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Baptism of Fire(storm)

Howdy everyone! Hope you are all awesome.

The keenly observant amongst you will have noted my absence from both articles on the website, and indeed on the return of the podcast (thanks to Ryan, Innes and Aidhan for their efforts on this so far). As you may or may not be aware, I’ve been on a somewhat extended hobby break due to a new arrival at home in the form of a baby girl! She is extremely demanding of my time, and so far I haven’t had really any opportunity to flex any sort of hobby muscles since Dark Millennium earlier this year. That’s no writing, no gaming, no painting no podcasting since February! I would be lying as well if I said that i had even opened any of my cases!

 

However….

The parenting gods have seen fit to bequeath me a rare Saturday in which I can entertain myself in any way I so choose – and conveniently for me, this happy accident happens to occur on the same day as this year’s Firestorm tournament, hosted by the fabulous people at D.W.A.R.F! Is going to a tournament to get my first games in, in nearly 6 months a good idea? Absolutely not, but i’m going to give it a go anyway. The 40k landscape looks slightly different since the last time I took to the field – I see that knights have been nerfed a little more, as have Ynarri. There is no way I am going to cram every nuance of knowledge into my pea sized brain between now and Saturday, but i’m nothing if not adventurous, so whatever horrific punches are coming my way, bring it on!

To try and avoid abject humiliation, I have regressed to familiar territory – Craftworld Scatter bikes with Flyer Friends. I know that with the change to Doom, synergies I’ve enjoyed in the past with my Harlequin and Drukhari allies are lessened, so i’ll perhaps need more time to revisit these in the weeks to come. Instead, I’ve opted for something unashamedly point and click:

 

++ Outrider Detachment +1CP (Aeldari – Craftworlds) [59 PL, 4CP, 986pts] ++
Craftworld Attribute: Saim-Hann: Wild Host
Specialist Detachment [-1CP]: Windrider Host
HQ [13 PL, 238pts]
Autarch Skyrunner [6 PL, 101pts]: Power sword [4pts], Twin Shuriken Catapult [2pts]
Farseer Skyrunner [7 PL, 137pts]: Craftworlds Warlord, Shuriken Pistol, Singing Spear [5pts], Twin Shuriken Catapult [2pts]
Fast Attack [46 PL, 748pts]
Swooping Hawks [6 PL, 78pts]
5x Swooping Hawk [65pts]: 5x Lasblaster [35pts]
Swooping Hawk Exarch [13pts]: Lasblaster [7pts]
Vyper [4 PL, 49pts]: Scatter Laser [7pts], Twin Shuriken Catapult [2pts]
Windriders [12 PL, 207pts  9x Windrider – Scatter Laser
Windriders [12 PL, 207pts] 9x Windrider – Scatter Laser
Windriders [12 PL, 207pts] 9x Windrider – Scatter Laser
++ Air Wing Detachment +1CP (Aeldari – Craftworlds) [43 PL, 759pts] ++
Craftworld Attribute: Alaitoc: Fieldcraft
Flyer [43 PL, 759pts]
Crimson Hunter Exarch [9 PL, 161pts]: Two Starcannons [26pts]
Crimson Hunter Exarch [9 PL, 161pts]: Two Starcannons [26pts]
Crimson Hunter Exarch [9 PL, 161pts]: Two Starcannons [26pts]
Nightwing [8 PL, 138pts]: Crystal Targeting Matrix [5pts], Twin Bright Lance [40pts], Twin Shuriken Cannon [17pts]
Nightwing [8 PL, 138pts]: Crystal Targeting Matrix [5pts], Twin Bright Lance [40pts], Twin Shuriken Cannon [17pts]
 Total: [102 PL,  1,745pts]

Absolutely no subtlety here, but I needed something as simplistic as possible for me to get back into the swing of things. Hopefully I can win one or two games with this, and get myself back into the groove of the game. There are some nasty looking lists in attendance, including a few that I honestly have no idea how i’m going to combat:

Firestorm Lists

The missions are also all going to be eternal war based, and generated before every round, more details can be found in the rulespack below:

Firestorm Rules Pack

So hopefully it should be a fun weekend! The plan is to travel through to Dunfermline with Fabricator General Metcafle – and there may even be a cheeky road trip edition of the podcast to discuss just how hard I fail!

Thanks for reading, and hopefully I can continue to bring you some more content soon. I have been doing more 40k video games, so I’ll maybe get posting on those soon.

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