So I had my first AoS Tournament! It was a 1000pts with 4 missions. Take and Hold, Border War, Blood and Glory and Gift from the heavens in that order. My list was:-
1000 pts AOS Gutbuster!
1 Tyrant. (General) Slicers + Ogor pistols. Bellowing Tyrant Battle brew. 160pts
1 Butcher. Cleaver, Great cauldron. 140pts
6 Ogors (Ironfists) 240pts
3 Lead blechers 160pts
3 Ironguts 220pts
1 Gorger 60pts
Game 1 against Lizardmen commanded by a lovely lady called Bliss. Roughly she had 3 units of normal Saurus with shields and spears, 1 unit of skinks, 1 unit of cold ones and a formation with 3 units of Saurus guard and the hero that gives extra save to them.
Generally I went for a minor win here and just focused on keeping my objective while dishing out the pain.
Basically my ogres and led belchers took the left flank and killed 2 units of Saurus and the cold ones. The rest of my army held back while the Butcher went to work Mawing those high save Saurus guard (he killed 2 units of 5!). My Tyrant and Ironguts charged the right flank along with the gorger killing the last Saurus guard and the heros. I did loose my guts and Gorger but the Tyrant held firm and firm. Here's a mid game shot of the Ogre getting stuck in before they ran out of things to kill!
Game ended with 1 objective each so went to VP's I scored 820 while giving up 280. Bliss was a great sport and had come to the Tourny with her other half. She was a little over cautious in my eyes and did not run her troops on the right flank. Either way a good enjoyable game. I did have a triumph that I forgot to use as I had less points in my army lol. Never mind.
Game 2 against Matthew Arnold and his skaven. He had a warlord and warlock, 2 lightning cannons, 1 warpfire thrower, 2 units of 10 clan rats, and 1 unit of 30 storm vermin.
I went really aggressive with this game to take the side objectives ASAP he had the big unit of Storm vermin on my right claiming the side objective but nothing going for the left one. I split my force into 2 again. Guts, belchers and butcher going to the left and the Tyrant and Ogres for the right. The really big combat in this game happened in turns 1 and 2! My Ogres made a long charge on the Storm vermin and had +1 to hit from bellowing Tyrant. Being on the charge they get re roll 1's to wound. I proceeded to kill 18 rats! Ouch! He did have a triumph for re-roll armour saves and reduce that to only 12. I lost a few ogres but by then the Tyrant using gut gorger and battle brew went in and doubled up 1 of his attacks killing a further 9 rats on his own! with the ogres finishing the unit off!
Here's the set and big fight pictures!
The rest of the battle basically revolved with me keeping the objectives while advancing. I nearly got his own objective but missed by not killing 1 more model twice. I took a lot of shooting at this point but it was too late for him and I had racked up the points from objectives taking 16 against his 8 giving me a major victory! I killed 240pts of cheep rats while conceding 600. Well happy with this result. Played the scenario well. Look out gnoblars are amazing giving me some saves against warp lightning cannons. Don't forget them on your normal ogres! Matthew again really great opponent and we had lunch together and had a great chat! Top bloke!
Game 3 seen me on now the top table (VERY SCARY!) against Rob Bruntons Ironjaws. He had 1 mega boss, a war chanter, 2 units of 3 goregruntas, and 2 units of 5 brutes. There was a formation here as well giving them some serious move! This game was by far the best game. I waited for and got charged by his Goregruntas first turn loosing a few ogres here and there. I dropped 1 unit of gruntas that turn and the other went in turn 2 bar 1. a Particular Highlight was my Butcher casting Maw and killed the Mega boss outright before he even got half way over the board! Rob was shocked by the damage output I had here but kept coming. It boiled down to to the Brutes and what I had left. Basically if my maw spell had done more damage to the brutes on the left and my Tyrant not failed a 4 inch charge on the right I would have table him! I lost too many models and he took my objectives winning him a major victory. All that was left was 4 Brutes (2 in each unit) the war chanter and my Tyrant! What a blood bath!
Destroyed points wise I took 500 while giving up 820. I was really happy with this game! Even though I lost it was really close and could have gone either way! The butcher was really rocking that Maw spell. I was happy with how I played and just luck of the dice took it's toll on the last turn. Rob was a great opponent and was really not expecting the damage out put of my army. He is a fantastic general though. (It's worth noting he had just won his last game by objective points while being tabled and not taking any kill points himself which is impressive at any day!)
Game 4 was against fellow club member Ben Chalk and his Beastmen (won Best painted). He large units of beastmen with a few chariots and characters. Too many to count. Basically this game was fairly tame and cautious. we kept hold of our objectives so it came down to kill points. In short I score 0 as I could not finish off whole units through good use of retreating and bogging my units down. Ben took 460 giving him a minor win.
Felt I could have played this game better in targeting on killing whole units but otherwise a fun game. Some failed charges saw me loosing out on easy chariot points too.
Game results above show me towards the lower end. I came away with 1 major and 1 minor win along with 1 major and minor loss to complete the collection. It all boiled down to that 3rd game. If I had won that game I would have been on the top table for the last game which would have been awesome! General thoughts is I love AoS. The whole priority roll really changes the dynamics of the game and I find the game flows so much better then 8th edition.
As for the ogres! Bellowing Tyrant is amazing and all my units generally did well in dishing the pain (except the gorger lol). The butcher has to take Ogre of the tourny! He did soooo much damage with MAW during all games. But killing whole units of Saurus guard and mega boss in 1 cast was just awesome!
Finally a shout out goes out to David Mcbride who brought his Fyresayer army. This very friendly and generous gent gave me a lift to and from the tourny which I appreciated greatly. I look forward to getting a game or two in future with him!
I hope you enjoy the battle report guys.
Kind regards Zolas