This past Saturday I played in my first 50 point Warmachine/Hordes Steamroller tournament at Gamer's Sanctuary. This tournament used the 2012 Privateer Press Steamroller rules and scenarios. Each player was required to bring two different casters/50pt-lists with no repeat named characters/units. You also had to use each list at list once in the three round tournament. The first place prize was a certificate for one of the new Colossals (or Gargantuans) coming out later this year.
I have been playing a lot of smaller point games with my Retribution army in Gamer Sanctuary's Steamroller escalation league. But I found building 50 points lists challenging for this tournament. Also, the tournament used a turn timer with 10 minutes per player turn and one 5 minute extension. I had low expectations for my first big tournament, but I ended up doing pretty well. I certainly feel like every game provides a lot of learning as I try and remember all my units special rules and the best activation sequence.
|My two 50 points lists were fully painted and shared some non unique units|
List #1 List#2
Army Name: Ossyan 50 pts Army Name: Ravyn 50
Retribution of Scyrah Retribution of Scyrah
50+6 points, 35 models 50+6 points, 34 models
Lord Arcanist Ossyan +6 points Ravyn, Eternal Light +6 points
* Banshee 10 points * Discordia 10 points
* Hypnos 9 points Arcanist 1 point
* Sylys Wyshnalyrr, The Seeker 2 points Arcantrik Force Generator 10 points
Arcanist 1 point 10 Dawnguard Sentinels 9 points
10 Dawnguard Sentinels 9 points * Sentinel Officer & Standard 2 points
* Griffon 4 points * 1 Soulless Escort 1 point
* Sentinel Officer & Standard 2 points Fane Knight Skeryth Issyen 5 points
* 1 Soulless Escort 1 point House Shyeel Artificer 3 points
Eiryss, Angel of Retribution 3 points 10 Mage Hunter Strike Force 8 points
10 Mage Hunter Strike Force 8 points * Mage Hunter Commander 2 points
* Mage Hunter Commander 2 points Stormfall Archers 5 points
Stormfall Archers 5 points
Reinforcements: *Manticore 8 points Reinforcements: *Phoenix 10 points
Mage Hunter Assassin 2 points
So both lists have a lot of shooting with some melee punch to back it them up. Ossyan and Ravyn have good feats and spells for shooting lists. I do not have enough of the models required to run any tier lists but generally they limit your options too much. There were two other RoS players at the tournament and it was fun to discuss the merits of of various units that we have as our favorites.
In my first game I faced off against a Cygnar player using Major Markus 'Siege' Brisbane. I don't have all hist list details, but he was running a Storm Strider. I decided to use my Ravyn list and have a Battle-Engine face off. We were playing a scenario that required interactive objectives that had to be claimed and dragged into control zones by the warcaster. My opponent went first and I could tell his strategy was to try and destroy my objective. On turn two he brought it down below half strength from one turn of shooting. Fortunately for me I was able to get lucky and knock his caster down with a shot from my battle engine which slammed a nearby medium jack into him. With his caster on the ground, Ravyn gave the MHSF snipe and popped her feat for insurance. The MHSF was able to take Brisbane down at range and I won on caster kill in turn 2. I got a bit lucky this game, but I was surprised my opponent didn't use his other list that had the Cygnar colossal in it!
|My first opponent had a Stormwall in the list he didn't use against me|
In my third game I played against another Retribution player running Ossyan. His list was very similar to my Ossyan list. I decided to play my Rayvn list again and see if I could out-range him in shooting. We were playing another control zone scenario on a board that had a lot of rivers to cross. This game also used the reinforcements rule. I was able to win on scenario scoring 3-1 on control points. It was a tough game as we were matched up well, but I was able to contest his zone longer and claim my objective to score the win.
So I went 2-1 on the day and ended up in sixth place. A Cryx player from Lansing went 3-0 and won his choice of Colossal. I did win "best-painted" though I was the only person with a fully painted army. It was a fun day of games. Thanks to Michael Stokes for setting up the tournament and doing a lot of preparation work. The control zones he cut out were really helpful for determining objectives.
|Control zones were changed per scenario and clearly marked before terrain was placed|
I had a lot of fun. My MVPs of the day were definitely the Mage Hunter Strike Force and surprisingly my Battle Engine. Looking forward to more list tweaking for the next one!