Interview with Mark Perry

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In February, after the titanic clash of the Las Vegas Open, the 2018 ITC season came to an end and like the snake eating its own tail, the 2019 ITC season began. Comix City hosted the Warhammer 40k Bar Brawl 2019 in Nashville, TN at the Tennessee Brew Works. While the Adversary was still recovering from the epic battle at LVO, 29 brave souls threw themselves into the fray once more! From them rose their champion, Mark Perry!


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++ Battalion Detachment +5CP
HQ
Ahriman [7 PL, 131pts]
Sorcerer in Terminator Armor [8 PL, 122pts]: Familiar, Force sword, Inferno Combi-bolter Sorcerer in Terminator Armor [8 PL, 122pts]: Familiar, Force sword, Inferno Combi-bolter +
Troops
Chaos Cultists [3 PL, 50pts]: 9x Chaos Cultist w/ Auto gun. Cultist Champion: Auto gun
Tzaangors [7 PL, 150pts]: Bray horn, 19x Tzaangor w/ Tzaangor Blades. Twist bray: Tzaangor blades
Tzaangors [7 PL, 150pts]: Bray horn, 19x Tzaangor w/ Tzaangor Blades. Twist bray: Tzaangor blades ++

Battalion Detachment +5CP
HQ
Blood thirster of Insensate Rage [17 PL, 260pts]: Armor of Scorn, Warlord
Herald of Slaanesh [4 PL, 60pts] +
Troops
Horrors [4 PL, 30pts]: 10x Pair of Brimstone Horrors
Horrors [4 PL, 30pts]: 10x Pair of Brimstone Horrors
Nurglings [3 PL, 54pts]: 3x Nurgling Swarms ++

Supreme Command Detachment +1CP
HQ
Pox bringer [4 PL, 70pts]
Pox bringer [4 PL, 70pts]
Warp smith [4 PL, 75pts]: Combi-melta, Flamer, Mark of Nurgle, Melta gun, Power axe +
Elites
Death shroud Terminators [11 PL, 156pts]. Death shroud Champion: Man reaper, Plague spurt gauntlets. 2x Death shroud Terminator: 2x Man reaper +
Lord of War
Mortarion [24 PL, 470pts]

MP: My name is Mark Perry and I am from Hattiesburg MS, but I play from Florida to Texas to North Carolina. My focus is Warhammer 40k, but I also play Magic and I offer a painting service called Dark an’ Grungy. Check out my Facebook for any and all painting you may need.

WA: Best placings at a GT and/or Majors event? Playing what army and in what edition?

MP: I took Best Overall and 2nd in Battle Points at Warzone Gigabytes August 2018. I am the Chaos in 8th Edition

With the release of Vigilus Ablaze I am drowning in new list ideas so expect to see me running something new and weird.

WA: Most recent GT or Majors event attended and placing?

MP: My most recent was Warzone Gigabytes 2019 where I took 7th place going 4-1

WA: What did you think of the event in Nashville overall? What was your placing?

MP: It was a great event. We had all the Alcohol we needed, and the food was amazing. I was 1st place and Best Overall.

WA: What were you preparing for going into the event?

MP: I was honestly expecting Horde, Guard, and Orks, that style of army but that was not the case at all.

WA: Expectations of missions and opposing lists?

MP: I knew the Missions as they were ITC Champion and I play that regularly, and I was not worried about any list going in to the event

WA: Once you got there, what was new or different that you saw but had not expected?

MP: There were 19 Knight players out of 34 overall players. I was not expecting that.

WA: First match up? Against who and what army? Who won and by what margin? Who went first? How did the game play out in general?

MP: My first match was against Mono- Custodes. JT Kemer- 2 Callidus Grav Tanks, no bikes which was surprising, just Terminators, Wardens and Custodian Guard. I won with 36-20. He went first. It went about how I expected. It was Spearhead Assault deployment and he spread out, so I was able to claim the bonus and chip away at his army throughout the game

WA: Second match up?

MP: My second match was against Mono- Deathwatch. Jacob Engle- 4 or 5 Veteran units, some bike squad and a random dreadnaught. I won with 34-21. I went first. It was Hammer and Anvil deployment. He left a bike squad and a Veteran unit where I could charge. So, I DMC a unit of 20 Tzaangor, Charged and killed the Veteran Squad with Tzaangor and surrounded the Bike squad so Mortarion and Tzaangor could not be shot in his turn 1. I then repeated this tactic each following turn

I was planning to play it like Chess as I knew I had more Pawns but he had more big monsters, so I needed to make good trade to win the game.

