Thursday, September 3, 2009
So with the league starting on Tuesday I have a little work ahead of me. I have more than enough points painted up to play, but I really wanted to bring some ghouls, so I'm going to try and get 10 finished up this weekend.
Here is my first test model. It turned out pretty well. I have to say I love the new Citadel washes.
And here's what's left. Good thing my Saturday is mostly open.
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
I finished up my wraiths just last night. I tried out some of those new Citadel washes, and they are pretty sweet. I think they turned out all right, though my highlighting definitely needs more practice. I really like the models though, and will keep my eye out for more stuff from Heresy.
Monday, August 10, 2009
The scoring was:
15 BP for a Win
10 BP for a Draw
5 BP for a Loss
There were also scenarios which gave bonus BPs and also some Objective points to add on to your final score. There was also Sports for each round (12 Pts/round), Composition (25 Pts/round), and Painting (10 Pts/round). It was a smooth tournament and the scenarios were very simple and straightforward.
My list was:
Blair - Vampire Counts - 2248 Pts.
Vampire Lord (455 VP)
Level 3 wizard
Dreadlance, Black Periapt, Dispel Scroll
Dread Knight, Red Fury, Walking Death
Vampire (220 VP)
Level 1 wizard
Flayed Hauberk, Talisman of Protection, Talisman of the Lynci
Avatar of Death (GW), Walking Death
Vampire (185 VP)
Level 1 wizard
Book of Arkhan
Dread Knight, Walking Death
Necromancer with Corpse Cart (220 VP)
Know 1+ spell
Dispel Scroll (x2)
10 Skeleton Warriors (88 VP)
10 Crypt Ghouls (88 VP)
20 Zombie Horde (80 VP)
5 Dire Wolves (40 VP)
5 Dire Wolves (40 VP)
3 Fell Bats (60 VP)
15 Grave Guard (192 VP)
5 Blood Knights (330 VP)
Royal Standard of Strigos
5 Cairn Wraiths (250 VP)
So on to the report, and as always it's long.
Game 1 – Chris – High Elves
Chris was a great guy to play against. His army was also well painted, and it was a very fun game. He ran a magic heavy army, with a Level 4, 3 Level 2’s, 2 Eagles, a unit of White Lions, a big block of Swordsmen, a huge block of Spearmen, a block of Archers, a unit of Shadow Warriors and 2 Bolt Throwers. The scenario was a simple one, in that it just gave you extra BPs to kill the enemy general, and also gave the unit that killed him a +1 CR for the rest of the game. The terrain was pretty standard, but had a hill on his side and some impassible in the middle which caused some problems. He set one Bolt Thrower on a hill with his Archers and the other on his left flank. I placed my Wraiths and Bats on one flank across from his hill, with my Blood Knights on my other flank. The first couple of turns were not too eventful. He threw his magic at me, which was a lot since he also had a couple of bounds and the banner that gives him D3 magic dice (I think he generated 14 PD on his first turn). Thankfully though on his second turn he miscast and rolled the event that ends the magic phase. Our infantry were set up across from each other and so they just kind of marched ahead. My next turn I sent some raised Zombies into his Archers and my Bats into his Bolt Thrower. I positioned my BKnights to try and get a flank on his Swordmasters, and just screened his other Bolt Thrower with some Wolves. On his turn he magicked the Wraiths a bit and some of my infantry. He also managed to get a charge with one of his Eagles on my Corpse Cart, killing the Necro on top. His Swordmasters charged my skeleton block, wiping it out along with my BSB. He also sent his SWarriors to take a charge from the BKnights, which I think he hoped would overrun into the front of his SMs. My turn came again and I VH’d my Lord unit into his Spearmen block. It had a ton of CR (7 static I think), but I thought I could take it. My Ghoul unit also charged his SWarriors, which prevented my BKnights from being able to charge, saving them this turn at least. My Wraiths also charged his Archers on the hill. The Spearmen combat saw my Lord do 8 wounds, with him doing 4 to the Grave Guard, but he still won combat so I lost 1 more. The Ghouls broke the SWarriors, and they fled in front of his White Lions, with me pursuing. The Wraiths wiped out the Archers and overran into the Bolt Thrower. The next turn he got some good magic off, and knocked the BKnights down to 2. Also, since the SWarriors broke, the SMs were in the charge arc of my BKnights. He charged both of his Eagles into my Corpse Cart, killing it. He didn’t roll as well this time with the Spearmen, and I won combat, he broke and I caught him. The SWarriors fled farther, and ran into my Lord unit, wiping them out. The Wraiths also took care of the Bolt Thrower on the hill. My turn came and my BKnights were forced to charge the SMs, and they smoked ‘em. I also charged the White Lions with my Ghouls and Vamp, and they broke, with me chasing them down. The game ended here as we were out of time, and it ended in a draw (he beat me by 119 VPs). I might have gotten his General with my Wraiths and Lord in the next turn, but such is life.
