|Left Flank. Dawn of War, 4 Objectives. He set up his Pathfinders and brought the rest of his army on Turn 1, except his outflanking War Walkers.|
|Right Flank... soon not to be there!|
The high point of the day came when I introduced myself; I told him my name, and followed it up with, "...I have a blog, Strictly Average, so do you mind if I take pictures?"
He looked up then, "Oh you're that Brent - I read your stuff all the time! I love your work."
I could have lost every game on the day and I still would have gone home happy - ah, recognition!
|It's the Top of 2: the Eldar outflank and wipe out the Horrors and Herald on the right flank.|
|The Fiends move up... and hide! The War Walkers are the real threat in Cody's army - they gotta go!|
|Things were going better on the left flank. The Herald shoots down a Wave Serpent and attacks the Autarch and Dragons inside, tying them down. The Fiends in the middle assault the Guardians.|
|Then I catch 'em! It will take a bit of doing, but the War Walkers are neutralized as a threat for the rest of the game.|
|Here's a picture taken from the right flank. The action is now on the left.|
|The Banshees jump out of the Wave Serpent and help out the Avengers... since the Banshees go first, they do a good job putting the Fiends in the box.|
I'll admit, I'm curious how many opponents have failed to correct a relatively new player on such a basic mistake. Did it ever come up before? Did someone fail to correct this gap in Cory's rules knowledge? He's only been playing a bit over a year, and that's not long enough for all the subtleties of the game to shake out. I meant to ask, but forgot.
It's no fun to learn the game by getting spanked regularly, so in my area, it's common to play beginners in a lower gear, brining them up on solid game play long before we let them fly solo. Most of us, anyway! There are a few that just aren't good at backing off and playing training games, but that's cool: they'll avoid beginners, or actively help them out in a game against someone else. Evil Homer did just that when I played Sam I Am a few weeks ago; working through a game like that, discussing the tactics and options, makes for an interesting lesson all around. Good times.
|On the left flank, I eventually brought down the three vehicles and cleared out the units before laying claim to the objectives.|
|On the right, I used Hit and Run to leave the combat with the last War Walker unit, then charged back in and picking up the Pathfinders. The result was foreordained, so I won the game 2 objectives to 1.|