So finally after trying to get to a tournament for the last few months I made it to one. The tournament was a one dayer and had an attendance of 32 players. Which is actually the second largest in Australia I believe. The largest AOS event I know of was 50 or so down in Canberra.
I wanted to take a fun list with some of my cooler models and went with:
Frostlord on stonehorn - Battle brew
Troll hag - General, bellowing tyrant
6 fellwater troggoths
3 sour breath troggoths
3*3 Ogor bulls with hand weapon and iron fist
The idea behind the list is that you apply pressure with the gorgers and stonehorn and hopefully the second wave of troll hag and trolls can finish off the opponent. In practice most lists in the last few months have evolved to dish enough mortal wounds to kill a stonehorn dead turn one or two depending on who goes first, and obviously if they can do that then a troll hag is going to follow quickly behind!
Here is a pic of my spruced up troll hag (she looks better in person I'm just bad with pictures)
So with my newly finished trollhag backed up by her minions and trusty frostlord bodyguard I marched to my first table, table 1! *I made it! We're the greatest*
My opponent for the first match was a great guy named Anthony. He was running a mixed order list that from memory comprised:
Empire general on horse
10 hand gunners
10 hand gunners
30 swordsman (might have been 20)
2 units of 3 prosecutors with hammers
We were playing the take and hold scenario.
So right away I figured this was going to be a bad match up, there were a decent amount of mortal wound output models, shooting and buffing and healing magic in Anthony's list.
Deployment wise I tried to bait down as many units as possible and then deployed my stonehorn across from the centre of resistance. The game started badly, with a few bad destruction moves from my stonehorn (1 for destruction and run) and then me just completely forgetting to move the stonehorn towards the dragon after clearing the way with troll vomit, a mistake that is deserving of a loss, this followed by a double turn ended in me getting tabled bar my gorgers who took 3 turns to beat down 3 prosecutors.
Anthony secured my objective turn 3 with his buffed carmine dragon after killing 2 units of 3 ogors in combat and the other with a mix of hurricanum shooting and the dragons breath attack, which by the way is awesome against my army haha.
I had a great game as Anthony was a great opponent, his army was beautifully painted and I got to spew on some things.
Game 1: Major loss for the trolls and fatties
Game 2 was on table 15 (Oh how the mighty have fallen :P)
My opponent was a young guy called Jared again we were up against a mixed order army that comprised of:
Skarvet on carno
5 paladin retributors
10 saurus with shield and swords
Our scenario was border war I believe its called (the one with 4 objectives to catch)
I was able to again bait out Jared's drops and place my stonehorn across from his judicators and skarvet on carno. I've never versed stormcast, but have heard that judicators are bad so had no intention of letting them wreck my frail trolls.
Turn one the stonehorn does what stonehorns do and took out the judicators and 3 of paladin retributors. In return Jared buffed his Sunblood and got it into my 3 man sourbreath unit and charged the skarvet into my stonehorn (I did say it was risky to him), with re-rolls from that starseer he severely damaged the stonehorn (I think he inflicted about 9 wounds after halving) in return the stonehorn took out the skarvet on carno. The sunblood killed 2 sourbreath (even after some insane too dumb to die rolls) I was close to having 2 sourbreath alive, but Jared was a b@st@rd and made me re-roll the last too dumb to die which resulted in him dead.
In this game the pivotal model was Jared sunblood which ignores rend 2 and with his re-rolls and general good rolling was able to at one point hold all my trolls for 3 turns, allowing him to drop down the prime (who I forgot about) and secure all 4 objectives for a major victory (the prime with help from his hurricanum and a double turn cleared off my 9 ogors guarding the objective).
Jared played well and was also lucky enough to secure two double turns, which my army can't handle. The trolls rely on having a turn in between to heal up, but weren't able to do so at pivotal points resulting in heavy causalities and a dead troll hag.
Game 2: major loss to the trolls and fatties
Game 2 was on table 13, The trolls still climbing due to this tournament using the magic resistance mechanic to work out where people should be placed. Apparently my first two opponents were going well!
I versed a fellow named Daniel with a mixed skaven list. Daniels army was pretty cool looking on the table. Had a nice battle line look to it when deployed and was well painted. His list from memory was:
Skyre character with glaive, some sort of electric gauntlet and a mini flame thrower
3 * 5 skyre acolytes with poison wind globes
4*10 clan rats with spears
2 warp lightning cannons
2*3 stormfiends with warpfire projectors
Scenario: 3 places of power
Daniel had a lot of drops, so I wasn't able to manipulate where he placed the lightning cannons, I also had tow large pieces of deadly scenery on either side of my army funneling me up the middle... Was looking more and more like a turkey shoot. I had some tanky characters so could try and catch the places of power, but one of the places was on deadly terrain and I didn't fancy losing my characters to it, the other two were being guarded by 6 storm fiends, 2 warp lightning cannons, 10 acolytes and 8 jezzails... Yikes! My battle plan I figured would have to be to assassinate Daniels flimsy characters with the troll hag's vomit and go for a minor loss/minor victory. Things started off well with a turn one charge, Daniel realised my stonehorn could attack his warplightning cannon and moved it back a few inches... I mentioned this to him and he said it was unintentional and he meant to have them back 2 inches from the line of clanrats shielding them. Since I was not playing on table one I didn't want to spoil an enjoyable game with semantics! Into the killing! Stonehorn killed 20 rats in return daniel got a double turn and killed the stonehorn and troll hag with shooting.... He rolled 3 ones for his warp lightning cannons... It was game over from there, the dream was dead. Daniel Also passed all his mystical rolls and quickly finished up what remained of my army over the course of 4 turns, we played on as there would have been nothing else to do and the game was fun. One sourbreath troggoth managed to kill 2 stormfiends and fight all 6 for 4 rounds of combat! My too dumb to die keeping him standing way longer then he should have, the fellwater troggoths were gunned down by jezzails and warp lightning cannons and the 9 ogors managed to kill the skyre character after 3 rounds of combat before also being shot dead.
So no wins on the battlefield I did however win best painted, which I was super surpised with. There were some very well painted death armies there at least two of them I felt were better then my own, but people loved the trollhag which I suspect carried me over the line.
I want to thank my opponents (should you read this :)) for 3 great games! I don't think the troggoths will be going out for another spin until they get a massive reduction in points or are made battleline for their faction. 200pts for what is effectively 3 ogors with a low rng shooting attack and rend -1 on their attacks is too steep to justify them. The army certainly would have been better though if I took my night gobbos as support, but I haven't rebased them or finished painting them yet... I also need a mangler squig.. Maybe I should get one with my winnings from best painted, we shall see.
Anyways thanks for reading!