Competitive 40k tactics and Battle Reports with the Tyranid Codex

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Post-ATC review


To wrap up July, I'll be finishing my coverage of the ATC. If you read my Battle Report of game 6, you know that I ended the tournament with 148 points, enough to land me 13th place and best Tyranids, something I am quite proud of! My team, Orlando Hereticus Beta, finished with 452 points, which landed us with 18th place total. Out of 34 teams, this means that we were just 6 points away from breaking the top half. Not bad, but I certainly feel we can do better next year. Our battle brothers, OH Alpha, finished with a very respectable 520 points, enough to give them 7th place overall, which also made them the top team out of Florida. Awesome job guys! Between both OH teams we actually landed 3 players in the top 20! The Imperial Knight/Necron player from my team ended up taking 9th place, while Alpha's Imperial Knight player took 19th. Alpha played some of the top teams there, and had a very difficult road altogether, so they certainly have a lot to be proud of. My team, Beta, ended up playing the teams that were ranked 3rd, 11, 17, 19, 22 and 29. 

For OH Beta, this was our first time at the event for all of our members, and the first time to a non-Florida GT for all of us as well. To be honest, we weren't prepared for the ATC format. Not everyone can just win the thing their first year! I think that we all brought good lists that were almost all TAC, but I don't think we bought into the Counter system nearly as much as we should have. We also were lacking a single army that we could always throw down, all the time, and not worry about a tough matchup. This meant that every round, at least one or two of our players ended up in a game where they were being "sacrificed" for the Greater Good of the team because no one else could really handle the list they played against. As a Captain, that was a painful realization because we frankly weren't ready for the ATC, but I am confident that next year we can do much better. I was also unprepared for the massive amount of Wave Serpents at the table. All of our players bought hard into the anti armor, and we had Meltas and haywire up to out ears, but none of us had a good answer to Wraithknights or Wave Serpents, due to their freakish cover saves and ignoring Pens on a 2+. In hindsight that should have been an obvious weakness, because Eldar are one of the best armies in the game. I will say that we fortunately were prepared for the large number of Knights floating around, but overall I feel that we will be much better prepared for next year. You can bet that Orlando Hereticus will be back and ready for action! 

Saturday, July 26, 2014

ATC Game 6: TyranKnights vs Grey Knights/Guard

At long last, here we go! Game 6 of the ATC is here. Unfortunately, I have no pictures for this game. I would've sworn I took a decent number, but somehow they are all gone now. I'll blame the Squats on this one! Fortunately my game notes have survived and are not lost, so let's get into it!

For the last round, Orlando Hereticus Beta is matched up against "K-town Riot", a team from (I believe) Knoxville, so quite local! I end up in a Captain smack down, against my opponent Brad and his Grey Knights army, with allied Astra Militarum. Here we go!

Deployment is Dawn of War

Brad's Imperium army list:

Coteaz
Vindicare Assassin
Grey Knight Techmarine, with tons of grenades and Servo Harness 
2 Plasmaguns, Psyker in Chimera
2 Plasmaguns, Psyker in Chimera
2 Plasmaguns, Psyker in Chimera
2 Plasmaguns, Psyker in Chimera
2 Plasmaguns, Psyker in Chimera
Psyfleman Dreadnaught

2 Punisher tanks (one was Pask)
Ministorum Priest
Platoon Command Squad (3 flamers 1 Heavy Flamer)
30 man Blob squad
Vendetta
Wyvern

My list: 

Flying Hive Tyrant, Devourers, ElectroGrubs
Flying Hive Tyrant, Devourers, ElectroGrubs
Venomthrope
Zoanthrope
25 gants
3 Rippers, Deep Strike
3 Rippers, Deep Strike
3 Rippers, Deep Strike
3 Shrikes, Barbed Strangler, Rending Claws
Hive Crone
Hive Crone
3 Biovores

Imperial Bastion, 3 Barricades, Void Shield

Imperial Knight Errant

Psychic Powers:

Flyrant 1:Catalyst, Paroxysm
Flyrant 2: Onslaught, Psychic Scream
Zoanthrope: Psychic Scream

Warlord trait: Both of us got to choose if it was Night Fight and gained Night Attacker. So yeah, no night fight essentially.

Pre-game: This was a match up I chose because my opponent wasn't very heavy on anti-air weapons, so I was hoping to unleash havoc on him. My general plan is to use the Knight (he has absolutely nothing to stop him) to corral my opponent and dominate board control with the big purple robot, then my Flyers will smash vehicles and hopefully prevent him from getting to grips with me while I steal objectives.

Deployment Tyranids:
I win the roll off and take first deployment. I put my Imperial Knight on my far left flank, opposite of his Emperor's Will objective. Then, my Bastion and 4 Flyers go straight in the middle of the board. Yep, we know how that works by now!

Deployment Imperium:
My opponent puts his entire army on the far top right of the board from my perspective. He is far away from my Knight, but has completely abandoned his Emperor's Will Objective at this point. All 5 Chimeras and the Wyvern are behind ruins, but the Leman Russ are farther up the board. His blob (with all ICs attached) and Vendetta with PCS are in reserve.

Turn 1 Imperium:
I allow my opponent to go first. His Vindicare strips the Void shield and his Psyfleman puts a Hull point on the Bastion, while is Russ Squad opens up on my Warlord Flyrant, dealing 2 wounds. No first blood however!

Turn 1 Tyranids:
All 5 of my big boys run upfield as fast as they can. I perils on my Warlord, but am ungrounded. My Knight, both Crones and one Flyrant open up on Pasks squad, leaving Pask alone with one Hull Point left... I have my Warlord left, and he can either target the Vindicare (a good chance to kill) or Pask (on a 2+ I kill him.) Naturally I target Pask and roll a 1 for Haywire! First blood slips through my fingers... Dang!

Turn 2 Imperium:
Pask guns down my Flying Hive Tyrant for Warlord and First Blood. Blast it! Fortunately he does little else with shooting at my other flyers. However, his Vindicare shoots my Bastion and explodes it! The Venom dies of course. A Vendetta comes in but is ineffective against my FMCs in cover. His blob also comes in, surprisingly on my far left near his Emperor's Will Objective, and near my Knight...

Kill Point Counter: Imperium: 2 Tyranids: 0

Turn 2 TyranKnights:
My Flyrant at full health guns down his Wyvern, and a Crone kills Pask. My Rippers come in, one on my bottom right one on my bottom left. The second forces the Vendetta to jink but inflicts no damage. My Knight charges straight into the 30 man blob, and kills several, but the priest makes all of his Look Out Sir rolls, and so they remain fearless. I also lose two hull points to the Techmarines servo-harness... annoying.

Kill Point Counter: Imperium: 2 Tyranids: 2

Turn 3 Imperium:
Chimeras start firing on my FMCs, and again do little besides a wound on a Crone. His Dreadnaught takes down one Shrike. Then in Close Combat, my opponent casts Hammerhand and his Techmarine strips 4 Hull points with one hit! Hoooly Crap! The Knight stomps around, again failing to kill the priest, but then explodes. Fortunately, my opponent had the chance to consolidate into base contact, and so every single model took a strength D or strength 10 AP 1 hit! Woo! It gets worse when I manage to roll 8 1s to wound, and the Techmarine survives with a number of Guardsmen and Coteaz. At least that fearless priest died!

