Posts Tagged 'Jason'

Switching Armies?

It’s been a long time since I posted here for real (the WordPress auto-generated “end of 2012” statistic post doesn’t count) and I want to mention exactly why that is, but it’ll have to wait for another post. Soon.

However, I did want to mention some stuff about my recent hobbying, so I figure here’s a good place to do it. Though I’ve been building pretty steadily since my last post, I haven’t actually played a game since mid-December. In that game, Kevin’s Eldar crushed my sad, stupid Chaos Space Marines, and made me take a long hard look at my new codex.

Then the new Dark Angels codex came out.

Google Image Search, you so crazy

Google Image Search, you so crazy

At this time, I’m putting my Chaos army on the shelf. I may sell them, but I haven’t decided yet. I think Games Workshop did a real disservice to the Chaos codex, especially when comparing it to the codex that they published before it (Necrons) and the codex after (Dark Angels). I could get into a long discussion about it and mention stats and force org comparisons and whatnot, but I don’t feel like it at this time. There are plenty of threads at Dakka Dakka and Warseer and other message boards that go over these issues in exhaustive detail, but let me just say that those bits of information are only part of the issue, and the other part of it is highly intangible and emotion-based. I can’t really describe it more than that, and due to this I’ve decided to put them on the shelf (for now) and not just sell the army outright on eBay or Bartertown.

So as it stands, I’m going back to my Black Templars and the allies that I’ve chosen for them, being at this time the Grey Knights and the Ultramarines. I have a game tonight against Kevin’s same Eldar list and tomorrow night I have a game against Jason’s Dark Eldar list. And though I doubt I’ll win either (as they’re both better players than me) I will probably at least feel better about my army, and for whatever reason, that’s pretty important to me.

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Versus the Dark Eldar

This past Thursday night, I got to play another big (well, big to me) 1750-point game of Warhammer 40,000 in the Nerd Bunker. This time it was against Jason and his evil (and proud of it) Dark Eldar. I’ve played a bit against Sam’s Dark Eldar in the past, but always at lower point values. My games against Sam have always been Combat Patrol games in the 400- to 500-point range, and I’ve always lost (although in our last game, I only just barely lost) so I was interested in seeing what was going to happen in this game.

So many flying purple pirate ships

First of all, Jason started putting his flying purple pirate ships on the table. Then he put more on the table. Then more. Eventually his Battle Foam of Holding finally ran out of Ravagers, Revengers, Reapers, Rammers, and all the other ones and the table was then covered in a surprising number of Dark Eldar “vehicles” and they all had vicious-looking spikes on the front, which I know (through limited experience) to not be spikes at all, but actually guns, designed for destroying vehicles. They were good at doing their job of making me nervous.

Uncle Tickles gets left behind because he's too 'husky' to get into a Rhino

I started spreading my guys out and moving up my Rhinos filled with Khorne Bezerkers and Chaos Space Marines, all itching for battle. I hoped. Since Uncle Tickles is in terminator armor, he was too fat to fit into a Rhino (allegedly) so he had to walk. Also walking instead of riding were a group of Plague Marines who seemed to be of particular interest to the Dark Eldar, as they dispatched a surprising amount of forces to deal with my band of scabby soldiers.

Probable impending doom

Mandrakes and Wytches and several flying purple pirate ships headed quickly toward my group of Plague Marines because Jason utilized a strategy and a maneuver that I had learned about on some podcast I had been listening to but had completely forgotten about. This put my Plague Marines into a bit of a pincer and they were in trouble. Luckily, Uncle Tickles was retasked to come help them, but since the battle dynamic had changed drastically, it took him a bit longer than was strictly helpful.

The Wytches aren't scared of Uncle Tickles

Tickles got there just in time to see the Plague Marines finally die in a hail of Razor-whips and other weird-ass Dark Eldar stuff. I hoped that Uncle Tickles would be able to get in there and do a bit of the old slice and dice, but then I remembered (too late) that pretty much that even the worst Dark Eldar forces usually have a higher initiative that the best power armored troops (be they regular Space Marines or Chaos Space Marines) so they all got to strike first, killing the poor Uncle in hand to hand before he even got to do anything. For being a bunch of old blue-hairs, they’re pretty spry.

That’s kind of the thing I learned about the Dark Eldar: they’re all about the offence. They’re excellent in hand to hand combat, as long as they go first (which, to be fair, they usually do) and their little pirate ships can do a lot of shooting and really mess you up. In one single shot, one of Jason’s purple boats fired a single gun (that actually looks like a spike, but whatever) and killed three of my Obliterators (75 points x 3) before they really got to do anything. If you can hit them, they tend to crumble, but you have to try to live long enough to be able to hit them. For me, that was the hard part.

"Hey guys, our ride's gone... maybe we should spread out."

The hard part for Jason in this particular game (and the only reason that I only lost by a score of 6-5) was actually destroying my vehicles. Make no mistake: he messed all of them up. Every single one of them. Both of my Vindicators were immobilized with weapons destroyed. My Dreadnought was in the same boat. But try as he might, shot after shot, he couldn’t get the ‘Wrecked’ or ‘Destroyed – Explodes’ result he wanted on the Vehicle Damage Results chart that would have given him the extra kill points to really make the game a blow-out victory. He did destroy one Rhino and a few of the Berzerkers died in the resulting explosion, but I think that was the only vehicle of mine that he destroyed in the whole game.

In the end, it was a fun time and I look forward to playing him again. My tactics could use some work, and my list needs a bit more tweaking. I need to add some more vehicle killers into my army, in my opinion. But this is why I play: to learn more and to get better and to have fun. And, I’m playing another 1750-point game in a few days, so I’ll probably have another story for you after that.


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The Statistics – 2013

Minis games played:
• WH40k (1850 pts):
   BT/GK vs Kevin (Eldar/DE) LOST
• WH40k (1500 pts):
   BT vs Jason (D.E.) LOST
• WH40k (1500 pts):
   BT vs Kevin (S.W.) LOST
Minis finished:
 none yet
Terrain finished:
 none yet
Cons attended:
 Fire & Ice
updated 28FEB2013

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