So how did my games go? Well my first game was against Paul Campbell, so I knew from that point it was going to be hard. Ranked top ten thunders and for good reason, it was a tough first game to play. Having said that Paul is a lovely guy and despite pasting me I still had a smile on my face... just about :p. The game was reckoning, I fielded Som'er against Yan Lo. I found the scheme pool a tough one. Plant explosives for me is now an auto take, but also in the pool were Assassinate and Murder Protege. I had never faced Yan Lo, but I had a vague idea and looking at his card I quickly decided that was a no-go. I had to hope I could drag down Izamu before he could get healed. The last scheme was breakthrough, but I couldn't afford to take bayou gremlins in reckoning and with corner deployment that was hard. Paul Campbell played well and took a solid list, I don't want to detract from that, but I just want to say that I feel I let myself down. I had the option of shooting Yin the Pangalan (sp?) or Izamu and I decided to shoot Yin because I was hoping that Francois could tackle the armour single handed. Big mistake. Ultimately I gambled for reckoning points with my murder protege and lost. I lost big. After Gracie and Fran bounced off the armoured behemoth I had lost the game, best chance I had was scraping some points. Delivering Trixxie with some scheme markers I thought would grab me some points for plant explosive, but she died and he simply walked over and removed the scheme markers. In hindsight I realized I should have gone reckless to drop extra markers, I am not sure if I would have got it still but I am kicking myself for not trying. So at the end I lost my first game 8-0.
|Just before my fatal mistake...|
|Some of Paul's models|
|James Doxey's crew looking as beautiful as ever.|
After lunch, some good banter we did the best painted competition. There were some excellent crews, I must say, I am continually impressed by the high quality of miniatures that Malifaux players bring to the table, but my best painted vote went to Chris Holloway and his beautiful Marcus crew. Second I gave to Scott Parkin, who despite being another local for me, I had never seen any of his nicely painted miniatures. Third I gave to the ever excellent, James Doxey.
|Chris Holloway's crew, a well deserved best painted|
The third game rolled round and I found myself against Brian, though unfortunately I didn't catch his last name, fielding Kirai. Fortunately, I had some experience with Kirai because my fellow 'Tea-Maker and Wound-Taker' Anne-Marie uses her. The game was reconnoiter and I took Breakthrough and Make them Suffer. I was fairly confident with Make Them Suffer because I new he needed to summon Seishin in order to summon with Kirai so I just waited with Somer until the snake things showed their head. I was tempted by cursed object, but thought better of it because I didn't want my Gremlins engaged in combat, so took the lovely Trixxie with hidden breakthrough to deliver a nice pile of scheme markers. Unfortunately, my knowledge of Kirai combined with my opponents lack of familiarity with Gremlins took the day in this one. He didn't summon Ikiryo once in the entire game, I made sure of it. Gracie pinned down Izamu on the one flank which made sure I was able to Gremlin rush one of his own quarters and deny him recon. He had taken bodyguard on Izamu, who survived the entire game so the final score 6-1.
|The gorgeous commission painted crew of Brian|
|The Dreamer is unleashed on his mind-melting playground|
So when things were counted up, first place went to Ant Holt, Second to Paul Campbell and Third to John Wharton. Best painted was claimed by Chris Holloway. Wooden spoon (war hammer) went to Liam Dodsworth. I managed to grab 7th place, which I am really chuffed about considering my dismal start. This puts me at 23rd on the Malifaux rankings and gives me 167 points with the Gremlins. Unfortunately, I can't be on the top 3 Gremlin list at the moment because I have only attended two events but considering number 3 has 138.5 I am secretly calling that a win. You can see more of the ranking details here, along with pics of the tables we played on. This might be tooting my own horn, but I am really chuffed with how the terrain turned out. Nate Zettle even gave me the base board for the swamp that he made to go with the terrain I made. Thank you so much.
Finally, to finish off a fantastic day, we had a raffle. Part of the the raffle were 6 cakes, one for each faction, and a Gremlin cup cake. The last raffle ticket, leaving only the gremlin cup cake, had my name on it. I couldn't have been more happy with claiming that raffle prize.
|A real cake for a real faction|