Of battles and beer

Time for an update, I have been quite busy at work so when I get home I’ve been a little tired and in no mood to type, paint or do very much that can be seen as constructive. However I have been lucky enough to play two cracking games recently and I thought it was high time I blogged about them and the beer that I have sank in victory and commiseration.

Sadness:

On Tuesday 12th August I woke up early full of energy and enthusiasm for the game of Warhammer I had been planning all weekend. That energy and enthusiasm however took a bit of a beating as I turned on the radio to the sad news that Robin Williams had died. I’m not sure why that effected me as much as it did. I did not know him personally, he was a man, a very funny man from film and television, and now he’s gone. I still cannot bring myself to un-follow him on twitter. But I do not want this to be the tone of my report.

High Elves Vs Empire:

Luckily I had already put my army list together, I was facing a good opponent in Daniel Reed at Dark Sphere, and his elves were itching for some revenge. I was not sure who to take to face them, but decided upon my Empire army. Whereas Dwarfs are my favourite, I’ve always had a soft spot for the Empire and have had an army since the 4 edition of the game. I tend to theme my armies and currently have a work in progress of a post ‘Storm of Chaos’ Witch/Chaos hunting style army, the sons of the empire trying to purge the home soil from the taint of the dark gods. Possible not the best thing to take against 2500 pts of High Elves, but I was determined to use them

I had some luck with the dice at first winning set up and first turn and made a good number of early wounds. However the skill of my opponent and his army of choice started to shine through and although I had troops left on the field at the end of the game, it was nothing short of a massacre victory for the asur.

Daniel had a ‘Frost Heart Pheonix’ which proved it was well worth its points, holding its own against a unit of Demi griffon knights. The High Elf magic was potent and devastated more than one of my units. The Hight Elves had the upper hand from after round two, but one moment I’ll treasure is when I used a hex scroll to turn his Mage into a frog:

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The game was rather long and very enjoyable and after packing away we visited ‘The Pineapple’ a local pub for some post match brews. Nothing overly different in the range of beers here sadly, but I did get to sample a bottled light ale:

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Dwarfs Vs Chaos Warriors:

Last weekend my nephew Oscar finally got to collect his ‘Birthday present’ and to try his Chaos Warriors out against a new foe, my Dwarfs. Oscar went for a Nurgle marked warrior heavy force with two units of knights. I opted for my horde of Iron Breakers with supporting warrior unit. I also tried out the Iron Drakes which thankfully weren’t too shabby, and the rejuvenated Flame Cannon, which was pretty a game winner for Grungi’s boys. Oscar’s troops took a barrage light artillery before making their first move forward, His Dragon Ogres taking most of the impact. It was about two rounds before any combat started and it was a daring charge by a unit of Chaos Knight’s into the Iron Breakers. The knight stayed for two rounds with small losses between the units, they eventually fled and my thane lead an over run right into some fresh warriors of Chaos with their ex-halted champion, a good opportunity for a personal challenge. The Thane had to endure 6 blows as these mighty leaders traded blows each causing a wound, but neither stepping down. Dwarf numbers proved superior and the remaining warriors carried their leader away in a flow of armoured bodies running for the hills. The forces of Chaos did claim some souls however, I forgetfully left my Gyro-copter to the path of 20 Marauders, and my Dwarf warrior unit could not hold against the charge from the rallied Chaos knights and were mercilessly mown down as the broke from combat. The funniest moment for me other than some attempted game board sabotage by my older brother Daniel, was the fact that my miner unit chose to spend the majority of the game under ground only popping up during the final round to say hello.

Some post game advice was given to my Nephew to buy more cannon fodder troops to tie up his opponent’s artillery, and then it was time for lunch.

