Here clearly the Stampede/Direfangs have the advantage, Fihgt Wagons however are still excellent very Def 3 and 4, and the others still put out some reasonable damage, Def 6 is the main difference here Stampede really excel at killing Def 6 enemies in difficult terrain!
Tuesday, 31 January 2017
Thursday, 19 January 2017
We arrived bright and early, as I’m being healthier I’d eaten rice crispies, everyone else enjoyed bacon butties… Still I was pleased to note the guys had provided a big bowl of fruit, nice one!
In the centre, The Green Lady prevents me flanking the Shamblers with my Spirit Walkers but thankfully they are able to get into the flank of Naiad Wyrmriders, and combined with a Stampede they are routed quickly. It takes me a few turns to chew through the Green Lady of course.
Right at the end I had two Loot markers to Andy’s one, he had an amazing turn of shooting and rolled to rout the Stampede, a success would turn the game back into a draw. He rolled 11 to rout! Inspiring! Just ok… Phew!
|The army in all its disturbing glory...|
I was the only person to have won all 4 games on maximum points so I was crowned The King of War! (rather apt being the name of my blog) And got a lovely pint glass as below! Also rather awesome was my friend Jez came 3rd. :) Hal won Best painted and Dave won the Facebook painting award, well done guys!
All in all a great event, I enjoyed catching up with so many friends, and had 4 great games of Kings of War! I would highly recommend the Altibash events to everyone, the fact they even provided healthy options for us also was amazing, great work guys! Looking forward to the next one.
EDIT - Kev asked me to make people aware that he spent ages slaving over a hot oven baking scones, and while I resisted due to being healthy, they looked delicious!
Friday, 25 November 2016
The biggest difference though was you got additional points for hobby and sports, now to those over in the US this is the norm, not so for us in the UK. Personally I was happy to give it a go and have been putting more and more effort into my army to try and improve myself.
My list is below, I basically dropped a few units from my 2K army, but otherwise kept things as is, apart from adding an ASB. (max 1 prevented me taking a 2nd Shaman, or I would have preferred to take another) I did start looking into freehanding the banner design but didn't get it done, so stuck with an older model, maybe next time. (thanks for all the tips guys!)
Game 1 - Chris Silkstone - Orcs, Push.
Going from memory his army comprised of,
Orc Krudger on chariot with Ensorcelled Armor
Skulks with Elite
Ax Horde with Helm of Confidence
Morax with Brew of Sharpness
Morax with Brew of Strength
Goblin Spitters regiment
Chris had only played a few times before, so he was never going to have an easy time of it, I think by the end of the game he had picked up some tips and tricks though so that's good!
He ran his chariot forward and let me charge it with my Stampede, not recommnended and an easy rout. My Lycans progressed round the right flank while chaff delayed his horde on the left flank. The Morax kept turnning to face the Lycans who happily ran around to the flank and then the rear before finally charging something else leaving the mor-ax looking at nothing.
Over the next few turns I routed everything for a big win.
Game 2 - Steven Pearson - Goblins - Dominate
I've played against Steve several times before and they've always been great close close games, this time he had Goblins rater than his usual TK.
As you can see below, his army was huge compared to mine!
Steve maneuvered carefully on my left, but on the right allowed me to zoom forward my Lycans, he then made a fatal mistake (actually pictured doing it below!) He placed Trolls giving me a Nimble flank charge with My Lycans into them, This proved terrible and his flank collapsed.
In the centre My Stampede was held up by first Fleabags and then the King on Chariot and Giant, but with a bit f healing they held out, till everything else was dead, giving me a big win.
Game 3 - Elliot Morrish - Control
Ah Elliot, in our last game he well and truly trounced me! Now was my chance for payback. ;)
2 Regiments of Centaur Bray Striders
1 Regiment of Hunters of the Wild
Winged Unicorn with Lightning Bolt
Beast of Nature with Fly and Lightning Bolt
Tree Herder - Medallion of Life
As you can see below we both took a corner and edged towards each other slowly, his Tree herder was hidden behind the ruins at the top, and he and some Luycans and a Beast pack spent most of the game duking it out!
Meanwhile in the centre I was able to perform the clasic chaff block, using a chaff beast pack to block the charges of two units, this meant I was able to concentrate on his units one at a time with my Stampede. They did take some heavy damage from the Hunters of the Wild, but it wasn't enough and as the dust settled I'd routed pretty much everything for a 3rd big win!
