By placing second at our local store’s Ard Boyz I am qualified to go to a regional now. This brings up two questions.
1) Do I go?
2) What do I play?
At first I thought the answer to the first one was a no brainer, of course I’ll go. I qualified for a spot, I should ride it out as long as I can. But realistically, based on playing at this Ard Boyz as well as playing at Wargames Con I realize it would be an uphill battle from where I am now to win or place in the next round. Add to that if I go that leaves me with one ‘free’ weekend before I’m going to AWA and I’ve yet to prepare anything for that. So as much fun as it would be to go, it might be nice to take a weekend off.
The next part of do I go would be the drive. The three closest sites to us are Omaha (3.5 hrs), Wichita (3.5 hrs) and St. Louis (4 hrs). Since registration would be around 9 am, I’d have to leave here around 5 am. Also if the tournament went until 7 or 8 pm then I wouldn’t get back until midnight. And that would be one long day. Then compound that with Friday night activities which wouldn’t end until midnight meaning I’d be going with just 5 hours of sleep at the most.
Then if I do go, I want to be competitive. I went into this Ard Boyz just with a theme and took stuff to make that theme better. It’s not a destroyer list or a list that makes people rage on the inside. It’s a fluff list with some strong things in it. And to make any list more competitive I’d probably need to spend around $300. And that’s not something I really want to do at this time. (I spent enough working on getting the terrain for our store’s Ard Boyz ready in time.) And with two other conventions I’m going to in September I don’t have the money to spend to upgrade my armies.
I fiddled with ideas for Eldar last night. Instead of throwing all the stuff I hate facing I paired it down and made it more mechanized. The list ended up Farseer w/council of 6 all on jetbikes and Jain Zar as the HQ. Banshees and two squads of Fire Dragons all in Wave Serpents as the Elites. Three squads of Dire Avengers, two minimum sized and one large (w/shimershield). Two squads of minimum jetbikes to hold in reserve (might change out if missions are known ahead of time) and one full squad of pathfinders round out the six troops. And that’s the list. No fast and no heavy.
The thoughts on this list would be Pathfinders could provide cover fire. Large squad of Avengers and Farseer could tie things up while Banshees take them down. Fire Dragons would be popping vehicles or other big things, two minimum Dire Avengers would sit in their vehicles to hold things and the jetbikes would be last minute zoom on for the win things. I don’t have Heavy but I do have 6 Wave Serpents in the list.
The downside of this list is I’d need to buy 4 Wave Serpents and 1 Squad of Fire Dragons. Which would be around $150.
The other idea would be to tweak the Dark Eldar list. I did some working on that last night and still didn’t come up with anything I liked. HQ and Heavy are set. So my debates go to how many troops, still want at least 4. And then what to do with the Elites. I think the Incubi would be gone. They’ve done so poorly. But without them I lose power weapons in a squad. I’d like the Harliquins to stay because they were useful and are a swiss army knife unit. The minimum squad of 3 Trueborn with Lances was amazing (Heavy unit masking as Elite). And looking at things another squad of them with 4 Blasters in a Venom would not be a bad thing. I could have that replace the Incubi in a Venom. I still would like to add another Venom, but would need to do that in a troop slot then. And if so that would push out the Jetbikes. I will admit the Jetbikes didn’t do anything in any of the games, but they were a distraction that pulled some of the forces away from me. But a Venom has 12 shots and that’s really good.
So with the change ideas I have on Dark Eldar mean I’d need to spend between 50 and 100 dollars to get more Warriors and mostly put special weapons on them.
So I’m still not decided on army. In a way I think I’d do better with Eldar as that’s what I’m more familiar with. But Dark Eldar would be cheaper to have ready.
I need to figure this out this week as the guy who won at Pulp Fiction offered to let me ride up to Omaha with him and one of his friends who also placed in another Ard Boyz.
Pros: It would be fun and there would be a chance at winning.
Cons: It would be a long exhausting day and I’d be spending money to get ready for it that I really shouldn’t at this time.