Game #4 – vs Grey Knights
Deployment: Hammer and Anvil (1st)
Night Fight: Yes
Warlord: Divide and Conquer
Turn 1: Everything opens up on the Dreadknight, but a 2+ save and Night Fighting only allow one wound to be caused. In return the Knight barbecues a Veteran with a Grenade Launcher.
Current Score: 6-2
Turn 2: Reserves all arrive, the Valkyries shower the Inquisitor and Retinue, killing the squad and reducing the leader to one wound. First Blood to me, then! The Knight is wounded again, but not killed.
In return, the Dreadknight kills the Astropath and Command Autocannon team. The rest of the Knights are still walking forward trying to get into range or running for objectives.
Current Score: 7-5
Turn 3: Flying over their original targets, my Valkyries and Vendettas seek other targets. The Valkyries kill 3/5 Grey Knights on one objective, while one of my Vendettas does the same to a different unit. My final Vendetta, in a stunning display of overkill, vaporises the Eversor Assassin with three Twin-Linked Lascannons.
Unfortunately, my luck is starting to get a little iffy. The Dreadknight is killing Veterans faster than I can wound it, and they begin to fall back off the objective toward my board edge.
Current Score: 5-5
Turn 4: One Vendetta burns off the board, while the fleeing Veterans rally and skillfully (or luckily) bring down the Dreadknight with a Krak Grenade. The Vendetta that remains finishes off the two remaining Knights on their objective, leaving it open for me later in the game. Switching from their original target, the Valkyries hunt down and destroy a full 5 man Strike Squad.
The second Veteran squad behind my Aegis suffer some casualties from the Purgation Squad just crossing into my DZ, and flee. Command Squad is gunned down, leaving only the wounded Captain hiding in the ruined building.
Current Score: 5-0
Turn 5: Aircraft all drop into Hover mode for objective-grabbing fun. Flamer Vets drop from their Vendettas and between them kill two Paladins. The Valkyries mow down three Purgation Marines. The Paladins then flee.
The Paladins regroup (surprise) and charge the Flamer Veterans, who kill another with Overwatch and then draw combat. One Vendetta is immobilised, but in Hover Mode so it’s not dead…yet… (I’d have charged the Valkyries with the Paladins for an easy Secondary Objective, but oh well…
Current Score: 9-0
Turn 6: Mobile Vendetta rotates 180 degrees and burns down the Inquisitor who is cowering in a forest. The Veterans in combat manage to kill a Paladin before fleeing from combat and my opponent throws in the towel.
Final Score: Win by default.
Conclusion: I was really worried when I saw the army on the board. Five man squads, a Dreadknight, an Inquisitor and two Assassins. Naturally I feared the worst and assumed that the Dreadknight had a Teleporter and the five man units were Purifiers and Crowe was just hiding… Turns out I was wrong… no Teleporter, no Purifiers…
My opponent made a few mistakes, several of which meant I had perhaps an easier time of blowing chunks out of his army than I should have. He was a really nice guy though, and gave me his best game vote, saying it was the game he’d enjoyed most all weekend. I don’t think I’d’ve done that if I’d been so thoroughly trounced, but hey, he enjoyed himself and that’s what matters!
Game #5 – vs Chaos Space Marines
Mission: Big Guns Never Tire
Deployment: Dawn of War (2nd)
Night Fight: No
Warlord: +1 Reserves (Forgotten Trait name 😛 )
Turn 1: Stuff moves towards each other, some long-range shooting but entirely ineffective at this point.
Current Score: 6-0
Turn 2: Terminators disembark from their Land Raider and charge two Squads. Dirge Casters are mean and under-pointed. One squad holds their ground, but the other flees off the board.
Reserves arrive, the Vendettas manage to kill a Maulerfiend and pull the Power Fist off the Hellbrute while the remaining Veteran Squad flee off the board.
Current Score: 4-1
Turn 3: Terminator Lord charges and challenges Captain, who survives combat but runs away screaming afterwards.
Veterans drop from aircraft to capture more objectives, but I’m not holding out much hope here. This is going to get messy…
Current Score: 7-2
Turn 4: One Vendetta is destroyed and my Veterans are all shot and/or assaulted off their objectives. In revenge the remaining Flamer Veterans kill the majority of a squad of Khorne Berzerkers and wreck their Rhino.
Current Score: 5-4
Turn 5: The sun has set on the battlefield…
One Valkyrie goes boom, taking several Veterans and Berzerkers with it. Chaos Lord then Spawns himself. Normally, since my opponent didn’t have the model, I’d say he was dead – but I’m losing anyway, so I might as well let him 😛
My remaining Veterans, all two of them, shoot and charge the two Khorne Berzerkers on my home objective. They survive the Overwatch, but not the Champion’s Chainaxe… chunks of Guardsman are still falling from the sky to this day!
Final Score: 9-1
Conclusion: First, this guy had lost all four games until this point, and I felt really bad as his army was absolutely gorgeous! (If you look on the Warhammer World Facebook Page, his is the World Eaters army with a pulpit on his Land Raider.) He was a really nice guy, and though I got completely battered in the end it was still a hard-fought game that could have gone either way for the most part. It also secured me a second best gamer vote, so I’m doing something right!
Last year, I came home from Throne of Skulls with a very bitter taste in my mouth. My Raven Guard had been battered and bloodied, and in some cases defiled. The same happened this year, but I think either my attitude towards winning and losing has changed, or because my army looked pretty damn cool (to me, anyway), I just didn’t care how it did.
Either way, I had a lot of fun at this event! Five really great games against five really great guys! Big thanks to all of them, and to the Warhammer World Events Staff, Bugman’s Bar Staff, Cafeteria Staff, and the guys at the Warhammer World Store for making the event such fun!
Also big kudos to those from our team who walked away with awards, including the Throne of Skulls Trophy!
Stay tuned for the video diary coming in the next post!