22 players, 3 games with Primary/Secondary/VP's and missions that were straightforward adaptations of rulebook and a spearhead/cleanse mission (for those that remember 4ed) - basically just table quarters.
I drove 4 of us up to Mansfield (Atriedes, Bringer of Death and Kabalite) and we met, for the first time, our new blog author Bradimus Prime down there.
Quick side note: Nice to meet you Brad! Catch you at Caledonian!
Killswitch was there too practicing with Team England for the ETC.
So just Bully and Stargazer missing..
If nothing else, great team spirit and very well represented by the Sons'..
So, how did it go for me (Venerable Brother)? I won the tournament last time, so there was a bit of pressure to perform, plus I wanted to show off what my Necrons can do.
Game 1: Commissar Dave's Imperial Guard Praetorians
This put me on top table facing off against fellow Son, Atriedes. This mission would be interesting. It was, essentially, Cleanse from 4e. With 5e Scoeing units able to claim quarters as well as your Special Character.
Andy's army was an Elysian list, all drop Guard.
Very interesting, very fluffy...meh competitive..but he knew that and embraced it.
It did have, with 9 demo charges and loads of melta and a smattering of plasma, have the potential to really wreck me though.
Andy won first and gave it to me, I deployed in deep strike defense mode, but over my first two turns of moving and running, I over extended myself (as you can see in the pic above), leaving a very small space for Andy to drop in.
No, it's not behind the ruins, as IF he didn't scatter off the board, he'd be out of range with his very short ranged weaponry, but to the lower right of the ruins, where there do exist very PRECISE spots for deep striking small units..
The game went so.. Andy got 45% ish of his army, dropped in, killed a few bits, then I killed all of that bar the CCS who were tied up in CC with Scarabs and contained.
Then Andy got waves of units in over the next several turns, which killed some stuff and then mostly died in return.
It was very close until the later stages of the game where I began to push into the other table quarters, contesting his home quarter, winning on Primary 3-0, secondary was won by ~1000points...but at least he wasn't tabled.
I really enjoyed the game, as I think did Andy..we rarely get to play and this was, mutually acknowledged, not on a level pegging..before the year is out mate..
Game 3: Gary Perceival's Deathwing
So, still on top table and playing Gary Perceival's Deathwing. Gary is a net celeb from 40KUK podcast and blog and a very good player. Ranked highly in UK and from my brief chat with him during game 1, knew his stuff. Was pretty confident going in as I am very familiar with Deathwing ( a nod to Bully here...), however a reputation is a reputation.
I knew I had to play a close game here and could not afford to lose. Dave Symcox (also from 40KUK) was hot on my heels and though I had a 2 point lead, this could go badly for me if the Deathwing were permitted to get in my face and just run through my lines.
I got first turn and chose to be the defender. This gave me 3/5 objectives and second turn. More objectives and the last say in the game? I'll always take that.
Gary went first and dropped a couple of DW units on my 'weaker' left side, pushing his on table units more towards this flank, whilst advancing his right hand unit.
Night fighting resulted in bugger all damage, except to Scarabs which, I believe, were targets of opportunity over fear..as they are pants vs Termies with Thunder Hammers..
Anyway, he moved up, I shot him whilst retreating slightly..
Rinse and repeat.
Whilst simplistic, this is how it went.. lost 2 units of Warriors with Crypteks early, but by then had repositioned well. From here, I pushed advantages in volume of firepower and crap saves by Gary..although it was (imho) typical DW..lose alot of Termies in one turn, then very few for a couple of turns..then either win or lose as you've got no dudes left.
I found the Rapid Firing Immortals incredibly useful, as were the Annihilation Barges..wounding easily means lots of dice rolled, equals dead dudes.
Tight game till the end, where it really opened up in my favour.
Turn 5 it would have been a draw
Turn 6 it was tight but it was looking OK, Turn 7 it actually came down to me getting a couple of bits my way. I threw a huge amount at it and it eventually came good.
Whilst very tight on Primary (worth up to 5 tournament points), secondary was a solid enough victory for me, I lost 468 (ish) points to his 1500ish.
These results meant I was in a solid position to win, despite Dave Symcox winning his game too.. it just depended how convincingly he beat his Black Templars opponent (Von Muller from The War Room- top bloke)
In the end, I won by a single tournament point. Pretty happy though, netted 4500 odd VPs too from 3 game of 1750.
I won the second Blog Wars and my Necrons performed very well...more thoughts after the other boys have thrown up their stuff over the next few days..
Prize money well spent..
The prize money allowed me to grab a few bits that I'd never have normally bought.. A Dreadknight ( so I can try out a fun GK list I've wanted to run for months now) and 2 boxes of Lychguard for my Necrons, allowing me to build my Storm Lord list with a load of them and the new Scarab conversion idea from MBG..
Anyway, lastly a massive thank you to Alex from From the Fang for organising another quality tourney and I very much look forward to the next one.
Bring it on, King of Kings out.