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Tomorrow morning, I'll drive the 45 minutes to Dallas to participate in my third LoneWolf Indy GT. I've done well in past ones, placing in the top 15 or 10. This year 90 people are registered to play. I took the day off work and drove my wife's car the 35 miles or so, only to suffer a blowout about the time I reached the George Bush Turnpike. I changed to the spare, finished the drive, and dropped off the terrain I'd brought, along with my army.
I had intended to stay and help, but the flat tire changed my plans. I drove back to Denton and to a local Bridgestone store where I had the tire replaced.
I have two models to enter into the painting contest, my Wood Elf ltd. ed. noble which looks really good for the small model and a Gorger for the large model. The gorger was a commission job and not top notch, but the wood elf, I hope, will be a contender for best overall.
My past results have been to go 3-1-1 both years, which seems good in my eyes. If I can take 3 games out of 5, I'll consider it a good tourney. If I'm lucky and can get to 4 wins, then I have a good shot at taking home some booty.
I plan on taking pics and posting abbreviated battle reports.
Sweet, looking forward to it. Which army are you taking? WE's, WOC or Ogres?
vs. Warriors of Chaos
A good matchup for me. A slow, compact army. He had a Tzeentch sorcerer lord but no other magic support. Then a BSB and another hero.
Two units of knights, one unit of warriors, two units of marauders, a shrine, and chariot, ridden by the non-bsb hero.
Shooting was up and down. I spent the whole game trying to kill his knights and just couldn't get the wounds with the arcane bodkins. I did take his sorcerer lord out, thank goodness, as it had infernal gateway.
The warriors and shrine, I never touched. I took out his marauders, had his general, enough of his knights, and table quarters to win. My only losses were stupid archers who failed ld tests right and left. They'd run, fail to rally, run off the board, clip someone else along the way, who'd also run and fail to rally. A really nice opponent who set a fun tone for the weekend.
In the end a solid victory with all 20 battle points.
vs. Dark Elves
Not as good a matchup. He parked his bolt throwers on his table edge (grumble, grumble). He had a unit of warriors with one sorceress. He had 8 cold ones with his BSB and general. Two units of dark riders, two units of shades. 12 or 13 crossbows. A hydra, of course. And that was about it. Fairly small.
He let my treeman charge his hydra, which was a mistake. The treeman would eventually win, with the help of the alter, and run down the beast. His dark riders were eventually killed, though they stuck around longer than I'd like.
His crossbowmen were killed off early. Too much damage potential from those buggers. One unit of shades jumped a unit of dryads and revealed the assassin. After pasting and pursuing my dryads, they were up on a hill. Sweet, let the shooting begin. I took them out in two or three turns, netting the assassin at the cost of a unit of dryads.
The bodkins were working this game and the cold ones were all killed eventually. That left the BSB and the general, who had to separate. I took out the BSB on the last turn, and get this, I got two wounds through on the DE general. That meant defeating a 1+ armor save, inverse ward save, and regen. I was thrilled to get one wound through, much less 2.
His other unit of shades decided to tackle a treeman, not sure what those shades were thinking. They were tromped. I left the warriors alone, finally got to one bolt thrower, and never could get to the other.
We didn't tally the points as it was obvious I'd won. 20 more points out of 20.
40 points total after two games, my best start to any GT.
vs. Tomb Kings
After going 2-0, I knew there was a good chance of facing something really ugly, and this wasn't it. I still wasn't happy to be fighting tomb kings. Their magic is relentless. But he had no casket.
He did have two units of skellies, one with bows. A unit of Tomb Guard (with the banner of reform). 3 priests, the tomb king. 1 scorpion, four chariots. And a bone giant.
The scorpion would come up but I had screened my archers with wardancers and dryads. He jumped the war dancers who did a couple of wounds but he killed them the next round. For some reason, he overran into the treemen who got his last wound.
His bone giant hid a long time, but 5 dryads charged it in a charge or be charged situation and actually killed it after a couple of combat rounds.
The chariots went after the warhawks who just ran. The chariots then charged a unit of archers who ran, leaving the dryads to charge the flank of the chariots and take them out.
I eventually killed his catapult and crew. I wiped the 20 archers with the heirophant. The heiro was the only model left but I couldn't wound it even after landing some hits. It flew over to another unit and survived the game.
He picked off enough of my units to prevent me from winning and we had a draw. Probably the most fitting outcome to a well-played game.
