Friday, June 28, 2013

The Flock of Doom goes to BITS

I wanted a summer project for an army and was intrigued by the new High Elf army book and particularly with how many large flying monsters could go into one list. With BITS right around the corner the flock of doom was made. This list had an eye towards maneuverability and bird critters, eagles, phoenixes and griffons. The trick was keeping a level of magical defense to protect these high cost models. The list I brought to BITS is below
-Ellyrian Reavers (5) 95pts
+3pts Bow
-Ellyrian Reavers (5) 95pts
+3pts Bow
-Ellyrian Reavers (5) 95pts
+3pts Bow
-Ellyrian Reavers (5) 105pts
+3pts Bow
+10pts Standard
-Ellyrian Reavers (5) 105pts
+3pts Bow
+10pts Standard
-Ellyrian Reavers (5) 105pts
+3pts Bow
+10pts Standard
-Frostheart Phoenix 240pts
-Frostheart Phoenix 240pts
-Repeater Bolt Thrower 70pts
-Great Eagle 50pts
-Archmage 230pts
+20pts Elven Steed
+25pts Dispel Scroll
Lore of Heavens
-Prince 369pts
+150pts Griffon
+20pts Swiftsense
+6pts Lion Cloak
+3pts Halberd
+50pts Armour of Destiny
-Noble 273pts +150ps Griffon
+8pts Heavy Armour, Lion Cloak
+10pts Golden Crown of Atrazar
+30pts Star Lance
+5pts Enchanted Shield
-Noble 325pts
+150pts Griffon
+8pts Heavy Armour, Lion Cloak
+25pts BSB
+45pts Tailsman of Preservation
+5pts Charmed Shield
+2pts Halberd
+20pts Swiftsense

I painted my army in about two and a half weeks and other than my snow basing was pretty pleased with my results and received a 33 paint score at the event. 

Round 1:

I played Kenny Lull's Ogre Kingdoms, and he travel all the way from out East in his car for BITS. Kenny is going to be moving to Madison, WI soon so hopefully we will get to see more of him in and around midwest tournaments. Kenny was a keen player and was very tight with his play and his rules (a great feat for a first time tournament goer). This game had some good back and forth with an ironblaster shotgunning a Frostheart phoenix right out of the sky and the griffon characters picking on lone ogre bull units while reavers got shot out everywhere. This game ended up being a draw and me getting an objective point.

Round 2: 

I had the distinct pleasure of playing Alex Davy, a fine chap from the Twin Cities and his Winter themed Ulric inspired Empire army. Alex and I manage to always have a close scrap and this game was no different. I through my careful manipulation of the compulsory movement rules all but funneled the steam tank for a turn or two, while a frostheart and some reavers cleared up the line of detachments protecting his cannon. The game was a good back and forth both was with lots of units being traded for one another in exchange. The winner was to be decided by two mistakes, Alex's mistake to charge in a hurricanum into a frostheart and my mistake to charge my other frostheart into a big knight block with a grand master in the unit. I obviously made the more expensive mistake and Alex Davy came out on top. A fun opponent and a good close game. 

Round 3: 

I played Spencer DeBrock and his Orcs and Goblins and was another tournament new guy. Spencer did not have many units, a mangler, a unit of night gobbos with fanatics, a unit of black orcs, a rock lobber, a doom diver, two units of wolf riders and than a gigantic units of savage orcs with Black orc lord, lvl 4 goblin, goblin bsb with poison banner and savage orc shaman. The Flock of doom was going to be going nowhere near that mess. The game was pretty straightforward using chaff to kill out the mangler and war machines and than overwhelming first the night goblins and than the black orcs with three griffon characters and a frostheart or two. Once I was up on points there was no reason to charge into the savage orc block and get the living snot beat out of me with all those poisoned attacks and so the flock bravely flew away. I came out with a small win. 

Round 4:

Chris Thomas was new guy to the tournaments and so brought a list that would be forgiving. I found the list terrifying! Chris brought Ogres and had big blocks of troops that would be hard to take out and the real winner was an 8 block of leadbelchers who choose a unit of reavers to kill for the first couple turns and than sat in a necrotic ooze blasting out poisoned shoots at a 24 inch range. Needless to say the edges of the table got tight with my flyers sitting at 31 inches away from the leadbelchers. The shining moment for me in the game was when all three griffon characters charged the flank of the 6 block of mournfang and a frostheart in the front and killed five before they could strike and than didn't take any wounds back. The Curse of the Midnight wind had been cast on the mournfang helping bring down the effectiveness of his armour. Chris came out on top and I had my worse lost of the tournament with a 7. Great game and made me respect the killing power of a big block of leadbelchers. 

Round 5:

In the last round I got to play Eric West who I had emailed a while back about different Beastmen builds. Eric was a great opponent but the slow Beastmen would really struggle against the flock of doom. I was able to early on pick off most of his chaff with shooting and Frosties and than combo charged the crap our of one Gor block with the lvl 4 and kill it to a Gor. Fly over his general's unit to get a charge ready against a bestigor block and than proceed to do the same to the bestigors with a lvl 2.  I came out with a win around 15 points and my reavers sat nicely with the Kraken (an objective in the middle of the board that could do damage) and got all the objective points. Eric was a great opponent and playing against Beastmen confirmed my boredom with the army. The lack of maneuverability and speed really doesn't jive with my current need for speed in Warhammer. 

I had a great time at BITS and though my comp score was down significantly (my list is a pain in the butt to play against) my opponents and thought I was a peach and I received all five best sports votes, a real honor as I was the only one at the tournament to get all five. I was glad I got to play some new folks to the tournament scene and hope they will show up at future events in the area. 

This army should be called, how to annoy the shit out of your opponent while you don't get points. 

I learned a lot while playing this list and the tournament was a steep learning curve. I am no good at theoryhammer and need to play lots of practice games in order to learn how to play an army. Hopefully I can get some more games and fine tune the flock into a fine tuned tournament machine. I don't think I will be bringing the tournament version of the list to the hobby shop unless it is a tournament prep game, the list isn't very fun to play against if you don't have the maneuverability, magic or shooting to take it down. 


Domus said...

Where's pics of your army bro?

Congrats on Best Sports.

Hinge said...


Nice to see that you got the Flock-o-Grifins painted and on the tables. Now I have 7 months to plot how I will take it down at Waagh Paca!

Congrats on the Best Sports.


What is it and the snow themes in your part of the country?

retroalias said...

Where's the army pic? Bastards always have shots of their army.

Rogers said...

Nice writeup ya nurd.

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