So at my local gaming store there is a tournament series that goes on all year round, and the winners of the tournaments play in a champions tournament in december. So my goal is to win one of these tournaments so I can play in the champion tournament. To do so though I needed to get my feet wet so I grabbed my beefed up Tau Force and stretched it to 1850 points with the hopes of learning where I need to go to be more competitive... and maybe win best sportsman
So here's the list.
1X FK el
2X FK Bodyguard with BS 4
2X gun drones
6X Stealth suits
3 X Stealth Suits, FB, ML, Leader has +1 BS
2 X Marker Drone
12 X FW, Bonded
12X FW, Bonded
20 X Kroot, 1 is a shaper
10 X Kroot Hounds
10 X Kroot
4 X Pathfinders
1 X Warfish
1 X FB Pirhana
2 X BASS,
2 X Shield Drones
1 X Rail Head
My First game was kill points pitched battle set up against a nid player. He was packing a winged Tyrant with 2 bodyguard, 2 Mawlocs, 1 Tervigon, 3 Warriors, 20 Gargoyles, 5 genestealers, 3 Zoanthropes, 20 Termigants, 1 Venomthrope.
He got to go first and he hid his 2 Mawlocs behind a giant ruin on the back left flank, and in the centre to right flank he deployed all the rest of his army except for his genestealers whom he was going to have infiltrate later.
I held my big unit of kroot and stealth suits in reserve, and deployed the rest of my army in the cover of the trees that were unfortunately directly opposite the nids. My Pathfinders and Kroot ast on the flank by some ruins.
He infiltrated his stealers within 12" of my Pirhana as the cover was blosking line of sight to that pirhana.
His first turn is uneventful as the army moves up the centre his shooting is ineffective the mawlocs burrow. His stealers did manage to imobilize, and remove the weapon on the pirhana though. He gave his gargoyles FNP.
In my turn I ran my pathfinders away from the stealers, and unloaded the rest of my shots onto the gargoyles, This dropped them down to about 6, I did try to take out the zoanthropes with my broadsides but bad rolling on my part put an end to that.
His second turn his Mawlocs bust into my army doing little initial damage, and his gargoyles fail to charge my in cover fire warriors. However the genestealers take out my pathfinders who apparently did not move far enough away. His shooting destroyed my devilfish which was planning on running away the next turn...
None of my reserves come in on my turn. I shoot a lot at the Mawlocs genestealers and garoyles. With all my army shooting I cause 3 wounds on the mawloc killed 3 genestealers, oh and a handful of termagants died to the kroot who were hiding in the woods.
He then come in though kills my command squad with his mawlocs, one unit of fire warriors with the gargoyles, and his winged hive tyrant jumps out and smacks the other fire warrior unit. The termagants charged and killed the kroot in the woods.
On my turn both my reinforcements come in where I want them to but it is too little too late. In the end I only could end up killing the unit of genestealers. My opponent was apologizing when he saw how many 1's I was rolling. The only thing I could do was laugh at the bad rolling and in hindsight now bad game plan I had. I got 0 mission points yet full sportsmanship points.
The thing I realize now with this game was that I lost it in deployment. I deployed as though he would shoot. What the heck is he going to shoot me with? Why did I deploy directly opposite to him? Part of it is my chaos warrior roots saying play the match ups and win like that. But if I had deployed in the corner a lot less of his army would have been able to get to me in time to be effective, and I could easily have reached out and touched him and made use of my 30" plasma range.
My second game was no better against a dark angels player. He had 4 5 man tac squads in 2 rhino's 2 ven dreads, and a raider with a bunch of terminators, and a predator kitted out with lascannons, and 3 outflanking bikers.
We played deploying 6" back from the middle and it was objectives with 3 of them being on the right side and 2 on the left and one in the back middle of my deployment zone. He got to go first and started off with two tac squads sitting in cover in the back of his deployment. He then threw a dread and tac marine squad on either flank with a land raider going heavy on my right flank. His Predator was in the back on the right flank.
I deployed all my kroot in a mass in the centre with my firewarriors tank SMT a foot squad of firewarrios on my right flank taking cover from the pirhana who was going to try to blast any vehicle who moved too close. My pathfinders and BASS went on the left side next to the kroot. and the stealth squad started in an objective on the left flank. My Mounted FW squad started on the left flank as well.
First turn he runs everything straight forward at me and not much else of consequence happens. And he pops smoke.
My first turn I jump my stealth suits behind the ven Dread, fly my pirhana next to the land raider to blow it sky high and the big unit of kroot start moving away from the dread, the SMT jumps in front of the rhino to stall it and hopefully kill it with their fusion blaster. The Stealth suits fail to do anything to the dread, i wasted my markerlights on removing cover from the lad raider for my broadsides, but i did manage to destroy the rhino on the right, immobilize the land raider, and remove the melta gun off of the dread on my right. The Mounted FW ran up the flank.
Well everything moved faster then I had expected the Space marines caugt the stealth suits the marines charged the SMT as predicted, but unfortunately the Ven Dread on the right managed to touch the kroot. As there seems to be no end to my bad luck the bikes come in and on the perfect side with just enough distance to engage my broadsides, his terminators had just enough room to double charge the pirhana and pathfinders, and in short the game then became a rout. as I could only contest objectives with full troops apparently. Again though i got full points for sportsmanship but 0 for mission points.
So I talked about the game with my opponent and again he mentioned he was surprised I didn't deploy in a corner and hide and shoot. I pointed out that he ahd two objectives held at the start and I would need to grab objectives at some point too rather then hide and I didn't realize that dark angels smoke launchers work different then apparently everybody else's. I did do some silly things though with my deployment and next time I'm going to make the other guy move left to right not north and south.
At this point I'm hoping for a better game, to play on some of the really nice tables they had set up and maybe win best sportsman. I got a bye and waited around for the prozes to be handed out, and I didn't get best sportsman, but I did go around and watch the other games being played and talked to some other tau players about strategies and hockey.
I think when I finally can customize my army i will drop the stealth suits, and the big kroot bomb. The kroot bomb would be awesome if it would be guaranteed to actually come in at some point in the game. If my games might only go 3 turns they might not come in at all. So I'm going to break them up. I plan on adding more devilfish fitting out another hammer or broadsides and adding some fire knives as well as beefing up my current Pathfinders or making 2 units of four. I feel now that the typical tau style of fall back and wear em down isn't the best way to go in a 3-4 game tourny setting. Instead I should build my army around being explosive the first 2-3 turns and hope that if it goes further then that I can hold onto my lead.
My brother bought me a couple forge world suits so I'm eagerly awaiting them and my magnets in the mail. I found out where I stood compared to other players in this tournament and I know what I need to work on and I have some stuff to try out, and I made some contacts with people who would want to get some games in with me so hopefully that means I get some more practice in