So this weekend Panzerschrek was held in my hometown Palmy using the Swedish Comp. Rule was to get between 13 and 9 on the comp system. I missed the clarification in the email chains, but apparently you could go as low as 0.5 below a score and round up. No realising this I wrote my list to be a 13.2 to guarantee the 13 comp score.
ArchLector: HA, GW, Ratslayer's Helm, Talisman of Preservation
Lvl4: Scroll, Lore of Metal
BSB: Fullplate, Enchanted Shield, Warriorbane
WarriorPriest: HA, Fencer's Blades
Witch Hunter: Brace of Pistols
Witch Hunter: Brace of Pistols
Captain: Pegasus - Ironhard hooves, Fullplate, shield, dragonhelm, dawnstone, lance
40 Halberds: Full Command
5 Archer detach
10 Inner Circle Knights: Musician, Standard
28 Great Swords: Full Command
4 Demigryphs: Musician
Helblaster Volley Gun.
So a little bit different to my usual list. Notably the addition of 2 witch hunter, greatswords, and the lack of artillery...
Game 1: vs Fern Orcs and Goblins. Battleline
Fern was rocking a big goblinblock, 3 lvl2's-one on a carpet, 20 blackorcs and chaff. We deployed:
End result: Win 17 - 3. My Witch hunters failed to get their target...but they did kill a lvl2 shaman!
Game 2: vs Neil Warriors of Chaos - Blood and Glory
Possibly the only time in the history of WHFB that someone has declined a TO invitation to cheese up their list some more. Neil's list came in at 16.3!
Result: lost 9 - 11. No one was broken and the battle could still have swung either way. Oh well
Game 3: vs Stu Warriors of Chaos - Battleline
Righty - 2 blocks of GW nurgle warriors, lvl4 death, disc dude, chariot, 5 doggies, and knights.
Result: 9 -11 loss. That last combat phase cost me the game. I knew going in that 28 Greatswords was not going to be enough for a grind...and unfortunately I got a game where grind was exactly what I was going to have to do. Great game otherwise. I felt I was always in control of what was happening and managed the flow of the battle nicely.
Game 4: vs Papa Sam's Demons of Chaos - Dawn Attack
Great Game for a Sunday Morning. When you're too tired to think, having the deployment provided by the dice is a nice thing to have! The first turn was defined by me pulling out the scroll and the cannon failing to hit the Keeper, while his Skillcannon destroys my cannon and kills a demigryph.. Sam sets up some bait...
Which results in this:
Result: 14 - 6 win. I was lucky the Plaguebearers failed to get to combat sooner...once again 28 Greatswords is an uncomfortable number to have!
Game 5: vs Peter W High Elves - Battleline.
So Peter took a 3 monster list in a comp pack that heavily comps the counters to monsters...smart man, and it was paying off. At this stage he was guaranteed 1st place...
We deploy and I move up a bit to try catch some points
Result: 0 - 20 loss....and I drop from 3rd to somewhere down the table. If I had killed the general then I think things would have been a little different as the target choice etc would have to be more considered - especially if I had demis running around. But good to see a chaff and smash High Elf list in action...gives me plenty of ideas and hope...
Game 6 vs Nick's Skaven - Meeting Engagement
Last game and Otto gets his fluff match up. The Rathelm he wears is there as a sign of his no-nonsense approach to tackling the ratty filth...especially when it is rocking a Verminlord! I set up second and Otto, the warriorpriest, helblaster, Halberds, and ICKS are all late for the battle...
Result: 14 -6 win. Losing the lvl4 off the board cost me a 15-5, but happy with the win given what I started with off the board and the demis taking no part in the battle other than acting as verminlord "bait".
So after 6 games, paintscores and sports etc I came in 5th behind Sam Whitt who did the most impressive submarining EVER on the last 2 turns. Peter Williamson picked up his well-overdue first tournament win so congrats there.
Thoughts on the event:
I thought the event was well run and in a decent location - helped by the onsite hot food stand and free coffee/tea (God send!). It would have been nice if there was an official "all info in one place" comp pack to clear up the rounding issues etc..but it didnt affect things too much. I didnt have a single game where the comp impacted on the score.
As much as I think the Swedish Comp is overly proscriptive in its approach, it was great to have a change of scenery and see different units on the board. That alone makes the comp "worth it" for the odd event...but not as a "standard' approach.
Thanks to Jeff for organising the event and I look forward to going back next year.