Another tournament weekend has come and gone, and I once again have the chance to show “what not to do” in Warhammer :). Seriously, though, it was another fun weekend with a tournament of 18 players. The list that I used can be found here.
I took some pictures again this time, of varying quality. I deleted the really bad ones, but left some that weren’t quite as bad.
Game 1: High Elves vs. Daemons of Nurgle (Epidemius)
5 numbered chips were spaced out on the center line. You could capture them by placing a unit on top of them. You would drop them if your unit fled. The opponent could capture them from you if they defeated you in combat. After turn 2, you roll a die and if the number of an uncaptured one came up, you remove it form play.
+1 for each numbered chip that you controlled.
I forgot to take a picture of the deployment, but I will try and describe it.
A unit of reavers was placed on each extreme flank. A bolt thrower was placed on a hill on the right flank. The eagle was just to the left of it. The Swordmasters and Phoenix Guard were placed to their left, between two hills. The Sisters and other Bolt Thrower were placed on top of the center hill. The Silver Helms (with BSB), Flamespyre, and the other unit of reavers were placed to the left of the hill.
My opponent placed his skullcannon and unit of 3 plague drones on his right flank, with two units of 4 Beast of Nurgle next to it. The Great Unclean One and Epidemius stood behind them, in a forest. he had two fairly large blocks of Nurgle infantry with heralds in them holding up his other flank.
I started off really well by forgetting about my vanguard (this will become a theme) before we rolled for first turn. I didn’t bother with asking to get to move, as I didn’t know if I really would have.
My reavers on the right flank moved up and claimed one of the chips. Everybody else shuffled forward a bit, trying to get a bit closer, but not too close. Teclis tossed a medium sized Fireball followed by a Banishment into one of the units of Nurglings, killing aboout 7 or so. The Sisters and one of the Bolt Throwers managed to pick off a couple more, but the other Bolt Thrower didn’t manage to do anything on the Skullcannon.
In his turn, his Plague Drones charged my reavers on my far left flank. The magic phase came around, and the balance of the game took a huge shift.
Luckily, his Great Unclean One casts his spell with double 6s and promptly loses 3 wizard levels. I don’t remember the spell doing all that much. This pretty much ended any spells going off for the rest of the game, since Teclis was no more and he didn’t want to risk his Lord being sucked down a hole. So, I just threw 6 dispel dice and his spell each turn. Of course, it didn’t stop the magic phase from affecting the game, since the Winds of Magic roll still influenced events.
I didn’t get a picture of it, but both bolt throwers take aim at the Herald of Khorne (formerly known as Teclis) and bring him down. I had also reformed the Sisters, in case he didn’t die and decided to charge them.
I missed the pictures for my turn, so, just some descriptive text… My Flamespyre flew over Epidemius, causing 2 or 3 wounds, and landing behind his lines. The Silver Helms turned to face the Plague Drones that came onto the table after their pursuit off of it. The Phoenix Guard and Swordmasters both failed their charges. I think that they needed a 7 and an 8 respectively. Looking through my pictures, this must have also been the turn that my Bolt Thrower brought down Epidemius. Single shot into the trees, BAM!
The battle with the Plague Drones ended up with me losing by 1 or 2, but I held.
In his turn, he charged the Swordmasters. They managed to kill one of the heralds, and quite a few Plaguebearers. His Beasts of Nurgle had 13 attacks between the two of them. Thanks to the Banner of the World Dragon, not too many wounds got through. I think that this also might have been the turn where he rolled a 10 (?) for the Winds of magic. He had to roll for every unit except the Khorne ones, and if he rolled a 6 (?) they took damage. Three of my units were hit, and none of his.
In better news, my BSB managed to bring down a Plague Drone, but they were still locked in combat.
Major Loss. I did manage to end up with 3 of the 5 chips for bonus points, though. My opponent would go on to win Best General (most VPs)
As might be expected, losing Teclis on Turn 1 was not part of the plan. I really needed his magic to help me compete in this game. I could complain about the Realm of Chaos table, but it’s part of the game. Losing him to a Leadership test is not something that would be expected, but I clearly failed in my deployment by not having the BSB close enough to give him a re-roll. As for the models showing up behind my lines… that is just stupid. Oh well.
I felt a bit outmatched in this game, since I have heard how terrible the Beasts are and with Epidemius increasing everybody’s stats, that was going to be tough. This isn’t really the best welcome back after not playing for 6 months. Provide me with advice on how to tackle this list in the comments.
With all of that said, the game was still fun, and my opponent was great.
Game 2: High Elves vs. Orcs & Goblins
Game 2 was against the blogger known as iggykoopa (formerly found at Jungles of Lustria), but now found here. Neither of us had won a game using our armies, so barring a draw, one of us would break our losing streak.
A Shocker was in the middle of the board, and both players are trying to kill him to unlock the bonus points. On a player’s turn, he could move him like a random 2d6 mover. If you roll a 4+ with him, he would do d6 magical attacks to a unit in his front arc. You can move through him, but you take damage. Spells directed at him could not be dispelled.
The Shocker has to be dead to get any bonus points. The player who did the most wounds to it gets 1 point. Also a bonus point for having the most banners at the end of the phase. There were some more, but I don’t remember.
The deployment rules for Blood and Glory were used (not the victory conditions). As you can see, I learned from the previous game, and deployed the BSB close to my battle line (particularly, my invaluable wizard).
Those who are better at this game than me, can probably already see some issues after the deployment. I will try to point out any errors that I think that I made after recounting the game.
This game is a bit lean on pictures, so it might not be as detailed as the previous one.
