Sorry for the long delay. I have found out that my wife is 9 weeks preganant and we will be expecting another baby, so that took precedence over writing on the games I played tat he BAO.
I will recap the last 3 games of the tournament.
Game 5 vs Andrew Davis' Daemons
Herald of Nurgle
x3 Lascannon Sabre Platforms
Automated Hvy Bolters (Cannot remember the names)
Andrew had a very nicely painted Daemon army with a very nicely converted Vendetta he used. Our mission was Kill Points with the Scouring. The key to victory was avoiding his 3 Sabre Platforms he put in a corner. I made his Daemons come to me and I shot them off the board and my Beasts absorbed tremendous firepower. They actually triple-assaulted a unit of Screamers and two small Flamer squads. They massacred them and that is what sealed the game for me pretty much. I think I ended up winning by 4 KPs and had the Scouring. I got a 9-1 victory.
He was a great opponent and from the rival Wolf Brothers group in Reno/Sparks. It is always nice to beat one of those guys!
Game 6 vs Lyzz Fosters' Daemons
So both 5-0 and I play a really good friend of mine, Lyzz Foster. Reece comes by and tells us that whoever wins this game is playing for it all.... Oh thanks Reece appreciate the pressure! he said two Zero Comp guys are doign the same, so no matter what, it will be a Punisher vs Zero Comp finale!
Herald of Tz
Herald of Tz
I am glad one of us can make it to the final and am glad to be playing a very good friend. We had played 3-4 practice games against each other and met at the Golden Throne GT last August as well as the CoC twice here in Sacramento. She has never beaten me, nor came close in any of the games. I felt confident, but I knew it would be tough.
We played Big Gunz and Relic mission. She had no Heavies so I felt like I had the advantage with being able to score objectives. I stupidly place my objectives on the ground, insead of on the hills deep in her deployment zone. If I had done that, my Voidravens would have been able to capture. Strike One.
Strike two is my Beasts kept getting stuck in combat and not killing Horrors or Screamers in one fell swoop. They stayed locked in during her shooting and Assault phases makign my army take the brunt of hers. Not a good move and one that would cost me. The Beasts would kill things, but not fast enough.
Strike three would be turn 5. Her Bloodthirster is in a corner, flying. My Nightspinner is on one objective and my ravager on another. Her Screamers are lying and waiting for one of those two to die so they can assault the other one. My Beasts have the Thirster cornered and surrounded. They are ready to pounce and eat up some Daemon goodness. I shoot with everything I got at the Thirster. My Ravager, beasts, Warriors, and Night Spinner all cause 4 different Grounding checks. All are saved as well as the wounds i cause. F***!!! She proceeds to vector Strike my Spinner... BOOM! The Screamers munch my Ravager.... BOOM! Game, set, match... Lyzz wins and my chance at a GT final is gone.
Sad game, but very good. It was very fun and laid back. I was mad at myself for the game because I had several chances to do different things. I honestly think I played too loose, but again, Lyzz played great and am glad that if I lose it is to someone in my own club!
Game 7 vs Douglas Johnson's IG/SW army
Doug is a member of Team Zero Comp and is currently rnked #1 on HQ Rankings. I know he travels nationwide to events like Adepticon, NOVA, and he is on the ETC team. I knew I would be in for a game.
Platoon with various weapons
x5 Lascannon Sabre Platforms
x2 Medusa Artillery Batteries (Forgeworld)
x2 Basilisk Artillery Batteries (Forgeworld)
- Each had like 20 Crewmen
RunePriest w/ Combi Melta
x9 Grey Hunters, melta, Pod
Defenseline w/ Comms Relay
A very Forgeworld heavy list with a lot of little guys. His list relies heavily on those batteries to do damage. To be honest, this game was over before it started. i knew I could beat this list. Once my Beasts make it into combat with the little guys, his guns are toast.
I had first turn and ran my Beasts right at him. They are in a Ruin and receiving a nice 3+ cover save. My Venoms and Raider knock off 4 Sabre Platforms for First Blood. He realizes he cant do much now. His batteries shoot, but scatter or I make my saves. He kills minimal from my Beasts. His Pod comes down in my backfield, and slags my Night Spinner. Next turn will hurt for him ad his Wolves.
As the Venoms dont need to worry about his Sabres much, 2 of them come back to help with the Wolves. No Voidravens come in. The Guardians and venoms kill the wolves. Beasts run up and assault the Basilisk Squad. This is where the frustrating part began. he didnt have his squads clearly marked, and spent abotu 15 mins discerning who from what squad. I finally told him to take the closest 20 guys and to get moving. To me, he was stalling, and I was not happy. I dont slow play or stall and I hate people that do. It was an obvious tactic and one I do not appreciate. It was a sad attempt and one that made him look very bad. Long story short, the Beasts munch through that squad and the Lord Commissar. His Vulture comes on and targets a Raider! Umm... ok... dont shoot my Beasts. My Voidravens come on and kill the vulture and the infatry squad he had on his home base objective. By Turn 4 (yes thats all we got through, and yes he did not move all game, so it was a sad endeavor) Doug had his CCS, and a squad of 7 Guardsmen on his homebase objective. I had everything minus my Nightspinner, my entire Raider Squad, and some beasts. Total domination.
I knew I had to bring my A game to the match up because of the player I was playing. What soured the water was him sitting there saying that my army was cheesy because of the Beasts and that its gimmick. I dont like taking that shit from players, especially ones that cant lose graciously. "My army is cheesy? You had 2 giant Artillery squads from Forgeworld, 5 Sabre Platforms, and a Vulture. Your army is plump full of it. Be mad you lost, thats cool. But dont call my army cheesy." Thats what I said to him. Dont discount my win because you think my army is cheesy (which I happen to think it isnt) and then pull some attitude shit with me.
****This is taken out of context. I had this feeling because I did not know Doug or how he actually plays people or talks with them. I would like to say that I took the game too seriously to assume that he was being negative and slighting me. After talkign with Doug online and seeing how he is with others, I took what he said the wrong way.****
I finish the BAO at 6-1. I got 4th place out of 144! I won best Dark Eldar General! Lyzz won 1st!
It was an awesome tournament and I had a blast. Winning was definately fun as well. It was great to game with my huge gaming group and meet new people along the way. Total fun and a great thanks out to Reece and Frankie for putting it on. I will gladly be back next year!