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Warheads -vs- Naas Wargames Fraternity: How it Happened

Well folks that was easily one of the best nights wargaming I’ve been involved in for a long time, amazing craic and a great way to play 40k!! The result? A Draw! Warheads were shy of the win by just 2 points.
Here’s the uber handsome challenging team (I say challenging team because the round took place on Warhead’s turf). From L-R, Rory Dunne (Tyranids), Chris Rooney (Blood Angels), Francis Mahon [Captain] (Eldar), Cian O’Dowd (Imperial Guard), Andy Farrell (Codex Marines) and Robert O’Byrne (Space Wolves).
The Warheads Team was made up of myself [Captain] (Chaos Space Marines), Ulick O’Sullivan (Space Wolves), Brian MacKenzie (Grey Knights), Sam Santijirakun (Blood Angels), Tristram Hills (Imperial Guard) and Alec Cornelius (Dark Eldar).
The lists were peer reviewed by Jonny Fisher (Captain Team Northern Ireland 2011) and Paul Quigley (Vice Captain Team Republic of Ireland 2011) and then published here after minor corrections.
As mentioned previously both teams had a mixed calibre of player available, all regular tournament wargamers or players who will be hitting the tournament scene soon with a few Irish ETC veterans thrown in for good measure.
I have to say the bidding process was a huge amount of fun and had each team second guessing the other constantly before matchups.
With the help of my team mates I quickly jotted down the opponent’s available lists and our potential first bids. First off we had to write champions down on a piece of paper secretly and give it to our referee (Paul Quigley of the Dublin Games Guild proved an excellent and helpful referee all night!).
In our camp we were divided about who to put as our Champion since we were trying to guess who Naas would put as their Champion. I figured their Champion would be something balanced so not their Blood Angels or Stealer Shock but also we thought that they might be thinking that we’d put our Imperial Guard as our Champion (always a good choice!) so they wouldn’t put their Eldar up.
It got rather confusing after this….either way I put myself as Champion since I thought I could hold the person we thought might be their champion (Imperial Guard or Marines) to at least a draw allowing the rest of my team to get a couple of high wins/draws and send us over the line….at least that’s how it was supposed to work!
The mission? One objective each….the Deployment? Dawn of War. A real test for a lot of armies this tournament favourite should help seperate the men from the boys.
The dice roll and….Naas put up first. Their first bid was Codex Space Marines, a shooty but relatively fragile balanced marine list with a couple of tricks up its sleave. We bid Sam’s Blood Angels, his Descent of Angels should be able to pick up enough victory points while claiming his home objective and securing a safe draw.
Our first bid are Space Wolves, against whom they send in their double Raven Blood Angels list. Interesting matchup but I was confident of our chances, even one round of shooting and that Blood Angel list suffers.
Naas bid Tyranids next and a reassuring pat on my back tells me that Dark Eldar are to be our matchup. We stick up Grey Knights to which they respond with Cian O’Dowd’s Imperial Guard and since they weren’t going to put Eldar as their Champion our Imperial Guard were left with them and my Chaos Space Marines were given Robert O’Byrne’s Space Wolves.

Here is my personal tracker for the games, on the right is the table number for the game being played (since the player that is bid gets to choose the table giving them a slight tactical edge in an even matchup) and in the top right of each match my estimated scores we could achieve.

All in all I think the matchups went very well. Our team communicated effectively and were able to get into our opponents’ heads a little bit but this exercise shows quite how much work is put in by our ETC Captain, Vice Captain and the team at predicting the opposing team’s next bid.
Below are some shots of the games themselves, click on the images to enlarge them!



Sam’s Descending Angels are led into battle by his beautifully painted Librarians!!


The Captains shake hands after a hard fought draw!

So how did the matches compare with my predictions, well as I showed earlier on my match tracker I predicted our Blood Angels player could get 7 points against codex marines, so I predicted a weak draw on our behalf. This was mostly due to the fact that we hadn’t tested this list thoroughly and Sam was relatively new to competitive 40k but low and behold he netted us 10 points!!

In our Space Wolves match against Storm Raven Blood Angels we didn’t fair too well unfortunately and lost all 20 points, much less than my predicted value of 7….
In our Dark Eldar – Tyranids matchup and Imperial Guard – Eldar matchup I predicted 20-0 both times and that’s exactly what we got.
In our Grey Knights – Imperial Guard matchup I’d hoped that Brian could net us 8 points, i.e. a draw with heavy losses, unfortunately Brian lost his objective and could only get us 3 points.
Finally my own game I predicted a weak draw for myself (since my list haemorrhages points but can hold a draw in most games) but pulled off 10 points.
All in all the predictions were accurate enough with the exception of the Space Wolves match, a worthy draw on all sides!!
This was a brilliant way for two clubs to hang out and play some excellent team based games of 40k, I wholeheartedly look forward to the rematch!!
Our many thanks to Gamer’s World for having us, our great opponents the Naas Wargames Fraternity, Paul Quigley for refereeing and checking our lists and Jonny Fisher for proofing the lists also!


