Thursday, February 18, 2010

The DTP Warhost Musters - Tournament Time!!

The Autarch's have called the muster for war, and this weekend the Dead Tau Project marches forth through the webway to commence battle on the far maiden world designated Glen Burnie, MD. Farseers have cast the runes and the many future paths are entwined, clouded by the hazy influence of a group known as the Inner Circle Gaming Club. Autarch Elshar has gathered his forces, heeding the advise of his long-time friend Farseer Altie'er. War would be met, blood would be shed, and many Mon Kiegh would fall.

Thats right, this Saturday 2/20/2010, I will be headed up to Glen Burnie to attend the Inner Circle Gaming Club's High Stakes Jamboree and Pan Cake Breakfast. This will be a 2000 point tournament with a bit of a twist for each game. Each of the individual games will have a $10 gift card as an award for the winner of that game, with the $10 being split ($5 each) in the case of a tie. Then, at the end of the day there will be 4 overall prizes:  
  • one for the general that claims the most victory points,  
  • one for the general that looses the least victory points,  
  • one for the best sportsmen or most fun to play
  • one for the best painted army.
Oh yeah, and over and above all that, the IC will be preparing a pancake breakfast for all the players who are in the tournament. The field so far looks very focused on Marine Equivalent armies with only a few non-(chaos)marines attending. In a personally disappointing turn, Old Shatterhands from the Tau of War will be attending with Blood Angels. Then again, fleshing out the blog-o-sphere attendance, my friend and common opponent HuronBH from Blood and Blades will be bringing his Howling Griffons.

The Army

Now the question is, what will be DTP be fielding at this tournament? Its 2000 points, which means its slightly larger than the typical 1850 tourney list I have been playing around with lately. Not a problem, as I have fit in some tweaks that should be interesting overall. Above is a front-on view of the 2000 point army set-up on my display board. I realized I did not have many (any) pictures of the DTP army all together. These pictures do not really fix that problem, but they do provide for a overview of the 2K list.

So, what do we have here? My list @2000

Autarch (Mandiblasters, WJG, Power Weapon, Fusion Gun)
Farseer (Doom, Runes of Warding, Spear)

6x Fire Dragons
 w/ Fire Dragon Exarch (DBFlamer)
w/ Wave Serpent (Spirit Stones, SCan, TL ScatLsr)

8x Dire Avengers
w/ Dire Avenger Exarch (Bladestorm, 2x Avenger SC)
w/ Wave Serpent (Spirit Stones, SCan, TL StarCan)
5x Dire Avengers

w/ Wave Serpent (Spirit Stones, SCan, TL Bright Lances)
5x Dire Avengers

w/ Wave Serpent (Spirit Stones, SCan, TL Bright Lances)
7x Rangers

7x Warpspiders
w/ Warp Spider Exarch (Powerblades, 2x Deathspinner)

2x Fire Prism's (Spirit Stones, Holofield, TL ShuriCat)
2x War Walkers's (ScatLsr, StarCan)

That brings the total to 6 grav-tanks on the board, of which 3 are scoring. The list makes me cringe just a little bit, but I do think I am keeping some of the Biel Tan Craftworld feel, as I have 3 different aspects in the army and still have an Autarch leading. A similar list has done well in the very few recent games I have played at 1850, and this is likely close to what I will end up bringing to Adepticon.

Closing thoughts

I am looking forward to playing three good games on Saturday and seeing how things pan out. My overall goals up front are ranked as follows:
  1. First, I would like to be a contender (in the top 5) for sportsmanship
  2. Second, I would like to be a finalist for the Best Appearance
  3. Third, I would like to win some games
I am going with a mindset to win it all and have a podium finish, but I certainly want to do it in my own style. I am settling fairly well into the fact that my style is Sportsmanship first,  Hobby (painting and modeling) second, and smashing face last. I do believe my game has improved a great deal and I have settled into playing my army, so I am confident and positive on how the games will go.

I am also involved in another project which is very hobby related and has been in the planning/assembling stages for about 6 weeks now. I am very hopeful it will be unveiled next week and keeping my fingers crossed on how the project will be received. With luck, more on that next week.


  1. I looked at this, and would like to have gone but... not there yet. 2 Bloodthirsters, 4 Bloodcrushers need doing before I could show up. :(

  2. Its a shame, your army is looking fantastic. I am looking forward to seeing it in person. We certainly need to find time to play some games, its been too long!

  3. Yes, it has.

    I've really had tunnel vision for the past couple of months, trying to get this army done. I'm looking forward to focusing less on painting and more on playing. Maybe early March?

  4. Rush, I want to face this army too. March sounds good on time frame. My Griffons should be done next week and I'll be gone next weekend so March is a good time frame.