By Saturday evening, after spending all day poring over rules and profiles and dice my capacity to retain information was obviously waning and now with two weeks daylight between this post and the Maul even more of the details of these two games have crept away so these are more summaries than actual reports but here goes.
Game 3: Pete Scholey – Dis
When selecting your army in Darklands you first select your Kindred and then from within that Kindred your Realm, which gives you more of an idea of the allegiances of the force you are taking and can alter the units you are eligible to take. Some realms, notably Legio II Var and Dis span more than one kindred. These two realms can take units from both the Byzantii (satanic Romans) and Infernii (their demonic cohorts) with Dis being more focussed on the demons and Legio II Var on the humans. Pete’s list was the former, and was a pretty balanced mix of the big demonic characters and monsters and some infantry.
Although my memory is hazy, Pete got off to a strong start, with his Erebius on Behema ( a half demonic legionary atop a ginormous demonic bull type creature) proving its worth and annihilating a unit of something (I think Tarvax) before they got a chance to strike back. This meant I managed to get my Tarvox into him and wreak vengeance but it wasn’t really worth the trade and left my Tarvox stranded in the corner of the board after his breakthrough move.
This led to an awkward situation whereby I had a frenzied monster within charge range of his infantry bunker but unable to charge as he was facing the table edge. Because he was frenzied he had to move towards them as fast as possible so ended up wandering into combat with them, and missing out on all of the benefits of charging. The infantry were actually able to tie him up for a while as a result while Pete’s demonic characters and skorpion picked off the rest of my army for a 20-0 victory to him!
Game 3.5: Si Clifford – Fomoraic
I can’t say I’ve ever been in the position at the end of day one of a tourney where I fancied cracking straight on with another game, but I was having a great time and learning a lot so me and Si decided to have a friendly game on the Saturday evening.
Si was toting 2 of the much vaunted Gabrax Warlocks as well as two Warlock lords on horses. He also had a couple of infantry bunkers for these guys and not a huge amount else. As my list was pretty much designed to run across the table and smash things and his was designed to blast his opponent of the table before it got near him it’ll be no surprise to learn that he managed to wipe me out in about two turns as I ambled across the battlefield towards him. It looks like Gabrax Warlocks will be slightly more expensive in future and really he just had the paper to my rock but it was a comprehensive hiding for me.