Ironman and Throne of Skulls

So, I’m sure I’ll talk about this a bit on the podcast tonight butm as fara as I know, no one is reading this. So I figured I would drop a few things in here and you can all take a minute to come check it out.

So, onto the tourney. Silas and I drove out friday night and climbed into bed pretty late due to the long drive and him not getting off work till late. So we just dropped off and set teh alarm for 6:30 the next morning. One of the things Silas and I have learned is that games during the day are A LOT more fun if you can relax and enjoy them. Things that do not help you relax and enjoy games are hangovers, hunger pains, and sleep deprivation. So while it may sound lame to be in Vegas on a Friday night and just go to sleep, it meant Saturday would be a lot more fun.

After waking up and grabbing some breakfast, we headed over to find the church the tournament was being held at. It turned out to be a really decent spot. Although it was a bit odd to look over and see a huge stained glass cross to my right all day. The tourney got started a bit latish, not too bad. So I walked up to my first table and stared out at a really well painted and converted Salamanders army. I completely forgot the names of 75% of my opponents, so I hope that if they read this they forgive me.

The Salamanders guy had Vulkan, 7 TH+SS Termies, 5 scouts, 2 Tac Squads, 2 Razorbacks with TL Lascannons, and 2 attack bikes that he squaded up. Deployment Dawn of War, and game was annihilation. The game was tight, but he ended up with a bunch of kill points because I threw my dreads and a few other things at his Termies to slow them down, hoping I could waste the rest of his force with my squads. I ended up rolling bad at the wrong times and losing a lord to a tac squad, which he didnt kill. And even though I focused fire on his scouts a few rounds, he made a huge number of saves for them. Also, both DDMs failed to blow up the land raider, only immobilizing it. The game ended up a tie, and my opponent was great fun.

So, I pulled a tie in a 4 game format, and knew that this pretty much pulled me out of the top place winners. Although with a true throne of skulls game, I could have still pulled it out. Looking at the player pack, I was a bit worried. I had 2 troops choices and my next two games each had 5 objectives.

Game 2, I drew a Chaos Marines Player. He had a Nurgle marked Daemon prince with wings and warptime, a 10 man devastator squad with 4 missiles, 2 10 man CSM squads with las cannons and plasma guns, and a land raider full of khorne berserks with a powerfist and a khorne lore with a daemon weapon in terminator armor.  I spaced 2 of my objectives right next to each other (or as close as Icould) and he placed his two objectives in cover on his side of the board. Deployment was Spearhead. I think he went first, but I can’t remember if Iwon the roll and forced him to, or if he won the roll. He placed everything on the board except the Land Raider full of zerkers. So, turn 1 I dropped 1 DDM and the empty pod. Both directly on top of his objectives. He managed to rip apart my DDM with his prince, which i totally expected. But a bad consolodate roll put his prince in charge range of the lords turn 2. I charged the lords in, but could only hit with 1. I put 2 wounds on him, of which he saved both. my long fangs where kind of badly positioned, as I was expecting him to come forward a bit more. I’m used to playing much more aggressive CSM armies, not something that is going to sit back and shoot me. So I think I took 1 or 2 wounds to my lord in CC with his prince. Warptime is just too good to pass up. But I knew I had a good chance at him in his turn, with both lords and the fist consolodating into him. On his turn, he assaulted one of his CSM squads into my fist, smartly keeping both of my lords off. His shoot was pretty ineffective, as I was hiding well. My lords put a few wounds on him, which he saved all but 2 of. His attacks back killed my first lord and a fenrisian wolf, and the squad put 1 wound on the fist. My fist failed to hit the prince and combat was a push. His raider failed to come in, and again his shoot didn’t do much. My shooting was decent, with my missiles taking 3 guys out of his squad in cover on the objective, and my 2nd DDM came in. I dropped it right next to my objective closest to his board edge and kept the dread behind it for cover. Turn 4, he puts 1 wound on my lord with the prince and kills the fist with the squad, my lord throws attacks at the squad and fails horribly. He needed rerolled 3s to hit and 3s to wound, I got 0. His turn, the raider doesnt come on again, and his shooting is agian lackluster, although by this point he has blown up 1 drop pod. In close combat, my lord doesnt kill enough of the squad and them plus the prince kill me as I cant make 2+/3++. His squad consolodates into cover near his objective and his lord moves a bit. My turn I move things around and try and wipe out his squad on the objective. Finally doing so. Next round his raider comes on and he charges it on 12 and pops smoke. He also assaults my 2nd pod with his prince and rips it apart. At this point he has immobilized or destroyed both of my razorbacks and the squads get out and run for objectives with this being the last turn maybe. My dread moves to the side for a shot at the land raider, hoping to expode it and force him to make difficult terrain rolls. He makes the cover save and my squads run getting close to the objectives on my side. I shoot at more stuff and dont do a hell of a lot, maybe killing the prince, not sure. On his turn, he moves the raider forwards 11ish inches and disgorges everyone, hoping to charge past my dread and kill the squad. Problem is, he leads with the termy lord who can’t make it through the gap between the impassable terrain and my dread, so he combi-meltas the dread, blowing it up. No assaults, so I move everything onto objectives and we roll to see if the game ends. Which it does. We check our objectives. He has the center one by being in base to base with the impassable terrain, and his other squad is 0.25 inches away because you measure form the center of objectives for distance. I think he didn’t read this rule in the players pack and it just slammed home the notion to me to read everything multiple times. I held both of my 2 objectives and win 2 to 1. Didn’t think I would be able to pull that off!

