Space Wolves Tournament List: Deciding Which Unit to Take

Space Wolves Codex ArtI’m about a month and a half out from Coastal Assault, my first big tournament. Over the last two months or so since I decided that I would go, I’ve been busy putting together models to round out squads and units that I plan to take as well as vigorously play test the list that I planned to take. Well, I’ve finally hit that point were I’m shaving 5 points here and there. Basically, I’m at the point where everything is solid and works solidly together. However, I’m also at a point where I’m torn between two units. To make things a bit more clear, I’ll show you the two lists that I’m juggling between.

List 1

HQ: 4 Rune Priests with Chooser of the Slain and Melta Bombs 1 in Terminator Armor with Wolf tooth Necklace, Master of Runes, and Saga of the Beastslayer

Troops: 3 Ten man Grey Hunter squads with Mark of the Wulfen, Banner, and 2 Plasma Guns. All in Rhinos

Elites: 8 man Wolf Guard Squad in Power Armor with Combi-weapons, 3 Power Weapons, and 3 Melta Bombs in a Drop Pod

Heavy Support: 3 Six man Long Fang squads with Missile Launchers

The idea is that three of the four Rune Priest would sit back with the Long Fang squads and cast Prescience while the fourth, who would have the Space Wolves powers, would go in the Drop Pod with the Wolf Guard. The drop pod would drop in mid-field or where ever I needed it and act similar to a Sternguard squad. This would give me four 24″ bubbles of psychic defence as well as. Not to mention the Rune Priest in the drop pod would be well in range to fire off his powers. Rhinos would move forward to claim objectives.

List 2

HQ 3 Rune Priests with Chooser of the Slain and Melta Bombs

Troops: 3 Ten man Grey Hunter squads with Mark of the Wulfen, Banner, and 2 Plasma Guns. All in Rhinos

Elites: 8 man Wolf Guard Squad in Power Armor with Combi-weapons, 6 Power Weapons, 3 Melta Bombs, and Arjac in a Drop Pod

Heavy Support: 3 Six man Long Fang squads with Missile Launchers

Similar to the previous list, but this time Arjac is in the drop pod. The Wolf Guard are built to be a bit more close combat based. Again, the drop pod would drop either in the mid-field or near a unit I want destroyed. The combined shooting of the Wolf Guard and Arjac’s hammer throw would kill most units along with vehicles. If they are assault, it’s not too much of an issue as I have a good chance of getting the Counter-Attack, and some poor character has to fight Arjac.

I’ve play tested the core parts of both these lists to death, and can say with a certain level of confidence that it is solid and good. I just need to decide between a fourth Rune Priest or Arjac.

Project Diary: Coastal Assault

Many of modeling projects, such as my Chaos Death Guard army and a pre-heresy army, have been put on hold since I’ve decided to participate in Coastal Assault this year. All my “online” projects and such will continue, so you’ll still get weekly updates on the Horus Heresy tactics, and Battle Reports as I finish them (I a couple weeks behind on those). I mentioned earlier in my Space Wolves Tournament List post. It’s only three months away, and I want to make sure I have a completed army, which is why I’ve put everything else on hold until then. I spent most of today going over what all Space Wolves I had, and what I would need. After this weekends play test of my previously posted list, I’ve gone back and begun to make changes. The sad thing is that I haven’t fully nailed down a final list. However, what I am certain to take and what has become the core of the more recent lists I’ve made has been compiled into a nice little Excel sheet.

 

There’s not too much to do, and I’m certain I can get it all done in three months. I just need to decide on the other elements that I’m going to take so I can add them to the check list. Even the stuff that I don’t know yet about taking won’t be much and won’t take much longer to complete. The only things I’m stuck on whether or not to take are Land Speeders, Bikers, Lone Wolves, another Rune Priest, or just take some more Wolf Guard. I’ll probably post the various lists that I’ve come up with on the forums and here. Until then, I would love to hear any suggestions, and I’ll keep things updated as I complete things.

