Yesterday, my Tyranids took on some Iron Hands in my first tournament and my first game of the year. The tournament is a “one and done” style tournament, and I am sad to report that I am done. It was a close game, and I cannot say how friendly the game was. For example, my opponent reminded me that I was skipping my psychic phase in one turn, and I pointed out to him that he should run some Terminators into cover so that my Flying Hive Tyrant would attack at the same initiative rather than going first when I charged him. I know that the psychic phase did help me, and I would like to believe that moving his terminators helped him (since they were armed with hammers and would go at initiative 1).
My list consisted of two flying hive tyrants, five Zoanthrops and one Neurothrope in a Tyrannocyte, 30 guants and a Tervigon as my troop choices, a Dimachaeron, a Carnifex, and an Exocrine. The Iron hands brought a Chapter Master, two Stormtalons, Centurions, Terminators, a Land Raider, Scouts, and Tactical Squads to the fight. I mat be forgetting some of the Iron Hands, being unable to remember exactly what I fought. And the game was fun and close. And I mean really close. We had three objectives and deployed on the short table edges. He won the roll off and let me deploy first.
Without going into too much detail, there were some interesting and entertaining points during the game. The Dimachaeron didn’t do much except die; he is so slow for being a fast attack choice. The Carnifex killed the Land Raider and then died to a scout in close combat. The Neurothrope and Zoanthrope brood was my all-star unit, and his one remaining terminator was his (in my opinion since it won him the game). My warlord failed his crash test after being wounded three times, causing him to lose his last wound, giving my opponent slay the warlord.
At the end of the game, I had one objective, my opponent had one objective, and the third was contested with his terminator facing off with a hive tyrant (and not dying). I had first blood and slay the warlord and he had line breaker and slay the warlord.
So we tied. In order to break the tie, we counted up kill points, which he had three more kill points than I did.
So, I am one and done.
My opponent advances to the next round.