Sunday, April 25, 2010

Tournament results; "I suck!" or "I won stuff?"

Yesterday I had the tournament I've been waiting for months. I met up with my friends the evening prior and shot the shit and woke up ass early(6:37 was about the time). I was running my Chaos Daemons(Khorne and Nurgle) and while the list I had did well in the two playtest games prior to the tournament, it didn't do too well here. I needed more icons and/or better strategy. Here's the overall run down of the games-

Game 1: vs Space Wolves-

The whole idea of the first game was to escort three messangers across the field past enemy deployment. I haven't fought Space Wolves in this edition so I really didn't know what I was getting myself into and well, by turn 2 or 3 I lost all of my messengers so I did the only smart move- take out his messengers. My summoning unit(Plaguebearers) scattered and ended up on the far end. That sucked but I coped with them drudging along. Then my second unit of Bloodletters did the same thing and ended up over there. The single unit of Bloodletters that did manage to make proper fall took out his Wolf Priest(only 6 strong after rounds of shooting). My Daemon Prince showed up and killed his Messengers as did my Bloodthirster. Now here's the kicker; 90% of the time, I win Death or Glory(Now that I look back at it, I should have rolled 2 dice instead of 1 because of Monsterous Creature....) but this time I ended up with a 10 in which a Rhino ran over him. It was a tie but the Space Wolves player won by victory points.

Game 2- vs Chaos Space Marines(Khorne themed)-

The point of this game was seize and control but with 6 objectives. I haven't played a Khorne marine army in a long time. All of my stuff scattered outside of Plaguebearers. Amazingly enough the Soul Grinder I was running last the game though it didn't do as much damage as I wanted it to. My Bloodthirster carved down his Daemon Prince in close combat and proceeded to a squad of Khorne Berzerkers after being forced to the corner of the field. My Daemon Prince was fighting his Dreadnoughts and Defiler. The Daemon Prince off'd a Dreadnought but was having difficulty with the other two and remained stalled the rest of the game. While the Plaguebearers took control of an objective, my Bloodletters were snuffed out and my opponent had half a unit(that was fighting off my Bloodthirster) of Berzerkers and a full unit on objectives, thus leading to a loss.

Game 3- vs Orks-

The point of this game was to control the opponent's objective/side of the field. Iin the past I played Orks during 4th(3rd) ed but not during 5th ed. This game almost everything manifested where I wanted it. My Bloodletters were off'd imediately by Ork firepower, Plaguebearers stomped towards my opponent's objective while the Soul Grinder spat upon the units over near it. I believe my Daemon Prince got locked in close combat with a bunch of Ork soldiers(I don't know the units by name). My opponent(s) decided to try to block my objective with his bikers so I manifested my Bloodthirster near it and upon that point manifested my Bloodletters somewhat close. The bikers fled back. My opponent was somewhat new to the game and we only got to turn 4. If we had 1 turn left(or two, i'd love to see what would have happened if the game was played all the way through), I probably would have won that one. But alas, another tie.

Game 4- vs Chaos Space Marines (Nurgle themed)-

At this point of the tournament I was tired out and it was a relief facing my friend from Montgomery county. This game was another Chaos vs Chaos with his Nurgle Army vsing my Khorne/Nurgle. Funny how that works out. I manifested my Daemon Prince in the wrong location because he was using his Rhino tactics again. The Daemon Prince fell to masses of fire power. I fell for it again but this time he blocked objectives. My other units didn't do much and my Bloodthirster was mishaped again and placed at the other corner of the table. He took some firepower but my Bloodthirster finally went toe to toe with his Daemon Prince in which they killed each other off. This game I lost by 1 objective point.
Outcome- I was in a weird state with how the day turned out. Yeah, overall I did have fun but I was rather dissapointed at the outcome of my behalf. I didn't play my army wisely enough ontop of everything scattering and my Plaguebearers not being at the correct location to deepstrike other units in. During the Golden Grot awards, I was a little surprised at what won. I was expecting some of the other models to win. The awards ceremony occured and I ended up winning Best Chaos Daemon army. This one wasn't extremely surprising as there were only two of us Daemon players so it was either him or me. Then I was called up for Best Army. This really shocked me. I mean really really shocked me. I sucked so horribly during the games and I personally don't think my army is that well painted(Its no golden demon army) and it was dual-god. So I went up and grabbed the Razorback that was on the table. I look back and I probably should have grabbed the Assault Marines granted I do need more tanks for my Chaos Space Marines. I also won a raffle prize in which I grabbed a bag of Tyranid Gargoyles which I plan on making Chaos Raptors with(Well the wings atleast, might use the arms and spore mines to make Pink Horrors). To say the least, it was the weirdest day I've had in a long long long time.

