Competitive Innovations in 9th: Last Book Standing pt.2

We’re back for the second half of this week’s events, seeing what other books can still challenge for the top spot. This half…is maybe not as varied as the first. Just saying.

  • The Alamo GT ‘23 (major)
  • Death or Glory Invitational
  • Slagmark Fyn 2023
  • Ragnarok Spring 2023 : 40k ITC
  • Bembel Clash #7

On Wednesday we looked at:

  • Elbcoast Major/Baltic Cup XI (major)
  • Richmond Open 40K Major (major)
  • Grimdark 13: The Grand Tournament 3
  • There Is Only War Part 2 40k GT
  • Dice Goblin’s First Warhammer 40K 2000pt GT
  • Capital Clash Spring ’23 Grand Tournament

The Alamo GT ‘23

128-player, 6-round Grand Tournament in San Antonio, TX US on May 06 2023. All the lists for this event can be found in Best Coast Pairings.

The Showdown

Matchup & Mission – Tear Down Their Icons

Junior Aflleje – Leagues of Votann: No-fort Ymyr, instead maxing out on Bikes and taking three units of Thunderkyn.
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++ Arks of Omen Detachment (Leagues of Votann) [96 PL, 2,000pts, 1CP] ++

+ Configuration +

Arks of Omen Compulsory Type: Fast Attack

Game Type: 5. Chapter Approved: Arks of Omen

League: Ymyr Conglomerate

+ HQ +

Einhyr Champion [5 PL, 130pts, -2CP]: Exactor, Mass hammer, Stratagem: In the Right Hands, Stratagem: Legend of the League, Warrior Lord, Weavefield crest

High Kâhl [6 PL, 130pts, -1CP]: Experienced Eye, Forgewrought plasma axe, High Kâhl, Stratagem: Warlord Trait, Teleport crest, Volkanite disintegrator, Warlord

Kâhl [4 PL, 90pts, -2CP]: Autoch-pattern combi-bolter, Forgewrought plasma axe, Stratagem: In the Right Hands, Stratagem: Legend of the League, Teleport crest, Unrelenting Toil, Wârpestryk

+ Troops +

Hearthkyn Warriors w/ bolters [7 PL, 130pts]
. Theyn: Autoch-pattern bolt pistol, Autoch-pattern bolter
. 9x Warrior: 9x Autoch-pattern bolt pistol, 9x Autoch-pattern bolter, 9x Gravitic concussion grenades

+ Fast Attack +

Hernkyn Pioneers [10 PL, 245pts]
. Pioneer
. Pioneer w/ comms array: Multiwave comms array
. 2x Pioneer w/ HYLas rotary cannon: 2x Bolt revolver, 2x Bolt shotgun, 2x Gravitic concussion grenades, 2x HYLas rotary cannon, 2x Magna-coil autocannon
. Pioneer w/ scanner: Pan spectral scanner
. Pioneer w/ searchlight: Rollbar searchlight

Hernkyn Pioneers [10 PL, 245pts]
. Pioneer
. Pioneer w/ comms array: Multiwave comms array
. 2x Pioneer w/ HYLas rotary cannon: 2x Bolt revolver, 2x Bolt shotgun, 2x Gravitic concussion grenades, 2x HYLas rotary cannon, 2x Magna-coil autocannon
. Pioneer w/ scanner: Pan spectral scanner
. Pioneer w/ searchlight: Rollbar searchlight

Hernkyn Pioneers [10 PL, 245pts]
. Pioneer
. Pioneer w/ comms array: Multiwave comms array
. 2x Pioneer w/ HYLas rotary cannon: 2x Bolt revolver, 2x Bolt shotgun, 2x Gravitic concussion grenades, 2x HYLas rotary cannon, 2x Magna-coil autocannon
. Pioneer w/ scanner: Pan spectral scanner
. Pioneer w/ searchlight: Rollbar searchlight

Sagitaur Squadron [14 PL, 260pts]
. Sagitaur: MATR autocannon
. Sagitaur: MATR autocannon

+ Heavy Support +

Brôkhyr Thunderkyn w/ graviton blast cannons [10 PL, 175pts]
. 5x Brôkhyr Thunderkyn: 5x Graviton blast cannon

Brôkhyr Thunderkyn w/ graviton blast cannons [10 PL, 175pts]
. 5x Brôkhyr Thunderkyn: 5x Graviton blast cannon

Brôkhyr Thunderkyn w/ graviton blast cannons [10 PL, 175pts]
. 5x Brôkhyr Thunderkyn: 5x Graviton blast cannon

++ Total: [96 PL, 2,000pts, 1CP] ++

vs.

Justin Moore – Cult Mechanicus: Pressure Lucius, mixing a lot of Skitarii with an alarming number of Dragoons, ready to roll through the enemy.
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++ Arks of Omen Detachment (Imperium – Adeptus Mechanicus) ++

+ Configuration +

Arks of Omen Compulsory Type: Fast Attack

Battle Size: 3. Strike Force (101-200 Total PL / 1001-2000 Points)

Forge World Choice: Forge World: Lucius

Game Type: 5. Chapter Approved: Arks of Omen

+ HQ +

Skitarii Marshal: Relic: Exemplar’s Eternity, Stratagem: Relic, Stratagem: Warlord Trait, Warlord, Warlord Trait (Codex 3): Programmed Retreat

Tech-Priest Manipulus: Logi, Magnarail lance, Relic: Raiment of the Technomartyr, Stratagem: Archeotech Specialist, Stratagem: Mechanicus Locum, Warlord Trait (Lucius): Luminescent Blessings

Technoarcheologist : Artisans, Relic (Lucius): The Solar Flare, Stratagem: Archeotech Specialist

+ Troops +

Skitarii Rangers: Enhanced Data-Tether, Omnispex
Ranger Alpha: Arc Maul, Galvanic Rifle
19x Skitarii Ranger: 19x Galvanic Rifle

Skitarii Rangers: Enhanced Data-Tether, Omnispex
Ranger Alpha: Arc Maul, Galvanic Rifle
19x Skitarii Ranger: 19x Galvanic Rifle

Skitarii Rangers: Omnispex
Ranger Alpha: Arc Maul, Galvanic Rifle, Host of the Intermediary, Warlord Trait (Codex 5): Firepoint Telemetry Cache
19x Skitarii Ranger: 19x Galvanic Rifle

Skitarii Vanguards: Omnispex
19x Skitarii Vanguard: 19x Radium Carbine
Vanguard Alpha: Arc Maul, Radium Carbine

Skitarii Vanguards: Omnispex
9x Skitarii Vanguard: 9x Radium Carbine
Vanguard Alpha: Arc Maul, Radium Carbine

+ Elites +

Sicarian Infiltrators
Infiltrator Princeps (Flechette/Taser)
4x Sicarian Infiltrator (Flechette/Taser): 4x Flechette Blaster, 4x Taser Goad

+ Fast Attack +

Serberys Raiders: Serberys Raider Alpha
2x Serberys Raider: 2x Cavalry Sabre, 2x Clawed Limbs, 2x Galvanic Carbine

Sydonian Dragoons
Sydonian Dragoon: Phosphor Serpenta, Taser Lance
Sydonian Dragoon: Phosphor Serpenta, Taser Lance
Sydonian Dragoon: Phosphor Serpenta, Taser Lance
Sydonian Dragoon: Phosphor Serpenta, Taser Lance
Sydonian Dragoon: Phosphor Serpenta, Taser Lance

Sydonian Dragoons
Sydonian Dragoon: Phosphor Serpenta, Taser Lance
Sydonian Dragoon: Phosphor Serpenta, Taser Lance
Sydonian Dragoon: Phosphor Serpenta, Taser Lance
Sydonian Dragoon: Phosphor Serpenta, Taser Lance
Sydonian Dragoon: Phosphor Serpenta, Taser Lance

Sydonian Dragoons
Sydonian Dragoon: Phosphor Serpenta, Taser Lance
Sydonian Dragoon: Phosphor Serpenta, Taser Lance
Sydonian Dragoon: Phosphor Serpenta, Taser Lance
Sydonian Dragoon: Phosphor Serpenta, Taser Lance

Thoughts

Two builds that are varying degrees off the beaten path here. No-Fort Ymyr has been seen a few times, able to pack in quite a few more units by avoiding the expensive units like Forts and full Hearthguard blocks, which is definitely an asset on this mission. The AdMech build is definitely more unique, leveraging extra durability from Lucius and the relatively aggressive price tag on Dragoons to really put the opponent under the gun.

