Sunday, February 21, 2010

GATEWAY!! Take it off

Why is this post titled GATEWAY! Take it off?  I will explain....  

Yesterday I attended my second tournament of the year at the Gobstyks Gaming Club in Lincoln.  It was a one day event with 30 players.  No composition and special characters were allowed, so GT style lists.  I had been frantically been painting my final units of Marauder Horsemens and Chaos Knights for my Warriors of Chaos army in the previous week, and they were ready.  So the Ogre Kingdoms stayed in the display cabinet and the Warriors of Chaos took to the battlefield for the first time.

Game 1 - Sean with Vampire Counts

Why do I always seem to face Vampire Counts at every tournament I attend?  Sean took a large block of around 20 Grave Guard and placed all his Vampires in it including his Lord and Manfred.  
The unit looked menacing of the battlefield.  My initially thoughts were nothing in my army can take that unit on in close combat, not even the knights and with no ranged shooting I was going no where near it.  I only had one option to tackle that unit, Infernal Gateway.  Along with two units of Wraiths Sean's army was going to be hard to defeat.  I had cast Pandaemonium on my first turn to slow down the raising and movement of the Vampires, my plan was to attempt to keep this spell in play for most of the battle.  Turn 2 started and I was avoiding getting into combat.  Next the magic phase, I targetted the massive block of Grave Guard and Characters with Infernal Gateway, Irresistible!!  Followed by rolling 11 for the strength, GATEWAY!! Take it off.  Sean was not happy, two turns later and his army had crumbled into dust.

I had ended my first ever game with Warriors of Chaos with 2,948 Victory Points a Massacre win!  

Later Sean told me that the unit of Grave Guard and Characters was worth 1,500 Victory Points.  I explained he gave me no options to tackle that unit apart from Infernal Gateway, "played for and got" I think is the phrase! 

Game 2 - Michael with Warriors of Chaos

I was on Table 1 second game playing Michael who works for Game Workshop.  Hang on a minute... I shouldn't be on table 1, I usually take a soft Ogre Kingdoms army to tournaments and play on the bottom tables!  Michael's army was mostly Warriors and Knights a harder list than mine.  A fun game, but Michael gave me a lesson on how to play with the Warriors of Chaos.  We had both taken the Puppet and Black Tongue, it was a game with both of us adjusting rolls on the Miscast Table!  Michael's dice were on fire all game, he mostly got off all this spells and dispels.  It ended with me on a Massacre lose.  An execellent game, I learn't a lot by playing another Warriors of Chaos player.

Game 3 - Neil with Warriors of Chaos

Table 8 this is more like it, and Neil with another Warriors of Chaos army.  It was a fun and close game, but sadly another lose.  Again another lesson on how to play with the Warriors of Chaos.  
My deployment and movement really let me down this game but Neil played an execellent game.  I ended the game with only a unit of knights and my Daemon Prince left standing, but had made a respectable dent in Neil army.  However it was all the small stuff I had taken out, so my Victory Points was only 823.  I had lost my level one sorcerer (scroll caddy) early in the game, followed by me throwing double 1 and double 1 on my level two sorcerer.  Which only left my level four Daemon Prince for most of the game.   However my Daemon Prince was the star of the battle.  I can't remember how many 4+ ward saves I rolled on the Daemon Prince, but it was a lot!

Final Words

Really enjoyed the day, had a great time with three brilliant games against excellent opponents.  I ended the day in 21st place out of 30 players, really happy with my overall standing.  But most of all enjoyed playing the the Warrior of Chaos.  It really was Gateway for the Win, well at least once!


Dennis said...

Hehe, a fine way of dealing with a rotten deathstar unit. Nicely played :)

rpthomps1111 said...

What strategy would you have done if gateway hadn't gone off?


Mark Evans said...

I would have not gone anywhere near it, or fed it dogs for a turn or two

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