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Top Three AoS Lists from Age of Sigmar Matched Play Event – 19/20th March 2022

Age of Sigmar Matched Play Event was a five game event that took place at Willow Road (GW HQ) on 19th and 20th March. It saw 58 players fight it out to be crowned champion.

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1st Martin Morrin – Stormcast Eternals

Martin won all five games beating Slaves to Darkness/Hosts of the Everchosen in Round 1, Legion of the first Prince in Round 2, Soulblight Maggotkin of Nurgle/Drowned Men in Round 3, Beasts of Chaos/Allherd in Round 4 and Daughters of Khaine/Khelt Nar in the last round.

Allegiance: Stormcast Eternals
– Stormhost: Hammers of Sigmar (Scions of the Storm)
– Grand Strategy: Hold the Line
– Triumphs: Inspired

Leaders
Knight-Draconis
(300)*
– General
– Command Trait: Master of Magic
– Artefact: Arcane Tome (Universal Artefact)
– Mount Trait: Thunderous Presence
– Universal Spell Lore: Flaming Weapon

Lord-Commander Bastian Carthalos (300)*

Battleline
5 x Liberators
(115)*
– Heavens-wrought Weapon and Shield
– 1x Grandweapons

5 x Liberators (115)*
– Heavens-wrought Weapon and Shield
– 1x Grandweapons

4 x Stormdrake Guard (680)*
– Drakerider’s Lance
– Reinforced x 1

Units
6 x Vanguard-Raptors with Longstrike Crossbows
(480)*
– Reinforced x 1

Core Battalions
*Battle Regiment

Additional Enhancements
Holy Command: Thunderbolt Volley

Total: 1990 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 2 / 4
Allies: 0 / 400
Wounds: 87
Drops: 1

Declan: Martin has been playing for ‘a while’, and I’ve even been lucky enough to play against him before COVID at the Team Brotherhood event – his team smashed us… and you can see when this is the list taken. It’s got everything I’ve spoken about before – the Thunderstrikes with Thunderbolt Volley dish out mortal wounds 6 times a game, and the lack of teleport isn’t hurting too much with their obscene 30″ range.

These are backed up by four dragons, and a hero dragon – for when speed is necessary. It’s got all the tools, a one-drop to ensure he chooses who goes first (most of the time) and even the 87 wounds have a lot of resilience (either because of distance or armour).

The Battlescroll March patch looked to hurt two of his units (Dragons and Longstrikes give up 2 additional VPs each if they die), but that obviously did affect him adversely. Still need more playing time of course, but it it doesn’t tone this down I’m not sure it’s going to work.

It’s not possible to go 5-0 without beating some of the other top armies and Martin has done this as well – congratulations to him.

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2nd Laurie Hugget-Wilde – Lumineth Realm-Lords

Laurie managed an impressive four wins and one draw, drawing against 3rd placed Andrew Currie and his Maggotkin of Nurgle/Drowned Men list in Round 5. He beat Sons of Behemat/Taker Tribe in Round 1, Sons of Behemat/Breaker Tribe in Round 2, Maggotkin of Nurgle/Drowned Men in Round 3 and tournament veteran Freddie Leggett and his Cities of Sigmar/Hallowheart in Round 4.

Allegiance: Lumineth Realm-lords
– Great Nation: Alumnia
– Grand Strategy: Prized Sorcery
– Triumphs: Indomitable

Leaders
Archmage Teclis and Celennar, Spirit of Hysh
(740)*
– General

Scinari Calligrave (115)*
– Artefact: Waystone
– Lore of Hysh: Total Eclipse

Battleline
30 x Vanari Auralan Wardens
(435)*
– Lore of Hysh: Speed of Hysh
– Reinforced x 2

20 x Vanari Auralan Wardens (290)*
– Lore of Hysh: Speed of Hysh
– Reinforced x 1

10 x Vanari Auralan Wardens (145)*
– Lore of Hysh: Speed of Hysh

5 x Vanari Dawnriders (140)*
– Lore of Hysh: Speed of Hysh

Endless Spells & Invocations
Emerald Lifeswarm (60)
Umbral Spellportal (70)

Core Battalions
*Battle Regiment

Total: 1995 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 3 / 4
Allies: 0 / 400
Wounds: 91
Drops: 1

Declan: Laurie HW has been smashing up tables and opponents since we were allowed to see each other again… and with lots of different armies. Here he is again with LRL with zero (yes nil) Sentinels… was he mad, or did he just click the wrong unit on Warscroll Builder? Well it seems to have worked – who knew that 30 Wardens with -1 to hit, great speed and all backed up by a caster who can’t be dispelled would be good?

