Saturday, July 05, 2014
Finally, I get to join an X-wing tournament! This one (dubbed "Rebel Resurgence") is sponsored by Neutral Grounds, TO'd by Red Leader Luigi, and held in SM BF last June 21. After three matches, I was able to bag the second spot, securing a first round BYE on the upcoming Regionals.
Here is the squadron I used and I call it the "Baron's Dagger".
- Soontir Fel (Tie Interceptor with Push the Limit)
- Carnor Jax (Tie Interceptor with Push the Limit and Stealth Device)
- Bounty Hunter (Firespray-31 with Gunner)
The idea is to joust with the Firespray while the squints hop around, evading firing arcs with the use of boosts and barrel rolls, and chewing away at stragglers. I usually flank with Jax to either divide the attention of the opposing squadron (and when he's chased, he can easily get back to his squadron with the squints' infamous mobility leaving the chasing units to waste a turn or two to double back) or to capitalize on his ability by quickly zooming within range 1.
vs Keith's Squadron
* Howlrunner (Swarm Tac)
* 4x Academy Pilots
* Captain Yorr (Vader, Adv Sense, Anti Pursuit)
I deployed everything on the lower left corner with Jax a couple of inches away on the formation's right wing. I plan to draw any piece of the swarm to him to lessen its biggest advantage - concentrated firepower. I don't want to joust with a concentrated swarm. Keith deployed on the upper right corner with the swarm leading the pack and Howlrunner lagging behind, just enough to distribute his ability around.
Keith did not fall for the Jax bait and moved the entire swarm to engage the Bounty Hunter and the Baron, inadvertently exposing his flank after the shuttle took potshots at the red squint. I moved in Jax to exploit that flank and, with aid from some very lucky dice rolling, was able to gun down two eyeballs in a single turn.
|the fall of Jax|
The Bounty Hunter overshoots the shuttle and its escorts while the Baron was able to gun down another eyeball. I did not expect one of the Ties to make a conservative move (and the shuttle to stall) so Jax overlapped, making the worst blunder an Interceptor can do - to have it skip its action. The opponent capitalized and kapoof goes Jax!
Howlrunner chased the Bounty Hunter while the latter does a stressful K-turn to go back in combat. Soontir Fel chased down the remaining Tie Fighter under the heavy fire of the Lambda shuttle.
The Bounty Hunter readies for a rear arc shot. Soontir disengaged from hounding the shuttle to help go against Howlrunner. The Lambda and its remaining Tie escort maneuvers to head back to the action.
The Baron chased the Tie Fighters while the Bounty Hunter goes for the shuttle as the TO called for time. With three Tie Fighters down against my Carnor Jax as casualties, I won only by a slight margin. A minor victory for me.
1 - 0
vs Mark's Squadron
* Howlrunner (Swarm Tac)
* Night Beast
* 2x Academy Pilots
* 2x Scimitar Squadron (Cluster Missiles)
Another swarm! Gah! The plan right out of my head is to put down those loaded Scimitars before the concentrated firepower puts down any of my ship. I'll try to go bait Jax again like in the first match.
Same deployment as Match 1. Jax is a bit far off the right wing to either flank or act as bait. My left corridor is open for the less agile Bounty Hunter to commit to a joust if the opponent will. I'll take it.
I took the open corridor with my Bounty Hunter. Both elite Interceptors moved through the asteroids to commit on the middle of the table. I did not expect Mark's move after as all of his nimble Ties and Bombers swept sideways (to the upper right of the table) and away from my formation. First thing that came to my mind is he probably is trying to bait my Interceptors to overstretch themselves away from the support of my Bounty Hunter.
|full swing ahead|
I did a conservative move after that just to check his next move (and validate my theory). However, instead of taking the right flank, he K-turned his lead Bombers that sends out a message that he will be doing the same with his Ties. I think his aim after all is to draw me to his side of the table, which is clear from asteroids, and take full advantage of the combined firepower of his swarm.
On the other hand, I saw his stressed Bombers as an opening and quickly sent my squadron full throttle ahead to engage the enemy while they reform.
The eyeballs and a well-placed cluster missile shot walloped a punishing volley on the Bounty Hunter, sending it to Kingdom Come! The elite Interceptors took revenge by taking down a single Bomber.
The Interceptors flew away from melee (after Baron Fel shot down one more eyeball) and rounded about to go back to combat. The enemy positioned his own Ties to face the coming Interceptors. Numbers is still with him so I have to be careful with my positioning to evade as much of his firing arc as possible.
|the joust, part 2|
After the next round of jousting, I was able to take out two more eyeballs with minimal damage on the elite Interceptors. From there, I just K-turned back for another joust and with the advantage of numbers taken off the swarm, my squints and their superior mobility easily took out the remaining ships for the win. Frankly, I almost lose hope when the Bounty Hunter was destroyed.
