Yesterday I broke out the new Praetorians and took them to a tournament at the Gatekeeper.
1,750 points is an OK limit for the IG. I can easily get my core Troop choices in the list and still have room for the usual tricks. My Blood Angel drop pod army isn't really any good until 1,850 and I had played my Wolves in the last tourney. Plus, I just picked up my favorite flavor of IG so I was thrilled to put my moustachoed models on the table!
Roughly my list:
CCS with grenade launchers (I'm working on some conversions.)
PCS with grenade launchers
30 Man blob with flamers
1 Heavy Weapon squad with las cannons
2 Veteran squads, meltas, chimeras
1Leman Russ (stock)
1 Defense line (no gun)
My first opponent was a new guy to the area and he brought his orks. We played the long ways on the table and my barrage weapons were eating him up. However, we only got to the top of turn 4 and he held two more objectives than me for the win. I feel like he slow played to keep me from getting another turn. Before the tournament he made an announcement that as the new guy, he hoped no-one would be a douche to him so I gave him the benefit of the doubt...
My second game was against JP and his Tau. He turtled up on a sky shield and I was able to slowly plunk him off for a victory.
My third game was against another IG player who got to go first. I made the mistake of not putting my hydras in reserve and the first thing he took out was my anti-aircraft shooting. By the time his three vendettas came on the board, I didn't have much left. Terrain was a bit cramped for me as well and I was forced to be bundled up in one area.
1 and 2 but I had a good time.
The new guy making his announcement about not being a douche should have been a warning. I eavesdropped in on his other games (it wasn't hard because he shouted a lot) and most of his dialog centered around the word, "douche." He made it to the final table and I could hear him calling Marshall's army, "douche" frequently. As the game wore on, he started calling models, "jews." At one point, he event said he was going to, "paint a star of David" on a model.
If that guy come back, we're going to have a stern talk about what's acceptable behavior. One peep of anything slightly racist out of him and he's banned.