Ok, I'll get the ball rolling with Game break downs.
I'll keep them short (otherwise they will never get read).
Firstly, my Army List;
- Slann, BSB, Higher State, Soul of Stone, Crown of Command, Obsidian Amulet, Dispell Scroll, Plaque of Dominion
- Skink priest, level 2, Engine of the Gods, Dawnstone, Plaque of Tepok
- Skink Chief, Light Armour, Javelin, Charmed Shield, Opal Amulet, Cloak of Feathers
- 2 x 24 Skinks, Full Command, 3 kroxigor
- 1 x 12 Skinks, musician
- 2 x 2 Jungle Swarms
- 1 x 4 Terradons
- 1 x 5 Chameleon Skinks
- 1 x 8 Chameleon Skinks
- 1 x 1 Salamander, Handler
- 1 x 2 Razadon
Game 1 - Yordan (Daemons) - Meeting Engagement.
So, Ultimates begins with First/ Second from 2011 playing against one another, and until Skullz'12 (One month prior), I hadn't actually played Yordan before. Skullz was a bit of a warm up, and gave me insight into Yordans play style.
After rolling for my army, a single unit of Jungle Swarms were delayed and Yordan had his whole army. I won the roll off, deployed first and got first turn (Phew!).
Terradons feinted a move to threaten the General, which had Yordans chaff occupied behind his lines, allowing my to encircle him. A long (long) charge from his Bloodcrushers had my Engine of the Gods engaged in combat, which Challenged the Herald. Yordans big mistake was accepting the challenge, as his hammer unit was reduced to a single attacking model (which still killing blow'd the Priest). Counter charge after counter charge after counter charge after counter charge (Skinkgor > Flesh Hounds > Skink Chief > Sceamers) had me finally win the combat, and still threaten the other two big blocks.
On the other side, the Slann made a bold move right infront of the Plaguebearers - who instead charged the block unit behind. Unluckily, they didnt hold, but my Jungle Swarms then entered play and delayed them for another turn!
Speaking of Jungle swarms - One base killed his Khorne Herald with 3 poisoned hits!
Towards the end of the game, I managed to kill the General with a Salamnder, and the Slann Stubbonly held his ground against the Plaguebearers.
11 - 9 win.
Game 2 - Blair (Warriors of Chaos) - Plunder
Blair rolled for his Chosen at the start of the game, and fearing that I would shoot him up quickly, opted for +1 to his Armour save. i then revealed that I was taking lore of metal.
I won first turn
I went second, but because the Horsemen vanguarded, they couldnt charge so I proceeded to wail on 10 lightly armoured Marauder Horsemen. They charged the Salmander who killed them in 2 turns. The knights became a victim of Searing Doom, while the Engine of the Gods mopped up the Khorne Chaos Warriors (after failing its first charge and leaving my Skinkgor block unsupported
). Challenges again won me the combat as i thunderstomped the BSB, then the Champion, then finally the Unit.
The Chosen, after being Transmutated to Gold and being reduced to a single rank made head way on scoring points, as the Hellcannon succumbed to massed poisoned shooting.
At the end of the game, Blair has his General and one Sorcerer remaining (obviously holding a fair few Magic items).
16 - 4 win.
Game 3 - Rob Horton (Dark Elves) - Night Assault
i am super fearful of the amount of firepower Rob has. Neither of us castled, and after a Scout off (and a win for first turn), I began to make a dent in Robs shades and Bolt throwers. One unit of Chameleon Skinks let me down (and Rob passed a single Light Armour save) to have a bolt thrower remain alive when I didnt want it to. The Hydras unsurprisingly whittled down my Skinkgor units (regen
). Rob took advantage of having the last turn and mopped up the last remaing Kroxigor (scoring 307pts for the unit).
7 - 13 loss.
Game 4 - Jim Howard (Beastmen) - I think this was a captured Standards Mission
As I predicted, Jim had a general who would Join a Bestigor unit with the banner of Discipline near the BSB to take advantage of Primal Fury. I didnt predict that he would also take 3 other wizards! Including a herd stone, Jim could be netting 3 -4 extra Power dice per phase, so having the first turn of the game, I irresistibly cast a Comet of Cassandora next to his Herdstone. This vacated the area quickly, and I focused on removing the chaff on an extreme flank (including a wizard) to keep the wizards off of the Herdstone for the rest of the game (almost). The Stegadon stuffed up and didnt kill the BSb in the first round (including Thunderstomps) and proceeded to be hacked down next round after Jim successfully cast the Savage Beast of Horos. Almost Identically to the game against Yordan, a Unit of Jungle Swarms consumed the General (2 poisoned hits and a 6 to wound). The Slann stubbornly engaged the Gor herd until reinforcements arrived.
At the end of the game, Jim had two wizards and a unit of Ungor skirmishers left. The wizards were attempting to kill the slann with magic missiles, and the final attempt, a Pit of Shades, scattered off.
18 - 2 win.
Game 5 - Charlie Taylor - High Elves - Duel
Score extra points by winning challenges? My army relies on challenges to win games, so a great manny challenges were issued. The Stegadon did its thing to hold up a Swordmasters unit for a little while, but was eventually cut down as Charlie refused to accept the challenge from my Skink priest (Boo!). Skinkgor helped to engage and managed to eventually kill the Swordmaster, but not before they were charged by an Eagle and a Dragon
. over the course of the combats, the Dragon was reduced to a single wound
meanwhile, the Chameleons killed two Bolt Throwers, The Slann flank charged a chariot and Final Transmutated 13 (out of 19) Spearmen (needing 5's). The second Skinkgor block killed some Dragon Princes. It became a big scrap, and the Jungle swarms missed out on killing their third character as Charlie charged them with his lone BSB.
12 - 8 win.
Game 6 - Karl Booth (Lizardmen) - The Table Quarter Scenario (?)
I was expecting Karl to play quite defensive until late in the game, but he began an aggressive assault from turn three. I didnt respond well enough, and he managed to get the match ups for the combats he wanted. Also, without Champions in his units, I couldnt challenge my way to safety! He played very cleverly (unsurprisingly
) and I didnt take advantage of enough opportunities. Karl got the last turn and dictated which quarters belonged to who, Racking up 750pts - 250pts for the scenario in his favour.
3 - 17 loss.
All in all - First for painting, Second for Overall (but by how much??)
I had a very entertaining weekend, and was very giddy to hear that people especially enjoyed their time playing against me
I would like to bring a new army to Ultimates next year (especially if Special Characters can make an appearance). Be on the look out for some new stuff from me (hopefully