|Deployment minus the Frosthearts which go down next inbetween the building and the hill and my Rangers one unit goes down on the right facing a unit of Reavers the 2nd goes down on the extreme right flank of Tom's army in some ruins|
Game 2 of Panzershrek this time up against one of the Hawkes Bay crew Tom Davis and his High Elves. He had an interesting list not one I've seen at tournaments before that included:
- L4 Mage
- 30 x Seaguard
- 5 x Reavers
- 5 x Reavers
- 23 x Phoenix Guard
- 3 units of 5 Swordmasters
- 2 x Frostheart Phoenix
|Pretty but deadly|
|You don't see enough Phoenix Guard at events any more it's always White Lions with the BotWD.|
|At S7 with Hatred the Hammerers cut through the Swordmasters and overrun into the Phoenix Guard, meanwhile Grudgethrowers try to kill the other Phoenix but only manage to score a couple of wounds.|
|The 2nd Frostheart charges into the flank of my 2nd Warrior unit, at this stage I am still within 12" of the Hammerers so MR Groth One Eye means they are stubborn but I need to end this combat fast|
"Hammerers rise and fall and despite their seeming magical ability to ward off attacks the Elven Phoenix Guard are being cut to pieces. Victory it seems is near but then an Elven blade cleaves through the Gromil armour of Hordrudkal Goblinflayer the throngs Battle Standard Bearer. As he dies the Hammerers renew their attacks, more Elves are cut down and the tattered remnant turn and flee before they too are chased down and killed..."
"As the Hammerers surge forward behind them Clan Warriors finally kill the 1st of the Elven Phoenix's after a Gyrobomber charged the rear of the beast distracting it long enough for Dwarven axes to make the death blow. To their right though the 2nd Phoenix is cutting down Dwarf after Dwarf and doing so almost with impunity. Rallying and reforming the depleted Warrior horde turns and readies itself to charge the rear of the 2nd Phoenix... but"
|Phoenix 1 is down but Phoenix 2 beats my Warriors on CR, they flee and get chased down. Tom only has that Phoenix about 10 Seaguard and his BSB left at this point so I am still looking good.|
|This is about Turn 4 or 5 Tom has 5 Seaguard and his BSB left that's it and I'm busy trying to template it to death... so in what I think was one of the moves of the tournament he charges my Warriors !!!|
|Tom charges in all the Seaguard die but his BSB who has the Crown of Command toughs it out and survives...|
|It takes a charge in the flank by my Hammerers to finish this guy off and I only do so because you don't get parry saves to the flank meaning the Shield of Merwyn has no effect and S7 Hammerers just cut through Elven armour.|
The battle is over and its a 20-0 victory to me in what was a thoroughly enjoyable game. Tom's BSB charge at the end was just awesome you have to love it when people just go for it. Game wise he was unlucky that I got hatred and made those long charges (and the long overrun) in Turn 2. Keeping his big blocks back was a mistake as well and he really needed to get them into combat asap limiting my ability to get the +1 S on the charge and more importantly preventing me from shooting him off the table. But losing 2/3 of the Seaguard in Turn 1 did make him understandably cautious.
That was it for Day 1 of the event for me. Due to all the snow around the country a lot of players couldn't make it so we had 17 competitors instead of 24. Consequently I took a bye in Round 3 - basically the local guys all took one so the out of towners wouldn't miss out on a game.