Tournaments

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)

Reinforcements

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.


York Grand Slam Tournament – What a day !!!

On Saturday both myself and Tyler spent a day in York at the Grand Slam Tournament. It was a 32 player Hordes & Warmachine Tournament, two events held over the course of the day. A 5 round 35 points Steamroller and a 4 round 15 points Mangled Metal. The 35 point steamroller came with a twist, Shrinking Kill Box artifice. Round by round the Kill Box shrinks by a further 2″ each time.

I took Grand Exemplar Kreoss and Thyra, Flame of Sorrow for the 35 points Steamroller and High Exemplar Kreoss along with Thyra, Flame of Sorrow again for the 15 points Mangled Metal. Here are the lists I used during the day.

Grand Exemplar Kreoss – 35 Points

Grand Exemplar Kreoss (*6pts)
Reckoner (8pts)
Choir of Menoth (Leader and 3 Grunts) (2pts)
Exemplar Bastions (Leader and 4 Grunts) (8pts)
Knights Exemplar (Leader and 5 Grunts) (5pts)
Visgoth Juviah Rhoven & 2 Honor Guard (4pts)
High Paladin Dartan Vilmon (3pts)
Paladin of the Order of the Wall (2pts)
Paladin of the Order of the Wall (2pts)
Rhupert Carvolo, Piper of Ord (2pts)
Taryn di la Rovissi (2pts)
Vassal Mechanik (1pts)
Vassal of Menoth (2pts)

Thyra, Flame of Sorrow – 35 Points

Thyra, Flame of Sorrow (*6pts)
Reckoner (8pts)
Vanquisher (8pts)
Hierophant (2pts)
Choir of Menoth (Leader and 3 Grunts) (2pts)
Exemplar Bastions (Leader and 4 Grunts) (8pts)
Knights Exemplar (Leader and 5 Grunts) (5pts)
Madelyn Corbeau, Ordic Courtesan (2pts)
Saxon Orrik (2pts)
The Covenant of Menoth (2pts)
Vassal of Menoth (2pts)

High Exemplar Kreoss – 15 Points

High Exemplar Kreoss (*5pts)
Revenger (6pts)
Crusader (6pts)
Reckoner (8pts)

Thyra, Flame of Sorrow – 15 Points

Thyra, Flame of Sorrow (*6pts)
Revenger (6pts)
Crusader (6pts)
Reckoner (8pts)

35 points Steamroller

First game at 9 o’clock in the morning against Adam and his Legion of Everblight. I never play well first game of a tournament and especially this early in the morning. So resulted in a lose to me.

Second game and bottom table against Luke and Circle Orboros. Getting to sound familiar, losing the first game and bottom table game two. Anyway Thyra got a caster kill on Krueger, so a win to me.

Third game against Legion of Everblight and Martin. And another win with Thyra killing the Warlock. So after three games all against Hordes factions I was on two wins and making progress up the tournament placings.

Next Andy and his Minions. And again I bring Thrya to the table! This time Thyra bites me, like she has done in so many times in the past. Failing to hit Barnabas needing sixes on three dice (yes I even boosted) and again needing sixes to hit. Will the fire damage do the job, I needed 11 on two dice, and rolled a 10! So close to a win, if I had rolled the sixes to hit on the initial two attacks I am sure Thyra would have won.

Final game and another Hordes faction. So I had gone the entire tournament and only faced up against Hordes factions. This time it was Skorne against Gavin. But I needed to play Epic Kreoss at least once in the tournament, so Thyra sat this one out. I lost this final game. But felt that if I had remembered Epic Kreoss had Armour Piercing, then a Bastion would have had a charge on the Warlock under the Feat to win me the game.

I ended the tournament in 17th place out of 32 player. Really pleased with this and how I played during the day. Still made some mistakes, but overall a big improvement. Playing more aggressive with Thyra in this tournament and the Hardcore heat has proven to be a hit.

15 points Mangled Metal

First game and Andy (who I played in the Steamroller), but this time Trollbloods. And a win, this time with Prime Kreoss. Next up against Luke and his Circle Orboros again, only this time it was a lose with Thyra. Third game against Graham and his Cyrx and a win with Prime Kreoss, only because Graham forgot the Mosh Pit scenario. So final game and up against Tyler and his Khador. A Narrow lose, all because Kreoss a Reckoner and a Crusader could not kill Beast 09.