Game 3 I draw  Tau and at first think YES! Then I start to read his list, 3 squads of suits, 3 squads of broadsides, 3 kroot squads and a firewarriors squad, no vehicles, and lots of terrain….shit. So I made a bad decision here and chose to go 2nd, and deployed everything out. He took a ton of shots at me, and I committed too heavily to 1 side, watching his suits jump over. All in all, this was my hardest game of which I remember the least. What it came down to, was he was stretched betweenn 2 objectives with a Kroot squad that was being covered by a suit squad and I had 1 objective. My heavy bolter from my razorback managed to force the leadership, and he failed. THis caused him to fall back off of his 2nd objective and got me the tie.

Game 4 was DE. This is the third tournament in a row I have pulled DE. Rare my ass. So his list was an Archon with agonizer and shadowfield, some incubi in a raider, 9 bloodbrides in a raider with a haemonculai, 10 wracks in a raider, 10 warriors in a raider with a dark lance, 20 warriors with venom cannons, a cronos pain engine, and 2 ravagers. Deployment in this game ws the weird triangle deployment where you draw a line down the center and then split off 12 inches on either side. Its a fun one. So I deployed, missiles all set to lay waste, wolves out front. He deploys all in reserve. I should have seen it come, its the same thing Silas does to me. But I missed it and paid for it. So my wolves run forward and everything else stands still. I drop a pod in my far left corner to save the kill point and I drop 1 dread next to some stuff so I can hide if he comes on in a certain place. My turn 2, my pod doesnt come in (YES!), and I move the wolves further to my left. His turn 2, he rolls and gets everything except a ravager and his blob squad (NO!). I was hoping he would peice meal a lot more, but the gods where against me. He boosts his raiders with the lord and incubi, the bloodbrides, and the wracks forward, his warriors move on to let the raider and the ravager take pot shos at the visible dread. Not much happens on his turn. On my turn, I unlease the long fangs and start blasting av 10 from the skies. I drop his blood brides, his incubi, and make his ravager not able to shoot. The bloodbrides fail pinning and I feel like I’m back in this game. I start running my lords back over but they had been pretty far away and my run rolls are atrocious. I move a 5 man squad up to double tap the incubi, hoping that with 3s and 3s, I can do some wounds, but I only kill 1, melta failed to hit. His turn, his archon failes to wipe my squad, which makes me really sad. His warriors and ravager come on, and he takes a few shots. Oh, and his wracks assault my middle long fangs squad. I bring my other 5 man squad in to help the long fangs, my lords split, move, and run short again. A roll of 4 for any of my 3 run rolls would have put one in CC, but I just couldnt get it. My dread comes in and kills a raider or ravager, I forget. The game goes on with him wiping 2 long fangs squads, both warrior squads and a dread. I end up tank shocking the wracks, who fail their leadership, but i still assault them just to make sure. Wiping them with a dread and a lord. My fist goes after the ravager, but gets 0 hits. My other lord wipes out the last of his small warrior squad and heads towrds his big squad. At this point, its his turn and turn 5. He pours all his fire from the warrior squad on my lord, and I make all my 2 ups. If I had failed one, he wuold have died. The cronos starts flaming and templating the dread to try and put a wound on the lord, and fails. Then the Cronos assaults the dread and cant kill it. Game ends with me up 7 to 5.

I go 2 – 0 – 2. Undefeated bitches!

Great event, great opponents. Shout out to the Chosen who play at The Realm in OC.

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