The fight continues….

One of the things that was pretty clear yesterday, was that players; no matter their experience level were taking it seriously.  3 eHaley lists, 4 eDenny list (including mine) and a couple of eCaine.

Game 3 –  v  (Close Quarters Scenario)

After last weekend at the Tartan Brawl, I was NOT going to get caught out again by this scenario.  That said, the thought of running up against eHaley didn’t appeal to either of my casters (eDenny or Scaverous).  Without realising it (till now), I made the best choice in picking Scavvy for this one.  The biggest advantage I had with this, was my infantry shutting down his shooting Jacks rapidly.  With a Defender and Charger, wailing on my DJ and 2 units of McThralls; it wasn’t going to be a long battle.  Add in Black 13th, it was a struggle to get in fast enough to do anything effective.  That said, the application of Scrap Thrall to the face (from my Nightwretch wreckmarker); soon sorted out the last of his Black 13th.  I got a little worried with Scavvy being so exposed, in the middle of the board; but other then a charge (and really bad dice) he came through safely.  Though I am severe disappointed, I messed up big time in that I could have picked up Haley with the DJ and thrown her out of Killbox (cue evil maniacal laughter).

Game 4 –  v  (A Flag to Far scenario)

I mentioned in the first bit, that I was struggling with the time pressure, well this was just a disaster; because of that time issue.  eDenny v eThagrosh should have been a reasonably good match up, except for the idiot driving the Stupid Bus that day.  When you walk your Caster up to within charge range of not just a Carnivean; but also a Seraph which promptly assassinated eDenny.  How did this happen?  Well simply put, I had intended to use Feat and go Incorporeal; but got caught up in time pressure making me move on to the next model.  Word of advice to anyone in this situation, make sure you finish ALL actions with your model before moving on to the next.  Do everything with your KEY models first, then worry about support or non-essential models for that turn.  It was vital I had that feat in place, or at the very least was Incorporeal to stop the very thing that happened.

Game 5 – v (Envelopment scenario)

Final game and one that I won and lost.  eCaine v eDenny, my biggest worry was going to be Black 13th + Arcane Tempest Gun Mages + UA + GM Adept.  Biggest advantage to me though, was the scenario, which didn’t stop me winning on scenario; claiming 3 CP.  Yes I did say I won on scenario, this is the win part.  Denny had used her feat and gone Incorporeal the previous turn, to stop the Thunderhead and Caine moving out of charge range of the Nightmare.  Slamming the Nightmare into the Thunderhead, knocking it out of the CZ to claim a point.  Having already claimed a point, I just needed Denny to survive a turn of eCaine going feat ballistic on her (nearly impossible with no focus).  This is another reason to do KEY models first, as it was my opponent left Caine till last.  As such having just done 14 pts of damage to Denny; he ran out of time Denny survived by 4.  I really didn’t need to do anything to claim the 3rd CP or just go for the assassination run.  However, in a fit of sympathy and kindness; I told the organiser my opponent won.

In hindsight I won’t do it again, as I made the choice to be a little more competitive this year.  Whatever the reason for doing it, I hope my opponent and many others out there see that it isn’t just about winning.  I really enjoyed yesterday, getting 5 games in a row was awesome; as well as giving me a lot of experience/ideas.  To get essentially 3 wins was even better, but it isn’t about the winning for me.  It’s about helping the game grow and build in Scotland, even if that means I become the Ritual Sacrificial to the Pirate Queen that is Privateer Press.

Skirmish 2012 *Update*

Last night, I had a meeting with the organisers of Skirmish 2012; which has turned out to be very productive and beneficial for all involved.

First up, I want to say thank you to John; for agreeing to meet with me over some concerns I had with Skirmish.  We have ironed these out, to the point that I have been asked to help out.  So what goodness and goodies can we expect so far from Skirmish 2012.

Tournaments –

  • Flames of War
  • Warmachine/Hordes
  • Malifaux
  • Warhammer 40K
  • Blood Bowl

A big thank you to Geoff at Chaos of the Warp, for committing to run, not just the 40K; but also bring a Blood Bowl tournament to the event.  With other things in the works, that will be nearly 100 players turning up; just for the tournaments alone.

