Tournaments

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!