Competitive Innovations in 10th: The Imperium Strikes Back pt.2

Wings update – still sick. That means no pithy intro, straight into the content. You love content.

Today you will have Lowest of Men as normal, covering:

  • OPEN “ATLAVERA” 2024 (IBERIAN OPEN)
  • Talvisota – Winter Assault 2024
  • JP CUP
  • Toys of Mass Destruction – Hertfordshire Spring GT
  • Last Of The Summer Winehammer 6
  • BFS Grand Tournament

Part 1 on Wednesday had the team covering:

  • Frontline Gaming RMO 2024 40k Champs
  • Battlefield Birmingham 22
  • CQ Exterminatus 2024
  • Bastion Games Warlords GT 3.0: Unforgiven
  • Free state GT 2024
  • Lords of War GT – March 2024
  • The Ides of March 40K GT

OPEN “ATLAVERA” 2024 (IBERIAN OPEN)

107-player, 7-round Major in Talavera de la Reina, CM, España on March 16 2024. All the lists for this event can be found in Best Coast Pairings.

Manue – Grey Knights (Teleport Strike Force) – 1st Place

Grey Knights Grand Master in Nemesis Dreadknight. Credit: Colin Ward

The List

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+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
+ FACTION KEYWORD: Imperium – Grey Knights
+ DETACHMENT: Teleport Strike Force
+ TOTAL ARMY POINTS: 1995pts
+
+ ENHANCEMENT: Sigil of Exigence (on Char5: Grand Master in Nemesis Dreadknight)
+ NUMBER OF UNITS: 12
+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

CHARACTER

Char1: 1x Brotherhood Librarian (110 pts)
1 with Nemesis Force Weapon, Purge Soul, Combi-Weapon

Char2: 1x Brotherhood Librarian (110 pts)
1 with Nemesis Force Weapon, Purge Soul, Combi-Weapon

Char3: 1x Brotherhood Librarian (110 pts)
1 with Nemesis Force Weapon, Purge Soul, Combi-Weapon

Char4: 1x Brotherhood Techmarine (60 pts)
1 with Flamer, Omnissian Power Axe, Plasma Cutter, Servo-arms, Bolt Pistol

Char5: 1x Grand Master in Nemesis Dreadknight (230 pts)
1 with Nemesis Daemon Greathammer, Heavy Incinerator, Heavy Psycannon
Enhancement: Sigil of Exigence (30 pts)

BATTLELINE

5x Brotherhood Terminator Squad (210 pts)
• 1x Justicar
1 with Nemesis Force Weapon, Storm Bolter
• 2x Terminator
2 with Nemesis Force Weapon, Storm Bolter
• 1x Terminator with Ancient’s Banner
1 with Nemesis Force Weapon, Incinerator
• Ancient’s Banner
• 1x Terminator with Narthecium
1 with Nemesis Force Weapon
• Narthecium

5x Strike Squad (125 pts)
• 4x Grey Knight
4 with Nemesis Force Weapon, Storm Bolter
• 1x Justicar
1 with Nemesis Force Weapon, Storm Bolter

OTHER DATASHEETS

5x Paladin Squad (225 pts)
• 1x Paladin
1 with Nemesis Force Weapon, Storm Bolter
• 1x Paladin with Ancient’s Banner
1 with Nemesis Force Weapon, Incinerator
• Ancient’s Banner
• 2x Paladin with Heavy Weapon
2 with Nemesis Force Weapon, Incinerator
• 1x Paragon
1 with Nemesis Force Weapon, Storm Bolter

1x Grey Knights Land Raider Redeemer (260 pts)
1 with Armoured tracks, 2x Flamestorm Cannon, Hunter-killer Missile, Multi-melta, Storm Bolter, Twin Assault Cannon

1x Nemesis Dreadknight (185 pts)
1 with Nemesis Daemon Greathammer, Heavy Incinerator, Heavy Psycannon

1x Nemesis Dreadknight (185 pts)
1 with Nemesis Daemon Greathammer, Heavy Incinerator, Heavy Psycannon

1x Nemesis Dreadknight (185 pts)
1 with Nemesis Daemon Greathammer, Heavy Incinerator, Heavy Psycannon

Archetype

Grey Knights 2+ Club

Thoughts

Brace yourself, the GK are coming. This lovely build from Manue highlights some of the assets they can call upon as they begin to take hold of the current meta, with loads of 2+ saves and durable blocks to stash away, redeploy on a whim and wear down the opponent. The Land Raider Redeemer slots right into this plan, giving you a credible overwatch threat for the centre and something to force enemy commitment onto, which sets you up very nicely to counter punch. Librarians bring crucial precision mortals, and the buff / heal stacking of the GK Techmarine is going to be infamous in approximately three days time, so get ready for it! Very well done on the win.

Alejandro Mancuso Serrano – Grey Knights (Teleport Strike Force) – 2nd Place

Grey Knight - Justicar
Grey Knight – Justicar
Credit: Pendulin

The List

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back to 9th (1995 points)

Grey Knights
Strike Force (2000 points)
Teleport Strike Force

CHARACTERS

Brotherhood Librarian (110 points)
• 1x Combi-weapon
1x Nemesis force weapon
1x Purge Soul

Brotherhood Librarian (110 points)
• Warlord
• 1x Combi-weapon
1x Nemesis force weapon
1x Purge Soul

Brotherhood Librarian (110 points)
• 1x Combi-weapon
1x Nemesis force weapon
1x Purge Soul

Brotherhood Techmarine (60 points)
• 1x Boltgun
1x Flamer
1x Omnissian power axe
1x Plasma cutter
1x Servo-arms

Grand Master in Nemesis Dreadknight (230 points)
• 1x Heavy incinerator
1x Heavy psycannon
1x Nemesis daemon greathammer
• Enhancement: Sigil of Exigence

BATTLELINE

Brotherhood Terminator Squad (210 points)
• 1x Terminator Justicar
• 1x Nemesis force weapon
1x Storm bolter
• 4x Brotherhood Terminator
• 1x Ancient’s Banner
1x Incinerator
1x Narthecium
4x Nemesis force weapon
2x Storm bolter