I ended the Mangled Metal in 17th place out of 28 player. Again really pleased with this.

An excellent days gaming. What a day !!!


Dissecting my Thyra Hardcore List

This is my 50 point Thyra Hardcore list which I qualified with at the 2012 Hardcore Series heat. Even though I did qualify with this list I think it could be tweaked and made a little better.

Thyra, Flame of Sorrow (*6pts)
Reckoner (8pts)
Hierophant (2pts)
Avatar of Menoth (11pts)
Choir of Menoth (Leader and 3 Grunts) (2pts)
Exemplar Bastions (Leader and 4 Grunts) (8pts)
Visgoth Juviah Rhoven & 2 Honor Guard (4pts)
Eiryss, Angel of Retribution (3pts)
High Paladin Dartan Vilmon (3pts)
Madelyn Corbeau, Ordic Courtesan (2pts)
Paladin of the Order of the Wall (2pts)
Paladin of the Order of the Wall (2pts)
Saxon Orrik (2pts)
The Covenant of Menoth (2pts)
The Wrack (3 wracks) (1pts)
Vassal of Menoth (2pts)
Vassal of Menoth (2pts)

So before I start swapping in and out miniature, these are the miniatures which I deem as a must have for Thyra at Hardcore.

Reckoner (8pts)
Hierophant (2pts)
Avatar of Menoth (11pts)
Choir of Menoth (Leader and 3 Grunts) (2pts)
Exemplar Bastions (Leader and 4 Grunts) (8pts)
Madelyn Corbeau, Ordic Courtesan (2pts)
Saxon Orrik (2pts)
The Covenant of Menoth (2pts)
The Wrack (3 wracks) (1pts)
Vassal of Menoth (2pts)
Vassal of Menoth (2pts)

Here is my reasoning on each of the miniatures. The Reckoner with Assault giving a 20″ threat range. The Hierophant, Avatar of Menoth and The Wrack help Thyra manage her low focus. The Choir of Menoth enough said. Madelyn Corbeau for the extra 3″ charge threat on Thyra. Saxon Orrik giving Thyra Pathfinder. The Covenant of Menoth to keep Thyra on her feet, or continuous fire on a charge. Both Vassals of Menoth to Enliven both the Reckoner and Avatar of Menoth, or an Ancillary Attack on the Reckoner.

The Exemplar Bastions I still have in question, they are a very good unit to hold up my opponent, yet they lack in speed. Still considering the Exemplar Vengers, but for the moment the Bastions are included.

This leave these miniatures which are up for replacing with another Reckoner, possibly Nicia, Tear of Vengeance and may be the Exemplar Vengers.

Visgoth Juviah Rhoven & 2 Honor Guard (4pts)
Eiryss, Angel of Retribution (3pts)
High Paladin Dartan Vilmon (3pts)
Paladin of the Order of the Wall (2pts)
Paladin of the Order of the Wall (2pts)

Therefore by adding another Reckoner I remove Visgoth Juviah Rhoven & 2 Honor Guard and both Paladin of the Order of the Wall (2pts). So this leave only Eiryss, Angel of Retribution. High Paladin Dartan Vilmon and possibly the Exemplar Bastions in question. However High Paladin Dartan Vilmon can help keep Madelyn Corbeau alive with the use of Sucker and he has reach, with I like.

So it’s possibly going to be swapping Eiryss, Angel of Retribution with Nicia, Tear of Vengeance. Both are 3 points so a straight swap. If the Exemplar Bastions are swapped out for the Exemplar Vengers, then I have a point spare for a Vassal Mechanik. However with out the Exemplar Bastions then Thyra could be exposed early on in the game with the Exemplar Vengers being a lot more killable than the Exemplar Bastions. So here is what the list possibly looks like

Thyra, Flame of Sorrow (*6pts)
Reckoner (8pts)
Reckoner (8pts)
Hierophant (2pts)
Avatar of Menoth (11pts)
Choir of Menoth (Leader and 3 Grunts) (2pts)
Exemplar Bastions (Leader and 4 Grunts) (8pts)
or
Exemplar Vengers (Leader and 2 Grunts) (7pts) and a Vassal Mechanik (1pts)
Eiryss, Angel of Retribution (3pts)
or
Nicia, Tear of Vengeance (3pts)
High Paladin Dartan Vilmon (3pts)
Madelyn Corbeau, Ordic Courtesan (2pts)
Saxon Orrik (2pts)
The Covenant of Menoth (2pts)
The Wrack (3 wracks) (1pts)
Vassal of Menoth (2pts)
Vassal of Menoth (2pts)

The final is not until December, so plenty of time to play test the list and paint the new miniatures. I may take the list to another qualifier to test it, as Tyler will probably also want to attempt and qualify also.