Game 2 – John – Lizardmen
John was a little late for the game, and he was pretty unfamiliar with the army and with the game in general. Good guy though. He had a Slaan in Temple Guard, 3 Skink Priests, Engine of the Gods on Steg, 3 Jungle Swarms, 3 Terradons, 2 Salamanders, a Skink unit with a Kroxigor, and another basic Skink unit. He deployed strange, hiding his Terradons and Salamanders behind buildings on his side. I set up my BKnights across from his Temple Guard and my Wraiths across from his Steg, with the rest of my infantry centered on the table. He had the ‘D3 free move’ item though, and so re-deployed his Slaan to the exact opposite side of my BKnights. The turns were extremely slow. John wasn’t familiar with his spell lists (he had heavens and light), and took a very long time to decide what to cast on each phase. We only got through Turn 4 because of this, but it was still a pretty fun game. The big events were my Bats charging his Salamanders, where he chose to flee, and rolled high sending him off the table. He also chose strange targets with his magic, wiping out my Wolves and Zombies – good job, you got 200 VPs in 4 units. I tied up his Steg with my Wraiths for 2 turns, which allowed the BKnights to get across the table into it on my last turn. I also got a charge on his Slaan unit with my Grave Guard, which had my Lord and BSB in it. They wiped the Temple Guard in 2 turns, and with me (and him) not understanding the rules correctly (his Slaan doesn’t get ITP after the TG are gone), his Slaan stuck around with his crazy ward save. That’s about it for the game, I got a win out of it, which put me at a decent standing going into the last round.
Game 3 – Ben – Dark ElvesBen is from Durham, and part of the SFG crew. He brought a pretty tough list, but he is also a very good player. I played him once before at the SFG tournament in July, and he wiped me pretty early. His list was Lord on Dragon, Level 1 Mage, Master BSB, 3 units of Dark Riders, 2 RBTs, a Hydra, 2 Cold One Chariots, and 20 Black Guard. It was a pretty embarrassing game, again. He got into my Wraiths early with his Dragon, wiping them out. He also managed to get both of his RBTs on a hill, which gave him free shots on my BKnights, and he shot them all to death by turn 2. His fast cav shooting wiped out almost all of my support units, killing both of the Wolves, the Bats, and some Zombies. He charged my Lord unit (with BSB) with his Dragon, and so started the combat. The first round I accepted his challenge with my champion, and he killed it and did the 5 wounds of overkill (giving him a total of 6). He still lost CR by 1, but passed his test. The next round of combat he challenged again, and I accepted with my BSB. He got 3 wounds through, I saved one with armor, but failed to roll a 6 on the last 2 for my ward save, so the BSB died. I managed to do 2 wounds on his dragon though, and so was CR by 3, but he still passed. My next turn I raised back my champion, accepted his challenge with it, but without my BSB he ended up winning CR by 1. I accepted with my Lord next, which did 2 more wounds to the Dragon, allowing me to win CR in the end by 2, but he passed again. On my turn he killed my Lord, and got one of his Chariots and the Black Guard into the unit, wiping it out anyway. He tabled me in the end, and got full BPs. Like I said before, embarrassing, but he’s a good player and helped me out with some tips afterwards. I think I’m going to have to bring some nastier stuff to beat that army, and maybe lose the BKnights if I play him again, as he’s just too fast for me to do anything with them.
So I ended up 1-1-1, with a total of 36 Battle Points. Not too bad. My comp got an average of 14 Pts out of 25, but you only got Painting Points for a completely painted army, and I still have some models in primer. The tournament was very well run, and I had a great time. I'd definitely go again.