Strike Squad (125 points)
• 1x Justicar
• 1x Nemesis force weapon
1x Storm bolter
• 4x Grey Knight
• 1x Close combat weapon
1x Incinerator
3x Nemesis force weapon
3x Storm bolter

OTHER DATASHEETS

Grey Knights Land Raider Redeemer (260 points)
• 1x Armoured tracks
2x Flamestorm cannon
1x Hunter-killer missile
1x Multi-melta
1x Storm bolter
1x Twin assault cannon

Nemesis Dreadknight (185 points)
• 1x Heavy incinerator
1x Heavy psycannon
1x Nemesis daemon greathammer

Nemesis Dreadknight (185 points)
• 1x Heavy incinerator
1x Heavy psycannon
1x Nemesis daemon greathammer

Nemesis Dreadknight (185 points)
• 1x Heavy incinerator
1x Heavy psycannon
1x Nemesis daemon greathammer

Paladin Squad (225 points)
• 1x Paragon
• 1x Nemesis force weapon
1x Storm bolter
• 1x Paladin Ancient
• 1x Ancient’s Banner
1x Incinerator
1x Nemesis force weapon
• 3x Paladin
• 2x Incinerator
3x Nemesis force weapon
1x Storm bolter

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Archetype

Grey Knights 2+ Club

Thoughts

Well well well! Here it is again! The same set of tools piloted to a very similar success here, confirming if you had any doubts that the Grey Knights are back and here to make trouble. Really well done on the top placing.

Javier Peigneux – Space Wolves (Ironstorm Spearhead) – 3rd Place

Blood Ravens Ballistus Dreadnought. Credit – Soggy

The List

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Full destruccion lobos (2000 Points)

Space Marines
Space Wolves
Ironstorm Spearhead
Strike Force (2000 Points)

CHARACTERS

Lieutenant with Combi-weapon (90 Points)
• 1x Combi-weapon
1x Paired combat blades
• Enhancements: Master of Machine War (Aura)

Ragnar Blackmane (90 Points)
• 1x Bolt Pistol
1x Frostfang

Techmarine (95 Points)
• Warlord
• 1x Forge bolter
1x Grav-pistol
1x Omnissian power axe
1x Servo-arm
• Enhancements: Target Augury Web (Aura)

BATTLELINE

Assault Intercessor Squad (75 Points)
• 1x Assault Intercessor Sergeant
• 1x Hand flamer
1x Power fist
• 4x Assault Intercessor
• 4x Astartes chainsword
4x Heavy bolt pistol

Assault Intercessor Squad (75 Points)
• 1x Assault Intercessor Sergeant
• 1x Hand flamer
1x Power fist
• 4x Assault Intercessor
• 4x Astartes chainsword
4x Heavy bolt pistol

DEDICATED TRANSPORTS

Impulsor (80 Points)
• 1x Armoured hull
1x Bellicatus missile array
2x Fragstorm grenade launcher
1x Ironhail heavy stubber

OTHER DATASHEETS

Ballistus Dreadnought (140 Points)
• 1x Armoured feet
1x Ballistus lascannon
1x Ballistus missile launcher
1x Twin storm bolter

Ballistus Dreadnought (140 Points)
• 1x Armoured feet
1x Ballistus lascannon
1x Ballistus missile launcher
1x Twin storm bolter

Eliminator Squad (75 Points)
• 1x Eliminator Sergeant
• 1x Bolt pistol
1x Close combat weapon
1x Instigator bolt carbine
• 2x Eliminator
• 2x Bolt pistol
2x Close combat weapon
2x Las fusil

Eliminator Squad (75 Points)
• 1x Eliminator Sergeant
• 1x Bolt pistol
1x Close combat weapon
1x Instigator bolt carbine
• 2x Eliminator
• 2x Bolt pistol
2x Close combat weapon
2x Las fusil

Fenrisian Wolves (30 Points)
• 5x Fenrisian Wolf
• 5x Teeth and claws

Fenrisian Wolves (30 Points)
• 5x Fenrisian Wolf
• 5x Teeth and claws

Hounds of Morkai (90 Points)
• 1x Hound of Morkai Pack Leader
• 1x Morkai bolt pistol
1x Morkai combat knife
• 4x Hound of Morkai
• 4x Morkai bolt pistol
4x Morkai combat knife

Infiltrator Squad (100 Points)
• 1x Infiltrator Sergeant
• 1x Bolt pistol
1x Close combat weapon
1x Marksman bolt carbine
• 4x Infiltrator
• 4x Bolt pistol
4x Close combat weapon
1x Helix Gauntlet
1x Infiltrator Comms Array
4x Marksman bolt carbine

Repulsor Executioner (220 Points)
• 1x Armoured hull
1x Heavy laser destroyer
1x Heavy onslaught gatling cannon
1x Icarus rocket pod
1x Ironhail heavy stubber
1x Repulsor Executioner defensive array
1x Twin Icarus ironhail heavy stubber
1x Twin heavy bolter

Repulsor Executioner (220 Points)
• 1x Armoured hull
1x Heavy laser destroyer
1x Heavy onslaught gatling cannon
1x Icarus rocket pod
1x Ironhail heavy stubber
1x Repulsor Executioner defensive array
1x Twin Icarus ironhail heavy stubber
1x Twin heavy bolter

Scout Squad (65 Points)
• 1x Scout Sergeant
• 1x Astartes chainsword
1x Bolt pistol
1x Close combat weapon
• 4x Scout
• 2x Astartes shotgun
4x Bolt pistol
4x Close combat weapon
1x Missile launcher
1x Scout sniper rifle

Scout Squad (65 Points)
• 1x Scout Sergeant
• 1x Astartes chainsword
1x Bolt pistol
1x Close combat weapon
• 4x Scout
• 2x Astartes shotgun
4x Bolt pistol
4x Close combat weapon
1x Missile launcher
1x Scout sniper rifle

Wulfen (80 Points)
• 1x Wulfen Pack Leader
• 1x Storm Shield
1x Stormfrag auto-launcher
1x Wulfen hammer
• 4x Wulfen
• 4x Storm Shield
4x Stormfrag auto-launcher
4x Wulfen hammer