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As I was at hope for this game I couldn’t resist a tipple, and cracked open a few bottles from the Badger Brewery which were kindly donated by Daniel as a visiting gift:

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I final nod has to be given again to the Wanstead Tap, I took my brother and nephew there for some lunch and we tucked into some meaty pork pie and a lovely beer from a Bristol brewery, very nice:

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As things end, so they begin…

I have finally completed Oscar’s Chaos Champion, and just in time as he visits next week and want to pit his followers of the Dark gods against my humble sons of Grungi. So without further ado, here are the final blurry shots:

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To wet this particular baby’s head, I went for an American Brew Samuel Adams ‘Boston Larger’ it had a good bitter taste but an oddly eggy finish:

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And so to new things, although I have a huge back log of figures to paint, I just had to paint up my new sculpt GW Iron Breakers, my favourite troop by far, so here’s my new project:

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Fantastic Friday

Last Friday (01/08/2014) was a rather fantastic day, not only did I find a bar that serves a huge variety of crafted real ale and locally resourced pork pie, thick with meat and served with lashings of homemade piccalilli. But I had also managed to arrange a game at Dark Sphere, for the highest points value I have played in a long while.

Wanstead Tap is a bit of a cross between a Deli, bar and café. Located in Winchelsea Road, Forest Gate, London. They serve a variety of beers from local micro-breweries, and London seems to be able to boast a plethora of them, as my rather blurred pictures show. The range is steadily growing to include ciders, soft drinks and caffeinated beverages. They serve a rich line of pork related snacks which I could not resist, and Friday is their special ‘Pork pie’ day where a local man makes delicious pork pie that is so popular it does not last much past the lunch time rush.

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If you’re not of the meaty persuasion there is also a vegetarian option. I certainly plan to return, and after her slice of tiffin cake, my wife wants to know when we can go again. The ‘Tap’ is family centred and therefore child friendly, so if you are in the area; check it out, you won’t regret it. You might want to check out their web page:

http://market.wansteadium.com/thewansteadtap/

Dwarfs Vs Lizardmen 2500 pts:

‘Alric Bronzetooth viewed the scene before him with some trepidation. He had mustered the clans after news that a huge army of Greenskins were headed toward Ulriks-Haffen a small town just south of his stronghold; and with which they had strong trade links. But the information from the human scouts had been faulty, yes there were creatures here with green skin, but there were also plenty with blue, orange and various shades of brown. He had hoped to strike a few grudges against some Orc and Goblin necks, but these were clearly Lizardmen and a long way from home, he had no previous dealings with these creatures, but they threatened an ally and an oath is a Dwarfs bond, so if it was a fight these lizards wanted, that’s exactly what they’d get.’

My opponent had an impressive army, a large amount of Saurus and Skink warriors, but also two Stegadons, and a Slann mage priest. Most of his Skinks were skirmished with those dastardly blow pipes that shoot poisonous darts, and he had 4 units of 3 Terradons, I knew these would be a problem if not dealt with quickly. I found the lack of Kroxigors and Salamanders strange for a Lizardman army of this points level, but it is nice to see different armies in use.

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I went with a horde of Iron Breakers into which I slipped my general the Thane Alric Bronzetooth, and as I expected a magic storm, I added a Rune Lord. These were supported by two units of 20 warriors each with a Rune Smith for magic defence and armour piercing. To cover these troops from distance and to weaken the oncoming forces, I selected Thunderers, Quarellers, 2 Bolt throwers, 1 Stone Thrower and a cannon, all runed up.

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My dwarf artillery did its job well, but it can be boring for everyone if you just stand back and shoot. I have recently changed my style of play. I to be more conservative, play the gun-line and preserve my troops. My new method of play is just to throw the troops right into the press. I arm them up as much as possible, and this is proving a much more exciting and action packed stlye of gaming, with some surprising results. My Iron Breaker horde with 2 supporting units of warriors made short work of my opponent’s Skink Skirmishers. My IB’s somehow got themselves into and then out of the jaws of a well-planned trap. The surprise of the game for me was when the warriors with great weapons, finished off the temple guard and Slann Mage in combat. It was not all one sided, my other units of Dwarf Warriors were laid waste by a very angry Stegadon. And my gyrocopter with the ‘Brimstone gun’ was torn asunder by vengeful Terradons. However with the loss of their general the Lizardmen army had no choice but to concede.

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Of course when I got home I had to toast the Dwarf victory with a well-earned beer, purchased from Wanstead tap:

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