I completely forget about Fanatics being in Night Goblin units, and move forward with my Reavers first. Luckily, he doesn’t roll high enough to reach the Reavers. The Eagle lands on the hill and faces his army. I shoot off one the closest Fanatic, but leave the other one.
That seems to be the last picture for the game, but there was still a turn or two. His Wyvern and Savage Orcs charge my Phoenix Guard. The Phoenix Guard decide to fail their Fear test, so can’t do hardly any damage. They end up losing and being run down. His Black Orcs wipe out the Reavers and reform while his Night Goblins move up.
My Silver Helms charge into his Boss on Wyvern, while the Eagle, Reavers, and Phoenix charge the rear of the Night Goblins. I decline the challenge in the Wyvern fight, and my Silver Helms put 1 or 2 wounds on the rider (basically 1 short). He holds, setting the unit up for the Black Orcs to smash into their rear. The reavers and birds defeat the Night Goblins, but can’t catch them.
In his turn, the Black Orcs wipe out my Silver Helms. I think they might have pursued me off of the table. I think that his Savage Orcs were moving toward the Bolt Thrower. Somewhere in here, he managed to kill off the Shocker so that we get our bonus points for the game.
My reavers and birds charge the Night Goblins again, winning and catching them this time or maybe wiping them out?
I don’t remember much else, but I think that I sent the Flamespyre and Reavers into the Savage Orcs on the last turn to kill them.
Major loss. Bonus point for putting the most wounds on the Shocker.
Teclis died again! This time it was even more preventable. The turn before the Swordmasters were charged, I should have had him move into the block of Phoenix Guard. Also, I could have moved the 3 remaining Sisters in front of the Savage Orcs to keep them from charging that turn.
I probably should have prioritized my spells better. A Dwellers Below on the Savage Orcs could have made a huge difference before getting into combat with them. Also, having my Silver Helms and BSB go into the Doom Diver might not have been the best idea, since it took them out of the game for so long for such a cheap unit.
Most of his points were in the Black Orcs (BSB, General) and the Wyvern, so I really need to bring them down, but failed miserably.
Once again, provide me with any suggestions that you might have.
Game 3: High Elves vs. The Empire
Each player has a “Chalice” that you give to a unit. There were not any bonuses, but you needed to protect it. Also, each Magic Phase, each player rolled a d6. Whatever you rolled was how many channel attempts you had, but you ignored that value for the rest of the phase also.
You got bonus points for killing the opponent’s unit with the chalice and for killing their highest level unit that channels, I think :)
In his vanguard, his Outriders move toward my right flank, while my Reavers move up.
He gets first turn. His Outriders move up and shoot my Reavers who have had enough and run off the table. One cannon misfires and misfires again on the re-roll, so it can’t shoot. The other one puts 1 wound on my bolt thrower.
At this point, we were really short on time, so had to rush a final turn. In his turn, one cannon blows itself up (even after the Engineer’s re-roll), while the other kills the Flamespyre.
In my turn, the Silver Helms charge his knights and Teclis casts Mindrazor on them. I (stupidly) accept his challenge. The knight unit is destroyed, but his character is Stubborn and holds.
Draw (Moral victory because I was up by ~170). No bonus points for either of us.
It was nice to end the day on a non-loss. Other than bringing the Swordmasters into range of the Hellblasters and the challenge issue in the last turn, I thought that I played alright. I was a bit lucky with how poor his cannons were. Also, the scenario tweaks to the magic phase didn’t affect me too much. I had to throw an extra die or two in some magic phases, but I never failed to cast because of the ignored dice.
Overall Tournament Thoughts:
I had another fun tournament. It seems that is is quite normal for me to start our poorly and play better by the end. I guess that it takes me that long to get the rust cleared off. Maybe I need to play some practice games before the tournament to get back in the groove? I found the scenarios to be fun. My only complaint is that lots of special rules for scenarios tend to be a lot to take in. There tends to be a lot of referencing the sheet to properly play it. This might come down to the fact that I don’t play Warhammer regularly, so I am trying to take in a lot at once.
From a list design perspective, I think that I need some changes. Since special characters were allowed, I took Teclis in this tournament. While Teclis is quite good, I don’t think that I play him properly. He’s probably supposed to fling Purple Suns around with no regard, so that he can wipe out units and get magic dice back for a “free” magic phase. I guess that he is not really my style.
Also, I seem to have the recurring problem of my BSB not being where he needs to be. Since he is in the Silver Helms, he tends to end up away from my general and battle line. I will look at putting him on foot instead, but that will cause me to rethink my unit of Silver Helms. Without his Strength 6 attacks, they are in big trouble if they are charged or in the 2nd round of combat. Maybe they need to be smaller units or replaced altogether?
I am a little conflicted about the Sisters of Avelorn. Their main purpose was to remove Regen, which they did in the first game. I found that with 6 of them, they usually seemed to hit and wound at least once which is great. However, the short range really hurt in the first game, since they often had nothing to shoot at. Overall, I think that they did fine, and they only cost me 84 points.
The Flamespyre was probably my MVP in this tournament, even though when he lost his wounds, he always died. He was able to get into good positions, and decently threaten things. Also, the Wake of Fire had an impressive showing on the Night Goblins and Epidemius. If he wouldn’t have died to the cannon against the Empire, he was poised to smash into the unit of archers that contained the chalice and his level 4 mage.
I tried to take pictures of all of the armies present again. Like other pictures of mine, these are of varying quality. I also seem to have missed some armies, since there were 18 at the tournament.
Let me know if you have any corrections, tactical suggestions or any other general feedback below. Thanks for reading!