ALLIED UNITS

Callidus Assassin (90 Points)
• 1x Neural shredder
1x Phase sword and poison blades

Lord Inquisitor Kyria Draxus (75 Points)
• 1x Dirgesinger
1x Power fist
1x Psychic Tempest

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Archetype

Space Wolves Ironstorm

Thoughts

The Space Wolves haven’t enjoyed quite the same success as the other ‘who’s a special boy’ chapters post dataslate, but they have plenty going for them, and this spin on Ironstorm shows us why. Fenrisian Wolves are a dream in a Marines list, offering you something dirt cheap to block, screen and do actions with. Ragnar Blackmane provides a little combat blender, and the Hounds of Morkai provide some cute anti-Psyker action too. Otherwise, this is about big guns and I cannot lie. A very punchy build with some nice slivers of tech, really well done on the top placing.

OuX ™ – Imperial Knights (Noble Lance) – 4th Place

Imperial Knights - Armiger Helverins
Imperial Knights – Armiger Helverins
Credit: Pendulin

The List

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++ Army Roster (Imperium – Imperial Knights) [2,000pts] ++

+ Configuration +

Battle Size: 2. Strike Force (2000 Point limit)

Detachment: Noble Lance

Show/Hide Options: Agents of the Imperium are visible, Legends are visible, Titans are visible, Unaligned Forces are visible, Unaligned Fortifications are visible

+ Epic Hero [435pts] +

Canis Rex [435pts]: Warlord

. Canis Rex: Chainbreaker las-impulsor, Chainbreaker multi-laser, Freedom’s Hand
. Sir Hekhtur: Close combat weapon, Hekhtur’s pistol

+ Battleline [1,450pts] +

Armiger Helverin [140pts]: 2x Armiger autocannon, Armoured feet, Questoris heavy stubber

Armiger Helverin [140pts]: 2x Armiger autocannon, Armoured feet, Questoris heavy stubber

Armiger Helverin [140pts]: 2x Armiger autocannon, Armoured feet, Questoris heavy stubber

Armiger Helverin [140pts]: 2x Armiger autocannon, Armoured feet, Questoris heavy stubber

Armiger Helverin [140pts]: 2x Armiger autocannon, Armoured feet, Questoris heavy stubber

Armiger Warglaive [150pts]: Meltagun, Reaper chain-cleaver, Thermal spear

Armiger Warglaive [150pts]: Meltagun, Reaper chain-cleaver, Thermal spear

Armiger Warglaive [150pts]: Meltagun, Reaper chain-cleaver, Thermal spear

Armiger Warglaive [150pts]: Meltagun, Reaper chain-cleaver, Thermal spear

Armiger Warglaive [150pts]: Meltagun, Reaper chain-cleaver, Thermal spear

+ Allied Units [115pts] +

Eversor Assassin [75pts]: Executioner pistol, Power sword and neuro gauntlet

Inquisitorial Henchmen [40pts]

. 2x Inquisitorial Acolyte: 2x Acolyte firearm, 2x Acolyte melee weapon
. Inquisitorial Acolyte w/ eviscerator: Acolyte firearm, Acolyte melee weapon, Eviscerator
. Inquisitorial Acolyte w/ plasma pistol: Acolyte firearm, Acolyte melee weapon, Plasma pistol

++ Total: [2,000pts] ++

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Archetype

Imperial Knight Armiger Spam

Thoughts

Imperial Knights nab a top placing by leaning hard into Armiger shooting. In a meta with a fair few armies asking ‘can you kill me’, it makes sense that a heavy shooting take on Knights can find some good match ups and thrive despite all the changes the faction has had to weather. Assassin / Henchmen combo help to shore up hard to reach places and scoring, and Canis Rex is a very scary shooting threat. Fail to clear Armigers quickly and you can find yourself outbodied on Primary by all the OC and blown away by all of the guns! Excellent work on the top placing.

The Best of the Rest

There were 15 more players on 4-1 records. They were:

  • 5th – Roger Boira- T’au Empire: Breachers, Riptides, and a Crisis death brick.
  • 6th – Gonzalo “Raven” 🦭🦭🦭- Death Guard: Plague Marines and PBCs get a nice bit of help from Rotigus himself!
  • 7th – Alfred Phobos- Adeptus Custodes: Massed Custodes infantry and a couple of Assassins.
  • 8th – Borja FM- Blood Angels: An epic Gladius Blood Angels build with three Death Company Dreadnoughts, a Libby Dread, and two Baal Predators.
  • 9th – Gabriel Fernandez- Aeldari: An Yvraine 10 Troupe, the Avatar of Khaine, and plenty of Warp Spiders.
  • 10th – Juan Manuel Galán Recio- Aeldari: Nightspinners, D Cannons, and plenty of shoot and scoot MSU.
  • 11th – Caparock- Necrons: Canoptek Court Goodstuff.
  • 12th – Keko 🙂 – Adeptus Custodes: Massed Custodes infantry.
  • 13th – Angel C4KILLER – Drukhari: Oooo, 6 Heat Lance Talos and supporting MSU. Very spicy.
  • 14th – Leónidas #Tuneleo# – Orks: Ghaz, Battlewagon Boyz, and lots of MSU with Flash Gitz in tow.
  • 15th – Arcuos – Black Templars: A horde of Templars infantry with Land Raider transportation.
  • 16th – Dekkers 🦭👾- Necrons: Canoptek Court Goodstuff.
  • 17th – Terroxer El Rojo- Thousand Sons: Massed Wizards, Magnus, Rubrics, Vortex Beast.
  • 18th – Alex Valin- Necrons: Canoptek Court Goodstuff.
  • 19th – Prados Javi- World Eaters: World Eaters Rhino Rush.

[40k] Talvisota – Winter Assault 2024

49-player, 5-round Grand Tournament in Helsinki, Suomi on March 16 2024. All the lists for this event can be found in Best Coast Pairings.

