I'll burn up some bandwidth today trying to recount yesterdays game. It seemed like some kind of insurance contest.
I sole my friend my space Wolves late last month and they've been the right fit for his it seems. I've told him if things get too easy or too difficult just change your list. My collection is fairly large so he has quite a bit to play with. His fish'ead were fairly one dimensional as he tried to built a strong competitive build from his collection and "cried" about models he never bothered to use or collect things he would one day try. Frankly they were never any fun to play against and sadly I've only ever beat them a few times...but I'm glad they're gone!
His list was good he's working on an all comers list.
If I recall he had.
2 long fang squads
2 grey hunter squads (5 or 6 strong)
15 Blood claws with a squad leader
2 units of 5 long fangs one had a terminator squad leader with a Missile system
2 units of 3 thunder wolves
2 dreads with axe's and shields
1 rune priest on foot
A Hero on thunder wolf (I'm not sure which LvL of hero it was)
Logan Grimnar in hit dog sled.
We played mission 3 and rolled far side deployment, meaning we had short edge deployments.
He finished deploying first and we tied for first turn 2 or 3 times with the die roll finally we both rolled 1's so he took first turn with the +1 I failed to seize first turn. (For part of the game until the end I thought,for some reason, that I had had the first half of the round. finding I had the last say in the game kept me trying to find away to steal a win in the last 2 rounds
Spoilers Orks didn't win.
Hell. After looking at his list I don't even regard mine as competitive despite all my shooting.
I deployed in a cramped line of 5 mek guns kinda centered and in my KFF bubble 2 trukks with burna boys on my right the third trukk had the flash gits on my left and my far left was a row of 6 kannons, most of them were in a ruined building on the ground floor.
I wasn't sure if he had any sneak attack units so I set up my grots and boys to protect my entire back field with my 30 boys in the very back. I'd planned to pop them off on an action packed adventure after the Wolves had made me some space and battle had been joined. Sadly this wouldn't work out the way I had hoped.
The wolves advanced and took fire from my Orks but would on turn two begin their charges. My scrumgrod has the tendency to turn a flank on his opponent and so he began to do that to me as per his usual. The Orks were trying to fight out of this but were out of position.
My burna trukks were charged by Logan Grimnar who destroyed one of them only 3 escaped the destroyed trukk. The second trukk was simply locked in. the 3 burna boys from the lead trukk were locked in by 3 thunder wolves who had also charged their trukk. His shooting damaged both deff dreads very badly as my KFF rolls didn't come up. He also put some damage on a Kannon But decided after that that they weren't worth shooting at.
2 units disembarked the locked trukk and advanced toward the Rune priest to cook him. Sadly this didn't happen and those boys would be slaughter buy Dreadnoughts and Heroes in the next turn. I moved a bit so I could move the trukk with the Flash Gitz up to have los for shooting. Shooting was ok Killed a few more long fangs and sent out some wounds but shooting wouldn't be good until turn 3. If I recall the Flash Gitz shot twice for three turns then their luck ran out, but they would survive the game.
I was already running damage control. Orks were in some trouble.
Wolves turn three, more charges. Logan would destroy the trukk easily and set up for the next combat to pointlessly assist in slaughtering 10 burna boys who would never get to fight back. His Blood claws and thunder wolves would kill both of my dreads in the next two turns, they didn't explode. Things were looking bad. My army more or less spends the next turn killing all of his blood claws.
What's really stopping me? a few things Poor rolls for shooting or not wounding, his storm shields blocking my ap and his FnP on the dreads just to rub it in.
The next turn he'd still be landing in combats and Logan would finally flank me killing 8 of my 10 shoota boys and finally charge my 30 slugga boys but that was his mistake. There's nothing worse than a board slugga boys mob suddenly finding them selves excited! and in the next 3 combats they'd beaten Logan to death. and were ported away! finally.
I'm starting the think we really lost track of the turns or something. Or it's I'm not really sure now what's happen when.
The boys would land on a close objective behind a building and out of sight, safe. I'd finally killed all of his Long fangs, my dakka jet has circled the board in a figure eight and is now in his deployment zone again about 6" from the board edge having flown 60" to get there, and shoot. The games just a blur of madness at this point artillery destroyed, speed bumping with artillery krews and trying to keep track of the objectives and looking for my end game. He's down to one dread and his rune priest in my deployment zone. At some point I've ported the flash gitz off to clear out and try to score the objective worth 4 points they will manage to clean it and claim it but two of them ant 2 surviving ammo runt will be gunned down. But before that they would be in my lines and charged by a Dread as part of that combind charge, I think they weren't attacked it was just a mess.
Back near that objective they'd takes they were charged by some thunder wolves but were saved by...and you'll never believe it! a charge roll of 2 ones. and -2 to charge range for crossing terrain! Brilliant! Unfortunately this would contest my control of that 4 point objective.
On turn 5, I got the idea. I moved my 16 or 18 slugga boys off the safe objective to prep a charge against the Dread that I had been trying to destroy for quite a bit. He had to go. Couldn't have him in my deployment zone threatening objectives any more. I could win this in another turn! (Seemed to me, at the time.)
I port my lootas out of their building on to the objective that my slugga boys had just left. everything shoota at the dread it's down to 2 or 3 wounds now and the slugga boys charge in pile on and every body gets to fight. say 18 boys, including the nob, every body needs 5+ to wound. The dread needs like 25 saves after that and dies to a hand full of ones!
But the game ends.
He'd earned warlord, first blood and line breaker he held 2, 2 point objectives. 7 points. *Probably 8 points
I'd gotten line breaker and war lord and held 2, 2 point objectives 6 points.
He was contesting the one point objective and the 4 point objective.
3 hours of me trying to not lose the game! And nearly winning. In the next turn, had their been one I could have, probably retaken the 4 point objective but would have lost the 1 point objective. which was "held" by a single grot gunner. (*Or maybe That guy had already ran away... Probably that.)
It would have come down to a lot of luck and finally having good rolls.
Best game we've played in years!
What do I want to change? I think I can afford to drop at least one more mek gun and 1 or 2 kannons. Ork drop 2 mek guns and keep all the kannons.
What went well?
the flash Gitz did amazing for their first outing. those and the boys were my top performers. the Weird boys did better than I described, I'm not sure we payed him correctly as I did end up casting ,attempting to cast 2 powers a turn. (I have no idea if that's allowed, have to look.)
Unfortunately I know I need more boys in this list. But It needs something else as well. I may drop 5 burna boys for their points back.
If I had had a unit of tank bustas in my back field I might have had a use for them. It would have been easy to hide them in the back they might have helped against the dreads. (very likely.) I think I'd like more flash gitz as well. The dreads didn't live up to my expectations exactly. But that was partly our dice his good rolls and my poor rolls.
I may stick in 3 killa kans for the next list, replacing one dread and what ever else.
Enough of this for now.
Thanks for reading. Sorry I didn't take any pictures.