As an aside, I got an email from Kris, the Blood Angels player from Game I. I'm going to reply more specifically in a blog post, probably tomorrow, but I wanted to mention one thing. I referred twice to his inexperience but I wasn't more specific than that. I alluded to it, but here it is straight out: I meant his inexperience playing in GT's. The dude knew how to rock his army, but nobody I know does as well as they want in their first major Indy. It's a different scene.
Here I am playing Brother Captain James from the Battle for Salvation. I wanted to ask him Jawaballs-specific questions, but there wasn't much time...
I really liked his army. I thought it was subtle and interesting - and I was extremely worried about playing it.
|More army pics. Those Land Speeders are one unit... probably a nod to comp.|
|Here he is, spreading out. Do YOU see any great places to Deep Strike in 6 units? To say this made me nervous is an understatement.|
|His Stern Guard. He Combat-Squaded them, and on unit has the Librarian. Awesome models, with hand-painted symbols.|
Here's a good time to say this: if you are a new Daemons player, DON'T use Icons. Don't. This game is an example why. I rarely lose models to mishaps - as in, maybe 1 unit in 30 games - that kind of rare. It's because I played without them for so long that I know exactly what to do and where to place. Now that I use Icons, I have both tools at my disposal. In this game, without that experience, Brother Captain James' strategy of spreading out would have probably destroyed my chances right from the beginning. There was very, very few places to successfully land.
|Proof my dice aren't loaded.|
|More pics. Told you I took a bunch.|
|He's still got several solid units, but he has to approach me over difficult ground; plus, I have the charge range he doesn't, even with Fleet. Still, this had to be played correctly.|
|Shrike flies over, trying to split my close combat forces, methinks. He ends up targeting Plague Bearers, which is cool by me.|
|Here come the Terminators.|
|That battle is joined...|
|...and there is the envelopment.|