So, Game One of Saturday's Tournament found my Daemons taking on Gauthic's ever-improving Dark Eldar.
As an aside, the obvious thing here is why he didn't hold everything in reserve, safe from a drop and shoot like this. I think he wanted to capitalize on the opening phase, when Daemons are weak, scattered across the board and with half the army in reserve. The Bolts, with AP 1, were also fairly devastating... including the bonus for open top, I had a +2 when I penetrated and only a dead even roll when I glanced. Fail a cover save and it's good night Gracie... Still, had he gone the whole reserve, my plan was to drop all 3 Plaguebearers and 2 Fiends. The first would grab cover and hunker down, while the second would drop on my side of the board and wait out a turn before launching an assault. This plan still allows my shooting to drop in later, so I think I would have been fine.
The other obvious disadvantage for Gauthic's list is the 4x4 tables. Next month we move up to the regulation tables, which will be a huge benefit to his list. Moving on...
This was a tough beat for Gauthic, who couldn't catch a break in the game. During my post I didn't bother to mention the poor dice rolls, simply because there were so many! The learning curve for Dark Eldar is pretty steep, and I think some mistakes were made - for instance, I don't think it was a good idea for his Archaon and squad to hop out of their transport and assault the Fiends... but that's opinion. Would it have been better to crash after a few bolts, then get assaulted anyway? Sometimes these games turn into 'What Ifs' and I don't find that all that helpful.
Winning any tournament is 50% luck, 50% skill, and 50% endurance (yea, yea). I won the tournament Saturday - since ol' Whit spilled the beans - and I had to play and beat the two armies I was least looking forward to playing, but I didn't have to play any of the Landraider lists, so who knows how that would have played out.
Anyway, Gauthic went on to go 2-2 for the day, recovering from a tough start. I still think the Dark Eldar are going to be hell later on this year.
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