Friday, July 26, 2013

How not to win at 40k, or... HOLY TAU!!!!

A recap of last weeks Double Down tournament at Pop! in Utica.

So, last Sunday we made the drive to the northern suburbs to play in a 40k Team Tournament. As I stated in my last post, I thought our list would be tough to match up against. Boy, I was wrong about that... One of the great benefits of traveling and interacting with other groups of war gamers is that their meta-game is different. For instance... we don't see much of these guys at the local store.

Now, I have been told for a while that my choppy Orks were weak in the current edition, but locally I haven't had much issue... even took second at a tournament here in town with an all infantry force just last month. In retrospect the difference in meta-game is enormous. In the previous tournament I faced Sisters of Battle, Dark Eldar, and in the final game Eldar. All of these were challenges, but I ended up winning all 3 games. At the team tournament we faced IG/Space Wolves and lost a fairly close game, and learned that in the team game we wouldn't be getting more than 3 turns in... Second game was a win against Tau and Eldar, though the Tau player was very inexperienced. Had a lot of fun against those guys. Finally, in the wrap up game, with a chance to place, my Orks were wiped off the table and Chris was left to fend for himself against Tau and Space Marines.

As you see above, my 3 units of 30 boyz took the front and my goal was to rush them accross and engage in killing. I had no killing. My Orks were a non-factor by turn 2. In one turn alone the Tau player killed 40 or so Orks, It was a tough pill to swallow. I have nightmares about Gun Drones.... Ugh! GUN DRONES!!!

All that aside, fun was had. We met some really cool people and plan to make the trip back as often as we can for future events. Though we did not place in the top 3, I did win best painted which is a first for me. Here are some other pics I managed to get...

Set up for the opening game, Ork boys with a big Leman Russ friend.

Second game, Long table edges against very shooty armies. My Orks went for objectives and let the big guns do work. 

Nicely painted Tau, great opponents in that final game. Very cool guys.

Vendetta x'3... Very good stuff.