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?
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)
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)
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.
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.
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.
June was another very slow month on the playing side. I only played two games all month against Tyler and his Mercenaries, winning one of these games.
On the painting side a lot of progress has been made. The Exemplar Errants, Unit Attachment and Errant Scenschal are all complete. I have started on the Daughters of the Flame and Nicia, these have to be painted in time for the European Team Challenge next weekend.
Eventually the Exemplar Errants are painted. I started these miniatures back at the start of March, this gives you an idea of how slow I paint.
The European Team Challenge also aided in getting these painted in time, as this is a fully painted tournament. Now I have less than two weeks to paint the Daugthers and Nicia!