European Team Challenge 2012 – Sunday

Sunday and another early start for a 9:45 game. We were matched up against team “Full Retard” and I faced Mercenaries, sorry again forgot my opponents name.

I only just won my game with a single control point, with only Thyra and Vilmon remaining on the table. My opponent was very unlucky and didn’t get a miniature in base contact with a flag and dice down was called. Thyra parked her self on the flag he needed to control and luckly survived when dice down was called.

My entire unit of Bastions were raped in a single turn with Rocinante and Captain Damiano’s Warpath spell. But thinking back on this part of the game, I was astonished a Warjack could destroy a unit like this in one turn. So checked the rules for Warpath, and found that it can only move once per turn and I am sure the Warjack moved at least three times. But a win is a win, and we as a team also won.

One of the big talking points of the weekend were the amount of Stormwall’s and what effect they would have on the tournament. In a single list environment like the ETC some players where at a disadvantage, not having a list to combat these. But then its a team event so along as someone in the team can combat the Stormwall then I don’t see and issue, unlike some. This picture was taken over Sunday lunch of some of the Stormwalls at the event.

Before we go onto the last game of the event, I would like to mention one of our team mates Marc who was playing Cryx. He had won all five of his tournament games at this point, and have accumulated a lot of control points. So we helped Marc with an easy match up to aid his quest in getting best in faction for Cryx. But our opponents played their team feat and swapped the original opponent to a Menoth player.  This Menoth player was also in line for getting best in faction. Marc eventually went on the lose this game, by only two army points. The Menoth player went on to win best in faction, but Marc lost out on best in faction for Cryx. Had he killed three more points in the final game it would have been a much different story.

So onto the last game of the event we played “Team Netherlands” and I was put up against a Skorne player, this time with Molik Karn. And “Yes” I lost this game to a Molik Karn assasination run. I thought I had Molik covered and most of his army was tied up with Errants and Daughters, so I was ready for my assasination run next turn. But it wasn’t to be. The team also lost this final game, so we went 3 and 3 for the tournament and ended up in 39th place out of 54 teams.

In the individual rankings for the tournament I finished in 134th out of 216 players and won three of my six games. Very happy with this, finishing around mid table. More control points would have moved me higher up the rankings. The top player on three wins was 80th, so there is some improvement I can make here (win more control points!).

This picture taken at this year’s ETC sums up the event perfectly. This was exactly how I feeled at the end of the weekend, completely knackered. To much drink and plenty of gaming, some might say not enough! Each day was a long tiring day, but so much fun!

But given the tiredness at the end of the weekend I would not have missed this tournament, it was absolutely brilliant.

Sorry Dave I simply had to post this picture!

So onto next year’s ETC and this time myself and Tyler will hopefully be getting a team together from some friends who attend Maelstrom gaming evenings.

European Team Challenge 2012 – Friday/Saturday

Well the European Team Challenge is done and dusted for 2012, and what an event it was. We had a brilliant three days gaming, plenty of laughs and some cracking games.

The event was a 216 player, 54 team tournament. By far the largest single Hordes and Warmachine tournament in Europe, if not the world.

We started on Friday arriving around midday. After finding the rest of our team my self and Tyler got our stuff ready and had a practise game. Followed by burger and chips before we started the first game around seven in the evening.

The team consisted of myself and my Menoth, Tyler and his Tier 4 Magnus list, Eliot the captain taking two Stormwalls and Marc taking Cryx. I took Thyra primarily to face any Hordes factions out opponents took, as she loves playing against Hordes.

So onto game 1 and I faced Gard from team “Dooley’s Disciples” from Norway. I faced Haley with a Stormwall and a Storm Strider. Not a good match up for myself, but the opposing team only took Warmachine factions. This could not have been a more difficult match up for me. Gard cast Temporal Barrier every turn, and continued to shoot my army. Needing to do something I managed to get Thyra into the Storm Strider, not knowing that she was going to be pushed back two inches after the first attack. So Gard then killed Thyra and game over! We all had a great time playing Dooley’s Disciples who had brought along a bottle of Dooley’s to drink before, during and after the game. Gard also made the Stormwall pod’s from miniature Dooley’s bottles, and when one was destroyed we had to drink the Dooley’s. Needless to say I drank a few! The team lost this round, now surprises as “Dooley’s Disciples” are a very good group of players.

