UK Nationals Report

I am back home safe, after a long exhausting weekend at the UK Nationals.  First of all, congratulations to all the organisers and officials for a great weekend.  Other than some technical issues, the whole event ran smoothly and with very few problems. I can’t say that it was all fun, there are parts of the event that were a disappointment for me personally; however the overall impression is that it is a great beginning.

I had written all my notes on the spare army list sheet; which I was using as my copy.  After game 3, the ‘official’ sheet went missing and I was forced to hand in my copy (with notes); after each round.  As it turned out, I forgot to ask for it back at the end; most likely due to tiredness.  So please forgive me, if I don’t remember the full details of each game.

Round 1 – This was not the match up I had wanted at all.  I travelled all the way from Scotland, only to face one of our local players in the first round.  Credit to Steve McConnachie, his Rask list murdered my Coven list; bringing the game to a final brutal end. Loss via Assassination, with no CP claimed; ???? Scenario

Round 2 – On reading my lists, my opponent thought I would take pDenny; given that facing Retribution would be a default to Stealth.  Thing about that, is that I don’t play like others; I play what I like not what others think is best.  So Ravyn v Morty was the match up, which was a seesaw affair with the heavy jacks causing my opponent a few problems.  Eiryss got held up by a Stalker, but it was the Mage Hunter Strike Force with Shadow Hunter that came closest to killing Morty in turn 2.  It took Hyperion to eventually take that last point off Morty, who had held on long enough for DJ to be within range of an assassination on Ravyn. Loss via Assassination, with 2 CP claimed; ????? scenario

Round 3 – With 25 Cryx players there, it was a tale of woe for many; that they faced the faction multiple times.  Portal from France was my first Cryxian opponent, but also a really nice guy as well.  It was also a Kraken face off, with Portal running pGaspy with his Kraken; against my pDenny list.  One thing I will say, is that I appreciated the fact that Portal played the same way as I believe “You declare it, you did it”.  None of this “Oh it’s not going to work that way, so I’ll try something slightly different”.  Even though it cost me the game in the end, I admire that about him to stick to that view. Loss via Assassination, with no CP claimed; ???? scenario

Round 4 – This is perhaps the most close game I have ever played in 3 years of WM/H.  Scenario was Incursion (at least I remember that), with pDenny and the Kraken taking on pKruger with Pureblood and 2 Stalkers.  With the right hand flag disappearing, this left the board open on the left.  I struggled to clear out the Druids, with the Kraken’s unicorn gun; so decided to change tact; to one of salvaging as many CP’s as possible.  Shielding Denny with the Kraken, as much as possible; took out the Stalker contesting the flag on the left.  Claiming 3 CP, with my opponent needing to assassinate Denny to stop me winning. In hindsight, I was silly for not asking for a judge to check the LOS to Denny, after Kruger had Telekenisis himself to what he thought was viable LoS.  It was a 50/50 call as to whether he had LoS, at a crucial point in the game; so lesson learned is to not be so easy going.  Loss via Assassination, with 3 CP claimed; Incursion scenario

By my reckoning, it was nearly 12 hours straight of gaming on the Saturday; with little break between rounds to recover.  I didn’t get back into my hotel room till about 10:30pm, which had made this one hell of a long day with little food or rest.  Not sure about UK Masters, but by Sunday morning I felt like I’d run the Iron Gauntlet.

Part 2 – 2nd day with some pics from the event.

 

1 Week

Just a week to go, before I am heading down to the UK Nationals.  It’s a sell out event with all 128 places taken, Iron Gauntlet close to filling out and lots of cool prizes up for grabs (they tease us and won’t tell us what).

I’m still busy painting models, with a couple of new ones (Malice and Machine Wraith) still to be painted.  The Kraken is waiting on water effect for the base; which will hopefully get done on Wednesday.  Just finished today, is the second Seether:

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As well as the last 4 Mechanithralls for the full unit:

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Another tournament in Glasgow this Sunday, so it’s all go for the final push to next weekend.  I’ve not painted this much in a very long time, but the pressure to have a fully painted army; is making me push myself….which has been a good thing for me as I’ll explain later.

