After Two wins and a Draw in the Indy40k Tournament, I was placed in second going into the third round. For a quick review, check out the past three games Here. So as stated, after three games I was going into the Fourth round at second place. I had been saying I was looking forward to facing one of the other Tyranid players. I can generally do well against other tyranids, and it looked like my list could handle what the other players had brought. Well, things aren't always what them seem.
Carlos was undefeated with what I'd call an unconvential Tyranid list. He had roughly
Tyranid prime, boneswords scything talons
Now Carlos is also the guy who made the missions and ran the 500 point tournament I had attended a week or two before this tournament. I typed those missions here, and they are well made. He has been playing Tyranids for a long time and has many other armies. I knew I was going to be in for a tough fight.
It was Pitched battle with one objective each. Primary objective is to control your opponents objective. Secondary objective was to hold your own. Tertiary objective was to have more units in your enemies deployment zone. I deployed first, making a gaunt wall in front and to the side for when his genestealers outflanked. The gaunts would screen the charges, followed by the tyrannofexes for the heavy hitting. My heavy hitting was huddled behind them. My goal was to take my troop tervigon on the left and run him over the hill to fight on his objective, though I never really made it that far.
He deployed with his large unit of warriors and prime on the objective, the Trygon prime and Zoanthropes directly in front of me, and the squad of raveners off to the side. The choke point between us gave him the large tactical advantage with his trygon, as I could not bring my numbers to full potential.
First turn everything moved up and I shot some heavy weapons at the Trygon. I put a single wound on him. Not bad for not having any good AP weapons. I realize now I was pumping too many shots into the warriors and raveners early on. My hive guard destroyed them, but at the price of not killing the trygon. Ignoring armor and instant killing them were just to tempting early on. Hind sight 20/20. A good roll on his part lets him regenerate that wound on his Trygon back. Proves vital later on.
Rage takes over his raveners and they just run straight at my tervigon. The Trygon moves up and fires into my gaunts. He moves his warriors up, trailing some behind in cover while taking shots from my hive guard and losing numbers fast.
On my turn I shoot some more, dwindle some numbers, make more gaunts and pretty much brace for the large assault that is going to happen with raveners and trygon hitting my flanks.
On His turn two, he rolls for his reserves and all three of his twelve man genestealers come on, and all come on to the side I'm on. I wish I had a quarter of that luck when I outflank. Luckly I had planned for some genestealers to come in and had kept my side gaunt wall in place. So the trygon assaults my gaunts, two of the three squads of stealers assault my other guants, and raveners go for my right side tervigon.
After the game we talk about it, and make the conclusion that his Trygon killed somewhere around 1,200 points of my 1,500 list. The game ends with his trygon on my objective, and I have a tyrannofex and two hive guard in the middle of the board. We had practically tabled each other, and fail at primary, and secondary objectives. He managed to pull off tertiary objective, while my models are twiddling their claws right outside of his deployment zone.
So Victory goes to Carlos and his Nids, keeping him in first place. I still win Second place prize, as I went into the last round in the top, but after that game I dropped to something like 5th or 6th place. Overall a good game and a great Tournament, though sadly bringing the first time I've lost to Tyranids with my own bugs. My two tactical errors on killing that Trygon cost me. But we learn, we adapt and we put toxin sacs on more models ;)
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