Scrap Metal IV

Myself and Tyler are off to Maelstrom Games for a weekend tournament, Scrap Metal IV.  Its a six game tournament over two days, with three fifty point lists which have to be played at least once.  We are playing Incursion, Sacrifice and Outflank, Outfight, Outlast on Saturday, Command & Control, Gaining Ground and Process of Elimination on Sunday.  At the last Scrap Metal I finished in last place, this is something I really want to avoid this time.  But after last weekend at the Hardcore event, I really need to get my act together.  However I don’t think I can play that bad again!

These are the lists I will be using.  I wanted to use all the painted miniatures I have, as this will be the last tournament I will be able to do so.  Plus the Crusader and the little Repenter haven’t seen the battlefields for a while.

High Exemplar Kreoss
Crusader
Reckoner
Avatar of Menoth
Choir of Menoth (Leader and 3 Grunts)
Exemplar Bastions (Leader and 4 Grunts)
Visgoth Juviah Rhoven & 2 Honor Guard
Eiryss, Angel of Retribution
High Paladin Dartan Vilmon
Madelyn Corbeau, Ordic Courtesan
Paladin of the Order of the Wall
Paladin of the Order of the Wall
The Covenant of Menoth
Vassal of Menoth

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Hierarch Severius
Repenter
Revenger
Reckoner
Avatar of Menoth
Choir of Menoth (Leader and 3 Grunts)
Exemplar Bastions (Leader and 4 Grunts)
Visgoth Juviah Rhoven & 2 Honor Guard
High Paladin Dartan Vilmon
Paladin of the Order of the Wall
Paladin of the Order of the Wall
The Covenant of Menoth
Vassal of Menoth
Vassal of Menoth

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Thyra, Flame of Sorrow
Reckoner
Hierophant
Avatar of Menoth
Choir of Menoth (Leader and 3 Grunts)
Exemplar Bastions (Leader and 4 Grunts)
Visgoth Juviah Rhoven & 2 Honor Guard
Eiryss, Angel of Retribution
High Paladin Dartan Vilmon
Madelyn Corbeau, Ordic Courtesan
Paladin of the Order of the Wall
Paladin of the Order of the Wall
Saxon Orrik
The Covenant of Menoth
The Wrack (3 wracks)
Vassal of Menoth
Vassal of Menoth


Whole Catalogue of Errors in a Day

This post would should have been a tournament report of the Maelstrom Hardcore Sunday, but the day went so badly for me on the gaming side that I had to document what went wrong.

I played five games of Hardcore and failed to win a single game, this was mostly due to the fast catalogue of errors I made.  My opponents were Marc (Skorne), Mark (Skorne), Richard (Retribution), Tim (Cryx) and Tyler (Khador).

First game and Marc with Skorne.  Brilliant I thought at last I face a Hordes faction with Thrya in a tournament game!  Everything was going well Marc failed to hit Thyra with a load of attacks needing 10’s to hit.  So Thyra cast Silence of Death and charged Epic Makeda, leaving her on two wounds.  Error No. 1 – I didn’t need to pop Thrya feat to get the charge but should have, because the rest of the army would have benefited from it had Thrya failed to kill Epic Makeda.  So looking around I see High Paladin Dartan Vilmon can get into combat with Epic Makeda so he does.  Error No. 2 – Didn’t see the free strike that Vilmon took which killed him.  This could have been avoided if another Paladin killed the model which caused the free strike.  And of course Thyra feat would have benefited me here.  Error No. 3 – Visgoth Rhoven should have removed the one remaining Fury from Epic Makeda before Vilmon was activated, because Marc would have just transferred the damage.  And so onto Error No. 4 – The Covenant of Menoth should have put Flames of Wrath on Thyra giving her the fire continuous effect on models she hit’s.  Finally Error No. 5 – Had Thyra removed a focus point off a wrack, then she could have attacked Epic Makeda one final time and hopefully killed her.  All of these errors could have won be the game, if I played it right.