Kill Point Counter: Imperium: 3 Tyranids: 3

Turn 3 Tyranids:
 One Crone (with Biovore help) goes after the depleted Blob squad, killing the Techmarine, 3 guardsmen and Coteaz survive. That flamer is awesome! My Flyrant deletes a Chimera and puts a Hull point on a second with his Flamer, while my second Crone kills the squad that falls out of the Chimera. My final rippers come in on my right and scatter back into some ruins.

Kill Point Cointer: Imperium: 3 Tyranids: 6

Turn 4 Imperium:
Chimera fire takes my Flyrant down to one wound left, yet he lives! Several plasma gunners also overheat and kill themselves. His Vendetta has no arc to my Flyrant and clips a wound off my Crone on the right.

Turn 4 Tyranids:
 My Crone on the left lands and flames again, killing Coteaz in one hit and two of the guardsmen, leaving a single sergeant left. My Flyrant fails to kill a Chimera sadly. The Crone is similarly ineffective.

Kill Point Counter: Imperium: 3 Tyranids: 7

Turn 5 Imperium:
 My opponent lands his PCS and, with Chimera help, manages to completely wipe out the gant squad that had been edging to the left for an objective in my Deployment Zone. He also kills my Flyrant with his Dread and Vendetta. He also kills a single Ripper brood. Finally, he tank shocks a Chimera forward to contest my Emperor's Will Objective, and my Crone ends up with a single wound left... The Chimera had been previously damaged, however and has one Hull Point left...

Kill Point Counter: Imperium: 6 Tyranids: 7

Turn 5 TyranKnights:
My Crone on the left kills his last blob member and is on an objective, plus in Linebreaker range. My Crone vector strikes his Chimera, killing it, and leaves the table. I jump all over on objectives, and assault and kill the squad that came out of the Chimera I destroyed.

Kill point Counter: Imperium: 6 Tyranids: 10

We roll, and to my dismay, the game goes on!

Turn 6 Imperium:
Another Chimera gets in range to contest the Crusade objective in my DZ but can't reach my Emperor's Will. Due to Line of sight, he is unable to see many of my units and just kills a Biovore as I hide in the ruins. If there's a turn 7, I'll be in deep trouble!

Turn 6 Tyranids:
 My Crone comes in and flames the PCS, killing 4. Rippers make sure the Crusade objective is contested, and my Shrikes jump to get my Emperor's Will objective.

This time, the game ends!

Final score: Tyranids win Purge the Alien 10-6, Tyranids win Emperor's Will 2-0 and win Crusade 2-1. I also claim Linebreaker and Slay the Warlord, while my Opponent slew my Warlord and drew First Blood.

28-4 Major Tyranid Victory! 

Post-game: One the one hand, I am very happy with that victory! If the game had gone on I may have tied both Crusade and Emperor's Will. But, that didn't happen thankfully! Losing my Knight was painful, to a servo harness no less, but it happens. My opponent was very friendly, and I would gladly play him again. I think he played pretty well, but shouldn't have put his Blob so near my Knight. Even though he killed it, he took enough damage that I could finish off the unit with a single Crone, and that single unit was worth 4 Kill points, which helped me immensely. Still, it was a very close fought game even if I won by a large margin of points, and my opponent had me in cold sweat when that Knight went down! A great game. As for my team, we emerged victorious by a score of 80-68. Woo! K-town Riot as a whole was a very enjoyable opponent, and also held the top Necron player of the tournament! 

TyranKnights ATC reflection: On day 2 I had a total of 56 out of 60 possible points, which meant I won best Tyranids player for the event! This was my own personal goal going in, and suffice to say I was very pleased by this. My final score was 148, sufficient to tie for 11th place out of 170! After tiebreakers though, I ended up at 13th place. Still something I was very proud of! On the other hand, I'll admit I was frustrated not to get that 2+ on Haywire to kill Pask turn 1... those 2 extra points would have put me at 150, which I see as a very nice number, and top ten would've also been great! Alas, I must simply strive to do better next year, where I will most assuredly show up with my Tyranids again! In conclusion, here's a pic of my medal and my MVP for the tournament, my Imperial Knight! He may have died 3 times, but he also drew a ton of attention and killed his weight! He punched out a Riptide, another Knight, half a Beast star, tank squadrons and most of a blob. Not too shabby for a distraction unit! Overall I loved how he worked in the ATC format, as he turned my list into a very unexpected one and a curious match up issue for our opponents. 

I'll be posting a tournament recap for the team and some final closing thoughts soon, so stay posted! 

Friday, July 25, 2014

ATC Game 5: TyranKnights vs Tau

The Battle Reports are mounting up! I currently have 8 games I need to write reports for, but the ATC reports get a priority, so I'll have game 5 done by the end of the night! This was a very interesting game and round... a warning, this won't be a pic heavy report in the slightest. 

Our opponents were Skull n Bonez gaming, a rival Florida club. I had never personally played any of their members, but several of my team mates knew their players. I confess I was disappointed to play against a team from the same state, but I suppose by round 5 you can't expect the TO to change the pairings because of it. This is the beginning of the second day of gaming, and so we've all had a night to sleep, and look at the standings that have been put up by the ATC! At the moment, I have 92 points, which is a healthy place to be, and I am currently in the lead for the best Tyranid play!  :thumbsup: Enough of that though, in round 5 I am matched up against Eddie, a Tau player. 

Eddie's Tau list:

Commander with the Works, 2 Marker drones
Ethereal

8 Fire Warriors
8 Fire Warriors

3 Broadsides (2 Railguns, 1 HYMP, 6 Marker Drones, Target Locks)
3 Broadsides (2 Railguns, 1 HYMP, 6 Marker Drones, Target Locks)
3 Broadsides (2 Railguns, 1 HYMP, 6 Marker Drones, Target Locks)

Riptide (Feel no Pain, Interceptor, Ion Accelerator)
Riptide (Feel no Pain, Interceptor, HBC)
Riptide (Feel no Pain, Interceptor, HBC)

My list: 

Flying Hive Tyrant, Devourers, ElectroGrubs
Flying Hive Tyrant, Devourers, ElectroGrubs
Venomthrope
Zoanthrope
25 gants
3 Rippers, Deep Strike
3 Rippers, Deep Strike
3 Rippers, Deep Strike
3 Shrikes, Barbed Strangler, Rending Claws
Hive Crone
Hive Crone
3 Biovores

Imperial Bastion, 3 Barricades, Void Shield

Imperial Knight Errant

Psychic Powers:

Flyrant 1:The Horror, Onslauhgt
Flyrant 2: Catalyst, Warp Lance
Zoanthrope: Psychic Scream

Warlord trait: I got stealth Ruins, which will come in handy. Note that we treated the Necrons structures as ruins.

Pre-game:
I don't always like to go first, but this game I felt depended on me getting up in the air before my opponent started shooting. On the one hand, my opponent has a TON of firepower, but on the other hand I have a ton of experience playing against Tau. To be fair, most of the Tau I face though don't have 9 Broadsides...

Deployment Tyranids:
I win the roll off to my relief, and deploy as seen below. My Flyers are as far up as possible while staying close the Venomthrope. My knight has his side armor turned towards my opponent so that I could fit him in 12" away from my Crones. 

Deployment Tau: 
My opponent puts one Broadside team on my right and two on my left (with commander) and all 3 Riptides in the middle. He then puts one Fire Warrior team on each side, with the Ethereal with a squad on the left. 

