Had a brilliant weekend, six great games and opponents. Tournaments at Maelstrom Games always live up to expectations. The tables, scenery, food and overall experience was excellent as always.
Game 1 - Andy with Tomb Kings
Loss by 1298 victory points (Massacre). Andy only took three units of chariots, which all ended up in his dead pile. The Ogres high strength attacks took care of those! Yet I couldn't get to grips with the scorpions and magic. Excellent game and I didn't expect to get anything out of Tomb Kings.
Game 2 - John with Beastmen
Loss by 2087 victory points (Massacre). This was a bloodbath! A very different build of Beastmen army to that I had faced before, with a lot of of monsters. The minataurs are nasty especially in a unit of six. Everything I threw at them just bounced, but in the end the unit was below half strength. John managed to remove all of my army from the battlefield, it wasn't pretty on the start of turn 6 so I conceeded.
Game 3 - Dan with Skaven
Loss by 993 victory points. After two massacres in the first two games I faced Skaven with the Furnance. I did managed to kill the Furance in turn 5 along with a few other units. But I just couldn't get to grips with Dan's army.
Game 4 - Sam with Daemons
Loss by 604 victory points. This was Sam first tournament and Sam's first win! Sam took a very small Daemon army with a Lord of Change, two units of 10 Bloodletters and two units of 20 Daemonettes with a few Heralds thrown in. My Leadbelchers put a couple of wounds on the Lord of Change, and the Scraplauncher impact hits finally got him down to half wounds! My Ironguts managed to see off the two units of Bloodletters, but the Daemonettes units stayed around. This was a hidden deployment scenario, I wrote where in my deployment zone I was placing units then Sam deploys his whole army. Sam deployed all of his units behind a building in his left corner and the Lord of Change behind a wood on his right. Unfortunately this only left one flank available for me to attack and a very small frontage because of the building and other terrain.
Game 5 and 6 were against brothers Dave and Edward Barfield. Two of the best opponents I have ever played. These guys play the game and have a laugh, absolutely the very best two games of Warhammer I have played by a mile.
Game 5 - Dave with Orcs n Goblins
Draw (15 victory points difference). At last a Orc n Goblins player. After 25 tournaments games since I started playing tournaments I finally played a Orc n Goblin army! This was a random deployment (roll a dice and lookup on a table for which type of unit to deploy). Again another length way deployment, so a lot of combats in the middle of the battlefield. I didn't expect Ironguts to defeat Dave's two units of Black Orcs, but they did! What aided in me losing the game were the Fanatics (of which I entirely forgot about!). I found my self needing to slow down the progress of a large unit of Night Goblins, plus take some Wolf Riders on the same flank. So I stupidly charged my Tyrant out of the Maneaters into the Night Goblins (Yep you guessed it) two Fanatics putting four wounds on my Tyrant!!. Then the Black Orc hero finished the Tryant off in the challenge. A really fun game and at least I didn't lose!!
Game 6 - Edward with Vampire Counts
Loss by 1362 victory points (Massacre). This is getting to be too much of a coincidence, facing Vampire Counts on the bottom table last game of a tournament. In the seven tournaments I have played this is the third time this has happened. As per usual another massacre against Vampire Counts. Having only a single butcher and a single scroll I couldn't stop the contant raising, needing to keep the dispel dice for the movement spells. Most of the Skellies and Zombies were upto full strength by the time my units hit them so a bit of a bloodbath. I never play well against Vampire Counts with Ogres and this was again one of those games. But Edward was an absolutely brilliant opponent to play.
So in the final placing I finished in last place, my third last place in seven tournament! But had a brilliant weekend, the Barfield brothers were the highlight of my weekend! So where did I go wrong? I should have played smarter against Sam and his Daemons, at least getting a draw. Not remembering the Fanatics and stupidly charging my Tyrant out of the unit most definately lost me the win against Orcs n Goblins.
For my last place I was awarded an Infinity rule book, which is a sci-fi skirmish game. So will probably get a small force for that together and give it a try!
I would like to mention Craig Johnson who also took a Ogre Kingdoms army and finished in 4th place. Well done Craig!! In the hands of a very good general the Ogre Kingdoms can put up a fight against the other armies.
I will most definately be returning to Maelstrom Games in the near future. I am planning on attending the Dragon Slayers one dayer in July and the Autumn Incursion in August.