Pint time!

Bua nó Bás,
J

The Naas Wargaming Fraternity versus The Warheads


Hi all, a few weeks ago I challenged the Naas Wargaming Fraternity (NWF) to a club versus club fight using ETC style missions and pairings. The lists were submitted Monday the 25th of July by 18:00 and checked independently by Paul Quigley (Dublin Games Guild/Irish ETC Vice Captain 2011) and Jonny Fisher (Northern Irish ETC Captain 2011).


The lists allowed special characters but the restriction on only one of each codex still persisted as agreed by both Captains. Heading up Team Warheads would be myself and Francis Mahon for the NWF. Both teams sported some hardcore and varied lists with six players to a team.

Both teams also exhibited two ETC veterans each; Alec Cornelius (Warheads) who took part in the Home Nations this year as part of the Barbarians Team and myself (Team Ireland 2010 and 2011) while the NWF have Robert O’Byrne (Team Ireland 2010) and Cian O’Dowd (Team Ireland 2010).
The lists are displayed below and looks like a competitive field!


NAAS LISTS:



Blood Angels Army List 1750 pts
Chris Rooney

HQ:
Mephiston, Lord Of Death – [250]

Troops:
Assault Squad x6
-Meltagun
-Powerfist
-Melta Bombs
-Razorback (Twin linked Heavy bolter, Searchlight) – [179]

Assault Squad x6
-Meltagun
-Powerfist
-Melta Bombs
-Razorback (Twin linked lascannon) – [213]

Assault Squad x6
-Meltagun
-Powerfist
-Melta Bombs
-Razorback (Twin linked lascannon) – [213]


Elites:
Terminator Assault Squad
-Thunder hammers and storm shields – [225]

Furioso Dreadnought
-Pair of blood talons
-Heavy flamer – [135]

Furioso Dreadnought
-Pair of blood talons
-Heavy flamer – [135]


Heavy Support:
Stormraven Gunship
-Twin Linked Plasma Cannon
-Twin Linked Multi Melta – [200]

Stormraven Gunship
-Twin Linked Plasma Cannon
-Twin Linked Multi Melta – [200]


Total – 1750pts





Cian O’Dowd – 1,750 Points – Imperial Guard

Company Command Squad (50), with 3 meltaguns (30), Astropath (30), and Chimera (55) with heavy
flamer.
165 points

Psycher Battle Squad (60), with 2 additional Sanctioned Psychers (20), and Chimera (55) with heavy
flamer.
135 points

Veteran Squad (70), with 3 meltaguns (30), and Chimera (55) with heavy flamer.
155 points

Veteran Squad (70), with 3 meltaguns (30), and Chimera (55) with heavy flamer.
155 points

Veteran Squad (70), with 3 meltaguns (30), and Chimera (55) with heavy flamer.
155 points

Veteran Squad (70), with flamer (5), and autocannon (10).
85 points

Vendetta Gunship Squadron
– Vendetta Gunship (130).
130 points

Vendetta Gunship Squadron
– Vendetta Gunship (130).
130 points

Hellhound Squadron
– Banewolf (130), with smoke launchers (5).
135 points

Hydra Flak Tank Battery
– Hydra Flak Tank (75).
– Hydra Flak Tank (75).
150 points

Hydra Flak Tank Battery
– Hydra Flak Tank (75).
– Hydra Flak Tank (75).
150 points

Leman Russ Squadron
– Leman Russ Battle Tank (150), with lascannon (15), and plasma cannons (40).
205 points

Total: 1,750 points





Andy Farrell – Space Marine Army List – 1750pts

Librarian: Gate of infinity, Vortex of doom, bolt pistol – [100]

Dreadnought #1: 2x twin-linked autocannons (+20pts) – [125]
Dreadnought #2: 2x twin-linked autocannons (+20pts) – [125]
Terminator Squad: 5 terminators with thunder hammers and storm shields – [200]
Assigned to Land Raider