Tyranid turn 1: Uh oh, my opponent seizes the initiative with my flyers on the ground and my Knights side armor facing him... this is just about my worst nightmare!

Tau turn 1: 
My opponent opens fire after some very minimal movement... And he makes a ton of mistakes. He takes two wounds off of my Warlord, and then starts shooting at my Crone... taking off two more wounds. He fires a random Railgun at my Knight and takes off 4 Hull points in one shot!!! Crap! At this point, my opponent suddenly leaves my FMCs alone and targets the Knight, but I save the few hull points he inflicted. 

Tyranid turn 1: 
I was extremely lucky that I didn't lose first blood there! My opponent spread out his firepower too much, he could have easily finished off a FMC if he'd focused his fire. But, now I have a chance! All of my FMCs go 24" forward, I need to pressure him NOW. My Warlord guns down several Fire Warriors and his Ethereal (two kill points), scoring me First Blood! Crone flamers kill a bunch of Markerlights on my right side, while my other Flyrant kills several more on my left. In total, all three units that took casualties fall back! Sadly none leave the board though... 

Kill Point Counter: Tau: 0 Tyranids: 2

Tau turn 2:
 All of his units rally. With my Flyers in the air, his shooting is far less effective. I had positioned my Flyrants nearest to his Buffmanders unit, and thankfully they didn't target the Crones! That would've been brutal. Instead I lose a few wounds but none of my Flyers actually go down! My Knight is also untouched with his AV 13 to the front. My opponent jets his Riptides back, but not far... 

Tyranid turn 2: 
One Crone Vector strikes and kills a Broadside on the right, Flamers kill more Fire Warriors and Markerlights, finishing off the Warriors on the right. Between the Crones and Knight I'm attempting to completely whipe his right flank to give my Rippers a foot hold. One brood comes in there, and I kill his Firewarriors, but leave a Broadside alive along with some Marker drones. Both Flyrants swoop over the two Broadside units there, and massed devourers kill the Firewarriors there, plus a few Markers and a single Broadside. Finally my Knight charges one of his Riptides and completely destroys it! 

Kill Point Counter: Tau: 0 Tyranids: 5

Tau turn 3:
 I'd been surviving so far mostly on Ruin cover and stealth from my warlord trait, but my opponent gets two markerlight hits on a Crone and guns him down. Then, the two left side Broadside units kill my Knight, and take my Warlord down to a single wound (go go Catalyst!) His Riptides again jet away. 

Kill Point Counter: Tau: 2 Tyranids: 5

Tyranids turn 3: 
I bring one Flyrant over to the right side with a Crone and finish off the last Broadside and Markers there. My Warlord peppers his full strength unit with Buffmander but does minimal wounds to no effect. Biovores pick out a Drone here and there. My Rippers land in a central ruin behind LoS blocking terrain and near an objective. 

Kill Point Counter: Tau: 2 Tyranids: 6

Tau turn 4:
 My opponent is able to take out my Warlord with his Riptides, but no more than that. He also puts some wounds on my Crone, but he lives with one left. 

Kill point Counter: Tau: 3 Tyranids: 6

Tyranids turn 4:
 I use Warp Lance on a Riptide (this guy had failed 3 Nova charges!) and take him down to one wound. I then shoot both devourers and take his final wound. My Crone tries to flame his Broadsides but has no real effect. My last Rippers DS in the middle of the board on an objective. 

Kill Point Counter: Tau: 3 Tyranids: 7

Tau turn 5: My opponent moves his more depleted Broadside squad onto a Crusade objective and his other broadsides stay still, while his last Riptide grabs his Emperor's Will Objective. He shoots down my last Crone, but can't kill my last Flyrant. 

Kill Point Counter: Tau: 4 Tyranids: 7

Tyranids turn 5:
 Rippers on my top right and in the middle make sure they are claiming objectives, and I let my gants continue to sit on my Emperor's Will. My last Flyrant lands and contests my opponent's Emperor's Will Objective. Biovores target his forward Broadsides and kill two Drones, they fall back! 

We roll, and the game ends here! We wouldn't have time for another turn anyways though. 

I win Crusade 3-0 with my Rippers. I win Emperor's Will 1-0, and I win Purge the Alien 8-4 (his Broadsides are falling back). I drew First Blood and have Line breaker, while my opponent slew my Warlord. 

Crushing Tyranid Victory 28-2!

Post-game: Despite the lopsided final score, I got very lucky in this game. My opponent was not used to playing Tyranids, and it showed in his target priority. Early on he spread a lot of wounds over different units, which does nothing to reduce their damage output. This allowed me to get all of my flyers airborn and take down his units one at a time by focusing them down. In the end he had 3 units left, one of which was falling back. His low mobility also hurt him a lot, as I was able to maintain my backfield with absolutely no losses while my 5 heavy hitters were able to dismantle most of his army and, most importantly, keep him pinned back while my Rippers dropped all around and in cover. Something that must be said is that I did have good luck after he seized, in that my opponent rolled poorly in both shooting and Nova rolls on the Riptides. If my opponent fails to seize, I believe I win by an even larger margin as my Knight would likely have survived and chopped through the entirety of his army if not for the one Railgun on side armor, and he would've at least earned me Slay the Warlord. 

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

ATC Game 4: TyranKnights vs Astra Militarum

Sorry for the delay! I've had a vacation followed by a family situation, and I haven't had computer access in a few days (no way I'm typing this on a phone!) Enough of that, here comes game 4. At this point I have won two of my games, but my team is still stuck mostly in the middle of the pack. This round, we are paired up against Gateway Gamers. The first list put down is Guard, and I happily match myself up against it! In my experience I do very well against the Astra Militarum so I was confident going into the game. 

This game was Vanguard Strike deployment. 

Michael's Astra Militarum/Inquisition List: 

Company Command Squad, 2 Meltas, Astropath
Tanks Commander Pask (HBolters) with Leman Russ (HBolters)
Psyker
Enginseer

Platoon Command with Missile
Platoon Infantry, Flamer
Platoon Infantry, Flamer
Veterans, 2 meltas, in Chimera
Veterans, 2 Meltas, in Chimera

2 Wyverns
2 Wyverns
2 Basalisks

Aegis Line with Quad gun

Coteaz

Jifel's TyranKnights

Flying Hive Tyrant, Devourers, ElectroGrubs
Flying Hive Tyrant, Devourers, ElectroGrubs
Venomthrope
Zoanthrope
25 gants
3 Rippers, Deep Strike
3 Rippers, Deep Strike
3 Rippers, Deep Strike
3 Shrikes, Barbed Strangler, Rending Claws
Hive Crone
Hive Crone
3 Biovores

Imperial Bastion, 3 Barricades, Void Shield

Imperial Knight Errant

Psychic Powers:

Flyrant 1: Catalyst, Paroxysm
Flyrant 2: Onslaught, Psychic Scream
Zoanthrope: Catalyst

Warlord trait: I got stealth Ruins. Me gusta!

Pre-game thoughts: Even before the game starts, this is a very very hard matchup for my opponent. He has a ton of Blast weapons, but very little that can deal with my Flyers... his list is geared towards anti infantry but we had no infantry heavy lists on our team. No unique strategy in this one, I'll just protect my flyers for one turn and then start blowing apart his transports!

Deployment Tyranids:
I use my standard template deployment, with all my FMCs behind a piece of terrain for a 2++ cover save. My Knight is right in the corner of my DZ so he has the shortest route possible to get to my opponent! 
Deployment Astra Militarum: 
Most of my opponents artillery is castled behind the Aegis with a blob in front, while the Russ and Chimera are outside of the Defense Line. 