My army(except the Soul Grinder who belonged to a friend of a friend) -

The awards won-

The Prizes I won-

Where I started

I've been playing miniature games for about 20 years. When I was a child my aunt dated a guy who was a D&D freak but my mother was really against any form of RPG due to the satanic panic that occured in the 80s. In anycase I use to have my aunt's boyfriend tell me the tales of his twin elf character's adventures. She bought me that old Dragonlance NES game for my birthday when I was about 7. Back to my origins in mini-gaming, it started off about 20-21 years ago when while watching TV I saw an add for Heroquest.
(the UK and US commericals were pretty much the same and yes, you are never the same.)

I was amazed and I had my parents get me it that Xmas. I recall playing that game with my dad, uncle and later on when my brother got a little older. It was a decent game and I was fascinated with the models. I really liked the Chaos Warriors and the Chaos/Neutral model. A year or less Heroquest expansions came out and I got those(2 of them had more of the same models, 2 of them had newer models including a female elf and a female barbarian). Shortly after I picked up Mutant Chronicles which wasn't as good but had interesting models. During that time I started collecting the old Ral Partha models and when I was about 11 I recieved a painting kit. The problem is those paints were pretty horrible and weren't basic colors(there weren't any blues, blacks, whites and were pretty ugly colors). I recall going to Allied Hobbys(when they existed back then) and picked up some model with my dad. My dad looked over the Citadel/Games-Workshop minis while I grabbed another Ral Partha model for my collection. He picked up a dwarf model from the GW line, saw the price and placed it back with the remark of- "Who the hell are they kidding?".

Well dad, you know who they're kidding.

So time passed, I got into Magic: The Gathering, left that after Portals/Ice Age, played some more CCGs(got into RPGs finally but thats for another post). When I was about 13 or 14 I got into Warhammer Fantasy. I picked up the basic game box(4th edition which came with Lizardmen and Brettonians, two armys I had no interest in) and that Xmas I had my family buy me nothing but warhammer models. While I got mostly Chaos Warriors, I still had alot of stuff for other armys(I didn't know the complete rules, I thought all chaos was one army till I started reading the book that Xmas evening in which I was sorta wrong and I had a unit or two of Dark Elf warriors). For about another year I put together models and played mock games with my brother till I decided to go to the local gaming store. Thats when I got into 40k. I slowly but surely built up forces of Eldar and then got into Chaos. It took me forever to get 1500 points of Chaos Marines and I took what daemon models i had in my fantasy army and popped them into my marines. I played from that time till now in Chaos. Alot of my extra stuff I gave away or sold or traded away. At the current time I have nothing but Chaos Space Marines and Chaos Daemons army-wise.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

New to this....

I've never ran a blog(well a livejournal long ago) before so this is my first. Here's a little about myself- I originally lived in Montgomery county(Hatboro) with my family. I started playing Warhammer Fantasy back in '98 and decided to get into 40k because no one played Warhammer Fantasy and quite frankly, it was REALLY slow. I moved up here to Berks county to live with my fiancee who puts up with my 40k shennigans(I have all of my models all over our living room till I can buy a big enough box to fix them in). I've been playing 40k for over 10 years at this point, since the beginning of 3rd edition and after a small hiatus, new 5th edition. Obviously with all the symbolism picture wise and what not on this blog, I play Chaos. Chaos Marines(Abyss Saints) and Chaos Daemons(The Congregation of ZAX)). And lots of them. I'm hoping to post images of my army over time. I don't have too much to say and thats all for now.