Game 4 - Nick Williams - Pillage
Ah Nick, the TO and a good friend of mine, he'd been doing really well despite taking a relatively fluffy list! He was getting worried that he would win his own event, I was happy to help knock him down. :p As you can see below he had a nice mix of units. His armies strength was the high nerve of all the hordes, trouble is my army has an extreme damage output, pretty much the counter to his army.
The face off below, Nick was determined to hold the pillage marker in the difficult terrain, He offered me some front charges with my Lycans, but I declined to take them, I swung round behind instead with my bottom Lycans. If I had he may have been able to counterattack and start getting an advantage.
Props to his Revenant King who ended up killing my chaff all by himself!
As the dust settled I had a decent win, but only killed around 700 pts worth or so.
Game 5 - Walter Simpson - Invade
Ah Waltz, I've known him for years, we used to go Warhammer tournies together back in the day. (7th ed) Walter has beaten me just the once so far, but every game has been close, typically though we meet up at a tournie and I ruin his dreams of reaching the podium. He wears a Kingslayer t shirt at nearly every event. :p
We'd discussed lists at length in the run up, and we had similar armies, despite his being Undead and mine Herd. He'd been doing really well with it, and if he could get a big win in this game would win the event, so it was all to play for!
Walter spotted this and took full advantage! Charging the Dragon straight in, bother!
It was ok though, the Stampede didn't waver and my countercharge damaged the Dragon too, I then maneuvered the rest of the army hoping to kill it next time. Meanwhile the Werewolves came in to the Stampede comboing with the Dragon, but with amazing luck my Stampede still didn''t rout! This meant I was able to flank the Dragon and take it down, and also rout some annoying Wraiths, that had charged my Lycans.
Back to Walter, he finally killed the Stampede, but then I managed to kill his other Werwolves! He was now down to just a single Werewolf Horde! It bravely charged an undamaged Lycan horde and popped it!
I was down to just the units you see below, now it was really close! My Lycans tried to take it out and failed!
It was now my final turn, I decided to go for it, and use my characters to win the Invade, I need to kill the Werewolves to succeed! And I did, giving me a win, but certainly not a big one! Really great tactical game!
And that was it, I came 1st, full results below! Richard Heath won best painted with his lovely Nature army.
It had been a great day, and Nick really excelled himself, the gifts we received were amazing just look at the gift bag we all got!
The trophies were great, I got a glass pint mug and a shot glass for best general too! I even won vouchers for the shop! Crazy! The terrain espcially was amazing, all made specially by Nick himself. I particularly liked Dragon mountain!
Friday, 4 November 2016
|Some of Jesus's army, photo taken after the game.|
I was able to get the right Stampede into the War Trombone taking it out.
Here I perhaps made a mistake, I pointed out his Butchers could charge my left Stampede, he'd gone straight to shooting so I probably should have kept quiet. :p His shooting fired again and finished off the Stampede in the open. (ouch) The other Stampede was damaged but ok.
On my left the Fiends took the bait and killed the chaff having little else they could do, I then charged them with both units of Lycans taking them out too. The Phantoms flew off out of charge range.
Avatar and charged a Screamer, annoying though I only wavered it. I also charged those Butchers with the Stampede but failed to waver them by 1...
At this point after pretty much taking the flank I felt pretty confident, even if I lost a chunk more in the centre surely the Lycans would swing round and save the day?
I did kill the Butchers but then the remaining Fiends arrived and wavered my Stampede. Next turn the annoying Phantoms rejoined the game too and charged my Stampede, and I perhaps made a further mistake pointing out Paul could pick upo the loot token, thereby making it impossible for me to win... (why do I do these things!)
This turned out in my opinion to be a mistake, because although he wiped it out easily enough he was then surrounded by my units unable to escape a flank or possibly a charge, he decided to go for getting as far away as possible, this avoid a flank but gave a rear to my Spirit Walkers which I happily took with Bane-chant as well. 60 attacks later I wavered the Dragon. (I’ll take it) It did turn round the turn after but still died to the follow up attack.
Congrats to Tom Robinson for 1st place, Darren Parkes for 2nd, and Jesus Santiago and Chris Walsh for Best Mantic army and Best painted! This meant I was no longer the nation CoK champion, still after winning 3 CoK’s and 1 national championships I could rest easy knowing it would take some doing to beat at least. ;-) Also thanks to my high placing I remain the UK no 1 ranked player so that’s cool. :)