Flames of Autumn Warhammer 40K Winning Lists

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The Flames of Autumn Warhammer 40k tournament had the most diverse top 3 this weekend in Maryland. Adeptus Custodes made a surprise showing but the fact that Adeptus Mechanicus, Drukhari, Orks let alone Grey Knights didn’t even make the podium is very interesting and testament to the skill and list of the top 3. 

Flames of Autumn 1st place Matt Lorah – Adeptus Custodes

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General Trajann Valoris by AnarchicFox

Matt Lorah kept Drukhari off the podium facing them in the final round against Anthony Vanella. Round 4 was also against Drukhari. Shadowkeepers are used to reduce the strength of incoming attacks can help keep his tougher targets alive. The Caladius Grav-tanks have consistent damage 2 great for clearing marines and putting out consistent damage versus Raiders and the like. Trajan lets them reroll 1s to hit and wound again allowing for very consistent damage. 

Venatari have strength 6 pistols and exploding shots can bring a lot of firepower even when locked in combat as they are pistols. As they are objective secured they are great to push units off of objectives and take themselves. Moving the Custodian Guard squad off an objective will be hard to do with their 1+ save and 3++ Invulnerable save. 

Congratulations to Matt Lorah worthy of being the Emperor’s own. 

Flames of Autumn 1st Place List:

 Patrol Detachment 0CP (Imperium – Adeptus Custodes) [64 PL, 1,244pts, -4CP] 

Shield Host: Shadowkeepers

+ HQ +

Shield-Captain on Dawneagle Jetbike [9 PL, 175pts, -1CP]: Auric Aquilas, Captain-Commander, Hurricane Bolter, Indomitable Constitution, Interceptor Lance, Superior Creation, Warlord

+ Troops +

Sagittarum Custodians [7 PL, 159pts]

3 Sagitrarum w/ Misercordia

+ Elites +

Contemptor-Galatus Dreadnought [9 PL, 170pts, -1CP]: Eternal Penitent, Galatus Warblade

Contemptor-Galatus Dreadnought [9 PL, 170pts, -1CP]: Eternal Penitent, Galatus Warblade

+ Fast Attack +

Venatari Custodians [16 PL, 290pts]

5x Venartari w/ Misercordia, Tarsus Buckler, Kinetic Destroyer

+ Heavy Support +

Telemon Heavy Dreadnought [14 PL, 280pts, -1CP]: Eternal Penitent, Iliastus Accelerator Culverin, Telemon Caestus

++ Patrol Detachment -2CP (Imperium – Adeptus Custodes) [41 PL, 756pts, -2CP] ++

Shield Host: Shadowkeepers

+ HQ +

Captain-General Trajann Valoris [10 PL, 190pts]: Misericordia, Watcher’s Axe

+ Troops +

Custodian Guard Squad [7 PL, 156pts]

3x Custodian Guard, Shield & Sword

+ Heavy Support +

Caladius Grav-tank [12 PL, 205pts]: Twin Iliastus Accelerator Cannon, Twin Lastrum Bolt Cannon

Caladius Grav-tank [12 PL, 205pts]: Twin Iliastus Accelerator Cannon, Twin Lastrum Bolt Cannon

++ Total: [105 PL, -6CP, 2,000pts]

Flames of Autumn 2nd place Patrick McAneeny – White Scars

white scars take second place at flames of autumn
White Scars chaplain breaks a puny space elf by Inkary

Triple Volkite Contemptors bring plenty of reliable shooting backed up by the reroll 1’s to wound aura from the Lieutenant that lets them ignore cover. Having the Jump pack on the Lieutenant will help him keep up with the Rhino and Multimeltas that can jump out after it moves which the Captain can do just as easily with the Not Fly Bike. 

The multimeltas in the rhino can count as assault weapons instead of heavy to take away from move and shoot penalty and benefit for tactical doctrine to be AP -5. Not entirely necessary as the Lieutenant can help them ignore cover so keeping him close to Dreadnoughts help as Volkite doesn’t have any armour piercing. 

The other units are included for various reasons. Vanguard veterans as White Scars can easily become damage 2 using Adaptive Strategy or make a strong To The Last unit as they can combat squad. Company Veterans aren’t really needed here as bodyguards but are cheap action monkeys. Land Speeder Storms can use the stratagem Shock and Awe to turn off overwatch and prevents that unit from setting to defend. Combined with a -1 to hit roll models that survive the Vanguard Vets Clawing through them aren’t doing much in the counter attack. 

Well Done Patrick.

