Well folks that was easily one of the best nights wargaming I've been involved in for a long time, amazing craic and a great way to play 40k!! The result? A Draw! Warheads were shy of the win by just 2 points.
Here's the uber handsome challenging team (I say challenging team because the round took place on Warhead's turf). From L-R, Rory Dunne (Tyranids), Chris Rooney (Blood Angels), Francis Mahon [Captain] (Eldar), Cian O'Dowd (Imperial Guard), Andy Farrell (Codex Marines) and Robert O'Byrne (Space Wolves).
The Warheads Team was made up of myself [Captain] (Chaos Space Marines), Ulick O'Sullivan (Space Wolves), Brian MacKenzie (Grey Knights), Sam Santijirakun (Blood Angels), Tristram Hills (Imperial Guard) and Alec Cornelius (Dark Eldar).
The lists were peer reviewed by Jonny Fisher (Captain Team Northern Ireland 2011) and Paul Quigley (Vice Captain Team Republic of Ireland 2011) and then published here
after minor corrections.
As mentioned previously
both teams had a mixed calibre of player available, all regular tournament wargamers or players who will be hitting the tournament scene soon with a few Irish ETC veterans thrown in for good measure.
I have to say the bidding process was a huge amount of fun and had each team second guessing the other constantly before matchups.
With the help of my team mates I quickly jotted down the opponent's available lists and our potential first bids. First off we had to write champions down on a piece of paper secretly and give it to our referee (Paul Quigley of the Dublin Games Guild proved an excellent and helpful referee all night!).
In our camp we were divided about who to put as our Champion since we were trying to guess who Naas would put as their Champion. I figured their Champion would be something balanced so not their Blood Angels or Stealer Shock but also we thought that they might be thinking that we'd put our Imperial Guard as our Champion (always a good choice!) so they wouldn't put their Eldar up.
It got rather confusing after this....either way I put myself as Champion since I thought I could hold the person we thought might be their champion (Imperial Guard or Marines) to at least a draw allowing the rest of my team to get a couple of high wins/draws and send us over the line....at least that's how it was supposed to work!
The mission? One objective each....the Deployment? Dawn of War. A real test for a lot of armies this tournament favourite should help seperate the men from the boys.
The dice roll and....Naas put up first. Their first bid was Codex Space Marines, a shooty but relatively fragile balanced marine list with a couple of tricks up its sleave. We bid Sam's Blood Angels, his Descent of Angels should be able to pick up enough victory points while claiming his home objective and securing a safe draw.
Our first bid are Space Wolves, against whom they send in their double Raven Blood Angels list. Interesting matchup but I was confident of our chances, even one round of shooting and that Blood Angel list suffers.
Naas bid Tyranids next and a reassuring pat on my back tells me that Dark Eldar are to be our matchup. We stick up Grey Knights to which they respond with Cian O'Dowd's Imperial Guard and since they weren't going to put Eldar as their Champion our Imperial Guard were left with them and my Chaos Space Marines were given Robert O'Byrne's Space Wolves.
Here is my personal tracker for the games, on the right is the table number for the game being played (since the player that is bid gets to choose the table giving them a slight tactical edge in an even matchup) and in the top right of each match my estimated scores we could achieve.
All in all I think the matchups went very well. Our team communicated effectively and were able to get into our opponents' heads a little bit but this exercise shows quite how much work is put in by our ETC Captain, Vice Captain and the team at predicting the opposing team's next bid.
Below are some shots of the games themselves, click on the images to enlarge them!
The Captains shake hands after a hard fought draw!
So how did the matches compare with my predictions, well as I showed earlier on my match tracker I predicted our Blood Angels player could get 7 points against codex marines, so I predicted a weak draw on our behalf. This was mostly due to the fact that we hadn't tested this list thoroughly and Sam was relatively new to competitive 40k but low and behold he netted us 10 points!!
In our Space Wolves match against Storm Raven Blood Angels we didn't fair too well unfortunately and lost all 20 points, much less than my predicted value of 7....
In our Dark Eldar - Tyranids matchup and Imperial Guard - Eldar matchup I predicted 20-0 both times and that's exactly what we got.
In our Grey Knights - Imperial Guard matchup I'd hoped that Brian could net us 8 points, i.e. a draw with heavy losses, unfortunately Brian lost his objective and could only get us 3 points.
Finally my own game I predicted a weak draw for myself (since my list haemorrhages points but can hold a draw in most games) but pulled off 10 points.
All in all the predictions were accurate enough with the exception of the Space Wolves match, a worthy draw on all sides!!
This was a brilliant way for two clubs to hang out and play some excellent team based games of 40k, I wholeheartedly look forward to the rematch!!
Our many thanks to Gamer's World for having us, our great opponents the Naas Wargames Fraternity, Paul Quigley for refereeing and checking our lists and Jonny Fisher for proofing the lists also!
Bua nó Bás,
Labels: Challenge, ETC, Gamer's World, Irish Tournaments, Irish Wargaming, Maynard, Naas Wargaming Fraternity, Wargames, Warhammer 40K, Warheads