Monday, June 21, 2010

Gaming weekend photographs

So here are a few more photographs, rescued from the waters of forgetfulness by Stu.

In the first two shots I am playing against Mark's Coven. Both pictures are taken at the high point of my game, say after my turn two. I have destroyed one of Mark's boneturkies with my Great Bears (isn't his Deathjack delovely?) and I have used the Spriggan's flares, followed by 3 Bombard shots and my Widowmakers doing their worst to kill over half of Mark's Satyxis Raiders, causing them to fail a morale check. It all went downhill from here for me, but I was happy for a moment, and what is life, after all, but the possibility of being happy for a moment or two?

Now this shot is the only one surviving from my Sorscha v. Kreugar game. First, let me say that I initially played Ken's Kreugar list using nVlad and that he assassinated me on turn two using a combination of a slam by a WarpWolf into one of my jacks, knocking Vlad down, followed by spell and shooting attacks to turn him into a crispy prince. It was a thing of beauty.

In the game against Sorscha Ken got a turn two attack in on me using his Lord of the Feast, which he warped into base contact with Sorscha using the Stones on the hill to the left. However, he then whiffed his rolls with the Lord of the Feast, so I breathed a sigh of relief, and then I in turn spent all of Sorscha's activation/focus the next turn whiffing my rolls before I finally killed the shagging thing. Finally, Ken tried another assassination run, which failed, leaving Kreugar open to Sorscha's Icy Gaze and a number of bombard shots, not to mention a charge from a Spriggan.

The next game was my nButcher versus Ken's nKreugar again. In the first photograph, we are reaching the point in time where someone must do something. I had already learned by this time that two handed throws, while not particularly damaging, were most inconvenient, and that Warpwolves could hardly fail with them, even against Strength 12 Khador Jacks. And yet, they do find it hard to get up close and personal.

This picture shows me trying to figure out what the hell to do next. I may even be going through the alphabet in my mind. Otherwise, black is very slimming, and I will wear it as often as possible if there is even the slightest chance that someone will attempt to photograph me.

I like this photograph (thanks Stu) as it shows me getting my Behemoth into combat. I did thereafter kill the Alpha with a couple of Armored Piercing attacks, but it has to be said that the best thing I could have done, which I did not, would have been to pick up the shagging Alpha wolf and throw it at Kreugar. Ah well, I am reminded of what Scottie MaCarthy used to say, that "If ifs and buts were candies and nuts, it would be Christmas all year round."

GenCon bound

As I've said above (and below) I'm off to GenCon this year. I travelled into St. John's a couple of weekends ago to play some games and finetune my Hardcore list (and my lists for the two other tournaments I am signed up for).

So my main and Hardcore caster is nButcher. My alternate is nSorscha. I played 5 games during the weekend, all at 50 points, starting with two with nButcher against, respectively, nNemo (win) and the Coven (loss). I then played three games against nKreugar, first with nVlad (loss), then nSorchsa (win), then nButcher (win). These last three games gave Ken (who is also going to GenCon) a chance to take a serious look at Kreugar.

I registered a total fail on the camera front, forgetting to bring my card for my Olympus C2100, then borrowing my mother's camera which resulted in a series of 29 photographs that looked like they were taken on the dark side of the moon. I have had to improvise. The pictures of the game versus Nemo are courtesy of Jason and many thanks for them, buddy.

In my initial two games against Nemo and the Coven I experimented with the Kossites. That experiment is now over. I think they would be alright fine with nVlad or the Old Witch and, of course, Yuri. With the Butcher they were probably more of a distraction for me than they were for my opponents. They can't hit the broad side of a barn door. They are good against low defence solos which, I suppose, will mean that opponents will place those kinds of models in the center of their deployment zones, which could be a good thing.

Here is my glorious advance against the old man, erm, Nemo.

Here are the Kossites after moving on my second turn. They killed the Cygnar chief mechaic bloke but not the GMCA. In a moment of hilarity that followed, Jason finished off the lass with a Chain Lightning directed at the Kossites. He won't do that again. I'm not sure if I was in command of all of these looking at the photograph now. I thought I measured it on the day, but 7" is no great thing.

My advance up the center continues. The Greatbears were much reduced at this point, despite Iron Flesh and the hill. They did destroy the Lancer however, a serious setback for Nemo. Jason's newly painted Ruins of Osgiliath, seen in the center of the table here, were very fine.

Here is the endgame. Nemo had crept up to within an inch of the Ruins. I advanced the Butcher and actually used blast damage from Obliteration plus blast damage from a Bombard shot to finish him off.

Here is my Hardcore army.

Great Bears
Drakhun with Dismount

For other 50 point tournaments that require a second caster I will drop the Drakhun's dismount and use Sorscha and the Manhunter you see here.

Finally, I have three shots of of my Citadel modular gaming hill for Jason. As can be seen the hill did warp/came warped in one configuration (the Madonna bosomic variation). However, there are no such problems with the Battle of Hastings version.

I am not completely happy with the flocking. I think more of a mixture of the different flocks should have been attempted in places. As well, I think I may have overbrushed the outcrops a little too hard. That said I can probably rediscover definition there with a wash or two.