 

Dundee Training SR

Well today was a trip to Dundee, for the first of two events leading up to the Nationals.  Due to the store owner flying out to Vegas, I was asked to run the event for them.

17 players, should normally have been 5 rounds; but the owner asked for this to be cut to 3 rounds due to various aspects.  If nothing else it allowed players who were attending the Nationals, to test all three of their lists.  Sadly I wasn’t one of them, due to not having the Malice card; as well as a second Machine Wraith.

My lists for the day were: (sorry for the lack of pictures, phone died after the first game; after using it as a chess clock timer)

  • Mortenebra + Deryliss (Tier 4 Infernal Machines)
  • Deathjack
  • Seether
  • Seether
  • Harrower
  • Scavenger
  • Stalker x 2
  • Warwitch Siren x 2
  • Necrotech + Scrap Thrall
  • Scrap Thrall

Other list was one I put together, just so I could run the Kraken today.

  • Warwitch Deneghra
  • Skarlock Thrall
  • Kraken
  • Seether
  • Deathripper x 2
  • Warwitch Siren
  • Mechanithralls (10) x 2
  • Necrosurgeon + Stitch x 2
  • Necrotech + Scrap

First game was against Bloody Barnabas, which was just a slugfest, drawn out and hard fought on both battle.  I ran Denny in this game, hoping the Kraken would come good against the masses of Posse.  Sadly this didn’t pan out with the dice, who seemed to roll good one minute; then absolutely dire the next.  Taking a risk, exposing Denny a little more than I should; in the hopes of ending the game before I timed out.  Loss via Assassination, with 1 CP claimed; Destruction scenario.

Second game was Nemo (can’t remember which), Stormwall, Rowdy and Thunderhead; as the main forces.  I put up Morty this time, figuring that the best way to deal with any Colossal is to ignore it; in favour of speed.  The other reason is I just love playing Morty, who can when done right get an assassination out of nowhere.  As it turned out, this is pretty much how it happened, with Stalkers flanking, Seethers and Scavenger working the Overrun play; to put the Seether in Nemo’s face for the win. Win via Assassination, no CP (domination foiled by a Storm Pod); Outflank scenario.

Last game was Morty v Ossyan, not the best match up and it showed in the end with the Seether assassination foiled by Admonition.  Scrambling to claim control points left Morty exposed to MHSF, Destor and Ossyan.  If not for Admonition, it would have hurt Ossyan a fair bit.  Loss via Assassination, 1 CP: Incursion scenario.

 

June Oath Complete

Painting Oaths has been a positive influence, not just to my painting; but also my personal life.  So to have this group pushing me and making me grow as a painter, has been a tremendous benefit to me.  This month has been the hardest month so far, with regards to model choice and the sheer effort it has taken; to master even a little of the skill involved in freehand.  There is no way I would have done it without this group, so thanks again guys and gals.

So the month started out like this:

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Barring some touch ups and completing the base, my oath is complete for June.  Included is freehand work for the Secret Ingredient, of Skull and 2 Cryx faction symbols (10 images):

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Make it stop…..

The pressure of trying to paint these models in time, is starting to get to me.  My main focus seems to be on the Kraken just now, to the point that the Blood Hags are just being left unfinished just now.  That said, the Kraken *should* be ready for action this weekend in Dundee; with perhaps one last hard push I can have if finished tomorrow or Friday.

In other news I have decided on the following Casters; at least for the time being.  The choices were mostly because of knowledge of the Casters and my enjoyment of playing them.  Of them all, Morty is my favourite; having DJ and 2 Seethers for an opponent to contend with under Morty’s feat/spells; it so much fun.

  • Mortenebra (+ Deryliss) – Tier 4 (Infernal Machines)
  • pDeneghra – Non Tier
  • The Witch Coven of Ghalgast (+ Egregore) – Tier 4 (Machine Minds)

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Just to remind everyone what my DJ looks like…..Mwaaaahhh!