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Iron Halo Tournament
Warrior of the Kabal of the Ozone ScorpionsOn November 12, 2005, Dream Wizards in Rockville, Maryland is hosting the Iron Halo Tournament. The last tourney I entered was at Dream Wizards, back in January of 2004, and my Dark Eldar got slapped around like errant school children. Since then, Iíve improved my play with the Death Twinkies, treating them like an Ulthwe Strike Force with even nastier options. Iím raring to bring back the new-and-improved Kabal of the Ozone Scorpions for some cruel revenge.

A lot of DE players like to go for the Shooty-Army-From-Hell approach: heaps of Warriors armed with dark lances and some Wyches and/or Incubi as counterattack elements. I eschew that strategy in favor of spearheading my attack with Wyches and Taloses and using Warriors and Raider Squads to mop up or grab objectives. I deploy almost all of my army through a webway portal, which protects my vulnerable units from shooting (you canít hit what isnít there!) and lets my close-combat units get up right in the enemyís face. 

Kabal of the Ozone Scorpions (2000 points)
For the tournament, Iím bringing the following:

  • Dr. Jheste. Haemonculus w/ webway portal and destructor (90 points)
  • Dr. Fybze. Haemonculus w/ destructor, scissorhands, and haywire grenades (49 points)
  • Vulnavya. Haemonculus w/ stinger and webway portal (80 points)
  • Silver Scorpions. Succubus Blygos w/ splinter pistol, agonizer, and trophy rack; two Wyches w/ shredders and wych weapons; seven Wyches w/ wyches weapons (183 points)
  • Sky Scorpion. Raider w/ dark lance and horrorfex (60 points)
  • Handmaidens. Succubus Drízzllah w/ splinter pistol and agonizer; two Wyches w/ shredders and wych weapons; seven Wyches w/ wyches weapons (178 points)
  • Sky Scorpion. Raider w/ dark lance and horrorfex (60 points)
  • The Ring of Honor. Succubus Eklavdrah w/ splinter pistol, agonizer, and trophy rack; one Wych w/ shredder and wych weapon; one Wych w/ blaster and wych weapon; seven Wyches w/ wyches weapons (178 points)
  • Sky Scorpion. Raider w/ dark lance and horrorfex (60 points)
  • Squad 0. Fourteen Warriors w/ splinter rifles; two Warriors w/ splinter cannons; two Warriors w/ blasters (174 points)
  • Raider Squad 1. Seven Warriors w/ splinter rifles; one Warrior w/ splinter cannon; one Warrior w/ blaster (87 points)
  • Sky Scorpion. Raider w/ disintegrator (60 points)
  • Raider Squad 2. Seven Warriors w/ splinter rifles; one Warrior w/ splinter cannon; one Warrior w/ blaster (87 points)
  • Sky Scorpion. Raider w/ disintegrator (60 points)
  • Raider Squad 3. Seven Warriors w/ splinter rifles; one Warrior w/ splinter cannon; one Warrior w/ blaster (87 points)
  • Sky Scorpion. Raider w/ dark lance and horrorfex (60 points)
  • Raider Squad 4. Seven Warriors w/ splinter rifles; one Warrior w/ splinter cannon; one Warrior w/ blaster (87 points)
  • Sky Scorpion. Raider w/ disintegrator (60 points)
  • Talos (100 points)
  • Talos (100 points)
  • Talos (100 points)
Righting Past Wrongs
In the previous tournament, I received high marks for Appearance (16 out of 18 possible) but got dinged for Sportsmanship (19 out of 24) and Battle Points (21 out of 54) for wins, losses, and draws. My revised strategy and beefed-up army list should dramatically improve my winning percentage; given the success Iíve had with the Death Twinkies at Fall From Grace V and Counter Offensive 2, itís hard for me to imagine that Iíll do worse in this tournament than I did in the last one (two losses and one tie). 

Doing better would tend to prevent any surliness on my part, which was, I fear, a factor in my previous Sportsmanship score, which was lower than I tend to average. The army Iím bringing is different from your standard Dark Eldar list in that it conspicuously does NOT feature the nigh-obligatory Archon-with-Shadow-Field-and-Combat-Drugs-and-Agonizer, nor the terminally tedious Sniper-Squad-with-Two-Dark-Lances. Hopefully, this will score me some more Sportsmanship points. Then again, the army does have lots of ďcookie-cutterĒ units, identical to each other, so weíll just have to see, wonít we?

Note for the Fluff-Monkeys
Hardcore Jungle fanboys might note that two characters mentioned in the list above have changed significantly since their premieres on this site. Drízzllah, who once served as Dracon for the Ozone Scorpions (and who made appearance in Womenís Work) has been demoted to leader of the Handmaidens, her accompanying Wych Squad. Eklavdrah, a Raider Squad Sybarite who appeared in the series From Idea to Reality, the story The Gray Tiger, and the campaign Tooth and Claw, has been promoted to a Succubus in charge of a new Wych Squad I recently formed. Itís all part of some revamping of the army that Iíve been doing lately to make it more interesting and more competitive. More about that laterÖ.

Dr'zzllahEklavdrah
Dr'zzllah (left), once a Dracon, is now a Succubus. Eklavdrah (right) has risen from the rank of Sybarite

Tune In Next TimeÖ.
Come back next month and Iíll have summaries and photos from each battle my Dark Eldar fight at the Iron Halo Tournament! 
 


Iron Halo Tournament
Introduction <> Battle Summaries

Related Pages
Other Tournaments at Dream Wizards
 

Posted: November 2005
 

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