Realistically, this game is all about whether Votann can wipe the AdMech out fast enough to avoid getting bullied off the Primary. They don’t really have any melee threats, so if the Dragoons start tagging units on multiple fronts then they represent a serious problem. Unfortunately for the AdMech, the Votann are very capable of smashing through their forces – Bikes are great at picking off Skitarii, making a reasonable impact even with the extra Lucius defences, and the grav Thunderkyn are excellent here, providing highchip damage to clear out Fragoons and high volume and AP to help with the hordes. I think AdMech’s best bet here is to go hard with deep strikes and redeploys to try and shortcut their way into a close engagement, and aim to keep the Votann bundled up from there. Bleeding a kill Secondary from all the Dragoons isn’t fantastic for them, but they can make the Votann’s life difficult on most other Secondary fronts, so if they can curtail the Primary as well they’re in a good spot. Without some very spicy charge rolls from a massed Deep Strike/Redeploy, however, I think the damage race is skewed too far towards the Votann for that to really matter, and that seems to be about how things played out.

Result

Leagues of Votann Victory – 87 – 60

Junior Aflleje – Leagues of Votann – 1st Place

Hernkyn Pioneer. Credit: Rockfish
Hernkyn Pioneer. Credit: Rockfish

The List

See showdown

Archetype

No-Fort Ymyr

Thoughts

As per the showdown, this build trades the obnoxious unkillability of the Land Fortress for better board coverage and some extra flexibility. That’s one of those trades that loses you some “free wins” against armies that flat can’t deal with you rolling a fort at you, but gives you more angles of attack to play with in your tougher matchups, which looks to have been a good trade for Junior here.

Colin McDade – Slaanesh Daemons – 2nd Place (Undefeated)

Credit: Liebot – https://instagram.com/liebot_pics

The List

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++ Arks of Omen Detachment (Chaos – Daemons) [108 PL, 1,970pts, 4CP] ++

+ Configuration [6CP] +

Arks of Omen Compulsory Type: Elites

Battle Size [6CP]: 3. Strike Force (101-200 Total PL / 1001-2000 Points) [6CP]

Chaos Allegiance: Slaanesh

Game Type: 5. Chapter Approved: Arks of Omen

+ HQ [44 PL, 870pts, -2CP] +

Be’lakor [21 PL, 420pts, -1CP]: Pall of Despair, Shadow Lord, Shrouded Step, Smite, Stratagem: Warlord Trait [-1CP], The Blade of Shadows, Warlord

Infernal Enrapturess [4 PL, 80pts]: Heartstring Lyre, Ravaging claws

Shalaxi Helbane [15 PL, 300pts]: Cacophonic Choir, Delightful Agonies, Shining aegis, Snapping claws, Soulpiercer

Tranceweaver [4 PL, 70pts, -1CP]: Hysterical Frenzy, Ravaging claws, Smite, Stratagem: Relic [-1CP], The Slothful Claws

+ Troops [24 PL, 480pts] +

Daemonettes [6 PL, 120pts]: Daemonic icon, Instrument of Chaos
. Alluress: Piercing claws
. 9x Daemonette: 9x Piercing claws

Daemonettes [6 PL, 120pts]: Daemonic icon, Instrument of Chaos
. Alluress: Piercing claws
. 9x Daemonette: 9x Piercing claws

Daemonettes [6 PL, 120pts]: Daemonic icon, Instrument of Chaos
. Alluress: Piercing claws
. 9x Daemonette: 9x Piercing claws

Daemonettes [6 PL, 120pts]: Daemonic icon, Instrument of Chaos
. Alluress: Piercing claws
. 9x Daemonette: 9x Piercing claws

+ Elites [30 PL, 450pts] +

Fiends [10 PL, 150pts]
. Blissbringer [30pts]: Barbed tail, Dissecting claws
. 4x Fiend [120pts]: 4x Barbed tail, 4x Dissecting claws

Fiends [10 PL, 150pts]
. Blissbringer [30pts]: Barbed tail, Dissecting claws
. 4x Fiend [120pts]: 4x Barbed tail, 4x Dissecting claws

Fiends [10 PL, 150pts]
. Blissbringer [30pts]: Barbed tail, Dissecting claws
. 4x Fiend [120pts]: 4x Barbed tail, 4x Dissecting claws

+ Fast Attack [10 PL, 170pts] +

Seekers [10 PL, 170pts]: Daemonic icon, Instrument of Chaos
. Heartseeker [17pts]: Lashing tongue, Piercing claws
. 9x Seeker [153pts]: 9x Lashing tongue, 9x Piercing claws

++ Total: [108 PL, 1,970pts, 4CP] ++

Archetype

Slaanesh Daemons

Thoughts

We’ve had lots of pure Tzeentch lists succeeding, and now it’s apparently Slaanesh’s turn, trading the absurd shooting resilience that Tzeentch has for speed and melee pressure. That definitely forces you to play a more active game against the shooty lists of the meta, relying on locking them down in melee and carving through them, but while that’s probably a bit less reliable in those games you have far more options against heavy melee builds like World Eaters and Space Wolves, able to challenge them at their own game. Colin smashed through some lists that I think might have given Tzeentch some serious difficulties, so it looks like this was a good call for the metagame – good work.

William Abilez – T’au Sept – 3rd Place

XV95 Ghostkeel. Credit: Rockfish
XV95 Ghostkeel. Credit: Rockfish

The List

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++ Arks of Omen Detachment (T’au Empire) [104 PL, 2CP, 1,998pts] ++

+ Configuration +

Arks of Omen Compulsory Type: Fast Attack

Game Type: 5. Chapter Approved: Arks of Omen

Sept Choice: T’au Sept

+ No Force Org Slot +

Kroot Hounds [1 PL, 24pts]
. 4x Kroot Hound: 4x Ripping Fangs

Kroot Shaper [2 PL, -1CP, 25pts]: Advanced EM Scrambler, Shaper Kroot Rifle, Stratagem: Relic
. Kroot Pistol & Grenade Belt

+ HQ +

Commander in Coldstar Battlesuit [9 PL, -2CP, 210pts]: 1. Precision of the Hunter, Airbursting Fragmentation Projector, High-output Burst Cannon, Onager Gauntlet, Shield Generator, Stratagem: Emergency Dispensation, Stratagem: Warlord Trait, T’au Flamer, Thermoneutronic Projector, Warlord
. 2x Shield Drone: 2x Shield Generator

Ethereal [4 PL, -1CP, 95pts]: 3. Zephyr’s Grace, 5. Exemplar of the Kauyon, 6. Wisdom of the Guides, Hover Drone, Stratagem: Promising Pupil

Longstrike [9 PL, 180pts]: 2x Accelerator Burst Cannon, Railgun, 2x Seeker Missile

+ Troops +

Breacher Team [6 PL, 95pts]: Guardian Drone
. 9x Breacher Fire Warrior: 9x Pulse Blaster, 9x Pulse Pistol