Turn 1 Astra Militarum:
I allow my opponent to go first, and he moves a little and opens fire. He puts two wounds on one of my Flyrants, but ultimately doesn't achieve First Blood. He also puts two Hull Points on the Knight. 

Turn 1 TyranKnights:
I advance all four flyers, going after the Chimers on my right. Devoruers and Haywire are sufficient to kill one, and put a Hull Point on a second model. This gives me First Blood. There is also a hullpoint on a Wyvern from my Knight. 

Kill Point Counter: Guard: 0 Tyranids: 1 



Turn 2 Astra Militarum:
His lone reserves, a Chimera with CCS, comes in. His firepowere is mostly neutered by snap shots, and he kills a few gants with Wyverns. My Warlord takes a wound but is ungrounded, and my Knight loses a third Hull point.

Turn 2 TyranKnights:
Both Hive Tyrants catch the two Russ in a crossfire, taking off hullpoints with Electroshock Grubs and finishing both off for Warlord with rear armor shots. The Crones use their Missiles to take out a Chimera, and my Knight and Biovores pummel the Guardsmen behind the wall. The Knight actually kills the Enginseer with lucky dice and a good scatter! My Rippers all came in and hid out of range of the Wyverns.

Kill point Counter: Guard: 0 Tyranids: 4

Turn 3 Astra Militarum:
 My opponent is swiftly running out of non blast weapons, and has no real effect on me. I do make a mistake and allows his Wyverns to shoot and murder my 3 Shrikes.

Kill Point Counter: Guard: 1 Tyranids: 4

Turn 3 TyranKnights:
 My flyers continue their rampage. One lands behind a Wyvern and kills both. The other takes out a Chimera, the last one. The Knight continues to advance and explodes one Basalisk. Biovores hit the Infantry platoon again and finish it off.

Kill Point Counter: Guard: 1 Tyranids: 7

Turn 4 Astra Militarum: 
Even less shooting accomplishes little other than forcing my Warlord to jink. His Platoon Command Squad backs away from the Knight.

Turn 4 TyranKnights:
 My Knight blows up the last two Wyverns. One Flyrant and the Crone flame and kill the Company Command squad, forcing a Vet squad to fall back off the table as well.


Kill Point Counter: Guard: 1 Tyranids: 10

Turn 5 Astra Militarum: My opponent finally kills my Warlord with Coteaz on a quadgun!

Kill Point Counter: Guard 2 Tyranids: 10

Turn 5 TyranKnights: My Knight and Biovores kill the Command squad, including Astropath and Coteaz. Other Flyers buzz around and he has 3 Veterans left, who go to ground. I also stun his Basalisk.

Kill Point Counter: Guard: 2 Tyranids: 13

At this point, we decide to end the game. My opponent is down to 4 models and would have been tabled in the next turn.

Final score: I won Purge the Alien 13-2, I won Crusade 3-0, and I win Emperor's Will 1-0. I also claim First Blood, Slay the Warlord and Linebreaker with some Rippers, while my opponent slew my Warlord.

Crushing Tyranid Victory 30-2!

There really isn't much to say about this game. He brought a template heavy list, and I countered with a Flyer heavy list. Nothing against my opponent, he was a very friendly guy, but this game was purely determined by lists. He played as well as he could have with this matchup, but there was nothing different he could have done. Our team won this round 90-68, a solid round and a good victory. Up next is team Skull n Bonez, another Florida club!

Saturday, July 19, 2014

ATC Game 3: TyranKnights vs Dark Eldar

Ok, so here we go! Game 3 for me was against a Dark Eldar player with Eldar allies. Our team was matched up against "Make it Rain", and I threw down my list hoping that our opponent's would counter with Dark Eldar. Not a lot of people realize it, but DEldar and Tyranids is now a terrible matchup... for the elves! That was the theory at least, and I couldn't wait to test it out on the tabletop. My opponent was Steve, who I believe was last year's Best Dark Eldar player. Here we go!

The mission was Hammer and Anvil, Fast Attack were two kill points each.

Steve's Dark Eldar/Eldar list:

The Baron
3 Trueborn with 3 Blasters in Venom
3 Trueborn with 3 Blasters in Venom
5 Warriors , 1 Blaster, in Venom
5 Warriors , 1 Blaster, in Venom
5 Warriors , 1 Blaster, in Venom
5 Warriors , 1 Blaster, in Venom
5 Warriors , 1 Blaster, in Venom
5 Wyches, Haywire Grenades, in Venom
Beastpack (3 Masters, 5 kymera, 4 Razorwings)
Ravager
Ravager

Farseer on jetbike
3 Jetbikes
3 Jetbikes


Jifel's TyranKnights

Flying Hive Tyrant, Devourers, ElectroGrubs
Flying Hive Tyrant, Devourers, ElectroGrubs
Venomthrope
Zoanthrope
25 gants
3 Rippers, Deep Strike
3 Rippers, Deep Strike
3 Rippers, Deep Strike
3 Shrikes, Barbed Strangler, Rending Claws
Hive Crone
Hive Crone
3 Biovores

Imperial Bastion, 3 Barricades, Void Shield

Imperial Knight Errant

Psychic Powers:

Flyrant 1: The horror, Paroxysm
Flyrant 2: Catalyst, Warp Lance
Zoanthrope: The Horror

Warlord Trait: I got Master of Ambush!


Deployment and turn 1 coming tonight!

Pre-game thoughts: 
I was relatively confident coming into this. My thoughts were that my Knight could handle his Beast Star, I just needed to disable his Haywire units ASAP. Beyond that, Flyrants are amazing and killing Venoms, and I had enough flamer weapons to roast his infantry inside! I also am outflanking both of my Crones thanks to the Warlord trait. In Hammer and Anvil, there will be nowhere he can hide that a Crone couldn't flame a vehicle from the side! If I can get my Knight out front quickly, I'll hopefully be able to stall him and prevent him from overwhelming my lines, and then my FMCs should be able to take out his Venoms.