Saturday morning and game 2 and we faced team “Let the Wookie Win“, a UK based team. This time a lot better match up against Andrew and his Trollbloods. I had seen Andrew at a couple of tournaments in the past, but we had never played until now. The picture on the left was taken during this game (don’t know who took it, I found it on the net). Andrew knew how to play against Thyra leaving Jarl well out of her threat range. It didn’t help when I lost Corbeau early in the game. So I had to push for the win. Unfortunately leaving Thyra exposed, so another lose to me. Excellent game and hope to play Andrew again in the future. We won this round, so up the tournament rankings we went.

Onto lunch and it was time for the judges to look at the armies for the best painted. I didn’t bother putting my army out, even though others like my painting there are a lot of better painters at the event. So didn’t have any expectations. However the same person who took the picture above also took the picture of my army whilst on the tray. My painting needs a lot of improvements before I would consider getting near winning best painted at a tournament like this.

So game 3 after lunch and we faced “Team Red Dragon“, another group of lads from the UK. I can’t remember my opponents name (sorry), however I faced Dominar Rasheth without Molik Khan (yippee I hate that miniature). My opponent was again very wary of Thyra with me playing her aggressively up the field. Always measuring Rasheth’s control area to keep Thyra out of his control area. But he forgot about Corbeau and the extra 3 inches that Thyra can use to get nearer. Needless to say Thyra charged and one charge attack and a second boosted attack later I had won the game. However the team lost this round.

This brings me onto something which I feel is worth mentioning. When my opponent asks me “What is Thyra threat range?” in a tournament I always reply with “She can charge 10 inches“. This happened a lot over the weekend, and I always feel a bit awkward with this reply. However I believe that this is her threat range. She can only use her feat for the extra 2 inches of movement once per game. However this does not mean that these extra 2 inches of movement will be forward it may be she needs to move sideways. Therefore because the extra 2 inches may be a sideways move, then I believe when saying “she can charge 10 inches” is not cheating my opponent. The same applies to the extra 3 inches of movement that Corbeau may or may not provide, plus my opponent is not asking what the threat range is with all the extra’s. Of course there are other ways to extend Thrya’s threat range, a Warjack could push her an inch, also there is her spell Pursuit which she could be move an extra 7 inches. So I believe my reply of 10 inches is correct in a tournament setting.

Last game on Saturday and we are up against another team from Norway “The Dark Ponies“. The plan was going well today and I faced another Hordes faction with Mikkel and his Circle. Another Thyra caster kill and another team win. So we were to end Saturday on two wins. This game ended very very awkwardly, with my opponent not correctly measuring a charge attack and in doing so moved Thyra more then a inch. This very much highlights the fact that don’t move a miniature until both players are in agreement that the move is valid. I did not agree that the Warbeast was within 12 inches of the Warlock and had Thyra within melee range. I won’t go into the details, but I hate to see moving tape measures and shoddy measuring. Just checking the measurement at the end of the tape measure when the point you are measuring from has moved any inch away from the miniature is not on.

So Saturday evening was spent at Maelstrom Games until midnight, we had a BBQ and plenty of drinks during the day and into the evening. We were also introduced to a card game “Terrorist Top Chumps” and what a laugh we had with that. So what will Sunday bring?

European Team Challenge 2012 – The Day Before

Well the European Team Challenge 2012 starts tomorrow. We are hoping to get to Maelstrom around midday for a couple of practise games before the event commences in the evening.

Still sticking to my original Thyra list that I put together for the event. I did think about changing things and including another Warjack the Vanquisher, but felt that in doing so took away other key elements of the list.

On the gaming side I am hoping to win three or more of my six tournament games. I don’t want to let my other team mates down, so will be playing each game to win and not to accidently throw it away. So here is the list I will be taking.

