After a win and a loss with my 1000 point list, I was obviously in danger of getting comfortable with my army. So it was time to change things up a bit, and the next 2 games would be using the 1500 point list instead. More toys!
1500 points, Dominate!
Rohan Keating, Empire of Dust
- Ahmunite Pharaoh with Boomstick
- Ahmunite Pharaoh with Wings of the Honeymaze
- Revenant Horde with Brew of Strength
- Mummy Troop
- Mummy Troop
- Enslaved Guardian Archer Horde
- Bone Giant
- Bone Dragon
Rowan had made the trip down from Sydney for the event and it was good to catch up. I preferred not to think about how he spanked me about up at Cancon, though. Time for revenge and stuff. Maybe.
On the bright side, my 1500 point list was not too dramatically different from my 1000 point one. I still had things like the Warlock and Berserker Braves, so I had at least some idea of what went where...
Nick came and visited the tournament in the afternoon, and ran off with my camera. Consequently I have a number of photos of people and models that have nothing to do with this game, but little in the way of the deployment on my own table.
|I'm not even sure what's going on in this photo. It's possible it's turn 1, or I might not have finished deploying yet. I think it's turn 1. Anyway, this is what my army looked like. Yay!|
|OK, here I am definitely on the move. I think the previous picture may have been from turn 1. Because that gap next to the castle wall was previously occupied by some Mummies, and I know I shot at them twice before they vanished conveniently.|
|The Mummies that dented my Siegebreakers got shot impressively by the combined efforts of my Shooters and Boomers. Mainly the Boomers, I think. Anyway, they melted away before they could finish the job on the Siegebreakers.|
|The rest of my army moved up, achknowledging the fact that the wavering Siegebeakers were about to get smashed by the Revenants (thanks to Surge getting them over the hill), and hoping to be in position to avenge them.|
|...And then this happened. OK, so this was utterly bogus. I had even warned Rowan specifically not to roll a double 1 because it would be very bad. But either he did not listen, or his dice did not.|
|The Siegebreakers rush off and leave the Revenants to make some new friends.|
|To add insult to injury, the mostly-dead Siegebreakers were able to charge the flying Pharaoh and rout him.|
|At this point the Shooters in the trees were taking aim at the Bone Giant, who really had nowhere to hide.|
|The Siegebreakers gone, the Pharaoh rushing on after they were gone... and suddenly it appears we are playing length-wise on the table.|
|My army moves up to shield the objective (the red dot near my Berserkers), but my Shooters still can't bring down the Giant.|
|The pesky Giant then charges my Captain, but finds he is not so easily dealt with. After this I finally got rid of the Giant.|
1500 points, Pillage!
Spoon, Abyssals with Night Stalker allies
- Lower Abyssal Horde
- Flamebearer Regiment (Jar of the Four Winds?)
- Tortured Soul Horde
- Hellhound Troop
- Hellhound Troop
- Gargoyle Troop
- Abyssal Champion on Abyssal Mount with Lightning Bolt (5)
- Fiend Horde (Night Stalker allies)
2 wins in 3 games was better than I had hoped to be doing, so I was pretty happy going into round 4. Spoon was using Abyssals with Night Stalker allies - neither of which I had ever played against before. It would be a learning experience, then!
There were no doubt a couple of magic items in this list, but I don't really recall what they were. Looking at a couple of his units (in particular the Fiends and the Tortured Souls), I didn't particularly like my chances in this game. I would be out-paced and struggle to hit those things hard enough to rout them. Well, we would see. The game was Pillage, so there were a number of counters spaced around the table for us to fight over.
|Fiends behind some Hellhounds, and the characters and Gargoyles floating around behind the Lesser Abyssal horde.|
|More Hellhounds and the Tortured Souls.|
|This was where most of my stuff got stacked. Unsurprisingly Spoon went and put nothing directly across from all this.|
|Woo, some manner of success!|
|My Boomers had a go at the Abyssal Champion, doing 5 damage or something. It was not enough to waver him, unfortunately. Then he started regenerating the damage. I wasn't really making much of a dent anywhere.|
|At least my other stuff was closing in.|
|This was part of why I would have liked to waver the Abyssal Champion, He swung about and helped the Fiends in their charge on my Warriors. I think I might have just been outside of Inspiring. Anyway, my unit routed immediately.|
|The Boomers fared slightly better against the Lower Abyssal horde. They took some damage, but didn't waver. I think Spoon rolled a lot better in the other combat.|
|Gargoyles move in to block both the units on the flank. At least, sitting down as I was, I had assumed Spoon was blocking both units. As it turned out, he had messed it up. When I stood up I realised he had only blocked the Siegebreakers.|
|My Captain watches on impotently. Then gets shot a bit by the Flamebearers. Those guys are no fun.|
|The Tortured Souls responded to my Berserker Braves, but being Hindered, they did almost no damage. I was very pleased. Then Spoon rolled freakishly high for the nerve test and routed me anyway. Sigh.|
|My Warlock paid for his failure to lightning the Hellhounds properly, with them coming over and gnawing on his face a bit. He actually shrugged them off reasonably well, given they were also Hindered. This time I was Steady, and able to escape.|
|Nooo my beautiful Warrior horde! You monsters! No wait, don't look at me like that!|
|No more Berserkers. At least I still had the Warlock, I guess.|
|So. This is what it looks like when your Gargoyles land in the wrong place and fail to shield the flank of your biggest unit. Silly Gargoyles. You can probably imagine how this combat went (hint: there were no Abyssals left after the nerve test).|
|Having failed their one job, the Gargoyles still got smashed to a paste by the Siegebreakers.|
|It's just a jump to the left. And then a step to the riiiight...|
|Trying to get my stuff into an advantageous position. No longer having much shooting of my own (well any beyond the Warlock) was problematic in responding to Spoon's new approach.|
|The Tortured Souls were coming to join the party.|
|My Captain did well for himself. His being Nimble allowed me to keep moving him to a place where the Fiends would be Hindered if they went after him, or he was able to hide entirely. I don't think he ever came after me.|
|The dance of these 2 units was silly to watch. It ended up with no real victor.|
So by the end of day 1, I had 2 wins, a draw and a loss. I was very pleased. Day 2 would see 3 games with proper 2000 point armies, though. It remained to be seen if my list at that size would hold up.
The final part of my report can be found here.