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Monday, 23 January 2012

CALEDONIAN UPRISING - Results



Sorry for the long absence and laxity in posting but (insert excuse here).

So, Caledonian Uprising 2012 has been and gone.

I read all the advice I have received over the last few weeks and decided on the following list;

HQ 1 : Marshal, Lightning Claw, Storm Shield, Terminator Armour, Adamantine Mantle

HQ 2 : Emperor's Champion, Accept any Challenge

Elite 1 : Sword Brethren Terminator Assault Squad - 2 Terminator with Lightning Claws 4 Terminator with Thunder Hammer & Storm Shield Furious Charge

Elite 2 : Sword Brethren Terminator Squad - 3 Terminator + 2 Terminator with Cyclone Missile Launcher, Tank Hunters

Fast Attack Squadron 1 : 2 Land Speeder Typhoon

Fast Attack Squadron 2 : 2 Land Speeder Typhoon

Fast Attack Squadron 3 : 2 Land Speeder Typhoon

Troops 1 : Crusader Squad : 4 Initiate with Bolt Pistol and CCW + 1 Initiate with Lascannon

Troops 1 : Crusader Squad : 4 Initiate with Bolt Pistol and CCW + 1 Initiate with Lascannon

Troops 1 : Crusader Squad : 4 Initiate with Bolt Pistol and CCW + 1 Initiate with Lascannon

Heavy Support: 1 Land Raider Crusader, Dozer Blade, Searchlight, Smoke Launchers, Blessed Hull


Yes, the list is very low on troops but this list wins by stopping my opponent from scoring and with 6 Typhoons and the Terminators pouring fire on and a Land Raider full of Assault Terminators my opponent should be leaving them alone.

I am afraid I'm crap with names and I'm not very good at battle reports so Ill write a brief synopsis of each game and how I did. If I have forgotten your name or got your army list wrong I apologise ahead of time.

Game 1: Dark Angels - Unknown - Table 43

My opponent have a very fluffy list which went something like this;

Belial
3 x 5 man shooty Deathwing squads with Assault Cannons
2 x 10 man Marine Squads (1x LasCannon and 1x Plasma Cannon)
1 x 5 man Marine squad with a melta gun
1 x Godhammer Land Raider
1 X Razor Back with heavy Bolters
1 x Whirlwind

To be honest I felt bad this game, he had not played 40k since 2nd or 3rd edition I think and I almost tabled him by the end of turn 6. I had to help him with the rules, point out where had could get cover saves by moving cleverer. He also had appalling luck, nothing he did seemed to work for him, my assault terminators did for 10 marines, 2 5 man Terminator squads, Belial and his God Hammer. I lost only the cyclone Terminators in return.

Win 19-1

Game 2 - Lash Chaos (Oh how I hate thee) - Unknown - Table 14

Prince with lash
2 x 3 Oblits
1 x Khorne Beserkers
2 x 5 man Marine squads
1 x Rhino
1 x Land Raider

I made a MASSIVE mistake with this game, the fear of being lashed by the prince made me deploy very defensively and even deployed my Raider right at the back. Instead of dealing with the Prince early I poured fire into the oblits and did nothing. His dice were on fire, he made 15 5+ invulnerable saves on the oblits that game and it wasnt until I got the assault Termies into them I killed something, then he lashed them away and it rinsed and repeated, lash, plasma, lash , plasma .... 20-0 loss. very dissapointing, had I gone for the Prince early perhaps I could have scored a drawer from it. who knows. He played well and won.

Game 3 - Black Templars - Tom Dickinson - Table 22

Marshall in Terminator Armour with Dual Claws
Champion with accept any challenge
3 x dual Cyclone Terminator Squads
3 x 5 man Lascannon Crusader Squads
1 x 8 Man Crusader squad
1 x Rhino
2 x Typhoon
1 x Venerable Dread with twin linked Lascannon.

I thought this was going to be very very tight, he had as many shots as I did and his list was more resilient to Krak Missiles than mine. I got first turn and I got lucky, Las Cannon shot into the Termie on his left flank caused them to run off the board turn 1 and then turn 2 multi assault into the remaining 2 terminator squads and his marshal smashing them. His chump and the 8 man squad he was with took 50% casualties and ran. The terminators cleared up 3 of his small squads and I torrented the remaining one off the board. My Tank hunters killed his dread all by turn 4. Turn 5 saw me table him in good order.
This guy got my sportsmanship points for the weekend, despite the utter thrashing I gave him he remained an absolute gentleman, pointing out where my units could do a bit more and reminding me of things I had forgotten.
Win 20-0

By the end of day one I was on 39/60 points and pleased with myself.

Game 4 - Deathwing - Gary Percivile - Table 18

Belial (again)
5 x 5 Man Thunder Hammer + Cyclone
1 x 5 Man Thunder Hammer + Cyclone + Apocathry
3 X Typhoons with Multi-Melta

I was not looking forward to this match up, not at all, Gary is an awesome player and I have played this army before at Blog Wars and barely scratched a draw against it. I had an edge however, his hangover....and as it turns out his appalling luck!!!