Deployment Tyranids:
 I deploy first, and do my usual Bastion in the center with a cluster around it. My Knight is all the way on my left. Both Crones are outflanking due to my Warlord.
Deployment Dark Eldar:
 He puts one Trueborn and the Wych venom opposite my Knight. The rest is mostly central, but slightly towards my right. His Beast star has both ICs attached and is right in the middle.
Turn 1 DEldar:
 I think my opponent was surprised, but I gave him turn 1. He isn't in position to do much damage with shooting. All his Venoms advance, but due to Line of Sight he can't use most of his Venoms. He does a single wound to a Flyrant I believe.
Turn 1 Tyranids:
His Wyches got too close! Both Flyrants get in range and flame it. 2d6 hits kills the squad inside, while Haywrie and devourers finish off the Venom. Even better, my Knight makes  charge and explodes his Trueborn Venom, killing one. They then fall back! I score First Blood.
Kill Point Counter: DEldar: 0 Tyranids: 3
DEldar turn 2:
 My opponent is disappointed as both Jetbike squads come in.  He then shifts his entire army away from my Knight! Below is the end of his movement phase.
His shooting lowers the armor value of my Bastion with his Dark Lances. So, he assaults it with his Beasts and destroys it! Yeah, he just killed a Building with birds... The Venomthrope inside dies as always. Other than that, he kills a Shrike with Venom fire and mostly bounces off my Flyers, then turbo boosts his Jetbikes.
Kill Point Counter: DEldar: 1 Tyranids: 3
Tyranids turn 2:
 One Crone comes in on each side. I Vector Strike a Venom and take off a Hull point, flaming the squad inside as well. A Flyrant comes in and uses it's Flamer to finish off both the Venom and the squad. The Second Flyrant kills a second Venom. On the left, my Crone kills a Jetbike with its vector strike. The squad then fails morale and falls off the table! Finally, my Knight assaults the Beast star. I take no wounds, but kill several models. He then hit and runs away.
Kill Point Counter: DEldar: 1 Tyranids: 7
Turn 3 DEldar:
His Beast star assaults both my Zoanthrope and Biovores, Venoms kill a second Shrike and blast away at my flyers to little affect. In assault, he fails to kill either of my units, and I win assault by one! Wow! That really hurts him as I have plenty of Synapse left now. He doesn't hit and run away.
Turn 3 Tyranids:
 My 25 gants and Knight charge into the Beast star again. This time, there are no survivors! My Crones each go after a Ravager and take some Hull Points. Hive Tyrants keep smashing Venoms, and two more venoms die, as well as one squad. (My Rippers have been deepstriking around on various objectives)
Kill Point Counter: DEldar 1: Tyranids: 13
Turn 4 DEldar:
His whole army has stopped advancing, now he is trying just to down some of my Flyers. Again, he isn't able to do much. The squads that have lost their rides run for cover and objectives.
Turn 4 Tyranids:
 I blow up his two Venoms, one is left. My two surviving Biovores kill a Warrior squad. The Knight is too close to my gants and can't move! My gants however open fire and kill two Trueborn, one is left on my Emperor's Will. Both Crones land, but use Missiles to ensure his Ravagers keep jinking. One Flyrant goes after his last jetbike squad and kills them all.
Kill Point Counter: DEldar: 1 Tyranids: 17
Turn 5 DEldar:
He finally kills my Warlord Flyrant, and just tries to put Units on as many objectives as he can.
Kill Pont Counter: DEldar: 2 Tyranids: 17
Turn 5 Tyranids:
 I kill his last Venom with my Knight, as well as his trueborn on my objective. Rippers assault and kill his last trueborn on the other side of the board that had fallen back turn 1. One Crone assaults and kills a Ravager, my Flyrant kills the second one. Finally, Rippers assault and kill two warriors on a Crusade Objective.
Kill Point Counter: DELdar: 2 Tyranids: 22
At this point, my opponent has three Warriors left on the table. There is just no way he can accomplish anything, and so we call the game here.
Final Result: Tyranids win Crusade 3-0, Emperor's Will 1-0, and Kill Points 22-2. I claim Linebreaker, First Blood, and Warlord, while my opponent slew my Warlord.
Major Tyranid victory 30-2!
Post-game: Ouch! That was just brutal. I think this match up was heavily in my favor, but I didn't expect it to go THAT poorly for him. The dice did favor me several times, throughout the game, and overall my opponent rolled below average. Tactically, there's not much to say. Everything I wanted to do, happened perfectly. I just don't think my opponent quite realized how drastically the match up had changed! DEldar vs Tyranids is no easy thing now... My opponent finished the tourney with 136 points, enough for 26th place! A very strong finish overall by opponent. Sadly though, his team won by a score of 82-64.
 Coming up next, Tyranids vs the Astra Militarum!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

ATC Game 2: Tyranids vs Eldar

Alright, here comes Game 2 from the ATC! Game 1, which I put up two days ago, featured a major Tyranid victory over an alliance of Imperial Knight and Astra Militarum. Round 2 saw us matched up against the team "General Staff". For matchups, I was one of the last two players left on my team (along with our Knight/Cron player) when our opponents put down a quite Nasty Eldar list. Both of knew we would fare very poorly against it, and both of us knew we would do quite well against the last list our opponent had, a Daemon build. After  minute of discussion, I decided to fall on the sword for the team. This list was perhaps my worst matchup possible, but I was hoping that I could at least steal a few points and I knew my team mate would have a very favorable matchup now. Indeed, my team mate ended up getting 30 points in his game! But now, on to my own battle:
 
Eldar army list: Alexis
 
Autarch
5 Dire Avengers in Wave Serpent
5 Dire Avengers in Wave Serpent
5 Dire Avengers in Wave Serpent
5 Dire Avengers in Wave Serpent
5 Dire Avengers in Wave Serpent
Wraithknight
Wraithknight
Wraithknight
 
 
My list, in case you forgot, was:
 
Flying Hive Tyrant, Devourers, ElectroGrubs 
 Flying Hive Tyrant, Devourers, ElectroGrubs 
 Venomthrope 
 Zoanthrope 
 25 gants 
 3 Rippers, Deep Strike 
 3 Rippers, Deep Strike 
 3 Rippers, Deep Strike 
 3 Shrikes, Barbed Strangler, Rending Claws 
 Hive Crone 
 Hive Crone 
 3 Biovores 

 Imperial Bastion, 3 Barricades, Void Shield 

 Imperial Knight Errant 
 
 
 
Psychic Powers: 
Flyrant 1: Catalyst, Paroxysm
Flyrant 2: Onslaught, Warp Lance
Zoanthrope: Psychic Scream
 
 
Deployment TyranKnights:
There were plenty of walls that could be hidden behind, which I made sure I did turn 1. My Knight took the far right to be able to advance up field as needed. 
 
 
Deployment Eldar:
My opponent put all of her Serpents in a row, with cover from the walls, and Wraithknights on the ends of the line.
 
Turn 1 Tyranids:
 To be honest, I really hate going first. I really do. But when Serpents ignore cover, I knew I'd potentially be losing two FMCs turn 1, and I really wanted a chance to take first blood. So, I chose to go first. Basically, all 4 of my FMCs ran full speed at her Wave Serpent line, and I used Onslaught to make sure all 4 of my gribblies could focus on a single skimmer. Sadly, after all of that, I inflicted a single Hull Point on the front Wave Serpent... terrible. Between Haywire Missiles, the Knight, and my Devourers, I put 7 Hull points on the sucker, but she jinked almost all of them away with a 3++.
 
Turn 1 Eldar:
 Her 5 Wave Serpents opened fire, and managed to knock down a Crone for First blood. Her 3 Wraithknights then took a Hull Point off of my Knight.
 
Kill Point Counter: Eldar: 1 Tyranids: 0
 
Turn 2 Tyranids:
 I maneuver both of my Flyrants to catch her wounded Serpent, and bring it down with Haywire. The Squad inside is pinned but suffers no casualties. I also deep strike some Rippers behind a wall out of Line of Sight. I then shoot my Knight and actually blow up a second Wave Serpent to my delight.
 

 
Kill Point Counter: Eldar: 1 Tyranids: 2
 
Turn 2 Eldar:
My opponent backs up her gunline and keeps blasting away. I get lucky this time and take no casualties, just a wound on a Crone and Flyrant. I also lose another Hull Point on my Knight.

 
Turn 3 Tyranids:
 I fly a Crone of the table, and Vector Strike to no effect. My 2 Flyrants continue to shoot up the Serpents, taking one down to a single Hull point left as she makes all of her Jink saves from Devourers. My Knights shots are all saved as well. One unit of Rippers lands on my Emperor's Will.
 