So second game and Mark with Skorne.  Again I thought another Hordes faction, time to put everything that went wrong in the first game right.  But the day was just going from bad to worse.  So Thyra gets a charge into Epic Morghoul and starts doing some damage and Mark starts transfering then Thyra gets down to three remaining focus.  Error No. 6 – And probably the biggest error of the day.  I didn’t cast Silence of Death and didn’t spot that I hadn’t.

Next game and Richard and his Retribution.  Another game and another assination charge with Thyra into Rahn.  Error No. 7 – Rahn was on full Focus, so Epic Eyrss should have removed the Focus first.  This would have meant a free strike, which see did avoid later in the game.  Again Errors 3, 4 and 5 from the first game happened again.  After Thrya charged Rahn was left on six wounds.  So Bastions charged, Error No. 8 – I didn’t see that a Bastion could charge Rahn.  So another lose.

Next Tim with Cryx.  I didn’t really have a chance to make any errors this game.  Tim played the game very well, moving my miniatures to get a charge into Thrya and game over.

Final game and Tyler with Khador.  Mentally drained at this point during the day, played like a muppet.  Finally putting Thyra in striking distance of the Spriggan and game over.

All in all I enjoyed the days gaming, but really annoyed with myself over the number of silly errors and mistakes I made.


Dragon Slayers Big Bash III

This Saturday I attended the Dragon Slayers Big Bash III at Maelstrom Games.  Three games at 50pts you must use a different list in each game with the FA spread across the 3 lists so for eg each list must have a different caster and only one character Jack/Beast across the 3 lists – same for Eiryss and other character solos etc only one across the 3 lists.

Had a brilliant day, even though finish in second to last place a single control point being the difference.

Game One.  Overum

Started the tournament against Chris and his Protectorate of Menoth.  Chris played the Testament against my Epic Severius.  The game ended in a caster kill to Chris.  Excellent game Chris, who swamped the table with infantry.  Chris went on to win the tournament, well done Chris.

Game Two.  Incursion

Second game and I played Kreoss against Bruce and his Khador.  Again lost on caster kill.  I would have lost 4 to 1 on control points, but sent Kreoss in to kill some stuff.  This was the single control point which I scored to avoid last place.  This was a game I should have won, but was too concerned winning control points of one of the flags, I forgot the other.

Game Three.  Diversion

Last games and I played Thyra against Rich and his Cryx.  Again another lose by caster kill.  Played this game like a complete muppet, putting Thyra in charge distance of a Nightmare and game over.

Highlight of the weekend was Ruphert giving the Daughters tough and fearless, Rich had to put a lot of effort into killing them.  This has given idea for another inclusion into the Thyra list!

Next tournament is probably going to be Scrap Metal IV in October, unless another one day event crops up in the mean time.


Iron Wrath I – Aftermath

This Saturday myself and Tyler went along to Maelstrom Games for a one dayer, three games of 35 points and one game of 50 points.  The main idea behind this event was to give players the chance to play with, and play against the new elements of Wrath in a semi competitive environment.

I ended up in 25th place and Tyler ended in last place.  This could have easily been reversed, as you will find out!

Game One 35 Points, Incursion

First game and up against Tim with his Retribution.  I opted for Epic Severius and went on to lose on Scenario.  Tim played the game very well, and I was never in with a chance of winning.

Game Two 35 Points, Sacrifice

Next game and Owen with a Magnus Mercenaries List.  I opted for Prime Kreoss and went on to lose again on Scenario.  Yet again I was never in with a chance of winning, Owen played Magnus very well.

Game Three 50 Points, Outflank, Outfight, Outlast

The 50 point game was against Adam with his Cryx.  I know Adam from my Warhammer Fantasy tournament days, and we went on to play a very enjoyable game.  My 50 point list was Thyra, so could she get me my first tournament win against Cryx?  No, lost on caster kill.  My Reckoner only managed to put five wounds on Adams caster, so a sudden rush of blood and I threw Thyra in.  No wounds caused by Thrya, mainly due to being minus 14 on the dice rolls!  This was a case of looking at how the game was going.  We both scored no control points, but I was up on Victory Points.  So do nothing and win the game, but I went for the assasination!  Thanks for the game Adam.

Game Four 35 Points, Overrun

Last game on the bottom table and up against my son Tyler and Khador.  Tyler played his new caster Irusk, and again I played Thyra.  Tyler was playing this game very well, and I was well on my way to losing this and ending the tournament in last place.  This was until Tyler made a mistake and gave me a charge with a Bastion into Irusk.  Usually Irusk would have survived, but a roll of SIX, SIX, SIX and FIVE on the damage won me the game!

