Wednesday, September 20, 2017

The Ashes of Konor Tournament

I had planned to try and "live blog" my attendance at this tournament that my FLGS, Rules of Engagement Games, in Havelock, North Carolina, was having.  Unfortunately, my phone did not have good enough service.  Luckily, this has given me time to think about what happened.

Lets start with the army I decided to bring.  I chose Abaddon, a Warpsmith, a Chaos Space Marine Squad with a single plasma gun, a hellbrute (is that one or two "L"s?) with fist, heavy flamer and multimelta, Maulerfiend with lashes and a Chaos Predator with autocannon, two heavy bolters, havoc launcher and combi flamer. In all it came to 991 points and formed a patrol detachment, Black Legion of course.   The tournament was 1000 points, and I just didn't have the time to maximize the list.  You can see them below.

The first event was to display your Konor campaign card, which I had almost two rows completed, that counted as one row complete.  Next the pins for the weekly missions were tallied, and after a strong showing the first four weeks I sucked the last three.  So I earned points for 4 pins.  Next, the armies that were "fully painted" were placed on display for judging.  Lets take a look at some of them.

These were my guys, Abaddon is glowing with his internal joy at the impending slaughter.  The watch batteries and LEDs helped as well.

I faced this Eldar army in my last battle, and (spoiler alert) only victory.  It was my first real look at Eldar in 8th edition, and I think I wouldn't mind trying them again.

Yes, that is Guilliman back there in this Soviet themed Primaris (or is it "primarus"?) Ultramarines army.  Ultramarines are annoying enough with a chance to get back spent command points.  I can only say I am happy I did not face this one.

I'd faced this Tau army before and had managed a win by controlling objectives.  This time....well. The paint scheme makes it more difficult to know what is a unit.

Celestine and her "fan boys?"  I'm glad I didn't face these Custodes.  All those storm shields is why I don't bother with trying for lots of high AP weapons.

This is the ork army I would face in the first battle.  The guys in the bushes are kommandos

This was an another all primarus (-is) Ultramarines army.  10 helblasters in there. 

Some winter themed IG.  No Conscripts.  Sadly this army was tabled in all three games.

A nice looking Chaos Space Marine army, from what I saw, they did well.

I think there were 14 (it might have been 16) total players, so at least 5 armies were either not considered fully painted or not on display as I went around taking pictures.

So lets talk about the first battle.  It was "live streamed" but I tried watching it and there isn't much to see.  The place was so noisy, that I don't think they captured any audio.  While most of the missions on the tables were rehashes of the weekly Konor missions, this one was objective based.  Scour, seize or something.  With Six objectives, I knew I'd be at a disadvantage to the more numerous orks. The orks who were currently tied with me for best painted.

This was the initial deployment, there are two additional objectives out of view to the right.  All I can say about this battle was his psykers were hot, and I wish I had brought a Sorcerer instead of the Warpsmith. 
The orks in the upper right corner are all dead, but Abaddon and the Warpsmith would fall next turn.

The Predator and the Chaos Space Marine Squads survived, but it wasn't enough with him getting da'jump off every time he tried.   I earned 8 points (6 for objectives, warlord and first blood), my opponent earned 9 (7 for objectives, warlord and linebreaker)  Minor Loss for me.

Next I got to face the T'au (r'eally?)
You can see from the setup, thatI'm trying to overpower one side, or at least make him move some guys to be in range of me.
Mission:  Get to the enemy deployment zone on turn 5.  I'm the attacker. but he steals the initiative and destroys my predator on turn one.

I've got nothing good to say about this game.  I should have played the mission better and kept half my forces in reserve.  I also should have deployed Abaddon in a teleportarium (transporter room) and dropped behind him on turn 3.  I was tabled on turn 4 or 5 but enjoyed an hour break before my next game.

Well, I still had a chance to win best painted, right?  Okay, lets see that Aeldari (areallyi???) battle.

This was the Konor mission where there were objective markers I needed to destroy.  I didn't take any other pictures, but imagine my Maulerfiend climbing on top of the central building to eat some Aeldari Rangers.The Warpsmith actually repaired my Helbrute on his way to smash the guardian squad to the right.  He went from one wound to 7 with the use of a Konor Stratagem card and the Warpsmith.  I almost lost this mission by not pushing fast enough to the middle objective.  This was the first game to see my Maulerfiend survive, ever.  Abaddon, died dueling with Warlocks and Farseers.  Apparently you can only take so many Smite wounds.  And by the way we played it, Abaddon's dark destiny damage reduction power didn't work to make 3 mortal wounds 2 or 2 into 1.

Anyways, I had a great time and my opponent was in good spirits as we played.  All of th players got some loot like dice bags, wristbands and tokens, while the winners got some nice 40K kits.  However, I am very proud of this one thing:

I had tied the orks and one of the store owners had to cast a deciding vote.  So its nice to see that my fellow gamers appreciated my army.

Let me know what you think, and I'll work on more pictures of my Warriors of Mayhem!

1 comment:

  1. Some interesting lookin' armies there (thumbs up for yours Kev !) And good to see a seer council smackin' the bejesus out of Abaddon.