So I play in a Small 12 person Kill Teams Tournament. For those who don't know, Kill Teams is from the Battle Missions book and has some fun changes to list building and play. The rules are: 200 points, no HQ or Heavy, 0-2 Troops and 0-1 Elite and 0-1 Fast. The set up is table quarters on 4’ x 4’ tables and after you lose half your figures, you have to make LD tests [at a cumulative –1 after the first] until you fail, at which point you lose. Now, you also get to choose 3 figures and give them each one Universal Special Rule from the W40K Rulebook. What I took:
Now I normally play Imperial Guard and thought long and hard on this, but I had a Tau Mega-force I traded for and thought about what I could take from that. Long story Short, I took a Piranha with a Flechette Discharger and 3 Stealth suits [one with a Fusion Blaster] and each with a hard-wired drone controller with one Gun Drone. For my Universal Special rules, I took Infiltrate on my Piranha, Tank Hunter on my Fusion gun stealth suit and Stealth on one of the Burst Cannon Suits.Round 1 – Orks [30 of them]
So my first match up was against a band of 30 ork boyz with a couple of rokkets. The game was my longest of the day and after many rounds of shooting [with mixed success on both sides and one of my Gun Drones making 12 Armor Saves!] the orks popped their “WAAAAAGH!” and engaged me in melee combat. In the next 2 turns my Drones [with no help from the stealth suits] killed off 7 ork boyz. They were bouncing around like a pinball with the orks as the bumpers! Then I failed my first LD test [the ork player made all his and his next one would have been at a -3!] So since all the other players were done, they came over to observe our game and by the end of the game were cheering and laughing. It was a great game and a good start [even with the loss] for the tournament.Round 2 – Blood Angel [yeah, just the one]
My next match was against a player who brought a Librarian Dreadnaught. Yes, just the one dread with Magna Grapple and psychic powers. So I infiltrated my Piranha behind him and shot him in the back armor with a Str 5 Burst Cannon and Penetrated for a wrecked result. Game! Less than 2 minutes including set up. This was exactly how his first game went with the CSM Raptor dropping a Plasma gun in his rear and popping him in 7.5 minutes. Not a great game, but a win. We did play another game [since we had time] and he immobilized himself on terrain after killing my Fusion gun and I jumped everything else behind him and shot him in the back until he died. I don't think he will use this configuration for a tournament again.Round 3 – Imperial Guard [Veterans]
My last game was an IG Vet squad with a Chimera and a Lascannon Heavy Weapon Team. This was the most difficult of the games as I lost 4 of my 9 figures and just managed to make him roll LD after dropping him to half on Turn 5 and he rolled an 11. It was a tight game and a lot of fun. Terrain and cover saves were my friend this game!
So, I took “Adept of Mars” [Best Painted] and 3rd place over all. I had a great time and have found I like the Tau. FOR THE GREATER GOOD!