2000 Point Space Wolves Tournament Army List: Coastal Assault 2013

 

HQ – Rune Priest: Power Armor, Chooser of the Slain, Wolf Tail talisman
Powers: Jaws of the World Wolf & Living Lighting

Troop – 9 Grey Hunters: Standard, Mark of the Wulfen, Plasma gun, Power Weapon
Transport: Rhino

Troop – 10 Grey Hunters: Standard, Mark of the Wulfen, Melta gun x2, Power Weapon
Transport: Rhino

Troop – 10 Grey Hunters: Standard, Mark of the Wulfen, Melta gun x2, Power Weapon
Transport: Rhino

Elites – 5 Wolf Guard: Terminator Armor, 4 Thunder Hammers, 5 Storm Shields, 1 Frost Axe, Cyclone Missile
Upgrade: Arjac

Heavy Support – 6 Long Fangs: Missile Launcher

Heavy Support – 6 Long Fangs: Missile Launcher
Transport: Razorback: Twin linked Plasma gun and Lascannon

Heavy Support – 6 Long Fangs: Missile Launcher
Transport: Razorback: Twin linked Plasma gun and Lascannon
Fortification – Aegis Defense Line with Quad Gun

At the end of January, I’ll be participating in my first big tournament at Coastal Assault. This is big step out of my comfort zone as I usually just play pick-up games and Apocalypse. However, over the last few weeks with Jerry and I play testing new units and codices, I’ve decided to give it a try. I also want to see how good of a player I am having only really played Jerry. I’m not going to build myself up with the idea that I’ll win, or that I must win. I just want to go have a good time playing other people and other armies.

Having said that, I don’t want to be a push over. I do want to put up some kind of fight, and at least win a game or two, which is why I posted my list. Thoughts, suggestions, and criticism is welcomed. I’ve been playing Space Wolves since they came out recently, so I’m very familiar with what is good. I think the tactics of my list are straight forward. I put my Rune Priest in with a pack of Grey Hunters and drive them around sniping psychic powers, denying psychic attacks, and just try to keep them fresh as long as possible. My other Grey Hunters will do much the same, but specifically target troop choices and try to claim objectives. My Wolf Guard with Arjac are going after higher priority targets like Special Characters and HQ choices. I’m also using them to counter any Terminators that I might encounter. The Long Fangs will be tucked behind the Aegis Defense Line with a Wolf Guard pack leader in Terminator Armor and Cyclone missiles. Finally, my Razorback will support either the Grey Hunters or the Wolf Guard.

I only have a few problems with this list. First, the mobility of my Wolf Guard. Without a Land Raider, I can’t get them to where I may need them in a hurry, or conversely, get them out of a situation I don’t want them in. I’m still leery of Long Fangs. I’ve never really had good results with them. However to be fair, I’ve never loaded my whole Heavy Support chose with them. Finally, I lack things like Heavy Bolters, Autocannons, Assault Cannons, and template weapons in case I go up against any horde army.

Over the next couple of months, I’ll begin training and seeing how this works with the tournament missions. I have no doubt that I’ll be making some changes.

Battle Report: Thousand Sons VS Space Wolves

After the busy week I had with all the updates (may look into contributing authors), I decided to take a few days off to actually work on my stuff. However, I did want to get my first battle report up before the next game comes along. I’ll confess that this and my other battle reports may be a bit lacking. I don’t generally take notes or think about documenting a game while I’m playing it. I hope that will improve over time since it will help with the battle reports as well as general improvement to my gaming skills.

This past weekend, my brother and I put together a play test of the new Chaos Space Marines codex. It was a complete departure from our normal games because this was the first time we had done anything with Chaos Marines. The points and game weren’t what you might call “formal” since we used 1850 points, just enough to get a variety of units, but we were both just wanted to see what Chaos Marines were all about. I do think there was a bit of an edge and story to the game as we pitted our armies against their most hated enemy.

