The Pinkenba Hotel played host to the Gauntlet II (No association with the store in Wynnum or the old video game) Warhammer 40k competition, on Saturday and Sunday of last weekend. The gents were rocking 1850 point armies. All missions used First Blood, Warlord and Linebreaker when adding up VP. Normal Rulebook mission rules applied and mysterious objectives were used in all missions.
Big congrats to Ali Haidar, Simon Grovich and Wes Graham, who came in first, second and third! I got to score an interview with Ali Haidar after the game, check it!
Kasey: Hey Ali! Congratulations on coming first in the tournament.
Ali: Thank you very much.
Kasey: So Ali, tell me, what inspired you when you when it came to composing your masterpiece of a Necron army.
Ali: The composition basically, I thought I would come with something that’s a little easier than what I came with last time because this is a composition based tournament. The thing about it is, what I wanted was to have a good ‘all-rounder’ without being too much over the top in every major department.
I always wanted to make sure I had a choice in everything it’s part of making it easy. So I had 2 elites, 2 heavy support, I had the troops. Everything there. But the main thing that got it for me was all of the melee, basically I have a lot of things that were melee, and that to me is the main weakness of Necrons, they just get smashed. So I wanted them to get close to me, that’s exactly what I need them to do, because I smash face, and that’s what people don’t expect.
Kasey: Awesome, so tell me a little bit more about the strategy behind playing your army.
Ali: Basically the idea is stay back, hide and on turn two or three everything teleports to them. Again nobody expects this. I don’t know if people don’t know the army very well, a lot of people don’t realise how quickly I can get there. I just come out and I’ve got 4 units, up to 5 if I wanted to, that can just split apart and I have 5 units that can kill anything I need. And that’s the idea.
With my vehicles, they’re skimmers but I move about 18 inches, so first turn, if I need to, I’ll move up all the way and just open fire on everything. Again nobody expects this.
Kasey: Have you noticed any weaknesses or changes you think you’ll need to make on your army?
Ali: Absolutely! This is an army that’s meant to be easy to deal with, if it’s split apart. That’s why I try to show them that I’m castled up right at the start, and I basically split when I feel that I’m comfortable. So if they can split my army that basically gives them everything. And that’s how I lost, the one game that I did lose. I hadn’t split, because I was hiding, knowing that a lot of fire was about to come at me. So from hiding in the back, I couldn’t get to my main force, which quickly took out a 3rd of my army. That was what lost me the game, there was no coming back after that. Demons are way too quick for me, they are bane of my existence.
Kasey: Well it looks like you had a lot of surprises in under your belt today and congratulations on winning with what is a really well thought out army.
Ali: No worries Kasey. Thanks.
Ali Haidar’s Army List
HQ – 535
Nemesor Zahndrekh – 185
Varguard Obyron – 160
Destroyer Lord – 190
Troops – 323
7x Immortals Tesla (Heroes) – 119
6x Immortals Tesla (Misfits) – 102
6x Immortals Tesla (Gun Nuts) – 102
Elites – 440
C’tan Shard – 240
Swarm of Spirit Dust
Triarch Praetorians (rods) – 200
Fast Attack – 270
5x Tomb Blades Tesla – 150
4x Tomb Blades Tesla – 120
Heavy Support – 180
Annihalation Barge Gauss Cannon – 90
Annihalation Barge Gauss Cannon – 90
Dedicated Transport – 100
Night Scythe (Heroes) – 100
TOTAL – 1848
Trophies were awarded to Dave Kerr (Players Choice), Andy Ragg (Best Sports), Matt Daniels (Best Painted), Pat Carter (Best General).
The tournament results then go as follows:
1. Ali Haidar
2. Simon Govich
3. Wes Graham
4. Ben Avis
5. Pat Carter
6. Wes Harriott
7. Rod Franze
8. Mark Long
9. Matt Daniels
10. Rob Harvatt
11. Kevin Vidgen
12. Bevan Marks
13. Dave Kerr
14. Adrian Navie
15. Nick Standing
16. Ben Sharpe
17. Andy Ragg
18. Hayden Walduck
19. Gary Levitt
20. Glenn Blair
21. Neal Ross
23. Adam Nordberg
24. James Allen
Overall, fantastic day, fantastic players and a fantastic win by Ali Haidar! For more information regarding the Gauntlet events head over to the Wargamer AU forums here.