So Vermintide IV was today. My usual super exciting, active social life means that I have a free Saturday night to write up the reports while watching Stargate Atlantis.
I submitted two lists to Vermintide. The first list was for me to use:
Warrior Priest: HA, 2HW
BSB: FPA, Ench shield
lvl1: (fire), ruby ring
38 Halberds: FC
2x5 Archer detachments
2x4 Demigryphs: M
So a very exciting Empire list with a suprisingly strong magic phase...however I spent a fair amount of the day defending the fact that I toom 8 Demigryphs "because I like the models"
The second list I submitted was for my friend Alex to use. He hasnt played much 8th, but I was secretly hoping he would do really well with the list.
Noble: Eagle, LA, sh, spear, stone of rebirth, dragonhelm, potion of foolishness
10 Glade Guard: M, SB
10 Glade Guard: M
5 Wildriders: (m)
A very fun MSU woodie list that didnt rely on shooting to do the damage. I picked this list to make the top 5 if Alex figured out how to use the list quickly.
Anywho- my battles...
GAME 1: Random Deployment vs Bo's Highelves
Very exciting first game. lvl3 with metal (didnt roll final transmute!), MSU elite, big block of Seaguard, eagles and a RBT...fun.
I deployed first
Bo deploys and doesnt have the same luck
On my right flank the Demigryphs brushed off 5 Whitelions and an eagle before getting the RBT. My magic phase was all fireworks and display, failing to kill off 5 swordmasters over a couple of turns (got it down to 1 grr). My hurricanum decided to have a go at an eagle. Rolled a hit, did d6 s4 due to vs a flier, rolled a 6 (so s6 hit under hole)...and did a massive 1 wound.
In the centre, my Halberds decided to force the issue and found itself in this position
All the while my lvl1 and his posse had fled turn 4 due to panic and strolled towards my board edge, eventually waltzing off the edge turn 6. My excuse is that after turn 4 there was nothing to fireball...but it did mean that I won 14-6 instead of the max 15-5.
So a good solid win and enjoyable game that would allow me to submarine for the next 2 rounds as a few people won their first game with max points. Bo's army was very well presented and was awarded player's choice for best painted.
GAME 2: Diagional Deployment vs Aaron's Ogres.
Game 2 of Vermintide, and my 2nd game vs the new Ogres. Aaron's list consisted of 9 bulls with BSB and lvl2, 2x2 mournfang, 3 sabretusks, thundertusk (very excited to see one of these on the table!)
We both had everything arrive to the battle. I deployed first, but Aaron stole first turn.
So things started well. My left Demigryphs were "drawn left" killing chaff, I fire balled another sabre tusk and moved up to get involved...however killing the sabretusk = IF = big template = 2 wounds on right Demigryphs. Aaron decides to capitalise on this with his Thundertusk shooting, killing 1 = fail panic test.
We were playing a little slow, so we were running out of time. Aaron went for it with lots of charges. Mournfang into Demigryphs, Thundertusk into Halberds, and the bull bus failed to make the supporting charge into the halberds.
GAME 3: Watchtower vs John's Ogres
YAY Ogre's again. Though no need to feel sorry for me, there were people at Vermintide who were stuck with multiple games vs Dwarfs.
Now, since John was also taking photos for his blog stumpyheaven.blogspot.co.nz we agreed to be completely one sided in our reports.
Anywho-John "won" the watchtower (giving me first turn!) and deployed a unit of 3 bulls in it.
My guys are a little be more savvy and move to avoid the ogres and draw them away from all the exciting stuff.
This naturally confused the Ogres, especially when the Demigryphs ran past them, and the bulls were BBQ'ed. In their confusion they decided that maybe the action was in the other direction.
This was his down fall as the fire mage got his flame on and burnt him to a crisp, while 5 archers valantly died to stop the Ironguts getting to the Demigryphs. My first solution to the butcher was actually to run him over with the hurricanum to test the "chariot" part of its job description. However, it failed miserably on this front, failing what should have been a relatively easy charge.
GAME 4: Blood and Glory vs James' High Elves
Another tournament, another NZTC team civil war, and another chance to take suggestive pics of James...
So we deployed and James went first
Now I didn't get pics of what happened next because it happened so quickly. Basically James did a textbook move by charging his Prince with re-roll 2+/5++ (who was also the lvl1) into the right demigryphs. I then forget how to pass armour saves and take 4 wounds from 4 attacks. However, this was clearly a bug going around as the Prince then failed 4x 2+, 2+, 5++ and died! The Demigryphs then had an easy charge on the Dragon Princes (who were not expecting to be charged). Dragon Princes flee the charge, and run crazy distance off the board. All of a sudden everything had swung in my favour.
and flank the Whitelions.
GAME 5: Battleline vs Pete W's Tombkings
So last game of the tournament and I find myself on the top table with Pete W, who I have never beaten before. We were both exhausted, so an interesting game was promised. We deployed.
Pete moved his army up. His (my right) chariots came a little too close and my Demigryphs took their chance and charged in.
Turn 6, Pete gets the Hierophant as far away from the Demigryphs as possible-meaning I needed a 9 to get the charge. I pick up the dice, pray to Sigmar for help cleansing the land of this evil, and roll a 9 = in combat with the hierophant!
We tally points and I win 21-4 (max score was 25-0).
I end on 86 battlepoints out of a possible 100, giving me enough to win Vermintide! I also won the "orphan" award for highest ranked army that was only played by one person. For the Butcher award I had the 2nd most VPs taken (Sam W came first-always beats me at something :P), but the award went to Mike K as the it could not be won by someone in the top 3 (Sam coming 2nd, Pete 3rd).
As for my other army...as I predicted, Alex picked up its playstyle rather quickly and came 5th! Noice, very noice.
So a fantastic start to the Warhammer "year"...now to focus on Masters in a couple of weeks.