Eero Saukkonen – Astra Militarum (Combined Regiment) – 1st Place

Lord Solar. Credit: Rockfish
Lord Solar. Credit: Rockfish

The List

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(1995 points)

Eero Saukkonen
Astra Militarum
Strike Force (2000 points)
Combined Regiment

CHARACTERS

Lord Solar Leontus (125 points)
• Warlord
• 1x Conquest
1x Konstantin’s hooves
1x Sol’s Righteous Gaze

Platoon Command Squad (60 points)
• 1x Platoon Commander
• 1x Close combat weapon
1x Plasma pistol
1x Power fist
• 2x Veteran Guardsman
• 2x Close combat weapon
2x Lasgun
2x Laspistol
1x Master Vox
1x Medi-pack
• 1x Veteran Heavy Weapons Team
• 1x Close combat weapon
1x Laspistol
1x Mortar

Tank Commander (205 points)
• 1x Armoured tracks
1x Demolisher battle cannon
1x Heavy stubber
1x Hunter-killer missile
1x Lascannon
2x Multi-melta

Tank Commander (205 points)
• 1x Armoured tracks
1x Demolisher battle cannon
1x Heavy stubber
1x Hunter-killer missile
1x Lascannon
2x Multi-melta

Ursula Creed (55 points)
• 1x Duty and Vengeance
1x Power weapon

BATTLELINE

Death Korps of Krieg (65 points)
• 1x Death Korps Watchmaster
• 1x Plasma pistol
1x Power weapon
• 9x Death Korps Trooper
• 9x Close combat weapon
1x Death Korps Medi-pack
1x Grenade launcher
6x Lasgun
1x Meltagun
1x Plasma gun

OTHER DATASHEETS

Bullgryn Squad (160 points)
• 1x Bullgryn Bone ’ead
• 1x Brute Shield
1x Bullgryn maul
1x Close combat weapon
• 5x Bullgryn
• 5x Brute Shield
5x Bullgryn maul
5x Close combat weapon

Bullgryn Squad (160 points)
• 1x Bullgryn Bone ’ead
• 1x Brute Shield
1x Bullgryn maul
1x Close combat weapon
• 5x Bullgryn
• 5x Brute Shield
5x Bullgryn maul
5x Close combat weapon

Kasrkin (100 points)
• 1x Kasrkin Sergeant
• 1x Plasma pistol
1x Power weapon
• 9x Kasrkin
• 9x Close combat weapon
3x Hot-shot lasgun
1x Hot-shot laspistol
1x Hot-shot marksman rifle
1x Melta Mine
2x Meltagun
2x Plasma gun
1x Vox-caster

Kasrkin (100 points)
• 1x Kasrkin Sergeant
• 1x Plasma pistol
1x Power weapon
• 9x Kasrkin
• 9x Close combat weapon
3x Hot-shot lasgun
1x Hot-shot laspistol
1x Hot-shot marksman rifle
1x Melta Mine
2x Meltagun
2x Plasma gun
1x Vox-caster

Kasrkin (100 points)
• 1x Kasrkin Sergeant
• 1x Plasma pistol
1x Power weapon
• 9x Kasrkin
• 9x Close combat weapon
3x Hot-shot lasgun
1x Hot-shot laspistol
1x Hot-shot marksman rifle
1x Melta Mine
2x Meltagun
2x Plasma gun
1x Vox-caster

Manticore (180 points)
• 1x Armoured tracks
1x Heavy bolter
1x Hunter-killer missile
1x Storm eagle rockets

Manticore (180 points)
• 1x Armoured tracks
1x Heavy bolter
1x Hunter-killer missile
1x Storm eagle rockets

Manticore (180 points)
• 1x Armoured tracks
1x Heavy bolter
1x Hunter-killer missile
1x Storm eagle rockets

Scout Sentinels (60 points)
• 1x Close combat weapon
1x Hunter-killer missile
1x Plasma cannon
1x Sentinel chainsaw

Scout Sentinels (60 points)
• 1x Close combat weapon
1x Hunter-killer missile
1x Plasma cannon
1x Sentinel chainsaw

Archetype

Guard Mixed Arms

Thoughts

Ooo goody! Another Astra Militarum event win. Look at it, look how very above average it must be to have made it this far. Manticores are great, Bullgryn are great, Kasrkin are really nifty and THEY COME BAAACK, and Tank Commanders shoot on death too! You need to pilot it well, but the guard have a very powerful build here and it keeps coming back for more. It may be time to call the debate closed at this stage. Really well done on the top placing!

The Best of the Rest

There were 7 more players on 4-1 records. They were:

  • 2nd – Juha Ottelin – Black Templars (Ironstorm Spearhead): Ironstorm Tank Carpark.
  • 3rd – Pekka Koskivirta – Death Guard (Plague Company): Full send Rhinos / Plague Marines / Drones / PBCs.
  • 4th – Aleksi Lehtiö – Thousand Sons (Cult of Magic): Sorcerors, Rubrics, a Forgefiend, Magnus, and a cheeky Vortex Beast.
  • 5th – Jouni Haavisto – Tyranids (Invasion Fleet): Invasion Fleet monster mash.
  • 6th – Samppa Orhanen – Tyranids (Invasion Fleet): Massed Genestealers and Gargoyles with some Maleceptors.
  • 7th – Kaarle Tukia – Leagues of Votann: The full six Sagitaurs and thirty Warriors dream.
  • 8th – Jussi Koskimäki – Adepta Sororitas: Vahl Paragons, massed Arcos, and some Exorcists.

JP Cup

46-player GT in Poland. All the lists for this event can be found in TourneyKeeper.

This event was using true 20-0 scoring, with placing entirely decided by points.

