Monday, September 28, 2009

Leicester Squiggle Army List

Here is my Ogre Kingdoms army list I used at the Leicester Squiggle tournament.

I will be making a few modifications for any future events. Will probably drop the Ironguts down to 3 from 4, and make the Leadbelchers 3 models.

Bruiser (174 pts)
Army General, Sword of Might, Wyrdstone Necklace, Heavy Armour, Causes Fear, Bull Charge, Ogre Club

Butcher (180 pts)
Bang Stick, Dispel Scroll, Hand Weapon, Causes Fear, Bull Charge, Immune to Poison

Hunter (235 pts)
Sabretusks (2), Beastkiller, Greyback Pelt, Light Armour, Sic 'em boys, Loner, Ogre Club, Harpoon Crossbow

Bulls x 3 (127 pts)
Bellower, Additional Hand Weapon, Causes Fear, Bull Charge, Ogre Club

Bulls x 3 (127 pts)
Bellower, Additional Hand Weapon, Causes Fear, Bull Charge, Ogre Club

Bulls x 3 (130 pts)
Bellower, Ironfists, Causes Fear, Bull Charge, Ogre Club

Ironguts x 3 (179 pts)
Bellower, Standard Bearer, Look out Gnoblar, Causes Fear, Bull Charge, Great Weapon, Heavy Armour

Ironguts x 4 (222 pts)
Bellower, Standard Bearer, Causes Fear, Bull Charge, Great Weapon, Heavy Armour

Ironguts x 4 (222 pts)
Bellower, Standard Bearer, Causes Fear, Bull Charge, Great Weapon, Heavy Armour

Leadbelchers x 2 (110 pts)
Causes Fear, Bull Charge, Light Armour, Leadbelcher cannon

Leadbelchers x 2 (110 pts)
Causes Fear, Bull Charge, Light Armour, Leadbelcher cannon

Maneaters x 2 (180 pts)
Heavy Armour, Great Weapons, Causes Fear, Bull Charge, Immune to Psychology, Stubborn, Ogre Club

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Leicester Squiggle Aftermath

Firstly I would like to thank Will and Hutch for running the tournament. I had a great day and will definitely be back for some more next year.

I ended my first tournament in last place on 17 tournament points. In my original post (click here) I had said that my target was 17 points, that I would probably end the tournament in last place. That's exactly what happened.

First game was against Garath and his Skaven. Highlight was on Garath's first turn his war machine (not sure what it was) misfired and blew up. Really didn't play this game to the Ogre's strengths against Skaven, Garath had commented on this at the end of the game. Result lost by a Massacre.

Second game against Ben a fellow Ogre Kingdoms player. Highlight was a unit of Ironguts killed Ben's Bruiser General with Tenderiser. Result Marginal lose.

Looking back at the tournament going into the last game, all I needed to do was avoid a massacre to avoid finishing in last place. This wasn't in my mind whilst playing the game unfortunately (a lesson learnt for future tournaments).

Final game was against Dave and his High Elves. Dave's magic, shooting, fast cavalry and chariots was my down fall. I only managed to get a single Maneater into close combat after the other had been shot and magic'ed to death. I ended up losing 940 victory points, less than 900 would have meant avoiding the massacre. Highlight was scoring zero victory points and only killing a single spearman. Result lost by a Massacre.

Looking back on the Tournament should I have played a more "Tournament Style" game in the last round and deployed deep and hid my army in and behind the woods for six turns out of range of Dave's magic and shooting and played for a draw?

What did I learn playing with my Ogre Kingdoms...

Hunter died every game. Being my most expensive unit, it was like hemorrhaging points every game. I like the model, just need to learn how better to play better with this miniature.

Butcher needs to be upfront and within 6" of units. Bangstick and the Magic Missile spell were useless for most of the games because either my army was blocking line of sight or other units were out of 6" range.

Learn to play the terrain better. For example I could have hidden the Hunter behind a wood and then moved through the wood at normal movement rate with the Greyback Pelt which he had. May be this is why the Hunter died every game?

Irongut units 4 wide were difficult to move. May be a smaller frontage would be better?

Need to think smarter during Deployment. Found that placement of Hunter was difficult with an entire army already deployed.

Leadbelchers; Thinking a unit of five would be more beneficial than two units of two.

The level of painting at this tournament was in my mind to a very high level. I voted for Joe's Dark Elves, which was voted in second place with Joel's Ogre Kingdoms taking first place by a single vote. Another army to mention was Andy's Warriors of Chaos, click here to see pictures on this blog. It was a close call between Joe's Dark Elves and Andy's Warriors both painted to an excellent standard.

My brain was completely frazzled by the end of the day. But I now have the bug for more Warhammer and more Tournaments, so this is just the start!

Closing words ....

Warhammer Tournaments are like
Playing Warhammer at 100 miles per hour"

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Leicester Squiggle Tournament

With less than 4 days till my first tournament and I thought that I would post an update.

My Warhammer gaming experience is around a dozen games of 1000 point games with my son at home and at Warhammer World around 18 months ago. These games were with my Chaos Warriors (Hordes of Chaos as it was then) and my sons Orc & Goblin army. Since then my son's interest in Warhammer has declined and frequency of games played. Therefore my time and effort has been spent building and painting my Ogre Kingdoms army.

So going into my first tournament with my newly painted Ogre Kingdoms army here are some facts...

Only ever played against my son.
Never played a game with my Ogre Kingdoms army.
Never played a 2000 point size game.

So what have I done to mitigate my certain defeat...
Had my head in the rule book for the past weeks, and I am hoping to find some time to visit a local gaming club near to where I work to hopefully get at least one game in before the weekend.

The tournament scoring for the Leicester Squiggle doesn't seem to favour a massacre over a marginal win with only 2 points difference. But if you lose by a massacre over a marginal lose then the difference is 6 points. So my aim is to not get massacred, and play for the draw hoping to get marginal or solid loses. This may seem a little defeatist, but a complete novice playing one of the weakest armies I am not expecting any great wins!

Anyway I will post a tournament report or should I say the "aftermath report" and hopefully some pictures next week.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Vocabulary of the Gamer

There are two words in the gamers vocabulary which I tend to only hear around gamers and especially gaming pod casts. I find that these two words aren't used outside of the gaming world with as much frequency. These two words are "Awesome" and "Cool".

The worse pod casting offenders seem to be World's End Radio, the use of these two words is very prevalent with a very high frequency per episode. HeelanHammer uses the word "Awesome" to described their premium content section, even going to the extent of “Super Awesome”.

A search of the word "Awesome" against the Bell of Lost Souls website returns 25 pages on Google, “Cool” returns 35 pages. Search for the word “Brilliant” and Google only finds 5 pages. Therefore proving my theory that gamers use the words "Awesome" and “Cool” more than other words such as “Brilliant”.

So next time you are listening to a gaming pod cast or with your mates gaming at a club, listen out for these words. Second thoughts better hadn't, it might start bugging you as much as it does me!

Friday, September 4, 2009

What have I been up to ?

I haven't posted on the blog for a month now, been busy building 10 Chaos Warhounds, 5 Chaos Knights, my Hellenika Spartan 300 Girl miniature and a 6" x 4" gaming table. As well as not posting in the last month, I haven't picked up a paint brush either.

I have sent my list in for the Leicester Squiggle tournament on the 26th of this month. With 21 days remaining I need to seriously get some practice. The list is basically 29 Ogres and 2 Sabretusks (there's a clue on one of my Heros!).

Will post some pictures of all the miniatures and gaming table soon.