The mission: as usual, Battleforce Recon, a 500 points match with no restrictions. A lot of people put restrictions on 500 point leagues such as no AV12+, no models with 3+ wounds, no models with a 2+ or greater save, or other nonsense. Through our months of testing, though, we've found out that 500 points is actually surprisingly balanced for 6th edition.
Rounds lasted an hour each, with four players attending for a 3-hour, round-robin affair. A number of people didn't show for whatever reason, but it's no biggie. Plans are already in motion for the next Bladestorm Tournament, a 1000 point random-mission event!
Eric entered with a list that looked pretty powerful. Something along the lines of...
- Chaos Lord w/Mark of Nurgle, Combi-Bolter
- 5 Plague Marines
- 5 Plague Marines
- Helldrake w/Big Flamer
Our Tyranid player was Peter, playing a list mostly revolving around a tough Hive Tyrant.
- Hive Tyrant w/Wings, Toxin Sacs, all Scything Talons
- 3 Warriors w/Boneswords, Devourers
- 13-ish Hormagaunts w/Toxin Sacs
Kyle came in 2nd place (winning a $20 Games and Stuff gift card) playing Chaos Space Marines in a different way. His troops have a lot more presence on the battlefield and he has more distraction games he can play with three non-scoring units.
- Chaos Lord w/Murdersword, Terminator Armor
- Hellbrute w/Reaper Autocannon, Missile Launcher
- 3 Bikers w/Mark of Nurgle, 2x Flamers and 1x Combi-bolter
- 10 Cultists (Mark of Nurgle)
- 10 Cultists (9 autoguns, 1 heavy stubber)
In the end, though, Kyle's tiebreakers were one point shy of Nicholas Aniello, the winner of a trophy and $40 Games and Stuff gift card. Nick's army is relatively similar to the Battleforce box, oddly enough, just going to prove that you don't need to be flashy to win a game of Warhammer 40k these days -- despite the urge to empty your wallet on the latest goodies at the register.
- Succubus w/Hydra Gauntlets
- 9 Wyches including Hekatrix w/Agonizer, 1x Hydra gauntlets
- Raider (carrying the Succubus and Wyches)
- 8x Warriors
- 6x Reaver Jetbikes w/2 Heat Lances