Thursday, September 29, 2011

Battle of Blob's Park Blow-by-Blow

My List


As I'd mentioned, the 2,800 point size was problematic enough for me to not bother trying to bring a Good 2,800 point list; just as good of a "2,500 point list that I have, plus 300 points" as I could manage.
Ratputin Rampages - Blob's Park
2,800 points

Lords
Warlord - General, War-Litter, Sword of Might, Enchanted Shield
Grey Seer - Lvl 4 (Plague 2, Ruin 2), Talisman of Protection

Heroes
Chieftain - BSB, Shield, Armor of Destiny
Plague Priest - Lvl 1 (Plague), Plague Furnace, Flail, Dispel Scroll, Ironcurse Icon
Warlock Engineer - Doomrocket
Warlock Engineer - Ruby Ring of Ruin

Core
Clanrats x30 - Full Command, Shields
- Poisoned Wind Mortar
Skavenslaves x50 - Champion, Musician, Shields
Stormvermin x30 - Full Command, Storm Banner
- Poisoned Wind Mortar

Special
Gutter Runners x6 - Poison, Slings
Gutter Runners x6 - Poison, Slings
Plague Monks x31 - Full Command, Plague Banner

Rare
Doomwheel
Hellpit Abomination - Warpstone Spikes
Plagueclaw Catapult
Warp-Lightning Cannon
Warp-Lightning Cannon

Changes between this and my NoVA list boil down to:

  • Sword of s/Anti-Heroes/Might/
  • + Ironcurse Icon
  • + 10 Stormvermin
  • + Warlock w/ Ruby Ring of Ruin
  • + Warp-Lightning Cannon
  • + Plagueclaw Catapult

Dropping the Sword of Anti-Heroes was something I'd meant to do for NoVA.  No problem there.  Ironcurse Icon... did nothing, but cost next to nothing, and could have been useful.  The Warlock was useless.  Clever idea, a waste of points.  The Catapult, similarly, was useless.  It never delivered anything, but cost 10 points more than the Cannon... which was actually a good pick.  If I could have taken three more of them, I would have.

Really, I don't think it's possible to overstate my disappointment with the Plagueclaw Catapult.  Blech.

Game 1 vs. Warriors of Chaos
Josh A.


This was probably my best game of the day.  We were both in great moods and there was a lot of back-and-forth through the game.

Really, I think I was only able to pull out any sort of win due to two seriously bullshit rolls:

- I popped his Manticore on the first turn with the WLC.  It was a weak (S 2) bounce that just barely clipped him due to the blast template.  That S 2 hit wounded the Manticore on a 6 and then did 4 wounds.  Yowza.

- We had a big old scrum between my Monks, a horde of his Marauders and a unit of his Chaos Warriors.  He chomped through the Furnace and killed a bajillion Monks.  They were sure to break... but instead rolled double ones: holding everyone in place for a flank charges from the Doomwheel and the Clanrats.

It was a really good game that I feel I easily could have (and probably should have) lost.

Game 2 vs. Daemons of Chaos
Quentin B.


This game was rough.  He seemed convinced that I was going to steamroll over him and take his lunch money... things very much didn't work out that way.

I probably deployed badly: I probably should have just kept all of my warmachines in the middle of my deployment zone, protected by everything I had, rather than leaving them on the corners where their protectors could be Siren Song'd into oblivion.

He killed the crap out of me, but it wasn't a bad game.  Things got a little frustrating because of noise (we had trouble hearing each other over the din) and, near the end, his margaritas started catching up with him.. but otherwise, it really was a fun game.  Definitely makes me consider trying to conflate a visit to Manly with an appearance at the Quake City Rumble.

Game 3 vs. Chaos Dwarves
Eric. McK.


Between losing a game and playing a fellow club member, I was able to relax and just focus on enjoying the game.  This was a brutal, ugly fight.  We probably killed something like 50%-75% of each other's models... but neither of us were really able to seal the deal on that many units.  In the end, we had something like 500VP (him) and 300VP (me); a lot of noise but not much payoff for either of us.

Anyway, yeah, it was a good game that took forever.  I don't think we made it to Turn 4.

Game 4 vs. Empire
Thomas J.


This was probably the worst game I've played in a very, very long time.  It was kind of a dick list (~30x Knights, ~30x Outriders, 3x Cannons, 2x Steam Tanks), but that really wasn't the problem.  His attitude at the table was terrible.  I could enumerate all of the shitty little things but: he apologized after the game for being a jerk (probably because I lost my temper over something).  So, I won't.  (I'll probably revisit some of them outside of the context of my opponent in a Miss Manners-style post at some point, though.)

It was a rough game that I think I played about as well as I could have, given what I was going up against.  I ended up losing by 50VP.


One great game, two good games, and one lousy game isn't that bad for a tournament.
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