User Content Wednesday – DaBoyz GT Primer: Game 3

Ah, Chumbalaya – he’s one of the good ones he is.  But he’s been sadly missing from the blogoshpere.  He and I never even had a chance to get a good ol’ fashioned bromance started.  Even in the face of that, I still don’t know how to quit Chumby.  One of my favorite posts as always been this battle report from Blackjack and Hookers.  It’s not so much the battle report, as it is the post game wrap-up.  Adults acting like adults.  Good stuff to be sure.  Anyways, enjoy and if you believe in Chumbies, clap your hands!

I’m up against Joe J, the guy who won Best Painted for his amazingly totally super awesome…

Footdar.

HQ
Eldrad
Avatard

Elites
Fire Dragons – 7, Exarch w/ Firepike, Crack Shot, Wave Serpent w/ TL EML, Shuriken Cannon, Spirit Stones
Harlequin Troupe – 8, Kisses, 1 Fusion Pistol, Shadowseer, Troupe Master

Troops
Pathfinders – 8
Pathfinders – 8
Dire Avengers – 10, Exarch w/ dual cats, Bladestorm, Wave Serpent w/ TL EML, Spirit Stones
Dire Avengers – 10, Exarch w/ dual cats, Bladestorm

Heavy Support
Wraithlord – Bright Lance, EML

My old nemesis, the almighty Footdar.  Pathfinders could cause me problems, but everything I can outshoot, outpsychic and outfight. 

My list is here.

Mission 3 was Spearhead.

This one is a bit wonky, simply because it goes short to short board edge.  I have to get all up in his grill to win and he only has infiltrators and 2 skimmers that can get into mine, the rest has to get through my army.

Terrain was a tad sparse here, dominated by big towers that blocks LoS and some area terrain.  Stuff was big enough to hide a Serpent or Wraithlord or even the Forge World Avatard, so there’s some potential problems for me.

I lost the roll off so he deployed first.  Avatard went dead center, Serps each went to a flank, Wraithlord up top and Eldrad hiding behind a giant tube.

Since he has no real blasts to worry about and I really need to cross the board quickly, I put all my shit up as far as possible, Logan joining a unit of Fangs to give me more mobile firepower.  Self-generating cover saves FTW.

Now that I have covered my D-zone, he can’t infiltrate Rangers anywhere handy and my Chooser cut out another big chunk of board.  They end up bunkered up just outside his deployment zone, so that’s 2 fewer problems.

Turn 1

Avatard gets Fortuned, Rangers get Guided.  Herpaderp Lava Man runs up to say hi, everything else cowers.  Shooting is meh.

All but the 2 Logan-less Fang squads advance.  Shooting nails the Dragons’ Serpent, wounds the Wraithlord, Avatard and bounces off the Avengers’ Serpent.  Now just 1 threat remains.

Turn 2

Avatard walks up more, everything else shuffles and shoots.  More ineffectual.  Harlies advance.

TWC jumps in with the Avatard, everybody else shuffles up.  Wraithlord and Serpent get hurt more.  Combat is a draw.

Turn 3

More Fortunes and Guides, not many casualties.  Avatard and TWC slap each other around to no avail.  Harlies jump on my big WG squad and maul the fuck out of them.

Lone Wolf and other TWC jumps in to finish the job on good old Aang.  Shooty does more shooty, Serpent and Wraithlord go down.  Logan, 5 man WG and a unit of Fangs jump into the Harlies, Logan pops his +1 Attack bubble.  Raep ensues.  Space Clowns go away.  Avatard gets pimp-slapped by a Lone Wolf, but not before killing one TWolf.

Turn 4

Not a lot to shoot, so not a lot happens.  Eldrad gets dicked by the Runic Weapon, hilarity ensues.

More stuff advances, Lone Wolf jumps in with Pathfinders, TWC with Fire Dragons.  Smashy smahy, Elfdar go running.

Turn 5

Eldrad gets dicked further by the Runic Weapon in some kind of cosmic justice.  Rangers manage to plink away the Rune Priest and his squad after only shooting them for 5 turns.  Dragons break and flee, Avengers charge a Lone Wolf, hilarity ensues.

My army all make it past the midline, TWC goes after some Rangers, Eldrad takes a krak missile to the face, game is called.

I got all but one point here, just because I couldn’t make any of his units flee off the table (I had problems with me killing them before I had the chance to run them off :P).

This report is short and sweet because, to be honest, this game was not challenging.  No disrespect to Joe, he was fine to play and got understandably frustrated considering it was his first game against Space Wolves since the new Codex.  We talked it out afterward and I’d like to think we reached a good understanding.

One thing did stick out to me though.  Joe told me he had played in lots of tournaments in other areas and he didn’t enjoy himself in our game because he was unfamiliar with my army, Codex and Logan in particular and I was playing too quickly for him.  I apologized and asked him why he didn’t speak up about it sooner and he told me he wouldn’t normally do that because he would get chipmunked on Sportsmanship for it.  How awful is that?  I play fast and loose because I know my army and the others so well and I like getting done with time to spare so I can schmooze.  And this poor guy had to basically get taken for a ride with a bunch of rules and models he didn’t know and had to suffer for it because speaking up would invite retribution.  I’ll touch on this more when I write about Sportsmanship.

Suffice to say, we managed to turn a potentially socially damaging experience into a mutual understanding with some open conversation.  Adults being adults, who knew that worked?

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