WA: Third match up?

MP: My third match was against Castellan and 2 FW Knights backed by Valhallan Guard run by Daniel Hester; I lost this round with 24-27. He went first. It was Vanguard deployment. He moved both FW Knights and was able to charge with one. The Castellan split fire to both Mortarion and the Blood thirster, he did not kill either, but he removed my Death shroud Bodyguards and put some Wounds on both. The FW knight charged some Brimstones and the Blood thirster. I used the Forbidden Gem on the FW Knight so he could not activate and was out of range of the Blood thirster. On my turn 1 Mortarion jumped both Knights, the Blood thirster prepared to charge both FW Knights. I DMC some Tzaangor to hold more Objectives. Mortarion took the Overwatch, the Blood thirster charged both, killed 1 piled in but was not in range for the other to swing. Then I activated the Blood thirster again and he killed the second knight. Going in his turn the Castellan killed Mortarion and took Wounds of the Blood thirster. On my turn the Blood thirster failed his charge on the Castellan and I focused my Tzaangor on the Castellan but did not kill it. This was my mistake as I should have used the Tzaangor to kill the last few Guardsmen and keep him from holding any Objectives

WA: How did you feel at the end of day one, given your positioning?

MP: Even with a loss I was still confident as there were few undefeated and I still had a chance to be in the top three or even win if there were no undefeated by the end.

WA: Anything specific you had planned out for your next opponent that morning?

MP: I was planning to play it like Chess as I knew I had more Pawns but he had more big monsters, so I needed to make good trade to win the game.

WA: Fourth match up?

MP: Chaos Mirror Match with Mark Aescht. He had Dual Primarch and Fate Weaver. I won with 48-18. He went first. I knew I was going to have to bait him into overextending his monsters as he had more than me. I knew that if I lost one first, he could bully me and pressure me into Submission. Turn 1 I castled with both units of Tzaangor on the board knowing I had more Pawns. Turn 1 he moved up cast some powers but left Fate Weaver where I could kill him. My turn 1 I Warp timed my Tzaangor charged Fate Weaver and got the bonus. I left my Blood thirster for his Mortarion to charge which he did but he did not kill my Blood thirster, then I Heroically intervened with a Herald of Slaanesh and the two of them killed Mortarion. Then killed Fate Weaver in my turn 2 and that was game

WA: Fifth match up?

MP: Tau run by Brad White- 2 Riptides, 1 Y’vahra, 1 unit of 3 Broadsides and an assortment of small units and Characters. I won 39-25. I went first. It was Front Line Assault deployment with 4 Objectives in the center of each table quarter. The only unit I worried about was the Y’vahra but he played it defensively. Mortarion took 14 Wounds in Overwatch but I managed to make the charge to the Riptide. His turn 1 he killed Mortarion and the Blood thirster, but I had too many units in his face by that point and in my turn 2 I managed to touch his Broadside unit and that was effectively game.

WA: Final roll up and placing?

MP: I was 1st place and Best Overall.

WA: Having reviewed everything, what are your thoughts now?

MP: I may have been able to play differently in my loss and have pulled out a win but overall that was a close game that I really enjoyed

WA: What were some of the best tactics and combos that you saw at the event?

MP: I saw three Necron Doom Scythes take 3rd and that was shocking. Looking back now I would not want to play that not fully grasping the Stratagem that goes with it as I place all my Characters in a bubble

WA: What did you think of the mission sets?

MP: They are the Bread and Butter ITC Champion missions

WA: What are you planning to change in your list?

MP: With the release of Vigilus Ablaze I am drowning in new list ideas so expect to see me running something new and weird.

WA: What is next on your schedule?

MP: Barnyard Brawl April 26, 2019

WA: Any parting thoughts for the audience?

MP: I love you all and git gud


The Worthiest Adversary is not about any singular individual specifically. It’s about those warriors that tread victorious across the various battlefields out there. The Worthiest Adversary is humbled by those that participate and share their stories so that others might witness what is accomplished wide and far. The hope and goal is that other warriors might read these acts of glory and are inspired to commit their own to history! Mark Perry is an excellent warrior, both on and off the field, and the Adversary appreciated the opportunity to meet with him recently. This outstanding victory for Mark is one of many that he continues to realize and the Adversary looks forward to seeing him fight throughout the ongoing war!

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