The man of the match this game was the Marshal and shall tell you why. Gary deploys all but one of his units to slog on, Belial and his unit drop in front of my line scattering 2 inches towards me. I take a chance, move the landraider on 12 and deploy the Assault Termies and attempt the charge through cover, I needed a 5 and got it. Turn one combat, my Assault Terminators smash through the unit leaving Belial on his lonesome. Gary lost 7 or 8 terminators to massed fire over the next couple of turns. His dice were appalling, he failed loads of 2+ saves, couldn't kill my speeders, and generally had a terrible time of it. My Marshal spent 7 turns in assault, he killed 8 or 9 Terminators on his lonesome dying on the final turn to fearless wounds. Gary had one chance in the final turn to contest both my objectives but didn't manage to roll what was needed Truly Epic. At game end he had 2 Terminators remaining, I had 2 objectives to his 0. Win 18 - 2.

Game 5 - Blood Angels - Peter Cook - Table 8

Mephiston
Sgt Corbolio
Librarian
3 x 5 Man squads, fist, melta, melta pistol
2 x Heavy Bolter Razorback
1 x Rhino
2 x Dakka Preds
1 x Devistator squad, missiles and 1 Las cannon
1 x Scout squad with missile launcher
2 x 3 man scout biker squads with melta

The list looked a bit like a store friendly list so I was hopeful, Peter is a player well out of my league as the game played out it became apparent how outclassed I was.
I won first turn and he reserved everything. He then proceeded over the next 6 turns to disassemble my army. It was horrible, nothing I did went to plan and the librarian had 2 of my troop units running off the board being escorted off by scout bikers by the end of turn 3. Mephiston didn't show up till turn 4 and there was nothing really for him to do. The only thing that stopped this being a 20-0 loss was the assault Terminators (again). I got them into mid field and began to smash through units. They did for a unit of scout bikers, 2 x 5 man Squads, a Rhino and they were still whittled down and Sgt Corbolio managed to finish the remainder of the squad off buy himself on the final assault phase. Throughout the game I was outplayed, out shot and out assaulted. I learnt loads from this game despite getting a thorough spanking. Loss 17 - 3.


Game 6 - Deathwing - Gary Percivile - Table 14 (again!!)

Belial (again)
5 x 5 Man Thunder Hammer + Cyclone
1 x 5 Man Thunder Hammer + Cyclone + Apocathry
3 X Typhoons with Multi-Melta

I had lost to my round 5 opponent and Gary had tabled his so we were on the same points and in the final round we get a rematch...I was a bit nervy about this one as Gary had recovered from the night before and thirsting for revenge. He wins first turn and does something I've never seen before. He sets up all 5 of his Terminator squads in lines with the cyclone launcher at the front and the other 4 Terminators in a line behind them, each squad one inch from the squad next to it, he clearly didn't want to have to deal with my Assault Terminators. By charging the "phalanx" of Deathwing Terminators I could hit only one or two units and then be on the receiving end of 3 assaulting Deathwing units the following turn. I opt to reserve my entire army rather than deal with the cyclone spam and massed rockets for the rest of my army . He moved forward on turn one and two breaking up the formation a little. He moved onto 2 of the middle board objectives so was winning. My turn 2 I got a speeder unit and a crusader squad, the speeders put frag and bolter shots into his Phalanx and caused a couple of casualties loosing a speeder and the whole crusader squad in return. My turn 3 I got everything but 1 speeder and a crusader squad and began to pile the frag into his packed in Terminators, Gary was failing 2+ after 2+ and I think I did 7-8 casualties loosing a couple of marines and some weapons on speeders. more exchanges of fire tun 4, the only thing that happened of any not was my Champion left the raider to deal with a lone terminator on the left hand objective and died to an uppercut from a lone terminator that shrugged off 4 wounds. Turn 5 he killed my Raider midfield, the resulting explosion killed one of my cyclone Terminators allowing them to roll up to support the coming assault on the centre objective, I poured more fire into the Phalanx killing another 5 or 6 with frag, storm bolter, heavy bolter and lascannon fire. I stick a lone speeder on the left table objective and shove the assault terminators and the Cyclone terminators into the remains of the Phalanx and drive it back from the objective. If it ends now I force the draw I might loose this if it goes on another turn. Gary rolls the dice, game ends. Draw 10-10

Overall I had a great tournament and enjoyed myself immensely I finished 18th out of 116 players which is my best big tournament result and won best Black Templars General and received a certificate and a £5.00 voucher for Maelstrom Games (there were only 3 of us). This is on my list of tournaments to attend next year, if you haven't been you should. Its well worth going to, competitive and very, very friendly its well run at good location with onsite food and drink at good prices.

Next up Vapnartak...1k, 3 Games. Ill post the list over the next couple of days.

Thanks for reading

Tuesday, 20 December 2011

So I've managed to get time in for a few games tomorrow with Brad from the Sons of Sanguinius blog. I have a couple of lists in mind to try. One is my assault Terminator heavy list and the other is a missile spam list.