Kroot Carnivores [3 PL, 70pts]
. 10x Kroot: 10x Kroot Rifle, 10x Quill Grenades

Strike Team [4 PL, 80pts]
. Fire Warrior Shas’ui: Pulse Rifle
. 9x Fire Warrior w/ Pulse Rifle: 9x Pulse Pistol, 9x Pulse Rifle

+ Elites +

Ghostkeel Battlesuit [10 PL, 180pts]: 2x T’au Flamer, Cyclic Ion Raker, Early Warning Override, Wide-Spectrum Scanners

Stealth Battlesuits [4 PL, 80pts]
. 2x Stealth Shas’ui w/ Burst Cannon: 2x Burst Cannon
. Stealth Shas’vre: Fusion Blaster

XV9 Hazard Battlesuits [3 PL, 60pts]
. XV9 Hazard Battlesuit: 2x Twin Hazard Burst Cannons

+ Fast Attack +

Kroot Hounds [1 PL, 24pts]
. 4x Kroot Hound: 4x Ripping Fangs

Pathfinder Team [5 PL, 105pts]
. 6x Pathfinder: 6x Markerlight, 6x Pulse Carbine, 6x Pulse Pistol
. Pathfinder Shas’ui
. Pathfinder w/ Ion Rifle: Ion Rifle
. 2x Pathfinder w/ Rail Rifle: 2x Pulse Pistol, 2x Rail Rifle

Piranhas [4 PL, 60pts]
. Piranha: Piranha Burst Cannon
. . 2x Gun Drones
. . . 2x Gun Drone: 4x Pulse Carbine

Vespid Stingwings [3 PL, 60pts]
. 4x Vespid Stingwing: 4x Neutron Blaster, 4x Stingwing Claws
. Vespid Strain Leader

+ Heavy Support +

Riptide Battlesuit [14 PL, 265pts]: 2x Plasma Rifle, Ion Accelerator, Multi-tracker, Shielded Missile Drone, Target Lock, Velocity Tracker

+ Flyer +

Sun Shark Bomber [9 PL, 165pts]: 2x Missile Pod
. 2x Interceptor Drone: 4x Ion Rifle

+ Dedicated Transport +

Devilfish [6 PL, 95pts]
. 2x Gun Drones
. . 2x Gun Drone: 4x Pulse Carbine

+ Fortification +

Tidewall Gunrig [7 PL, 125pts]

++ Total: [104 PL, 2CP, 1,998pts] ++

Archetype

Go-wide Tau Sept

Thoughts

A weird and wonderful Tau list here, packing in lots of small units to take advantage of Tau Sept’s re-rolls and achieve wide board coverage. I’d guess the goal there is to add some Secondary options, and I can certainly see BEL being a bit more spicy here than normal, helping Tau push for higher scores than the 97 they’re normally capped at. Obviously “shoot them dead” is still a major part of the plan, including the rather unorthdox choice of a Tidewall Gunrig for shooty Pathfinders to hide in. It’s different, certainly, and while I’m not sure I’d pick it over the regular Tau stuff, it’s fun to see less common choices on the table, and going 5.5-0.5 is no mean feat.

Samuel Cook – Astra Militarum – 4th Place

Credit: Crab-Stuffed Mushrooms

The List

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++ Arks of Omen Detachment (Imperium – Astra Militarum) [108 PL, 2CP, 2,000pts] ++

+ Configuration +

[Reference] Orders

Arks of Omen Compulsory Type: Elites

Game Type: 5. Chapter Approved: Arks of Omen

Regimental Doctrine: Born Soldiers

+ HQ +

Cadian Command Squad [7 PL, -2CP, 125pts]: Relic: Death Mask of Ollanius, Stratagem: Officer Cadre, Stratagem: Relic, WT: Master Tactician
. Cadian Commander: Laspistol, Power sword
. Cadian Veterans
. . Cadian Veteran w/ chainsword: Laspistol, Meltagun
. . Cadian Veteran w/ Master-Vox: Laspistol
. . Cadian Veteran w/ Regimental Standard
. . . Lasgun and Regimental Standard
. Ogryn Bodyguard: Huge Knife, Ripper Gun

Lord Solar Leontus [9 PL, -1CP, 170pts]: Stratagem: Warlord Trait, Warlord, WT: Grand Strategist

Tank Commander [10 PL, 175pts]: Executioner Plasma Cannon, Lascannon
. 2 Heavy Bolters: 2x Heavy bolter

Tank Commander [10 PL, 175pts]: Executioner Plasma Cannon, Lascannon
. 2 Heavy Bolters: 2x Heavy bolter

+ Troops +

Cadian Shock Troops [3 PL, 65pts]
. 6x Shock Trooper: 6x Lasgun
. Shock Trooper Sergeant: Laspistol and Chainsword
. Shock Trooper w/ Special Weapon: Meltagun
. Shock Trooper w/ Special Weapon: Plasma gun
. Shock Trooper w/ Vox-caster

+ Elites +

Kasrkin [5 PL, 100pts]: Recon Operators
. Kasrkin Sargeant: Bolt pistol
. 3x Kasrkin w/ Hot-shot Lasgun: 3x Frag & Krak grenades, 3x Hot-shot Lasgun
. Kasrkin w/ Hot-shot Marksman Rifle
. Kasrkin w/ Special Weapon: Meltagun
. Kasrkin w/ Special Weapon: Plasma gun
. Kasrkin w/ Special Weapon: Plasma gun
. Kasrkin w/ Special Weapon: Meltagun
. Kasrkin w/ Vox-caster

Kasrkin [5 PL, -1CP, 100pts]: Veteran Guerrillas
. Kasrkin Sargeant: Bolt pistol, Relic: The Barbicant’s Key, Stratagem: Battlefield Bequest
. 3x Kasrkin w/ Hot-shot Lasgun: 3x Frag & Krak grenades, 3x Hot-shot Lasgun
. Kasrkin w/ Hot-shot Marksman Rifle
. Kasrkin w/ Special Weapon: Hot-shot Volley Gun
. Kasrkin w/ Special Weapon: Plasma gun
. Kasrkin w/ Special Weapon: Plasma gun
. Kasrkin w/ Special Weapon: Hot-shot Volley Gun
. Kasrkin w/ Vox-caster

Kasrkin [5 PL, 100pts]: Heirloom Weapons
. Kasrkin Sargeant: Bolt pistol
. 3x Kasrkin w/ Hot-shot Lasgun: 3x Frag & Krak grenades, 3x Hot-shot Lasgun
. Kasrkin w/ Hot-shot Marksman Rifle
. Kasrkin w/ Special Weapon: Meltagun
. Kasrkin w/ Special Weapon: Plasma gun
. Kasrkin w/ Special Weapon: Plasma gun
. Kasrkin w/ Special Weapon: Meltagun
. Kasrkin w/ Vox-caster

Tempestus Scions [5 PL, 55pts]
. Tempestor: Plasma pistol, Power sword
. Tempestus Scion
. Tempestus Scion w/ Special Weapon: Plasma gun
. Tempestus Scion w/ Special Weapon: Meltagun
. Tempestus Scion w/ Vox-caster

Tempestus Scions [5 PL, 55pts]
. Tempestor: Plasma pistol, Power sword
. Tempestus Scion
. Tempestus Scion w/ Special Weapon: Plasma gun
. Tempestus Scion w/ Special Weapon: Meltagun
. Tempestus Scion w/ Vox-caster

+ Heavy Support +

Heavy Weapons Squad [3 PL, 55pts]
. Heavy Weapon Team: Mortar
. Heavy Weapon Team: Mortar
. Heavy Weapon Team: Mortar

Leman Russ Battle Tanks [27 PL, 535pts]
. Leman Russ Battle Tank: Demolisher Battle Cannon, Dozer Blade, Lascannon
. . 2 Multi-meltas: 2x Multi-melta
. Leman Russ Battle Tank: Dozer Blade, Executioner Plasma Cannon, Lascannon
. . 2 Multi-meltas: 2x Multi-melta
. Leman Russ Battle Tank: Dozer Blade, Executioner Plasma Cannon, Lascannon
. . 2 Heavy Bolters: 2x Heavy bolter

Rogal Dorn Battle Tank [14 PL, 290pts]: Pulveriser Cannon
. 2 Meltaguns: 2x Meltagun
. 2 Multi-meltas: 2x Multi-melta
. Oppressor Cannon and Co-axial Autocannon

++ Total: [108 PL, 2CP, 2,000pts] ++

Archetype

Born Soldiers Goodstuff

Thoughts

Nothing much to say here, other than that somehow managing to squeeze five Russes and a Dorn into a Guard list is an eye-watering feat.

