Elliot reports on Blackout

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A couple of weeks ago I reported back from the Age of Sigmar event Blackout, you can read these here and here. Today my podcast co-host Elliot talks about how his tournament went. Over you you Elliot...

Hello fellow hobbyists!
I’m quite enjoying this writing lark, although not sure Binx is enjoying pestering me about getting things done on time!
So, unlike Binx who has a rain-man style memory for games and opponents that he has played, I do not, so I’m going to give you a much more general overview of the event, my games, and my general feelings.....
First off as discussed in several podcasts, I haven’t played loads of games of AoS2 so Blackout was very much going to be a baptism of fire, lucky for me I had an “easy” army to win with, so things were going to be fine.....right?!
Here is my list:

Allegiance: Tzeentch

LEADERS
Lord Of Change (380)
- General
- Command Trait : Aether Tether
- Artefact : Wellspring of Arcane Might
- Lore of Change : Tzeentch's Firestorm

The Changeling (200)
- Lore of Change : Fold Reality

Gaunt Summoner of Tzeentch (180)
- Lore of Fate : Shield of Fate

UNITS
3 x Tzaangor Skyfires (220)

20 x Tzaangors (360)

10 x Pink Horrors Of Tzeentch (200)
- Lore of Change : Bolt of Tzeentch

10 x Pink Horrors Of Tzeentch (200)
- Lore of Change : Bolt of Tzeentch

3 x Tzaangor Skyfires (220)

ENDLESS SPELLS
Balewind Vortex (40)


The first game I had was against hobby legend, Matt “Arnie” Arnold. He had Skyborn Slayers, and whilst there is a bit of controversy over how they are deployed, we agreed to go with his interpretation of the rules so we could get on with the game, we also agreed, as neither of us had read the realm rules (I still can’t understand why I’ve never won a tournament) to ignore them and just play the scenario.
The mission was Shifting Objectives
So three objectives were in three middle of the table, and I was a bit cheeky and deployed my Changling on the middle one in the hope that the primary objective wouldn’t change. However my efforts were in vain as he had his first turn and dropped everything down and charged my unit of 20 Tzaangors and Lord of Change, he then got the double turn and proceeded to wipe the rest of those units out! I forgot how resilient Stormcast were! Then the rest of the games was a bit of a slow death for me, but a great fun game all the same. Game 1: Loss!

Game two I played a chap with a Seraphon army, he had all the major players you’d expect, Astraloth Bearer, Kroak etc. But he also did have a Dread Saurian, which he added comical googly eyes too!
This mission required wizards or hero’s with artifacts to control 3 objectives. As my pink horrors have the wizard key word it made it a good prospect for me, on top of that, he had a magic heavy army, which meant that my summoning pool was getting big, quick! The only issue with that, was I didn’t actually have any spare models to summon on!
A great game which was fairly straight forward for me, the highlight being him flying thr Dread Saurian over to a unit of 10 pink horrors on an objective, and then rolling double 1 for the change! Game 2: Win!

Game 3 was against a chap and his lovely Sylvaneth army. It was the mission where you can burn your opponents objectives for extra points.
Now, there is one thing that hasn’t changed in the move over to AoS2, and it’s that Sylvaneth still do not like mortal wounds! It was quite a cagey couple of early turns, but once my major spells got into effective range, it was a quick death for him. His 2 Treelords fell quick, and then the rest fell soon after. Game 3: Win

Game 4 was a Tzeentch off; my opponent, who was much more well established with his list took the Changehost, I’ve played against the Changehost before, and it was horrid, and I’m happy to report, it’s still horrid! The game was a bit of a bore, as most games are when you take the same army, but it’s really did come down to who would get the double turn, and unfortunately for me, he did, and with his double turn he killed off half my Tzaangors, my Lord of Change, my Gaunt Summoner and half a unit of Pink Horrors, it was game over from then on really. The Changehost is still a thing apparently, it works wonderfully for an objective based mission he spawns more and more horrors each turn as there were spells galore! Game 4: Loss

So here we were, game 5, 2 wins and 2 losses, I knew I was already going to better my positioning from last years black out (6th from bottom for those wondering) but was I going to get every gamers sought after 3rd victory.
My opponent was the hobby and drinking legend Arron Bailey, I thought I was done, an experienced player who I had played and lost to before.....in my favour however was the fact that Aaron was EXTREMELY hungover, to the point where at a point during my 3rd turn he literally fell asleep at the table! The game was great though, and I think a more sound of mind Aaron would have won without issue, but on this occasion the alcohol fog proved too much! It’s worth mentioning that Aaron won ALL the painting awards for his amazing and beautifully converted dread fleet army, it worth seeking pictures of it if you can !So, game 3: Win!

So, 3 wins and 2 losses which placed me 45th out of 98, which I was pleased with. No painting nominations this time which I was a little disappointed with, but the nomination was for “coolest” army and I don’t have any particularly interesting conversions or unique painting schemes so I can’t complain really.
Another fantastic event ran by Mr.Tomlin, I genuinely think he does run some of the best events in the South West & Wales.

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