Flames of Autumn Second Place Winning List

Vanguard Detachment -3CP (Imperium –  White Scars) [99 PL, 5CP, 2,000pts]

Relics of the Chapter [-1CP]: Number of Extra Relics

+ No Force Org Slot +

Company Veterans [3 PL, 40pts]

2x Chainsword and Boltgun

+ HQ +

Khan on Bike [6 PL, 110pts]: Rites of War, Warlord, Wrath of the Heavens

Lieutenants [5 PL, 100pts]

. Lieutenant: Jump Pack, Lightning Claw (Pair), The Hunter’s Eye

+ Elites +

Relic Contemptor Dreadnought [8 PL, -1CP, 150pts]: 2x Twin volkite culverin

Relic Contemptor Dreadnought [8 PL, -1CP, 150pts]: 2x Twin volkite culverin

Relic Contemptor Dreadnought [8 PL, -1CP, 150pts]: 2x Twin volkite culverin

Vanguard Veteran Squad [14 PL, 300pts]: Jump Pack 10x Lightning Claw & Shield

Vanguard Veteran Squad [14 PL, 300pts]: Jump Pack 10x Lightning Claw & Shield

Vanguard Veteran Squad [7 PL, 150pts]: Jump Pack 5x Lightning Claw & Shield

+ Heavy Support +

Devastator Squad [8 PL, 185pts]: Armorium Cherub

Sergeant w/ Chainsword & Combi-melta, 4x Multi-melta

Devastator Squad [8 PL, 175pts]: Armorium Cherub

Sergeant w/ Chainsword & Boltgun, 4x Multi-melta

+ Dedicated Transport +

Land Speeder Storm [3 PL, 55pts]

Land Speeder Storm [3 PL, 55pts]

Rhino [4 PL, 80pts]: Storm bolter

++ Total: [99 PL, 5CP, 2,000pts] ++

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Flames of Autumn 3rd place Jesse Melvin – Death Guard

flames of autumn Death Guard Helbrute
Death Guard Helbrute by AKIMBLYA

Deathguard pulled out a 3rd place finish at the Flames of Autumn as the third undefeated player due to a Tie in the second round. Mortarion is a tough nut to crack with the Gloaming Bloat Warlord trait preventing rerolls to hit and wound. While a Supreme Command Detachment can refund some detachments, it doesn’t for a Vanguard. That’s fine as the Elite slots were maxed out to bring Volkite Contemptors, characters and 2 squads of Deathshroud Terminators.

The Deathshroud can protect the Tallyman and Foul Blightspawn but can also bring Nurgle’s gift forward along with Mortarion. Reducing toughness of units in Contagion Range improves the wounding of the Volkite Contemptors. Great to clear screens so Terminators and Mortarion are busy getting stuck into melee.

Congratulations on going undefeated and getting third. 

Flames of Autumn Third Place Winning List

Supreme Command Detachment 0CP (Chaos – Death Guard) [25 PL, 12CP, 490pts] 

Plague Company: The Inexorable

Mortarion [25 PL, 490pts]: 1. Miasma of Pestilence, 5. Curse of the Leper, 6. Gift of Plagues, Gloaming Bloat, Warlord

++ Vanguard Detachment -3CP (Chaos – Death Guard) [79 PL, -7CP, 1,510pts] ++

Plague Company: The Inexorable

Gifts of Decay [-2CP]: 2x Additional Relics [-2CP]

+ HQ [5 PL, 85pts] +

Death Guard Chaos Lord [5 PL, 85pts]: Chainaxe, Combi-bolter, Plague Skull of Glothila

+ Troops [5 PL, 65pts] +

Poxwalkers [5 PL, 65pts] 13x Poxwalker

+ Elites [46 PL, -2CP, 915pts] +

Chaos Contemptor Dreadnought [8 PL, -1CP, 175pts]: Hellforged cyclone missile launcher [25pts], 2x Twin volkite culverin [10pts]

Chaos Contemptor Dreadnought [8 PL, -1CP, 175pts]: Hellforged cyclone missile launcher [25pts], 2x Twin volkite culverin [10pts]

Deathshroud Terminators [14 PL, 255pts] Champion w/ 2x Plaguespurt gauntlet,  4x Deathshroud Terminator 

Deathshroud Terminators [7 PL, 155pts] Champion w/ 2x Plaguespurt gauntlet, 2x Deathshroud Terminator 

Foul Blightspawn [5 PL, 85pts]: Revolting Stench-vats, Viscous Death [1 PL, 10pts]

Tallyman [4 PL, 70pts]: Tollkeeper

+ Fast Attack [14 PL, 270pts] +

Foetid Bloat-drone [7 PL, 135pts]: Fleshmower [5pts]

Foetid Bloat-drone [7 PL, 135pts]: Fleshmower [5pts]

+ Heavy Support [9 PL, 175pts] +

Plagueburst Crawler [9 PL, 175pts]: 2x Entropy cannon [10pts], Heavy slugger

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Final thoughts on Flames of Autumn Top Placings

Lots of interesting turnouts on this one! What are your thoughts on these winning lists?

As always we have all past tournaments on our Warhammer 40k winning lists page!

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