The Best of the Rest

There were 8 more players on 5-1 records. They were:

  • 5th – Kit Smith Hanna – Chaos Daemons: Anti-shooting monsters (Be’lakor and Kairos) with lots of Daemonettes and the three Fs backing them up.
  • 6th – Justin Moore – Cult Mechanicus: See showdown.
  • 7th – Brad Townsend – Thousand Sons: Go-wide Duplicity with two small Terminator units and 3×5 Spawn.
  • 8th – Brandon Vickers – Votann: GTL 2Fort.
  • 9th – Sweet Lew – Leagues of Votann: All-rounder Ymyr with one Fortress and some Sagitaurs.
  • 10th – Clifton Russell – Genestealer Cult: Heavily Mechanised Industrial Cult.
  • 11th – Jake Gonzalez – Goffs: Goff pressure with Ghaz and Rigs.
  • 12th – John Cook – Space Wolves: Actual Space wolves with infantry toys and a unit of Thundercav, sporting Arjac Rockfist to lead them to battle.

Death or Glory Invitational

46-player, 6-round Grand Tournament in Berkley, MI US on May 06 2023. All the lists for this event can be found in Best Coast Pairings.

The Showdown

Matchup & Mission – Death and Zeal

Brad Chester – Space Wolves: Free equipment spam.
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++ Arks of Omen Detachment (Imperium – Adeptus Astartes – Space Wolves) [110 PL, 3CP, 1,996pts] ++

+ Configuration +

**Chapter Selector**: Born Heroes , Custom Chapter, Space Wolves Successor, Whirlwind of Rage

Arks of Omen Compulsory Type: Elites

Game Type: 5. Chapter Approved: Arks of Omen

+ HQ +

Captain on Bike [8 PL, -3CP, 145pts]: Chapter Command: Chapter Master, Hunter, Storm shield, Stratagem: A Trophy Bestowed, Stratagem: Relic of the Chapter, Stratagem: Warlord Trait, The Armour of Russ, Thunder hammer, Warlord

+ Troops +

Infiltrator Squad [6 PL, 100pts]: Helix gauntlet
. 4x Infiltrator: 4x Bolt pistol, 4x Frag & Krak grenades, 4x Marksman bolt carbine
. Infiltrator Sergeant

Infiltrator Squad [6 PL, 100pts]: Helix gauntlet
. 4x Infiltrator: 4x Bolt pistol, 4x Frag & Krak grenades, 4x Marksman bolt carbine
. Infiltrator Sergeant

+ Elites +

Wolf Guard [7 PL, 137pts]: Jump Pack
. Wolf Guard: Combi-melta, Lightning Claw
. Wolf Guard: Combi-melta, Lightning Claw
. Wolf Guard: Combi-melta, Lightning Claw
. Wolf Guard: Combi-melta, Lightning Claw
. Wolf Guard Pack Leader: Combi-melta, Thunder hammer

Wolf Guard [7 PL, 137pts]: Jump Pack
. Wolf Guard: Combi-melta, Lightning Claw
. Wolf Guard: Combi-melta, Lightning Claw
. Wolf Guard: Combi-melta, Lightning Claw
. Wolf Guard: Combi-melta, Lightning Claw
. Wolf Guard Pack Leader: Combi-melta, Thunder hammer

Wolf Guard [7 PL, 165pts]: Jump Pack
. Wolf Guard: Combi-melta, Thunder hammer
. Wolf Guard: Combi-melta, Thunder hammer
. Wolf Guard: Combi-melta, Thunder hammer
. Wolf Guard: Combi-melta, Thunder hammer
. Wolf Guard Pack Leader: Combi-melta, Thunder hammer

Wulfen [6 PL, 145pts]: 5x Stormfrag auto-launcher
. Wulfen Pack Leader: Wulfen Frost claws
. 4x Wulfen w/ thunder hammer & storm shield: 4x Storm Shield, 4x Thunder Hammer

Wulfen [6 PL, 145pts]: 5x Stormfrag auto-launcher
. Wulfen Pack Leader: Wulfen Frost claws
. 4x Wulfen w/ thunder hammer & storm shield: 4x Storm Shield, 4x Thunder Hammer

Wulfen [6 PL, 145pts]: 5x Stormfrag auto-launcher
. Wulfen Pack Leader: Wulfen Frost claws
. 4x Wulfen w/ thunder hammer & storm shield: 4x Storm Shield, 4x Thunder Hammer

+ Fast Attack +

Skyclaws [8 PL, 110pts]
. Skyclaw
. Skyclaw
. Skyclaw Pack Leader: Meltagun, Power fist
. Skyclaw with Special Weapon: Meltagun
. Skyclaw with Special Weapon: Meltagun
. Wolf Guard Skyclaw Pack Leader: Combi-melta, Thunder hammer

Skyclaws [8 PL, 110pts]
. Skyclaw
. Skyclaw
. Skyclaw Pack Leader: Meltagun, Power fist
. Skyclaw with Special Weapon: Meltagun
. Skyclaw with Special Weapon: Meltagun
. Wolf Guard Skyclaw Pack Leader: Combi-melta, Thunder hammer

Skyclaws [8 PL, 110pts]
. Skyclaw
. Skyclaw
. Skyclaw Pack Leader: Meltagun, Power fist
. Skyclaw with Special Weapon: Meltagun
. Skyclaw with Special Weapon: Meltagun
. Wolf Guard Skyclaw Pack Leader: Combi-melta, Thunder hammer

+ Heavy Support +

Long Fangs [9 PL, 149pts]
. Long Fang: Missile launcher
. Long Fang: Missile launcher
. Long Fang: Missile launcher
. Long Fang: Missile launcher
. Long Fang Pack Leader: Meltagun, Power fist
. Wolf Guard Terminator Pack Leader: Cyclone missile launcher, Storm shield, Thunder hammer

Long Fangs [9 PL, 149pts]
. Long Fang: Grav-cannon
. Long Fang: Grav-cannon
. Long Fang: Grav-cannon
. Long Fang: Grav-cannon
. Long Fang Pack Leader: Grav-gun, Power fist
. Wolf Guard Terminator Pack Leader: Cyclone missile launcher, Storm shield, Thunder hammer

Long Fangs [9 PL, 149pts]
. Long Fang: Grav-cannon
. Long Fang: Grav-cannon
. Long Fang: Grav-cannon
. Long Fang: Grav-cannon
. Long Fang Pack Leader: Grav-gun, Power fist
. Wolf Guard Terminator Pack Leader: Cyclone missile launcher, Storm shield, Thunder hammer

++ Total: [110 PL, 3CP, 1,996pts] ++

vs.

