So as I mentioned last time (I think), the league ends with a small tournament. It is called Raindog's Rampage. It is typically a 1500pt tourney with four games, each one being a different scenario. This year however, the game type was the same, a straight battle, but you had a checklist of 51?ish items that could happen in the game. Things like Miscast Twice in one turn, Run down an opponent's unit, roll a 12 for winds of magic, etc.
We had used a similar setup in one of our league weeks if you recall. I liked it. It was quite fun to try to get certain items on the list. And of course, you could not get all items on the list.
Painted armies are not required, but they do grant you bonus points and of course put you in the running for best painted. So instead of my undead legions, I brought my dwarf army. I had to paint up a BSB for it, but was able to do that the night before. Turned out pretty well (pics to be added later).
In order to get some more points, I went with a runelord with Anvil. Pretty big points sink, but it gave me the chance to get points from the Magic phase of the checklist. I then had a BSB, unit of longbeards, thunderers, quarrelers, a grudge thrower, and a flame cannon.
No battle reports, just quick run downs:
Game 1 vs orcs with Grimgor. I actually challenged the owner of this list since I had never played him before and I thought dwarfs vs orcs had to happen. It was a good back and forth game. He got hand of gork off twice, putting his units in threatening areas right off the bat. I was able to shoot one down enough before it charged that my unit held, and then was able to countercharge. Then grimgor's unit appeared behind my lines, and while I shot it a bit, it charged right into my runelord. Thankfully, my runelord was quite tough and able to hold out a few rounds until the longbeards could countercharge. My RL did fall finally though to twin hits from doomdivers. Major win though.
Game 2 vs new deamon legions list (nurgle mostly). This was the worst game of warhammer I have ever had. I simply could not hurt his units and just sat there for the whole game, rolling dice, and removing my models. I personally thought that the list was a bit over the top for the event. If I had brought three cannons, I might have hurt his GD or DP before they hit my lines. That sort of RPS match up just isn't fun at all. My mood was quite dark after this game.
Game 3 vs chaos warriors. This game was a little better than the last, as I had a few early turns to do something, plus actually hurt some of his units. However, eventually his big stuff got in and that was that. Also, T6 chariots?? Yeah, cuz chaos needs even tougher stuff. My hatred for chaos reached a new high at the end of this game.
Game 4 vs chaos warriors. Really? three chaos armies? well basically half of the lists were the new chaos legions in one form or another from the ET book. This one though was not unbeatable as we were now in the bottom bracket fighting for last place. The game actually was going well until I took a risk and failed horribly. I tried to make a 7" charge with my dwarf unit, and failed on snake-eyes. Thus my only infantry block was facing his rear and flank to two chaos units, both well within charge range. And that was the end of that game.
Despite the horrible mood I had sunk to, I somehow managed to get two favorite opponent votes and dueled it out for the award with three other players. My Runesmith fell once more. Apparently no one who plays chaos uses infantry characters anymore, just monster types. also, I did not come in last place to win the wooden spoon award. That went to a Dogs of War player.
So basically, I've sworn off fighting chaos armies. I just don't own anything to take on that level of cheese and BS. ;)
However, it did reinvigorate my desire to work on my dwarf army more and touch up some units and paint some new ones. So that is good. All in all, I love the new Dwarf book. I thought it added just the right amount of touches to make it fun. Unfortunately, GW's raging hardon for chaos continues to push that army well above what I own. Oh well.