Throne of Skulls - Mike

So, the first person to send me anything about their experiences at the event was Mike. I'll leave him to make any comments about the pictures, I'll just divide them up by game.

First a word from Mike.
I went to the GT this weekend trying to keep a open mind. I knew it wasn't an all or nothing tournament like it was before and so decided not to take my all or nothing Eldar list.

Instead i took my Imperial Fists which several people had commented they liked on their previous outing. People still said they liked them and i got 5 fun games with them (3 losses and 2 wins). these games, without exception felt far more like the pickup games i get at a gaming night in my FLGS and didn't have the same level of pressure i've experienced in previous years where each game takes you one step closer to winning the GT (or not as the case is 90% of the time) and so i had far less picky rules arguments, far less of my opponent running to a judge to quibble and far less feeling like i was getting screwed over if i didnt do the same. in fact in the whole weekend the only time either me or my opponent opened a rulebook or codex was when my opponent couldnt remember the AP of a specific type of sternguard ammo.

On the other hand, when results time came i can honestly say i am none the wiser. I didnt get a best army vote but still got a point which a judge tells me you get for turning up  which if that was explained in the rules pack it wasnt done very well since i missed it and i dont know how well i did in the context of the tournament, only that i'm halfway down the pack compared to other space marine players.

Overall, i enjoyed myself more, I just wish the final scores were delivered in the old style that everyone knows and loves.

The Army List.

1500 Pts - Space Marines Roster - Mike Leach's 'Imperial Fists'

HQ: Captain Darnath Lysander (1#, 200 pts)
   1 Captain Darnath Lysander @ 200 pts
      1 Fist of Dorn

Elite: Terminator Assault Squad (5#, 200 pts)
   4 Terminator Assault Squad @ 200 pts (Thunder Hammer & Storm Shield x4)
      1 Sergeant (Thunder Hammer & Storm Shield x1)

Elite: Dreadnought (2#, 175 pts)
   1 Dreadnought @ 175 pts (Extra Armor; Heavy Flamer; Drop Pod)
      1 Drop Pod (Locator Beacon; Drop Pod Assault)

Troops: Tactical Squad (10#, 205 pts)
   9 Tactical Squad @ 205 pts (Plasmagun; Lascannon)
      1 Sergeant (Bolt Pistol; Power Weapon x1)

Troops: Tactical Squad (11#, 245 pts)
   9 Tactical Squad @ 245 pts (Meltagun; Multi-Melta; Drop Pod)
      1 Sergeant (Combi-Meltagun x1; Power Fist x1)
      1 Drop Pod (Drop Pod Assault)

Heavy Support: Land Raider Redeemer (1#, 275 pts)
   1 Land Raider Redeemer @ 275 pts (Extra Armor; Hunter Killer Missile; Multi-Melta)

Heavy Support: Thunderfire Cannon (1#, 100 pts)
   1 Thunderfire Cannon @ 100 pts
      1 Techmarine Gunner
         1 Servo Harness

Heavy Support: Thunderfire Cannon (1#, 100 pts)
   1 Thunderfire Cannon @ 100 pts
      1 Techmarine Gunner
         1 Servo Harness

Total Roster Cost: 1500

Onto the Pictures.
Game 1 (which for some reason I only took one picture of).
Vs. Blood Angels? (there where a few armies masquerading as other things)

Game 2
Vs. Imperial Guard.

Game 3
Vs. Orks.

Game 4
Rather confusingly Vs. Imperial fists, lol.

Game 5.
Vs. Space Wolves.

Thoughts, comments and other input are (as usual) most welcome.
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