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Unfortunately (as you probably can tell by the lack of updates) I didn't get my army painted in time. I only got about half of it done, but I was OK with that as towards the end painting was becoming more of a chore than a hobby.
Now down to the Battle Reports:
My List: Vampire Counts – 2244 Pts.
Lord Level 3
Dreadlance, Black Pariapt, Dispel Scroll, Red Fury, Walking Death, Barded on Nightmare
Vampire BSB Level 1
Talisman of the Lycni (M9), GW, Walking Death, 6+ Ward
Vampire Level 1
Book of Arkhan( Bound Vanhel’s), Walking Death, Barded on Nightmare
Necromancer on Corpse Cart
Know +1 spell, 2x Dispel Scroll, Lodestone (+1 Wd to raising)
3 Fell Bats
2x Unit of 5 Dire Wolves
16 Grave Guard, Seneschal
5 Cairn Wraiths
5 Blood Knights, Strigos Banner (Hatred)
Game 1 – Justin Williams – Dwarves
Well I’ve never played against dwarves before, but that’s not a surprise as before the tournament I had only played 5 games at 2250. He had a nice balanced list (he got 2nd for Best Selection), and was a really nice guy. Only 1 cannon and 1 bolt thrower, some thunderers, warriors, hammerers, a gyrocopter and I think that was it (probably forgetting some things as it was the first game – Note: bring a notebook for next year). The game wasn’t too eventful, we were both pretty new and the scenario was really complicated, so the turns were slow. Big events included him taking out my necro and corpse cart on turn 1 with his cannon, him wiping out my blood knights in another turn of shooting, and me losing my wraiths to a big block of hammerers. Like I said, the turns were slow so we didn’t get into too much HtH combat as we only reached turn 4. I made some dumb moves, like giving him a flank shot on my blood knights with his bolt thrower, and overestimating my 8” vanhel’s to get a flank on the hammerers unit, which is why my wraiths crumbled by CR (though I shouldn’t have charged them at the unit in the first place). All in all a fun first game, he got a win and the scenario – he had the double US banner, so I wasn’t touching the sauce.
Game 2 – Jeffrey Arp – Demons
A Khorne Demon list, but not over the top. He was really quiet and we didn’t have much conversation ( for instance, I asked him how his first game went, and he replied “Good”.) Four units of Flesh Hounds, 3 units of 10 Bloodletters, Herald with Stubborn Banner on Juggernauts joined by 2 Bloodcrushers, and the Bloodthirster. Good list for me to go against, he had a ton of magic resist, but no scrolls and just 2 dispel dice. I could pretty much do what I wanted with my magic. I just kind of stayed near my deployment zone and positioned my stuff to hopefully get some flank charges later on while he surged forward with everything. I was pretty wary of the Bloodthirster though, as I knew he would probably go right for my Lord, which he did. I positioned my Lord’s unit poorly and in turn 3 he got a combo charge off on it with the Thirster and a unit of Flesh Hounds. Invocation and champion challenges managed to keep the unit alive though, along with Vanhel’s constantly on the unit to give it ASF and hit rerolls. Meanwhile, I got my Blood Knights through the flank of nearly his entire front line with more Vanhel’s spamming. They proceeded to steamroll 2 units of Bloodletters, 1 unit of Flesh Hounds, and both Bloodcrushers (he moved his Herald out of the unit to save it). This was in one turn mind you, as his front line was in combat with mine by then, so I had the Knights overrun first, and so was able to do all the combats except the Bloodcrushers, which weren’t in combat yet. At this point my lord’s unit was getting pretty thin, though the Grave Guard managed to get a wound through on the Thirster (thank you KB). At my last turn, my Knights had overran to a point just behind the big combat with my Lord’s unit, but facing the wrong way so they didn’t have LoS to the Thirster and Flesh Hounds. I turned them, Vanhel’s the unit in my magic phase, and even a Bloodthirster isn’t going to survive 9 S7 attacks with rerolls. I ended up getting the win and the scenario.
