Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Game Night

Game night was great last night, once again we got a few new faces but I also ran into one of the guys from our far south group, Yeuw, and found out the store down there's no longer doing Warmachine/Hordes. It's a pity, they had a great group of guys very keen to play, hopefully we can get some of them on the tables in the city.

I had a lot of fun with Constance last night (pictured here in Mitchells second copy of Wrath with a secret identifier). In my first game I took on our Scottish import, Kris, and managed to Rowdy his vicious Barnabus right on it's bloody nose. He did a bit of damage, some nasty Wrastler hurling, but his feat turn just didn't cost me enough and left him close enough I was able to Sunburst and shank some stuff out of Ol Rowdy's way thanks to my own feat, and then send him rocketing in to nail the game. It's my first victory against Kris, he plays a LOT of Vassal and really knows his shit, I was quite glad to get him.

Game 2 for Ms Blaize was against newbie Marty's Trollbloods & pMadrak. He's had a lot of poor luck, but i'd not given him a game yet so I brought the same list to a terrain heavy mirrored fort table, and gave it a go. I did some early damage to his Champions (one unit of which was mine I'd given him), taking out the skulking Impaler, and blowing an Axer to shreds with some CRA's and Harlan Versh, but my Precursors failed to take down his Earthborn on their minifeat turn, and I saw a good trample hole he could make, so I taught him the finer points of Madraks ranged awesomeness, killing the Journeyman next to Blaize and leaving room for a trampling, feat'd Earthborn to get up in her face. It turns out Snacking Removes From Play, so my feat didn't help and Morrows light welcome her for Martys first ever win.

One game taking down a local heavyweight, and one coaching a new player to his first win. You can't have a better night than that, especially when the GF stays all night just to hang out and come home with ya.

Game night has been very awesome, it's great to see so many games and have a regular meet again. It's got people spending more in store too, and actively practicing scenarios in prep for tournaments. More than anything though is the camaraderie and community spirit, I urge everyone to come along, or start your own.

And always, Play Like You've Got A Pair.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Post ConVic

What a weekend that was! With Heath (Kojiro), Kris (the Mad Scott), and Nic (Butler) I travelled across to Melbourne for the first ever Warmachine & Hordes tournament at ConVic, a traditionally Fantasy Battle event. Mike Crossman (Mikecro), Joel Dodd (Necra-Chi), and Ed Brgoc (Badvolk) put on a fantastic fun event that was choccas with games, prizes, and people.

With some gorgeous trophies up for grabs, along with a ton of unpictured stuff including 2 25pt armies, best in faction trophies, and a Warjack box for each of the top 8, I was glad to see painting well represented with best painted army, solo, and warcaster, and a special prize taken by Terry Mo (T.Mo, who I had a great game against) for best flag/objective marker.

I did fairly poorly myself, my Machines of Hate taking the field 3 times while the Seething Thrax saw play but once. My Asphyxious matches were tight, and I had a great time, but Venethrax got hosed by legion when I overestimated his survivability against Bethayne.

I think my favourite match was against T.Mo and his gorgeous menites on the very same table I'd played Daniela & Dodgy on last year at Nationals in Brisbane. Mr Mo put up a real solid list, and Borka almost got him on scenario after single trollishly taking out the Avatar, but it wasn't to be, as Terry reminded me which of us is the real IK Terry, and taught me about a spell called Awareness when I risked not using Wind Wall.

The real winners were everyone who went though, as it was quite simply an incredible weekend. From the lads playing some dice game post round 4 saturday night to my own impromptu game against a new personal hero of mine Ed Brgoc, I can't speak more highly of the weekend. There were no dramas, grins everywhere, and a great number of us out in force - Arcanacon's now got a real competitor in my eyes for the top event, and I look forward to seeing how the age old institution at Collingwood goes with ConVic sure to shine again next year.