ETC 2012 – The Event

(I will post random pictures from the event, as I took over 140 during the weekend).

There are some things you get to do once in a life time, some you take the chance while it is going.  When the call went out for PG’s at the European Team Championships, I was eager to get my teeth into something big; but daunted by the enormity of the whole prospect.

I want to say this now, that without the backing of my wife; I wouldn’t have gone.  She was fantastic about me doing this, even encouraging me to take this step in the first place.  As it was, it turned out to be the longest, most rewarding and enjoyable WM/H weekend I have had so far.

To give you the scale of this event, there was (in the end) 54 teams; of 4 players each.  That is 216 players all in the same place, playing the same game; at the same time.  GenCon, Lock and Load; I hear you all cry.  Well yes they are bigger with multiple events (Masters, Hardcore, Iron Arena, etc).  ETC’s is the largest single WM/H tournament in the world, to have been part of that is mind blowing in itself.

Held at Maelstrom Games, the venue was ideally suited to this large numbers of players.  With onsite shop, bar and catering; it was an ideal base for players.  Between games players from all over Europe, could socialise and catch up with friends they had made previous years.  Or like me, make new ones; or put faces to names from the PP forum/WH forum.

I’ll finish this post with a big thank you to Tim King, the Event Organiser for Maelstrom Games and all the staff there.  Without them, the weekend would have been chaos (probably was for them); their hard work made it run smoothly.  Would I go back next year?  I’d love too either be a PG at the event, or even take the plunge and enter a team.  Who knows what will happen, I am just glad I was able to be there THIS year.

Chaos of the Warp 4

Well it was an interested weekend, with the first time WM/H was played at a Chaos of the Warp event.

  • 8 players
  • 35pt Army Lists (Divide and Conquer)
  • …..Night Fighting

Night fighting? Yea, unfortunately the venue is a night club; so lighting wasn’t something we had a lot of as this photo shows.

While it wasn’t good, the biggest problem was seeing things on the end tables. Not that it deterred the players, who battled on; despite the gloominess.

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As you can see from the last pictures, out of 8 players; 3 had painted Stormwall Colossals with them for the event.  The Stormwall seemed to be popular with players, with pKane and Kara Sloan lists using it on the day.

Overall a great day, some minor problems; but as a TO it ran smoother than my fears had anticipated.  Weekend number 1 done (potentially 4 back to back weekend tournaments), this coming weekend the Big One – The European Team Championships.

Good games

Went to the last Battleground before the summer break today, managing to fit in two really good games against Jonathan.  I like playing against Jonathan, as he has learned the game really well; better than me in a lot of ways.  He also knows his armies (Retribution and Skorne), very well, so playing against him tests me a lot.

Playing two games, we kicked off with my 35pt Morty list, as mentioned previously; against his 35pt Vyros list.

  • Vyros
  • Phoenix
  • Manticore
  • Mage Hunter Strike Force
  • Mage Hunter Commander
  • Dawnguard Sentinels + UA
  • Sylys Wyshnalyrr

It was a really close game, with the Deathjack munching his way through the Mage Hunters.  Assisted by the Stalkers and Sirens, it was looking to go my way.  Sadly, I got a little over confident and missed an Overrun movement; leaving Morty exposed to the charge of Vyros.  Even with two Free Strikes from Harrower and Warwitch Siren; they couldn’t quite take him out.  Morty dead in a couple of hits, having already taken damage from the Phoenix.

Second game, this time switching to Scavvy; against Xerxis.  Scavvy was running Tier 2 list, with 2 x McThralls + Necrosurgeon/Stitch Thralls.  2 x Nightwretch, 2 x Stalkers, 2 x Warwitch Sirens.  Jonathan had Xerxis, 2 Titan Gladiators, Nihilators, Cetratii and Cyclops Gladiator.  It was a protracted affair, with the McThralls basically slugging it out with anything that came in range.  I am a little disappointed with some things, but definitely need some improvements with this Caster; despite the last minute win.

Good mornings gaming, topped off with a quick couple of turns of Game of Thrones.

