Friday, April 30, 2010

'Ard Boyz 2010

I thought I'd be missing out on 'Ard Boyz this year because we'll be celebrating the extremely awesome Mrs. Rushputin's birthday on that Saturday.  I was okay with this, because I've never actually played in an 'Ard Boyz; I ran the first one for Game Parlor and... missed the second one for reasons that escape me (probably work).

As it turns out, however, for whatever reason (I'm sure there's a good one, possible that I've missed) my FNVLGS* The Game Vault will be hosting theirs on that Sunday, rather than that Saturday.  Between this extremely convenient scheduling fluke and the slightest bit of prodding from Casey, I've decided to head out to it.

Now, I can't run my Daemons at 2,500.  It just can't happen.  My Tau, I've yet to figure out how to play in 5th... it could happen but, let me assure you, it won't.

That leaves my largest army, and one of my favorites: my Dark Angels.  This is particularly convenient, because during the first 'Ard Boyz, I wrote up a DA list to run at 'Ard Boyz.  All Deathwing.

Two HQs.  Nine Deathwing Terminator Squads.  47 models.

I have no illusion that this is a particular 'ard list or anything, but it should be fun.
Deathwing 'Ard Boyz
2,500 points

HQ
Belial - Sword of Silence, Storm Bolter
Grey Knight Grandmaster - Nemesis Force Weapon, Storm Bolter, Psychic Hood, Ungents of Warding

Elites
Deathwing Terminators x5 - Cyclone Missile Launcher
Deathwing Terminators x5 - Lightning Claws x1, Thunder Hammer, Heavy Flamer
Deathwing Terminators x5 - Lightning Claws x1, Chainfist, Assault Cannon

Troops
Deathwing Terminator Command Squad x5 - Apothecary, Standard, Lightning Claws x3, Thunder Hammer x1, Chainfist,  Heavy Flamer
Deathwing Terminators x5 - Cyclone Missile Launcher
Deathwing Terminators x5 - Cyclone Missile Launcher
Deathwing Terminators x5 - Cyclone Missile Launcher
Deathwing Terminators x5 - Lightning Claws x1, Chainfist, Assault Cannon
Deathwing Terminators x5 - Lightning Claws x1, Chainfist, Assault Cannon
That leaves me with 5 points to throw in an extra chainfist somewhere, I dunno.

They Grey Knight Grandmaster is a new thing for me.  I've never run one before.  He's taking the place of my Terminator Librarian (ironic, because my Terminator Librarian will be taking his place as a model); I think he'll do everything the Librarian does, only better and for marginally fewer points.  For 20 points more, he's got more wounds, more attacks (with the +2 strength of the Nemesis Force Weapon).  No, he doesn't have any psychic powers, but who cares?  I sure as hell never took the Dark Angels Librarian for his psychic powers; he's there to add punch to the assault Deathwing Command Squad and to run psychic defense: he's got the same table-wide Psychic Hood the Dark Angels Librarian has... throw the Ungents of Warding in for a few more points, and things are even better.

Ungents of Warding?  That's freaking how Blessing of the Blood God should work for Khornate Daemons: ignore psychic powers on a 4+.  Period.

Anyway, Belial chills with one of the Cyclone Missile Launcher squads.  The Grandmaster goes with the Command squad.  Given that I've been rocking the Daemons for the past however long, I'll probably just Deep Strike everything in.  Five squads come in on the first turn via Deathwing Assault.

Could I run this with Space Wolves?  Maybe.  Probably.  Who cares?  I'm throwing down for the Lion, not the Wolf.

(Now, I've just got to assemble the last 16 terminators or so.)

* Friendly Not-Very-Local Game Store.  The Game Vault's anywhere between 45 minutes to two hours away from where I live in Manassas, depending on the how generous Northern Virginian traffic feels like being.
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