In spite of the weather there was still a strong turnout at T.C.O.W. Around 30 people playing many games throughout the afternoon. We even have a couple of Hamiltronians visiting for the day.
There was also a selection of product from B.I.O. Games available for sale, which drew the interest of attendees. The magnets were especially popular, with several people picking up packs. The table also drew the attention of one peculiarly-dressed person...
|"Sartorial" isn't the word that comes to mind when thinking about Damian.|
There was a bit of concern when League organiser Matt was a little late arriving, but he turned up eventually and the search teams were told to stand down. The players were not deterred, and four games were underway soon after. As a bonus, he'd bought with him official League patches. I guess we'll figure out how best to affix them to our clothing/model transport bag/pets later.
|Faizel's Legion vs Molly's Searforge|
|Martina's Trolls vs Peter's Convergence|
|Xcerus's Trolls vs Francis' Circle|
The battle was relatively short, but exceptionally violent. Molly's Grundback Gunners were quick to remind me just how effective they are when they opened fire on my Warlock in the first turn. A couple of turns later, I'd managed to draw Gorten into the open and bent all my efforts to assassinating the Warcaster. Unfortunately, the dice were against me and Gorten ended the round on a single point of health. Next turn, Molly reminded me how nasty Gunners can be by using three of them to finish off my own Warlock. One failed Tough roll and it was all over.
|Molly's Searforge, complete with helpful numbering|
Watching the game being played it's easy to see why it's become so popular. The models are top quality and each faction is stylistic different from the others. It will be interesting to see if the upcoming space game will be as popular, but I suspect it will be.
|The forces of the Scourge prepare for battle...|
|...and the UCM do the same.|
|The Post-Human Republic advance towards the Shaltari...|
|...while a massive Hades Super-Heavy Walker lurks ominously under the table.|
|That will be the last time anyone borrows my dice.|
|So. Many. Cards.|
|Next stop: Valhalla.|
|Darth and his cronies|
|Mid battle against an A-Wing, B-Wing, X-Wing, and Y-Wing|
Once the battle was done it was time to bring out the big ships. Literally. It was time for some Star Wars Armada. Now, you'd be forgiven for thinking the Empire would have a considerable advantage in this game, what with the Rebels not having much in the way of decent combat-capable capital ships. It's always seemed like the strength of the Rebel fleet was in its fighters. Turns out this isn't always the case in a game. From what I saw, the Rebels were more than capable of holding their own against the Imperial aggressors and managed to pull out a win or two.
|*cue John Williams score*|
|The Imperials and their cheese wedges of death|
|The rag-tab Rebel Alliance displaying a greater reliance on smaller ships|