Played a game vs my brother Matt on a bit ago (yeah, really far behind). Matt is an occasional 40K player. He owns a decent amount of Tyranid models, and actually loves painting them, but I haven't been around a lot the last couple of months to actually play him. We finally got a chance to get a game in (and hopefully will get more!).
So my list. I don't have my desired list finished, but regardless, I wouldn't go that route against Matt. He doesn't really know much about how to play the game (and to be honest, neither do I), and really isn't taking an optimized list against me- just random things he likes. This means I took a lot of random things. Why not?
My list (2000 pts):
Canoness w/ bolt pistol, power weapon, book of st. lucius
-5 Celestian Retinue w/ 2 meltaguns, Sister superior w/ bolt pistol, close combat weapon
-Immolator w/ extra armor, smoke launchers
Grey Knight Grand Master w/ 5 Grey Knight Terminator Retinue, 1 with TH/SS, 1 with an Incinerator
Inquisitor (WH) w/ Bolt Pistol, Power Weapon, Psi-tracker,
-Veteran Guardsmen w/ flamer, VG w/ melta-gun, Penitent, 2 Sages
5 Celestians w/ 2 Meltaguns
5 Inquisitorial Storm troopers w/ 2 meltaguns
10 Battle Sisters
10 Battle Sisters
10 Sisters w/ Heavy Flamer, Flamer, Rhino w/ Extra Armor, Smoke Launchers
5 Dominions w/ 4 Flamers, VSS w/ Melta Bombs, Immolator w/ extra armor, smoke launchers
5 Seraphim w/ 2 hand-flamers, VSS w/ power weapon, bolt pistol
Immolator w/ Extra Armor, Smoke Launchers
5 Retributors w/ 2 Multi-Meltas, 2 Heavy Bolters
I don't have Matt's list. You'll see kind of what he took in the pictures, however.
I have never been good against Tyranids, mainly because I have poor target priority vs them. You'll see in this game.
We rolled Spearhead Deployment, and of course Kill Points (I hate kill points :-\).
Matt deployed first:
Significantly less crowded. I was hoping to react to Matt's first turn, destroy a unit a turn with combined shooting and templates, and then win that way. Matt had a LOT fewer kill points is his army than I did, so I needed to be careful.
Matt moves forward. Shooting accomplishes nothing, but his Carnifexes run up 6" towards my line.
I readjust, pulling the models closest to the Carnifi back a little, while moving the models on my right flank forward (towards a unit of Gargoyles). Shooting kills 9 Gargoyles (leaving 1!), and the Grey Knights shoot and kill 2 Genestealers.
Deathleaper appears behind my sisters in the forest, the rest of his army advances on me. Imagine that.
Scary looking view from my side of the board.
Matt manages to wound my assassin with his warriors shooting. He then assaults the closes Sister squad with his 3 Carnifex squad, and completely wipes it out.
I move into position to do (hopefully) do some damage.
I kill the last gargoyle, a Carnifex, and a whole unit of Termagants with shooting.
The Grey Knight Terminators assault the Carnifex Brood. My Grand Master gets his force weapon to go off (2,3, and 5!) and kills one, the rest of the squad kills the other one. Really? All that killing for a single kill point? Oi.
Tyranids continue to move up. As if that's a surprise. Tyranid shooting claims a single Sister.
Hormagaunts assault the Vindicare Assassin and an Immolator (they end up killing the assassin with no losses). The Hive Tyrant and the Genestealers assault the Grey Knight Terminators (and wipe them out, taking no losses :-\). Deathleeper kills 2 Battle Sisters, takes a wound in return, and the sisters hold.
A lot more sparse on my side of the board.
My entire army, in return, unloads on the Genestealers and the Hormagaunts. I wipe out the former, and take a huge chunk out of the latter. Not looking good.
Tyranids continue to advance. Shooting kills two more sisters. In Assault, the Hive Tyrant assaults and wipes out my Retributor squad. The Tyranid Warriors assault a unit of sisters, and wipe it out. The remaining Hormagaunts assault my Celestian squad with the Canoness, killing all the Celestians, but the Canoness escapes (but is too close, and ends up running off the board). Deathleaper keeps fighting the sisters, trading a wound. Overall, not a pleasant turn.
aaaaand so on. I'll summarize the rest of the game. The rest of my stuff dies, and I kill the Deathleaper. Really. That's all I killed. I got crushed.
Well, another loss at 40K. Seems to happen quite a bit. A few things I learned. First, I need to stop taking useless choices. The Assassin has never done me any good (although I think they are just so cool), and neither does the Orbital Strikes. I mean, I like taking fun things, but they are always just a huge point waste. Naked Sister squads really do me no good either. If only I had more Immolators assembled.
Second, I need better target priority skills. I focused a lot on killing Carnifexes, even knowing that I would be able to do a lot of damage in close combat. I really should've killed Genestealers. Also, I didn't fire anything at the Warriors the entire game. After Turn 4, they killed a unit a turn. I didn't have anything left to stop them. Those Meltagun shots should've been hammering them from the start.
Things to learn next game (sometime next week, hopefully). Need to assemble stuff to provide a better game!