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I'm sitting at home, the day after returning from Lubbock, Texas, where I attended Wasteland Wars 5, an Indy GT in West Texas. I traveled there with seven other gamers from our area group, the DAWGS.
As a group, we did well. For the final round, we had people on tables 2, 5, 6, and 7. Greg would take best sportsmen and third best overall. I would win second best appearance, and Rick would take Player's Choice.
Here's a quickie on my games.
I had two alters, two scroll caddies, 30 archers, 16 dryads, 14 wardancers, 6 wildriders, 3 warhawk riders, 1 treeman, and 1 great eagle.
GAME 1 vs. Owen Thomas's Dwarfs
To be fair, this game could have gone to either play if either of us had had better dice. The dice weren't cruel, but they weren't that interested in the game. Maybe they were watching reruns of House.
My lackluster shooting and lazy combat from the alters, along with his subpar war machine fire, insured a draw. The scenario was to capture banners, meaning I had to either break Hammerers or Ironbreakers. His anvil caused a little bit of trouble, but not much as he rolled a few ones for it, though it refuse to destroy itself.
He was an admittedly inexperienced Dwarf player, and the terrain favored me. I controlled quarters and dictated combats; nonetheless, it just wasn't going to happen that day. The Treeman mostly hid from his artillery.
GAME 2 vs. Jeff Burns's Empire
I think if Jeff had an army he liked more or knew better (he'd borrowed this one and had maybe 5 games with it), he would've beaten me. I think he was a smarter general than I, but his inexperience with the, a few bad rolls here and there, and ineffectual spells kept him from accomplishing much.
The alters finally decided they'd fight, with the highborn eating through his small knight units. Also, Jeff had an abyssmal roll of three 1's for armor saves from Glade Guard at short range. The Treeman again spent a lot of time avoiding great cannons, though he did eventually peek out to cause some trouble. The Hail of Doom Arrow wiped his Outriders on Turn 2, damned good dice on that one.
The scenario, Attack of the Plastic Dinosaur, was to claim 5 treasures. 4 bestowed gifts, and 1 bestowed a slightly toned-down Carnosaur (Lubbock claims dinosaur fossils). Jeff played this part of the game better, though he popped the Carnosaur, fled from terror, and left me a direly needed treasure to tip the balance. My Glade Guard opened up and brought the Carnosaur down in a single round of shooting, more damned good dice but large targets at short range are a favorite for WE archers.
Jeff confounded my success though, by plopping his war altar on top of the treasure. I'd managed to avoid it for 4 turns, but in turns 5 and 6 he really put me on the spot with his Cleansing Flares. He managed to drop a unit of Dryads below 5, causing them to drop their treasure and tilt the scenario in his favor.
This was a fun game against a smart opponent. Again terrain was very much in my favor. A solid victory but no battle points for wood elves.
Game 3 vs. Stephen Lawson's High Elves
Stephen was a nice fellow with a very aggressive High Elf list. A highborn on a star dragon, lots of cavalry, two lion chariots, one scroll caddy, and two units of spearmen. He hadn't played for several months before the tournament and was rusty, which led him to make some poor choices.
The Bow of Loren and Arcane Bodkins caused him a world of hurt. His dragon was too much for me and could've done even more damage, but he again could've made better decisions.
The scenario was to get more units into the enemy deployment zone, which I handled no problem. With kills, table quarters, and the like, I had a solid victory and 4 battle points.
At the end of day 1, I had a respectable 44 battle points but had been spared playing any of the numerous demon or undead armies. My most challenging opponent had an army he wasn't used to and a few bad rolls at important moments.
Later that night, I learned that the tourney organizers had grouped lists. Imagine A, B, and C lists. A's played each other the first day, as did B's and C's. I was apparently in the middle-difficulty B group. Day 2 would be Swiss pairings. I'm not sure what I think about it. For now, I think games 1 and maybe 2 could be "list" matched, though there are problems with that. A modestly skilled general running an over the top list with basic tactics can do well, while a highly skilled general playing a "softer" list might do less well. Anyhow...
GAME 4 vs. Rick Thompson's O&G Army.
Rick's a longtime member of our gaming group and is widely recognized as a highly skilled general. He brought a Mad Max-themed army, even with a display table that had an imbedded DVD player that showed the movie playing. It's a very cool army.
Rick has a lot of chariots and a lot of snotlings, which means a lot of drops. Two units of bad ass orcs means he has a lot of hitting power.
I went for some bait early, even though I knew it was bait, but the gamble failed and my highborn was lost early on. The noble would live and the Treeman would cause problems for him the entire game. He took a standard of mine, but I claimed a quarter. A lucky terror test sent his BSB running and pulled me back to a draw, which is what I was aiming for at that point.
The terrain still favored me, though not as much as the previous three tables. I would use treesinging to good effect and bottleneck a lot of his army and buy myself some time.
With his BSB gone, we both had the same amount of characters left, meaning neither of us earned scenario points.
This was a flat out draw, which I felt pretty good about. It was my toughest match so far as he could match my mobility with his pivoting chariots and muster superior hitting power.
GAME 5 vs. Chris Bourdon's Brettonians
I was on table 5 at this point, and while I knew I wouldn't be a top contender (though I actually was in the end), I was happy to be among the top 10.
The terrain luck finally bottomed out. All rocks and a hill in the middle. And Brets thundering across the table full tilt. I used the hill the best I could and managed to keep most of his force to one side of the table, but as this wasn't a pitched battle, I needed to take risks and go for kills. You earned up to 20 points (as was possible via VPs and BPs in the previous matches) depending on how much you killed. Kill 1250 pts, round to 1300 and get 13 BPs. Kill 1249 and round down to 12 BPs. So there were no table quarters, no real evasion. Just kill, kill, kill.
Ultimately, I killed about 900 points, and he killed about 1,500. My Treeman failed his first stubborn test and was run down early. It was another gamble as I knew he might take a charge from Grail Knights, but I decided I just wanted to have fun and fight at that point.
Chris was a fun player, knowledgeable, very fair and easy-going. He capped a fun weekend where I enjoyed every game.
I ended with 60 battle points and actually was fourth overall to my surprise. My painting scores tend to buoy my general and battle scores. Still, I never faced any of the harder lists and it's hard to say how I would've done in that case.
The group of guys I traveled with were a fun bunch and great traveling companions. Good times for all.
Here are some more random pics from the weekend.
Nice post David, but I look drunk and Rick looks sober.
Way to go Dave and thanks for the report. With your painting and skill I can see you slipping into a top place at a GT soon. Also hopefully, this will serve as a reminder for me to bring my camera.
2009 Tourny records (W-L-D) (20-4-4):
9/56, 1/12, 2/14, 4/14, 32/82, 1/6, 16/72
Great report! The photos were particularly good, as I always feel photos add more weight to a report. Well done on the tourney as well, and your models look really well painted.
nice reports David and congratulations again on 4th overall. You really need to grace the forum with a big Picture of your entire army since the picture you ahd here was very dark. Nice to see you take pictures of your opponents armies. Good reports and you had a lot of luck .
Hope I can attended a tournement in the near future it seems to be a Load of fun .
Hey, David! Nice Report.
Mark told me to tell you that you were missing at least 6 more units of bowmen.
Congratulations on 4th place. Your pictures don't do any justice to your army.
John from Tennessee