Thousand Sons

Chaos Lord – Power Armor, Plasma Pistol, Power Sword, Sigil of Corruption, Mark of Tzeentch, Gift of Mutation, Veteran of the Long War

Sorcerer – Power Armor, Bolt Pistol, Force Sword, Sigil of Corruption, Mastery level 2, Mark of Tzeentch, Gift of Mutation, Spell Familiar (Psychic Powers: Doom bolt and Breath of Chaos)

Chaos Space Marine 1 – 10 man, Gift of Mutation

Chaos Space Marine 2 – 10 man, Gift of Mutation

Chaos Cultists – Heavy Stubber, Flamer,

Thousand Sons 1 – 7 man, Gift of Mutation, Icon of Flame

Thousand Sons 2 – 7 man, Gift of Mutation, Icon of Flame

Chosen – 6 man, Mark of Tzeentch, Gift of Mutation, Icon of Flame, Melta bombs, Veterans of the Long War

Raptors – 10 man, Melta bombs, Gift of Mutation, Icon of Vengeance

Havoc – 5 man, Heavy Bolters, Mark of Tzeentch, Icon of Flame

Obliterator x2 – Mark of Tzeentch, Veteran of the Long War

Space Wolves

2 Rune Priests – Runic Armor, Wolf tail talisman, Master of Runes (Psychic Powers: Murderous Hurricane, Storm Caller, Living Lighting x2)

Wolf Guard Battle Leader – Terminator Armor, Wolf tooth necklace, Wolf tail talisman, Thunder hammer & Storm Shield

6 Wolf Guard – 2 Power Armor, Combi-plasma, Power Sword; 4 Terminator Armor, Thunder hammer & Storm Shield

Grey Hunter Squad 1 – 8 man, Mark of the Wulfen, Banner, Plasma gun, Power Sword, Rhino

Grey Hunter Squad 2 – 8 man, Mark of the Wulfen, Banner, Plasma gun, Power Sword, Rhino

Grey Hunter Squad 3 – 10 man, Mark of the Wulfen, Banner, x2 Plasma gun, Power Sword, Rhino

Land Speeder Squadron – 3 Land Speeders all with Multi-melta/Multi-melta

Long Fangs – 6 man, Heavy Bolters

Deployment

We went with no objectives or mission for this game, so it was straight victory points. Jerry won the roll to deploy first and go first, and I could not seize the initiative. Deployment on his side was very straight-forward. He lined his army along his side of the board placing his Thousand Sons, Chosen, and Chaos Lord in the center. To either side of them were his regular Chaos Space Marines with Raptors and Cultists beside them. In the ruins, he placed his squad of Havocs.  All of this was bookended by his Obliterators. I set my army up in response to how he had deployed. I place my Rhinos with their Grey Hunter squads equally across the board. I put my Wolf Guard Battle Leader and his fellow Terminators in the center. I put my Land Speeders just to the right of them, and over on the far end I placed my Long Fangs. Cover was a bit lopsided in this game as I only had a few barricades, 1 piece of area terrain, and 1 building where as Jerry’s side 2 pieces of area terrain, 1 building, and plenty more barricades.

Turn 1

I was unable to seize the initiative, so Jerry proceeded to move his army forward. During his shooting phase, his Obliterator fired a plasma cannon that killed three of my Long Fangs. His Cultists took aim at the remaining Long Fangs but didn’t do anything. The Rhino that was on that side of the board was able to take out another Long Fang. That left me with only two, forcing me to take a leadership test, which I failed. The Long Fangs then fell back 7″. The Havocs that were hanging out in the building opened fire on my Land Speeder squadron and managed to take one out. The Chaos Marines ran 2″. His first squad of Thousands Sons tried to get a psychic power off, but my Rune Priest nullified the power. The remaining Thousands Sons fired on the Wolf Guard. I was able to save the three wounds that he had caused, but the second squad did the same thing. Again, my Rune Priest was able to nullify the Champions psychic power. I lost two Wolf Guard from the shooting, which set the remaining Wolf Guard on fire. His Chosen took some shots at my Land Speeders and caused 1 hull point to be removed. The Obliterator on the other side of the board fired a Lascannon at the skimmers but missed.

