Not the ideal match up for me particularly in the first round. Pete's list as always was incredibly fluffy and full of the niceness that is Skaven. Having army wide hatred was nice as was getting the first turn but then the Storm Banner came down and thinks went pear shaped from there. I was counting on the Gyros to remove the Slaves for me with help from the Stone Throwers. The banner stayed up till Turn 4 I think and while the Cannon did get to fire once managing to kill the Screaming Bell it was down to close combat.
|Our armies positions after the 1st Turn. I moved up using the impassable building on the left as protection against the Doomwheel, but the other one had to be stopped by sacrificing a Gyro to get it.|
|The Miners came on but I forgot to throw their Cinder Blast bombs at the Warp Lightning Cannon. They were charged by a full unit of Slaves and somehow 1 Miner held for 2 rounds keeping this block out of the way of the rest of my army.|
|Meanwhile in my rear the Gutter Runners came on and killed off the warmachines which were unable to do anything due to the Storm-Banner. The did only have to kill 2 of them as one Grudge Thrower misfired and blew up in Turn 3.|
|If only the rocket pods were real|
|This was around Turn 5 and my unit on the hill is about to get flank charged and munched. The Hammerers are already dead meaning none of my units are Stubborn anymore.|
Result 4-16 Loss
Game 2 vs. Dark Elves (Sam Whitt)
Sam's army won best painted at the tournament and well deserved it was because it was a beautiful looking army. I have to be honest and say I voted for Glen/Greg's Dark Elves as I liked his colour scheme and thought the way he had achieved its muted look was superb, the Dragon especially. Anyway Sam had a massive Cold One Bus with 10 Knights and 4 characters in it some Witch Elves and a bunch of Shooting etc.
This game came down, in the end, to a single mistake on my part a mistake that basically turned what was a reasonably even match-up into a massive win for Sam.
|Our deployments - the cards at the base of my units are to remind me who does what and where my scrolls are. Building in the middle of table was as per ETC rules impassable.|
|While my shooting chewed through a lot of stuff and was very effective, the Grudge Throwers in particular the battle would be decided by the position my two left hand blocks took in this picture.|
|Meanwhile on the right my 2nd Warrior block gets stuck into the half naked Witch Elves - 30+ attacks coming it against me. This battle would last several turns.|
|The end result of my mistake...|
What happened next really didn't help.... a PURPLE SUN right through the entire Hammerer unit killing 20/25 of them and effectively ending any hope I had of them taking out the Black Knights.
The final result my remaining block kills off the Witch Elves but then gets charged and everyone dies. Sam had wisely shot off the Gyro's early and they were unable to help me after Turn 2.
Result 0-20 Loss
Game 3 vs. High Elves (Jeff Kent)
Jeffrey had to step in and replace Hamish Gordon who hadn't turned up on the day with his Empire. For his army Jeff borrowed my High Elves (courtesy of my living 2 minutes away from the venue) and took a Dragon Mage, Frosty, White Lion Bus, Reaver list just for fun. As a technical bye he awarded (as he was the TO not a player) everyone who came up against him 10pts (I think). But we still played it out.
|The Cannon and Grudge Throwers kill off the Dragon Mage so the Frosty has to charge in by itself|
Final Result 9-11 Loss
Final points for Day 1 was a very disappointing 13pts, bumped up to 14pts as a result of the bye score from Game 3. I made some dumb mistakes that cost me badly in Game 2 but enjoyed myself immensely.