Q-Con - Part 1



Hey folks, a write up about QCon this weekend just passed in Queen's University Belfast run by the local gaming and anime group the Dragonslayers. This event had more than 1,800 attendees before the staff gave up counting and was hands down the best event (both best run and best craic, best value for money and friendliest) I've been to since I started gaming.


You'll notice the Northern Ireland ETC logo up at the top, that's because Jonny Fisher, Team Northern Ireland's veteran Captain was running the 40k event and (it being NI's biggest event) used it to advertise to potentially interested gamers about getting on the Northern Irish team and the work Team NI do in the North. Surrounded by some controversy recently because of his comments regarding some gamers not travelling to as many events as others there was some worry of boycotting after some key Cork wargamers declared their non attendance at Jonny Fisher associated events but this looks like it didn't affect attendance since 50 wargamers showed up for 40k on the first day (with a DBM Historical wargames tournament right next door).



Also advertised was Ireland's central wargaming forum w-ired as well as upcoming events north and south of the border.

There were plenty of nicely painted models and armies and as always our custom dice:




So an experimental list (isn't it always?!):
[HQ]
Company Command Squad [50]
4 Flamers [20]
Astropath [30]
Krak Grenades [5]

[ELITES]Storm Trooper Squad [85]
2 Melta Guns [20]
1 Plasma Pistol [10]

Storm Trooper Squad [85]
2 Plasma Guns [30]
1 Plasma Pistol [10]

Storm Trooper Squad [85]
2 Melta Guns [20]


[TROOPS]Platoon Command Squad [30]
3 x Flamers [15]
1 Heavy Flamer [20]

Infantry Squad [50]

Infantry Squad [50]


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Platoon Command Squad [30]
3 x Flamers [15]
1 Heavy Flamer [20]

Infantry Squad [50]

Infantry Squad [50]


[FAST ATTACK]Vendetta [130]
Heavy Bolters [10]

Vendetta [130]
Heavy Bolters [10]

Vendetta [130]
Heavy Bolters [10]

[HEAVY SUPPORT]Hydra Flak Battery
2 x Hydras [150]

Hydra Flak Battery
1 x Hydra [75]

Hydra Flak Battery
1 x Hydra [75]


Bit of a strange one I agree but bear with it, it's only 1,500 points, 250 lower than the Irish scene normally caters for and it still has 16 twin linked autocannon shots, 4 deep striking meltaguns and 9 twin linked lascannons so medium mech shouldn't prove too much hassle.










Or so I thought. Man oh man how wrong was I. I forgot one important aspect of my plan.... Dice. Those that know me know I never blame dice but this is a special occasion. First matchup, Sisters of Battle, no extra armour transports, one squad with meltaguns and the rest had flamers. So just the excorcists to take out and a canoness with wings and eviscerator. Got side armour with 3 of my hydras and all of my vendettas just on the deployment and scout move (me going first)! This should be straight forward, 9 twin linked lascannons and 6 twin linked autocannons in the side of rhinos and excorcists! Turns out the dice had different plans.


Seize the initiative roll for my opponent....this wasn't too bad actually, I had 4+ saves on the vendettas and still had deep striking melta and hydras to take care of business.

Again the dice had different plans. Below is a picture of his lone canoness hitting my vendetta on 6's. Blows the hell out of it. Then the guys inside get pinned.



My original set up.


And the dice continued to horrify for the rest of the game he literally walked most of his sisters across the bored when I managed to stun their transports (after taking the excorcist launchers off the excorcists (but the excorcists were fine, just no weapon?!!?)...

Ok no big deal, they're just dice and I have 4 more games.

Next up a similar list to my ETC Chaos list but optimised for 1,500 points and with an extra Lash Prince.

Really nicely converted Nurgle Rhino....

And the list, 3 oblit (2 man) squads, plague marines and princes.

My opponent was relatively new to the tournament scene and I knew the list well so I had high hopes of getting some points here. My opponent let me go first and (it being Dawn of War) I brought on the Hydras (for those delicious kill points called daemon princes) and the vendettas (to outshoot the oblits with me going first). This all went to plan perfectly actually, all the dice were totally fine, except his. His obliterators took 6 turns to kill one in one squad and all of my deep striking storm troopers to kill the other. At one point his lone obliterator (who only had to sneeze to take out a vendetta (in fact the whole game he didn't get any 1,2,3 or 4s on his penetrating table rolls....) made 11 consecutive 5+ saves.

Deep striking Storm Troopers....on suicide duty all weekend. Also failed to take down that list oblit.

Another loss. In fact I'm pretty sure I heard those (not even in cover) Obliterators say:




Part 2 coming soon....

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