The good news is that there are alternative builds, the bad news that is a lot of pikes to accidentally break – I would be in fear with my hamfists that I’d break half the army by accident. An impressive run to remain undefeated at GW’s flagship UK event.

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3rd Andrew Currie – Maggotkin of Nurgle

Andrew also managed to get four wins with a single draw during their weekend, drawing to 2nd placed Laurie in the final round. Along the way he beat Fyreslayers/Greyfyrd in Round 1, Daughters of Khaine/Khailebron in Round 2, Kharadron Overlords/Barak Zilfin in Round 3, and another tournament veteran James Eveleigh and his Sons of Behemat/Breaker Tribe in Round 4.

Allegiance: Maggotkin of Nurgle
– Subfaction: Drowned Men
– Grand Strategy: Prized Sorcery
– Triumphs: Bloodthirsty

Leaders
Festus the Leechlord
(150)**
– Lore of Malignance: Gift of Disease

The Glottkin (700)**
– Lore of Malignance: Rancid Visitations

Lord of Afflictions (210)**
– General
– Command Trait: Overpowering Stench
– Artefact: Arcane Tome (Universal Artefact)
– Universal Spell Lore: Flaming Weapon

Battleline
2 x Pusgoyle Blightlords (220)*
10 x Plaguebearers (150)*
5 x Putrid Blightkings (250)*

Units
1 x Pusgoyle Blightlords – Single
(110)**
1 x Mindstealer Sphiranx (95)**
1 x Mindstealer Sphiranx (95)**

Core Battalions
*Hunters of the Heartlands
**Battle Regiment

Total: 1980 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 0 / 4
Allies: 0 / 400
Wounds: 117
Drops: 4

Declan: Nurgle are back … and they have changed significantly. No more rushing across the board faster than a stead of Slaanesh they are much more resilient than before and the disease points is a very thematic rule – they really do feel like Nurgle.

Of course, it wouldn’t be a Chaos list without some cheeky allies and Andrew has gone for 2 monsters in the form of the Mindstealers. I’ve written about these in other lists and in a game where they can be used to get extra points and give access to Monstrous Takeover, they are very good value! With the Glottkin I imagine Andrew got lots of bonus VPs for doing things with monsters.

What is interesting here though, is that there are no Beasts of Nurgle in the list which I haven’t seen since the booked dropped. All the Nurgle players I have spoken too swear by them – so it’s even more impressive that Andrew has gone against conventional wisdom and remained undefeated.

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Wildcard – Adam Sinclair – Kharadron Overlords

Adam finished 8th overall with a very impressive 4 wins with Kharadron Overlords! Losing only in the 3rd Round to Andrew Currie who eventually finished third. Along the way he beat Legion of the First Prince in Round 1, tournament veteran Pete Brizio and his Stormcast Eternals/Hammers of Sigmar list in Round 2, Maggotkin of Nurgle/Drowned Men in Round 4 and Flesh-eater Courts/Gristlegore in Round 5.

Army Faction: Kharadron Overlords
– Subfaction: Barak-Zilfin
– Grand Strategy: Hold the Line
Triumph: Large-calibre Augmentation

LEADERS
Aether-Khemist
(90)*
– General
– Command Traits: Collector
– Artefacts of Power: Staff of Ocular Optimisation

Endrinmaster with Dirigible Suit (180)*
– Artefacts of Power: Phosphorite Bomblets


BATTLELINE
1 x Arkanaut Frigate
(250)*
– Heavy Sky Cannon

1 x Arkanaut Frigate (250)*
– Heavy Sky Cannon

10 x Arkanaut Company (100)*
– Volley Pistol


BEHEMOTH
1 x Arkanaut Ironclad
(490)*
– Great Sky Cannon


OTHER
1 x Gotrek Gurnisson
(485)*
1 x Grundstok Gunhauler (155)*
– Drill Cannon


CORE BATTALIONS
– *Battle Regiment

TOTAL POINTS: 2000/2000

Declan: 4 wins with KO – and with a little Ginger Ninja (Gotrek) as well. Okay he is Duardin, so it’s difficult to argue with his inclusion but he is a great addition to the list allowing Adam to close off large chunks of the board. Sure he only moves 4″, but if a double turn is possible his exclusion zone is huge.

I played against a similar list run by Ben at Reading Warfare last year and it’s a good mobile list which can pick it’s target, kill it and then move to the other side of the board, making it very difficult to catch.