Skirmish isn’t just going to be about the tournaments though, there are hopes of getting vendors and traders here as well as demonstrations of other games.  With this in mind, we are in negotiation with Pyre Studios; who hope to bring some of their games as well as demo them on the day.

If there are any stores or traders out there, that would like space; feel free to drop me an email at thehairycaber@virginmedia.com.  Skirmish 2012, is  aiming to bring the widest wide range of attractions; for players and gamers alike.  No longer will you be stood watching others play, Skirmish will bring the battle to YOU!

Addendum

In my excitement to tell the world about Skirmish 2012, I neglected to add in Flames of War into the tournaments listed.  There is already a large and growing fanbase for this game in Scotland, which will have the opportunity to take part in the only Scottish heat for Flames of War Tournament Series 2012.

Details are still being negotiated, but it is hoped this will become the premier Flames of War event in Scotland each year.

Podcasts

I used to listen to a lot of podcasts, but with not being in the car as much; I don’t have the time any more.  There are two podcasts that I would like to bring to your attention, one I was part of recently and one that I might know one of the hosts.

Tartan Skirmish Radio, hosted by David of Coin and Carnage blog; is thankfully still going.  David has decided to bring in guests each month, who will help him host the show.  This month he has Kenzie, a fellow Malifaux player.  Their second episode can be downloaded from the Tartan Skirmish site, or from iTunes.

The other podcast is of course, Boosted Damage.  Having recently painted  a model for Jon Webb, it was nice to hear that the show has reached its 100th episode.  With lots of guests dropping by, it is a cracking episode to celebrate one of the UK’s best WM/H podcasts.

So if you’ve never listened to a podcast, or just want something new to try; check out these two.  You won’t be disappointed.

The shame…..

Well as I mentioned in a previous post, Livingston Battleground were starting up a Friday night session.  This meant that we could play on Friday and leave the game up and running for the Saturday session.  First thing that sprang to mind was Unbound, 150pt of mass mayhem and bloodshed.  As not even I have that many models (yet), let alone any of the players in the area; we will leave that for later.

So 100pt, should be easy; right? Nah, it was a nightmare in the Nightmare Empire.  First up, was which casters to run, of the ones I have in my collection; pDenny & pSkarre would be the best combo ever.  Potential -7 DEF and ARM on feat turns, was a big influence to me starting the list with those two.  I like to use iBodger, when making an army; though I do know most of the points costs by heart for Cryx.  However it is limited in what it can show, which means some info is missed.  Case in point was when I kept wondering, why I couldn’t take Nyss Hunters and Bloodgorgers.  Nyss won’t work with Blighted models, in this case Bloodgorgers; so it was one or the other.  So this left a hole in the army, that I really wanted something decent to fill it with.  First thought – Skarre & Satyxis (+UA/Cptn), a quick plea out to the West Lothian Gaming Group on Facebook; yielded what I thought was a full unit of Satyxis I could borrow.

On going to pick them up, Tim only had a minimum unit; still a great thing when you have none of your own.  So with a little readjustment, I borrowed Gerlak Slaughterborn as well to run with the Gorgers.  So the final army was ready, but my Skarre/Denny plan had discovered by my opponent; though in fairness Denny/Skarre is THE ultimate match up for Cryx in my book.

Final 100pt Army

  • pDenny
  • Nightmare
  • Deathjack
  • Deathripper
  • Nightwretch
  • Scaverous
  • Erebus
  • Nightwretch
  • Deathripper
  • Skarlock Thrall (attached to Scavvy, not Denny)
  • Bane Thralls (6)
  • Bile Thralls (10)
  • Blackbanes Ghost Raiders (6)
  • Bloodgorgers (6)
  • Boomhowler & Co (6)
  • McThralls (6)
  • Satyxis Raiders (6)
  • Withershadow Combine
  • Warwitch Siren (2)
  • Ogrun Bokur (Scavvy Client)
  • Gorman Di Wulfe
  • Bane Lord Tartarus
  • Gen. Gerlak Slaughterborn (on Wishlist now)
  • Machine Wraith (Proxied)
  • Orin Midwinter