Tactical Squad #1: Sergeant with bolt pistol, close combat weapon and melta bombs (+5pts), and 4 marines with bolters – [95]
Assigned to razorback #1
Tactical Squad #2: Sergeant with bolt pistol and close combat weapon, and 4 marines with bolters – [90]
Assigned to razorback #2
Scout Squad #1: 4 scouts with bolt pistols and close combat weapons, sergeant with combi-melta (+10pts), close combat weapon and melta bombs (+5pts) – [90]
Scout Squad #2: 4 scouts with bolt pistols and close combat weapons, sergeant with combi-melta (+10pts), close combat weapon and melta bombs (+5pts) – [90]

Land Speeder Storm #1: Multi-melta (+15pts) – [65]
Land Speeder Storm #2: Multi-melta (+15pts) – [65]
Attack Bike #1: Multi-melta (+10pts) – [50]

Predator #1: Autocannon, and heavy bolter side sponsons (+25pts) – [85]
Predator #2: Autocannon, and heavy bolter side sponsons (+25pts) – [85]
Predator #3: Autocannon, and heavy bolter side sponsons (+25pts) – [85]

Razorback #1 Twin-linked lascannon (+35pts) – [75]
Assigned to tactical squad #1.
Razorback #2 Twin-linked lascannon (+35pts) – [75]
Assigned to tactical squad #2.
Land Raider Assigned to terminator assault squad – [250]

Total: 1750


Rory Dunne – Tyranids


HQ:
Hive tyrant(170): Scything Talons, leech essence, paroxyism, hive commander(25), wings(60) – [255]

Elites:
Hive Guard Brood(3): Hive Guard(50)- (3*50) – [150]
Hive Guard Brood(3): Hive Guard(50)- (3*50) – [150]
Zoanthrope Brood(2): Zoanthropes(60), Mycetic Spore(40)-(60*2+40) – [160]

Troops:
Genestealer Brood(13): genestealers(14),-(13*14) – [182]
Genestealer Brood(13): genestealers(14)-(13*14) – [182]
Genestealer Brood(12): gene stealers(14), toxin sacs(3)-(12*17) – [204]
Termagaunt Brood(10): Termagaunts(5)-(10*5) – [50]
Tervigon(160): cluster spines(0), catalyst(15) – [175]

Fast Attack:
Gargoyle Brood(10): Gargoyles(6), toxin sacs(1)-(10*7) – [70]

Heavy Support:
Mawloc – [170]

1748 points




Robert O’Byrne – Space Wolves Army List – 1750pts

Rune Priest: Living lightning, jaws of the world wolf, melta bombs (+5pts) and chooser of
the slain (+10pts) – [115]
Wolf Priest #1: Melta bombs (+5pts) and wolf tail talisman (+5pts) – [110]
Wolf Priest #2: Melta bombs (+5pts) – [105]

Wolf Guard Pack:
#1 Power fist (+20pts) and combi-plasma (+5pts).
#2 Frost blade (+20pts) and bolt pistol.
#3 Thunder hammer (+25pts) and combi-plasma(+5pts).
#4 Power fist (+20pts) and combi-melta (+5pts).
#5 Power fist (+20pts) and combi-melta (+5pts).
[215]

Wolf Scouts Pack: 5 scouts. All with melta bombs (+25pts), 1 with flamer (+5pts) and 1 with power weapon (+15pts). Joined by Wolf Guard #1. – [120]
Wolf Scouts Pack: 5 scouts. All with melta bombs (+25pts) and 1 with flamer (+5pts).
Joined by Wolf Guard #2 – [105]

Grey Hunters #1 6 grey hunters. 1 with plasma gun (+10pts) and 1 with power weapon (+15pts). Joined by Wolf Guard #3. – [115]
Grey Hunters #2 6 grey hunters. 1 with meltagun (+5pts) and 1 with power weapon (+15pts). Joined by Wolf Guard #4. – [110]
Grey Hunters #3 6 grey hunters. 1 with meltagun (+5pts) and 1 with power weapon (+15pts). Joined by Wolf Guard #5. – [110]

Long Fangs Pack #1 5 long fangs and 1 squad leader. 5 missile launchers (+50pts) – [140]
Long Fangs Pack #2 5 long fangs and 1 squad leader. 5 missile launchers (+50pts) – [140]
Long Fangs Pack #3 5 long fangs and 1 squad leader. 5 missile launchers (+50pts) – [140]
Transport #1 Rhino (assigned to Grey Hunters #1). – [35]
Transport #2 Rhino (assigned to Grey Hunters #2). – [35]
Transport #3 Rhino (assigned to Grey Hunters #3). – [35]
Transport #4 Razorback with twin-linked heavy bolters (assigned to Long Fangs #1) – [40]
Transport #5 Razorback with twin-linked heavy bolters (assigned to Long Fangs #2) – [40]
Transport #6 Razorback with twin-linked heavy bolters (assigned to Long Fangs #3) – [40]

