Ok, so this happened last weekend - the X-Wing store championship at the always awesome Gamer's Emporium in Swansea...
As you may well be aware, my record with X-Wing is not exactly stellar by any means so with great trepidation I headed into this at least wanting to destroy one ship. Just one. Unlike the last time. Where nothing wanted to blow up. At all.
Having now run two Rebel lists and a Scum list I wanted to give something different a try - Imperials.
Now as far as selection goes I think the problem I'm having overall is that I can't throw enough red dice at things - nothing wants to blow up. So, to counter my awful red dice rolling I've decided to maximise my odds by throwing as many dice as possible - two TIE Defenders with the TIE/D title and ion cannons.
So, which ones to take? Countess Ryad is, for me at least, an auto-include. The ability to perform a green k-turn at any speed is just too good to pass up.
The second Defender will have to be Vessery - picking up the more or less free target lock added to the focus that I will inevitably take has really good potential to enable me to hit something.
The third ship was where the big choice was going to be made. I wanted to take a TIE of some description that could hurt something.
With only 24 points available I had the option of taking a TIE/Fo (which I prefer over the normal TIE's due to that shield) or a TIE Bomber with some shenanigans...
In the end I went for "Omega Ace" as it can, in the right circumstances, hurt something.
So, the full list is as follows:
Countess Ryad, TIE/D title, Ion Cannon, Veteran Instincts - 38 points, PS7
Colonel Vessary, TIE/D title, Ion Cannon, Adaptability - 38 points, PS7
Omega Ace, Push the Limit - 23 points, PS7
99 points in total.
This does give me the advantage of being able to mix and match which of my ships move and fire first - having a little flexability always helps...
Onto the actual games!
Round 1 vs Tony (Imperials)
An almost identical list, Tony was using Ryad with a tractor beam and the TIE/D title, Vessery with the TIE/x7 title and Omega Leader.
Unfortunately my memory card on my phone had a bit of a pout with me here and it didn't take any of the photos. Hmph.
Anyway, it went a little like this - a joust to begin with with neither squadron inflicting a massive amount of damage on the other, but ions being thrown around a bit which managed to get me into position on his Ryad allowing me to finish her off. I then lost Vessary but not before Omega Ace got off the critical effect attack on Omega Leader. Ryad then finished off Vessary for the win.
100 - 38, my first tournament game win in some time!
Round 2 vs Andre (S&V)
Andre was running Fenn, a Contracted Scout and a Mandalorian Mercenary. Photos this time!
The initial setup:
My squadron stuck together like glue in this match, I made a choice early on to just ignore Fenn and take out the others first - there was a lot of barrel rolling going on on the other side of the table and I had decided that the first target would be the Mandalorian Mercenary:
The following turn I made more progress on hunting down the Firespray:
The next turn:
Shortly afterwards Fenn took a couple of hits but managed to finish off Vessery.
Two turns later, Omega Ace had focussed and target locked the Contracted Scout at range one, using its effect rolled three critical hits on the Scout to take it off the board.
This left the board looking a little like this:
My second win of the day, 100-61.
So far so good... However, all good things...
Round 3 vs Chris (Rebels)
Dash and Nym. This was just an epic failure on my part. I landed Ryad on a rock and it just exploded without firing a shot. Omega Ace followed shortly afterwards which left Vessery up against an undamaged Dash and a hardly damaged Nym:
Last round vs Steve (S&V)
Dengar and Nym... Hmm... Nym...
11th place overall, although postitions 11-6 were all 2-2 on the day, points scored being the decider.
I was really happy with my games on the day, with the exception of the third game where some really silly decisions lost me the game before I even started.
To sum up, my best X-Wing performance to date and I have found a new favourite ship - the TIE Defender is awesome.
I may also need to get my team shirt re-done as for once it was incorrect: