Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Blackmoor goes to the Bay Area open!

So let’s start at the beginning. I signed up for this GT a while ago and I was waiting for the prices for Southwest to one of the 3 Bay area airports to go down, but they never went below $130 each way.
So I thought I would drive up there. Boy, was that a mistake. Not only am I driving the 6 hours to LA, but the 5+ hours to Antioch was unbearable. Add to this that I would have saved money since I paid so much in gas that flying would have been cheaper.

Well enough of my griping.

We get in on Friday night and check out the game store that was next door to the hotel, and they have some old models! They had box sets from 2nd edition and even a ton of old rhinos. They even had a box of the old metal plates that was extra armor for those rhinos. Over all it was a very nice store. I think it was the Game Bunker or Gamers Guild or something. I kind of collect dice like women collect shoes, and they had these interesting dice that I bought for the Nova Open.

So here I am Friday night and someone was talking about it being a 1850 point tournament. I looked it up and sure enough I get it confirmed that it is indeed a 1850 point tournament. This is bad because I brought a 2000 point list!!! Well before leaving I dropped a razorback that I did not have time to finished painting, so I had 50 points to spread around into all kinds of upgrades. I ended up buying 5 master craftings for the paladins and other items that I did not need. Well, I now had to trim my list down another 150 point at the last minute. So what did I do? I just dropped a dreadnought that was 135 points, and the Strike Squad lost their Master Crafted Demonhammer. Why did I drop the Demonhammer instead of some of the Paladins MC? Well, the reason why was that I ran out of time to model it, so that made my army WYSIWYG. 

So here is my list:

1850 Points of Grey Knights
Librarian w/Warding Stave, Might of Titian, Quicksilver, Sanctuary, The Shrouding

10 Paladins w/4 Psycannons (3 Master Crafted), 2 Hammers, 4 Halberds (1 Master Crafted), 3 Swords (1 Master Crafted), Brotherhood Banner
10 Grey Knight Strike Squad w/2 Psycannons, Psybolt Ammunition

Fast Attack
9 Grey Knight Interceptors w/2 Psycannons, Psybolt Ammunition
Justicar w/Master Crafted Demmonhammer

Heavy Support
Dreadnought w/2 Twin-Linked Autocannons, Psybolt Ammunition

So there it is. 32 Models+ 1 Vehicle

Here is a quick note: As I said, I like to collect dice. After a horrible dice incident at Wargames Con (see below)*, so some punishment needs to be dealt out, and lessons taught. All of my dice are purples and reds and a few others. Well, I thought for the first time I will try out some blue dice to see how they do. Maybe my red dice will shape up now that their jobs are on the line.

*I was playing a genestealer horde in game #3 and my dice just went to crap. For example, he shot me with his Hive Guard at my paladins and I failed 3 out of 7 saves, dropping 3 of them. Then I was getting charged by genestealers I rolled an “11” on my sanctuary and to make matters worse, I then literally failed every other 2+ armor save. To show just how much my dice had it in for me I was assaulted again by another genestealer squad and I rolled a “12” to get off Sanctuary. That loss was the major reason why I dropped down into the consolidation bracket while my opponent went on to the championship rounds.  


  1. Bah. Try living in the desert where it's 8+ hours to get any large event. :)

    You going to post some battle reports?

  2. Post batreps so you will learn how to defeat my army at the NoVa Open? Yeah, sure.

    I should have the first ones up this weekend.

  3. *I hate law school - bogged down beyond belief*

    Anyways, it was great to meet you Blackmoor; it was more interesting to learn that someone else out there has similar opinions to me on army composition - you just do much better with it! ;)

    Looking forward to the Batreps.