 
 
 
Turn 3 Eldar:
 A single Wraithknight fires at my Knight, and takes off all 4 Hull points with one shot, despite my save. Boom! Wow, that really hurt me bad. To make matters worse, one of my Hive Tyrants goes down to her 3 Wave Serpents as I fail all of my Feel no Pain rolls.
 

 Kill Point Counter: Eldar: 3 Tyranids: 2
 
Turn 4 Tyranids:
 My Crone comes on the table, and his Vector Strike does nothing. My Warlord stays in the air and targets her Wave Serpent with a single Hull Point, only for her to again make all of her saves. One Ripper brood pulls around the wall as the final brood lands behind it, but I fail a 4" charge on her Dire Avengers. I also move my gants up to try and assault her Wraithknight, and again fail a short charge.
 
 
Turn 4 Eldar:
She jumps her Wraithknight on my left around and kills a single Shrike but fails the charge, while her 3 Serpents deal various wounds to my Flyers while killing neither. Finally she does some wounds to a Ripper brood.
 
Turn 5 Tyranids:
One Ripper brood assaults and kills a Dire Avenger squad that had been depleted, but I roll a 1 to consolidate and cant make it onto the other side of a wall. My Warlord lands and manages to finish off a third Wave Serpent. I am trying to kill a second Dire Avenger squad but come up empty as one survive my Crones flamer and a single Devourer shooting at the squad. My gant brood finally manages to assault her left most wraithknight and ties it up for the game.
 
Kill Point Counter: Eldar: 3 Tyranids: 4
 
Turn 5 Eldar:
 One Wraithknight makes a long charge and assaults my Biovores to contest a Crusade objective, and a the Wave Serpents combine to kill my last Flyrant and Warlord. Finally, two Dire Avenger squads gun down and assault to finish my Rippers on her objective. Her last Wave Serpent shoots at the Rippers on my Crusade but fail to kill them as one is out of Line of sight.
 
Kill Point Counter: Eldar: 5 Tyranids: 4
 
Due to time, the game ends here!
 
Final result: Eldar win Crusade 2-1, Eldar win Purge the Alien 5-4, Tyranids and Eldar tie Emperor's Will. Eldar claim First Blood and Slay the Warlord, Tyranids take Linebreaker.
 
Eldar Major Victory 24-6!
 

 Post-game review: Yikes! That game went about as poorly as I had feared. Initially I was able to hold my own, but turn 3 the Dice completely abandoned me when my Knight was one shotted. Before that, I was able to deter her Wraithknights from advancing towards the middle, but when he died her Knights advanced and were able to contest one of my objectives. Also, failing to kill that last Dire Avenger hurt me badly, my Biovores were missing all over this game. One more note, this game got very tense between my opponent at a few points. This was mostly my fault, because after a few turn I started rushing to make sure we got 5 in. I don't particularly like losing, and at the end of the game I got very tense as I tried to figure out how to salvage points. This is something I realize I could improve, to make sure the game goes a little smoother at the end. Either way, my team ended up losing this round as well, by a score of 76-82. Very very close! Up next, I face off against team "Make it Rain" and the longtime nemesis of Tyranids, the Dark Eldar...


Wednesday, July 16, 2014

ATC Game 1: TyraKnights vs Imperial Knights/Astra Militarum

Game 1: TyraKnights vs Imperial Knights/Astra Militarum 

The ATC missions are pretty simple. 6 missions possible, two each of the various deployment types. Then, 3 Primary objectives, each worth 8 points or 4 for a draw. Kill Points, Emperors Will, and Capture and Control. Each secondary objective is 2 points, for a maximum of 30 available. 
This game had a Dawn of War deployment.

Team "Name Pending is our opponent for the first round, and after matching everyone up I am playing against an Imperial Knight/Guard army. I think this is a very good matchup for me, as I'd practiced versus Knight lists (both 3 and 5) several times, and my Flyers had been instrumental in those games. 

My opponent's list: Tarzan


Knight Paladin (Warlord)
Knight Paladin
Knight Errant

Pask in Punisher attached to normal Leman Russ
10 Veterans with 2 Flamers in Taurox
10 Veterans with 2 Flamers in Taurox
2 Wyverns


My list:
Hive Fleet Mortimer 

 Flying Hive Tyrant, Devourers, ElectroGrubs 
 Flying Hive Tyrant, Devourers, ElectroGrubs 
 Venomthrope 
 Zoanthrope 
 25 gants 
 3 Rippers, Deep Strike 
 3 Rippers, Deep Strike 
 3 Rippers, Deep Strike 
 3 Shrikes, Barbed Strangler, Rending Claws 
 Hive Crone 
 Hive Crone 
 3 Biovores 

 Imperial Bastion, 3 Barricades, Void Shield 

 Imperial Knight Errant 

Psychic Powers: 
Flyrant 1: Onslaught, Warp Lance
Flyrant 2: Onslaught, Catalyst
Zoanthrope: Psychic Scream

Pre-game: This map had a lot of hills on it and Ruins, I made sure every objective I could place was near a Ruin or terrain that blocked some LoS to help my Rippers. I also got "Master of Ambush" as my Warlord trait and then proceeded to completely forget it! 

Deployment Imperium:
The Imperial Deployment is very straightforward. All three Knights are right up front, with the Wyverns and Russ behind them. Each Taurox takes a flank.

Deployment TyraKnights: 
My Knight takes my far right flank with my Emperor's Will. I put my Bastion central with Venom inside and Flyers all around, but reserve my Biovores. Shrikes, Zoanthrope, and gants all are behind the Bastion. 

Turn 1 Imperium:
My opponent goes first, and I don't try to seize. His turn consists mostly of firing into my Flyers while my 2++ cover kicks in. I only take a wound on one Crone, which is nice. His Wyverns miss by a wide margin and I survive almost unscathed! 

Turn 1 TyranKnights:
I fly all my FMCs up as fast as I can and just put my Knight in 36" range of his Warlord. I shoot both of my Fyrants into a Taurox behind a ruin on my right, but he makes a lot of cover saves and survives. My Crones fly interference to try and funnel his Knights away from my Bastion, and strip some Hullpoints off a normal Russ.



Turn 2 Knights:
 My Opponent advances his Knights around my Crones slowly, while his guard remain still. 



His shooting blows up my Bastion and the Venom inside for First Blood. His Guard contingent then opens fire, and I lose both my Zoanthrope and two Shrikes. 



Kill Point Counter: Imperium: 2 TyranKnights: 0

Turn 2 Tyranids:
  My flyers run more interference, and all three Ripper swarms arrive. One goes on the far top left behind a hill, another in my own deployment zone as I realize my Synapse will soon die, neutering my gants. The final aims at a ruin but scatters 9" straight towards the Flamer vets on my left! In shooting a Flyrant again fails to kill the Taurox on my right. Son of a gun! To make me feel a little bit better, my non-Warlord manages to single-handedly kill both Wyverns with some side armor shots and explosions. My Knight Errant advances towards my opponents Warlord and fire his Fusion gun at Melta range, stripping 2 Hull Points. Crones take a Hull point off Pask. 

Kill Point Counter: Imperium: 2 TyranKnights: 1

Turn 3 Imperium:
 My opponent pulls his Warlord Knight 12" back away from mine, and instead sends an Errant after him, taking off a hull point. His Warlord actually grounds a Crone with his Stubbers and then assaults and kills him! I do take off one more hull point first though. He also finishes off my Shrikes this turn. His Flamer vets on the left get out and kill 2 Rippers, but one lives miraculously. Worse though, one Knight Paladin assaults and breaks my Gants, who fall back off the board. Below is the shooting phase before my Crone gets killed.



