights lend fire support that is boosted with prescience.

One council member stands out in between the ruins.

Grey Hunters get inside the aegis and prepare to cut down the snipers in combat.

The council tries to multi-charge the drop pods for some extra kill points.

Paul’s Blood Angels, Take Two

Hey all, themightysquig here bringing you just one extra photo of Paul’s Blood Angels. You may remember them from a recent Battle Report and Strategy Follow-up, the Battle Report Teaser, and his Army Showcase. Well, the internets have raged a bit about how some of his models were not fully painted and lacking heads. The internets can be so demanding sometimes. Well, lucky for you, Paul saw the comments and decided to give the people what they wanted: fully painted Blood Angels. Enjoy.

I hope you’re happy, internets. 🙂  Thanks Paul for showing us these wonderfully painted models!

Tournament Review: Stomping Grounds 8.12 2k

 Hey guys, Son of Adam here from MasterCraft Gaming to give you another tournament review.  This last weekend I attended a tournament at Stomping Grounds Games and Hobbies out in Warminster PA.  At the forefront, I apologize for the lack of pictures, I was the only one from MasterCraft to go to the event and I only have my phone camera (plus I forgot to take pics with it).

It was a great event for this new store.  They were setup to accommodate 32 players and had the event fully catered with some great food that was available all day.  There were three missions that were NOVA-like with some small changes and 2000 points per side with all new rules except a limit on fortifications due to size.   

Yes I’m recycling an older image but this is part of the council that I brought to the event and I need at least one picture to feel ok about myself. (I forgot to take pictures while there).

 

I brought an Eldar list that I have been trying to hone for NOVA and got matched up against a very shooty Dark Eldar army played by Larry in the first match.  He was a very friendly guy and had a nice yellow/black color scheme for his army.  The mission was: Primary-Quarters, Secondary-Objectives, and Tertiary-KP’s, with a Dawn of War deployment.  The game ended with me trying to catch up to his fliers in order to contest them for quarters, but I ended up with the win.

My second match was against an eldar played by Timmy.  He took the current net list with two full wraitguard squads, a seer council, eldrad, and three wraithlords.  The missions was: P-Objectives, S-Quarters, and T-KP’s with a Vanguard deployment.  This match was a real slugfest.  Most of both Timmy and my armies were whitled down by the end, but my punny little scoring units ended up killing his little scoring units to net the win. 

The final match was against Frank from Ice House Warriors with his IG and demons allies.  The mission was: P-KP’s, S-Objectives, T-Quarters with a Hammer and Anvil deployment.  He really put the hurt on all my force, but the council ended up holding out and the game came down to the secondary objective which I held. 

All in all it was a great time and a lot of fun.  All the guys I played against were fair, challenging, and fun to play.  I’m looking forward to the next event they hold. 

I ended up getting interviewed by 11th company podcasts afterwards!  I will be putting up the link when they publish it.

Road to Nova: Mission Packet and FAQ

There have been a few changes to drop pods.

Hey guys Son of Adam here with an update for the Road to NOVA. 

 

            Recently NOVA produced its finalized versions of their FAQ and their mission packet, and I want to go over some of it with you for the benefit of those that are going, and those that are following along in my progress towards it.

 

Before we begin, here is the link to the mission packet, and here is the link to the FAQ.

 

            I want to start with the mission packet and point out a few interesting things that I will be taking into account and keeping a close eye on during play testing. 

            First, I want to point out the total of the missions’ significance:

 

            Objectives- 3 Primary, 4 Secondary, 1 Tertiary

            Quarters- 4 Primary, 3 Secondary, 1 Tertiary

            KP’s- 1 Primary, 1 Secondary, 6 Tertiary

 

This is nothing revolutionary, but it is something to consider when building your list.  For example, with the focus off KP’s (like it was in 5th) armies like mech guard, dark eldar, and drop pods are back on the table for consideration.  You won’t have to worry about bleeding KP’s if they essentially only matter in the first game.  To be fair, that is a whole game, and many of the other games may come down to KP’s, but something else to point out is that you need to have at least 3 more KP’s than your opponent to win this victory condition.  Most armies can give themselves +2 and work from there in order to tie for the win.

            Something else to consider is that having mobile enough scoring units will be fairly important.  You need to be able to gain more very evenly spaced out objectives then your opponent, so plan your list and tactics accordingly. 

