I’m pretty happy to say that this past weekend I went to attend the Onslaught GT at Templecon and took home my first Players Choice award from a GT. I’ve been attending Warhammer Fantasy GT’s for a number of years now (4? 5? something like that) and despite placing fairly well at a few I’ve never actually taken home a first in any category. It was a long road getting this army painted up to standard (and really it’s not where it should be, but what army is really ever “done”?) I have to give some credit to my club mates I suppose for not giving me any inter-club competition since Greg and Peyton were not in the running. Haha
The prize was a Chimeara from Mierce Miniatures. I think these used to be called Bane Beasts. Either way, it’s an AMAZING model that I’ve always had an eye on but couldn’t justify buying. Needless to say I am super excited to have one now. This was the first model I saw from an alternative miniature line that really wow’ed me a few years ago when it came out.
At the GT I had a really fun time. I got to hang out with some great friends, and I also played great opponents. I’ll do a quick recap of the games, but I’m not going to go into exhaustive detail.
Ryan Hannagan. Double Black Dragon Dark Elves. This game was really fun with so many flying monsters on the table. I just happened to have more than him so I was able to pull off some combo charges and kill his dragons before he got mine. A lost my mage to a miscast on the top of turn 1 so it got off to a rough start but then ended strong. 15-5 win.
Anthony “The Sustainable Center” Fasano. Bretonnia with load of characters in 3 lances, plus an air force. This game was a lot of maneuvering for position. In the end I commited to a big charge with the Star Dragon, Prince on Griffon and 15 Silver Helms. The Helms failed the charge (needed a 4, ouch) and that let the Brets hold, and the counter charges did me in. 7-13 loss.
Roger Yohn. Warriors of Chaos with a lot of variety. Again, much dancing with the flyers. I made a commit with the same combination of units (helms, griffon and star dragon) into 6 chaos knights with a BSB and Chaos Lord. I lost this combat (pretty sure I should have won there? maybe?) but got away with all 3 units and rallied them. I managed to clean up some points in other places, and since I didn’t lose those 3 units I never lost many points this game. 12-8 win.
Andrew Briggs. Demons of Chaos with lots of Slaanesh stuff, plus a Soul Grinder and Skullcannon. I was pretty scared of the artillery but I took out the Skullcannon early and was able to pick my fights to pick off enough units to get a big win here. 17-3 to me. Again, didn’t lose many points which helped make up for the fact that I couldn’t fight his Demon Prince.
Adam Steele and Dwarven Air Force. 8 Gyrocopters!! I pretty much ran at him with most of the army and tried to deflect Gyrocopters with a few other units. I managed to get most of the Gyrocopters because I had lots of flyers too, and mine could actually fight! The monsters caused his units issues. I gave up the Frostheart to ensure I could clean up the artillery and keep the dragon safe at the same time, since his Dwarf Lord was tooled up to kill monsters. 13-7 win to me.
That was enough to finished me at 6th overall.
We voted for favorite opponent after round 4 and Ryan Hannagan got my vote. He was really fun to play against and very laid back. I have to admit though, if we had voted after Round 5 I might have voted for Adam because we had a roaring good time pushing our flyers around.
For favorite army I voted for Rhys. I think Rhys has come a long way with his painting recently and his stuff is starting to look really nice. In particular some of the freehand banner he’s been doing have been coming out really well.
Overall I had a great time with my army list (which I’ll post at the bottom). However, a 9.1 comp (the lowest score at the event) was probably not the smartest way to go. I gave up a lot of victory points each game because most people fell in the 12-14 range. A low comp army needs to be super aggressive to make those points back. Although I had flyers they are kind of fragile as far as combat units go so I’m not able to throw them into stuff with reckless abandon.
So what is up next? Well, I think I need to set up a photo booth and get some good shots of this army and some of the new units I’ve finished. Actually over the past year I’ve painted a lot of units that I never photographed properly. I think I might pick up a backdrop from Hanger18 miniatures to get some really clean images. On that note, I’m thinking of adding a new category to the blogs for a “Model Showcase” or something like that for showing off completed models. This would be a category for high quality shots. No cell phone images with bad lighting and blurry focus (see bad army shot below for example)!
And on the painting front I’m not sure what is up next. I need to file taxes for the year, clean up my mess of a hobby room (after the grind to get finished for Templecon), and decide what army I’m bringing to Bragging Rights I suppose. I’m thinking in the meantime I may try to do some work on Glottkin.
Until next time.