Kill Point Counter: Imperium: 5 TyranKnights: 1

Turn 3 TyranKnights:
 My Flyrants split up while my last Crone goes after his Flamer Vets. The Biovores arrive, and with the Crone, kill his Flamer Veterans. One Flyrant finishes off the right side Taurox while the other uses his ElectroGrubs to kill the normal Leman Russ. My Knight advances behind terrain, daring him to assault. I strip some hull points off his Errant. 



Kill Point Counter: Imperium: 5 TyranKnights: 3

Turn 4 Imperium:
 He sends both his Paladin and Errant after my Knight, but when his Paladins fails a 9" charge he doesn't send his Errant in though terrain. He does however kill my last Crone with Pasks punisher cannon, and 2 Biovores with his Warlords Battle Cannon.

Kill Point Counter: Imperium: 6 TyranKnights: 3

Turn 4 TyranKnights:
 I send my non-Warlord Flyrant after his Errant, as well as my own Knight. It has three HullPoints left, same as my own. I take one off with my Flyrant and hit him with my Melta Cannon, but roll snake eyes to pen. Dang!


 I then decide to charge him anyways, and actually blow up his Knight without dying! I consolidate onto my Emperor's Will objective. 

On the other side of the map, my other Flyrant gets a good Haywire template and kills his last Taurox plus a few of his last Vet squad.

KillPoint Counter: Imperium: 6 TyranKnights: 5 

Turn 5 Imperium:
 His Paladin is too far away from my Errant to make it and contest, so he goes after one of the Ripper swarms. Unfortunately for him, he can't see them with his Battle Cannon and I lose one wound only! His Warlord and last Vet squad shoot at my Flyrants but don't kill either. 

Turn 5 TyranKnights: 
I land one Flyrant and flame half of his last Vet squad away, taking him out of range of his Emperor's Will, and then they fall back.  My last Biovore fails instinctive behavior and shoots at his Knight for no effect. The other Flyrant goes a full 24" and kills Paskm who had one Hull Point left. The most important part however is when all three Ripper units pop out of various terrain pieces, grabbing three Objective markers! One Ripper went straight into the face of a Knight but had Objective Secured to take it! 

Kill Point Counter: Imperium: 6 TyranKnights: 6

 We roll, and the game ends!


Final Result: 
Tyranids win Emperor's Will 1-0, with my Errant. Tyranids win Crusade as all three Rippers grab an Objective, 3-1 while his Warlord holds one. Tyranids win Kill Points 7-6, because his Veteran are falling back. I score Linebreaker, and my Opponent scores Linebreaker and First Blood. 

Tyranid Major Victory, 26-4!

Post game thoughts: 
Woo! That was a great start for me personally. That game started getting rough early, but in my turn 4 everything suddenly worked perfectly. When my night managed to kill his and survive, it completely wrong-footed my opponent who had assumed we would both die. This gave me Emperor's Will, as well as a decisive Kill Point. My opponent played very well overall I thought, there was just nothing he could do about the Rippers once I had a turn to hide them all, and it won me the game. If the game hadn't ended, I would've been in DEEP trouble, but I made a gamble that payed off massively! In turn 6, I almost certainly lose Kill Points and Crusade as probably two Ripper units die. My opponent only had two models left at the end that weren't falling back, but both were Knights at at least half strength. I had some poor luck early, but overall it balanced out and my dice were good when they were most needed in the end game. 

As for the team itself, we ended up losing by a small margin. I unfortunately turned in the sheets and never recorded the scores for each round, just my own, but I believe the final score was 82-70. Our opponents went on to do very well, as Name Pending finished the tournament in third place! My opponent was a great guy, and I think all of the games went very smoothly. I would very gladly play them again! 

Saturday, June 28, 2014

1850 ATC practice Tyranids vs 5 Knights

Alright, here we go! I technically have broken my "BatRep a day" pledge because it's after midnight, but here we go! This is my 7th game of 7th edition, which means it should be fun! And so it is. For the ATC, I am the Captain of one of two teams coming out of Orlando, the Orlando Hereticus. So, I am playing my fellow captain of the second OH team! And, he's bringing an Imperial Knight army... fun for all! 


Friday, June 27, 2014

1850 ATC practice Tyranids vs Tau

And here we are, my sixth Battle Report of 7th edition! After some early losses, I've turned it around a bit and won my last three games buy wide margins. So, I'm playing against Tau again! In preparation for the ATC, I need to play against lists that will be challenging for me... such as Tau. Frankly, I think Tau have replaced Dark Eldar as the worst match-up for Tyranids.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Knighthammer 40k turns 2 years old!



Wow, how did that happen? Today, June 26th, is exactly two years after I first created this blog.

1850 ATC practice Tyranids vs Grey Knights/Marines

Here we go, my fifth Battle Report of 7th edition! Here I play against a local who will be going to the ATC as a member of a rival team. We are good friends however, and played often throughout 6th and 7th edition, so didn't mind sharing our lists with eachother. (Plus, I'm posting these online, so I guess they're not very secret!)

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

1850 ATC practice Tyranids vs the Punisher(s)

Ok, day 4 of my week of Battle Reports! I challenged my opponent from my previous game to a rematch, using his Astra Militarum. This time, he knew my list in advance and knew what was and was not effective against me.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

1850 ATC practice Tyranids vs Astra Militarum

Ok, day 3 of my week of Battle Reports! Here we have my first game against the new and Latin-ish Imperial Guard, the Astra Militarum! Unfortunately I didn't take any pictures, but I will attempt to give as much detail as possible. Note that this is my opponent's first game of 7th edition, and although he is a very good, experienced player, his list is more experimental and not fully tournament worthy perhaps.


Monday, June 23, 2014

1850 ATC practice Tyranids vs Tau

Alright! I'm trying to keep on track with one Battle Report a day, until I get all of these done... so, here's BatRep number 2! This is against the same opponent as my first game of seventh edition, and will feature some similar army lists. Of course, since last game went poorly I am going to try and change up my strategy. Let the games begin! 

Sunday, June 22, 2014

First game of 7th vs Tau 1850

Hello everyone! Yep, I'm back with a Battle Report. Pictures included! It's been a way-to-long time since I last wrote one of these, and I'm probably not going to go back for all of the ones I missed in 6th edition. But, I can try to be a little better at posting these in 7th edition! At the moment I have played 6 games of 7th edition, which means these will be coming fast and furious for the next week or so! So, here comes my first game. I played this in the ATC format, against a very good local Tau player who is dealing with the loss of Eldar allies. So, let it begin! 

The Mission:

The ATC missions are pretty simple. 6 missions possible, two each of the various deployment types. Then, 3 Primary objectives, each worth 8 points or 4 for a draw. Kill Points, Emperors Will, and Capture and Control. Each secondary objective is 2 points, for a maximum of 30 available. 

We roll on the chart, and the game will be played as Hammer and Anvil, where Heavy Support are worth two Kill Points for Purge the Alien. 