            And finally, regarding objectives and quarters, remember that one of the biggest nerfs to armor is that they do not count towards either of these victory conditions.  To explain why that matters, if you bring 800 points worth of armor and your opponent brings none (hello nids) then you start the game with 1200 scoring/denial points, whereas your opponent begins the game with their full 2000.  This puts you at a huge disadvantage.  All tanks essentially count-as-dead for the victory conditions.

 

            Moving onto the FAQ, I’m only going to discuss some of the things of interest that have changed since we discussed their earlier version of their FAQ.  Here are a few to look at:

  • ·        Vehicles that begin the game immobile (drop pods) give up half their points.
  • ·        Units in a dedicated transport that must start the game in reserve do not count towards the reserve total.
  • ·        Characters always count towards this total even if they join the squad.
  • ·        There is no impassable terrain.
  • ·        Precision shots are allocated and resolved one at a time.
  • ·        Deny the witch may be taken per each squad effected by the power (Jaws of the World Wolf)
  • ·        There is a full list of all relevant CCW’s in the game and their respective AP values (long chart).
  • ·        All of the new Daemon rules in the August White Dwarf are to be used.
  • ·        Units embarked in Night Scythes do not take the S10 hits when it is destroyed.
  • ·        The Necron Death Ray has to declare whether it is using skyfire or not.  Hits from the Death Ray can only be resolved against whichever type is chosen.

 

Anyway there are just a few things to look into.  Throw up some comments.  Anything in here change your plans?

 

           

Micro Gameplay Strategy: Defeating Deathstars with Tar Pits

How would you defend against a deathstar?

Hey guys Son of Adam here again with a little article about defeating deathstars with tar pits.

Since the new edition, deathstars have grown in popularity, and with them comes the need to shut them down.  Generally people go about this by trying to find the best deathstar; one deathstart to rule them all.  They will play test to see, deathstar vs. deathstar, which will win out.  Others try to build a list around putting out enough shots to take down anything deathstar related.  These are both valid methods, but I want to offer up a different idea for your considerations; tying them up.

Deathstars are made to crash into enemy lines and destroy all who oppose, but there are some units in the game that are made to do exactly the opposite.  These are called tar pit units.  Tar pit units are generally cheap, large, have an invulnerable save, deny attacks in combat, have fearless, feel-no-pain, or some combination there of.  Some examples are plague demons, massed tyranid guants, or swarms.

The idea here is that you can tie up a large deathstar unit long enough to make them tactically irrelevant, or to lessen their impact on the game.  And, with the cost imbalance for the rest of the game, you should be able to make enough of a difference with the rest of your army to gain the advantage, or apply this tactic again to further tie up the squad.

Consider that, in a perfect world, a Draigowing deathstar assaults 30 guants backed up by feel-no-pain.  The guant squad only costs 120 points and the deathstar costs upwards of 1000 points (assuming normal deathstar overload with Draigo, apoth, and 4 psycannons).  This deathstar will be getting 3 attacks on the charge, hitting on 3’s, wounding on 3’s, and the guants will get a 5+ feel-no-pain on all non-hammer attacks.  That’s 36 attacks, with say 24 hits, 16 wounds, and 11 dead.  So, with 11 dead at 5pts a piece, it cost you 55pts to hold that deathstar still for the top of a turn.

Now for the bottom of that turn.  You know the drill; it’s only 25 attacks this time, with say 17 hits, 11 wounds, and 7/8 dead.  So at the end of the full turn where they were charged it cost you 90/95 pts to make the Draigowing deathstar irrelevant to the game.  Take that number over the course of 5 turns and make it 395 points (95 + 75 each turn thereafter) to keep 1000 points at bay.  In a 2000 point game, it has now become 1000 points vs. 1605 points.  The tyranid player will gain a significant advantage.  (Please be aware that this is a perfect world scenario.  However, when working with perfect world scenarios, we can look for what to try for in our actual games).

These ideas work with several different units against several different deathstars, but consider the fundamental idea, take small cheaper units to tie up larger, more expensive units in order to give yourself the upper hand in achieving the victory conditions.  Now go out and see if you can work this idea into your list in order to deal with the deathstars of the 40k world.  You don’t have to change what you are taking now, but it’s a good exercise none-the-less to see if there are more mild aspects of this strategy that can be helpful to you when considering what to bring to the table and while playing the game.