Jackmerius Tacktheritrix – World Eaters: Invocatus Eightbound Spam with a Dreadclaw
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++ Arks of Omen Detachment (Chaos – World Eaters) [107 PL, 5CP, 1,995pts] ++

+ Configuration +

Arks of Omen Compulsory Type: Elites

Game Type: 5. Chapter Approved: Arks of Omen

Subfaction: World Eaters

+ HQ +

Lord Invocatus [8 PL, -1CP, 160pts]: Road of Eight Bloody Steps, Stratagem: Warlord Trait, Warlord

+ Troops +

Jakhals [4 PL, 75pts]: Jakhal Pack Leader
. Dishonoured w/ skullsmasher: Skullsmasher
. 8x Jakhal w/ chainblades: 8x Autopistol, 8x Jakhal chainblades

Khorne Berserkers [12 PL, 230pts]: Berserker icon
. Khorne Berserker Champion: Bolt pistol
. 8x Khorne Berserker w/ chainblade: 8x Berserker chainblade, 8x Bolt pistol
. Khorne Berserker w/ eviscerator: Bolt pistol, Khornate eviscerator

Khorne Berserkers [6 PL, 120pts]: Berserker icon
. Khorne Berserker Champion: Bolt pistol
. 3x Khorne Berserker w/ chainblade: 3x Berserker chainblade, 3x Bolt pistol
. Khorne Berserker w/ eviscerator: Bolt pistol, Khornate eviscerator

Khorne Berserkers [6 PL, 120pts]: Berserker icon
. Khorne Berserker Champion: Bolt pistol
. 3x Khorne Berserker w/ chainblade: 3x Berserker chainblade, 3x Bolt pistol
. Khorne Berserker w/ eviscerator: Bolt pistol, Khornate eviscerator

Khorne Berserkers [6 PL, 120pts]: Berserker icon
. Khorne Berserker Champion: Bolt pistol
. 3x Khorne Berserker w/ chainblade: 3x Berserker chainblade, 3x Bolt pistol
. Khorne Berserker w/ eviscerator: Bolt pistol, Khornate eviscerator

+ Elites +

Eightbound [12 PL, 200pts]
. 4x Eightbound: 8x Eightbound eviscerator
. Eightbound Champion: Heavy chainglaive

Eightbound [12 PL, 200pts]
. 4x Eightbound: 8x Eightbound eviscerator
. Eightbound Champion: Heavy chainglaive

Eightbound [12 PL, 200pts]
. 4x Eightbound: 8x Eightbound eviscerator
. Eightbound Champion: Heavy chainglaive

Exalted Eightbound [7 PL, 135pts]
. 2x Exalted Eightbound: 2x Eightbound chainfist, 2x Eightbound eviscerator
. Exalted Eightbound Champion
. . Two Eightbound chainfists

Exalted Eightbound [7 PL, 135pts]
. 2x Exalted Eightbound: 2x Eightbound chainfist, 2x Eightbound eviscerator
. Exalted Eightbound Champion
. . Two Eightbound chainfists

Exalted Eightbound [7 PL, 135pts]
. 2x Exalted Eightbound: 2x Eightbound chainfist, 2x Eightbound eviscerator
. Exalted Eightbound Champion
. . Two Eightbound chainfists

+ Fast Attack +

Chaos Spawn [1 PL, 25pts]: Chaos Spawn

Chaos Spawn [1 PL, 25pts]: Chaos Spawn

Dreadclaw Drop Pod [6 PL, 115pts]

++ Total: [107 PL, 5CP, 1,995pts] ++

Thoughts

This matchup is an excellent showcase for what’s making these two factions tick right now. On the one hand, Space Wolves now get a truly obnoxious number of upgrades for free, transforming them from a faction that’s focused on melee to a true multi-phase army – I think there is basically zero chance of the World Eaters winning any sort of damage race here. On the other, however, World Eaters Secondaries are so good in a game that’s destined to be a bloodbath that on some missions it might not matter – all they have to do is keep Wolves off the Primary for a few turns while counting their Secondaries to 45 and that’s the game.

Death and Zeal definitely swings this matchup towards the Wolves, however. World Eaters are definitely going to run out of stuff in this game, especially because Wulfen will take whatever kills them in melee with them, and on a corner deployment with hold 1/2 I don’t think they’ll be able to shut the Wolves down for long enough to land the win. I’d say this was potentially anyone’s game on The Scouring or Tide of Conviction, but here I’m expecting the World Eaters to get mostly tabled around turn three and the Wolves to have the time to max their score from there. The minions of Khorne picked up an alarmingly good score despite that, but the Wolves did manage to nearly max their score, which given  the World Eaters plan has to revolve around tanking their Primary, suggests they took over the game fairly fast.

Result

Space Wolves Victory – 96 – 84

Brad Chester – Space Wolves – 1st Place

Credit: Kevin Stillman

The List

See Showdown

Archetype

Space Wolves Upgrade Spam

Thoughts

Space Wolves just get so. Much. Stuff. It’s beatable – with very careful play you can just about grind them out, especially if you take down the Wulfen at range, but you basically have no margin for error, especially if the Wolves player is judicious about how they ration out their threats. Well done to Brad on taking them to the trophy.

The Best of the Rest

There were 5 more players on 5-1 records. They were:

  • 2nd – Brandon Vallee – Dark Angels: Lots of Ravenwing shooting with a few Deathwing Command Squads as objective holders.
  • 3rd – Lyle Dixon – Salamanders: Aggressors and attack bikes galore with Vulkan at the helm.
  • 4th – Joshua Minnich – Tzeentch Daemons:  The Be’lakor/Big Bird spin on Tzeentch.
  • 5th – Jackmerius Tacktheritrix – World Eaters: See showdown.
  • 6th – Bill Kim – Disciplies of Be’lakor: Board control from a wide variety of Daemons and brutal pressure from a trio of Karnivores.

Slagmark Fyn 2023

44-player, 5-round Grand Tournament in Aarup, DK on May 06 2023. All the lists for this event can be found in Best Coast Pairings.

Rasmus Olesen – Iron Hands Successors – 1st Place

Rainbow Warrior Eradicators by Craig “MasterSlowPoke” Sniffen

The List

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+++ Slagmark Fyn (Warhammer 40,000 9th Edition) [129 PL, 2,000pts] +++

++ Arks of Omen Detachment (Imperium – Adeptus Astartes – Iron Hands) [129 PL, 2,000pts, ] ++

+ Configuration +

**Chapter Selector**: Custom Chapter, Iron Hands Successor, Master Artisans, Whirlwind of Rage

Arks of Omen Compulsory Type: Heavy Support

Game Type: 5. Chapter Approved: Arks of Omen

+ HQ +

Primaris Lieutenant [5 PL, 65pts, -1CP]: Rites of War, Stratagem: Warlord Trait, Warlord
. Neo-volkite pistol, Master-crafted power sword and Storm Shield

Primaris Techmarine [5 PL, 85pts, -1CP]: Chapter Command: Master of the Forge, Stratagem: Hero of the Chapter, Target Protocols

+ Troops +

Infiltrator Squad [6 PL, 100pts]: Helix gauntlet
. 4x Infiltrator: 4x Bolt pistol, 4x Frag & Krak grenades, 4x Marksman bolt carbine
. Infiltrator Sergeant

Infiltrator Squad [6 PL, 100pts]: Helix gauntlet
. 4x Infiltrator: 4x Bolt pistol, 4x Frag & Krak grenades, 4x Marksman bolt carbine
. Infiltrator Sergeant

+ Elites +

Relic Contemptor Dreadnought [8 PL, 195pts, -3CP]: Cyclone missile launcher, Merciless Logic, Stratagem: Hero of the Chapter, Stratagem: March of the Ancients, 2x Twin volkite culverin

