Thursday, August 15, 2013

A Tale of Two OFCC's.

This summer has been rather hectic for me and the hobby and as a result I have not really had much time to properly blog about what's been going on.  As you may well know, the Ordo Fanaticus puts on two big annual events.  The Ordo Fanaticus Club Challenge Fantasy and 40k are put on every June and every August for members of the gaming club and their associates. 

The OFCC as we call it consists of a team based challenge where all members of the gaming population may come and participate.  This is not a tournament since in the traditional sense since win/loss percentage is only a small part of the actual overall experience.  The main goal is to provide a venue for club members to come together, hang out, play some Warhammer and have a great time with people they see only once a year.  


This is the first year that I have had an opportunity to participate in both the Warhammer Fantasy and Warhammer 40k OFCC's.  Both venues this year completely sold out with OFCC Fantasy selling out with 20 teams of 5 players each and OFCC 40k selling out with 24 teams of 4 players each. 

For OFCC Fantasy this year I brought my Bretonnians.  The list was themed and had it's disadvantages but I felt that with intelligent play I'd be able to be successful.  My list is located here.  I ended up having 0 wins, 2 losses and 3 draws this year at the OFCC Fantasy after facing Skaven, Ogre Kingdoms, Daemons of Chaos, Ogre Kingdoms again and ending with Tomb Kings. 

My first game was against Matt Harrison whom I have played every year and each time we have played we have both had a different army.  I lost the game in the 4th round when I lost 3 Knight units in one turn and my General.  Matt was and always is a fantastic opponent that I enjoy playing every year.

My second game was against Bronson James who brought his Ogre Kingdoms army.  We had a knock down, drag out fight of Ogre on Knight for a full five rounds before time was called.  The point difference between our two armies in the end was 46 points.  This game ended in a pretty solid draw.

My third game was against Taylor Flesch of the Black Sheep.  Taylor brought a very well painted Daemons of Slaanesh army.  This battle was the Dawn Attack scenario where you had random placement of units in one of three regions.  Taylor had a very well balanced army and was able to defeat me in turn 4.

My fourth game was against yet another Black Sheep player named Matt Wiley.  He brought a pretty interesting Ogre list.  We had a hard fought game where it swung back and forth each turn.  The end result was a draw with a 6 pt difference between the two armies.  It was a great game.

My final game was against Edwards from the Dice Age group and his Tomb Kings.  He had a really well designed list that I may look at mimicking to some extent in the future.  We had a long game that ended with a draw as well with a 60 pt difference between the two armies.

The problem I had with the Fantasy OFCC was not my opponents, not my tactics and not my playing.  I demonstrated pretty poor Sportsmanship because my dice were absolutely wretched.  I wasn't unfriendly to my opponents but you could tell the entire game I wasn't enjoying myself as we played because every thing I attempted to accomplish was foiled by bad dice rolling.  That however is something that I will have to work on and not let get to me next OFCC.  It is my responsibility to be a good opponent during a game as is my opponents responsibility to do the same - regardless of dice rolling.

Here are some images of the games and the event.





Leading up to the OFCC 40k, I put a lot of effort into painting my Dark Eldar.  Unfortunately, I did not account for the Twin Factor. 

These little girls happen to magically take up a good majority of my hobby time.  I can't imagine why!  (that poor Cookie Monster never stood a chance)


Despite the late nights I would spend painting, I was not able to complete the Dark Eldar to 2000 points for OFCC 40k.  I instead decided to use my existing Eldar (who had received a new book - Posts on those units soon to come) and use Dark Eldar allies. 
Here are the WIP pictures of the Warp Hunter, my Sylvos Greystorm (Illiac Nightspear) conversion and the Razoring Jetfighter and Venoms.

Razorwing Jetfighter



Warp Hunters









As you can see I used lightning bolts on the Warp Hunters (much in the tradition of the Ulthwe` because god forbid we just have black and bone coloring - no there has to be LIGHTNING BOLTS to make it effective).  The process was very simple, I merely used a mechanical pencil to lightly draw out the bolts, and then painted the bolts with a light Dheneb stone followed by Bone White.  It took some time but the end result was something I was pleased with.
Venoms:





The rest of the army used models I had already painted and will be retiring to replace with new paint jobs and better assembly.
Overall army pictures:




 

This army performed much better than I had expected.  I was 3-2 at ocf and only had one incident where I would complain to a Team Captain that opponent was not behaving in an sportsmanlike manner.  I also played five games where I would face Tau, Chaos Space Marines with Daemonic Allies, Tyrannids, Space Wolves with Imperial Guard allies and finally Sisters of Battle with Imperial Guard allies.

I played Josef and his Tau the first game and lost.
I played Mike's Chaos Space Marines with Daemon Allies and deated him.
I played again Saul's Tyrannids and lost but I had some serious issues with my opponent during this game that I will go into another and topic.
Day two I played against Donovan's Space Wolves with Imperial Guard allies and defeated them.
Lastly I played Jamie Stockdale of ChoP!  and his sister's of battle.  This was by far my most favorite game of the event and actually out of both OFCC's.  I was awarded a victory and the coveted "Favored Opponent" pin as well for this game.

Most of the pictures of these battles are located on the Ordo Fanaticus site.  I did not have time this OFCC to take many pictures so I will be depending upon other's images to provide you with a good idea as to how the event looked.







In the ends I had a very good OFCC experience this year and I look forward to the next major event that the Ordo is planning.

Thanks for reading, I'll be providing you all with more blogger content as the month progresses.