Okay, this is a quick summary of my games from the most recent crossroads tournament -- if you want pics of my guys, they're in the painting part of the forum.
Chaff: I think i need more chaff in my list. Pegs are too expensive for chaff, but too good not to have in the list.
Magic: Lore of life was good, but you struggle to have 4 useful spells. The most useful spell by far was dwellers. The games I didn't use it well were the games I lost (and the first game, where I was just trying to understand stuff). BUT, there's not much else in the lore. Toughness is helpful, and I used that a couple times, and the shield of thorns is awesome v. elves but less so v. warriors/empire.
Armies: There was a ton of warriors, a ton of DoC, and quite a few empire and VC armies. The lowest table I played on for the entire tournament was table 7 (by fluke I was on table 1 first game), and all i had around me were empire, warriors, vc and daemons (except for the chaos dwarf guy). There were no other bretonnians at the tournament, NO SKAVEN at all, and only one lizardmen army. (6 tomb kings though). Nobody at the top tables was playing ogres (which I didn't expect).
Games: I'll try to keep this short with key decisions. One thing to keep in mind is that every table had a "marsh" on it that counted as khemri quicksand (dangerous terrain for everything, cav/chariots fail on 1 or 2, and monsters, monstrous cav that fail get sucked in entirely with no saves of any kind). Also, all the tables had at least 2 pieces of terrain that you could hide something big behind.
Game 1: High Elves. Final Score 11:1
He had a MSU/MMU helf army with lots and lots of magic (and magic stealing stuff). I didn't get to cast on my "normal" casting values until I'd killed his mages.
Key moments. He had nominated my bsb and his unit as a "target of opportunity" which got him extra points. I think i still pushed the bsb up into "long charge" range for his unit of 14 white lions with mage and bsb. (I'd softened them up with treb fire a bit before). He thought he was going to smash and break me, but I figured I could hold. As it was, I got extremely lucky and only lost one guy. I was able to send in another unit and grind it down to just the bsb. Even though he flanked me with a lion chariot, I got the points for everything in the end. I had assumed that I would lose a couple guys, maybe even a couple ranks, but that I would be steadfast with the bsb (so re-rollable 9s).
Later in the game, I charged my lord and 9 kotr into 14 swordmasters, took a lot of wounds and whiffed all my attacks. I held b/c it was the "gleaming pennant" unit, so rerollable 9s (stubborn hero). Lord also got lucky. Lesson -- don't get greedy, and make sure you can keep the lord from low leadership checks.
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