So I had 2 goals this year for my gaming, to win a tournament and make the 2012 Masters. Thankfully I was able to do both, winning Vermintide last year.
This will be my first masters since I was able to come in 4th place at the innaugural event a few years ago. I took a very filthy Skaven army to that event, and out of 5? games I played 3 Bret armies. Brets really didn't enjoy my list at all. I remember playing Phil Commins in the first game, I got a casting of Warplightning off on his big lance of 12 or so Realm knights killing 4 and panicking them off the board first turn, which helped! I also remember playing 2 Dark Elves as well, pushed around by Nick Buckby and Ant Kitson. I think i narrowly lost both games, but not 100% sure. Dave Grant ended up winning the event with his Ogres. He beat a lot of good armies with it, and was also able to ride the comp score really well. It would have been interesting for me to have played him, as I think I had the toys to take him on.
So I am taking my faithful Orcs and Goblins to the event. I had the choice to go with my Chaos Dwarfs or very shooty Dragon Dark Elves, but the Orcs are the army I feel most comfortable with, and they would have got angry with me if I didn't take them! Now that all the lists are in and available, I will post my list.
Black Orc Warboss - Sword of Anti Heroes - Enchanted Shield - Preservation
Savage Orc Warboss - Great weapon - Dragonbane gem - shield - Crown of Command - Armour of Destiny
BO BSB - Potion of Speed - Endurance - Dragonhelm
Level 2 Savage Shaman - Head
Level 2 Savage Shaman - Scroll - Eeee!!! Mask
34 SO Big unz - Xtra chops - Boss - Std
28 Orc Boys - Shields FC
So first off I have dropped the Ng unit and Shaman for the Orc boys. I was finding that the NG were a unit that wasn't really pulling it's weight. They weren't hitty enough for a combat block, and I was finding using them as an anvil that my shaman would die. So I felt I really needed the 3rd combat block, enter the Orc boys. I used to run these guys all the time with my BO warboss and BSB in them and they were ok, but not that hitty. So I decided to run the second warboss in there. Now they can take things on much better.
Having the 2 lvl 2's isn't too bad, as when you roll 6 dice foot all day long and hope for the double 6, levels don't really matter!! Tactics FTW!!
I had my first game with the army last night against Hamish's army with 2 units of 5 Skullcrushers, knights and Warriors. He literally had no chaff, so the manglers had a free reign to damage one of the skull crushers. They are still very tough and took 4 turns to kill them. I manage to table him minus 8 Warriors.
There is a good mix of armies at the event, topped by some filthy filthy Skaven. Should be good and really looking forward to it. As for my chances, I am not really sure. Would love to hear some of your guys opinions on the lists and how you think the tournament will go down.
Lists - http://dl.dropbox.com/u/92601827/MastersLists.xls