Scout Squad [8 PL, 120pts]: 10x Camo cloak
. Scout Sergeant: Combi-melta, Thunder hammer
. Scout w/Heavy weapon: Missile launcher
. 8x Scout w/Scout sniper rifle: 8x Bolt pistol, 8x Frag & Krak grenades, 8x Scout sniper rifle

Vanguard Veteran Squad [14 PL, 175pts]: Jump Pack
. Vanguard Veteran: Lightning Claw, Storm shield
. Vanguard Veteran: Lightning Claw, Storm shield
. Vanguard Veteran: Lightning Claw, Storm shield
. Vanguard Veteran: Lightning Claw, Storm shield
. Vanguard Veteran: Power axe, Storm shield
. Vanguard Veteran Sergeant: Plasma pistol, Relic blade

+ Fast Attack +

Land Speeder Tornadoes [4 PL, 70pts]
. Land Speeder Tornado: Assault cannon, Multi-melta

Land Speeder Tornadoes [4 PL, 70pts]
. Land Speeder Tornado: Assault cannon, Multi-melta

Land Speeder Tornadoes [4 PL, 70pts]
. Land Speeder Tornado: Assault cannon, Multi-melta

+ Heavy Support +

Desolation Squad [16 PL, 220pts, -1CP]: Superkrak Rocket Launcher
. 5x Desolation Marine: 5x Bolt pistol, 5x Castellan Launcher, 5x Frag & Krak grenades
. Desolation Sgt: Master-Crafted Weapon, Stratagem: Scion of the Forge
. . Replace Superfrak/krak with Vengor & Targeter Optics: Vengor Launcher

Desolation Squad [16 PL, 185pts]: Superkrak Rocket Launcher
. 4x Desolation Marine: 4x Bolt pistol, 4x Castellan Launcher, 4x Frag & Krak grenades
. Desolation Sgt
. . Replace Superfrak/krak with Vengor & Targeter Optics: Vengor Launcher

Devastator Squad [8 PL, 125pts]: Armorium Cherub
. Devastator Marine Sergeant: Combi-melta, Thunder hammer
. Devastator Marine w/Heavy Weapon: Grav-cannon
. Devastator Marine w/Heavy Weapon: Grav-cannon
. Devastator Marine w/Heavy Weapon: Grav-cannon
. Devastator Marine w/Heavy Weapon: Multi-melta

Devastator Squad [8 PL, 115pts]: Armorium Cherub
. Devastator Marine Sergeant: Combi-melta, Thunder hammer
. Devastator Marine w/Heavy Weapon: Grav-cannon
. Devastator Marine w/Heavy Weapon: Grav-cannon
. Devastator Marine w/Heavy Weapon: Grav-cannon
. Devastator Marine w/Heavy Weapon: Grav-cannon

Eradicator Squad [7 PL, 135pts]: Heavy melta rifle
. Eradicator
. Eradicator Sgt
. Eradicator with MM

+ Dedicated Transport +

Drop Pod [4 PL, 70pts]: Deathwind launcher

Land Speeder Storm [3 PL, 50pts]

Land Speeder Storm [3 PL, 50pts]

Archetype

Shooty Iron Hands

Final Round Matchup

84 – 48 Victory against Marcus Jensen – Hive Fleet Behemoth.

Thoughts

It’s the consensus pick for best build in the game right now, and you all know the stuff by now. This version shows off how you can use Combat Squads to squeeze in extra models past slot limits, but otherwise it’s very much business as usual – brutal shooting that’s tough to hide from, and enough units that it’s very hard to race. Congratulations to Rasmus.

Jakob Skovsbo – Astra Militarum – 2nd Place (Undefeated)

Death Korps of Krieg. Rockfish
Death Korps of Krieg. Rockfish

The List

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Army name: Jakob Skovsbo
Factions used: Imperium – Astra Militarum
Command Points: 6-1-1-1-1-1=1
Total cost: 2000 pts, 115 PL
Reinforcement Points: none pts

Number of Units: 23
Assassination: 16 points (15 max)
Bring it Down: 2 points
No Prisoners: 17 points (15 max) (total wounds: 157)
Abhor the Witch: 6 points
++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

== Born Soldiers Arks of Omen ==

Stratagems:
– Heroic Support (-1 CP)

HQ1: (7) Cadian Command Squad: Astropath, Cadian Commander (Bolt pistol, Power sword), Cadian Veterans (Cadian Veteran w/ Master-Vox (Laspistol, Master Vox), Cadian Veteran w/ Medi-pack, Cadian Veteran w/ Regimental Standard (Lasgun and Regimental Standard), Cadian Veteran w/ chainsword (Plasma pistol, Power Sword)), Nork Deddog, Relic: Death Mask of Ollanius, Stratagem: Officer Cadre, Stratagem: Relic, WT: Superior Tactical Training (Prefectus Orders)

HQ2: (2) Death Korps Marshal: Bolt pistol, Ogryn Bodyguard (Brute Shield, Bullgryn Maul, Bullgryn Plate), Power sword

HQ3: (1) Death Korps Marshal: Bolt pistol, Power sword, Warlord

HQ4: (1) Primaris Psyker: 3. Psychic Barrier, 4. Nightshroud

TR1: (10) Death Korps of Krieg: Death Korps Medi-pack, Death Korps Trooper w/ Special Weapon (Meltagun), Death Korps Trooper w/ Special Weapon (Grenade launcher), Death Korps Trooper w/ Vox Caster, 6xDeath Korps Trooper w/ lasgun, Death Korps Watchmaster (Bolt pistol, Chainsword)

TR2: (10) Death Korps of Krieg: Death Korps Medi-pack, Death Korps Trooper w/ Special Weapon (Meltagun), Death Korps Trooper w/ Special Weapon (Grenade launcher), Death Korps Trooper w/ Vox Caster, 6xDeath Korps Trooper w/ lasgun, Death Korps Watchmaster (Bolt pistol, Chainsword)

TR3: (10) Death Korps of Krieg: Death Korps Medi-pack, Death Korps Trooper w/ Special Weapon (Meltagun), Death Korps Trooper w/ Special Weapon (Grenade launcher), Death Korps Trooper w/ Vox Caster, 6xDeath Korps Trooper w/ lasgun, Death Korps Watchmaster (Bolt pistol, Chainsword)

TR4: (10) Death Korps of Krieg: Death Korps Medi-pack, Death Korps Trooper w/ Special Weapon (Meltagun), Death Korps Trooper w/ Special Weapon (Grenade launcher), Death Korps Trooper w/ Vox Caster, 6xDeath Korps Trooper w/ lasgun, Death Korps Watchmaster (Bolt pistol, Chainsword)

TR5: (10) Death Korps of Krieg: Death Korps Medi-pack, Death Korps Trooper w/ Special Weapon (Meltagun), Death Korps Trooper w/ Special Weapon (Grenade launcher), Death Korps Trooper w/ Vox Caster, 6xDeath Korps Trooper w/ lasgun, Death Korps Watchmaster (Bolt pistol, Chainsword)

TR6: (10) Death Korps of Krieg: Death Korps Medi-pack, Death Korps Trooper w/ Special Weapon (Meltagun), Death Korps Trooper w/ Special Weapon (Grenade launcher), Death Korps Trooper w/ Vox Caster, 6xDeath Korps Trooper w/ lasgun, Death Korps Watchmaster (Bolt pistol, Chainsword)

TR7: (10) Death Korps of Krieg: Death Korps Medi-pack, Death Korps Trooper w/ Special Weapon (Meltagun), Death Korps Trooper w/ Special Weapon (Grenade launcher), Death Korps Trooper w/ Vox Caster, 6xDeath Korps Trooper w/ lasgun, Death Korps Watchmaster (Bolt pistol, Chainsword)

