There Can Be Only One… A Recap of Born To Game’s Highlander RTT

Chapter Master Watts here! Today I am going to write about my day at Born to Game’s Highlander RTT. This was the first time several Legion Members showed up together and in Jerseys- so naturally we took a team photo

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Mike, Ben, Chris, Me, John(Huna)

The Event

For those of you unaware of the format, Highlander is a format that only allows one selection of non troop units per army. As a Space Marine player, I was all for this, because you know- Iron Hands. Speaking of which, lets have a look at my list.

My List

Lets start this with a disclaimer and a spoiler. Spoiler first, I won this event (Yay me! My first even tournament win) But because I did win this list- I want to make sure I don’t take credit for this list, I borrowed a lot of it from my friend Ken Knox, as I watched him pilot a list similar to this a while back. So, with that said – here is my list

Iron Hands Battalion
-Iron Pappy
-Techmarine
-10 Man Intersessor Squad with Stalker Bolters
-10 Man Intersessor Squad with Stalker Bolters
-10 Man Intersessor Squad with Stalker Bolters
-Primaris Apothecary- Upgraded to Chief Apothecary
-Relic Whirlwind Scorpius

Iron Hands Battalion
-Chaplain Dreadnought with Twin Lascannon
-Primaris Lieutenant
-10 Man Intersessor Squad with Stalker Bolters
-5 Man Infiltrator Squad
-5 Man Infiltrator Squad
-Thunderfire Cannon
-Relic Leviathan Dreadnought, x2 Storm Cannons, x3 Hunter Killers [Warlord]

I mad the Levi the Warlord of my army, and bought him an extra trait every game. He always had the 5+ Feel No Pain, and the other was depending on the game. The Cheif Apothecary had the bonus to his Feel No Pain and chased around those pesky Intercessors making them extremely frustrating to kill. Lets check out how my games went!

Game 1: Lincoln Kerstetter – Imperial Fists 

I was excited about this matchup- first off because Lincoln is a cool guy. I have played him once before and I ended up losing that game due to a Shield Captain getting shanked off an objective by rolling snake eyes, from combat attacks by Nurglings. I still tell that story, and this happened over a year ago. But most importantly all of Lincoln’s armies are BEAUTIFUL, including this one. Check it out,

Logans Fists

Its still in progress, but man that yellow pops

Lincoln’s list consisted of a bunch of scouts and Intersessors, a StormTalon, a Repulsor Executioner, some Eliminators, a Whirldwind with Vengeance Launchers and a Thunderfire Cannon. And he won the roll off to go first. Uh Oh. 

 

I did survive the first turn relatively unharmed, only losing 6 Intersessors and 3 infiltrators, and it went pretty downhill from there. The Leviathan got a hold of his Repulsor and picked it up, my intersessors – not liking the loss of their friends picked up 17 of his and the Scorp killed off his eliminators. I spent the rest of the game pushing up the table and ended the game controling all 5 objectives. Lincoln played the game smart however, and still scored well, with the game being a 37-19 win for me.

Game 2: Jesse Melvin – Guard

I had played Jesse once before, in a Mono Faction RTT, and it went pretty poorly for me. I was looking to pick up a win this game, and i felt good about it – if i went first. Which I did this time. Jessie rolled Hammer and Anvil for deployment

Jessies list had your usual goodies, Pask, Hammer of Sunderance Tank Commander, Basilisks (A unit of them to keep it highlander compliant), a Manticore and a big ol blob of Bullgryn. 

Knowing I went first, Jesse deployed all of his armor on his back line, staying away from the range of my stalker bolters and Leviathan for at least a turn. Me knowing i went first, I deployed my army extremely aggressively, Scorp included. 

I can’t stress this enough – my dice were superhuman this game. A mix of hot dice rolling and smart placement of minis, I picked up all of his indirect fire top of turn 1, and by the end of turn 2 I had pretty much killed everything that was a threat to me, I spent the rest of the game hugging Bullgryn with Intersessors, and holding objectives, while slowly picking off infantry to make sure i scored kill more and hold more all game. The final score was 39-14 my favor.

