Another tournament down, and this one was our best yet! The official results sheet says 26th, but it looks they’ve calculated it wrong, so we actually came in 22nd. Either way I’m well chuffed with our finish, proving finally that myself and Radders can compete with the best of them.
Our first game was against a beautifully painted Orcs & Goblins/Warriors of Chaos list that we managed a Marginal Victory against. I thought it was all over when my Exalted Champion fluffed all his attacks against a Shaggoth and got wiped out, but the Khorne Knights finished what he started and I took the Shaggoth to the cleaners. Elsewhere, the Marauders mopped up a Warboss on a Chariot, and we finished strongly.
The second game was another Marginal Victory against Marple Marauders Jamie and his partner Ross. The 25-man ‘Shadestar’ was pretty unexpected, and we nearly took the whole 1050 points worth with a unit of Khorne Knights and the Exalted Champion, but Jamie rallied on Leadership 4 after a re-roll… damn him! Third game was our first loss against a thoroughly-inebriated Adam and Antony and a horrible Dryad-spam list. I think we pretty much lost this one in setup, but I’m not sure how we’d have won it with so few units.
The last game on Saturday gave us another Marginal Victory against an Empire and Vampire Counts list. It might very well have been a massacre had I managed to take the last wound off a Steam Tank in turn 4, but otherwise we played a tight game and netted another 30 VPs!
Sunday started with a draw against a pretty nasty Bretonnian and Wood Elf list. It was a really tight, tactical game, but our opponents – well, one of them – didn’t stop whinging throughout the game. He kept moaning about how long we were taking to move our units, but with such a finesse list we really needed to take our time. In the end we could very well have beaten them, but I was satisfied with a draw.
Game six was another win, this time against a Daemons of Chaos/Warriors of Chaos list. They had similar units to us, although they favoured a large block of Plague Bearers to our more magic-heavy list. In the end we castled up and counter-charged, and used the Furies to claim the Objectives. The final game of the day was another really tight affair versus Skaven and Dark Elves. In the end we played for a draw, but were hustled into taking another turn despite there being only 4 minutes remaining. Having set up our units to claim quarters, we got counter-charged and ended up losing the unit of Khorne Knights to a Hydra that just took them over the threshold for a win.
In general, I think we can be proud of our performance, and we just need to get our game head on and be a bit more stubborn when it comes to standing our ground on decisions. We’re already talking about next year, and with the new Skaven book out towards the end of the summer, that might make for an interesting army to take to the 2010 Doubles. See you next year!