NICON is this weekend!!!!
Scenarios & pitched battle tournament format
Only 4 days until I drive up to Napier for my 2nd ever Warhammer tournament. Taking my Dwarfs this time rather than my High Elves. Tournament format is interesting and departs from the norm.
Rd 1 - A Scenario based battle 1000 pt attacker vs. 1200 pt defender
Rd 2 - Another Scenario, ambush I think for this one, 1000pt attacker vs. 1200 pt defender
Players alternate so you play one round as the defender and one as the attacker. The key thing for these first two rounds is that the 1000 & 1200 pt lists have to be built out of your 2,250pt army list. This means that anyone who loads up on Special/Rare choices is going to find it difficult to construct a workable and effective 1000/1200 pt army. The rules also prevent you modifying any of your units or characters, so if you have 150pts left and your Hero costs 151 then tough you can't use him.
At the end of those first two Rounds you can earn bonus points for taken objectives, killing the opposing general and for capturing secret weapons caches. These weapons caches all hold a bonus 25pt magical item that you can add to your 2,250pt army list - as long as it doesn't break any composition rules.
Not sure how many players there will be for the Warhammer Fantasy section, last I heard there were about 8-10 which isn't a lot considering the 32 we had at RUNEFANG. But then again NICON is dominated by Fields of War, Ancients, Napoleonic and Medieval warfare systems so Warhammer Fantasy tends to take a smaller role.
My Army List - 2,250pts
- Shieldbearers, GW, MR Steel, RO Resistance, RO Stone, MR Kragg the Grimm, RO Fire, RO Warding, RO Furnace
Gives this guy a 1+ rerollable AS, can only be hit at S5 nothing more, is immune to Killing Blow and poison and all fire based attacks. 5 attacks at S6 with a flaming weapon also help.
- MR Challenge, RO Spellbreaking x2
Standard set up, I dont take Anvil of Doom outside of 3000+ pt games. Single Runesmith gives mme 5 DD + 2 Scrolls more than enough. Use MR Challenge to get enemy to come to my Lord.
- RO Fire, MR Gromil, RO Preservation, RO Resistance, RO Furnace, BSB
Typical BSB set-up with a 1+ rerollable AS, immunity to killing blow, poison & fire based attacks.Makes him pretty much unkillable.
- FC, Shields, RO Battle & RO Stoicism
Not taking warriors as Lord gives me option of having a single unit of Longbeards on their own. WS5 S4 T4 is pretty damn good - that with immunity to panic, old grumblers rule, RO Battle (+1CR) and Stoicism (double unit strength) make this a rock in the middle of my line.
Prefer these guys over Thunderers despite not having AP missle weapons but they still get S4 and a better range.
- FC, Shields, RO Stoicism
Going with the Lord job is simply to stay alive and let him kill stuff, hence will probably use handweapons throughout battle not GW.
- FC, Shields, RO Battle & RO Sanctuary
Love these guys, some people take rate them and prefer Ironbreakers. But Ill take Stubborn over a extra 1+ in your AS anyday. RO Sanctuary gives them MR1 so I effectively can an extra DD from this unit. Will have Runesmith or BSB with them.
- Engineer, RO Penetrating
Prefer these over cannons, 48" range that I don't have to guess and you get 2 for the price of a single cannon with a RO Forging (which is pretty much mandatory) and still leave a special slot open.
Love this weapon, going to do some serious damage and if it doesn't opponents will waste time trying to kill it.
March block nasty units, shoot them to bits, then use MR Challenge to force combats with those units I want to fight.
TOTAL 2,239 pts
1000 pt & 1200 pt Scenario lists.
Ok the absence of any Warriors meant I shot myself in the foot in regard to rounds 1 & 2 but I can still field some strong line ups. Either way be able to take 1 or 2 units of Stubborn Hammerers in a 1000/1200 pt game is just invaluable, a lot of people won't expect it.
1000pt Attacker List
Only 1 strong combat unit but that is protected well from magic and Gyrocopter and warmachines will target any enemy shooting. With Runesmith and RO Sanctuary I will have 6 effective DD and 2 scrolls in a 1000pt battle, don't expect anyone to be able to touch me with magic.
1200pt Defender List
Bolt-Thrower w. RO Penetrating
No Gyrocopter here but both units of Hammerers. Stubborn units on the Defensive - can't beat them - and they still get a 4+/3+ AS against hth attacks and missle fire. Tried to include BSB in this list but couldn't quite fit him in without dropping a Hammerer unit and in Defence I need more infantry.