My experience amongst the lowest echelons of competitive Warhammer players has taught me far less than it should have but one truism has been embedded clearly in my grey matter: If the person opposite you has a flag on their shirt, chances are you are about to get your arse handed to you. So began my concluding game of The Maul 2015…
Game 5: Danny Pegg – Anglecynn
I am now so far removed from the events of November and into thinking about my list for the upcoming Sheffield Slaughter that I think trying to give you a detailed report on this game would only result in a mountain of lies. I know Danny was playing Anglecynn WITH a Wiglere this time, and with 3 big wolves that emerged all over the place and ate half my army.
This game really was an exceptional example of just how tactical Darklands can be, and how clever strategic play can lead to a crushing victory. Of course none of this was on my part, Danny had several single small (well….traditionally sized) wolves which he could use to out activate me, forcing me to activate my feral units. He also positioned his troops in such a way that my feral warriors were pulled in front of each other, meaning when he emerged from terrain and charged them he was able to breakthrough and take out two units for the price of one.
All my big threats were neutralised very quickly, with the more vulnerable parts of Danny’s force never having to get engaged and not long after the end of the first turn the game was wrapped up, 20-0 in his favour.
This was a prime example of how deployment and strong play can result in very quick and bloody games in the lands of darkness and I wish I had a better recollection of it to relay to you.
The full results from the weekend can be found somewhere on my twitter feed but suffice to say Luke Morton won the event with a horrible Ysian list consisting of something like 18 activations and a lot of death strike, which doubles the wounds you cause. I think once the musters are updated this list will cease to be. My 1 opponent Liam came in a deserved second thanks to the 20 points I generously let him have, and Ady McWalter took third with the Norse. Pete Scholey won best painted with his demonic Romans and I somehow got enough votes to take best sports after a roll off. Everyone I played and seemingly everyone I didn’t was an absolute gent so I’m pleased with that, by far the highlight of the weekend was the little community that seems to be forming around the game so here’s hoping it continues to grow.