|Ogres from the Mountain Claws Tribe ready for battle|
The only disappointment for me was that there was no Beauty Pageant meaning that I didn't get a chance to photograph everyone's armies and there were some stunning ones on display throughout the event.
|The venue near the end of Day 1 - things were getting rather rank odour wise by this stage|
As for Team Buckethead things didn't go that well for us, we weren't expecting to finish near the top of the table but were hoping to do a lot better than we did. Unfortunately our approach was less "scientific" than most other teams in regards to picking our match-ups. While our opponents consulted spreadsheets and mathematical tables to get the ideal opponents we simply took turns chucking ourselves under the bus and volunteered to take on armies that we felt like playing. That and our "just throw dice and go for it" approach didn't help our cause. A classic quote of the event from Adam Richards our Dwarf player pretty epitomised our tactics over the weekend.
"I'm going to ancient power my Anvil because at least if it blows up then his Ogres can't kill it.... DOOM DOOM DOOM DOOM...."Bucketheads Results
Our armies were:
- My Ogre Kingdoms built around a Gut Star
- Brendans Beasts based around lots of magic and 3 hordes
- Adams Dwarfs with no warmachines or shooting
- Reagans Empire with his Karl Franz Knight bus
|Fellow Bucket Heads Adam (left) and Brendan (right) don our team helmets to take on Sam and Fern Campbell in the first round of the tournament|
Ogres vs. Dark Elves 7-13
Beasts vs. WoC 2-18
Dwarfs vs. DoC 0-20
Empire vs. Empire 6-14
|Help I'm surrounded by Elves|
|Dark Elves for Round 1 and things go well till my magic starts failing. Closer game than the points suggest|
|Team mate Reagan (right) without his Helmet - Shame!!!|
Ogres vs. Empire 0-20
Beasts vs. Brettonians 0-20
Dwarfs vs. Vampires 0-20
Empire vs. High Elves 5-15
|Turn 1 and things don't look too bad but... I pushed the Bulls too far forward trying to get the Hellheart near the Light Mage bus in the tower. Things go wrong soon afterward|
|End of the game and its just the Slaughtermaster left|
|I got absolutely slaughtered in this game by a beautiful looking army. This hand painted banner by Graeme Fry (I think) was the stand out model of the tournament for me and his High Elves have to be seen to be believed they are amazing|
Round 3 vs. Legion of DoomOgres vs. Wood Elves 20-0
Beasts vs. Dwarfs 15-5
Dwarfs vs. Ogres 5-15
Empire vs. Dark Elves 9-11
|Up against Wood Elves with a lot of shooting 60 Glade Guard in all and 3 Treemen|
|Ogres charge straight into a couple of Treemen while those damn archers clean up the Mournfang. I got lucky though killing the Treemen allowing me to rampage through the rest of my opponents army.|
|Brendan in action in Round 3 a great win to him earned through some very smart tactics|
Ogres vs. Lizards 7-13
Beasts vs. Dwarfs 5-15
Dwarfs vs. Dark Elves 0-20
Empire vs. Vampires 17-3
|Up against Hagen Kerr's lizards in Round 4 - thoroughly enjoyable game that saw me finish with 3 models left on the table - an Irongut, my Slaughtermaster and a single Bull. Absolute carnage and a lot of fun.|
|Brendans fantastic looking Beastmen army|
Ogres vs. Vampires 5-15
Beasts vs. Empire 1-19
Dwarfs vs. OnG 10-10
Empire vs. WoC 0-20
|I volunteered to pit my Ogres against Basil's VC's but then stuffed up by not hanging back.|
|Ironblaster kills one Terrorgheist with one shot doing 6 wounds. The other though comes back later to cause carnage|
Ogres vs. DoC 10-10
Beasts vs. Dwarfs 0-20
Dwarfs vs. High Elves 0-20
Empire vs. Lizards 0-20
|Things start getting nasty around Turn 2-3 in a great game|
|Taking on Daemons in Round 6 - a massively enjoyable game against a nice opponent.|
|Big moment in game as I get rear charge off on the Daemon thingy's - the Gut Star just wouldn't die. Really enjoyed this match up and it was a fun way to end the tournament.|
Personal Gaming Highlights
The knock down drag out battle between my Gut Star and Basil's Crypt Ghouls in Round 5 where my Slaughtermaster's immunity to Poison and my ability to continually buff his toughness kept him alive for 4 turns.
IF'ing the Regeneration spell from the Great Maw after the Gut Star charged the rear of a DoC unit, rolling double 1's for the miscast result losing 3 Ogres to the hit but saving them all with Regeneration.
A handful of Ogres deploying in line and charging Hagen's Cold-One bus and wiping it out before he surrounded me and drowned them in missile fire.
Seeing Reagan earn himself a big win 17-3 against a tough opponent.
Meeting Luc the youngest competitor at the event at 14 (I think) who brought a pretty cool Ogre list.
The games in general, the event, having a beer and a feed at the pub after Day 1, the venue (just superb)... and finally...
Adam's extra large cojones when using the Anvil of Doom...