Day 2, Game 5: Daemons vs Guard
What happens is I usually win. I know how good Evil Homer is (as in, very) so I felt plenty prepared when I saw my opponent for Round 5.
As it turns out, Paul was the only Guard player I'd face that weekend, but he made up the lack with a subtle leadership of his plastic toys which lead to a barnburner of a game... and it came down to the last dice in the last assault.
Company Command with a Master of the Fleet
Psyker Battle Squad, Chimera
Veterans, Chimera x4
Veterans x2 (rides in the Vendettas)
All in all, this was a solid list. I'm used to seeing artillery pieces rather than Leman Russes, but truth be told I think Leman Russes are a better choice against me. Why? Rear armor 11. That sucked! He also used the Master of the Fleet, another choice which I'd generally consider subpar but works wonders for screwing up my game. That sucked, too!
The game was a Dawn of War fight over 3 objectives. Paul forced me to take the first turn, then kept everything off the table. He brought most of it on Turn 1 but outflanked the Vendettas.
The Vendetta that outflanked on the left dropped its compliment of Veterans near the leftmost objective, where my Plaguebearers had camped the entire game. The Vets locked and loaded their shotguns and blasted away before charging the objective. I'll admit, when the dust cleared I was a bit surprised to find the Vets had destroyed my unit... and so easily! I guess those dudes were dedicated Daemon killers!
That made the center objective vital, since I owned the rightmost and Paul had just stolen the leftmost. His Birds converged and his last unit of Vets were preparing to charge my position. There was some last minute jockeying and I brought down the Vendetta mere moments after it unloaded its troops! In a game wrought with irony, this last was almost too much to bear, because the wreck ended up stopping the Fiends from participating in the final showdown in the center!
Paul's Veterans charged my Plaguebearers and we fought over two turns, my Turn 6 and his... to a standstill. Game over, and we'd drawn the Primary Objective.
It was a well-fought draw... and what a game! Ultimately I would have won handily if it had been Victory Points - but that wasn't the mission; grabbing objectives was, and Paul did a masterful job of making sure his resources were in place and mine weren't. Needless to say, I was really impressed with his skill and I thoroughly enjoyed the challenge.
Keep in mind, at this point of the day I'm playing for pride. I had no idea how well I was doing in the Day 2 RTT... in fact, I didn't know I was in the Day 2 RTT! While Paul and I had a draw in the Primary Objective I still scored quite a number of points in the Secondary and Tertiary Objectives, so I moved steadily up the tables.
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