Game 3 – Hank Adams – Dark Elves
Freaking jerk-off list. 2 Manticores (one with his Lord and one with Hero), Hero on Pegasus with Hotek Ring, 2 Hydras, 2 Cold One Chariots, 2 units of Shades, 2 units of 10 crossbows, and 3 units of Dark Riders – all with Rpt. Crossbows. My first non-fun game of Warhammer. I really didn’t care when he showed me his list and just kind of wanted to get the game over with, so I just deployed everything together. Short story is he shot both of my infantry units out on Turn 1 and 2, so all of my Vampires were forced into the Grave Guard unit. He was kind of a douchebag at some points in the game, such as declaring that my Blood Knights were out Vanhel’s range of his Chariots, and proceeding to measure without me having a chance to look (they were on his side so I told him he could measure, but I thought he would at least let me see), he also did the same with 2 fleeing hydras and a unit of shades, declaring that they all stayed on the board by ½ inch without letting me see. Not a big deal, as I was getting obliterated anyway. He wiped me off the table, with me killing a unit of crossbows, a unit of shades, and one hydra the whole game. Loss, but no one got the scenario (two wraiths made his crossbows flee from the building on the last turn). I dinged him in sports and comp.
P.S. Ben I gave him a -3, so I don’t know what his other opponents were thinking.
Game 4 – Bryan Bledsoe – Dwarves
It was a semi-gunline list with 4 Bolt Throwers, 2 units of 10 Thunderers, a unit of 10 Rangers, 2 Gyrocopters, a unit of Miners, a unit of 15 Warriors with double US Banner, and a big block of 20 Hammerers with Lord on Shieldbearers. He was a super-nice guy though, and received my best sports vote. He deployed ready to shoot me to bits. He kept his Warriors and Hammerers back in one of his corners, while spreading out his Bolt Throwers and Thunderers across the table. His Rangers scouted on the left side of my deployment zone. I managed to crawl across the table at him, screening my army with raised Zombies and Wolves. A couple of bolt throwers were on a hill though, and my Blood Knights barely made it (at one point they were down to 1 model). He only had the base 4 dispel dice, so once again my magic was almost free. By Turn 4 my units were finally reaching his line, with his Miners scrambling behind me. The Blood Knights were forced to charge some Thunderers thanks to Frenzy, but I rolled 5” for overrun, and they stayed on the board. My BSB also charged a Bolt Thrower that was positioned in front of his Hammerers block, along with Vanhel’s-ing my Ghoul unit into it also. Meanwhile my Wraiths and a unit of raised Zombies got into combat with the Warriors. I didn’t know about the Oathstone though, and so my Zombies who were supposed to take away ranks from their flank charge, didn’t. The CR ended up crumbling my Wraiths on the last turn. By now though I was able to charge my Blood Knights into the front of the big Hammerer’s unit, and my BSB and Ghoul unit both overran into his flank (he turned to take the charge from my Knights). CR saw the whole unit destroyed in a round of combat. Win for me, and the scenario.
Funny events at the end:
After shooting his Bolt Throwers at my Knights almost all game (when he could), he finally got the last 3 on his last turn with 1 shot. My Knights had overran from the Hammerers combat and so their flank was exposed.
This was also the chip scenario. I had a unit of Wolves reduced to 1 model by shooting, and so sent him around collecting 3 chips. In his last turn he killed it with a Gyrocopter flame attack, but on my last magic phase I raised 5 Zombies on top of the chips, taking the scenario.
I rolled 11 S4 hits on my magic missile at the end of the game, killing a whole Bolt Thrower crew.
