Tuesday, 19 June 2012

Roll Call 1600 Point Tournament

So this weekend I attended a 1600 Point Tournament in Milton Keynes hosted by Mark Borland.

There was a bit of comp, fleeing units count as destroyed at the end of the game. My list was shown on my Blog here.

Game 1 - Alex Read - Vampire Counts

Game 1 saw me up against Alex Read and his Vampire Counts. I don't get much games in and those that I do are normally against the same 2 players. Both Ogre players :( and the only other game I've had against Vampires was against a girl who I 20-0.

Alex was running with two Vampires on steeds, a Black Knight bus, a Black Coach and all the chaff in the world. I actually finished deploying before someone for once. That didn't help and Alex went first. He moved his army forward and raised some more Zombies. I think I shot 1 Black Knight off in my turn and 5 Dire Wolves.

Turn 2 saw he raise his Knight back and shuffle forward again. I didn't do much, shot off another 5 wolves with the Gutter Runners and moved towards him.

Turn 3 saw him charge me. His Knight bus went into the front of my Furnace and Monks while his coach went into the flank. A Spirit Host swarm went into my Hell Pit (I didn't take Warpstone Spikes) and was pinned. He killed a bucket of Monks while in return with the Plague Banner he was left with the two Vampires and 2-3 Black Knights. My Turn 3 saw the Furnace unleash the Wrecker attack on the Vampires and Black Knights. Killed the last of them and his General. The army then crumbled while I reformed to fight the Coach in the side and then finished it off.

End result - Skaven 20-0 Vampire Counts 1,770-46 VP's. Big win for the Skaven. After the game we had a talk and said how it should of gone. Alex forgot he had a Potion of Strength. He should have drunk it then pummeled the Furnace. Once that was gone I would loose my Unbreakable and my Strength 3 troops wouldn't pierce his armour and probably steam roller me after that. Really good game and the result seems really harsh.

Game 2  - Paul Thompson - Orcs and Goblins

Went up to Table 1 and played Orcs and Goblins. Not played these beofre but know Mangler Squigs will ruin my day along with the artillery and the chaff. He had a Orc general in a bunker, 40+ Gobbos with bows, Poison BSB and 2 Shamans, 2 Mangler Squigs, 2 Wolf Chariots, 2 Bolt Throwers, 6 Trolls, Doom Diver and Rock Lobba. He deployed a chariot and mangler either side, and had his artillery bunkered up. He went first and charged my Gutter Runners with a chariot, I shot it down. He moved his squigs and trolls and pretty much that was all. My turn I took the Mangler down with poisoned shots and the other one with the cannon and the blast also hit his 6 Trolls. Took 2 of them off too. Not much really happened. Gutter Runners took some more points, Cannon blew itself up, Hell Pit ate some Trolls chased them down into his horde archer unit with 5+ Poison and was duely cut up after 2 rounds.

End result - Skaven 13-7 Orcs & Goblins 1,022-533 VP's. Decent win. Not much I would change how I played the game to be honest.

Game 3 - Martin Parker - Ogre Kingdoms

Wasn't looking forward to this game. I got ruined, managed to take his Hunter General in Sabretusk unit and that was about it. I don't remember too much but Martin played really well and well deserved the win. His army was fantastic as well and took home best army!

End result - Skaven 5-15 Ogres Kingdoms 847-1653VP's

Game 4 - Shaun Mitchell - Skaven

Went up against Shaun's lovely Skaven army. It was always going to be a dicey game but I made some bad mistakes. Last turn he had both units of Gutter Runners and a unit of Slaves fleeing and at that point I was at 1,190 VP's and he was on 560 VP's. I went for a stupid charge with my General and BSB unit and didn't get it showing my flank to his unit. He charged and rallied his fleeing troops and broke my unit so a massive swing on his turn 6. Real bad mistake but I have learnt from it.

End result - Skaven 8-12 Skaven 750-1,094 VP's

Game 5 - Alan Thompson - Warriors of Chaos

Was a bit cagey and didn't like the opponent or that he was trying to 6 dice Gateway every turn. Ended up a win to me but he still had a level 2, 4 Dragon Ogres and his Warrior Block so it was only going to be a small win.

End result - Skaven 12-8 Warriors of Chaos 870-500

In the end Paul Thompson who I beat game 2 won the event with Martin Parker second. Paul only lost one and that was to me so a moral victory :) My first 2 day tournament saw me come 9th out of 28 people with 58/100 Tournament Points and 5,259 Victory Points. I learnt alot and look forward to my next event. Think I'll be trying out a Screaming Bell next event :)

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