Monday, June 13, 2011

Railhead Rumble 11' Day II

So I arrive on Sunday morning to find out I am matched up against Hulksmash and his nasty Space Wolf army. The mall complex was a lot more calm the second day, and it was a nice change of pace. On the day the Primary would be scored W/D/L 16/8/4, the Secondary was W 4 (last mission having D 2), and up to 4 bonus points per round.

Game I v. Brad T.'s Space Wolves
Dawn of War
Primary Objective Markers (5)
Secondary Table Quarters
Bonus Kill a chosen HQ

Brad had a very competitive and well built Razorback list with Logan Grimnar w/ big Wolf Guard Terminator squad (2 Cyclones, assorted wargear), 2 Lone Wolves (TDA, Storm Shields, and Chainfists), 2*Greyhunters (Meltagun, Wolf Guard w/ Combi-melta, HB Razorback), Greyhunters (Meltagun, Wolf Guard w/ Combi-melta, AC Razorback), Greyhunters (Flamer, Wolf Guard w/ Combi-flamer, AC Razorback) , and 3*Long Fangs (5*Missles, AC Razorback).
I always really enjoy playing against really strong opponents and trying to learn from such games, this was just such an instance, however, I honestly played horribly. We'll go through it at the end. Brad got first turn and deployed his big unit of Terminators with Logan in the center of the board, hidden behind the platform seen above. The objectives were one in the middle and one in each quarter roughly. I fly my Stormraven straight down the middle onto the platform. My Devastators take positions on either flank, and my Rhino hide behind the other side of the platform. The Flamestorms outflank.
Turn two the Wolf Guard wreck the Stormraven with Tank Hunting missles (thanks to Logan) and charge the Furioso (seen above). Menoloth uses Wings to get out of there and charge his Long Fangs in the middle, while my missles are ineffective.
The Flamestorms come in and roast a Long Fang pack, while his Terminators wreck the Dreadnought. I am eventually able to kill all the Wolf Guard, but Logan kills all my scoring units, while the Lone Wolves go tag Menoloth. Bottom of six I have my Priest and one missle laucher Marine.
That is when things are interesting. Brad is so ahead that he didn't move onto more than one objective, an objective that happens to be about 8" away from my lone Devastator. So I need a Difficult Terrain test plus a run to equal 5" to get a draw on the Primary. DT roll, snake eyes, run, 2. C'est la vie. That didn't lose me the game. I think I lost in the first turn with my Stormraven placement, I should have never sent it head on into the Wolf Guard, I mean, seriously. It should have gone down the left flank to threaten his Grey Hunters and Long Fangs, and potentially forced him to choose between it and my Assault squads. As it was I gave him the best of both worlds. I made other mistakes, but none of them would have ever happened if I hadn't made that first mistake. 4 points.

Game II v. Mark M.'s Blood Angels

Primary Annihilation
Secondary Most units outside either deployment zone.
Bonus Highest cost unit/HQ with in 12" of the center.

So I played Mark again Day 2. You can see his list on the Day One post. After our game we had talked about him going away from his initial game plan in our first game and splitting up his forces. He got first turn and I held the Stormraven in reserve and all the Baals outflanking. His shooting was super hot through the first two turns, as he wrecked all of my Rhinos. After I had no reserves come in turn two I started to wonder whether I'd have much left by the time they came in.

My Assault squads destroyed one of his jumper squads. He did a great job keeping his army centralized and away from the flanks, but one of my Flamestorms got into his flanks. Then Menoloth came in and got crazy again, killing his Librarian, a Razorback, and an Assault squad while claiming the middle. The Furioso Dreadnought finished off that flank. If Mark made any mistake in the second game it was not finishing off remnant units, as I had multiple squads of less than three models in my KP win. 24 points.

Game III v. Mike K.'s Chaos Marines
Pitched Battle
Primary Capture and Control
Secondary Reduce all enemy units to half strength.
Bonus 4 marked enemy units are worth a point each.

I got a lot of pictures of this game because Mike's army was so awesome looking, and I didn't have to worry about more pictures for later games, so the battery wasn't an issue. He had two Daemon Princes (one Lash, one Tzeentch/Warptime), 5*Chosen (2*Melta, 2*Flamer), 8*Berserkers (Rhino, Power Weapon), two 8*Plague Marines (Rhino, Melta, Flamer, Power Fists), 9*Thousand Sons (Rhino, Wind), 2*Defilers, and 2*Obliterators.
We set up our objectives in opposite corners and both deployed strong objective taking forces. His Chosen infiltrated near my objective. I outflanked my Flamestorms.

So I have a hazy memory of the game at this point, but I was able to take his objective after Menoloth and an Assault Squad handled the Daemon Princes, and the Furioso tore through the Plague Marines. I was able to zoom back to contest my home objective with fast Rhinos

Here are pictures of the final objective positions. I got the Primary, and three bonus points for 19.

So all in all a great tournament. I don't know where I finished overall exactly, as the final standings haven't been released yet, but I did win Player's Choice! Thanks to the players that voted for me!

1 comment:

Hulksmash said...

I had a great game. I can't believe I almost gave it away there at the last second by not paying attention :)

Regarding the opening move I'm not so sure you didn't make the right choice. If you'd gone down a flank I could have shot it down while advancing my full terminator squad. As it was the only reason you kill all of Logans crew is because of that darn dreadnought. Give me another turn to shoot him and it probably wouldn't have gone as well.

I think the model placement after the Stormraven went down is what hurt you most. Either way I had a great game against a gorgeous army. I totally voted you for players choice.....even if you do make my painting look bad :)