After a few weeks of games where we just put the new system through its paces, we've now reached a point of familiarity and are able to tighten up our tactics, able to play to win!
Still, and I've said this several times, though many great analysts out there have made some comments and predictions, everybody is still a long way from understanding how the game will ultimately shake out. What's that mean? It means we're a long way from canned armies, from knowing what's 'best.' It's a fun time to be playing Warhammer!
Frankly, I'm not sure I'll see another holiday from the normal like this for many years to come. GW managed to turn the paradigm on its head and shake everyone up. Not easy to do.
Moving on, here's a game between my Beastmen and the Master Manipulator (every store needs one)'s Orcs and Goblins.
The MM(esno) is almost done with his 1000 point list. He's sporting a block of Black Orcs (seen here), a block of Boys, a unit of Night Goblins with two Fanatics, a Stone Thrower, two Gobo Doom Divers, a General and an Orc Shaman, level 2.
I finally put my beloved Minotaurs in the box until our local games get bigger. I'm using a big block of Bestigors with the Banner of Speed, two small units of naked Gors - one for ambushing - three Chariots, a Gorebull, and a Bray Shaman, level 1. It was my first real attempt to build something decent and I'm pretty happy with it so far, but the Shaman needs a boost and the Gorebull needs to be replaced with a Wargor; both easy changes.
My army moves up, as so. The Orcs hold back to drop rocks and Goblins on my head. He can pick out my Gorebull, since it isn't of the same type as the unit he joined, so it can be picked out. Note: you can see he's off to one side, as per the new rule, since the Bestigors are mounted on 25mm bases. If he joined Ungors on 20mm bases, he'd displace 4 of them and rank up as normal. Here, he doesn't affect the ranked formation at all, other than widening its frontage.
Anyway, that's game! It was, I believe, the first game I've won in the new edition. Hell, probably the first game of Warhammer I've won in a long, long time! I've never been that good at the game, but I'm looking to change that with this system... helped by the fact that the boys seem to like the game and are willing to stick with it for the time being.
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