I really enjoy the one day tournaments, and will be attending the Dragon Slayers Big Bash III one dayer later on in the month.


More Pictures of Tyler @ the ETC

Tyler’s knocked down Butcher taking a Nomad in the face, Good ‘ol Obliterator rockets.

Against Kromac.  Yep Kromac got a jump on Butcher and finished him off!

Last game against Tim and his Cryx, with two battle engines!


Tyler @ The European Team Challenge


Tyler attended the European Team Challenge at Maelstrom Games over the weekend as a stand-in player for Team Ireland, a great bunch of lads.  Thanks again guys for making Tyler’s weekend.  I also standed in for a player who unfortunately couldn’t make the first game.  Will post more on the European Team Challenge later this week.  Tyler is the lad wearing his “Save Water, Drink Beer” T-Shirt in the picture.


UK Hardcore Series I – The Aftermath

What a brilliant day playing Warmachine, the Hardcore format is mental and loads of fun. I finished in 9th place out of 16 players with two caster kill wins and an average caster kill time of 49 minutes and 45 seconds.

I am really pleased with that result and the day was a laugh as well. I will definately be attending the Hardcore Series II next year, may be with a army list more turned to getting quick caster kills.

Game 1 – Duncan with Cryx

Never won a tournament game against Cryx and this one was no different losing on caster kill. However Mortenebra fooled me with a spell, whereby his all army could stand up after Kreoss’s feat. If I had known that, then may be Eryss could have helped out! So the feat turn didn’t really happen. Memorable moment of the game, was me being very sporting and indicating that Duncan hadn’t activated a Warjack and still had plenty of time left. However this was the Warjack that finally killed Kreoss, if I hadn’t reminded Duncan then the Warjack would not have been in range. I did finish the game with the Crusader and a Paladin within charge range of Mortenebra, so it was kill Kreoss or I kill Mortenebra.

Game 2 – Ruth with Circle of Orboros

First time I have played against Circle of Orboros in a tournament of which I won with a caster kill in 43 minutes and 35 seconds. Ruth ran the whole army up within Kreoss’s control zone, so it would be rude not to knock it all down. The Circle of Orboros, then received a charge from an Avatar, Reckoner, Crusader, Bastions, Palladin, Vilmon and Rhoven with the Bodguards. At the end of this turn the only Kromac was left standing. Ruth tried to teleport Kromac into a range of Kreoss but failed. So Kreoss ended the game with a caster kill on Kromac.

Game 3 – Chris with Circle of Orboros

Another game against Circle of Orboros, but this time Epic Krueger. This game went the full 60 minutes without either side getting a caster kill. The Avatar did manage to get a charge on Krueger, but was fully loaded with Fury so passed the damaged onto the Beasts. It was a very slow game with both sides killing stuff, but not making any head way into getting a caster kill in time.

Game 4 – James with Khador

Going to the last game it was still possible to qualify for the Finals, but only with a quick caster kill. James brought Strakov to the table, a caster that I have played against a lot and is immune to fire damage (not good for a Menoth player). However I did get a caster kill win, but in 56 minutes and 15 seconds which was way to slow to qualify. Highlight of the game was Vilmon with Impervius wall standing infront of a unit of Cavalry which charged past him into Kreoss. Only one of the Cavalry unit made it, all were cut down with free strikes. Even the Kayazy assasins had a charge into Kreoss, but with Defenders Ward and six Focus I knew he would be ok (Tyler has tried this many times in the past). The caster kill came with an Enliven Avatar moving into range of Strakov and a Destroyer. The Avatar with full focus left Strakov on three wounds, which was a little annoying as the Avatar had killed Tyler’s Strakov in Scrap Metal III earlier in the year. However James forgot to allocate focus to the Destroyer, so the Avatar lived to kill Strakov next turn!


UK Hardcore Series I – List Sent


UK Hardcore Series I – Back with first list

I have had some more practise games recently and the turn times have been coming down to close to seven minutes.  However after nine games I have only managed to win a single one of those.

On the painting side, Eiryss is near to completion with the base coat down and have started on the shading and highlights.  The Vassal is still to be started.  But with nineteen painting days remaining I still have plenty of time.

