Gaming Thoughts – INTC Aftermath

Gaming Thoughts...

Last weekend saw 6 of us from Pigmar Wargaming Club attend the first Infinity National Team Challenge down in Exeter. It was a bit of a departure from the norm in that this was a team event – teams consisting of 3 players would face off against each other with the team captains rolling off to determine either choice of opponent or choice of tables. Once this was determined, a standard ITS game was played against between the paired off players of each team. A little more information on the event can be found here.

I faced three great opponents that day – Alex with his Neoterra, Andy with Qapu Khalqi and Ryan with Combined Army. I managed (mostly thanks to some really unlucky dice on Alex’s part) a 9-0 win for Highly Classified. I fought a losing battle against Andy for Nimbus Zone and lost 6-4, then played Supremacy against Ryan and was able, just barely, to grab a 6-4 win.

Unfortunately I was so pre-occupied on the day that I neglected to take much in the way of photographs or notes, so I’m afraid this brief overview is as much of an account as I can provide.

My team-mates, Adam and Darren, who were using PanO and Nomads, also had a decent day of it in their games, and it was enough to propel us into 2nd place in the final standings! Certainly a great result for us – especially as I’d been on a bit of a slump in the lead-up to the event, and was lacking a lot in confidence.

List 1 – Highly Classified/Supremacy

I tend to craft my tournament lists depending on the mission rather than building lists designed to combat certain factions. For Highly Classified and Supremacy, I took the following list:

Image Tohaa
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Group 1 Image Image Image 10 Image0 Image3
Image CLIPSOS (Forward Observer) Combi Rifle, Antipersonnel Mines / Pistol, Knife. (25)
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 ECTROS HMG, Nanopulser / Pistol, CCW. (2 | 51)
Image HATAIL AELIS KEESAN Viral Combi Rifle, Nanopulser, Flash Pulse, D-Charges / Pistol, Knife. (0.5 | 33)
Image MAKAUL Heavy Flamethrower, Zero-V Smoke Grenades / Pistol, Viral CCW. (13)
Image KAMAEL Lieutenant Combi Rifle / Pistol, Knife. (12)
Image KAMAEL (Forward Observer) Combi Rifle / Pistol, Knife. (13)
Image GAO-RAEL Sniper Rifle / Pistol, CCW. (1 | 33)

Group 2 Image Image Image4 Image0 Image1
Image CHAKSA AUXILIAR (Baggage, Sensor) Heavy Flamethrower / Pistol, CCW. (10)
Image CHAKSA AUXILIAR (Baggage, Sensor) Heavy Flamethrower / Pistol, CCW. (10)
Image CHAKSA AUXILIAR (Neurocinetics, 360º Visor) HMG / Pistol, CCW. (1 | 25)
Image MAKAUL Heavy Flamethrower, Swarm Grenades, Zero-V Smoke Grenades / Pistol, Viral CCW. (16)

6 SWC | 299 Points

Open with Army 5

INTC Tohaa List 1 - click to enlarge
INTC Tohaa List 1 – click to enlarge

The usual reactive elements of the linked Gao Rael Sniper and Chaksa HMG for some long-ranged defence, while the Sakiel Spitfire and Ectros HMG are the aggressive pieces in their respective links. The pair of Chaksa Auxiliars pull double-duty as Baggage carriers for Supremacy to help tip the scales in a quadrant, as well as acting as deterrants for any AD troops walking on the board edge. Each forward link also had a Makaul and a Specialist of some kind (Aelis Keesan in one, a Kumotail in the other). I had a few spare points kicking around so threw in the lone Makaul with Swarm Grenades in group 2 to see how he’d do, and to act as a bit of a distraction unit.

List 2 – Nimbus Zone

I tend to take a fairly solid core of models for offence/defence and then switch out certain models to suit the mission. For Nimbus Zone, I took the following:

Image Tohaa
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Group 1 Image Image Image 10 Image0 Image1
Image CLIPSOS (Forward Observer) Combi Rifle, Antipersonnel Mines / Pistol, Knife. (25)
Image CLIPSOS (Forward Observer) Combi Rifle, Antipersonnel Mines / Pistol, Knife. (25)
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 KOTAIL (Forward Observer) Combi Rifle, E/M Grenades / Pistol, Knife. (33)
Image KUMOTAIL Combi Rifle, D-Charges / Pistol, Knife. (22)
Image MAKAUL Heavy Flamethrower, Zero-V Smoke Grenades / Pistol, Viral CCW. (13)
Image ECTROS HMG, Nanopulser / Pistol, CCW. (2 | 51)
Image RASAIL Spitfire + 1 Chaksa Peripheral / Pistol, Knife. (2 | 42)
Image Image CHAKSA PERIPHERAL Heavy Flamethrower / Pistol, Knife. (4)

Group 2 Image Image Image1 Image1 Image0
Image CHAKSA AUXILIAR (Neurocinetics, 360º Visor) HMG / Pistol, CCW. (1 | 25)
Image DIPLOMATIC DELEGATE (iKohl L1, Specialist Troop) Nanopulser, Flash Pulse / Pistol, Knife. (5)

6 SWC | 298 Points

Open with Army 5

INTC Tohaa List 2 - click to enlarge
INTC Tohaa List 2 – click to enlarge

The plan was for the pair of Clipsos to get forward into the Nimbus Zone and try to set up Suppressive Fire on or near the objectives once they’d grabbed them, while the Rasail and Ectros link moved up in support. The Kotail would do some of the other legwork in terms of objective grabbing should he be needed, or otherwise just hop around making a nuisance of himself. Sadly, this didn’t quite happen according to plan, and so I was only able to claw back a few points when I used this list.

Still, I feel the lists did me well on the day – a pep-talk from Adam and Darren prior to the event led me to use them a little more aggressively than I had been during practice games – rather than going for the objectives on turn one, I concentrated on using that turn to hit as hard as I could to make my job a little easier on turns two and three. I suppose this worked fairly well, as I got two wins on the day!

Here’s the final results:

Infinity National Team Challenge results - click to enlarge
Infinity National Team Challenge results – click to enlarge

I must say though, I certainly want to try and give tournaments a little rest in 2016 – while I didn’t attend as many as my friends this year, I certainly went to quite a few, and so I think I’d like to take some ‘time off’ next year and just play some games for fun. It’s not that I don’t enjoy tournaments, but I think I put some artificial pressure on myself to try and score well, and I think that can lead me to not enjoy the games as much as I should (and that’s not to say I haven’t enjoyed the games at all – I can’t think of a single game or opponent this year that I haven’t enjoyed). I’ll still be attending a couple of events, but I want the majority of my games next year to be a little more scenario-based without all the practice games and list-honing that has formed the majority of my gaming this year.

That’s it for this post. I’m now in full on ‘house move mode’, so I think my next post will be my review of 2015! Have a good Christmas everyone!

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