TR8: (10) Death Korps of Krieg: Death Korps Medi-pack, Death Korps Trooper w/ Special Weapon (Meltagun), Death Korps Trooper w/ Special Weapon (Grenade launcher), Death Korps Trooper w/ Vox Caster, 6xDeath Korps Trooper w/ lasgun, Death Korps Watchmaster (Bolt pistol, Chainsword)

TR9: (10) Death Korps of Krieg: Death Korps Medi-pack, Death Korps Trooper w/ Special Weapon (Meltagun), Death Korps Trooper w/ Special Weapon (Grenade launcher), Death Korps Trooper w/ Vox Caster, 6xDeath Korps Trooper w/ lasgun, Death Korps Watchmaster (Bolt pistol, Chainsword)

TR10: (10) Death Korps of Krieg: Death Korps Medi-pack, Death Korps Trooper w/ Special Weapon (Meltagun), Death Korps Trooper w/ Special Weapon (Grenade launcher), Death Korps Trooper w/ Vox Caster, 6xDeath Korps Trooper w/ lasgun, Death Korps Watchmaster (Bolt pistol, Chainsword)

TR11: (10) Death Korps of Krieg: Death Korps Medi-pack, Death Korps Trooper w/ Special Weapon (Meltagun), Death Korps Trooper w/ Special Weapon (Grenade launcher), Death Korps Trooper w/ Vox Caster, 6xDeath Korps Trooper w/ lasgun, Death Korps Watchmaster (Bolt pistol, Chainsword)

EL1: (5) Ratlings: 5xRatling

HS1: (1) Deathstrike: Heavy Bolter

HS2: (3) Heavy Weapons Squad: 3xHeavy Weapon Team (Mortar)

HS3: (3) Heavy Weapons Squad: 3xHeavy Weapon Team (Mortar)

== Born Soldiers Patrol Detachment ==

HQ1: (5) Militarum Tempestus Command Squad: Relic: Finial of the Nemrodesh 1st, Stratagem: Imperial Commander’s Armoury, Stratagem: Officer Cadre, Tempestor Prime (Tempestor Command Rod), Tempestus Scion (Plasma gun), Tempestus Scion (Hot-shot Volley Gun), Tempestus Scion w/ Master-Vox (Hot-shot Laspistol, Master Vox), Tempestus Scion w/ Regimental Standard (Hot-Shot Lasgun, Regimental Standard), WT (Militarum Tempestus): Drill Commander (Aura)

TR1: (10) Tempestus Scions: Tempestor (Plasma pistol, Power sword), 5xTempestus Scion, 2xTempestus Scion w/ Special Weapon (Plasma gun), 2xTempestus Scion w/ Special Weapon (Hot-shot Volley Gun)

TR2: (10) Tempestus Scions: Tempestor (Plasma pistol, Power sword), 5xTempestus Scion, 2xTempestus Scion w/ Special Weapon (Plasma gun), 2xTempestus Scion w/ Special Weapon (Hot-shot Volley Gun)

TR3: (10) Tempestus Scions: Tempestor (Plasma pistol, Power sword), 5xTempestus Scion, 2xTempestus Scion w/ Special Weapon (Plasma gun), 2xTempestus Scion w/ Special Weapon (Hot-shot Volley Gun)

Archetype

Infantry Spam

Thoughts

Incredibly on-brand for Krieg, this one. Wave after wave of Astra Militarum soldiers to throw onto the enemy, chipping away with special weapons and maxing Secondaries with incredible reliability. Not complicated, but one of those lists that asks a very tough question of the enemy and has an almost unconquerable game plan if they can’t answer it. Plausibly struggles into something like horde Orks, but otherwise? Very tough to stop, and no one managed it, great innvoative stuff from Jakob.

The Best of the Rest

There were 5 more players on 4-1 records. They were:

  • 3rd – David Thomsen – Adeptus Custodes: A vicious brawling Shadowkeepers list with a big Warden brick and a trio of Contemptors at the heart.
  • 4th – Killi Paaske – Craftworlds: Triple Phoenix Lord Ulthwe with lots of aspects and small position holders backing them up.
  • 5th – Michael Eriksen – Astra Militarum: Born Soldiers with an extra dose of Infantry, helping it flood the board and push Secondaries.
  • 6th – Frederik Larsen – Astra Militarum: Born Soldiers with lots of Infantry and a pair of Dorns.
  • 7th – Marcus Jensen – Tyranids: All-rounder Behemoth with a mix of monsters and Gaunt carpets.

Ragnarok Spring 2023 : 40k ITC

31-player, 6-round Grand Tournament in England GB on May 06 2023. All the lists for this event can be found in Best Coast Pairings.

Baz Croucher – Iron Hands Successors – 1st Place

Rainbow Warriors Primaris Apothecary by Craig “MasterSlowPoke” Sniffen

The List

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++ Arks of Omen Detachment (Imperium – Adeptus Astartes – Iron Hands) [132 PL, 1CP, 1,994pts] ++

+ Configuration +

**Chapter Selector**: Custom Chapter, Iron Hands Successor, Stalwart, Warded

Arks of Omen Compulsory Type: Heavy Support

Game Type: 5. Chapter Approved: Arks of Omen

+ HQ +

Primaris Librarian [5 PL, -1CP, 85pts]: 1) Blessing of the Machine God, 4) Psysteel Armor, Rites of War, Stratagem: Warlord Trait, Warlord

Primaris Lieutenant [5 PL, 65pts]
. Neo-volkite pistol, Master-crafted power sword and Storm Shield

+ Troops +

Infiltrator Squad [6 PL, 100pts]: Helix gauntlet
. 4x Infiltrator: 4x Bolt pistol, 4x Frag & Krak grenades, 4x Marksman bolt carbine
. Infiltrator Sergeant

Infiltrator Squad [6 PL, 100pts]: Helix gauntlet
. 4x Infiltrator: 4x Bolt pistol, 4x Frag & Krak grenades, 4x Marksman bolt carbine
. Infiltrator Sergeant

+ Elites +

Apothecary [5 PL, -1CP, 95pts]: Chapter Command: Chief Apothecary, Selfless Healer, Stratagem: Hero of the Chapter

Bladeguard Veteran Squad [5 PL, 105pts]
. 2x Bladeguard Veteran: 2x Frag & Krak grenades, 2x Heavy Bolt Pistol, 2x Master-crafted power sword, 2x Storm Shield
. Bladeguard Veteran Sergeant: Heavy Bolt Pistol

Relic Contemptor Dreadnought [8 PL, -3CP, 195pts]: Cyclone missile launcher, Merciless Logic, Stratagem: Hero of the Chapter, Stratagem: March of the Ancients, 2x Twin volkite culverin

Terminator Assault Squad [18 PL, 264pts]: Teleport Homer
. Assault Terminator Sergeant
. . Thunder Hammer & Storm Shield
. 7x Assault Terminator w/THSS: 7x Storm shield, 7x Thunder hammer

+ Fast Attack +

Land Speeder Tornadoes [8 PL, 140pts]
. Land Speeder Tornado: Assault cannon, Multi-melta
. Land Speeder Tornado: Assault cannon, Multi-melta

Land Speeder Tornadoes [8 PL, 140pts]
. Land Speeder Tornado: Assault cannon, Multi-melta
. Land Speeder Tornado: Assault cannon, Multi-melta

+ Heavy Support +

Desolation Squad [16 PL, 185pts]: Superkrak Rocket Launcher
. 4x Desolation Marine: 4x Bolt pistol, 4x Castellan Launcher, 4x Frag & Krak grenades
. Desolation Sgt
. . Replace Superfrak/krak with Vengor & Targeter Optics: Vengor Launcher

Desolation Squad [16 PL, 185pts]: Superkrak Rocket Launcher
. 4x Desolation Marine: 4x Bolt pistol, 4x Castellan Launcher, 4x Frag & Krak grenades
. Desolation Sgt
. . Replace Superfrak/krak with Vengor & Targeter Optics: Vengor Launcher

Desolation Squad [16 PL, 185pts]: Superkrak Rocket Launcher
. 4x Desolation Marine: 4x Bolt pistol, 4x Castellan Launcher, 4x Frag & Krak grenades
. Desolation Sgt
. . Replace Superfrak/krak with Vengor & Targeter Optics: Vengor Launcher

Gladiator Reaper [10 PL, 150pts]: Auto Launchers, Icarus Rocket Pod, Ironhail Heavy Stubber

++ Total: [132 PL, 1CP, 1,994pts] ++

Archetype

All-rounder Iron Hands

Final Round Matchup

74 – 61 Victory against Thomas Hicks – Adeptus Custodes.

