|Doom Doom Doom Doom Doom Doom Doom Doom Doom|
vs. Dwarfs (Adam Richards)
Now you would think that as a Dwarf player I would know how to beat a Dwarf list but playing Dwarfs is one thing playing against them is something else and holy crap is it difficult. First up the scenario was Blood n Glory and I was at a major disadvantage as my Fortitude was only 5 (2 for General + BSB and 2 standards). As I had a Gut Star list all Adam had to do was kill the Ironguts and he would break my army.
Adam had a pretty strong list two units of Irondrakes, 2 Bolt-Throwers, a Cannon, 3 Gyros, 2 units of Quarrellers and a block of HWS Longbeards. As the game progressed I realised that I had stuffed up from the beginning and deployed badly. Oh and did I mention that Adam rolled for army wide hatred on Ancestral Grudge at the start of the game!!!
|Deployment - all of my stuff in the centre and Adam castled in one corner, except for a unit of Quarrellers which moved into the tower on my left and the 3 Gyro's which were sitting behind that tower.|
|The advance goes in - on the left Gyros have blocked in one unit of Mournfang and taken out the Gnoblars and I am still 1 more turn away from being able to safely declare a charge on Adams Dwarfs.|
|Gyros hit the left flank Mournfang - this combat would go on for a while|
|Turns 2-3 Mournfang go in against the Longbeards who must hold while the Gut Star fails its charge on the same unit|
Turn 2 and I'm in serious trouble as Adam has out thought me. My Gut Star is now less reduced below 50%, my Slaughtermaster has taken wounds and my Ironblasters have done nothing except kill off a single Gyro and wound another. But at least now the Mournfang have been able to charge but those damn Irondrakes are just murdering me. First round of combat I begin venting my dislike of the nasty new Dwarf book which gives his Longbeards a 5+ Parry Save on the turn they're charged and S4 AP attacks from the Runesmith so no armour save for my Bulls or Ironguts and a 4+ not 2+ for my Mournfang.
|The Mournfang are dead but now I get both blocks the Guts and the Bulls into his Longbeards - I get very lucky when Adams Irondrakes are lined up slightly behind his Longbeards meaning I don't hit them in combat.|
|Well that didn't work?|
Result 6-14 loss
Game 5 - Battleline
vs. Beastmen (Mike King)
I like playing Beastmen because I think they're a pretty cool army that and Mike's consisted of all of the old school metal miniatures which just look great on the tabletop. He had the standard Gor Horde with 3 Mages in it, a big block of Minotaurs with Character a few chariots and some spam/chaff. Mike was playing as the bye for the event taking the place of Sam Whitt who had to withdraw. Basically he gave you a choice take the bye and get a 20-0 or play it out and see what happens I much preferred to play it out.
As was my usual pattern Game 5 the last game of the tournament was the game I played the smartest and with the fewest mistakes. Battleline evened things out but in terms of lists mine was the stronger of the two particularly if I could deal to the Minotaurs early.
|Deployment - both Ironblasters on a hill my blocks on the right opposite the Minotaurs and Gor horde and chaff on the left. I kept everything grouped as Mike didn't have shooting, the Comet or Purple Sun.|
|My turn 1 - Regen bubble down, chaff fully forward waiting for the Beastman advance|
|Mikes opening moves|
I opted to back off. The Gut Star and Bulls both edged back slightly while I pushed the Mournfang up to a position where Mike's Mino bus could only charge them + any overrun would take them past my Gut star allowing me to either (a) hit the Minotaurs from the flank or (b) ignore them and go for the Gor horde instead. At the same I chucked +1 Toughness down on the Mournfang making them much harder for the Mino's to wound and banked on their 2+ AS to protect them.
|Meanwhile on the left?|
|The Mournfang did charge and kill one lot of chaff but then stayed put which allowed a chariot and a beast of some sort to hit them.|
What was happening on the left was largely incidental the big story was on the right. It was now Mike's turn and he took the bait charging the Mino's the 2 that were left and his Mino BSB at the Mournfang. 2 units of Chaff and his Gor horde also moved forward.... in his magic phase
DOWN CAME THE HELLHEART!!
I love this item - I rolled a 4 meaning every one of his mages within 20" had to take mis-cast with all 3 of them in his horde it would not be pretty. The first guy blew up was sucked down a hole and vapourised 1/4 of the horde along with himself. The 2nd guy power drained himself and the 3rd killed more of the unit and hurt himself and the 2nd guy in the process. Magic phase over 1 dead mage, the 2 surviving mages on 1 wound each and one of those now at Level 0.
Unfortunately for Mike things didn't get better when his Minotaurs couldn't finish off the Mournfang and he lost more models and very nearly the combat as well.
|Turn 3 my charges go in...|
|Gut Star kills the chaff and reforms to face the fleeing Gor horde|
|Gut Star charges and captures the Fleeing Gors - the Bulls meanwhile opt not to charge and after measuring it out I march them forward out of the Minotaurs front arc and into safety (passing the march block test first)|
|Meanwhile on the left|
I made a couple of little errors with how how used my units on the left but overall the game went my way from pretty early on and the Hellhearts impact on Mikes army was huge.
Result 15-5 Win
The Final Result - 10th place
So after 5 games my final tally for the event was 53/100 points, 3 wins and 2 losses and I managed to avoid getting a 20-0 pantsing for the first time in a while albiet only because my Gnoblars got me that crucial 1 point off Joel.
With a max painting and sports score I ended up 10th continuing my good run of form so very happy.
Club wise the event was an even bigger success with Club mates Jeffrey Kent finishing 1st with his Dark Elves, McCrae Louden 3rd with his Chaos Dwarfs and Regan Ridge getting his best result ever finishing 7th with his Vampires. Adam Richards also came in slightly behind me in 11th place.
So 5 Manawatu Duellists went to CtA and out of a field of 26 we secured 4 top 10 finishes, everyone ended up in the top half of the table and 2 people got on the podium so not bad at all.
The results also had a massive impact on the overall WHFB rankings for the country as well and the upcoming Masters.