My army list: 

Flyrant, Devourers, Electroshock Grubs
Flyrant, Devourers, Electroshock Grubs
10 gants
3 Rippers, Deep Strike
3 Rippers, Deep Strike
Venomthrope
Zoanthrope
Crone, Cluster Spines
Crone, Cluster Spines
2 Biovores
2 Biovores
Exocrine

Bastion, 3 Defense Lines

Allied Detachment: Come the Apocalypse: 

Imperial Knight Errant

Tau army list: 

Ethereal
Buffmander
8 Fire Warriors 
8 Fire Warriors
6 Pathfinders
Riptide
Riptide
3 Broadsides with HYMP and SMS
Sunshark bomber
Skyray

Imperial Bastion

Desperate Allies: Blood Angels

Captain, power Sword
5 Death Company, Power Axe
Sormraven
Death Company Dreadnaught, Power Fists

Warlord Traits were non influential for both of us. I got Night Fight first turn and re-rolled for the same one again. 

Psychic Powers: 

Flyrant 1: Paroxysm Onslaught
Flyrant 2: The Horror, Paroxysm
Zoanthrope: Catalyst

Pre-Game: This is a big test for me because I'm not only using a new edition, but running my army in a different way. The allied Imperial Knight is going to be interesting (for the record, I borrowed it from my LGS). But Tyranids have changed a lot in 7th so I must adapt to both the good and the bad. My opponent is very skilled, but I am not convinced by his use of Blood Angel allies... I prefer Space Marines personally. 

Deployment Tau: My opponent wins the roll off and elects to deploy first. He places his bastion centrally with Ethereal/Commander/Broadsides inside. One Fire Warrior squad is on top, one behind. The Pathfinders are to the far right and in a ruin. His Riptides are both to the right of the Bastion, and his Skyray is to the left and back. 

Deployment Tyranids: I deploy clustered around my Bastion as seen below. Knight is off the right opposite his Riptides. I reserve the gants and one Ripper Brood. 



Tyranids Turn 1: My opponent elects to go second (man I hate that rule already!). I fly all 4 FMCs up and advance the Knight. Shooting kills 5 Pathfinders with the Biovores and wounds a Riptide with the Knight but is ultimately not great. I do kill a few Fire Warriors here and there. 




Tau turn 1: Movement is minimal, and he unloads his Skyray fully into my Warlord flyrant, followed by the rest of his entire army. I survive with one wound left thanks to the Ruin I'm in, and the fact that he only hit with one markerlight from the Skyray.

Tyranid turn 2: I start my movement, and then remember that I never took a grounding check on my Warlord. I tell my opponent, roll the test, and naturally fail, losing both my Warlord and First Blood, and a Killpoint! Ouch! Honesty hurts. The rest of my turn proceeds and I wipe out both fire warrior units with a tirade of Flamer and blast weapons. The Knight gets closer, running around a forest and wounding both Riptides with a lucky scatter. I fail my assault sadly.

KP Counter: Tau: 1 Tyranids: 2

Tau turn 2: Both flyers come in, and target my Knight. Actually, just about everything goes after my Knight. I lose an incidental wound or two on my Flyrant, and my Knight is down to three Hull Points as I fail all my Ion shield saves.

Tyranid turn 3: I Vector Strike with the Hive Tyrant and kill his last Pathfinder. The Tyrant and Crone both fire at the Stormraven and fail to achieve any damage. I vector Strike his Sunshark with my other Crone, and he loses two Hullpoints but jinks the Missile I tried to finish him off with. The Imperial Knight and the Exocrine combine to take out the Riptide who had been wounded and on top of the Bastion. I fail my charge however. Gants walk on the board in my backfield.

Kill Point Counter: Tau: 1 Tyranids: 4



Tau turn 3: His Stormraven flies right next to my Bastion and kills one Biovore from each squad with PotMS. His Sunshark flies behind my Imperial Knight but I am left with two Hull Points left. Other shooting is again not highly effective.

Tyranid turn 4: One Crone and the Flyrant chase down and finish off the Sunshark. The other Crone Vector Strikes the Skyray and uses a missile, taking it down to one Hull Point. 3 Rippers proxied as Warriors DS into the middle ruin for a nice cover save. The Imperial Knight lines up right near the Bastion after shooting the Riptide.




And I charge it, destroying it through Hull Points. Note that I thought the Bastion was a Kill Point, it is not.

Kill Point Counter: Tau: 1 Tyranids: 5

Tau turn 4: He lands the Storm Raven, immobilizing it. The Captain and Death Company disembark, as does the Dreadnaught. Shooting takes the Flyrant down to one wound remaining and kills the Imperial Knight. His explosion does not kill anything sadly. The Death Company kill my bubble wrapping gants, and his Dread charges my Exocrine. I deal a Hull Point, only for him to hit and wound 5 times! Naturally, I fail all 5 Feel no Pain rolls as well... Being a Heavy, he is worth 2 Kill Points. Below picture shows positions before disembarking.

Kill Point Counter: Tau: 5 Tyranids: 5


Tyranid turn 5: I land both of my Crones, dropping two Blast and two Templates on the Broadside squad, but fail to deal a wound. I am contesting two different objectives. I then shoot his Death Company to little affect, but kill the Power Axe. I then charge him with 3 Rippers and 2 Biovores and the Venomthrope, killing a few but more importantly the consolidation draws his scoring Captain off of my Emperors Will Objective. My last Flyrant also kills his Dreadnaught through rear armor shots.

 Kill Point Counter: Tau:5 Tyranids: 6

Tau turn 5: He shoots one of my Crones to death with his annoying Broadside squadron. Riptide jumps around adding fire. In CC he kills off one Biovore unit. His Skyray shoots down the Rippers after a few turns of SMS.

Kill Point Counter: Tau: 9 Tyranids: 6 

Tyranid turn 6: To my dismay, the game continues. My Flyrant jumps over the Storm Raven, grabbing my Emperors Will Objective. He then shoots it down with his Devourers, getting 2 glances as it had lost a Hull Point while Immobilizing itself. In Close Combat I fail to do much more than tie down his Death Company, losing my second Biovore unit. I try to finish off my opponents Skyray who grabbed an objective, but roll a 1 to hit with my Warp Lance from the Zoanthrope.

Kill Point Count: Tau: 11 Tyranids: 7



Tau turn 6: He finishes off my last Crone who was again ineffective, and grabs his own Emperors Will. His Riptide uses its Jump move to grab a Crusade objective, as does the Skyray. CC is uneventful.

Kill Point Counter: Tau: 12 Tyranids: 7

The game ends here. I tie my opponent on Emperors Will, losing out on Crusade and Kill Points. My opponent also achieved all three Secondary objectives to my 0. In short, that did not go well!

Crushing Tau Victory 26-4! 

Post Game Thoughts: What the heck went wrong there? Frankly I thought I started out really well. I think my game fell apart when that Storm Raven went for my backfield. He accrued 6 Kill Points with his Blood Angels and successfully drew my Flyrant back to my side. This meant that I didn't have enough units to contest for multiple turns in his backfield. Having to land first REALLY sucks for contesting, because those Broadsides were deleting a Crone a turn towards the end and tanking all the wounds they wanted to. In hindsight, I should have trusted my backfield and just landed all my FMCs near his Broadsides and assaulted en masse. I possibly lose one, but he is tied up in CC and contest two objectives at least. If I win combat, I score Warlord and a ton of Kill Points as well... I panicked when his Stormraven got to my backfield, and made a really stupid decision. I am also thinking that the Blood Angel allies aren't nearly as bad of a choice as I thought before! I'll be back for another game soon, and I will definitely amend my list...