Total: 1750


Francis Mahon [Captain] – Eldar Army list

H.Q:
Jetlock squad:
Farseer with runes of warding (15), spirit stones (20), doom (25), fortune (30), jetbike (30)
Warlock x 7 with jetbikes (140), enhance (15), embolden (5), destructor x 2 (20) – [530]

Jetlock squad:
Farseer with runes of warding (15), spirit stones (20), doom (25), fortune (30), jetbike (30)
Warlock x 7 with jetbikes (140), enhance (15), embolden (5), destructor x 2 (20) – [485]

Troops:
Guardians x 15 with warlock (25), embolden (5) and brightlance (30) – [180]
Dire avengers x 5 (*) – [60]
Dire avengers x 5 – [60]

Heavy Support:
Falcon with Holo fields(35) and shuriken cannon (5) – [155]
Wraithlord with brightlance(40) and missile launcher (25) – [155]
Waveserpent with star cannons (35) for Dire Avenger squad (*) – [120]

Total: 1750pts



WARHEADS LISTS:


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Player Name: Joseph Cullen [Captain]
Codex: Chaos Space Marines

HQ
Daemon Prince 110
Wings 20
Lash of Submission 20
Mark of Slaanesh 5

TROOPS
Chaos Space Marine Squad in Dedicated Transport #1
5 x Chaos Space Marines 75
Icon of Chaos Glory 10

Chaos Space Marine Squad
5 x Chaos Space Marines 75

Chaos Space Marine Squad
5 x Chaos Space Marines 75

HEAVY SUPPORT
3 x Obliterators 225

3 x Obliterators 225

3 x Obliterators 225

ELITES
Terminator Squad
3 x Terminators 90
3 x combi meltas 15

Terminator Squad
3 x Terminators 90
3 x combi plasmas 15

Dedicated Transports
Dedicated Transport #1
Chaos Rhino 35

Dedicated Transport #2
Land Raider 220

Dedicated Transport #3
Land Raider 220

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Player Name: Alec Cornelius
Codex: Dark Eldar

HQ 1: Succubus (65): Agoniser (20), Splinter Pistol, Combat Drugs,
Plasma Grenades, Haywire Grenades (5) – [90]

Elites 1: 4 Kabalite Trueborn (48): 4 Blasters (60), in Transport 1 – [108]
Elites 2: 4 Kabalite Trueborn (48): 4 Blasters (60), in Transport 2 – [108]
Elites 3: 4 Kabalite Trueborn (48): 4 Blasters (60), in Transport 3 – [108]

Troops 1: 5 Warriors (30): Splinter Rifles, 1 Blaster (15), in
Transport 4 – [60]
Troops 1: 5 Warriors (30): Splinter Rifles, 1 Blaster (15), in
Transport 5 – [60]
Troops 3: 5 Warriors (30): Splinter Rifles, 1 Blaster (15), in
Transport 6 – [60]
Troops 4: 5 Warriors (30): Splinter Rifles, 1 Blaster (15), in
Transport 7 – [60]
Troops 5: 5 Warriors (30): Splinter Rifles, 1 Blaster (15), in
Transport 8 – [60]

Fast Attack 1: 3 Beastmasters (36): 5 Khymerae (60), 4 Razorwing
Flocks (60) – [156]

Heavy Support 1: Ravager (105): 3 Dark Lances, Shock Prow (5), Flicker
Field (10) – [120]
Heavy Support 2: Ravager (105): 3 Dark Lances, Shock Prow (5), Flicker
Field (10) – [120]
Heavy Support 3: Ravager (105): 3 Dark Lances, Shock Prow (5), Flicker
Field (10) – [120]

Transports:
Transport 1: Venom (55): Splinter Cannon, Flicker FIeld, Splinter
Cannon (10) – [65]
Transport 2: Venom (55): Splinter Cannon, Flicker FIeld, Splinter
Cannon (10) – [65]
Transport 3: Venom (55): Splinter Cannon, Flicker FIeld, Splinter
Cannon (10) – [65]
Transport 4: Venom (55): Splinter Cannon, Flicker FIeld, Splinter
Cannon (10) – [65]
Transport 5: Venom (55): Splinter Cannon, Flicker FIeld, Splinter
Cannon (10) – [65]
Transport 6: Venom (55): Splinter Cannon, Flicker FIeld, Splinter
Cannon (10) – [65]
Transport 7: Venom (55): Splinter Cannon, Flicker FIeld, Splinter
Cannon (10) – [65]
Transport 8: Venom (55): Splinter Cannon, Flicker FIeld, Splinter
Cannon (10) – [65]

