Friday, December 31, 2010

1850 Batrep vs Crimson Fists

This was my second game on Thursday.  For this one, I challenged Ben.  I've only played Ben 3 times, all of which were during a 40k lock-in, and all 3 were losses for me.  I needed revenge!

Ben brought a marine list with pedro.  We decided to run the NOVA format and rolled up:
Victory Points (250+ difference to win)
Table Quarters for the first tie-breaker
Objectives for the second tie-breaker
We also rolled dawn of war for deployment.  I win the roll, and give first turn to Ben.  I opt to hold everything off so I don't get shot off the board by his searchlights and shooting.

Thursday, December 30, 2010

2k Batrep vs Eldar

Man, I'm piling in the games this week!  The local 40k league season ends soon and I need many more games to fill up my quota.  This morning, I challenged Joe who brought his Eldar.  Joe also happens to have the best record in the league right now at 10-1-1.  However, I have not played him yet, muahahaha!

We rolled up Annihilation via Pitched Battle.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

2k Batrep vs Sisters of Battle + Guard

So with my work closed this week until after the New Year, I threw out some challenges to get some more league matches under my belt and bring out the best of the best.  Jay was gracious enough to accept my challenge.  I told him I was working over some NOVA concepts so he brought a hard-hitting mechanized SoB list.

We rolled up some scoring scenarios from the NOVA packed and ended up with this mission:
Primary objective was table quarter control via total victory points.
First tie-breaker was victory points.
Second tie-breaker was objectives (1 in the center and 1 in each table quarter)
Deployment was Dawn of War.

Monday, December 27, 2010

List of the Week: 2k Shooty

I'm beginning to feel my lists are becoming unbalanced towards assault again.  It creeps up on me until I'm looking at some other blogs and realize I'd be unprepared to handle a list that sports 12 armored vehicles.  I guess it's mostly because I rarely play anyone who brings more than 6 vehicles.  Anyways, I built this list with a core from my last list and some assaulty units swapped out for more shooting.

Hive Tyrant + armored shell, old adversary, regeneration, heavy venom cannon
Tyrant Guard + lash whips
Hive Guard x2
Hive Guard x2
Venomthropes x2
Termagants x10
Termagants x10
Tervigon + toxin sacs, adrenal glands, catalyst, onslaught
Tervigon + toxin sacs, adrenal glands, catalyst
Genestealers x20 + toxin sacs
Carnifex + heavy venom cannon
Carnifex + heavy venom cannon

Thursday, December 23, 2010

2k Batrep vs Raven Guard

I had a chance to take my most recent 2k list for a spin against Gabe's codex marines with Shrike tonight.

My list:
Tyrant +heavy venom cannon, old adversary, armored shell, regen
Tyrant Guard x3 + whips
Parasite of Mortrex
Hive Guard x2
Hive Guard x2
Venomthropes x2
Tervigon + ts, ag, cat
Tervigon + ts, ag, cat
Termagants x10 + devourers
Termagants x10 + devourers
Genestealers x20 + ts
Gargoyles x15 +ts,ag

Gabe's List:
Chaplain + terminator armor
Assault Terminators x5, 4x LC, 1x TH/SS (with chaplain)
Land Raider Redeemer + xtra armor, multimelta
Ironclad Dread + drop pod
Assault Marines x10 + 2 claws, 2 flamers (with Shrike)
Tac Marines x10 + fist, flamer, missile launcher
Tac Marines x10 + plasma cannon
Scouts x10 + fist (pistols/ccw's)
Scouts x10 + combi-melta, 8 sniper rifles, heavy bolter, camo cloaks

Monday, December 20, 2010

List of the Week: 2k Hybrid

This is a hybrid list I'll be testing for the next two weeks.  I'm pretty excited about it, hopefully you see why:

Tyrant +heavy venom cannon, old adversary, armored shell, regen  (280)
Tyrant Guard x3 + whips (195)
PoM (160)

Hive Guard x2 (100)
Hive Guard x2 (100)
Venomthropes x2 (110)

Tervigon + ts, ag, cat,  (195)
Tervigon + ts, ag, cat,  (195)
Termagants x10 + devourers (100)
Termagants x10 + devourers (100)
Genestealers x20 + ts (340)

Gargoyles x15 +ts,ag (120)

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Millennium Invitational Game 2

Well, this tournament is for the best of the best so there won't be any easy pairings here.  For my second game, I drew Jay.  For those of you who don't know him, Jay is the wizard of OZ behind the curtain of DaBoyz GT.  He also took 1st at our local Ardboyz qualifier as well as 1st at the semifinals.  He also plays nids and his list was:

Tervigon - ts, ag, catalyst
Tervigon - ts, ag, catalyst, claws
Hive Guard x3
Hive Guard x3
Venomthropes x2
Genestealers x20
Genestealers x15
Termagants x10
Gargoyles x15 - ag
Shrikes x3 - swords, ts

Monday, December 13, 2010

Millennium Invitational Game 1

Saturday 12/11 was the Millennium invitational; the culmination of a year's worth of store tournaments where the top finishers earned invites.  This was a comp (player scored) + painting + battlepoints tourney with 12 players.