So only 8 points. But 2-1-0 put me in a good position for the next day. I'll still have some stiff competition and have been blessed not to play DoC or VC so far. If I can get three wins, I'll be happy. I always end up with three wins and place decent and I consider that a good showing. If I get lucky and can pull 2 wins tomorrow, then who knows. It might put me in contention.
So I guess you took Wood Elves then. Congrats on your results so far, esp against the Warriors! I would've thought they'd give you more trouble than an 20-0 win! Great show.
Any chance of posting your list?
Nice work so far, good luck tomorrow!
I'm running my usual list
Noble on eagle, arcane bodkins, bow of loren, glamorweave, lt armor, shield
Alter noble, Helm of the Hunt, Hail of Doom, lt armor, shield, great weapon
Singer, 2 scrolls
Singer, 2 scrolls
Dryads x 8
Dryads x 8
Dryads x 8
Archers x 10
Archers x 10
Archers x 10
Warhawks x 3
Wardancers x 6
Wardancers x 6
Treeman x 1
Waywatchers x 10
Dark Elves again and a different sort of list.
No crossbows but 15 dark riders. No bolt throwers, but a hydra. Corsairs, frenzied by banner with extra hw. Block of spears (I think). Block of black guard. Shades, one unit. Lvl 2 caddy. BSB, dreadlord, cauldron with hag. 2 chariots.
This was a tense game throughout and I never had a good sense of what was going my way.
She pushed her hydra up so my treeman jumped on it. The dryads were in the flank, which actually gave them a chance to kill the handler. I beat him by 4, but the hydra held. Eventually, it'd be my treeman, who'd run on a 9. The delay cost though as the corsairs charged the dryads and broke them, overrunning into wardancers.
Another unit of dryads jumped the hydra, bringing it down.
I jumped the corsairs with more wardancers and dryads and took them out. Her assassin had left the unit and would survive the game.
The waywatchers deployed in the woods in her zone, blocking a unit of dark riders and causing a problem for a chariot. They'd do a good job the whole game, helping kill the shades and dark riders and then picking at black guard as the game went on. I shot the crap out of the black guard unit and had it down to one remaining model and the general and BSB. The last roll of the game was a 5+ ward (from the cauldron) to keep that single black guard model alive, which kept me from getting full points.
One chariot spent most of the game stupid, 4 times total. The other one frittered about fending off my WWs for some reason.
My alter failed a freakin' terror check and ran off the board like a big pansy. Ld was a problem throughout the tourney.
Because of quarters and a captured standard, I had the victory.
Another 20 points. This put me at 68, 3 wins and a draw. I was in good shape to contend for the top spot.
I knew it would come down to pairings, and I knew there were some ugly armies out there. I could've faced Warriors, Orcs and Goblins, a somewhat balanced Daemon army, a nasty vampire army, High Elves, or Papa Nurgle. I got Nurgle.
Great Unclean One, two heralds, each on palanquins in plaguebearer units. 2 beasts. 2 units of furies. A small unit of plaguebearers. And that was it. I was screwed. And I lost. Go figure. Not worth going into. A nice enough gamer, a smart general with a rock hard army, who got my sportsman vote.
I finish 3-1-1. In fact, I've gone 3-1-1 four times and 3-2-0 the other time at GTs. I can't pass that barrier.
I won best painted large miniature and won a dragon from Reaper, very nice. I was disappointed not to win best painted small miniature as I'd maxed out on my Wood Elf noble. I won 2nd best small miniature, though, and got some brushes from Reaper. Still a nice prize.
"Obama Bucks" were distributed. Each player had 5. If your opponent lost, you gave them a book. At the end of the tourney, the stimulus money was used to buy boxes or blisters. Because my last opponent had given me 2 bucks, I had 4, so I grabbed a box of beastmen, knowing that I could exchange it at the local GW store.
My goal was three wins, but I have to admit that I was excited to have a chance at 4 wins but disappointed to not get there. Running into Nurgle was bad news. Still, I stayed on the top tables most of the time and might have placed in the top ten, not sure, but I kinda doubt it. Some of the people below me who won could've outpaced me. I'll have to wait and see what the final rankings are for that.
That was a good showing david. Papa nurgle is a pain for a lot of armies. Congrats on the painting win also.
I am right 94% of the time, why worry about the other 3%.
Your writeup is excellent, as are the pictures. I really enjoyed it. Congrats on your 3 wins and your painting awards.