|Ya, Baby seal clubbing.|
Anyway, the list I faced was nothing like that at all. The army had the Accept Any Challenge No Matter The Odds vow but apart from that would be something I'd consider unconventional myself.
From memory it was:
Marshal in TDA with Storm Bolter, Power Weapon
Terminator Squad with 2 Claws, 3 Hammers and Furious Charge
Dread with Twin-Las, Missile Launcher and Tank Hunter
Dread with Asscan, Extra Armour in Drop Pod
10 man Crusader Squad with Meltagun, Power Fist in Rhino
9 man Crusader Squad with Meltagun, Power Fist in Drop Pod
10 man Crusader Squad with Plasma Cannon
10 man Crusader Squad with Plasma Cannon
Predator with Twin-Las, Heavy Bolter Sponsons
I may be a bit off with the exact set-up but the list is there or thereabouts.
Hugh won the roll-off and elected to go first and with threw down his 2 Plasma Cannon squads, one of which (those on my left) was joined by the Marshal while his Termies would Deep Strike, as would his Pods with their cargoes with everything else rolling on Turn 1. In response I placed the Lord down near the centre of the board out of LOS of one squad and a Rhino on my right out of LOS altogether. I was going to move everything except one Speeder on in Turn 1 so I could weigh down one flank and use my firepower to force him to footslog.
You may not be able to make them out but those big brown pieces are total LOS-blockers so I figured I'd try to use them to my advantage while ensuring I had decent fire-lanes to allow me to open up on his tanks as they crossed the board and hopefully take his army on piecemeal.
|The Long Fangs at the bottom took *ages* to set-up.|
In my turn I took my time hiding my Long Fangs behind the Portcullis on my left and making sure the other squads on the right would be out of Plasma Cannon range by having them hug the board edge. The Lord moved a bit, hugging terrain as he went but being kept close to my lines in case any Pods arrived (I was surprised to find out they don't have to land Turn 1) while I weighed down my right flank and decided to focus my attention on the units over there for the game. I don't think I killed or damaged anything due to not having enough stuff to shoot at range or popping smoke when I arrived.
|There may be trouble ahead...|
Hugh's Dread moved behind some cover in his backlines to shoot rather than race toward shooting my Rhino on the right while his Predator moved to my left taking a pot-shot at my Lord which did nothing. Both Rhinos moved up further while a Plasma Cannon took out the Lord's other pet wolf with the other one scratching a Rhino.
|...Not really. Lol.|
The Long Fangs on my right also managed to take out a Rhino on my right despite it popping smoke leaving its former occupants stranded in midfield near one of my Rhinos.
Hugh's Termies and Dread fail to appear so he rolls on with what he has. One of my Speeders (in the centre) is bait for his Emperor's Champion unit, which he takes gladly, and the unit rushes it after firing its weapons at it Immobilising it. His Rhino-less Crusader squad only manages to stun my Rhino and then fail to destroy it in combat leaving them open to a pounding in my turn.
|See any Templars in this pic? Neither do I.|
As for the rest of my army I just shuffled around a bit with my tanks and managed to shake/stun the Dread and bring down 5 of the right-hand Plasma Crusader squad.
I was still wondering what Hugh would with his Termies assuming they arrived and whether he'd wait for them to attack at the same time as the Emperor's Champion or whether he'd rush the Champion in and try to tie up targets so the Termies would be free to tear through stuff.
|This won't end well|
His EC's Rhino pushed forward and smoked. He was now well placed to assault the tanks in my line. It was just a matter of which one he went for. Again his shooting was largely ineffective - he managed to tear a gun off the Rhino on my right while he killed a pair of Grey Hunters on my left and did some further damage to the Speeder over there.
My turn 4 saw me empty all of my tanks apart from one of my Rhinos on the right while the Hunters on my left hopped back into theirs which drove off at high speed. Long story short: the Terminators were all gunned down as my whole army opened up on them while the EC's Rhino was destroyed too by Long Fang fire.
|Do you see what I see?|
They wrecked the tank but the squad was neither pinned nor fleeing and if you look at the photo you might see what I was gifted with. No, not Jailbait (12 to 15 years with good behaviour): Jawsbait.
|You reckon they'd do it with the Wolf Banner to help but no...|
I managed to damage the Pod but only shook the Dread (fecking smoke) so it was onto combat where the Lord mauled the unit but not before the Champion killed the Priest and my Grey Hunters ran away, leaving the Wolf Lord and Emperor's Champion to fight it out if the game continued. Which it did.
In my turn I finally managed to bag the Lascannon-Dread at the back which had done almost nothing all game while the rest of my army opened up on the Dread and Pod in my lines but it only managed to shake the Dread and tear off his arms while my firepower couldn't get through the Pod's AV 12.
The Wolf Lord was floating around so I decided to throw him into the Pod to make sure it got destroyed. It did. I didn't bother going for the Dread as I didn't want him to get 2 wounds and have me roll snake eyes and give away a ton of points. Better safe than sorry.
We didn't play a turn 7 as the judges called time so it was a clear victory to me and I ended up with another 17-3. That was 2 out of 2 so far but I reckoned that things would be much harder after that.