After weathering a hail of bullets, my wolves were chomping at the bit to do some damage. After regrouping, my Long Fangs opened fire on the Cultists, killing 3 with ease. I moved the rest of my army forward, but kept my squads in their transports. My Rune Priest tried to fire Living Lighting at the Cultists but failed, so a Grey Hunter with the plasma killed another Cultist. The remaining Cultists had to take a leadership test that they managed to pass. My skimmers moved to fire their Multi-meltas on one of the Thousand Sons squad. Sadly, they managed to do nothing. My Rune Priest that was near the Wolf Guard fired Living Lighting along with a single plasma gun shot from one of the Grey Hunters riding with him at the Thousand Sons squad that the skimmers could do nothing to. They were able to kill one of the Thousand Sons. My Grey Hunters over on the left side of the board moved forword and fired both of their plasma guns at the second squad of Thousand Sons. One of the plasma shot had to take an armor save from the plasma gun getting hot and passed. Only 1 Thousand Sons marine died from the plasma shots. Since my Wolf Guard had no shooting, I ran them a whole whopping inch.

Turn 2

Things were not going well. The Chaos Raptors moved into my deployment zone, giving Jerry a victory point. The Rhinos moved into a position to block line of sight for a few of my squads and to give cover saves to units that I could shoot at. The rest of his army continued their march forward. Jerry’s Obliterator on the right side of the board shot a multi-melta gun at one of my Rhinos. The ensuing explosion killed 3 of my Grey Hunters. The Cultists and Chaos Marines came out of the building and shot the Grey Hunters that survived the explosion, killing another Grey Hunter. The Havocs stayed in their perch on the top floor of the building, and fired their heavy bolters at the remains of my Long Fangs and killing them. All this gave Jerry another 2 victory points. The Thousand Sons in front of the Land Speeders shot at them, glancing only one of them. The other Thousand Sons squad shot at the Wolf Guard some more, but did nothing. Jerry then proceeded to assault what he could. His Chosen and Chaos Lord charged into the Wolf Guard, and his Aspiring Champion challenged my Wolf Guard Battle Leader. That left my two remaining Wolf Guard to deal with the rest of the Chosen and the Chaos Lord. The Thousand Sons that took pop shots at the Land Speeders assaulted them. My battle leader made quick work of the Aspiring Champion, but my other Wolf Guard did not fare as well. They were unable to get any attacks off. The Thousand Sons destroyed the Land Speeders, but the ensuing explosion killed one of the Thousand Sons.

It was at this point that I was trying to hold on, but victory seemed unreachable. Over on the left side of the board, I unloaded a squad of Grey Hunters near the Chaos Raptors, and moved the Rhino to screen against any other unit shooting or assaulting later on. I also unloaded my Grey Hunter squad with Rune Priest near my battle leader to go in and help him, and again moved the Rhino into a screening position. The Grey Hunter squad that lost their Rhino inched forward in the terrain. I shot the Raptors with my bolt pistols and killed one. I took some pop shots at the Thousand Sons with my Rhinos but did nothing. The wolves over on the right side didn’t shoot because I didn’t want to lose any inches from the up-coming assault. They attempted to charge out of their terrain but failed. The Chaos squad’s over watch killed 2 men, leaving my squad with just the Rune Priest, my Wulfen and my Wolf Guard pack leader. My fresh Grey Hunter squad charged into the Chosen, and my battle leader challenged the Chaos Lord. Like before, my Wolf Guard Battle Leader made quick work of the lord, and my Grey Hunters managed to kill 3 Chosen. Over to the far left, my Grey Hunters charged into the Raptors. My pack leader challenged the Aspiring Champion and defeated him with ease. The rest of the squad killed 5 Raptors with no casualties to my squads.

