Monday, September 03, 2012

NOVA: After Action

First, I would like to thank Mike Brandt (and the NOVA staff) for throwing a great event.  Mike made sure to walk by every table the first day and talk to everyone at least once.  The judges didn't just guess on the rules.  They would pull in others if they didn't know.  Every judge was friendly.


This wasn't an optimized list.  It was a list that I had everything painted for.  I will say that it held it's own and I was happy with the performance.  Six dreads would have been better but I would have lost some mobility with the Preds. 


HQ: Master of the Forge (5#, 190 pts)
   1 Master of the Forge, 135 pts = (base cost 100 + Power Axe 15) + Conversion Beamer 20
      4 Servitor Unit, 0 pts

Troops: Tactical Squad (11#, 210 pts)
   9 Tactical Squad, 152 pts = 9 * 16 (base cost 16) + Meltagun 5 + Sergeant 26
      1 Sergeant, 23 pts
      1 Rhino, 35 pts

Troops: Tactical Squad (11#, 210 pts)
   9 Tactical Squad, 152 pts = 9 * 16 (base cost 16) + Meltagun 5 + Sergeant 26
      1 Sergeant, 23 pts
      1 Rhino, 35 pts

Troops: Tactical Squad (11#, 210 pts)
   9 Tactical Squad, 152 pts = 9 * 16 (base cost 16) + Meltagun 5 + Sergeant 26
      1 Sergeant, 23 pts
      1 Rhino, 35 pts

Elite: Dreadnought (1#, 125 pts)
   1 Dreadnought, 125 pts = (base cost 105 + Twin-Linked Autocannon 10 + Twin-Linked Autocannon 10)

Elite: Dreadnought (1#, 125 pts)
   1 Dreadnought, 125 pts = (base cost 105 + Twin-Linked Autocannon 10 + Twin-Linked Autocannon 10)

Fast Attack: Storm Talon Gunship (1#, 130 pts)
   1 Storm Talon Gunship, 130 pts

Heavy Support: Predator (1#, 85 pts)
   1 Predator, 85 pts = (base cost 60 + Heavy Bolter (each side) 25)

Heavy Support: Predator (1#, 85 pts)
   1 Predator, 85 pts = (base cost 60 + Heavy Bolter (each side) 25)

Heavy Support: Predator (1#, 85 pts)
   1 Predator, 85 pts = (base cost 60 + Heavy Bolter (each side) 25)

HQ: Company Command Squad (6#, 115 pts)
   4 Company Command Squad (HQ) [Guard], 54 pts = 4 * 6 (base cost 6) + Vox Caster 5 + Meltagun x1 10 + Plasma gun x1 15
      1 Company Commander [Guard], 31 pts = (base cost 26 + Melta Bombs 5)
      1 Astropath [Guard], 30 pts

Troops: Veteran Squad (11#, 170 pts)
   9 Veteran Squad (Troops) [Guard], 93 pts = 9 * 7 (base cost 7) + Vox Caster 5 + Meltagun x1 10 + Plasma gun x1 15
      1 Veteran Sergeant [Guard], 22 pts = (base cost 7 + Power Fist 15)
      1 Chimera [Guard], 55 pts

Fast Attack: Vendetta Gunship Squadron (2#, 260 pts)
   1 Vendetta Gunship Squadron (Fast) [Guard], 0 pts
      1 Vendetta [Guard], 130 pts
      1 Vendetta [Guard], 130 pts

My opponents were great to play against.  All were friendly.  Only one was a little jumpy and questioned a few things but he was very respectful and apologized for asking questions.  I am sure that there were some D*bags but luckily I didn't get any.

Round 1 (Loss) - Grey Knights (Troy Esposito/Dark Star): Let me say that anyone who hands you their army list and it looks like they are submitting a final report to you means business.  He also had a beard that should have forced him to play Space Wolves.  He had a two Stormraven list with Crowe and purifiers.  I killed Crowe before he could do anything but he had an excellent round three of shooting and had me on the ropes from then out.  I took a lot of what my opponent did into other games.  Troy was also an Invitational player and I was happy that he didn't table me and I was at least in the game.  He gave me lots of pointers and made me feel at ease.

Round 2 (Win) - Grey Knights (Timothy Cox):  I felt so bad for this guy.  He had bad die roll after bad die roll.  He not only had a deep strike mishap that moved what would have wrecked my night clear across the other side of the world.  He also watched as his troops inside of his Stormraven die because of a lucky shot from my IG.   My list was made to fight this type of list.  I managed to table him (which I felt bad about) in turn 5.  The main reason why I felt bad was because he was asking about Beltway Gamers and I just killed his last squad.  Not a nice way to convince someone to try out a gaming club.  Luckily, Nate was there to be the PR for Beltway and make everything seem OK.  His list a Grand Master and Corteaz list.

Round 3 (Loss after first opponent was a no show) - Dark Eldar/Eldar Allies (Deryk Clark): He was a fill in after our first opponents ditched.  I am not sure if we got the forfeit win and then they used this for scoring or what.  It was a fun game.  He managed to do a lot of damage before I could get into the game.  I will say that it was a fun match and he explained what I did wrong (after the match).  I went after his farseer and should have went for the troops.  He was running a Baron list with a Farseer, a Razorwing, and an Aegis Defence line with quad gun.

Round 4 (Loss) - Necrons (Michael Andrews):  Any guy who spends the match drinking a bottle of Captain Morgan straight gets my vote for best drunk.  He was a nice guy and fun to play against.  He also had the best line of the con.  When MVB said he reordered some tables away from the vents he said, "We moved you to make you less comfortable".  He had a Necron Overlord/Illuminor Szeras with one Night Scythe list.  My mistake here was that I went for the vehicles and should have taken out his troops first.  It was a fin game but I really hate Necrons.

Round 5 (Loss) - Grey Knights (??? some guy that plays at G&S):  I forgot this guys name (sorry).  He had a few questions in the beginning about combat squads and rhinos and one on charging but was a great opponent.  Who was upset when I told him his Stormravens had Ceremite plating.  I think he lost a game due to meltas.  This was a two Stormraven and a Grand Master list.  I can say that this was the second time that the Grand Master died without doing much.  This guy also gave me two good suggestions.  Go to ground with my vets next time and use the Aegis Defence Line to provide cover for my gun line.

Round 6 (Win) - IG (Gareth Hebbron): Any Englishman that doesn't beat you for calling him Australian and smiles after losing a game he was winning with ease deserves to be voted best opponent.  This game was vindication from my Blobs park loss.  The one where I won the game but loss because I moved off an objective.  The match was table quarters with fast attack counting as scoring.  He also had 6 vendettas.  He had two large blob squads and two manticores.  He won this game up until turn 5.  We both held two quarters and I held three objectives.  He pounded me for kill points but it didn't get down to that.  I won because he rolled a two for the match to continue.  He was a great opponent.

That is it for NOVA.  I can not wait until next year.  I will be going back.

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