2 - 0
vs Pao's Squadron
* Blue Squadron
* Green Squadron (Assault Missile)
* Dutch Vander (Ion Cannon Turret)
* Garven Dreis
Giving up on the style of my first two deployments, I'll go with running the two Interceptors together. The initial aim is to flank him while the Bounty Hunter ram straight to his formation. It's very risky to lose the Bounty Hunter early on, especially with the very synergistic list of the opponent. But the last match boost my faith on the squints even after losing the Firespray.
I did not expect for Pao to deploy this way. He went with the slower (but tougher) ships (B and Y) adjacent my squints and deployed the other two farther off. I can only guess that he wanted my Interceptors to commit on jousting with the tough Rebel ships, endure with thicker hull and shields, then focus fire on my ships one by one.
|after turn 1|
The Rebels started slow with the Y and B, but zoomed ahead with the A and X. I see him closing down on my ships with a pincer move in the middle of the table. With faith in Agility 3 and 4, I committed my Interceptors in a joust against the slower Y and B despite their flanking friendlies. I am also readying a flanking move from the Bounty Hunter. I am hoping for it to finish what damages the Interceptors can inflict against the Y+B pair.
I know I'm done if the Interceptors won't hold after the joust.
I was surprised that the Y+B pair went for the flanking Bounty Hunter. I was able to scratch some of their shields before we all overlapped in the middle of the table and made passes for a second round of joust. I got scared there for a bit as my overlapped Jax lose action and become a sitting duck for the flanking A+X pair. Luckily, it held.
But not for long. After the next joust, Jax finally went kapoof but not without doing damage on the enemy. The A-wing fell. Another pass, but at this point, Pao can't rely on the squadron's synergy because they are too far from each other. I had the Baron chase and chew after the Y-wing, while praying not to get ioned! Luckily, no ion shots got in and I was able to destroy the tough Y-wing.
Two against two. The nimble Baron and the Bounty Hunter that barely got scratched, against a B and an X that barely had their shields. It's just a matter of slowly chewing away their shields while the Baron evades firing arcs. The B-wing went down first then the X-wing next. Victory for the Baron's Dagger!
Inscribed by Interrogator-Chaplain Randel on 12:05 AM
Tuesday, July 01, 2014
Hobby Updates - July 2014
Some quick updates after another year of hobbying.
I will probably park my 40K armies for this edition (7th Ed). I haven't actually bought a rulebook yet and the Orkz codex has just been released but did not tickle my fancy at all with what looks more like a nerf. Seventh has just become too complicated for me and I don't want to participate in the biggature arms race. I'll probably play casually but for sure it will be very seldom.
For my latest acquisitions, I got the following figs to augment my army:
- 2 Storm Talons from Pat (painted)
- 2 Vindicator upgrade kits
- a box of Deathwing Knights
Warhammer Fantasy Battles
I finally gave in to my want of having an Ogre army and bought a second hand lot from Muymuy consisting of the following models. Really good deal!
- 6 Ogre Bulls
- 6 Ironguts
- 4 Mournfang Riders
- 4 Leadbelchers
- 2 Ironblasters
- 1 Slaughter Master
- 1 Firebelly
- 1 Gorger
I reinforced it by buying a box of Fenrisian wolves which I will use to proxy Sabretusks and a box of Ironguts for the extra bodies and bits.
|WIP of the first Bull i painted|
I will call them the Black Meat tribe and they camp around the southern part of the Mountains of Mourn. Their Slaughter Master is an infamous cook amongst the Ogre tribes and with him is a devoted "acolyte", a Firebelly, who aids him in his cuisine of basically anything charred and burned crispy.
I was able to dust off my Circle army and participate on this year's Steam Roller event held at the GIG HQ.
My list is an exact copy of my old list from the yonder years of Philippine WMH. I'm pretty much surprised that it still can perform well when pitted with the new MK2 rules.
- Baldur Stonecleaver
- 2 Wold Warden
- Tharn Bloodtrackers
- Wold Wyrd
- Shifting Stones
- Gatormen Posse
- Swamp Gobbers
- Lord of the Feast
First game was against Hessed's High Exemplar Kreoss list. I won by 3 objective points on an Incursion mission.
Second game was interesting. I won against Fred's Blackwater Congregation and our lists are each others' perfect foil. The mission is Outflank and I won by one objective point.
Third game was against Kenzei's Intercessor Kreoss and his cavalry cohort. It literally trampled over my list and I lose by 1 objective point in a Close Quarters mission. He will eventually win first place.
Last game was with Garrick's Butcher of Khardov in a Process of Elimination mission. I lose this one as well.
|third round against Menoth|
Not bad really for somebody who haven't played WMH for a year.
I participated on the latest X-wing tournament here in Manila, dubbed "Rebel Resurgence", using the list below and placed second to win a Bye on the upcoming Regionals.
- Bounty Hunter (Gunner)
- Carnor Jax (Push the Limit, Stealth)
- Soontir Fel (Push the Limit)
|third round against a Rebel swarm|
I will write a more detailed report on a separate post.
Inscribed by Interrogator-Chaplain Randel on 4:02 PM