Round 3 (Top Table) Rob Triplett – Red Scorpions (Raven Guard)

I wanted nothing to do with this matchup. Literally nothing. I have played a list like this before and let me tell you, I did not like it. It hurt all over. This list featured a 6 man unit of Assault Centurions, 4 Grav centurions, and Carab the Risen. I know if this list goes first, Carab and the Assault Cents are in my face top turn 1 and it was feels bad mode from there. Naturally- he rolled to go first. Crap. I rolled deployment, and got Dawn of War again, which was fine – i guess, he was going to be all up in my face anyways. I realized, if i survived top of turn one I should be OK.

He forward deploys scouts all over, grabbing all of the objectives he can. I make sure to buy my Warlord Leviathan Student of History, and place him and my chaplain dreadnought next to each-other on the tip of my deployment zone. After that, i constructed a giant box made of interweaving Intersessors, Infiltraitos and characters to prevent being tri pointed by cents. The plan is simple. Rely on my dreadnoughts to be durable and have my chaplain fight back killing as much as he can before he died, and the Leviathan running away with student of history. 

Top of turn 1 hits. My chaplain gets the +1 damage song off, making his fist 4 Damage- One Centurion per swing if im lucky. He does all of his pregame movement, and surprise surprise, there are 6 Assault Centurions and Caran in my face. Great.

Ouch

Oh man.

His shooting starts, he kills all of the green marines on the left side with the centurions, which is fair and to be expected. The, the charge from hell happens. Carab has the Warlord trait to ignore overwatch, so he charges into everything he can. He gets the charge off and runs into my Warlord Levi, and all of the green infantry on the right. Keep this in mind, as this is important for later. The centurions charge the Levi and my Chaplain dreadnought. I use the stratagem to hit on 4’s in overwatch, to which Rob uses Trans-human Philology so I can only wound them on 4’s. I successfully kill one of the Centurions in overwatch, and the other 5 make it in. Now it begins.

Rob knows my Leviathan is going to run away if he doesnt hit him first, so he activates Carab to swing into my Leviathan, i chose not to use the half damage strat on him. He is already Iron Stone’d and has a 5++ feel no pain, im going to ride on that. He winds up wounding my Warlord 5 times, and i make 4 of my 4+ invulnerable saves. Holy crap. 

Now is the time for action. I interrupt with my chaplain dreadnought. Who swings in to and kills off 2 more of the centurions. The centurions activate, and beat the shit out of my poor Chaplain, but he is able to hang in with 1 wound. I use my infiltrators who Carab also charged, to get into base to base contact with him, locking him in so he couldn’t fight twice and chase after my Warlord. Unfoturnatly, it isnt enough to stop the remaining centurions from getting into him when he piled in to fight a second time. This time, he did kill the Chaplain Dread and put some damage on the Leviathan. On death I had my chaplain fight again. He kills 2 more centurions. Leaving him with only one, who was about to be alone in the open. This feels alot better for me. 

My turn, i get my warlord out of combat with the Centurion, and make the choice to leave my infiltrators in combat with Carab. He had 5 attacks, and they had a 5+ invulnerable. If they could survive combat this turn, it should keep Carab from charging me his turn. I double fire my thunderfire, heal my warlord, and use intersessors and the Scorp to basically kill all of his scouts and that last pesky centurion. Now for the gamble. Will i survive combat with Carab?

I did. I lost 3/5 guys, but was able to hang in there and keep him from charging. So I thought. Rob’s turn 2 starts, he brings in his Grav Centurions from reserve, and in his psychic step, he Shadow steps Carab out of combat. Oh. Because of the infiltrators, Carab still isn’t in charge range, but he does have guns to shoot now. He unloads into my warlord, who with the Iron Stone and half damage stratagem, he survives. He has no charges to make, so it passes to me.