Thyra, Flame of Sorrow (*6pts)
Reckoner (8pts)
Hierophant (2pts)
Choir of Menoth (Leader and 3 Grunts) (2pts)
Daughters of the Flame (Leader and 5 Grunts) (5pts)
Exemplar Bastions (Leader and 4 Grunts) (8pts)
Exemplar Errants (Leader and 9 Grunts) (8pts)
Exemplar Errant Officer & Standard Bearer (2pts)
Visgoth Juviah Rhoven & 2 Honor Guard (4pts)
Exemplar Errant Seneschal (2pts)
Madelyn Corbeau, Ordic Courtesan (2pts)
Nicia, Tear of Vengeance (3pts)
Rhupert Carvolo, Piper of Ord (2pts)
Saxon Orrik (2pts)
The Covenant of Menoth (2pts)
The Wrack (3 wracks) (1pts)
Vassal Mechanik (1pts)
Vassal of Menoth (2pts)


Knights Exemplar (Leader and 5 Grunts) (5pts)
High Paladin Dartan Vilmon (3pts)
Paladin of the Order of the Wall (2pts)

European Team Challenge 2012 – Part 3

Only two days to go! The painting of Daughters of the Flame and Nicia Tears of Vengeance is complete! I had two practise games tonight and things didn’t go very well. I lost both games, one against Phil and his Stormwall Cygnar list and the other against Tyler’s Epic Magnus list.

I realised tonight that I haven’t played with Thyra for the last three month, the last game was at the back end of March. It seems I have been playing with Epic Kreoss too much, and found myself missing the feat turn.

So Wednesday evening my time will be spent re-familiarising myself with the spells and abilities of my list. Thursday evening and all day Friday will be practise games. I am hoping to get in at least five games before the start of the event.

European Team Challenge 2012 – Part 2

Now only five days to go! The painting of Daughters of the Flame and Nicia Tears of Vengeance is progressing well and on target. I am hoping to get most of the painting complete on these miniatures over this weekend.

There has been a change on the team, I am now playing Thyra Flame of Sorrow. I have had some recent good results in tournaments with Thyra, so happy with that.

Still unsure if we will be playing in the “International Hardcore” event being played on the Friday before the event starts in the evening. However we will be there around mid day, early afternoon for some practise before the event commences.

European Team Challenge 2012 – Part 1

With seven days to go until the European Team Challenge event I have eventually settled on a list. Only the Daughters of the Flame and Nicia Tears of Vengeance need to be painted. Now painting these means that I need to concentrate on painting at least every one of these seven days.

At the moment all are primed and have been given the first base coat of Menoth White and have started on the Menoth White Highlight. If I manage a couple of hours each and every day I should be able to complete this unit and solo. Both play a key role in the list, so really need to get these painted.

On the gaming side I had a practise game on Tuesday against Tyler and his Magnus Tier 4 list, the list which he is taking to the event. We played the “Outflank, Outfight, Outlast” scenario, so that we could finalise the reinforcements which we would be using. This is the first scenario at the event, so we needed to get familiar with it. I did win this game by Caster kill, although I did find that I tend to take a long time on each turn which was eating into my chess clock time of 64 minutes.

The event also includes the “Incursion” and “Close Quarter” scenarios which we have played a lot, so don’t need to practise these. However the scenarios “Demolition”, “Command and Control” and “A Flag too Far” are all scenarios which we are not familiar with, so these are going to need playing at least once before next Friday.

There is an additional “International Hardcore” event being played on the Friday before the event starts in the evening. We are still considering if to play this. It could be a very long and tiring day, if we play 4 or 5 games of Hardcore and then the first round of the ETC in a day, so we will see.

European Team Challenge 2012

Next Friday I will be at Maelstrom Games attending the Hordes and Warmachine European Team Challenge 2012. It is a 224 player team tournament, consisting of 56 teams each with 4 players. I am part of Team Epic Slayer, a last minute replacement.

Each player has a single 50 point list. This must be legal using the normal 50 point single caster/lock restrictions. In addition each player needs 10 points of reinforcements (subject to SR2012 army composition rules). The lists across a team are character restricted. That is, no characters can appear in more than one list. This includes Prime and Epic versions of a Warcaster or Warlock and any other unique model.

I will be taking an Epic Kreoss list, full of Daughters, Knights, Errants, Bastions and the mandatory Reckoner along with the usual solos and support.

Its going to be a brilliant weekend.