Tuesday, September 13, 2016

NoVA Open Age of Sigmar tournament report

Wow, I actually attended an Age of Sigmar tournament!  A year ago I declared my hate for the game. Then, I changed my mind.  Then, the advent of the General's Handbook and the reintroduction of that hallowed competitive gaming concept, points values, seems to have really lit a fire under this game.  There were 28 players, many of whom brought very nicely painted armies, to play a 3-round competitive tournament with custom scenarios.  You can see the full rules of this year's event here:  Age of Sigmar 2016 Primer

I took the following Chaos army, containing Khorne mortals and demons.  The concept for my army was to maximize attacks from my big units using the bonus attacks from the Aspiring Deathbringer , Wrathmongers and Bloodsecrator, along with other bonuses inherent to the units and their interactions.  I took the Chaos trait that gives a +1 to hit upon activation and a roll of a 6, and a command trait which raised that to 5+.  So yes, that meant whenever I activated a unit on a 5+ that unit got +1 to hit.  In short, my larger units (and smaller ones really)  had the potential to roll a lot of dice and hit fairly easily if I played my cards right.  The army was all about massive amounts of attack rolls.

Aspiring Deathbringer (80)
- General
- Bloodaxe and Wrath Hammer
- Trait: Great Destroyer
Bloodsecrator (120)
Slaughterpriest (100)
- Bloodbathed Axe
Daemon Prince (160)
- Flying with Axe
- Artefact: Chaos Runeblade

Blood Warriors x 5 (100)
- Goreaxes
Bloodreavers x 20 (120)
- Reaver Blades
Khorgoraths x 1 (80)
Wrathmongers x 5 (180)
Bloodletters x 20 (200)
Bloodcrushers x 3 (160)
Skull Cannons x 1 (180)

Total: 1480/2000

Game 1: My first game was about escorting an objective marker off the table from the center of the board.  I will save you all some time: that didn't happen.  My opponent was a fine chap who brought a nicely painted Ironjawz Orruk (Ork) army to play.  This army had a trick: it used a battalion that allowed all his war boarz (goregruntaz I believe) to make a 15" move before the game begins.  He had 3 units of them, plus the warlord on mawcrusha (a very large wyvern) and a shaman.  He won the roll for first turn and predictably his boar line launched!  

Initial Orruks position

NoVA Open 2016 Recap Day 1

This year I was able to attend 3 days of the NoVA Open gaming convention.  NoVA open is mostly a tournament-oriented convention, but it has been expanding to other kinds of games like narrative scenarios and campaigns.  In fact, most major games systems present at NoVA (40k, Age of Sigmar, etc.) seem to have a narrative event as well as tournaments.  For my part, I wanted a "sample" of different games.  So, I signed up for a Lord of The Rings narrative event on Thursday, an Age of Sigmar tournament on Saturday, and a Wrath of Kings tournament  on Sunday.  I also hoped to get in a little opportunity gaming as well.  

My first game was a narrative scenario pitting the forces of a reconstituted Saruman and his Easterling servants against the forces of Queen Arwen.  I brought most of the Easterlings so I took command of them, with another player representing my brother as second.  I present the assault on Dol Amroth!

Dol Amroth under attack by land and sea.  Most of the Easterlings are my models