In August, Tim of Team Scotland is organising the Summer Skirmish, which is a two-day, 13(!) game tournament to be held at Maelstrom Games in Mansfield. What makes this tourney unique is that each player will only be bringing 500pts, with virtually no restrictions apart from:
- No unique units
- No > 2 wound units (or possibly characters - this is to be confirmed)
- No duplicated/triplicated Heavy/Fast/Elite choices (though vehicle squadrons are allowed)
- 1 Troops choice is mandatory; no HQ necessary (though may be selected)
So as I see it, this tournament could be a great way to try out a new army. I've already decided that my usual force of Chaos Space Marines will be given a rest. So my choice will have to come from either the Eldar, the Squats or the Tyranids.
If I bring Eldar, my preferred selection will be two small squads of 6 x Dire Avengers (including Exarch) in Wave Serpents. The plan here would be to operate an alternating Bladestorm assault, with the heavy weapons on the Serpents hopefully cracking open transports so the Avengers can shoot what is inside.
With the Squats (counting as IG), I would continue along the long-ranged theme. I would bring the following:
1 x Ancestor Lord (counts as Primeris Psyker)
10 x Long-Beards (count as Veterans) with 3 x Plasma Guns
2 x Skyhammer Flak-Tanks (count as Hydras)
1 x Skylord Airship (counts as Vendetta)
The plan here would be to kill transports and tanks with the Skylord's three Lascannon and with the twin-linked Autocannon on the Flak Tanks. The Ancestor Lord and the Veterans would fly in the Vendetta, then gun down the unavoidable Space Marines with the Plasma Guns, Lasguns (how embarrassing for our power-armoured chums) and with the psyker's Loightning Arc (2D6 Str.6 hits at 24" should be ample!).
If I decided on Tyranids, I would probably go for a big screen of Termagants providing protection for a decent-sized unit of Genestealers. I'd need something to crack tanks open with this force, so possibly Hive Guard would make an appearance too.