Game 5 – Nick Bradley – Warriors of Chaos
He had a Level 4 on Disc, a Level 2, 2 units of Warriors, 2 units of Hounds, 3 Dragon Ogres, 2 units of Marauders, and a unit of 6 Knights with Exalted Hero. This was his 2nd game against VC for the tournament, and apparently his first encounter didn’t go so well, as when I showed up the first words he said to me were “Oh great, another VC player”. He deployed most everything in the middle, with a unit of Warriors and his Knights on his left flank. I pretty much went head on with him, as I was pretty sure my combat could beat his combat. I deployed a unit of Wolves and my Zombies against his Knights and Warriors to try and slow him up (I really didn’t want to get into combat with that bus unit). My first turn I raised the Zombie unit up to 42 models and moved them toward his Knights. I also sent my Bats to march block his Warriors. He just moved the rest of his line forward and I positioned my Wraiths in the forest ready to deal with the Ogres. This was really the largest magic list I had to deal with in the tournament. He cast Infernal Gateway every round, with me scrolling them or just throwing a ton of dice at it. He got off 2 the whole game with IF though, but rolled extremely poor (the first one was 2 S7 hits on my Lord’s unit, and the second was 7 S4 hits). The middle combats went very well for me, and I saw his Dragon Ogres run off the board from my Wraiths, and his Warrior unit chased down after a combo charge. The Knights on my right flank though, were chewing through my crap units faster than I thought they would (they killed all 42 Zombies in one round of combat). They ended up getting a huge overrun roll and were in position for a rear charge on either my Blood Knights or Lord’s unit on his next turn. I turned them to face it, and proceeded to attempt to Vanhel’s my Knights into his on my magic phase. Unfortunately, I rolled a miscast on my first attempt, and got the one that ends the magic phase. He then got the charge on my Blood Knights, and overran into my Lord’s unit in the flank. He wiped it, so end of game for me. I guess I could have raised Zombie unit after Zombie unit on my flank to hold up the overruns that the Knights were getting, but he was pretty sulky at the start of the game so I really didn’t want to be “that guy”. I also probably relied too much on getting that Vanhel’s through, and so had bad positioning with my Lord’s unit for his overrun. Pretty fun game though, and I got to play next to Driver, who spent half his time at the table and half at the cooler.
The BoB was a great time. Bar one, my opponents were very fun to play against and I really only went up against one really nasty list. Like Ben said, my only gripe would be their comp system. I finished up 2-3-0 with 2 scenarios, not bad for my first big tournament. I wasn’t disappointed with my ranking, as I knew going in that having only half of my army painted was going to lose me a lot of points. I was a little surprised at my low PJ comp, but I guess in the end it's still VC even if I don’t have a dragon, big infantry blocks, or the regen banner. I think the main things I need to work on would be to use my Wraiths better and also to use my magic more efficiently. Big highlights were taking out that Bloodthirster when I thought the game was getting away from me, and seeing Shawn’s amazingly painted and converted army along with the completed Angelic Host.
Thursday, June 18, 2009
I also got the chance this last weekend to play a couple of games against the ND crew. Though I was slightly intoxicated from the wedding dance, on Sat. night I took on Brian's warriors of chaos. I think he made up the list shortly before I got there just so I could get a game in. The short summary of the game included me march blocking a large part of his right flank with my bats, raising zombies to take table quarters, my cairn wraiths taking out his shaggoth, and my vamp lord making some amazing dice rolls to save his ass (his general was on a disc with the runeshield thing (negates all magic weapons in BtB) and the sword of "I wound you and you are now T2 S2 for the rest of the game)). All in all a pretty fun game, and he definitely gave me some great tips on playing my army. I think I ended up with a minor victory.
The second game I played was against Seth's tomb kings. I barely knew the rules to this army, so it was a good learning experience. I also remember it better because it was the next morning. The first couple of turns weren't too eventful. He shot up some wolves with his archers, and also managed two great misfires with his catapult. By turn three things got a little interesting. He set up a charge trap for my blood knights, but didn't position his chariot quite correctly, and I managed to get a charge off on his catapult instead. Smoking the catapult my BKs ended up behind his lines, awesome. Meanwhile, his general with the tomb guard was getting close to my general in with the grave guard, not so awesome. Turn 4 came around, and his ushabti managed to get a rear charge on my blood knights. I wasn't too worried, until he rolled amazingly well, and smoked the whole unit! His general unit also got into combat with my general unit. With the hammer of "smoke everything in BtB" on his general (can't remember the name of it) and a flank charge by some chariots, he managed to get up to a +14 CR before I got to hit back. Thank God for dreadlance and red fury. 7 dead tomb guards later I only lost CR by 4. Still, my grave guard was slim and my vamp had only 2 wounds left, and with a lot of his stuff left I knew my vamp lord wasn't going to last much longer. In my next turn (with the help of Jason) I noticed that his heirophant was in charge range of my vamp with the talisman of the lynci (M9). Sweet. I took it out and overan into his casket of souls. Commence the crumbling. On the other side of the table my bats managed a charge on his archers, almost wiping the unit. I also raised back some of the grave guard, and tried to put some wounds on his general with no avail. Top of turn 5 he took his LD rolls with pretty good success. The combat I dreaded was coming. He got off 2 wounds on my lord, and me needing a 6+ to save, couldn't manage. Commence MY crumbling. In the last turns we just shuffled units around to try and take quarters, and tried to roll low. The result was a minor victory for Seth. Overall it was a very fun game, it can't be too often that both armies crumble during the battle.
