I entered my NOVA list in an 1850 RTT this weekend at Huzzah Hobbies in Ashburn VA yesterday. In prep for the NOVA, we were using terrain and missions from the NOVA primer. I ended up going 1 and 2, vs Space Wolves, Demons and Eldar. I did however walk away with best painted! (I'll take that! and a $25 gift certificate)
First a bit of a plug for Huzzah; they're running the only regular 40K RTT series in Northern VA that I know of -- the third Sunday of every month. Any given month they use the tournament packet for whichever is the next big GT coming which in addition to helping out folks who are planning to go to that GT get some practice, also gives folks a chance to test drive the next GT. Huzzah gives a 10% discount on GW product.
The first game was 5 objectives Vanguard Strike deployment vs Drop-Podding Space Wolves with Logan, 2 Rune Priests, a unit of Long Fangs and Grey Hunters. I won that one when my opponent lost mission focus and kept dropping his pods on my home objective, allowing my podding Grey Hunters, and Vendetta-riding SWS and PCS to take the other two.
The second game was vs Demons; Fateweaver, 2 Flying DP's, screamers and pink horrors, ignominious loss. Very nicely painted army -- probably my main competition for best appearance, from what I saw. It was the highly converted nature of my army (the Manticore and the KV-2 Russ) though, that made the difference.
The third game was Iyanden Eldar with a Wraithknight as his Warlord and another Wraithknight, Wave Serpent spam and Warp Spiders, lost this one, did manage to down one Wraith Knight (not the Warlord) with Missiles (the RPG's will not be denied!) and all but one of the Wave Serpents. I don't know which I hate more, Wraith Knights or Wave Serpents. Having faced those damn things now, I don't want to hear any complaints if Faeit's rumor about Baneblades being in the IG codex turn out to be true.
All in all a good tournament, my opponents were generally cool, and learning (on my part) did occur.
After getting my employment situation straightened out (found out in May that I was due to get laid-off in
July, ended up being un-employed for all of 2 days -- whew!) I've decided to attend the NOVA open this year. Now what to take?
Well, I'm not the type to FOTM so it will be IG and SW. Yeah, I know, that's so early 6th ed. I'll probably get rolled by all the Tau, Eldar, Tau-Dar, but what the hell; I can laugh at all the Tau players next month once Sternguard start crushing Riptides under their own weight with combi-grav guns.
So here's what I'm thinking about:
IG (Primary Detachment)
CCS, 3x Plasma, Chimera
Vet Squad, 3x Plasma
PCS with 3x Flamers
4 x Infantry Squad with Missile Launcher
(because RPG-7's look cool)
SWS with 3x Flamers
Vendetta with HB Sponsons
Vendetta with HB Sponsons
Leman Russ Eradicator with HB Sponsons
SW (Allied Detachment)
Njal in Runic Armor
Rune Priest (Living Lightning, JOTW)
10 GH with 2x Melta in a Pod
Aegis Defense Line with Comms Relay
Njal is of course there to make the weather lousy for my opponent. The other Rune Priest is there to either cast JOTW if I keep his codex powers or to cast Prescience if I go for Divination. The lone squad of Grey Hunters is there to pod in if the opportunity presents, or just to add some resilient troops. I decided to go with a Manticore since rocket artillery is cool (and very Russian). The Eradicator is there to ruin the day of anything relying on cover (like Pathfinders).
The nice thing about this list is that it really doesn't require me to do any major building, just a bit of touch-up on some existing models, convert up a Nova Cannon for my Ragnarok Russ and paint up the ADL and the comms relay.
Of course, knowing me, I'll get an 'inspired' idea the weekend before which will require major 11th hour hobbying.
A few pics from an Apocalypse game I played in last weekend. Actually, I think that this was the first real Apoc game I've ever played -- up to 10K points per person. As you can see, all the cool stuff was on the board: Thunderhawks, Titans, SuperHeavy Tanks. Some things could of gone smoother of course, we only ended up playing 3 turns over two days, but it was still very cool and fun. This game has inspired me to start a new project; a very BIG project :). Enjoy the pics
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