Turn 3

Now I had to weather another round of merciless shooting. The Obliterator over near the Raptor fired a twin linked melta gun at my Rhino and immobilized it. A Thousand Sons champion was able to get off a Flame Storm at my Rune Priest and his meager squad. They were able to survive. The Obliterator that was beside the Cultists lumbered up and fired a heavy flamer, and still the squad held on. It wasn’t until the Cultists open fired that the squad of three was reduced to two with the Wolf Guard pack leader dying. The Raptor’s supporting Obliterator assaulted the Rhino that he had previously immobilized and destroyed it. The Obliterator that shot my Rune Priest assaulted my Rune Priest, but was unable to land a hit; my Wulfen was able to land a wound on the Obliterator. A squad of Chaos Marines were able to move into position near my Grey Hunters that were still in combat with the remaining Raptors. A squad of Thousand Sons in front of my Wolf Guard Battle Leader and Rune Priest opened fire, killing 2 of my men. The second squad of Chaos Marines and Cultists assaulted my Rune Priest and Wulfen, where they were killed. The Thousand Sons assaulted my Grey Hunters with the battle leader. The Aspiring Champion challenged my battle leader. Much like before, my battle leader made quick work of the champion with no wounds done to him. The remaining squad killed 2 Thousand Sons with 2 casualties of their own. My Grey Hunters that were in combat with the Raptors were assaulted by a squad of Chaos Marines. The Aspiring Champion challenged my pack leader. This time my pack leader fell with the champion. The remain squad suffered heavy damage by losing half their squad, and were then over taken in the sweeping advance.

Conclusion

It was at this point that I raised my hands in defeat because I had nothing left on the board but one squad. I will admit that this game made me mad at several points. For one, I really couldn’t roll to save my life, literally. The real reason why this game frustrated me so much was that it was a complete departure to what my brother and I usually play. If he plays his Ultramarines, I know he’ll sit back and shoot me, but once I close in on him I can begin to bring the hurt. With Jerry’s Tyranids, I know that I will get eaten, but I will do as much damage and hold onto as much ground as I can before then. This game, though, was very different. The ease with which he was taking out units was unreal. The only saving graces for my army were the Rune Priest denying every psychic power the Thousand Sons tried to make, and that my army could push back and deal some damage once it got into close combat. My experience as of now is that a Thousand Sons themed army is hard. They are expensive, but worth it. On my end, I could have probably managed my points better. Maybe not taken such a small Wolf Guard squad or not take them at all. As for heavy support, I’m still up in the air about Long Fangs. I feel that I would get better results from something else, like a Predator or Vindicator. I’m intrigued and scared to see what would have happened if we’d upped the points or lowered them. I’m also excited to see what I can do with a Death Guard themed army, which I’ll get my chance for this weekend. In short, the play test showed that the Chaos Space Marine codex can put up a very good fight, and has excited me enough to begin building an army: piece by piece and slowly.

P.S.

My wife’s morbid curiosity drove her to see how my last squad would fare against the remainders of Jerry’s army.  My Battle Leader was killed in a challenge with Jerry’s Sorcerer.  The remaining 4 troops I had were gunned down by Jerry’s Havocs, Obliterators, and the remnants of two other squads.  Finally, only my last Rune Priest remained.  Alone, on fire, he charged a full squad of Cultists.  Furiously, he attacked with his close combat weapons, killing 3 Cultists with no wounds suffered.  As the remainder of the squad tried to flee in terror, my Rune Priest followed close behind, cutting them down to the last man.  Shortly thereafter, my Rune Priest was fired upon by all of Jerry’s army that still held a gun.  He did not survive.