My turn 2 basically ended the game. My Leviathan was able to kill Carab on his own, and the Scorp killed off his Centurions, by itsself. This was crippling to Rob’s army, as it allowed my army to run around and take objectives and chase down and kill his remaining characters. The game ends at a 30-20 win for me. I couldn’t believe it. To Rob’s credit, he was a great sport. 

 

And that’s it! I finished the day in First place! Glory for the Legion! Which was really exciting. 

That’s about all I have for today. Keep an eye out, I have 2 GTs and an RTT coming up in March so be prepared for more battle reports from me. Hopefully including more pictures and me actually keeping track of secondary’s and the like. 

Thanks for reading, Chapter Master Watts out.

A new author appears! An introduction and summary of the Legions jump into competitive play

A Primarch is reborn! Marines got taller, and all of the sudden Iron Hands are popular! 8th edition has been a blast, and I am here to write about it.

Greetings! This my first post on the site and I am excited to be a part of it. My name is JC- or as I will go by on here, Chapter Master Watts. In this post I want to cover 3 things

1) Who am I?

2) What is the Legion up to?

3) Where I see things going from here for both myself and the Legion

Number 1: Who am I?

I have been a member of Critical Hits wargaming community and the Legion for a while. If you have been to the store before, you have probably see me. My main army are the Salamanders, my pride and joy. From a hobby aspect they are not the best painted army I own- but they’re my first and I have over 10,000 points painted- easily my biggest accomplishment.

Green Bois featuring my armless Levi

I am also working on a Ryza AdMech Force, and a Flesh Tearers army at the same time. But without a doubt my best work of my collection are my Imperial Knights of House Hawkshrowd

I have a big fondness of big point games and will happily spend all day playing any points value. I could post a picture of my ugly mug but I’ll save you that horror until later in the post. In the last 18 months I have taken the plunge into competitive 40k, and to be honest I’ve enjoyed it a lot. It took some prodding from Ivan, the local TO but I took the plunge and its been an overall great experience, the DelMarVa area had a fantastic 40k community and I am glad to be a part of it. I travel a-lot with the other Legion members to events, which leads to…

Part 2: What is the Legion up to? In the first part where I talked about me I mentioned getting into competitive 40k, I wasn’t alone. I grabbed a few of the players from Crit and we formed a team. I wanted to represent where we came from so we took the name of the 21st Legion, had some jerseys mad and we jumped in!

Myself (Left) and Battle Brother Chris (Right)

As of right now, the team roster as follows: -Myself, as Team Captain -Mike Aigner and ShoreReaper as CoCaptains -Josh Huna -Ben Schanck -Chris Holdridge -Sam Frey -Jason Rumer -Brent Hitchcock -Christian Benware -Rob Sollars -John Lippins

Serverus may be in Alabama, in another team- but he is one of us far as I am concerned. However, I hereby challenge his new team to finish higher than us this year. We’re coming for you Dangli Boyz.

2019 was a great starting year, Mike won the Battle in the Warp Major GT in Richmond, and both he and I have preformed well at local events as well. I really feel like the Legion is prepared to make a splash this year, i have already had a few solid scores this year, taking Second at Titan Games and Hobbies Valentines RTT and Taking 16th in a Major. Tomorrow myself Mike, Josh and Ben are heading up to the Find the One For You RTT, in Middletown Delaware which is going to be a blast. Which is guess is a good segue into,

Part 3: Where I see things going from here for both myself and the Legion

2020 is going to be a blast. The 40k community in our area is alive and healthy as ever and I’m jumping in. Coming in May I will be taking over as TO for Bel Air games, and will be hopefully publishing battle reports for all the events I go to for the year. Starting with ‘Find the One For You’ As for the Legion, I want to grow the team and continue to have us show up to events, and hopefully do well. But most importantly I think that The Legion of Extraordinary Gentleman will finish the 2020 ITC season higher than the Dangli Boyz. This is going to be a fun year and I am excited to be sharing our adventures with you! Chapter Master Watts signing off