The Showdown

Matchup & Mission – Orks versus Custodes

Danny Porter – Orks

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CHARACTER

Kaptin Badruk (80)
Mozrog (195)
Ghazghull Thraka (235) Warlord
Deffkilla Wartrike (95)
– – – Supa-Cybork Body
Warboss (65) Powerklaw
Warboss (65) Powerklaw
Warboss in Mega Armour (95)
– – – Follow Me Ladz

BATTLELINE

10 Beast Snagga Boyz (105pts)

OTHER DATASHEETS

10 Flash Gitz (190) Ammo Runt
10 Gretchin (40)
10 Gretchin (40)
2 Mega Nobz (60) Twin Killsaw
5 Mega Nobz (150) Twin Killsaw
5 Nobz (110) Power Klaw
5 Nobz (110) Power Klaw
5 Stormboyz (65) Power Klaw

Trukk (65) Wreckin’ Ball
Trukk (65) Wreckin’ Ball
Trukk (65) Wreckin’ Ball
Trukk (65) Wreckin’ Ball

vs.

Walchuck Kustiodianczewski – Adeptus Custodes

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CHARACTERS:

Trajann Valoris [160pts]

Blade Champion [150pts]:
— Ceaseless Hunter

Blade Champion [120pts]

Blade Champion [120pts]

Callidus Assassin [90pts]

Lord Inquisitor Kyria Draxus [75pts]

OTHER UNITS

5x Custodian Guard [225pts]
— 4x Custodian Guard: 4x Guardian Spear
— Custodian Guard: Vexilla, Praesidium Shield, Misericordia

4x Custodian Guard [180pts]
— 3x Custodian Guard: 4x Guardian Spear
— Custodian Guard: Vexilla, Praesidium Shield, Misericordia

Prosecutors [40pts]

Prosecutors [40pts]

Witchseekers [50pts]

5x Custodian Wardens [250pts]
— 4x Custodian Warden: 4x Guardian Spear
— Custodian Warden: Vexilla, Guardian Spear

5x Custodian Wardens [250pts]
— 4x Custodian Warden: 4x Guardian Spear
— Custodian Warden: Vexilla, Guardian Spear

5x Custodian Wardens [250pts]
— 4x Custodian Warden: 4x Guardian Spear
— Custodian Warden: Vexilla, Guardian Spear

Thoughts

Our very own Danny Porter was in the driving seat for the Orks at this event, so I decided to let him tell his heroic tale…

Danny:

On paper Orks vs Custodes looks like a simple combat vs combat match up, however in reality it’s far from it. The Orks themselves bring a solid mix of harder-to-kill units like Mozrog, the Defkilla and Ghaz, with some speedy melee punch that can utilise Trukks to control the board, as well as absurd firepower from Flash Gitz. The Custodes have an army wide 4++ and fight first.

Who should win? Custodes. However, that was not the case here.

The main challenge for Orks is to play around the Custodes access to fight first, by fighting them away from objectives – not an easy feat but doable when sacrificing units to body block and prevent movement. Additionally they need to pick the right battles in key areas of the board whilst saving CP to either fight on death or interupt, to trade efficiently. Custodes can tackle Orks quite well thanks to the wardens 4+++, access to-1D and fight first, as well as their relatively tanky stat line. This match up is very much about patience and picking the right conflicts, if either one commits too far they could find themselves overwhelmed. A waagh-saw victory for Orks.

Result

Greenskins 19 – 1 Golden Boys

Danny Porter – Orks (Waaagh Tribe) – 1st Place

Trukk. Credit: Rockfish
Trukk. Credit: Rockfish

The List

See showdown

Archetype

Ork Trukk Rush

Thoughts

A GT win for the Orks, who’ve been struggling a little bit of late but have also lacked for top tier pilots to really see where they sit in the new meta. No such issues here, as Poland stalwart Danny WAAAGHs his way to the top. The build is typical of the Trukk rush builds we saw doing well a couple of months ago, with Nobz, Meganobz and Flash Gitz in Trukks to cover the ground and trade / swamp the opponent as required. Ghaz provides his Lethal hits aura and another wrecking piece in his own right, and in skilled hands this list can do serious damage- as indeed it did! Congratulations on the win Danny.

The Best of the Rest

There were 8 more players who either scored 4-1+ records, or beat the lowest ranked 4-1 player:

  • 2nd (4.5-0.5) – Grzesław Darkendzelowicz – Dark Angels: Vanguard Dark Angels with a bunch of big tanks and Inceptors.
  • 3rd – Bartłomiej „Kaskader” Lubiatowski – World Eaters: World Eaters Eightbound, Berserkers and Angron with a couple of Brigands in support.
  • 4th – ZoZo – Necrons: Full Hypercrypt shenanigans with a Monolith and 40 Warriors.
  • 5th – Alexander Kowalski – Death Guard: Lots of Plague Marines, PBCs, and a Predator.
  • 6th – Krzysztof “Peszek” Gołaszewski – Necrons: Canoptek Court Goodstuff.
  • 7th – Niltag Nekronowski – Necrons: More Canotpek Court Goodstuff.
  • 8th – Filip – Necrons: Hypercrypt C’tan and Destroyer spam.
  • 9th – Walchuck Kustiodianczewski – Adeptus Custodes: Massed Custodes infantry.

Toys of Mass Destruction – Hertfordshire Spring GT

33-player, 5-round Grand Tournament in England, GB on March 16 2024. All the lists for this event can be found in Best Coast Pairings.

The Showdown – Drukhari versus Black Templars (Ironstorm)

Priority Targets – Sweep and Clear – Hammer and Anvil

Tom Lowman – Drukhari (Skysplinter Assault)
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++ Army Roster (Aeldari – Drukhari) [2,000pts] ++

+ Configuration +

Battle Size: 2. Strike Force (2000 Point limit)

Detachment: Skysplinter Assault

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+ Epic Hero +

Lelith Hesperax [85pts]

+ Character +

Archon [95pts]: Blast Pistol, Nightmare Shroud

Archon [75pts]: Blast Pistol, Warlord

Archon [85pts]: Blast Pistol, Spiteful Raider

Beastmaster [105pts]
. 2x Khymerae: 2x Khymerae talons
. 3x Razorwing Flock: 3x Razorwing feathers

+ Battleline +

Kabalite Warriors [110pts]
. 5x Kabalite Warrior: 5x Close Combat Weapon, 5x Splinter rifle
. Kabalite Warrior with Blaster
. Kabalite Warrior with Dark Lance
. Kabalite Warrior with Shredder
. Kabalite Warrior with Splinter Cannon
. Sybarite: Blast Pistol, Phantasm Grenade Launcher, Sybarite Weapon

