The Road to LVO: A Boon Tale, Part 3 – Painting Christmas Elves

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Welcome back! If you’re just arriving and are interested to know where this story begins, please see Part 1 and Part 2. Thanks for joining me on the road!

League Night

Over the weekend I had a Frozen North league match against Reed Sto. He is an excellent opponent and a fun guy that you definitely want to play against whether you’re winning or losing. If you’ve never met him before Reed is basically the answer to the question, “What if Channing Tatum from 21 Jump Street but also Warhammer?” Fun fact about Reed; he has been asked to autograph something by a child who had mistaken him for John Cena… He’s a real life action hero whose superpower is trolling me into an insensible political rant in our team chat. Awesome.

Anyway, I’m not going to dive into the details of his list but suffice to say it’s a bunch of Chaos choo-choos, one of which is pictured below, with some additional support elements.

One of Reed’s angry Chaos choo-choos

Reed Sto – Chaos – ITC Mission 3

Deployment: Dawn of War

 

This will be the last test run of my original Vibro Cannon list for the time being. In all honesty, the list couldn’t have been more purpose-built to defeat Reed’s which featured an abundance of T8 – going first against it basically put him in a hole. Ironically, I did not actually kill anything on Turn 1 but did do an outrageous amount of damage. By the time Turn 2 rolled around the stacking of damage from the first round plunged Reed into a deep hole, even with a few failures on my part (Shining Spears failed a 5″ charge that resulted in them being wiped on his turn) it proved to be too much for him to dig out, and by Turn 4 it was over. The list performed very well and the damage output is still remarkable, however the same concerns about mobility and sight lines remain as I found myself moving my cannons each turn. Moving forward my plan is to test one of my alternatives for the next two weeks and make a decision by the 13th for submission.

Key Takeaways:

  • I had not used the Fire Prisms extensively in the past and what I’ve learned about them is that they are extremely consistent and reliable but not necessarily going to do huge damage in a turn. I’ve previously thought they were my heavy hitters and while they’re great they’re not necessarily the linchpin. This realization actually makes me approach the list with a much more balanced perspective.
  • The Falcons continue to perform well. With Expert Crafters they are a unit that I can rely on to provide steady damage against high Toughness units and elite armies while not being something I fear losing – especially with Avenging Strike Dire Avengers inside. With the embarked Avengers and the extra slot they lower my drop count significantly and provide a pretty solid source of both anti-armor and anti-infantry – I’m really liking how these play at their cost.
  • The Night Spinner was great with a Doomed target or alternatively to snipe some guys that then open sight lines on characters. This game confirmed my need for a second ‘Spinner.
  • The Vibro Cannons were a steady source of 2-damage shooting and may have been the heavy hitters all game. I’ve also noticed that they present a sort of targeting challenge for my opponent, who is forced to choose between the tanks and targeting individual platforms, all of which are steady in their damage output.
  • I have not found myself needing the 4th squad of Dire Avengers in any of my games – I think the role played by the Wave Serpent to capture mid-table objectives might be better substituted with a Falcon, allowing me to redirect the combined point savings to other options.

I’m so torn on the Vibro Cannons but I’m starting to come back around to including them. With that in mind I made a revised original list which I think strikes a much better balance (please see Part 2 for list options 2 and 3). It keeps most of the cannons and importantly adds a Night Spinner and swaps out the Wave Serpent and a squad of Dire Avengers for another Falcon.

Boon's LVO List, Version 2.0

Eldar Battallion: Expert Crafters, Masterful Shots

Farseer Skyrunner

Spiritseer

1×5 Dire Avengers – Exarch with Avenging Strikes  and Dual Shuriken

2×5 Dire Avengers – Exarch with Avenging Strikes

1×8 Shining Spears – Exarch with Star Lance, Skilled Rider

1x Falcon Grav-Tank – Starcannon, Shuriken Cannon

2x Falcon Grav-Tanks – Starcannon

Eldar Spearhead: Expert Crafters, Masterful Shots

Yvraine

3x Fire Prisms

Eldar Spearhead: Expert Crafters, Masterful Shots

Warlock

2×3 Support Weapons – Vibro Cannons

2x Night Spinner

I basically swap one tank, pick up an additional tank, and double my non-LOS capability at a cost of slightly downgrading the toughness on one vehicle (Wave Serpent to Falcon swap), losing an extra Avenger squad, and a couple of Vibros. The Vibros are the only real significant loss in terms of damage output as a Wave Serpent doesn’t really bring all that much in terms of killing power in this current meta. It is a nice, flexible, and tough tank, but I think I’m better served by another Falcon which is both cheaper and capable of putting out more firepower. After accounting for the Night Spinner addition, I think the damage output will actually be a little bit higher with this build, and frankly, I think it’s a better overall list.

I’m not excluding the other two list options at this point (second Shining Spears squad/Ynnari Wraithseer detachment) but this has me a little more excited. Given the core of the three lists are not significantly different, I have the option to track on my paint progress and decide what list to take based on where I am in the paint plan. I’ve updated the plan – so let’s check in on how that’s going.

 

Hobby Progress

Progress as of Christmas Eve

I have a reluctance to finish these. The Prism Turrets and other two Falcons just need the whites and greys touched up (and any black lining that gets nicked in the process), the gems to be dotted, then free-hand roses added. In all honestly, I could finish that up in an hour or two. However, I’m also oddly reluctant to do it because it’s so goddamn tedious. I’m planning to do it Christmas morning before the festivities begin – then they just get a satin varnish, a flat varnish, and the gems will be shined with an ‘ard coat. The plan as it stands:

December 15th – 21st:

  • 2x Fire Prism Turrets –  90%
  • 1x Falcon Turret – 90%
  • 1x Falcon Chassis – 90%

December 22nd – 28th:

  • 2x Falcon Chassis – 55%
  • 2x Falcon Turret – 90%

December 29th – January 4th:

  • 2x Fire Prism Chassis – 1%
  • 1x Nightspinner Turret

January 5th – 11th:

  • Option One:
    • 1x Night Spinner Chassis
    • 3x Shining Spears
  • Option Two:
    • 1x Night Spinner Chassis
  • Option Three:
    • 1x Night Spinner Chassis
    • 3x Vibro Cannons

January 12th – 18th:

  • Option One:
    • 4x Shining Spears
  • Option Two:
    • 1x Wraithseer – 15%
  • Option Three:
    • 3x Vibro Cannons

 

Next Steps

It’s extremely unlikely that I’ll get any games in between now and New Year’s, so I’ll look to the first week of 2020 to get my next test in. There is an RTT I plan to attend on January 11th before the LVO submission deadline though I’m not sure what list I’ll take to that at this point. It will likely be painting progress-dependent still. In the next article I should have some of my tanks fully competed so I’ll try to snap better pictures of the models and walk you through a bit about my process. Until then, happy holidays everyone!

 

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