Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Weekend 1 Day Event 1/15/17

Hello everyone, sorry for the delay in this week's blog post.  Nurgle has blessed me with a plague and it has been a struggle, but I am battling back!  Enjoy!

This past weekend, I attended a Competitive Tournament at my local Games Workshop Store (Bridgeville, PA).  It was a six player 2000 point event, with three games scored on Win/Loss/Draw.  The Tournament was free, but that didn't mean the competition was any less fearsome. (Sadly my phone was down so I only have a few pictures from the event)

My first game was against a club mate, by the name of Michael, who brought Beastclaw raiders to the table.  The Battleplan (rolled randomly from the general’s handbook) was Take and Hold.  I brought my Warrior Brotherhood to the table, and despite the Mortal Wound threat from his army, I saw my opportunity to win the Scenario based on my higher model count.

I began my turn one by dropping my Judicators to shoot off his Mournfang Cavalry. With the help of some lucky battle shock rolls, I was able to reduce his force more quickly than I expected.  Michael pushed back and killed off my shooting with ease, much to my dismay.  I responded in kind by dropping in my Knight- Azyros (using my Knight- Vexillor to pick him back up and drop him closer) and my ten man unit of Retributors with four Starsoul Maces.  I ignored the obvious threat of his Stonehorns and proceeded to destroy his Yeti and a few more Mournfang.  After I took my beating back, I dropped the rest of my army to try for the Turn 3 victory, but I failed and watched my army melt as the Stonehorns took over the battle.  I was able to get a few characters in line to block my back field Liberator units holding my objective, and with a lucky roll of my Lord-Celestant’s Cloak, I was able to kill off his last Mournfang model.  That left him with only four models left in his army, allowing me to secure a victory.

My Second game put my Warrior Brotherhood against a Club Member Pat, who brought his Tunneling Skaven army.  The Battle Plan for this game was Three Places of Power.  We each had three Heroes and Armies that could Strike anywhere on the board.

We both began defensively by exchanging a bit of shooting between the Judicators and Warp Lighting Cannons.  The dice were in my favor as I killed off one cannon and one of his Heroes, preventing him from scoring.  I went all in on my next turn, and deployed most of my remaining army and destroyed the rest of his Heroes, while scoring on all three objectives myself.  The game was won, but Pat asked to continue for one more round and I agreed.  I watched in horror as he tunneled up his entire army to seek revenge on my Retributors and Knight-Azyros. It was a good laugh and fun seeing the raw power he could have brought to bear if things had gone slightly differently. 

Two wins under my belt put me on the Top Table for game three.  I was going up against my friend Bill Souza, who is exceptionally fun to play against.  We have only faced each other a few times, but it is always an intense and laugh out loud time.  Bill brought a mixed Order Army that took many by surprise.  We rolled for our Battleplan and ended up with Gift from the Heavens.

Bill set up a perfect bubble around his Heroes to protect them from my Alpha Strike.  It was perfect except for my use of my Knight-Vexillor to drop my Knight-Azyros in the middle of the bubble and spread my Retributors around his Heroes.  His commanders died ignoble deaths, but the Fyreslayers at his command quickly crossed out any grudge before it could be recorded.  I had made a mistake by committing my force, but it sure was fun seeing his face when I circumvented his deployment strategy to protect himself.  Bill then proceeded to play a great game, and by the end of it he had the better of me, due to my inability to contest his meteor while he was able to contest mine without much issue.   The game was over by turn three, but we continued on just for fun and I am glad we did.  We had a blast trying to kill off that damn Hero who wouldn't die or seek revenge on a particular unit while just enjoying the game.

Bill's List

In the end I nabbed second place behind Bill (a recurring theme I intend to change!), but what a fun day of Age of Sigmar against three great opponents.  Events like this are getting me more and more excited for Adepticon 2017.  I apologize for the late post once again and until next week, Happy Hobbying!

Edited by Tom Schubert (@Grudgegamer on Twitter)