A great result to take KO to 4-1 though and Adam should definitely be proud of the achievement.

Tournament Placings

Top Three AoS Lists from Dazmaul Wargaming 2022 – 19/20th March 2022

Dazmaul Wargaming 2022 was a five game event that took place in Daventry, England on 19th and 20th March. It saw 26 players fight it out to be crowned champion.

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1st Declan Waters – Big Waaagh

Our very own Declan gets to feature in a top three after winning all five games beating Seraphon/Fangs of Sotek in Round 1, 2nd placed Baz Norman Jr and his Daughters of Khaine/Khailebron list in Round 2, Soulblight Gravelords/Legion of Night in Round 3, Idoneth Deepkin/Fuethan in Round 4 and 3rd placed Tom Wainwright and his Slaves to Darkness/Hosts of the Everchosen list in the last round.

Allegiance: Big Waaagh
Mortal Realm: Ghur
– Grand Strategy: Hold the Line
– Triumphs: Inspired

Leaders
Megaboss on Maw-Krusha (480)*
– General
– Boss Choppa and Rip-tooth fist
– Command Trait: Touched by the Waaagh!
– Artefact: Arcane Tome (Universal Artefact)
– Mount Trait: Fast ‘Un
– Lore of the Weird: Da Great Big Green Hand of Gork
Wurrgog Prophet (150)*
– Artefact: Glowin’ Tattooz
– Universal Spell Lore: Flaming Weapon
Orruk Warchanter (115)*
– Warbeat: Fixin’ Beat
Orruk Warchanter (115)*
– Warbeat: Fixin’ Beat

Battleline
10 x Orruk Brutes (320)**
– Jagged Gore-hackas
– 2x Gore Choppas
– Reinforced x 1
10 x Orruk Brutes (320)**
– Jagged Gore-hackas
– 2x Gore Choppas
– Reinforced x 1
5 x Orruk Ardboys (85)***
– 1x Gorkamorka Banner Bearers
5 x Orruk Ardboys (85)***
– 1x Gorkamorka Banner Bearers

Units
4 x Ironskull’s Boyz (80)***
3 x Orruk Gore-gruntas (170)**
– Jagged Gore-hackas
2 x Savage Big Stabbas (80)*

Core Battalions
*Warlord
**Hunters of the Heartlands
***Ironjawz Fist

Additional Enhancements
Artefact

Total: 2000 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 2 / 4
Allies: 0 / 400
Wounds: 148
Drops: 11

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2nd Baz Norman Jr – Daughters of Khaine

Baz managed an impressive four wins and one loss, losing against 1st placed Declan and his Big Waaagh list in Round 2. He beat Cities of Sigmar/Living City in Round 1, Daughters of Kahine/Hagg Nar in Round 3, Maggotkin of Nurgle/Drowned Men in Round 4 and Ironjawz/Bloodtoofs in Round 5.

Army Faction: Daughters of Khaine
Subfaction: Khailebron
– Grand Strategy: Hold the Line
– Triumph: Inspired

Leaders
Morathi-Khaine(660)*
The Shadow Queen (660)*
Melusai Ironscale (115)*
– General
– Command Traits: Mistress of Illusion
– Artefacts of Power: Whisperdeath

Battleline
15 x Blood Stalkers (540)*
– Reinforced: Twice

10x Blood Sisters (280)*
– Reinforced: Once

5 x Blood Sisters (140)*

Other
9x Khainite Shadowstalkers (120)*
9 x Khainite Shadowstalkers (120)*

Core Battalions
*Battle Regiment

Total Points: 1975/2000

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3rd Tom Wainwright – Slaves to Darkness

Tom also managed to get four wins with a single loss during their weekend, losing to Declan in Round 5. Beating Soulblight Gravelords/Legion of Blood in Round 1, Ogor Mawtribes/Bloodgullet in Round 2, Maggotkin of Nurgle/Drowned Men in Round 3, and Maggotkin of Nurgle/Befouling Host in Round 4.

