Wednesday, May 9, 2012

We Ride!

Operation: Get Back On The Horse has commenced!
The FLGS will be starting a new 40k league this Thursday that will last five weeks.  Those of you foolish enough to read posts on this blog will know that Team Snake Eyes got crushed at Adepticon 2012, and that didn't sit too well with me.  I'm not a super competitive guy, and while I didn't expect to blaze a trail to glory, I did hope for a better than 99th place out of 116 teams.  So, as you can imagine, I've been a bit bummed out by the whole process.  Then, with a flash of brilliance, I realized that doing "well" at Adepticon isn't why I got into this hobby.  It's not why I play every Thursday.  It's not why I collect the models, paint them, and hang out with my friends.  In short, I was being a dumbass.  Relax, my wife assures me it's happened before from time to time.  While she says I can't be cured, it's not entirely contagious.  Y'all should be safe.

To get this party started, in a stylish fashion, I have come up with a clever plan.  For the five weeks of the league, I will play a different list each Thursday and try to play something that's different from what I've previously tried to put on the table.  6th Edition is around the corner and I am just about universally disappointed in the rumors about it that I have heard.  So, what better way to honor 5th edition than to put together a set of lists as interesting as my model collection will allow.  It is my great pleasure to introduce to you all "The Five Fingered Death Punch".  I have heard that a badass sounding name is the first step on the road to rampant badassery...therefore each of the lists has it's own clever codename.

Oooh, scary.

List #1 "The Two-Headed Monster"

Terminator Librarian with Storm Shield, Null Zone & Avenger
(5) TH/SS Terminators with Land Raider Crusader w/Multi-Melta
(5) TH/SS Terminators with Land Raider Crusader w/Multi-Melta
(5) Tactical Marines w/combi-melta, meltagun, and TLHB Razorback
(5) Tactical Marines w/combi-melta, and TLHB Razorback
(5) Tactical Marines w/combi-melta, and TLHB Razorback
Land Speeder with MM/HF
Land Speeder with MM/HF

I've always wanted to try a 2 Raider list, and here's my chance.  I've heard it's a "dick move" to bring them, but I haven't witnessed  any undue survivability issues with a single Raider, so I'm not overly concerned.

My Tactical Marines are stone faced killas... (bad jokes are free around here)
List #2 "Tactically Maximized"

Epistolary Librarian w/Null Zone & Avenger
2 X Tactical Squad w/flamer, combi-melta, plasma cannon, power weapon & TLHB Razorback
2 X Tactical Squad w/flamer, combi-melta, missile launcher, powerfist, & LTHB Razorback
2 X Tactical Squad w/flamer, combi-melta, lascannon, & TLLC Razorback

I've never personally fielded this many tactical marines...and I have why not give it a shot?  Using tactical marines successfully is also my biggest weakness as a marine player, so this is a training exercise.

This cat remembers the Heresy because he was there, he was on that wall...where were you punk?

List #3 "No Chapter for Old Men"

Master of the Forge w/conversion beamer & bike
(10) TH/SS Terminators
(10) Terminators w/(2) cyclone missile launchers
Dreadnought w/TLLC & ML
(5) Sniper Scouts w/cammo cloaks
(5) Tactical Marines w/powerfist, combi-melta, & TLLC Razorback
Dreadnought w/ (2) TLAC
Dreadnought w/ (2) TLAC
Dreadnought w/Multi-melta, heavy flamer, & Drop Pod

Light on the scoring units (as light as I could make it anyway) and heavy on the young and entombed.  This force is a direct result of all the dead Salamanders I am responsible for after Adepticon and playing the previous list.  Don't judge me.

List #4 "Tactically Hybridized"

Dreadnought w/ (2) TLAC
Dreadnought w/ (2) TLAC
Tactical Squad w/ combi-melta, meltagun, missile launcher, & TLHB Razorback
2 X Tactical Squad w/ combi-melta, meltagun, lascannon, & TLHB Razorback
Tactical Squad w/ combi-melta, meltagun, plasma cannon, & TLHB Razorback
Land Speeder w/ HF & MM
Dakka Predator
Dakka Predator

A hybrid list that Chambers put together for me that includes elements of the Tactical Marine horde with a few support elements.  Combats squads will be had by all, and much death will ensue.

List #5 "Netlist Extreme"

Librarian in Power Armor w/ Null Zone & Avenger
(6) TH/SS Terminators
2 X Tactical Squad w/powerfist, combi-melta, meltagun, multi-melta, Drop Pod & locator beacon
Tactical Squad w/combi-melta, meltagun, missile launcher, Drop Pod & locator beacon
(2) Land Speeders w/MM & HF
(2) Land Speeders w/MM & HF
(1) Land Speeder w/MM & HF

This is a slightly modified list, ripped straight off the internet, from Danny Internets over at the Bald and Screaming blog.  I tried to link to his posts about it, but his site seems to be down.  My apologies to Danny.

5 week goal?  Have a blast, hang with my boys, drink some beer, roll some dice, and not worry about the small shit.  I'll post a bat rep every week.  I will likely randomly pick (or have opponent roll) to determine which list gets used for any given week with a list only being used once in the tournament.


Brian said...

This may be off topic, but is Ookla (or whatever that guy was called) riding a Demigryph? Interesting.

Glad to hear your back on the proverbial demigryph.

Bannus said...

Have you considered elemental lists?

For example, a list for the fire element would probably have vulkan, lots of melta,flamers, and hammernators. The idea being to be as offensive as possible. A water list would be adaptable, an earth list hard to destroy, and an air list fast and in control of the battle.

They can be very fun lists to change things up.

chosen1 said...

@ Brian: I have many fond childhood memories of Thundarr the Barbarian and his friends Ariel and Ookla, but I had no idea what they called Ookla's steed. On the other hand, I had to look up what a "Demigryph" was as well. In any event, the Thundarr wiki says that Ookla rode a "quadrupedal species called an Equort". Take that for what it's worth.

@ Bannus: Indeed, I have not thought of elementally inspired lists before. While it's a little too deep for me right now, I'll certainly give it some consideration for after this particular league. Thanks for the suggestions!

chaplainaerion said...

Don't fall for it, bro. It's just a diabolical scheme by the Tau to get you to buy in to their insane "caste" system.

Bannus said...

lol, good point Aerion.

Grenn Dal said...

I loved Thundar while growing up. I was bummed by your unhappy return from Adepticon. This league should be fun. I play on emptying out the Dark Eldar world over the next 5 weeks.

Chambers said...

Glad to see you having fun tonight. hopefully it contuniues for the next week, a slight change to the list you posted, there should have been two plasma cannons and zero missile launchers.

chosen1 said...

Thanks, I did have a great time. I mixed up the heavy weapons because you put out more of certain types than I had on hand. I tried to minimize my proxy stuff. Depending upon who my opponent is when that list gets called up, I may go with your original set up. As you know, I'm not overly fond of missile launchers in my tac squads (...because I can't roll worth crap) and most guy there won't care.

GuyverBlue said...

Where is this FLGS? I have been to a game store (or played a game!) since Matt & I went to the team tournament at the Wargamers Cave back in March.

chosen1 said...

It's a fantastic store:

Fantasy Books & Games in Fairview Heights, IL