I had to swing by my FLGS this afternoon to pick up some bike bases for the last guy in a bike squad commission I'm working on. I decided to take my army with me in the off chance that I might be able to get a quick game in after shopping.
As luck would have it, I picked up the bases I needed and managed to pick up a game as well.
One of the store regulars was there and offered to play me at 1500 points. Which works perfectly for me since that's all I have. He had Black Templars... with Space Wolf rules... does this sound familiar? The conversaion went just like I thought it would.
It's all I'm going to face until bugs come out in January I'm sure.
But back to our game.
I decided to actually fill the table with 25 percent terrain to see what it's really like. Galaxy in Flames had a post about this the other day so I decided to give it a go.
My opponent rolled for the mission and deployment.
Turned out to be Spearhead with Annihilation.
Since I place the terrain, he chose his deplyment zone and went first, I tried to steal the initiative but failed. It was a fast game, I've found that with my list as it is, my games don't last very long anymore.
It was a victory for me.
3 to 0 Kill points in my favor.
When the dust settled at the end of Turn 5, it all started, the cries of "Coward!"
"If I had my Templars..."
"There was not enough terrain!"
"The dice were against me!"
and most all of the other excuses you can think of.
I don't think I played the game exactly how he thought I was going to. I think in part he was kidding but I also think a small part of him was upset he didn't win with the new Wolves.
I'll be honest, I've played against Eldar and seen less psychic powers flying around the table. I played to the mission objective and didn't take any bait and made calculated moves and shooting. I can tell you this, I felt horribly underpowered facing the new Wolves with all their neat tricks and gadgets. Every time I turned around, it seemed like they had something else that helped them.
Ans since losing graciously is a part of playing, I decided that it was best I remind him of a couple things...
That he chose Wolves
He chose his deployment zone first
His 1500 points were beat by my 830 points (I never used my squads)
And he couldn't beat my immobilised Dreadnought with both arms missing in hand to hand combat with his Character model and full squad.
I guess experience counts for something these days.