The assault list needs me to be very aggressive and I struggle with this, I tend to loose focus and sometimes and up going backwards with the unit letting my opponent decide how the game is played.

The second list is a missile spam list, 3 x 5 termies with double cyclones and 3 x 2 Typhoons, it kicks out loads of missiles 12 of them tank hunting but it feels very gun line.

Both lists have 3 x 5 man crusader squads in them, I know popular opinion is that I should run bigger squads but to be honest I just cant justify spending the points on probably the most disappointing unit in the codex, I only have the minimum because I have to.

The lists win by stopping my denying my opponent the ability to score. I either shove a great big assault squad down their throat of blow them off the board with massed missile fire.

I am going to try a Chaplain with servitors, fearless and making me auto pass moral checks means the assault terminators automatically pass any zeal checks they need to make meaning the potential to roll on D6+3 after a casualty makes them an even bigger threat.

Ill let post tomorrow letting you know know the lists got on and what I've decided on.

Monday, 19 December 2011

Some piccies!!

As promised I thought I would through some more (better?) pictures up of the units I have painted for my Templar Army so far. I have had some very kind comments from those that have seen them in the "flesh".

I painted the champion white so contrast him against the rest of the black army, it makes him stand out nicely as he is such a nice figure.







As always, apologies as these were taken on my I-Phone.

Friday, 16 December 2011

Caladonian...The Final cut

So, the list has to be submitted by the 22nd of December and after chewing the cud over with Brad and reading comments from Atradies, Venerable Brother and Killswitch Ive decided to go with the list bellow which I will be sending off tomorrow night unless I once again enter indecisive mode.


HQ: Marshal, Lightning Claw, Storm Shield, Terminator Armour, Adamantine Mantle.

HQ: Emperor's Champion, Accept Any Challenge.

Elite: Sword Brethren Terminator Squad.
3 Terminator
1 Terminator with Cyclone Missile Launcher
1 Terminator with Cyclone Missile Launcher, Chain fist.
Tank Hunter

Elite: Sword Brethren Terminator Assault Squad
2 Terminator with Lightning Claws
4 Terminator with Thunder Hammer & Storm Shield
Furious Charge
1 Land Raider Crusader, Dozer Blade, Smoke Launchers, Blessed Hull.

Troops: Crusader Squad
8 Initiate with Bolt Pistol and CCW.
1 Initiate with Meltagun.
1 Initiate with Bolt Pistol & Power Weapon, Power Weapon.
1 Drop Pod.

Troops: Crusader Squad
5 Initiate with Bolt Pistol and CCW.
1 Neophyte with Bolt Pistol & CCW.
1 Neophyte with Shotgun.

Troops: Crusader Squad
5 Initiate with Bolt Pistol and CCW.
1 Neophyte with Bolt Pistol & CCW.
1 Neophyte with Shotgun.

Fast Attack: Land Speeder Squadron
1 Land Speeder Typhoon.
1 Land Speeder Typhoon.

Fast Attack: Land Speeder Squadron
1 Land Speeder Typhoon.
1 Land Speeder Typhoon.

The main changes I've made are; Claw on the Marshal and some Neophytes to appease Venerable Brother.

The Drop Pod squad means that I can dump a nice fat squad more or less anywhere I want to contest objectives, support the assault terminators or generally make a nuisance of themselves.

Its nice and flexible and gives me some nice options and the Drop Squad means I can react to threats and the fact it drops in means my opponent will have to think about thier more static units deployment.

Comments anyone?

Thursday, 15 December 2011

Caladonian alternative list


So I've been having some thoughts about my caladonian list and I have been thinking about some alternatives and this is what I've come up with so far.


HQ: Marshal
Chain Fist, Storm Shield,,Terminator Armour, Adamantine Mantle

HQ: Emperor's Champion, Accept Any Challenge...

Elite: Sword Brethren Terminator Squad
3 Terminators
2 Terminator with Cyclone Missile Launcher
Tank Hunters

Elite: Sword Brethren Terminator Squad
3 Terminators
2 Terminator with Cyclone Missile Launcher
Tank Hunters

Elite: Sword Brethren Terminator Assault Squad
2 Terminator with Lightning Claws
4 Terminator with Thunder Hammer & Storm Shield
Furious Charge
1 Land Raider Crusader, Dozer Blade, Smoke Launchers, Blessed Hull

Troops: Crusader Squad
3 Initiate with Bolt Pistol and CCW
1 Initiate with Plasmagun
1 Initiate with Lascannon

Troops: Crusader Squad
3 Initiate with Bolt Pistol and CCW
1 Initiate with Plasmagun
1 Initiate with Lascannon

Troops: Crusader Squad
3 Initiate with Bolt Pistol and CCW
1 Initiate with Plasmagun
1 Initiate with Lascannon

Fast Attack: Land Speeder Squadron
1 Land Speeder Typhoon

Im a bit stuck.

That lot comes out at 1809 points and I have no idea where I might spend the remaining 41.

My problem with this list is that it doesn't have a massive assault presence, I doesnt present a huge ranged threat, I think it might be a balanced list!!!

Any help would be appreciated.