Last night, Six-Deucer and I met up at Olympic Cards and Comics (OCC) for our usual 40K slug-fest that we have coined, "Thursday Throw-Down". This week was a little different; instead of Six and I facing off, Chappy and Joseph dropped in, and we were able to catch a game with each individual, respectively! I was a little late arriving at OCC, however, when I did show up I was greeted with a nicely decorated table where all of the terrain was evenly placed. Six and I plan on participating in our first 40K tournament next month, which is a 2K teams' event.
Well, Chappy provided these two green players with a very sobering ass-whoopin' to demonstrate the types of tactics we will be facing...wow. It was A LOT of fun, and also a very informative play session. Last night I learned about troop composition, deployment strategy, target priority, the threat that infiltrators can pose, and that bug lists can be really unforgiving to psyker characters! Chappy pitted his 1K Tyranid list combined with a 1K vanilla Space Marines list against me and Six.
I played a 1,000 point Blood Angels MEQ list. However, my list could have been better optimized. For the sake of constructive criticism, I'll post that list:
HQ: Librarian (Libby) with Blood Lance, and Shield of Sanguinus
(2) 5-man Assault Squads in Razorback transports equipped with Twin-Linked Assault Cannons (TL-AssC). Each squad included a marine equipped with a melta gun. Each Sergeant was equipped with a hand flamer and power fist.
(3) Baal Predators with TL AssC.
(1) Vindicator Tank represented by a Rhino proxy.
|A Baal Predator parks adjacent to the smoking wreckage of another Baal Predator as it prepares to square off against a Tyranid line.|
|Lets pretend that the blur effect is due to the high rate of speed that the Vendetta is traveling, rather than a sub-par Iphone camera!|
|Chappy is an avid collector of obscure and vintage GW and Citadel figures...can you spot them?|
Overall, our first game was grueling, but very rewarding; thanks again Chappy!
Our second game pitted Six and I (using the same 1K list sported in our first game) stand against Jancoran and his 2K army of Tau. Six and I had a blast playing against Jancoran, who provided us with an almost limitless amount of patience as he helped us through rule confusion, mistakes, and the like. It was a kill-point mission (every destroyed unit would provide an opponent with at least one point) that we were unable to finish due to time constraints (new players are slow). I credit Jancoran for his patience and pleasant attitude; I had as much fun playing our second game as I did the first! Thanks Jancoran!
In conclusion, Six and I are a step closer to better understanding this game, and our relative forces we have chosen to play. I learned that specific dynamics in my 1K list don't compliment one another, and I'm going to make little changes to see if I can improve it to fit the way I want to play Blood Angels. Lastly, I learned that I really love get into close combat with my forces, rather than "plinking" from range.
Thanks again for the fun night, guys!