Monday, January 24, 2011

Tournament afterthoughts

Tournament battle reports

Well I played my demeched orks in an actual tournament. They had 2.5 hour rounds, or I would not have played the list I did. I had enough time to finish each game..but just barely.

First round I played against another ork player, with a very similar idea..lots of nobs and burnas. He had a list that could potentially do a lot of damage to me. Despite being a new player, he made 1 mistake, and didn't play differently then I would have. The only mistake was moving his battlewagon 7" then getting out instead of moving up farther and getting out. Even as it was, the burnas still obliterated my 20 boy unit, but if they had been farther up they could have done damage to the shootas behind as well. This left the shootas to wipe out one large boys unit. However that left the burnas in the open, and died to lobba fire. Shooting and snikrot took out another large unit, and the nobs took out the third. His nobs took out one of my large units and my lootas, but I had done enough damage back that the final assault into my mek and tankbustas finished them. My tankhammer boy insta-killed his warboss :) The nice thing, despite being a newer player, he had a firm grip on the rules and I didn't have to explain anything. I got full 20 out of 20 on this game.

The 2nd game was at top table, as only 2 people got max point first round. Me and the guy I drove up with, with the all-foot slogging wolves that I played a couple weeks ago. This time though he had Ragnar, and Saga of the Warrior Born really worried me. Fortunately he had to walk into my shooting..the tankbustas, lootas, and both units of shootas wiped out the entire unit before it could assault anything. The nobs were good here, but not as good as they could have been due to all the S8 shooting I had to deal with. 2 nobs died to ML fire, and 2 died to lone wolf power fist. This didn't leave me much left but they still wrecked whatever they touched. In the end I had shot most of his army off the table, leaving only 1.5 long fang squads and a handful of gray hunters. I still had my grots and ~50 boys. A higher consolidate roll would have won me this game. We tied, 9 out of 20.

Last game, again at top table, put me up against a very similar idea ork list, only he had a few vehicles. This game the nobs absolutely wrecked face, wiping out a 30 boy unit, stormboys, and lootas. I rolled A LOT of 1's for terrain however otherwise I would have easily won this game. What should have been a game-winning assault, taking out his last boys unit, instead resulted in dead nobs. My warboss, a pk nob and the painboy charged into about 20 boys a long with 8 boys and a pk nob from my small unit. I lost the painboy on the charge to terrain, and the small unit of boys failed the charge! The result was only 1 dead on his side (really bad rolling on the boss) and both boss and nob wiped out. Because of this, I could not control the objective despite having a lot more of my army remaining. The game ended on a 1 for turn 6 just as time expired. I got 8 out of 20 points.

I did get 12 out of 15 painting points, with my only points lost were to the lack of high-end painting. I was the only player there with a fully painted, detailed, converted army with a matching display board. This netted me best appearance and $50 in store credit I used on a Terminator assault squad I was planning on buying anyway.

Overall I ended up with a total of 49 points out of a possible 75 and 4th place. 3rd was 50pts, 2nd was 51 and first was 54 so it was close at the top.

Unit thoughts:
Nob bikers: Completely wrecked face all day long. Worth every point and then a whole lot more.
Snikrot: Completely changes the dynamic of how the list plays. It makes it so the opponent can no longer sit back and wait for me. I need to drop something to get him in my 1750 list.
Tankbustas: I never faced a tank-heavy army. They did blow up a looted wagon and a battlewagon the first game, but only a trukk the 2nd before getting wiped in assault. I think I could have used them differently, but not sure. The jury remains out on these guys.
Grots: remain completely useful, for the low low price of 49 points. Don't leave home without them.
Lobbas: 84 points of pure win. Obliterating burnas, pinning gray hunters was just the beginning. Love this unit.

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