Total: 1750

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Player Name: Sam Santijirakun
Codex: Blood Angels

Librarian: Jump Pack, Shield of Sanguinius and Blood Lance – 125
Librarian: Jump Pack, Shield of Sanguinius and Blood Lance – 125

5 Honour Guard: Jump Packs, 3 Melta guns – 195
5 Honour Guard: Jump Packs, 3 Melta guns – 195

Sanguinary Priest: Jump Pack, melta bombs – 80
Sanguinary Priest: Jump Pack, Lightning Claw – 90

10 Assault Marines: Power fist, 2 Melta guns – 235
10 Assault Marines: Power fist, 2 Melta guns – 235
10 Assault Marines: Power fist, 2 Melta guns – 235
10 Assault Marines: Power fist, 2 Melta guns – 235

Total: 1750

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Player Name: Tristram Hills
Codex: Imperial Guard

Company Command squad 50
4x Plasma 60
Chimera 55
Turret and Hull Heavy Flamer

Vendetta 140
Heavy bolters

Vendetta 140
Heavy bolters

Vendetta 130

Psyker battle Squad 60
4x Extra Psykers 40
Chimera 55

Veteran Squad 100
3x Meltaguns
Chimera 55
Hull Heavy Flamer

Veteran Squad 100
3x Meltaguns
Chimera 55
Hull Heavy Flamer

Veteran Squad 130
3x Meltaguns
Demolitions

Veteran Squad 130
3x Meltaguns
Demolitions

Hydra x2 150
Hull Heavy Flamerx2

Hydra x2 150
Hull Heavy Flamerx2

Hydra x2 150
Hull Heavy Flamerx2

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Player Name: Brian MacKenzie
Codex: Grey Knights

HQ
Crowe 150

TROOPS
5 purifiers (x2 psycannon, x2 halberds [1 master crafted], 1 hammer) 154
in rhino w/searchlight and dozerblade 46

5 purifiers (x2 psycannon, x2 halberds [1 master crafted], 1 hammer) 154
in rhino w/dozerblade 45

5 purifiers (x2 psycannon, x2 halberds [1 master crafted], 1 hammer) 154
in rhino w/dozerblade 45

5 purifiers (x2 psycannon, x2 halberds, 1 hammer) 149
in razorback w/psybolt 50

5 purifiers (x2 psycannon, x2 halberds, 1 hammer) 149
in razorback w/psybolt 50

5 purifiers (x2 psycannon, x2 halberds, 1 hammer) 149
in razorback w/psybolt 50

HEAVY
Dreadnought, Twin Linked Autocannon, Twin Linked Autocannon, Psybolt
Ammunition 135

Dreadnought, Twin Linked Autocannon, Twin Linked Autocannon, Psybolt
Ammunition 135

Dreadnought, Twin Linked Autocannon, Twin Linked Autocannon, Psybolt
Ammunition 135

total: 1750

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Player Name: Ulick O’Sullivan
Codex: Space Wolves

HQ1: Rune Priest with Jaws of the World Wolf and Storm Caller, Chooser
of the Slain: [110]

Elites1: 5 Wolf Scouts w/ melta gun & Meltabombs: [110]
Elites2: 5 Wolf Scouts w/ melta gun & Meltabombs: [110]
Elites3: 4 wolf guard, 2 x combi melta, 2 x combi melta with Wolf
claws and melta bombs: [132]

Troops1: 5 Grey Hunters with Meltagun: [80] in Transport 1
Troops2: 5 Grey Hunters with Meltagun: [80] in Transport 2
Troops3: 5 Grey Hunters with Meltagun: [80] in Transport 3
Troops4: 5 Grey Hunters with Meltagun: [80] in Transport 4

HS1: 6 Long Fangs with 5 missile launchers: [140] in Transport 5
HS2: 6 Long Fangs with 5 missile launchers: [140] in Transport 6
HS3: 6 Long Fangs with 5 missile launchers: [140] in Transport 7

Transport 1: Razorback with twin-linked Lascannon: [75]
Transport 2: Razorback with twin-linked Lascannon: [75]
Transport 3: Razorback with twin-linked Lascannon: [75]
Transport 4: Razorback with twin-linked Lascannon & Dozerblades: [80]
Transport 5: Razorback with twin-linked Lascannon & Dozerblades: [80]
Transport 6: Razorback with twin-linked Lascannon & Dozerblades: [80]
Transport 7: Razorback with twin-linked Lascannon & Dozerblades: [80]




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