The progress on the list however is a little strange!  It was last Tuesday at Maelstrom after the first game when I played the Revenger, I realised four Warjacks is too much Focus hungry.  So I found myself playing the second game with the original list that I came up with at the start of the month.  Therefore tthis is the list for Hardcore…

High Exemplar Kreoss
Crusader
Reckoner
Avatar of Menoth
Choir of Menoth (Leader and 3 Grunts)
Exemplar Bastions (Leader and 4 Grunts)
Visgoth Juviah Rhoven & 2 Honor Guard
Eiryss, Angel of Retribution
High Paladin Dartan Vilmon
Paladin of the Order of the Wall
Paladin of the Order of the Wall
The Covenant of Menoth
Vassal of Menoth
Vassal of Menoth
 

UK Hardcore Series I – List Changes

I am struggling to build a list and stick with it up until the tournament in June.  At the moment this the the list I have played the most games with recently.  The only difference from the original list is that the Crusader has been swapped for a Revenger.  I felt that I needed an Arc Node in the Kill Box scenario whereby Kreoss would not be exposed to cast spells.

 This is the list as it stands at the moment…

High Exemplar Kreoss
Revenger
Reckoner
Avatar of Menoth
Choir of Menoth (Leader and 3 Grunts)
Exemplar Bastions (Leader and 4 Grunts)
Visgoth Juviah Rhoven & 2 Honor Guard
Eiryss, Angel of Retribution
High Paladin Dartan Vilmon
Paladin of the Order of the Wall
Paladin of the Order of the Wall
The Covenant of Menoth
Vassal of Menoth
Vassal of Menoth

But after having a few games I am not happy with losing the Crusader.  I feel that in Hardcore my opponents will be taking heavy Warjack/Warbeast lists, and I will need the Crusader to help deal with those.  Also the number of activations I have currently in the list is a concern.

So what have I considered?

First losing Visgoth Juviah Rhoven and a Paladin would give me the available points for a Crusader.  But I would lose the benefits which Rhoven brings, plus I like Paladins especially with High Paladin Dartan Vilmon.

Next I considered losing the Bastions, reducing the Bastions down to minimum size makes them very much less effective.  So now I can include a Crusader and a Hierophant.  I like the idea of a Hierophant, which can help to keep the Covenant alive a little longer.  But now I lose the sheild and holding up ability that the Bastions usually provide.

Lastly losing Eiryss and reducing the Bastions down to minimum size, would give me the available points for a Crusader.  If the Bastions are mostly used a sheild for holding up my opponent, then maybe three will do the job?

Now I ask myself what is a MUST HAVE in the list, so here it is Revenger, Reckoner, Avatar of Menoth, Choir of Menoth, High Paladin Dartan Vilmon, both Paladins, The Covenant and both Vassals.

So what is going to be the list for the next couple of practise games?  I have decided on reducing the Bastions down to minimum size, so that left me three points over.  Eiryss was the obvious option to lose.  But I already had the ability the strip Focus/Fury in Visgoth Juviah Rhoven, and wanted to keep Eiryss for the time being.  So dropped Visgoth Juviah Rhoven and added some Wracks.

Now the list looks like this.  I will be sticking with this list for the next couple of games!

High Exemplar Kreoss
Revenger
Crusader
Reckoner
Avatar of Menoth
Choir of Menoth (Leader and 3 Grunts)
Exemplar Bastions (Leader and 2 Grunts)
Eiryss, Angel of Retribution
High Paladin Dartan Vilmon
Paladin of the Order of the Wall
Paladin of the Order of the Wall
The Covenant of Menoth
The Wrack (3 wracks)
Vassal of Menoth
Vassal of Menoth


UK Hardcore Series I – More Practise

I have had another three practise games since my last post.  Of those games I managed to win a game, breaking my longest losing streak this year.  The times of the turn are still not getting any better.

Turn times for the first game on Tuesday were 6:04, 14:25 and 15:55, and the second game 4:30 and 9:25.

Last evening we played another game and Tyler tried out Zerkova for the first time.  Again turn times were well over seven minutes at 7:54, 15:26 and 6:44.  Yes thats right my first turn was over the seven minute limit.  The final turn I only activated a Paladin and Kreoss casting three Immolations to kill Zerkova.

One the painting front, Eiryss and the Vassal has arrived and all are built.  A few gaps to fill and they will be ready for priming.

At the moment this is the list, that I am sticking with for the time being.