Thoughts

A few interesting choices here – more melee pressure, and Successor tactics skewed towards durability rather than killing power. I’m guessing the calculus is that the Iron Hands stratagems, superdoctrine and superdread provide enough killing power that you can still create an insurmountable damage advantage by building for resilience rather than even more killing, reducing the risk of getting spiked out in some games. Seems to have worked (though is otherwise mostly in line with standard Hands stuff.

The Best of the Rest

There were 2 more players on 5-1 records. They were:

  • 2nd – Thomas Hicks – Adeptus Custodes: Emissaries Sagitarrum spam.
  • 3rd – Daniel Berris – Necrons: Angry Novokh with big units of Flayed Ones and Lychguard, lots of Skorpekh and a Monolith.

Bembel Clash #7

30-player, 5-round Grand Tournament in Hirzenhain, HE DE on May 06 2023. All the lists for this event can be found in Best Coast Pairings.

Jan Reisenauer – Iron Hands Successors – 1st Place

Credit: Colin Ward

The List

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++ Arks of Omen Detachment (Imperium – Adeptus Astartes – Iron Hands) [125 PL, , 2,000pts] ++

+ Configuration +

**Chapter Selector**: Custom Chapter, Iron Hands Successor, Master Artisans, Whirlwind of Rage

Arks of Omen Compulsory Type: Heavy Support

Game Type: 5. Chapter Approved: Arks of Omen

+ HQ +

Primaris Lieutenant [5 PL, -1CP, 65pts]: Rites of War, Stratagem: Hero of the Chapter
. Neo-volkite pistol, Master-crafted power sword and Storm Shield

Primaris Techmarine [4 PL, -1CP, 70pts]: Stratagem: Warlord Trait, Target Protocols, Warlord

+ Troops +

Infiltrator Squad [6 PL, 100pts]: Helix gauntlet
. 4x Infiltrator: 4x Bolt pistol, 4x Frag & Krak grenades, 4x Marksman bolt carbine
. Infiltrator Sergeant

Infiltrator Squad [6 PL, 100pts]: Helix gauntlet
. 4x Infiltrator: 4x Bolt pistol, 4x Frag & Krak grenades, 4x Marksman bolt carbine
. Infiltrator Sergeant

+ Elites +

Relic Contemptor Dreadnought [8 PL, -3CP, 195pts]: Cyclone missile launcher, Merciless Logic, Stratagem: Hero of the Chapter, Stratagem: March of the Ancients, 2x Twin volkite culverin

Scout Squad [4 PL, 60pts]
. Scout Sergeant: Bolt pistol, Thunder hammer
. 2x Scout w/Boltgun: 2x Bolt pistol, 2x Boltgun, 2x Frag & Krak grenades
. 2x Scout w/Shotgun: 2x Astartes shotgun, 2x Bolt pistol, 2x Frag & Krak grenades

Vanguard Veteran Squad [14 PL, 315pts]: Jump Pack
. Vanguard Veteran: Lightning Claw, Storm shield
. Vanguard Veteran: Lightning Claw, Storm shield
. Vanguard Veteran: Lightning Claw, Storm shield
. Vanguard Veteran: Lightning Claw, Storm shield
. Vanguard Veteran: Lightning Claw, Storm shield
. Vanguard Veteran: Lightning Claw, Storm shield
. Vanguard Veteran: Lightning Claw, Storm shield
. Vanguard Veteran: Lightning Claw, Storm shield
. Vanguard Veteran: Lightning Claw, Storm shield
. Vanguard Veteran Sergeant: Lightning Claw, Thunder hammer

+ Fast Attack +

Attack Bike Squad [2 PL, 50pts]
. Attack Bike: Multi-melta

Attack Bike Squad [2 PL, 50pts]
. Attack Bike: Multi-melta

Land Speeders [3 PL, 60pts]
. Land Speeder: Multi-melta

+ Heavy Support +

Desolation Squad [16 PL, -1CP, 185pts]: Superkrak Rocket Launcher
. 4x Desolation Marine: 4x Bolt pistol, 4x Castellan Launcher, 4x Frag & Krak grenades
. Desolation Sgt: Master-Crafted Weapon, Stratagem: Scion of the Forge
. . Replace Superfrak/krak with Vengor & Targeter Optics: Vengor Launcher

Desolation Squad [16 PL, 185pts]: Superkrak Rocket Launcher
. 4x Desolation Marine: 4x Bolt pistol, 4x Castellan Launcher, 4x Frag & Krak grenades
. Desolation Sgt
. . Replace Superfrak/krak with Vengor & Targeter Optics: Vengor Launcher

Desolation Squad [16 PL, 185pts]: Superkrak Rocket Launcher
. 4x Desolation Marine: 4x Bolt pistol, 4x Castellan Launcher, 4x Frag & Krak grenades
. Desolation Sgt
. . Replace Superfrak/krak with Vengor & Targeter Optics: Vengor Launcher

Devastator Squad [8 PL, 125pts]: Armorium Cherub
. Devastator Marine Sergeant: Bolt pistol, Thunder hammer
. Devastator Marine w/Heavy Weapon: Grav-cannon
. Devastator Marine w/Heavy Weapon: Grav-cannon
. Devastator Marine w/Heavy Weapon: Grav-cannon
. Devastator Marine w/Heavy Weapon: Multi-melta

Devastator Squad [8 PL, 135pts]: Armorium Cherub
. Devastator Marine Sergeant: Combi-melta, Thunder hammer
. Devastator Marine w/Heavy Weapon: Grav-cannon
. Devastator Marine w/Heavy Weapon: Grav-cannon
. Devastator Marine w/Heavy Weapon: Multi-melta
. Devastator Marine w/Heavy Weapon: Multi-melta

+ Dedicated Transport +

Drop Pod [4 PL, 70pts]: Storm bolter

Land Speeder Storm [3 PL, 50pts]

++ Total: [125 PL, 2,000pts] ++

Archetype

Shooty Iron Hands

Final Round Matchup

17 – 3 Victory against Dennis Rau – Aeldari.

Thoughts

Aaaaand we’re back to shooty Iron Hands.

(well done to Jan, and apologies that you’re in the unfortunate spot of being the third event-winning Hands list in a row)

The Best of the Rest

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

  • 2nd – Jan Poljak – Imperial Knights: Taranis with the Crusader/Princeps Paladin setup as the centrepiece.
  • 3rd – Daniel Nau – Orks: Goff Pressure with souble Squigosaur and some Kill Rigs.
  • 4th – Dennis Rau – Craftworlds: Hail of Doom with loads of Avengers and a big Windrider block.

Wrap Up

See there was some fun stuff in the first half, but now I’ve written about three Iron Hands lists in a row. Rlol on Tenth Edition, when we shall finally be free of that books wicked grasp.