Saturday I got up way too early, because the weather in Denmark really sucks at the moment. I left with plenty of time to spare, in case we had to take it slow, or if the express ways were closed because of accidents. The tournament was a small one, and most of the players were in fact from our local meta, but we had all agreed to travel up there in order to support their local community, and because it’s not that far (110 km / 70 miles).
I picked up the three others who were bumming a ride, and we all tried to comfort (in the most manly way of course) Simon who had dropped, and all but destroyed, his Conquest while trying to navigate the sleet storm. We then made it to the express way and headed north into the storm with plenty of time to spare. Martin (Duskern) had been checking the forums for a cancellation, because you know… weather… but the forums were as clear as the weather was not, so away we were!
Denmark is a small country, but our weather is something to behold, and fairly quickly the sleet turned into real snow. I consider myself a fairly good driver, and I didn’t think the roads were actually that dangerous, but we did pass a couple of overturned cars so I might have been mistaken. The Volvo (aptly named Voldborg, after the iconic Danish meteorologist) proved victorious though, and we were about 10 miles from our destination when Martin announces that the TO had just canceled the tournament.
After Martin managed to convince us he was not joking, we pulled into a truck stop and just sort of looked at each other. Then we began calling the other cars, some of which were coming from hundreds of miles away, and it was sort of surreal sitting there in the snowstorm telling people, that the TO couldn’t be bothered to call a damn cab to take him the five miles into town, when people were basically already there.
Teeth were gnashed, posts were made on the forums, and then we decided we were going to hold our own damn tournament. I turned the car around and drove back to Aarhus, while the boys got busy on the phones redirecting cars and finding us a location. It turned out be less of a tournament, and more of a games day, but we had fun and that’s what bloody counts!
Game 1: Skarre1 Vs. Sorscha1
I had brought a list which consisted of Skarre1, two Krakens, a Skarlock, and one set of Scrap Thralls (35 point tournament), but he couldn’t really pick his other list since my Asphyxious1 list would have destroyed it (Assassins, Nyss, and assorted other ARM 11 models). His list had Behemoth, 2x Steelhead Halberdiers, and Steelhead Cavalry so it could dish out some serious damage and it was the right choice.
In the end Sorscha underestimated the four inch reach and got caught by a Kraken, and against Dark Guidance and boosted attack rolls that DEF 20 didn’t help her much. The Kraken used a single attack to pick her up and put her in the furnace, but if I hadn’t gobbled her up I might actually have lost, because Behemoth was tearing my other Kraken a new one (and he was to busy making room with his guns to fight back).
Game 2: Asphyxious1 Vs. Hexeris2
This time I had to pick Asphyxious1 because his other list would have destroyed two Krakens and gone for beers within five minutes, so he knew what I would pick and brought out the AoE nightmare he calls Hexeris2. I cant get his points to fit, but it was a Mammoth, a Cyclops Raider, Incindiarii, Paingivers, Slingers, and an Extoller as far as I remember.
As I was about to learn, the Mammoth with Black Spot is nothing short of ridiculous, and Incindiarii with snipe is just wrong. I talked to him about the list afterwards, because I think his list might be a little slow, and that was exactly the one thing I thought might save me in this game.
Iron Lich Asphyxious
Satyxis Blood Witches (Leader and 9 Grunts)
– Satyxis Blood Hag
Soulhunters (Leader and 4 Grunts)
This is a list I’ve been playing around with for a bit, trying to get some games in with Asphyxious1 without revealing to much of my plans for the WTC qualifiers tournament, but somehow it’s still undefeated so maybe I should just bring this one instead. I’ve been pushing Asphyxious1 on new players for years, but I’ve never really taken the time to get to know him, so here’s me trying to remedy this.
I won the first turn, and I could try staying outside of his threat range, but with access to snipe I would have to stay so far back that I would have no chance at winning on scenario, which I deemed my only real option. Instead I rushed him, running a few Soulhunters up far enough to be within range of the Incindiarii, and a few Blood Witches up far enough to be within range of the Mammoth, assuming they got Snipe.
