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Monday, January 23, 2012

Well, we are in 2012 now!

Well, it is a new year and we are close to the end of the month. Everyone always gives their resolutions early in the year but I wanted some time to think about mine when it applies to gaming.

So here goes, the 2012 resolutions.

1)     Finish more models. My goal is to finish at least two armies and post on a regular basis on my blog as well as Photobucket site.
2)     Play more Warhammer Fantasy games. Late in the year I got back into Fantasy with a total of 4 games. This year, I want to make a few tournaments and triple the number of Fantasy games played.
3)     Finish at least 1 army for 40k before 6th.
4)     Learn more new games. I am considering trying out Warmachine. I also have Legends of the Old West, Legends of the High Seas and Gladiator to work with and I also am really getting interested in Strange Aeons.
5)     Finish two tables worth of scenery.
6)     Improve the LGS scenery at Anthem games as well as the tables.
7)     Improve the organization of my hobby room and models packed away properly.

I wanted to give myself some time, so I have been taking some time off just cleaning the hobby room, doing some housework, spending time with the wife playing Monopoly among other things. Of late I have been giving myself a good relaxing time playing Jagged Alliance 2, I just found out they did an upgrade that is AMAZING. New characters, guns and much more….it’s like a new game all over again!

Now that things are calming down there is going to be several posts flying about now that I hope will be both enjoyable and informative.

Jan 7th Fantasy Tournament at Anthem Games

I started off 2012 with a Fantasy tournament this month. My first ever since 8th edition and with just a few games under my belt and went with the expectation that I was not going to do well but wanted to get both the experience and practice in for the game.

In attendance we had 9 players in total, which was a terrible thing as someone was always going to get a bi every round instead of being able to play. Nothing sucks more than having to sit around for 2+ hours and watch other people play. We had a mix of aggressive tournament and passive tournament players in almost equal portions.

The army breakdown looked like this:
1 Tomb King
1 Vampire Count
2 Skaven
1 Bret
1 Lizardman
1 Orc and Goblin
1 Ogre
1 Warriors of Chaos

My List was like this:

The Undying Legions of Bubba Hotep

280pts Liche High Priest (Hierophant) Ramtep
Lore of Nehekhara, Earthing Rod, Lv4, Talisman of Preservation

265pts Liche High Priest Setta
Lore of Death, Lv 4, Dispel Scroll, Talisman of Endurance

208pts Tomb Prince Bubba Hotep
Ironcruse Icon, Armor of Fortune, Biting Blade, Shield, Chariot

194pts Tomb Herald Harolda
Light Armor, Great Weapon, Battle Standard Bearer, Standard of the Undying Legion, Chariot (55)

136pts Archers x21

130pts Archers x20

375pts Chariots x6
Full Command, Banner of Swiftness (15)

85pts Tomb Scorpion

85pts Tomb Scorpion (Spider)

310pts Ushabti x6

120pts Screaming Skull Catapult
Skulls of the Foe

135pts Casket of Souls

175pts Colossus
Extra Weapon

Round 1 vs. Chaos Warriors
My first draw was against Lance with his Warriors of Chaos. This was perhaps one of the worst pairings I could expect. His army was solid and the mission was very slanted towards his list. Lance was a good opponent and we had an excellent game.

His list was roughly:
1 Character in each unit including Festus, a Tzeench Warrior and X
3 blocks of 20 Chaos Warriors (Tzeench, Nurgle and Khorne)
1 Large block of Marauders
2 War Shrines with the Mark of Slaanesh
2 Units of 5 hounds.

Lance won deployment and we were playing “Blood and Glory”. Our Breaking point is 3 and I only had 4 Fortitude. Lance had I think had 5 or so. 3 for the Units and 2 for the General, not sure if the War Shrines counted.

This game could be summed up like this: I had two very bad magic phases and a second turn failed charge with my chariots set the tone for game of a downhill slide. The Nurgle unit locked my Chariots and slowly ground them down. The Khorne unit piled into my right flank and creamed the Ushabti, Colossus and the Catapult. On the last turn the Tzeench unit was slowly grinding me down there.

If the magic phase went better I would have had a chance perhaps, that and the charge. I feel that the game would have changed to a different tune.

Due to the nature the scenario Lance did not table me, granted he came close and earned 17 out of 20 points. We got a few bonus points and moved on to the next round.

Lance, Chaos General

Warriors of Khorne sweep past the Bone Giant.

A failed charge by the chariots allows the Warriors of Nurlge to charge!

The fight on the left flank.

Near the end.

Round 2 vs. Skaven

This match was against Richard and his Skaven playing the “Dawn Attack” scenario. Richard has been a long time Fantasy player and a great guy to play against.

