This was the beginning of our new league. I decided to give it a whirl, and after a lot of debating, decided to play the Grey Knights (or "Cheese" as my buddy FunDave calls them).
I played against a guy I've known since the day I was introduced to gaming. He's new to the league, but has been stopping in to watch for almost a year. Our guys know him, but might not know his idiosyncrasies as well as I do.
He's an old grognard/neckbeard, one of those guys that takes perverse pleasure in reading, examining, questioning and just generally ingesting games of all kinds. He also discusses games in a strange hybrid of kvetching/arguing that many people could easily view as misanthropy. I've gotten used to it over the years and don't think twice about his rumblings- I sort of hear them on another wavelength.
Having effectively taken care of customers, I found a table and broke out my dudes, and my friend broke out his. His list was something like this:
Notice anything? (Besides my hand on the right.) Yeah, there's not a lot to see.
We rolled mission and deployment. He won first but held off and kept his guys in reserve, letting me go first. We had to score an objective, and his was behind a ruin. Mine was on behind a bunker to the way left from what you see here.
I moved forward towards the objective. He waited. I moved forward again.
I actually scooted around the ruin and sat on the objective. I thought I was in good shape, and I was trying to follow the "keep the guys in the armored box" rule I keep hearing.
Yeah. Then he rolled all 3 reserves on and the one that was flanking came in on the side my bird was on.
The bird got blown up- totally exploded. The guys inside- 3 lived.
Then my guys ran away because they lost more than 25% of their squad. And at least one of them got blown up by the barrage of shooting he threw at me.
And you know, I never learn. I charged right at those tanks- with just 2 guys.
The roll to hit. This was probably the only thing that made the night not entirely terrible on a game standpoint.
I got completely surrounded. And the psicannon just refused to die. He was pretty crafty. Thawn died - a lot.
Of course the rolls to pen weren't so good. Can't win 'em all, right?
The game came down to 2 Lasplas Razorbacks and a Ball Predator shooting Thawn every time he got up. And then he didn't, and my friend won.
Overall recap: My friend got lucky with his reserve and shooting rolls. I didn't suck as much as I have in the past. I still lost.
About my opponent: I sort of covered this in the bat rep above, but I like him and get along with him fine. I know other people find his tendencies to discuss things to death somewhat annoying.
What I learned: Trying new stuff is ok. Even if you lose.
In all seriousness, I was trying to apply some things I've watched or heard. I was debating between BT with a LRC and dudes inside or a StormRaven, and you know... I really wanted to play it. It was a birthday gift and I really like it. So I went with GK. I definitely need to read the Codex more thoroughly.
There's next week to try again at 500... I don't know what I'll bring yet.