Friday, November 30, 2012

hyv3mynd at DaBoyz GT Team Event

Since my cohorts are featuring their team tournament experiences this week, I figured I would follow suit.  I'm also going to include some background on the list development.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Calypso2ts - Da Boyz GT - Team Event G2

An introduction to my army, the team and my first game can be found here.  Although I got the matchup I had hoped for in round 1, it was a bit tougher in the second round and we found ourselves scored closer to the bottom of the pack.  Our second opponent was a team composed of Grey Knights, Dark Eldar, Space Wolves and Orks.

The GK player was packing the normal Coteaz and two strike squads which is a tough matchup for me.  It is not as bad as the Dark Eldar matchup though and we opted to have me as the Champion.  The theory being, the GK player would likely try to get himself paired against me, which meant I could dodge him and the Dark Eldar (who had too many good matchups to be the Champion and risk a bad one) to snag one of the other teams. 

Naturally, the Grey Knights ended up as the Champion for this game and it was time for a rematch of the game I played (same opponent, similar armies) at last year's Da Boyz GT round 4.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Da Boyz Team Tourney – Crispy’s Tyranids

     At the 2012 Da Boyz GT Team Tournament Hyv3mynd, Calypso2ts, our friend Terry, and I joined forces to form the Super-Team: The Grand Strategery!  With Grey Knights, Daemons, Chaos Space Marines, and Tyranids (respectively) we took the field.
     This post will focus on what I thought worked well with my Tyranids. I’ll go over the pros & cons of my list and highlight a few points from my 3 games

Monday, November 26, 2012

Calypso2ts - Da Boyz GT - Team Event - Intro/Game 1

I received the invitation to join in on the Da Boyz Team Tournament from Hyv3mynd at the end of the monthly October tournament at Millenium games.  This is the first time I have had the chance to play in a team tournament at the GT level and the format was designed to be similar to the ATC and ETC.

For those unfamiliar with the format the teams were composed of four members.  There were no allies, no fortifications and each member had to bring a different codex.  Naturally, this was not a problem for me as the Daemon player.  We rounded out the grouping with Hyv3mynd's Grey Knights, ChrisP's Tyranids and Terry's (another local player) Chaos Space Marines.

I managed to snap a few shots of our team before the event:

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Welcome to the Mandulian Chapel from Crispy

     Whether you are a returning visitor to Synaps3 & Purple Reign, or if you’re new to The Mandulian Chapel, I’d like to welcome you and say hello.  My name is Chris Pelletier, and I go by Crispy or Warmaster Primus on various forums. I’ll be joining Hyv3mynd and Calypso2ts here at The Mandulian Chapel, discussing Warhammer 40K & Fantasy tactics, tournaments, fluff, and the hobby. I’ll be posting my thoughts from the 2012 Da Boyz GT 40K Team Tournament and the Fantasy GT in the coming weeks, but before that let me introduce myself.

Care and Feeding of a Calypso2ts

For me it was a long road to eventually embrace wargaming.  My first flirtations with the hobby started in grade school when I received the board game Battle Masters as a gift.  I would later learn the game (which I still have) was created in conjunction with Games Workshop and I boldly fielded the Empire armies against the forces of Chaos - pronounced by me then with the CH as in a choo choo train.

Friday, November 23, 2012

hyv3mynd at DaBoyz GT 2012 - Game #3

My third opponent of DaBoyz GT 2012 was Frank with with his mech Dark Eldar.  The GT format had 3 mission objectives each worth 10 battle points with a 3 point bonus each game for first blood.  Mission #3 was Dawn of War deployment.  Mission objectives were d3+2 objectives (heavy support units score), modified kill points, and emperor's will (1 objective in each half).

Thursday, November 22, 2012

synaps3 Becomes The Mandulian Chapel

Well, I hinted that changes were coming! 

This year has been a crazy one for me for sure.  You know some of the details if you've followed along.  Time management has become exponentially more challenging since the birth of my son.  I've also gone from one army to three over the past three years thanks to the generous prize support at the local monthly events and GT's I've had the pleasure of attending.  Some of you were sad to see my Tyranids fall from the spotlight as I tackled new armies and hobby projects, but some were also pleased to see the evolution of my painting and converting techniques.

The changing of the blog from synaps3 to The Mandulian Chapel is the next evolution.  The blog will no longer be about myself and my armies.  Now it is a group endeavor and the beginning of a new community of like minded individuals.  Chris (Crispy) and Erich (Calypso2ts) will be authors along side myself.  Some of you are already familiar with Chris as I've written articles about him and played a few games against him.  He is probably the most talented Tyranid player in Western New York and will be contributing on that front as well as with some Chaos and Fantasy content.  Erich is our most dedicated and successful local Daemon player so he will have some content from them as well as his personal passion for statistics and mathammer.  If you frequent the blog roll, you'll know him as the author of the Purple Reign blog.

Together, we hope to bring all of our readers a steady stream of quality content that continues to focus on theory, execution, battle reports, and hobby endeavors from our favorite war gaming universe.  I hope you all continue to follow and join in on the conversations.

For those who are curious about the title, we chose it from Grey Knight fluff about a specific location on Titan.  You can read some about it here.  The awesome banner art was done by Goatboy and represents the 3 paneled altar from the fluff.  Calypso2ts is the first monk standing over the Daemon, the second monk is myself (hyv3mynd) standing over the Grey Knight, and Crispy is over the Tyranid.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

hyv3mynd at DaBoyz GT 2012 - Game #2

My second opponent of DaBoyz GT 2012 was Bill with with his pre-heresy emperor's children (counts-as space marines) with Blood Angel allies.  The GT format had 3 mission objectives each worth 10 battle points with a 3 point bonus each game for first blood.  Mission #2 was Vanguard Strike deployment.  Mission objectives were d3+2 objectives (fast attack units score), victory points (straight 5th ed style), and slay the warlord.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

hyv3mynd at DaBoyz GT 2012 - Game #1

My first opponent of DaBoyz GT 2012 was Marcus with his beautiful Blood Angels.  The GT format had 3 mission objectives each worth 10 battle points with a 3 point bonus each game for first blood.  Mission #1 was Hammer/Anvil deployment.  Mission objectives were d3+2 objectives (elites score), kill points, and linebreaker.

Monday, November 12, 2012

DaBoyz GT 2012 Recap

Well, my one big event of the year has come and gone and it was by far the best GT level event I've attended over the past 3 years in terms of fun, quality of games, and opponents.  Above is a pic of the awesome venue at the University of Rochester.  The 40k GT brought in 76 this year and the fantasy side almost doubled last year's attendance with 70.  In addition to the main floor seen here, tables were set up on the wrap-around balcony (where I'm taking the pic from).

Lots of natural lighting and space made this venue really nice.  I also was blessed to play on end tables for all 6 games of the GT.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

GT Week ~ The Home Stretch

Just a quick update as I put in the finishing touches on the army for DaBoyz GT this coming weekend.  I'm using every spare second to paint at this point so my commentary will be short.  Here's an army pic minus the rangers (still WIP) on their display board (still needs washes).