My list was designed with #1 comp and #2 painting in mind.  I'm thinking I'll be the newest player there with only 9 months under my belt and only one partially painted army.  Some of these guys have several massive, fully painted armies including multiple forgeworld centerpieces.  My list incorporated some of my "fluffy" painted models with a couple competitive units for punch.

Tyranid Prime - whip/sword, toxins, scytals
Hive Guard x3
Lictors x2
Ymgarls x7
Termagants x15 + devourers
Tervigon - toxins, adrenals, catalyst, stinger salvo
Hormagaunts x17
Genestealers x20 + broodlord
Spore Mines x3
Tyrannofex - rupture cannon, shreddershard beetles, stinger salvo
Carnifex - tl devourers x2

First game was to be d3+2 objectives and dawn of war deployment.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Email: 2500pt List

From Guillermo:

Hello!  Love your blog!!!  It's hard to find someone dedicated to Nids and your take on them very refreshing!  With that said how would you build a 2500 point list for yourself?  I'm interested because not many nid players use genestealers or yealers for that matter.  Would you keep them?  What would your list be?  Thanks for any insight!

Thanks for the compliments Guillermo!  I've been pondering this also as Ardboyz is one of my favorite tournaments.  Last year I placed 3rd out of 16 at our LGS and qualified for the semifinals.  When I called to reserve a spot at the semifinal store, the owner told me he was full so I didn't go.  After the semi's, I spoke to Jay who took first locally and he told me only 5 of 16 showed up to the semi's.  Needless to say I was very upset that I didn't go, let alone the fact that I would have had a 50% chance to make the finals.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

List of the Week: 1850 Comp

With the Millennium Invitational less than a week away, I really need to nail down my comp list.  There will be some painting scores as well so one of the limiting factors is my selection of painted models.  If any of my local readers want a game before Saturday 12/11, let me know and I'll throw it down for a test run.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Email: Advice and Tactics

From Josiah:

"Hello hyv3mynd! I found your blog when you mentioned it in the Tyranid
Hive forums. I have to say I have read almost every single Batrep +
blog post on there. I really enjoy reading the stuff you post. Not
only is it informative but you constantly look at things through a
competitive level which I am greatly interested in taking 'Nids to. I
would like to ask for some assistance with them if you would be so
kind to help a new player.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

2000pt Competitive Match VS Dark Eldar

I've been working with my friend Tim on our Adepticon style team lists for a local team tourney in January.  We're bringing Dark Eldar and Tyranids.  We threw out a challenge for last night but nobody was available, so we decided to practice against each other instead.  We each used our 1000pt portions of the team event as a foundation and filled the lists up to 2000pts to fit the current competitive brackets.

Dark Eldar 2000pts
Haemi + liquifier (attached to wyches #1)
Haemi + liquifier, crucible of malediction (attached to wyches #2)
Haemi + hex rifle
5 Incubi + klaivex, bloodstone, raider + flicker fields, splinter racks
4 Trueborn + 4 blasters, venom
7 Wyches + shardnet, hekatrix + agonizer, raider + flicker fields
7 Wyches + shardnet, hekatrix + agonizer, raider + flicker fields
10 Warriors + splinter cannon, raider + flicker fields, splinter racks
10 Warriors + splinter cannon, raider + flicker fields, splinter racks
20 Warriors + 2 dark lances
6 Reavers + 2 heat lances, cluster caltrops
Ravagers + 3 dark lances, flicker fields
Razorwing Fighter + splinter cannon, flicker fields, monoscythe missiles (proxied with a ravager and a big yellow post-it)

Tyranids 2000pts
Parasite of Mortrex
Hive Guard x2
Hive Guard x2
Ymgarl Genestealers x7
Genestealers x15 + broodlord
Genestealers x15 + broodlord
Termagants x10 + devourers
Termagants x10 + devourers
Tervigon + toxins, adrenals, catalyst, stinger salvo
Tervigon + toxins, adrenals, catalyst, stinger salvo
14 Gargoyles + toxins, adrenals
Tyrannofex + rupture cannon, desiccator larvae, stinger salvo