High Exemplar Kreoss
Revenger
Reckoner
Avatar of Menoth
Choir of Menoth (Leader and 3 Grunts)
Exemplar Bastions (Leader and 4 Grunts)
Visgoth Juviah Rhoven & 2 Honor Guard
Eiryss, Angel of Retribution
High Paladin Dartan Vilmon
Paladin of the Order of the Wall
Paladin of the Order of the Wall
The Covenant of Menoth
Vassal of Menoth
Vassal of Menoth


UK Hardcore Series I – Practise

Played my first game of Hardcore practise for the UK Hardcore Series that Thursday evening, and had a nightmare against Tyler and his Khador. Tyler wasn’t playing timed turns, but I was. Seven minute turns is really difficult for me at the moment, because I still need to learn how to play the army list. For instance in one turn I allocated the Reckoner three focus, to then notice at the end of the turn once the time had run out that the Reckoner was still on three focus!

However I have purchased the remaining miniatures needed, being Epic Eiryss and another Vassal. I was even considering changing this into a unit of Knights Exemplar, and with Epic Kreoss instead. But I have stuck with Epic Eiryss and another Vassal. Hopefully these will arrive soon, so I can start building and painting. There is still forty days to go until the tournament, so plenty of time to paint and get more practise in.

So for the next couple of weeks, it all only Kill Box practise for me with the list. Hardcore practise will come later once I am more confident with the list. However I will start timing the turns, to see if I am getting quicker over the next couple of weeks.

Saturday evening and myself and Tyler had another game of fifty points killbox. I lost again, currently experiencing my longest losing streak this year. The time of my turns were 2:18, 9:27 and 15:22. Turns two and especially three were over the seven minute limit. So a lot of work to do in getting the times down to under seven minutes. Another concern was not popping Kreoss’s feat in either turn two or three.

So after some discussion and thought I am changing the list slightly and including my Revenger for the Arc Node ability, taking out the Crusader. I need to be casting Cleansing Fire on the infantry units early on. Especially on the advance deploy units in turn one.

In terms of playing the list I have changed the main role of the Covenant. Its primary role early on will be to provide continuous fire effect for the Cleansing Fires cast by Kreoss.

Eiryss and the Vassal didn’t arrive in the post, so still waiting on the miniatures. Will be having another game or two on Tuesday evening, so lets see what happens!

However on Sunday I had another change of mind! A Hierophant and The Wracks were included for the extra focus, unfortunately dropping Eiryss from the list. I could include Eiryss by dropping the Bastions down to a minimum unit of three, but will need to give this some more thought.

At the moment this is the list I will be playing on Tuesday.

High Exemplar Kreoss
Revenger
Reckoner
Hierophant
Avatar of Menoth
Choir of Menoth (Leader and 3 Grunts)
Exemplar Bastions (Leader and 4 Grunts)
Visgoth Juviah Rhoven & 2 Honor Guard
High Paladin Dartan Vilmon
Paladin of the Order of the Wall
Paladin of the Order of the Wall
The Covenant of Menoth
The Wrack (3 wracks)
Vassal of Menoth
Vassal of Menoth


UK Hardcore Series I – I Got a Ticket

The UK Hardcore Series consists of four Warmachine / Hordes tournaments run under the Hardcore rule set.  Each heat in the series consists of 16 players with the top five (5) gaining an invitation to the end of season GT event which will bring together the best Hardcore players from across the United Kingdom to battle it out for the title.

So I am off to Chorley in Lancashire on the 19th of June for Heat V in the inaugural series.  Here is the list as it stands at the moment, the only two miniatures I need to purchase and paint are Eiryss and another Vassal.

I have opted to stay with High Exemplar Kreoss, after considering the Epic version.  I just feel that the “knock down” feat has more benefits over two turns.

The key decisions in the list are…  Dartan Vilmon and the Paladin for Impervious Wall, which should keep them alive for a Caster kill.  Keeping Vilmon back as a body guard for Kreoss, and to maintain Impervious Wall on the Paladins.    Visgoth Juviah Rhoven for the “ignore stealth” and “remove focus/fury” ability.  Eiryss for the desruption on the jack, or a possible caster kill.

