And yes, usual warning; pic heavy, slightly lighter on words!
18 players gathered from near and far to move models and chuck dice. First round opponents were determined at random and then the Swiss Pairs system was used to pair off players with a similar record.
Please excuse the lack of detail, but enjoy some potted highlights and pictures...
Game 1: Orks
First mission up is The Scouring, and I'm up against a very mobile Ork army in a 6 objective game. Great list with a Warboss Biker, Nob Bikers, Deff Koptas and Trukk Boys.
|Left flank and centre|
Canny use of the LOS blocking terrain in the centre by both sides made this a game of cat and mouse in the middle, whilst each army held a flank. As the clock ticked down we moved into an objective dash; the Dark Eldar making a move onto a lot of the objectives with their speed and the Orks then countering; moving and assaulting onto some of the squishy Space Pixie units to take them back.
And the final reckoning: A draw.
Game 2: Imperial Guard
Mission 2 is Mayhem Domination. This is all about controlling quarters and objectives in the centre of each quarter, with points being scored from turn 2 onwards (think of it as a more structured Maelstrom mission.
I'm up against a nicely balanced guard list: Pask in a Plasma Tank with a wingman with the ignores cover cannon. Vets in a Chimera, Infantry Platoon, and a Vendetta loaded with a Flamer squad.
|Bring it on!|
|Pask and friends await the Cult's advance|
|That's a lot of infantry to kill!|
The Dark Eldar move into the neutral quarters and start racking points, taking pot shots where they can, taking chunks out of the blob and damaging Pask's command tank. Pask decides discretion is the better part of valour and attempts a retreat.
|We see you!|
The Dark Eldar are able to accumulate a healthy score over the turns resulting in a Win.
Game 3: Space Marines
Mission 3 is Mayhem Relics; a lot like the rule book mission but with 3 relics (movable objectives). My opponent is playing a compact but deadly White Scars army: Librarian with the Ignores Cover relic (there's a theme here) accompanying 3 Grav Cents in a Land Raider, 2 Drop Pods with Tactical Squads, a stalker tank and a Thunderfire cannon (oh good, more Ignores Cover).
Turn 1 is a vicious exchange as the Thunderfire cannon dies to massed splinter fire and the Stalker claims both Ravagers in retaliation (ouch!). The Dark Eldar move on the 2 visible relics whilst the Grav Cents move onto the remaining objective.
The Drop Pods come in with the aim of separating the Space Pixies from their new shiny prizes!
|Its quiet here.|
|That's a big tank|
Game 4: Space Wolves
The final game of the day is a modified version of Big Guns Never Tire, and I'm playing against a Drop Pod based Space Pup list. This is a battle of MSU vs MSU, my 15 units against the Space Wolves 21! Bloody hell!
Multiple Blood Claw and Grey Hunter squads in pods, Long Fangs in a pod, backed up by Wolf Scouts, Thunderwolf Cavalry and a Battle Leader on a Thunderwolf with a billion Fenrision wolves. This is a formation where all pods come in turn 1, and all the dudes in the pods get Feel No Pain and Fearless on turn 1 as well.
This is bad; all the naked infantry squads can cause my skimmers a lot of pain with their bolters. Oh and I lost the roll for turn 1. The plan is deploy as far back as possible, try and get the pods out of position then use my mobility to run away from them if I survive the alpha strike.
|They are veryyyyyy close.|
|Cavalry advance. Long Fangs grab seats in the gallery.|
I remembered to take some more pictures this game and Adam my opponent has kindly shared a few as well.
|Space Wolves out in force!|
|Reavers and Venoms bugger off. Without passengers. Thanks guys.|
|Attempting to apply some pressure on the right flank|
|And further up the flank, trying to get the drop on the Long Fangs.|
|And the Reavers scoot right up the table length!|
But gaming isn't the only joy of attending events like Mayhem; it's also an opportunity to see some great painted armies. So it would have been a shame to not grab some more pictures for you:
|Harlequins. These boys won Best Painted.|
|And the actual Space Clowns.|
|Saim Hann Eldar|