If you’ve been following this blog, you know that the ND Open is one of my favourite tournament. Unlike the previous editions, it was held in Montreal this year. This 3 hour drive did not stop me from attending.
How cool are those trophies? The tournament is on a military base too.
Read on for glory!
Now I’m usually bad at keeping notes and stuff, but I found that I’m pretty good at instagramming the shit out of my tournaments, so if you follow me on instagram ( @HellfirePainting ), you’ve seen pretty much the punchline. If you don,t follow me, well, shame on you.
So here it is in details; there will be no part 1, part 2 thing, it’s all there in one giant post, you might need multiple bathroom breaks to read it all on the can.
I originally wanted to play my gladius at the event. I had all the models ready, lists printed and everything.
But everything changed
when the fire nation attacked. But
while at the store to pick up my models on Thursday, I was starring at my
hammertime list from the January army of the month. I took to Facebook to settle this once and
for all: good list or fun list.
So I drew up a new list and printed a gazillion copies from it and packed the Hammertime. My final list was this:
CAD – Blood Angels
2x 5 Scouts with Bolters
10 Assault Terminators with TH/SS
Nemesis Strike Force – Grey Knights
5 man strike squad
2x NDK with Gattling Psylancer
Librarius Conclave – White Scars
2x Level 2
1x Level 2 with Termi Armor and Storm Shield
1x Level 1
Removing the teleporter on the NDK was a really big thing and over the weekend I was really happy about them. I will probably field them like this from now on – should I play them again
Coming in at the event, I was happy I took the fun route, as there were a lot more of heavy hitters there and I didn’t feel that my inexperience with the gladius would have done well anyway, despite most scenarios heavily favouring that list.
Sam Durant won best overall a couple years back at the ND Open and was playing a Gladius himself. I knew from the get go I would not score points, specially as Sam played really well with his static unit placement and where he dropped his pod units throughout the game. 0 for yours truly to start the day, but it was a really great game nonetheless, Sam is a great guy.
As luck would have it, I was faced with my travel partner Francis for game 2. The tournament had 2 spare tables that at more scenic terrain and less suited for tactical games ( as you can see on the picture, that huge chapel is not great for competitive play ) but being at 0 points and with the bar just opened, we wasted no time and went straight for a fancy table. Francis’ army is almost as straightforward as mine, a Paladin deathstar, an Imperial Knight and 2 NDK.
The game was quite bloody, as there was a combat involving both of Francis’ NDK, his and my deathstar. Because we were messing around (Our car had a warcry for the weekend, loosely: “ FROM BEHIND!!” that we had to shout at Jay’s table because he was sitting on 30 points and needed the cheerleading) and drinking (and could hardly care less about results ) the game ended after turn 3, so we called it a draw as it there was no way to know how the game would’ve played out.
My third game was versus Dieter and his Orks army. I feel really bad for him because Orks is one of the only army that the Hammertime tramples. Basically, everything he plays I have insane answers to: ie: I can kill multiple wounds units like nobs, deffkoptas and big guns with gattling psylancers, and my deathstar is better at close combat than anything their army can offer.
I scored 30 on that one, but Dieter took it like a champ. I also chugged a pitcher of beer halfway through the game on a dare.
Last game of the first day is usually where you can get the most out of outplaying people because of drunkenness or fatigue. Lucky for me, I was neither of those things, and won the game solely on a misplay. My 4th round opponent was Eric, which I had only played once in a team tournament before. His army was a mix of the new Iron Hands Tank detachment featuring 3 vindicators with a deathstar of bikers joined by ravenwing characters.
Forgot to take a picture during the game an I only got this one. Eric scored somewhere in the top 5 for painting for his army.
Solely on a misplay might be an overstatement, as Eric was incredibly unlucky in a crucial assault phase; and with the hammertime, you really only get one chance at surviving the assault phase. He will probably argue this to the death, but allowing me a pretty easy charge to his bike deathstar is what cost him the game, luck or not.
Despite his horrendous rolls, Eric took it like a champ and with a smile, as we were both out of contention from any game-related prize anyway.
On Sunday morning, I got paired with my buddy JayRock for my 5th game. Jay plays a Gladius with a Culexus and airplanes. 2 things my army has trouble interacting with. I opted to go all out to wack the assassin early on. Outflanking scouts, deep striking NDK and Gate of Infinity the deathstar on turn 2 it was! Jay denied my force on the NDK, and the scout did scout things and missed. I took some returning fire, but the star remained pretty much undamaged and went on for a glorious turn 3 multi-charge on 4 units.
The end of the game was pretty weird, as we both whiffed hardcore on our respective last turn, I failed a 5 inch charge, failed casting hammerhand on 4 dice and Jay denied psychic shriek with 2 6 on 2 dice, while he couldn’t do a wound on my sanguinary priest with both storm talons, and failed a 3 inch run.
The game ended 16-14 for somebody, I don’t remember who. The game was really close, as it came down to first blood/linebreaker/slay the warlord. Another fun one in the bag.
My 6th game was versus Seb, who played a Lion’s blade (i.e. Dark angel Gladius ) and pretty much had auto-win against me for this scenario. The scenario was 6 cumulative objectives that you score at the end of your turn, which meant that he could simply roll over there one unit at a time, deny me and score 9 points per turn. Seb played it really well, saving his dice to stop gate of infinity and forcing my star to go through 8 inches charges through terrain to assault anything.
I’m pretty sure the actual score was something like 83 to 2 by the end of turn 5, and Seb killed more of his own units with plasma/dangerous terrain than what I did. However, I was drinking heavily and had a great time removing my models. I’m pretty sure I voted for Seb as of of my 3 top opponent of the weekend.
Results and whatnots
I knew I was far out of contention for anything game-wise and best overall, as Chris Hanes and Bruno Choquette were sitting on 110 out of 150 battle points and both had well painted armies. I knew I had a decent enough sportsmanship score and was hoping for best painted.
And that’s how it’s done. I finished tied with Denis Plattis for 2nd/3rd sportsmanship, got Best Painted and Player’s Choice, which I’m thrilled about. I can finally retire the Hammertime army with something more glorious than a 0-4 finish at Adepticon.
This one is in the books. The next major event I’ll attend is ATC, where I will be rocking some Daemonic Incursion!