Allegiance: Hosts of the Everchosen
– Subfaction: Sixth Circle
Grand Strategy: Prized Sorcery
– Triumphs: Inspired

LEADERS
Archaon (860)*
– General
– Spell: Mask of Darness

Chaos Sorcerer Lord (135)*
– Mark of Chaos: Tzeentch

– Artefact: Arcane Tome
– Spell: Mask of Darkness
Chaos Lord (120)*
– Mark of Chaos: Tzeentch

BATTLELINE
3x Varanguard (280)*
3x Varanguard (280)*
8x Iron Golems (75)*
5x Chaos Knights (170)*

UNITS
1x Chaos Spawn (55)*

CORE BATTALIONS
*Battle Regiment

Total: 1975 / 2000

Tournament Placings

PlayerFactionSubfactionWDL
Declan WatersBig Waaagh!None500
Baz Norman JrDaughters of KhaineKhailebron401
Tom WainwrightHosts of the EverchosenSixth Circle401
Matthew BellLumineth Realm-LordsZaitrec401
Alex IrelandMaggokin of NurgleBefouling Host401
Daniel TadmanDaughters of KhaineHagg Nar302
Tom LawlerMaggotkin of NurgleDrowned Men302
Paul BurrowSeraphonFangs of Sotek302
Mark PooleIronjawzBloodtoofs302
Toby ThomasOgor MawtribesBloodgullet302
James LinfordBeasts of ChaosNone302
Kelvin MakepeaceSoulblight GravelordsLegion of Night302
Paul HeathOgor MawtribesBoulderhead212
Johnny PoyserIdoneth DeepkinFuethan203
Andrew CookStormcast EternalsHammers of Sigmar203
Cal EverittKruleboyzBig Yellers203
Marc PotterStormcast EternalsHammers of Sigmar203
Alex HamiltonCities of SigmarLiving City203
Jack HunterOssirach BonereapersPetrifex Elite203
Tom CareSoulblight GravelordsLegion of Night203
Barney CopperCities of SigmarHammerhal203
Jonathon BarlowSoulblight GravelordsLegion of Blood113
Steve HampshireSeraphonDracothion’s Tail104
Dan SmartOgor MawtribesBloodgullet104
Neil BowdenStormcast EternalsHammers of Sigmar104
Daz MaulSoulblight GravelordsLegion of Blood005

So You Want to be a Winner?

Yesterday the AoS Coach interviewed Las Vegas Open Winner Gavin Grigar on his path to victory.

A great video for anyone who wants some tips on improving their tournament performances.

Writing a Sci-Fi Tabletop Wargame – Part 6

Our past posts:

So the results of last weeks votes are as follows:

Factions

Now we’ve got most (if not all) of the basic information in place for our game we can start getting our hands dirty with some of the nitty gritty stuff. Firstly, should we have pre-made ready to go factions or should players have options to construct their own units for their own faction? This would make the game miniature agnostic but it would also require players to take the time to build a faction from the ground up, i.e. this is a leader unit it needs this particular weapon, with this armour and these special rules.

Of course we could always have a mixture of both pre-made and create your own. But what do you think?

Turn Order

This is about how the players determine who goes first. There are many options for this, but I’ve narrowed this down to two or three, but bear 🐻 in mind these can also have vary to some extent. For example, while AoS is a UgoIgo system it also implements the turn priority in terms of a dice roll before each turn.

I Go You Go

This is the first and possibly most common option used. Players use a mechanic to determine who goes first and then play is simply alternated between the players until the end of the game.

Draw

Players use coloured dice or chips to represent their individual units on the table e.g. one players units are represented by red dice while the others are blue, when a red dice is drawn the red player chooses a unit to activate. This system will be familiar to those who have played Warlord Games Bolt Action.

Initiative

This could either be an army wide initiative rating or individual initiative ratings for units to decide what order they act in. For example, elite units may have a much higher initiative than conscripts meaning they’ll always act first.

Bidding

One of my personal favourites is using bidding systems to determine who acts first. This can take various forms such as rolling a number of orders each side can take on two or three dice then giving up a number of those orders to try and claim the priority that turn.

So which is your favourite? Perhaps there’s one I’ve not even thought of, I’d that’s the case why not add a comment below?

Woehammer Facebook Group

Did you know that Woehammer have a Facebook group? Why not head over there and post some pictures of your miniatures, we’ll include them in monthly hobby summary alongside our own.

Painting Competition Open to Entries

So after the failed attempt of deciding a winner the first time around via voting, we’ve decided to reopen the competition to entries.

The winner will be decided by a panel of judges and the winner will receive their choice of start collecting or Combat Patrol box. This is made possible by our generous sponsors at SCN Hobby World.

You’ll have until 31st December to make your submission. As before the rules are as follows;

1) your submission can be any miniature from any games system, as long as;

2) the miniature fits on a 50mm wide base (round or square)

3) One submission per person

4) one of the photographs submitted with the miniature must include it with a note showing the email address of the competitor.

5) entry for submissions closes at midnight (GMT) on 31st December 2021

6) send your submissions to thewoehammer@gmail.com