Going into game three I wound up vs a Black Templar army played by a fairly experienced opponent. This round's mission was table quarters. He had two vindicators, a Land Raider, a rhino and either a razorback or a predator grouped together in the center of the board. He sent a unit of terminators with assault cannons against my right.
I again used the Ultramarine/Space Marine ability to split my Tactical Squads into Combat Squads and was able to spread out. I put five marines with a Lascannon on the objective on my side to the left. The Land Raider with terminators went straight down the center with Ironclad Dred and a rhino with the remainder of the Tactical Squad inside following behind. I had a five-man no upgrade Tactical Squad in a Razorback w/Lascannons holding the objective on my side on the right.
Turn one I learned that Vindicators shoot large templates that hurt Marines. I started shooting at his vehicles but decided to leave the vindicators alone and shoot at the stuff that had troops inside. Turn two the Legion of the Damned landed where I wanted then to and, again, drew a lot of attention. That allowed the Land Raider to meet up with his and the rhino following behind to zoom off to the objective on his side on the left unmolested. Then both of our Land Raiders unloaded and the brawl was on. He had a dude called "the Emperor's Champion" that is just silly tough. The game ended with me controlling two quarters and "contesting" the other two. So a minor victory but still a victory!
This player was an awesome opponent. He really helped me to understand the game and was more concerned with teaching the game to me than getting a victory. On paper I grabbed a victory but I have to believe that it was like playing you eight-year-old nephew in checkers for the guy - you don't want to lose but you're going to go easy so as not to be discouraging.
But the victory was a victory on paper and put my at 2-1 in the tournament. That record, combined with my painting score and coming in 2nd in sportsmanship put me in 6th overall. Now I"m hooked on 40K.
The Good: A good player giving actual real-time game advice. LotD doing some damage!!
The Bad: Black Templar Terminators combined with the Emperor's Champion can kick some tail!