Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Big Waagh 2009

Two awesome tournaments:

Doubles - GBF and I went 2-0-1 - good enough to tie for 3rd place overall. I ran Ultramarines, GBF his Blood Angel's.

Game one - against Eldar/Ravenwing - a local guy from Nashville who's name I should know and forgot, who was playing with his son. A great game, good players - and a lot of fun. 20 point win for us.

Game two - against Eldar/Guard combo - tough as nails army from Arkansas I believe. The mission went in our favor - as we deployed first - basically right by the objective we need to be the first to enter. Then we castled ours. My Librarian manned up and gave his all to give us the primary objective. Our armies held all the secondary's objectives. and beat up on the enemy. 18 point win for us.

Game three - against a couple guys from the Hogs of War club in Arkansas. A great army - well built, painted, and played - Traitor Guard and Twin Lash Chaos. There was a reason they were also playing for the big enchilada in the last round. Tough mission for us. GBF focused on obtaining the objectives they had for us. We both focused on kill points - after getting the shite beat out of us - we managed to hold on and maintain a draw at the end. These were the same guys Gimli and I played last year in a good game. Enjoyable folks - hard armies. Was fitting and proper that we shared third place with them at the end.

Doubles tourney was a blast yet again!

Big Waaagh GT - I played Mech Eldar - overall 4-1 record - 55'sh total battle points.

Game one - against foot slogging Eldar. Basically the opposite as my army. A real nice guy from Va, playing in his first tournament. His army struggled to deal with the speed and mobility I had with my army. I smacked him at range - but at the end missed the kill point objective by a Warlock who would not die (or break) and a war walker that I could do everything to but kill. Would up a 9 to 0 win for me - low points victory.

Game Two - Some bad assed dude from Ft Knox KY with a bunch of tough as nails Blood Angels faces off from me across the table. Yep - I finally get to play Bloodangel03 who was a pleasure to meet and I now call friend (yah -you betcha - vee is bote frum de Nord!). A good game that was closer than the final score indicates. Rob got too focused on killing me and forgot about the objectives. One of those games where I probably got beat up more than I gave back - but was able to win the day on the mission objectives. Eldar speed and mobility for the win - 15-0 victory.

Game Three - vs one of the GA Guys (Ben ?) and Khorne Berserker based army. Ben was a great opponent and a fun guy to play. I made a tactical blunder by reserving my army - which seemed like a good idea at the beginning - but went south after turn 3. He moves forward two rounds - I come in and blast hell out of him on turn two. His dice rolled so badly. I asked him if he would like to borrow one of my blocks - which he did. The traitorous things failed to roll less than a three for him!
I was basically handled in the game - a zero to 15 loss for me. Well played Ben!

So - sitting at the end of day one with a 2-1 record - but a low battle point total of 24 points.

Game Four - vs Bike based Marine Army - Willie from the Chattanooga group. Ok - I had five great games with five great opponents - this was my closest game of the tourney. We both had a unit that was worth two of the primary objectives in the mission if killed. After a great tactical and maneuver filled game - I managed to kill his with my last units shooting and keep mine alive, pulling out a 15 point Victory at the end. Was touch and go throughout. I hope to get to play Willie again - was a fun opponent who definitely earned my respect.

Game Five - I face up against another Blood Angel army - no - not Rob again - but Bob Cunningham from Kansas. Bob had a beautifully painted BA army. He had a lot of anti-horde - but his anti-armor was based around 3 attack bikes with MM. I was able to drop them at range - then focus around killing off the rest of his mobile forces. I put half my forces in reserve and half castled in the far board corner. It was a strategy that play out well - got him into the middle of the board - dropped his transports and then hammered at range. It was a close game though basically until turn four - when my shooting broke his army (finally). I was unable to get my farseer killed and wasn't going to touch Dante. Wound up with a 16 point victory.

Don't know where I wound up overall - suspect middle of the pack - but still a fun and enjoyable tournament - as good as any I've ever been to - if not the best.

Next year will be even better!

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