For this I yet again did a themed army, this time a speed freaks ork warband in the style of Fury Road. The Doof Wagon provided the soundtrack for the day.
|If I'm gonna die, I'm gonna die historic, on the fury road!|
Don't "think" I won a game all day I hear you ask? Well it's hard to say... each game you count up VP for objectives at the end of each turn and Bloodpoints killed at the end of the battle. You write down what you got and they all go towards your final VP/BP score. I am pretty sure I was behind the opposite side of the table on VP and BP in all three games, but I can't say for sure, as what they scored was meaningless to what I took forward. Arguably you could lose all three games but if you score highly in all three games, regardless of losing, and your opponents go on to score low in their other games, you would come higher in the rankings. It doesn't care if you won or lost, just how many VP/BP you score.
Game 1 I was with a guard artillery force against Tau and Harlequins. I ran across the table and got shot a lot, grabbing objectives and buying time for the guard artillery to do it's work. Unfortunately it lacked a little in accuracy... I think we killed a pathfinder and a drone in turn 1, and in fact by the end of the game had done little to temper the tau firepower, but had taken to spitefully picking on fire warriors in order to rack up some bloodpoints in what was clearly going to be a loss. My guys didn't do much in this game apart from hold objectives and get shot as I had a long table to cross. I feel they earned a respectable VP score and did their job of "distraction" quite well.
Game 2 I was teamed up with my friend Chris and his Blood Ravens, and we were against a guard player and a Blood Angel. This was a fantastic game with some real epic moments, and a very close VP score, think it was 1 or 2 apart in the end... Both marine players were wiped out, but unfortunately most of the guards big points sinks survived. I briefly had Joe in combat with Pask AND a wyvern, with the doof wagon in support, but he fluffed his attacks. The doof wagon then got charged by some blood angels, which ended messily for them, but one of them survived to the second round, meaning the battlewagon couldn't support Joes charge on Pask... and he died to overwatch.
|Luckily this is an Ork truck, so still has 6 wounds left and is fully functional...|
|I live! I Die! I live again!|
As for the overall day, all the battlefields looked superb, I saw a huge army preparing for a game of heresey which was quite the sight to see, I won the Best Converted Prize I had been hoping for... although shall we say I didn't have much competition this year. That isn't me being arrogant, I literally was unopposed. Whether my entry intimidated others into aiming for other categories instead I couldn't say, but hey I'll take a win however I get it :P
|All this over a family squabble... healthy babies...|
Oh, and the scenery was far better than the LGT ;) I really do wish we had something even half as od as this place in Portsmouth.
Sadly this is likely to be the last appearance I make at one of Alexs events, as he has announced that his next will be his last, and I can't make it. He will be spending more time with his family... selfish bastard!
No in all seriousness, Alex has run some excellent tournaments over the years, and his are now the only tournaments I attend, precisely because they don't have the same tournament atmosphere you get elsewhere. I hope someone takes up the mantle, if I had something like the NWGC in Portsmouth I would consider it myself (much good that would do for those who are local to the even in all fairness) Admittedly, my wallet will probably appreciate a return to just normal hobbying, as opposed to "Oh but it's a tournament, you've got to do something *special* for it..."