Bat Rep – eDenny v Xerxis (35pts)

Well after some smack talking on Facebook, Jonathan and I got down to the business of duelling it out on the field of battle.  I had no set plan for the force I would take, other than running eDenny.

  • eDenny
  • Nightmare
  • Nightwretch
  • Skarlock Thrall
  • Warwitch Siren
  • McThralls (min)
  • Bile Thralls (min)
  • Bane Thralls (min)
  • Blackbanes (min)

One of my key elements in this game, was to get faster activations.  It has been one of my killers in tournaments, so to this end I found moving one model the full distance; the rest approximated the required distance (given terrain/other models).  That doesn’t mean cheating on the distance, your first model moved gives you the maximum distance you can move; so as long as you don’t go past that it should be fine.  Ones going through terrain, I usually did measure fully; just so my opponent saw it.

Anyway to battle…..I deployed first, thanks to my usual bad dice rolls.  Standard formation of McThralls (front), Biles (middle) and Banes (back) one behind the other.  eDenny and jacks deployed to the right of the infantry, one Nightwretch and Blackbanes on the left flank.  Solos on the right flank to help support that flank against the massed Skorne army.

  • Tyrant Xerxis
  • Titan Gladiator
  • Molik Karn
  • Aptimus Marketh
  • Paingiver Beast Handlers
  • Praetorian Swordsmen (full + UA)
  • Nihilators (full)

The infantry I wasn’t too worried about, which turned out to be the case; which was slowly eroded away by waves of McThralls/Biles/Banes.  Plus a few good shots from the Nightwretchs in turn 2.  My biggest concern was Molik Karn, which I wanted to avoid at all costs.  Putting Pursuit on Karn early doors, helped a lot; as I meant I could keep Denny one step away from him; or get the Nightmare in closer.  Another saving grace was Incorporeal, which was great on feat turn.  Denny charged Karn placing (Dark Banishment) him right in front of Xerxis to stop the counter charge with magic weapons.  Without the feat, Denny was wide open for the assassination; having charged into the middle of the hornet’s nest.

From there, it was hit and run/incorporeal tactics with Denny, having lost both Nightwretches and the Nightmare.  One Bane and 3 Blackbanes left, who actually managed to hit Xerxis; setting him on fire.  In the end, Xerxis was consumed in a firey ball of screaming death; after Denny took him to one point of health and placed him 5 inches away with Dark Banishment.

A thoroughly enjoyable game, with an opponent that can give as good as he takes.  I look forward to the rematch, maybe even tomorrow; a win for my birthday would be appropriate.

Post Tournament

I am definitely getting too old for this.  Yesterday’s tournament was to say the least, the worst one I have done so far.  Anything that could go wrong, did go wrong.  That said, I want to thank everyone for coming along and for putting up with some stupid mistakes by me.  I’m not proud of yesterday, if anything I am annoyed as I wasn’t focused on what I was doing.

All the moaning aside, I was impressed with a lot of the games yesterday.  Some of them were really hard fought matches, with a couple coming down to just attrition.  We even had two new tournament players, which was fantastic to see.  So the results, which for some was quite surprising.

  1. Alisdair Johnstone (Cryx)
  2. Jim Lawrence (Menoth)
  3. Richard McHale (Retribution)
  4. James Stevenson (Cygnar)
  5. Ross (Circle)
  6. Kevin Curran (Circle)
  7. David Flynn (Retribution)
  8. Barry Kelly (Cryx)
  9. John Sinclair (Minion – Blindwater)
  10. Jonathan Mitchell (Skorne)
  11. Andy Palmer (Trollbloods)
  12. Michael Dick (Cryx)
  13. Mark McKinlay (Khador)
  14. Ryan (Cygnar)
  15. Est Mount (Cryx)
  16. Irving Kerr-Smith (Mercenaries)

Well done to everyone, without the players it wouldn’t be such a good day.  I also need to offer an apology to James and Richard, how in my tired brain swapped their positions; giving James the 3rd place by mistake.  I am truly sorry for that, which I hope didn’t spoil the day for either of you.  In some ways I am glad there won’t be a tournament in March, as I think I am getting burned out with too many things going on.  April though, well that is when we kick it up to 50pts, which should be very interesting for our newer players.