His list was a mix of large blocks of Skaven (one Stormvermin and Clanrats/slaves), several characters, a Plague Furnace with a large unit of Plague Monks, a warp lighting cannon, two small units of giant rats, three units of Gutter Runners with slings (two flanked) and Hell Pit Abomination

Richard won the dice toss and picked his table side. Most of his deployment rolls placed him in the center. Mine came up about the same way.

Again, the first early part of the game was a series of bad magic phases and no opportunity for a good charge with the chariots or Ushabti.  On Richard’s first turn he nailed my Tomb Prince with the Warp Lighting Cannon, failed the “look out sir” and poof! The Giant charged and was mauled by the Plague Monk unit. The X mauled the Ushabti, chariots and destroyed the archer unit with the Hierophant as well. By the end of the game I had a catapult left and nothing else. I was pretty much tabled again by intimidating hordes of rats; I did manage to deal some damage to a few blocks of units with the Storm of Skulls which was the claim of fame for me and the Catapult hitting the furnace dead on inflicting a few wounds on it.

What went wrong here was again the magic phase failed me for two turns, only later in the game did it help but by then it was too late. I also lacked any major bulk force to hurt his blocks of troops in the end.

Richard, that rat bastard general.
Skaven Deploy

Skaven Advance
Plague Monks vs Bone Giant

Suprised by a Desert Spider (aka a Tomb Scorpion)

Round 3 vs. Ogres

The last match was against Bob and his Ogres, Bob is a long time player and one of the most laid back players that I have met. I really enjoyed this game with him and the outcome was a pleasant surprise with a draw. We had the “Battle for the Pass” scenario that made for an interesting game.

Bob’s list was something like this. Fire-eater, Butcher, BSB Bruiser, Leader. He had about three large units of Ogres (some was Ironguts), a large Leadbealcher unit (6-8), Sabrecats, Thundertusk with Hunter with harpoon gun, 2 small gnoblar units, and the Iron Blaster.

Again this was a quick sum of the game and mostly got interesting on turn 5 and 6 when the Ogres was close enough to charge. My Ushabti managed to win a fight and chased after the Leadbealchers. The Giant named “Teabag” long ago wrecked an Ogre unit with the General in it, and then wiped out a Gnoblar unit. The large beastie was shot down between magic, archer fire and a catapult shot. The Fire-eater unit with the BSB also took several hits and was wiped out to just the BSB standing with 1 wound left. Of course my magic phases was slightly better but still below what I had hoped they would be.

When we did a tally it came up a draw with full bonus points for Bob and one short for me.

Bob, the Ogre Slaughtermaster!


Shot of his Fire Eater.

Da Boss!

The battle unfolds!

Teabag (aka the Bone Giant) flanks the Ogres and plows through them!

Ushabti battle it out against the Leadbealchers!

Lessons Learned:

1)     Don’t rely on magic to win a game for you. I needed larger blocks of units and stronger choices to help win.
2)     Never forget you have a Banner of the Undying Legion! Several times I forgot this bound spell to cast. This would have kept the Chariots alive a bit longer perhaps. I think I may make some magic cards of my own for magic items as a reminder. Nothing fancy just something printed on an index card with an image and information on a sticker that is on it.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

8th Game of Blood Bowl Done!

Well, my second to the last game of the season was perhaps the world luck game I have ever hit. I could not roll well enough to knock down a skink, roll high enough to break armor and kept rolling more 1’s for “go for it” checks that anyone should have for a tally in an entire season! That plus Nick is a canny player and scored on me on the second turn of the first half with his skinks that I underestimated on how fast they was!
The game ended three to zip, towards the end the dice was warming up but a bit late for me to pull a win. If anything I could have made it a 3-1 or 2-1 if at all. Oh well, you win some and you lose some!
That finished my 8th game of the season ending me with 5 wins, 1 draw and 2 losses. Not a bad record, not sure if it will be enough to make the top 4 for the finals. Depends on how a few games finish out over the next few weeks.
My last game is against Patrick and his Slann team. A hopping team of joy as I will be chasing them down to beat them up to be able to score some touchdowns! Patrick is a great player and has a charmed life of luck when it comes to dice sometimes. I just have to wait for him to finish up his 4th set of games to play the final 5th round.
Here is some shots of the game!
First half kick off!

Blitzer does his best to stop a skink from the first TD!

The fans charge the field and pummel the Lizardmen in anger!

My two guys out. The Blizer was a casualty for the game and out for this game. The Black Orc rolled 1 1 to foul! ARG!

Lizardmen sideline. All these guys was out of the game until next game or after!

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! Best wishes to everyone, 2011 is behind us and 2012 awaits us. Make well the gift of another year!