Wyches [90pts]
. Hekatrix: Blast Pistol, Phantasm Grenade Launcher
. 9x Wych: 9x Hekatarii Blade, 9x Splinter Pistol

+ Infantry +

Incubi [150pts]
. 9x Incubi: 9x Klaive
. Klaivex: Demiklaves

Incubi [75pts]
. 4x Incubi: 4x Klaive
. Klaivex: Demiklaves

Incubi [75pts]
. 4x Incubi: 4x Klaive
. Klaivex: Demiklaves

Mandrakes [65pts]
. 4x Mandrake: 4x Baleblast, 4x Glimmersteel Blade
. Nightfiend

Mandrakes [65pts]
. 4x Mandrake: 4x Baleblast, 4x Glimmersteel Blade
. Nightfiend

Scourges [110pts]
. Scourge with Heavy Weapon: Dark Lance
. Scourge with Heavy Weapon: Dark Lance
. Scourge with Heavy Weapon: Dark Lance
. Scourge with Heavy Weapon: Dark Lance
. Solarite: Shardcarbine, Solarite Weapon

Scourges [110pts]
. Scourge with Heavy Weapon: Dark Lance
. Scourge with Heavy Weapon: Dark Lance
. Scourge with Heavy Weapon: Dark Lance
. Scourge with Heavy Weapon: Dark Lance
. Solarite: Shardcarbine, Solarite Weapon

Scourges [110pts]
. Scourge with Heavy Weapon: Drukhari Haywire Blaster
. Scourge with Heavy Weapon: Drukhari Haywire Blaster
. Scourge with Heavy Weapon: Drukhari Haywire Blaster
. Scourge with Heavy Weapon: Drukhari Haywire Blaster
. Solarite: Shardcarbine, Solarite Weapon

+ Mounted +

Reavers [60pts]: Grav Talon
. Arena Champion: Agonizer, Splinter Rifle
. Reaver
. Reaver with Heat Lance

+ Monster +

Cronos [50pts]
. Cronos: Spirit Vortex

+ Vehicle +

Ravager [115pts]: 3x Dark Lance

+ Dedicated Transport +

Raider [80pts]: Dark Lance

Raider [80pts]: Dark Lance

Venom [70pts]: Splinter Cannon

Venom [70pts]: Splinter Cannon

Venom [70pts]: Splinter Cannon

++ Total: [2,000pts] ++

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Aidan Brocklehurst – Black Templars (Ironstorm Spearhead)
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++ Army Roster (Imperium – Adeptus Astartes – Black Templars) [2,000pts] ++

+ Configuration +

Battle Size: 2. Strike Force (2000 Point limit)

Detachment: Ironstorm Spearhead

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+ Character +

Librarian in Phobos Armour [90pts]: Master of the Machine War [Aura]

Techmarine [95pts]: Target Augury Web [Aura], Warlord

+ Battleline +

Crusader Squad [75pts]
. 2x Initiate w/Astartes Chainsword: 2x Astartes Chainsword, 2x Bolt Pistol
. Initiate w/Heavy: Multi-melta
. Initiate w/Special: Meltagun
. Sword Brother: Inferno Pistol, Thunder Hammer

Crusader Squad [75pts]
. 2x Initiate w/Astartes Chainsword: 2x Astartes Chainsword, 2x Bolt Pistol
. Initiate w/Heavy: Multi-melta
. Initiate w/Special: Meltagun
. Sword Brother: Inferno Pistol, Thunder Hammer

Crusader Squad [75pts]
. 2x Initiate w/Astartes Chainsword: 2x Astartes Chainsword, 2x Bolt Pistol
. Initiate w/Heavy: Multi-melta
. Initiate w/Special: Meltagun
. Sword Brother: Inferno Pistol, Thunder Hammer

Crusader Squad [75pts]
. 2x Initiate w/Astartes Chainsword: 2x Astartes Chainsword, 2x Bolt Pistol
. Initiate w/Heavy: Multi-melta
. Initiate w/Special: Meltagun
. Sword Brother: Inferno Pistol, Thunder Hammer

+ Infantry +

Eliminator Squad [75pts]
. 2x Eliminator: 2x Bolt Pistol, 2x Close Combat Weapon, 2x Las Fusil
. Eliminator Sergeant: Instigator Bolt Carbine

Eliminator Squad [75pts]
. 2x Eliminator: 2x Bolt Pistol, 2x Close Combat Weapon, 2x Las Fusil
. Eliminator Sergeant: Instigator Bolt Carbine

Infiltrator Squad [100pts]: Helix Gauntlet, Infiltrator Comms Array
. Infiltrator Sergeant
. 4x Infiltrators: 4x Bolt Pistol, 4x Close Combat Weapon, 4x Marksman Bolt Carbine

Scout Squad [65pts]
. Scout Sergeant: Astartes Shotgun
. Scout w/ Heavy Weapon: Missile Launcher
. Scout w/ Scout Sniper Rifle
. 2x Scouts w/ Combat Knife: 2x Bolt Pistol, 2x Close Combat Weapon, 2x Combat Knife

+ Vehicle +

Black Templars Gladiator Lancer [165pts]: 2 Fragstorm Grenade Launchers, Icarus Rocket Pod, Multi-melta

Black Templars Gladiator Lancer [165pts]: 2 Fragstorm Grenade Launchers, Icarus Rocket Pod, Multi-melta

Black Templars Gladiator Reaper [155pts]: Icarus Rocket Pod, Multi-melta

Black Templars Gladiator Reaper [155pts]: Icarus Rocket Pod, Multi-melta

Black Templars Gladiator Reaper [155pts]: Icarus Rocket Pod, Multi-melta

Predator Destructor [130pts]: Hunter Killer Missile, Storm Bolter
. 2 Lascannons

+ Dedicated Transport +

Black Templars Impulsor [85pts]: 2 Fragstorm Grenade Launchers, Multi-melta, Shield Dome

Rhino [75pts]: Hunter Killer Missile

Rhino [75pts]: Hunter Killer Missile

+ Allied Units +

Inquisitorial Henchmen [40pts]
. 2x Inquisitorial Acolyte: 2x Acolyte firearm, 2x Acolyte melee weapon
. Inquisitorial Acolyte w/ eviscerator
. Inquisitorial Acolyte w/ plasma pistol

++ Total: [2,000pts] ++

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Thoughts

Another final into a meta menace for myself and the Drukhari! My list was more or less the same as the one from my last couple of events, with a heavy focus on Incubi and a good supporting platform of Scourge and Ravager shooting with plenty of mission play and utility. I have good guns and weapons for killing tanks, but I’m also very fragile and can’t afford any slip ups (spoilers: I do make some).

