So about 10 days ago myself, Omegaprime, and Fat Ninja Hodor Matt Bess set off on our annual trek to Omaha, Nebraska for the Bugeater GT. Unlike last year we could encounter some road conditions in the Doe variety and some vehicle problems would ensue. However, we would persevere and make to Omaha at 2AM Friday morning.
The original plan was to have me and Omegaprime hit up the Team Tournament but we needed to take care of truck and hit up other game stores in Omaha. We would unload our stuff in preparation for the next day or carnage.
DAY 1 Games
Game #1 vs Josh Dunn
Josh had brought an Inquisitor Primary army with Coteaz, a bunch of Henchman squads toting Death Cultists, Crusdaers, and Priests accompanied with a Landraider and some Psybacks. He also brought Crimson Fists allies with some Plasma Cannon Devastators, a Redeemer, and some Scouts.
Our table had a ton of terrain which made it very difficult for me to deploy, but it didnt matter as Josh would Seize on me and grab First Blood with a Venom death. I would then kill his Redeemer with the Wraithknight who would then die to the TH/SS Termies inside. The Baron would die and Josh would grab Linebreaker as well but it would not save him. I would win this game 13-7.
As an aside, Josh turned out staying in our same hotel so we all went out together and grabbed food and chilled for the weekend. Josh is an awesome dude and really fun to chill with.
Game #2 vs Adam Pedersen
Adam was playing CSM. Nurgle Bike Lord with 8 Burgle bikers, a Predator, Helldrake, 30 or 40 CSM, some Havocs, 3 Oblit, and some cultists with an ADL.
This game would go rather quickly for me. I would have first turn and would pummel Adam's army with 2 turns of shooting and wipe his Bikes with the Beasts. Highlight of the match for Adam was killing my 5 Wound Knight with Twin-Linked Plasma Guns from his Oblits. I would win 15-2.
Game #3 vs Brad Townsend aka Hulksmash
Brad would bring Greyknights with Inquistor Allies. Coteaz, 4 Psybacks, 2 Solodins, 2 TA Psycannon Inquisitors, 2 Storm Ravens, and 3 Dreadknight with Teleporters and Incinerators.I knew this would be a tough test simply because Brad is a great player. Plus, he has a plethora of 2+ Armor Saves and the Storm Ravens are never fun for me. And he had first turn.
I would deny him a lot of his first turn shooting by deploying near my table edge so he couldnt get his choice targets with the Incinerators. No damage from him first turn and I would return fire with dealing 3 Wounds to one Knight (he was a MFer... Seriously) and kill two of his 2 of his 4 Psybacks to get First Blood. Over the course of the game my stuff would die and his stuff would die. That 1 Wound Knight would live til Turn 5 until he actually failed that last save, it took a long time to finish him off. The game would go on (much to HulkSmash's displeasure) I would also learn that a 5th objective was in the middle and Hulky was controlling it, at that I thought I had lost. The Baron pulled through and Hit and Run out of CC to kill 1 squad of Henchmen off an objective to seal the deal. I would win 7-6.
I would have to say, this was probably my most enjoyable tournament game I have had. Things I have read online about Brad all had been positive. I am glad what I read was true and this game turned out to be such fun. Outside of him unintentionally yelling at a 16 year old kid and that kid crying and running away, he is a stand up guy! It felt like a Beer and Pretzel game with competitive banter (Lot of this!) with someone ive known for a long time. Appreciate the game Brad!
Game #4 vs Matt Root
Matt Root has won the Bugeater GT the last 2 years. I figured he would be the one to bring Skyblight and I was right. He had just gotten done handing Omegaprime his first loss of the tournament (and his only!). He brought 3 Tyrants, 2 Crones, 2 Harpies, Venomthrope, 3 individual Biovores, a Bastions, some Warriors Gargoyles, ad some regular Gaunts.
By was this going to be a tough match up. This list is the reason I brought the ADL and the Wraithknight. I really hope they pull their weight! I win the roll off and take first turn. I deploy at my 24'' line (Hammer and Anvil Deployment) equally and ready to attack everything. He deploys the Venomthrope in the Bastions and stacks literally) his MCs behind the Bastion and in Area Terrain to get a 3+ Cover Save. After some bickering from him on placement we go.
My first turn is rather devastating. I blow his Bastion and his Venthrope along with it with one of my Ravagers. His of his Biovores take wound from the Bastion (they were on the Battlements). I then kill his Warlord Tyrant and a Crone. I deal 3 wounds to another Tyrant and plink another wound off of another Tyrant. Not too shabby! I made sure to have all of my vehicles at the 22-24'' mark so he could Vector Strike anything of mine. Though he tried valiantly to do so, I would not let him cheat by not passing straight over me or let him get within an inch of, both things he insistently tried to do and was rather angry he could not do. I believe he blew up a couple Venoms and ended his turn.
I would continue my rampage and kill anther Tyrant and the other Crone. His lone wound Tyrant would live again and make plenty of 3+ Armors and 5+ Cover Saves which is quite annoying. My Beasts would also massacre a Gargoyle squad.He would kill a squad of my Venom troops and call it a turn.
With time winding (yes this is Turn 3) we decided it would be last turn. I would run clean up duty and kill his 3 Biovores, his other 2 Gargoyle Squads, his other Tyrant, and leave a Harpy with 1 wound left. We would try to come back and grab some points which he did by getting Warlord (damn Smash Attacks!) and Linebreaker. Counting up the Kill Points I had 11 to his 3 netting me 8 points. I also had all 3 primaries for 14 total points. He would get 4 with Warlord and Linebreaker.
I was very nervous for the game as having first turn pretty much clinched it for me. Calling the Rules Judge over for every little things was annoying, but knowing the rules and actually having a Tournament FAQ to reference was nice.
Omegaprime finished the day 3-1 and Matt Bess finished 2-2 dropping his last 2 games of the day. So at the end of the day I sat at 4-0. Only one other player had that and he brought.... 5 KNIGHTS! Yikes.... Stay tuned in the next couple of days to have me recap Day 2!
Sorry for the lack of pictures. I literally have no excuse as I had my camera with me, just never remembered to take any. Sorry!