Sorry I have not been talking to you my adoring fans, but I have been rather busy since the masters.
What with work, kids, wife, and painting things for other people, my life gets rather hectic at times!!
So onto my result. 7th. To be honest I am disappointed with my placing. I felt I had the tools to do better, but made some silly mistakes and was unlucky in places. I was aiming for at least top half and didn’t quite get there…Next time.
My games were all played against local players, and all were played in great spirit and I enjoyed all of them immensely. Thanks guys.
My memory will be foggy so please forgive mistakes. I also took no photos.
GAME 1 – Pete Dunn – Skaven
My tactics going into this one was to rush him and try to stop dreaded 13th at all costs.
Start of the game was going to plan, with a wolf chariot flanking the doomwheel and running it down. Then killing the A-Bomb with the Mangler squig, only for it to get back up with 5 fucking wounds left AAAArrgggghhh!!! I HATE that frickin thing!! I managed to Foot the Stormvermin on my left flank down to take a test and they failed to run off the board. The WLC blew itself up which was fantastic. Pete had some unfortunate luck with his Gutter runners not coming on till late game, but I will take what I can get. I managed to Hand my savages behind the Skaven lines and eventually get into the rear of the bells unit. It was looking like a small win for the Greenies, until the Skaven Get out of Jail free card was 6 diced……(13th) and my Savages plus 2 Shamen and BSB that where fighting the Seer and Bell unit were turned into Rats. A 800pt last turn swing…. Always great fun and tense games against Pete, I will get you next time RatKing.
14-6 to Pete
GAME 2 – Locky – Skaven
So two Skaven in a row….YAY for me!! Lockys list to be honest wasn’t as strong as Petes, so I was more confident in this game, even though Locky is a very good player. Highlights were the A-Bomb rolling like 15 inches in its first turn to sit right in front of my lines, then fleeing the charge of flanking trolls, and fleeing again from charging chariot to be chased off the board. I managed to hand the Savages again to the flank of the Furnace unit, and eventually grind them down. Locky was unlucky with a failed flank charge on my double warboss orcs, although I didn’t mind the charge, as I had the crown in there, so would have held and then the Savages were going in the rear.
GAME 3 – Tom Dunn – Daemons
Now this is probably the only army that I faced that I felt I was fucked from the start. Double flaming Heralds mean my Trolls are fucked. Killing blow means my characters can’t really go into the Letters. And a big fat Slugtounge running around causing mahem!! Not to mention Tom is a Daemon master, and I was in for a tough time. So pretty much Tom ran over the top of me this game. Only thing that I can remember, is the GUO running into the savages, attacking the BSB,and causing no wounds, then taking 5-6 in return!! Tom needed to roll under 4 to stop the GUO popping, and promptly rolled a 3. The GUO then proceeded on 1 wound to beat and run down the Savages after a rerollable ld 9 Steadfast test was failed, overrunning into the Trolls and chasing them down the next turn. I can’t even remember what I killed other than the Herald of Tzeentch with a wolf chariot. Big win to Tom. He really played the match up well, and thoroughly deserved the win and eventual Masters Title. Well done Mate.
19-1 to Tom
So end of day 1 and a mixed bag. Hopefully better things to come tomorrow.
Mike had a Light party Slaan, a couple of scarvets, engine of the gods, 3 saurus blocks and some skinks. I foolishly placed my Manglers both on the front line, because we were playing meeting engagement we started close together and if I could nab first turn Mike was in trouble. But I completely forgot about burning alignment, and lost both L. The trolls then spent 5 turns hacking the engine down. Mike’s Slaan miscast on the last turn, rolled a 1 for cupped balls, then rolled a 3 on the miscast table, but managed to avoid the hole.
Game 5 – Raymond – Beasts
I think Beastmen are a good army, and better than most people think, and with a former master pushing them round, it would be a tight game. This was watchtower and Ray won the right to put something in it, but declined. This was great as it allowed me to put the savages in there, and nothing is getting them out. Coming into the second day of the masters, I was a bit behind the eightball, so decided to try and push for points. I pushed the savages out the far side of the building to try and push for points, and put the trolls in the building. Then Ray turned his Death mage around and cast purple sun down my lines, hitting the building, and killing 22 bigunz and 6 trolls…..Fuck. There was a large amount of 6 dicing going on this game, from both sides. In the end, I had 1 model, my BSB, holding the Tower against the hordes of beasts.
Game 6 – Joel – Empire
So lots of knights and angry quarter packs running around. I was happy with this matchup, as mi list was well built to take on armour. Joel was very aggressive this game. He put the 5 Demis into the front of my double warboss orcs, I killed some and held, then got the trolls into the flank and wiped them out. Then the 3 Demis came into the warboss orcs and knight bus into trolls. Trolls got run down, and 3 demis got killed. Eventually the knight bus went into warboss orcs, and the orcs eventually wore them down.
So all in all it was a really fun tournament, and has only spurred me further to get back next year and give a better showing. Thanks to the umpires and everyone who helped out, was great fun. Also congrats to all the place getters, all well deserved.