In the Black Templars corner we have the… joy that is the Gladiator car park. Aiden’s list has a nice forward line of Rhino – driven Crusaders to force engagement, some sneaky double shooting nonsense with an Impulsor and some Infiltrators, and then an AWFUL lot of gun to back it up. It will simply body most things in the game with raw output but the mission play is a little clumsy.

Deployment slightly favoured the car park, with enormous open space behind our home objectives that I was less able to screen without getting shot to pieces, and a lot of ground to cover if my Incubi wanted to get involved in the ruckus. Priority Targets typically favours whoever has end of turn, and in this case the Templars got it. That threw my favoured plan of ‘hide, shoot and wait’ in this match up, forcing me to ask questions and make problems if I wanted primary. A few slips early game were costly – I lost a Scourge squad and Ravager too cheaply firing at non essential tanks (killing the Reapers in particular I learned was something I really needed to do T2-3 to have a chance here, they commit obscene crimes against light infantry), and needed to use reserves a bit more than I did to get stuff into better positions as staging mid-board proved very dangerous indeed.

With Beastpack, Wych and MSU shenanigans I was able to carve out 10s on the Primary whilst denying the Templars for several turns before the sheer weight of fire outmuscled me, creating an end game collapse and a big swing for the Templars, who made up the ground on the Primary in turn five to take the game. Very well played to Aiden, who resisted the urge to be too aggressive early and risk my counter-attack, and instead patiently defanged the Dark Elves at range before making his push.

Result

Black Templars (Ironstorm Spearhead) Victory – 94 – 79

Aidan Brocklehurst – Black Templars (Ironstorm Spearhead) – 1st Place

Black Templars Gladiator Lancer. Credit: SRM

The List

See showdown

Archetype

Black Templars Car Park

Thoughts

Black Templars tank spam is a known entity at this point, but I will draw attention to the little Impulsor / Eliminator combo as I hadn’t seen this used before. The Elims can disembark, shoot, re-embark, and then effectively shoot again via the FIRING DECK on the Impulsor – pretty damn cool! Not many surprises here otherwise, the knack to this build is using the smaller trading assets like the Crusaders to force the enemy out and on to the guns, a bit like Tau in that sense. Very well played Aiden and congratulations on the first place finish!

The Best of the Rest

There were 4 more players on 4-1 records. They were:

  • 2nd – Mathew Putney – Necrons (Hypercrypt Legion): Silent King, a Doomsday Ark, Destroyers and a Monolith.
  • 3rd – Tom Lowman – Drukhari (Skysplinter Assault): My Incubi heavy Skysplinter build from the showdown.
  • 4th – Tom Redgate – T’au Empire (Kauyon): A Crisis death brick, several solo Commanders and some Devilfish / infantry antics in support.
  • 5th – Alec Pearce – Adeptus Custodes: Massed Custodes infantry with double Caladius.

Last Of The Summer Winehammer 6

30-player, 5-round Grand Tournament in Thongsbridge, England, GB on March 16 2024. All the lists for this event can be found in Best Coast Pairings.

Mike Porter – Black Templars (Ironstorm Spearhead) – 1st Place

Black Templars Techmarine. Credit: SRM

The List

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BT gunline (1995 Points)

Space Marines
Black Templars
Ironstorm Spearhead
Strike Force (2000 Points)

CHARACTERS

Techmarine (95 Points)
• Warlord
• 1x Forge bolter
1x Grav-pistol
1x Omnissian power axe
1x Servo-arm
• Enhancements: Target Augury Web (Aura)

Techmarine (80 Points)
• 1x Forge bolter
1x Grav-pistol
1x Omnissian power axe
1x Servo-arm
• Enhancements: Adept of the Omnissiah

DEDICATED TRANSPORTS

Black Templars Impulsor (85 Points)
• 1x Armoured hull
2x Fragstorm grenade launcher
1x Multi-melta
1x Shield dome

OTHER DATASHEETS

Black Templars Gladiator Lancer (165 Points)
• 1x Armoured hull
2x Fragstorm grenade launcher
1x Icarus rocket pod
1x Lancer laser destroyer
1x Multi-melta

Black Templars Gladiator Reaper (155 Points)
• 1x Armoured hull
1x Icarus rocket pod
1x Multi-melta
2x Tempest bolter
1x Twin heavy onslaught gatling cannon

Black Templars Gladiator Reaper (155 Points)
• 1x Armoured hull
1x Icarus rocket pod
1x Multi-melta
2x Tempest bolter
1x Twin heavy onslaught gatling cannon

Black Templars Gladiator Reaper (155 Points)
• 1x Armoured hull
1x Icarus rocket pod
1x Multi-melta
2x Tempest bolter
1x Twin heavy onslaught gatling cannon

Eliminator Squad (75 Points)
• 1x Eliminator Sergeant
• 1x Bolt pistol
1x Close combat weapon
1x Instigator bolt carbine
• 2x Eliminator
• 2x Bolt pistol
2x Close combat weapon
2x Las fusil

Eliminator Squad (75 Points)
• 1x Eliminator Sergeant
• 1x Bolt pistol
1x Close combat weapon
1x Instigator bolt carbine
• 2x Eliminator
• 2x Bolt pistol
2x Close combat weapon
2x Las fusil