High Exemplar Kreoss
Crusader
Reckoner
Avatar of Menoth
Choir of Menoth (Leader and 3 Grunts)
Exemplar Bastions (Leader and 4 Grunts)
Visgoth Juviah Rhoven & 2 Honor Guard
Eiryss, Angel of Retribution
High Paladin Dartan Vilmon
Paladin of the Order of the Wall
Paladin of the Order of the Wall
The Covenant of Menoth
Vassal of Menoth

Vassal of Menoth


Scrap Metal III – Aftermath

Both myself and Tyler had a brilliant week end.  I ended the tournament in last place and Tyler one place above me.  I had won a game and Tyler lost all six, but Tyler obtained more Victory points over the weekend.  Will we be attended Scrap Metal IV later in the year?  You bet we will!!  In the mean time more and more practise, I don’t want yet another wooden spoon.

Game 1 – Dan with Mercenaries.  Lost on victory points.  Dan’s army is magically painted and won the best painted award.  With all the solo’s and units my army and lack of playing skills couldn’t really make a dent.

Game 2 – Tyler with Khador.  Won by Caster kill.  Maelstrom had setup a “Comedy Table” which was fully of scenery.  A river, bridges, forests, and a load of buildings.  There was almost more scenery than open ground!  At the beginning of the day, myself and Tyler decided that if we played it would be on the “Comedy Table”.  The game ended with Tyler being really unlucky with his dice.  Went for a Caster Kill, but failed and left Strakov open to a charge from the Avatar.

The “Comedy Table”

Game 3 – Gary with Menoth.  Lost on scenario.  My first ever tournament game against Protectorate of Menoth.  Again I challenged Gary to the “Comedy Table”, and he agreed!  Not a lot of points scored on either side, but my deployment and dodgy movement gave Gary an easy scenario win.  Gary played the game very well.  I played Kreoss (big mistake) and Gary took Harbinger, of course the book negated Kreoss’s feat turn.  Should have took Severius.

Game 4 – Andy (Sib) with Cygnar.  Lost by Caster kill.  It must have been the effects of early Sunday morning.  First forgot focus allocation, then forgot to move the Choir and put no shooting on the jack.  And finally put Severius out in the open unprotected.  So Sib move Eiryss into range and shot Severius, removing all focus.  Then the Black 13th came in for the kill.  All this happened with me only have one turn!

Game 5 – Tom with Legion.  Lost on scenario.  All I can say about this game is that myself and Tyler must play the scenarios more often.  I played the scenario like a “muppet”.  Not taking anything away from Tom, he played very well.

Game 6 – Simon with Cryx.  Lost on victory points.  Game ended with me only having Kreoss remaining on the table.  Really enjoyed this game, probably the best I played all weekend even though did lose on victory points.

Congratulations to all who took a trophy, and thanks to all our opponents for very enjoyable game.  See you all at again at Scrap Metal IV.  Next time I am not taking the wooden spoon, and thats a promise.


Scrap Metal III

At the end of the month myself and Tyler are off to Mansfield for a weekend of Warmachine.  Its the Scrap Metal III tournament at Maelstrom Games, a two day, six game, fifty point tournament.

I will be taking two lists, which will be the first time I have taken two lists to a tournament.  Both lists are almost identical, Kreoss minus the Crusader and Severius minus Visgoth Juviah Rhoven and The Wracks.  My initial thoughts were to have Visgoth Juviah Rhoven and his Honor Guard in both lists.  But at the moment I have dropped the unit from the Kreoss list infavour of the Repenter.

Saturday we will be playing Diversion, Overrun and The Gauntlet scenarios.  With Command & Control, Incursion and Killbox on Sunday.  So myself and Tyler will be getting in some practise games with these scenarios over the next two weeks.

The tournament has a strong field of players, with most testing out Masters lists for later on in the year.  So I expect some very tough, but fun games!

Here are the lists as they stand at the moment.

War Caster
Hierarch Severius

Heavy Warjacks
Crusader
Reckoner
Avatar of Menoth

Light Warjacks
Repenter
Revenger

Units
Choir of Menoth (Leader and 3 Grunts)
Exemplar Bastions (Leader and 4 Grunts)

Solos
The Covenant of Menoth
Vassal of Menoth
Dartan Vilmon & 2 Paladin

 

War Caster
High Exemplar Kreoss

Heavy Warjacks
Reckoner
Avatar of Menoth

Light Warjacks
Repenter
Revenger

Units
Choir of Menoth (Leader and 3 Grunts)
Exemplar Bastions (Leader and 4 Grunts)
Visgoth Juviah Rhoven & 2 Honor Guard

Solos
The Covenant of Menoth
Vassal of Menoth
Dartan Vilmon & 2 Paladin
The Wrack (3 wracks)