Last weekend was the annual Wellington Call to Arms event - complete with the traditional fire alarm. I entered the exact same list as I took to Horned Gobbo:
Archlector: HA, GW, Dragonhelm, 4+ ward
lvl4: heavens, scroll
BSB: full plate, enchanted shield
38 Halberds: FC
5 archer detach
10 archer detach
10 Inner Circle Knights: M, SB
5 Knights: M
2x4 Demigryphs: M
Nice little list that competes in every phase. Wall of 1+, token bus and a whole heap of artillery.
Game 1: Dawn Attack vs Adam's Dwarfs
Wow, what a game 1 draw! Adam's list was basically Anvil, bugman, 2x rangers, strollas hammers with rune of challenge on a shield bearer dude...yup. 3 units. s5/6 and ws5 across the board.
Meanwhile the rangers get anviled though my lines. Down go the Inner Circle knights without a fight
Result: 14-6 to me. MVP goes to Stank...notable mention to vanilla knights who tied up Anvil for most of the game and reduced it down to 2 wounds...though 2 wounds short of tabling the dwarfs!
Game 2: Blood and Glory vs Nick's Ghost Chips VC
OMG. Seriously...I opted against taking a light council to CTA because the trend of late has been for nil to none VC participation at events...trust me to run into a list packing a black coach and 18 Hexwraiths! Looking at my MMissile collection (no comet) it was clear that I wasnt going to win this one unless the Vamp crumbled...
I get first turn. Thunderbolt and chain lightning do SOME damage to the Hexwraiths...but not enough. Cannons open up. Dead Zombie dragon and 3 ward saves on Vamplord later and I was playing catch up.
My only hope was to get stuck in fast and start smashing stuff....or get everything else into me...
1 unit of demis went into zombies and got a black coach to deal with before it went ethereal. The other unit wore hexwraith death to the face. IF Vortex destroyed by Halberds.
Result: 8-12 loss. MVP goes to Stank again for holding the line and protecting my Fortitude. I was also very impressed that I killed 14 out of the 18 Hexwraiths...given the Vamplord survived grrrr
Game 3: Battle of the Pass vs Neil's Woodies
Havnt played this mission in ages! Neil was rocking an avoidance list with block of Eternal Guard, Horn of Asrai, marcus Locus Dragon (ldship test - if fail have to charge - all who can charge have to test....no strength bonus from weapons), treeman and stuff.
So Treeman then wears thunderbolt and dies, Halberds make moves on the Eternal Guard, ICKS go to trap wildriders and Knights take on the other wildrider unit...cannon to take care of eagle #2
Result: 16-4 win to me. Not capturing the Eternal Guard and 1 turn short was a huge VP blow...oh well. MVP goes to lvl4 with all his Thunderbolting goodness.
Game 4: Meeting Engagements vs Hamish's netlist Skaven
Yay netlist Skaven minus assassin. I cant remember the last time I enjoyed a game vs Skaven given that all lists are starting to look (and act) the same (Panzerscrek Skaven list aside - that was a fun different game)...kinda means I also go into auto pilot vs them and wake up at the end to see what the outcome was.
we deploy (I go first)
Result: 12-8 win. MVP was the Archlector for awesome BSB squashing awesomeness. 2nd MVP was the Inner Circle knights with a flank collapsing charge.
Game 5: Battleline vs Stu's Monstermash WoC
Just like a double rainbow Stu's list came in 2's. 2 Demonprinces, 2 chimeras....um throgg, unkillable BSB, some trolls, lvl2 and some nurgle halberd warrior goodness.
I also make a mistake with the last demis - charged in instead of backing off and fleeing the final charge.oh well
Result: 8-12 loss. Cannon failure turn 1 really defined this game. With the general dead I would have been free to clean up the other monsters a whole lot easier. Fun game though.
Overall: 58 battle points and 9th place. A respectable amount...even though my losses were small my wins were not big enough to count. My artillery had an off weekend. The only game it really fired was my win vs the Woodies. Every other game it either did nothing, or not enough...especially the helblaster. I have no cool helblaster stories (and reading the last year of reports you will see that that is odd).
Thoughts on list:
Will I swap out for the light council? It is a tempting list...IF you can guarantee your deployment. With 2 out of 5 missions messing that up = I still think my list is the better scenarios list + how cool is it having Otto the Archlector trooping it out on foot smashing stuff with a huge hammer? Very cool is the answer. If I was a real man of the Empire he would be trooping it with 38 Great Swords...watch this space...