Kris asked me if I had forgotten Snipe and was a bit evasive on the answer, because if I told him my plan it wouldn’t work. I needed him to advance and shoot, instead of running forward, because I was going to jam the hell out of him, which wouldn’t work if he ran the Mammoth (Incindiarii were less important, but still). Kris took the bait, killed three Blood Witches and one Soulhunter, lightning another on fire and leaving it with one box.
The second Soulhunter died to fire, but the remaining ran/charged into the lines, killing exactly nothing, while the Blood Witches mini-feated and ran in. Saxon Orrik shot a Slinger, which was my only kill that round because the Pistol Wraiths where getting in position. I also moved up Asphyxious so he could destroy the Mammoth if it advanced, but hid behind a forest to avoid getting lit on fire for no good reason.
Kris spent his turn wiping out my Blood Witches in an unbelievable barrage of blasts, with a combination of Black Spot on them, and the Extoller granting the Mammoth magic guns. A single AoE missed the witches entirely, but drifted into a nearby forest and killed the Pistol Wraith I had hiding there. In short my entire right flank just vanished, but luckily he failed to kill more than one Soulhunter on the left flank, and Darragh Wrathe managed to score a point despite being knocked of his horse.
My sole Surviving Pistol Wraith has to Death Chill the Mammoth or it’s game over, so he does and the first step is complete. I have two Soulhunters left so they charge, one killing all the remaining Incindiarii after Asphyxious had put Parasite on them, and the other killing the Extoller and engaging the Mammoth from behind.
Asphyxious had moved up to dominate the flag (Incursion), and feated defensively after putting Parasite on the Incindiarii. Darragh Wrathe was grabbing the other flag in case Kris managed to get something in to contest with Asphyxious, but the game was pretty much sealed when I got Death Chill on the Mammoth (and it was more than nine inches away from the flag).
Kris looked at the table a bit, then rolled a Frenzy check for his Raider and failed. He moved up Hexeris to Hellfire Darragh Wrathe but missed, so we shook on it because there was no way he could get in to contest that flag now, so unless he could kill Asphyxious it was game over anyway, and the Mammoth was Death Chilled without Line of Sight (and engaged from behind just in case).
Game 3: Skarre1 Vs. Krueger2
Right then… ‘insert bazillion excuses here’. Game three was against Jan, fielding his Krueger2 list, and I had Asphyxious1 which I’ve beaten him with every time we’ve put down those two casters. Being a douche I therefore picked Skarre1 with the double Krakens, but I really did think it was a better choice.
The game began with me baiting Ghetorix with one Kraken, while setting it up so the second Kraken could kill Ghetorix, and get in position to block scenario on the feat round. Ghetorix then fails miserably and leaves Kraken1 alive, and I thought I’d won right there. Kraken 1 eats Ghetorix, while Kraken2 is sort of stuck behind some woods, but manages a few shots, one of which is the main gun which manages to kill one from the small set of Shifting Stones.
At this point I was turning on auto pilot, as he couldn’t harm me during my feat round, he would have to counter feat, and I was still in a position to shoot or melee him the following round. This is a game though, and Jan is a great player, so he abused my mistake in getting Kraken2 stuck behind the woods (no LoS to charge), and he simply pulled back and feated. My shooting was less than stellar due to Storm Wall, and in the following round the Stalker killed Kraken1.
From that point on he slowly but surely chipped Kraken2 down, and me (having no points for Saxon Orrik) walked a seriously frustrated Skarre1 around, fighting in heavy terrain. The final round began with four models left on the table, which was Krueger2, Skarre1, and a two Druids. I was behind on scenario, but I had one shot, which was a boosted Hellfire to Kruegers face. He was in a wreck, so I had to roll 13 to hit.
I charge a Druid to get in range, kill it, and throw my game at the feet of lady luck! The roll to hit comes up 15, and the game gets really bloody exciting. Krueger has taken a bit of damage, so I have to roll another 13 to kill him, or I’ll lose on scenario. I pick up the dice, and I roll… a 12. Jan wins the game with two boxes left on the table, one of which belonged to a Druid going ‘guuuys… guuuuuys!? Helloooo, where did everyone go?‘