Gaming Thoughts – BIG Tournament Round 2 Aftermath

Gaming Thoughts...

Saturday just gone saw myself, Darren and Adam make the short journey over to Bristol Independent Gaming for another Infinity tournament. We had originally planned to go to Battlefront up in Birmingham for the weekend, but after that fell through, this event sprang up in the wake of it and we were happy to support a local tournament (it also meant it was considerably cheaper!). This tournament was run by our local Warcor, Peter (who has his own blog at www.lead-rising.com), and ended up being a 16-man event.

Due to a mix-up on my part when sending in my lists, I managed to submit the same list twice – this was caused by a glitch when opening Army 5 in multiple tabs in Google Chrome, which meant that instead of having two separate lists, one was over-written by the other when generating the pdfs. I must learn to proof-read things a little better (and not leave lists until the last minute!). This meant I’d have to play with the same list all day – not ideal but since it was my own fault there wasn’t much I could do about it!

The list I ended up taking on the day was:

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Group 1 Image Image Image 10 Image0 Image3
Image KAMAEL Lieutenant Combi Rifle / Pistol, Knife. (12)
Image KAMAEL Combi Rifle / Pistol, Knife. (12)
Image GAO-RAEL Sniper Rifle / Pistol, CCW. (1 | 33)
Image MAKAUL Heavy Flamethrower, Zero-V Smoke Grenades / Pistol, Viral CCW. (13)
Image SAKIEL Spitfire / Pistol, Knife. (1.5 | 23)
Image KUMOTAIL Combi Rifle, D-Charges / Pistol, Knife. (22)
Image GAO-RAEL Spitfire / Pistol, CCW. (1.5 | 36)
Image HATAIL AELIS KEESAN K1 Combi Rifle, Nanopulser, Flash Pulse, D-Charges / Pistol, Knife. (0.5 | 32)
Image MAKAUL Heavy Flamethrower, Zero-V Smoke Grenades / Pistol, Viral CCW. (13)
Image KOTAIL (Forward Observer) Combi Rifle, E/M Grenades / Pistol, Knife. (33)

Group 2 Image Image Image3 Image0 Image0
Image CLIPSOS (Forward Observer) Combi Rifle, Antipersonnel Mines / Pistol, Knife. (25)
Image CHAKSA AUXILIAR (Neurocinetics, 360º Visor) HMG / Pistol, CCW. (1 | 25)
Image KAELTAR (Chain of Command) Light Shotgun, Flash Pulse + 2 SymbioMates / Pistol, Electric Pulse. (0.5 | 21)

6 SWC | 300 Points

Open with Army 5

In an ideal world, my list for Supremacy and Annhilation would’ve lost the Gao Rael Spitfire and possibly the Kotail and instead had an Ectros HMG and one or two Baggage Chaksas, but sadly it wasn’t to be!

Game 1: Supremacy vs Rich (Yu Jing)

The table for Round 1 - click to enlarge
The table for Round 1 – click to enlarge

Well, that’s some familiar looking terrain, isn’t it? 😉 (For those not in the know, that’s my terrain! I’d agreed to help out by bringing along some terrain for the day.

I started off by winning the WIP roll off (with a Crit no-less) and choosing a deployment zone, giving Rich the initiative. What I didn’t account for was Sun Tze and a pair of held-back Yan Huo which actually ended up with superior deployment options. This made things incredibly difficult to move up, and to be honest, the game was pretty clear-cut by the end of turn two, and Rich won the game 10-1. I don’t even think I managed to kill even a single model!

Game 2: Antenna Field vs Mark (Corregidor Jurisdictional Force)

The table for Round 2 - click to enlarge
The table for Round 2 – click to enlarge

Mark won the roll off this time and elected to choose deployment zones, so I decided to go first. This particular game was incredibly close and went pretty much right down to the wire!

I started by whittling down Mark’s Wildcat link team, which were packing a pair of Spitfires as well as an Engineer, a Number 2 (stop giggling at the back) and what I later found out to be the Lieutenant. Because of their position overlooking one of the central objectives I deemed them priority number 1 in terms of targets. I spent a fair few orders with the Gao Rael Sniper to pick a couple off, although also reverted to using the other Gao Rael with Spitfire who I’d shifted up to deal with them. I then sent my Clipsos forward to start mining up the area between two of the objectives, to stop a rush by Mark later on.

I’d managed to lock down my right flank pretty well with my Chaksa HMG and Kumotail link, so they were able to advance pretty unhindered onto their objective, while my Kaeltar shifted onto my home objective.

Mark’s first turn was spent dealing with my Gao Rael Sniper with his Intruder,and putting some damage on the other Gao Rael, as well as shifting his Alguaciles onto his home objective.

For my second turn I started to advance Aelis Keesan and her team (with the wounded Gao Rael Spitfire), which, with some Zero-V smoke shenanigans were able to get into a position to take out the Intruder and get themselves onto an objective. Mark had stated at this point that he was likely close to retreat, and a quick look at the table confirmed that for me (three Alguaciles, a Daktari, a Salyut Zond and a Wildcat left), so I eased off a little and tried to get defensive so that there’d actually be a turn 3!

In Mark’s second turn the game almost swung completely the other way – a Hellcat with Boarding Shotgun arrived and almost single-handedly won him the game! It was my own mistake that I’d shifted most things forward and left a small patch of table outside of my deployment zone completely unguarded, and so Mark made sure I paid dearly for that mistake! With a single shoot action the Hellcat took out Aelis Keesan, a Makaul, the wounded Gao Rael, a Clipsos which was under a TO marker, plus the three mines she’d placed previously. OUCH!

Mark went for it with the Hellcat and tried to dislodge my Kaeltar who was sat safe on her objective behind a building, but my Kotail who was near by was able to help out and take it down, allowing me to win the game 7-0 (I think – I could be wrong – if I get confirmation that it was a different score I’ll correct this).

Game 3: Annihilation vs Robin (Haqqislam)

I ended up going second in this match up, so I decided that I should try and hide as much as possible to minimise the damage on the first turn. I deployed almost everything out of sight on the first turn, aside from the ever-present Gao Rael Sniper, who was poised to cover a long fire lane on my right flank. As usual for me, by round 3, I forgot to take a picture of this table, but if/when Peter puts his pics up I’ll borrow one and put it here for reference.

Sadly for me, a Bashi Bazouk and Ragik came on table straight away and promptly took apart my left flank, despite my best efforts to stop it! I was able to stop them eventually, but not before I’d lost Aelis Keesan and her link (again), the Kotail and the HMG Chaksa. Robin was also able to get one of his Classifieds during this turn, while my specialists were left bleeding. I fought back on my turn and put a fair bit of hurt on Robin’s forces, although I wasn’t quite able to whittle him down enough to stem the tide, and so Robin won 8-2 – the scores may have been slightly closer had I been able to put down just one more model, as it would’ve shifted the thresholds of point brackets slightly, but such is life!).

Despite the poor performance I had a good day and enjoyed all 3 games, despite losing two of them! I’d have liked to have tried out my other list for Annhilation or Supremacy, although with hindsight it likely wouldn’t have had much effect on the outcome!

Here are the final results from the day:

The results
The results

As you can see, Adam and Darren came a very respectable 2nd and 4th, so well done to them! I’ll have to try harder for my next event, although I don’t think that’s until the Team Challenge in November now – I’m running Pigfinity at our club in August, and I’m unable to make the events in September and October unfortunately!

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