Gladiator Reaper (150 Points)
• 1x Armoured hull
1x Icarus rocket pod
1x Ironhail heavy stubber
2x Tempest bolter
1x Twin heavy onslaught gatling cannon

Incursor Squad (85 Points)
• 1x Incursor Sergeant
• 1x Bolt pistol
1x Occulus bolt carbine
1x Paired combat blades
• 4x Incursor
• 4x Bolt pistol
1x Haywire Mine
4x Occulus bolt carbine
4x Paired combat blades

Predator Destructor (130 Points)
• 1x Armoured tracks
1x Hunter-killer missile
2x Lascannon
1x Predator autocannon
1x Storm bolter

Predator Destructor (130 Points)
• 1x Armoured tracks
1x Hunter-killer missile
2x Lascannon
1x Predator autocannon
1x Storm bolter

Scout Squad (65 Points)
• 1x Scout Sergeant
• 1x Astartes chainsword
1x Bolt pistol
1x Close combat weapon
• 4x Scout
• 2x Astartes shotgun
4x Bolt pistol
4x Close combat weapon
1x Missile launcher
1x Scout sniper rifle

Scout Squad (65 Points)
• 1x Scout Sergeant
• 1x Astartes chainsword
1x Bolt pistol
1x Close combat weapon
• 4x Scout
• 2x Astartes shotgun
4x Bolt pistol
4x Close combat weapon
1x Missile launcher
1x Scout sniper rifle

Stormraven Gunship (240 Points)
• 1x Armoured hull
2x Hurricane bolter
2x Stormstrike missile launcher
1x Twin lascannon
1x Twin multi-melta

ALLIED UNITS

Callidus Assassin (90 Points)
• 1x Neural shredder
1x Phase sword and poison blades

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Archetype

Black Templars Car Park – Storm Raven Edition

Thoughts

This particular car park has a Storm Raven in it! That’s pretty sweet. The Eliminators combo pops up here again, and there are multiple Techmarine to lean in to more of the sweet Ironstorm enhancements. So much gun, so little time. Very well done on the win Mike.

The Best of the Rest

There were 4 more players on 4-1 records. They were:

  • 2nd – Markus Hinson – T’au Empire (Kauyon): Double Riptide, double Crisis, double Hammerhead- sweet symmetry.
  • 3rd – Joseph Grant – Adeptus Custodes (Shield Host): Massed Custodes infantry.
  • 4th – Stephen Platten – Chaos Daemons (Daemonic Incursion): Triple Soul Grinder and a Great Unclean One in a very cool Daemons list.
  • 5th – Simon Weise – Necrons: FIVE C’tan with lots of Destroyers and Tomb-blades in support.

BFS Grand Tournament

27-player, 5-round Grand Tournament in England, GB on March 16 2024. All the lists for this event can be found in Best Coast Pairings.

Lee Hall – Necrons (Canoptek Court) – 1st Place

Necron Technomancer
Necron Technomancer. Credit: Pendulin

The List

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Necron list (2000 points)

Necrons
Strike Force (2000 points)
Canoptek Court

CHARACTERS

C’tan Shard of the Void Dragon (270 points)
• 1x Canoptek tail blades
1x Spear of the Void Dragon
1x Voltaic storm

Technomancer (80 points)
• 1x Staff of light
• Enhancement: Dimensional Sanctum

Technomancer (60 points)
• Warlord
• 1x Staff of light

OTHER DATASHEETS

Canoptek Doomstalker (135 points)
• 1x Doomsday blaster
1x Doomstalker limbs
1x Twin gauss flayer

Canoptek Doomstalker (135 points)
• 1x Doomsday blaster
1x Doomstalker limbs
1x Twin gauss flayer

Canoptek Doomstalker (135 points)
• 1x Doomsday blaster
1x Doomstalker limbs
1x Twin gauss flayer

Canoptek Wraiths (220 points)
• 6x Canoptek Wraith
• 6x Particle caster
6x Vicious claws

Canoptek Wraiths (220 points)
• 6x Canoptek Wraith
• 6x Particle caster
6x Vicious claws

Canoptek Wraiths (220 points)
• 6x Canoptek Wraith
• 6x Particle caster
6x Vicious claws

Deathmarks (65 points)
• 5x Deathmark
• 5x Close combat weapon
5x Synaptic disintegrator

Lokhust Destroyers (30 points)
• 1x Close combat weapon
1x Gauss cannon

Lokhust Destroyers (30 points)
• 1x Close combat weapon
1x Gauss cannon

Skorpekh Destroyers (200 points)
• 6x Skorpekh Destroyer
• 2x Plasmacyte
6x Skorpekh hyperphase weapons

Skorpekh Destroyers (200 points)
• 6x Skorpekh Destroyer
• 2x Plasmacyte
6x Skorpekh hyperphase weapons

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Archetype

Canoptek Court Goodstuff

Thoughts

A delightful combat centric spin on Canoptek Court here, which takes a whole host of the usual suspects (Wraiths, Doomstalkers) but also muscles in two big bricks of Skorpekh Destroyers. Necrons can sometimes feel like they lack teeth in the counter punch, especially if C’tan get bogged down, but these guys are very choppy indeed and make going toe to toe on the objectives with CC a lot scarier than it can sometimes be. A refreshing alteration that really ups the threat of this already very scary detachment- awesome innovation. Well done on the top place finish.

The Best of the Rest

There were 3 more players on 4-1 records. They were:

  • 2nd – Jack Sayer – Chaos Daemons (Daemonic Incursion): SO many Great Unclean Ones – I love it Jack!
  • 3rd – Harley Scully – Grey Knights (Teleport Strike Force): Grey Knight Mixed Arms with Dreadknights and Terminators.
  • 4th – Giulio Cesare Ghermandi – Drukhari (Skysplinter Assault): Lots of MSU elves in boats with a cheeky Death Jester for some Lone Op loving.

Wrap Up

That’s it for this week folks! Spring is in the air, and with it the promise of being a bit too warm in a church hall whilst playing Warhammer with your mates. I can’t wait. Get out there and enjoy yourselves, and may all your Battleshock tests fail (I need the Pain Tokens).

Lowest of Men, out.