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
I've been painting up a unit of 20 zombies. Yay for block painting...bleh. I think they will turn out pretty nice though. I'm going for a more gray and decrepit look instead of fleshy. So far all I have is the base coat of gray on them, along with the green on their tattered clothes. I plan to do a drybrush of a flesh color over the gray, with a final very diluted black wash. The clothes will turn out very much like the dead corpses on my corpse cart model. After that it's just down to highlighting and the fancy stuff. I'll probably have to do a variation on my usual basing though, as they will blend in too much with the grey gravel I've been using.
So when my eyes and brain can't take it anymore I've also starting working on my horseless vampire. He's going to be a beast in my army. With the Talisman he will be able to charge 18" on foot, have a good save, and will also be my BSB. He is also arguably the best looking model that's going to be in my army, though I really like the look of my vamp lord so it's debatable. Just got him glued together and primed tonight so when I can't take block painting I'll move over to him.
Monday, June 1, 2009
I really didn't like the look of the GW Cairn Wraith models, so I started searching for some substitutes. Scooby D-bag gave me some great sites to look at, and I finally decided last week to buy the wraith miniatures from Heresy Games (great models here btw). They arrived today unscathed, and I even got a free cherry sucker!
Friday, May 29, 2009
I'll start with the skellies I guess. These are the first warhammer models I painted. I didn't really research much and just kind of dove right into it (though I have to thank Shawn O for some newbie tips). I also did these models individually from start to finish, which I realize now isn't the greatest way to paint a unit. You also may notice that there are only eight of them. When I first painted them I thought I was going to include a banner and musician, however now that my list has changed I'm remodelling those models with sword and shield.
Next up are my dire wolves. I had a little bit of experience before I began these guys, and also some good tips from Ben and Driver. I'll be sporting 2 units of 5 at the Hillbilly, but shown below are just one unit. They actually didn't take nearly as long as I thought they would, especially once I got a routine down. This unit was also painted 'correctly' in that I did the base coat on all the models before I began drybrushing them all, then highlighting, etc.
The last model I have completely done (I find that I jump around between units a lot when I paint, that's why this list is so short) is my corpse cart. This was a pretty big awakening to how hard these kits can be. Even though it was only plastic, it took a lot of doing to get all the pieces to fit together properly. Painting was also a little bit of a nightmare. I did the skin by doing a basecoat of bleached bone, followed by a flesh color, and a final wash of brown. It was pretty simple, but turned out well. I'm still not quite satisfied with the basing, as the back seems to be needing something (maybe a zombie coming out of the ground or something).
So that's it for stuff totally done. My wife is moving to her internship this weekend, so I won't have time until next week to take pics of my many works in progress.
I guess I would call myself a PC-gamer. I really began back in 2002 (wow...) when Warcraft III came out. I probably played too much for my own good, but I got pretty good at the game. I managed to get on a decent amateur league team in 2003, and did some tournaments and such (we even won one). Anyway, that led me to really like Blizzard games, and so I started playing World of Warcraft after WC3 cooled down. I met some guys who eventually invited me to The Hillbilly in 2008 (really sweet WHFB tournament in Memphis, TN; this year the name was changed to Battle on Beale - http://battleonbeale.com). I really liked the idea of the game, and was amazed at how balanced it was considering all of the rulings and army variations. On the way back from the tourney, the ND Wargaming Crew convinced me to start an army for next year, which in turn created the beginning of this blog.
I started purchasing minis for my Vampire Counts army in late Fall 2008. The motivation to paint them, however, did not begin then. My wife and I had just moved to NC that summer, so we were still getting settled in, and I was trying to find a job. I also was still playing a little WoW, so that hampered things. I finally started painting in early 2009 and have kept at it pretty regularly since.
So that's the intro to me and the beginnings of my wargaming. I have quite a few models that I've purchased now, and most of them are painted, but I am still a ways off from having everything completed by mid-July (my goal, as that's the dates for this year's Memphis tourney). Hopefully this blog will also help me to stay motivated and get everything painted by then.