Local store had an event today. I think it was the colossals release event. I am unsure - I just turned up expecting some casual games and the place was exceptionally busy. I signed up for the hell of it.
Given I can't really do an effective 50pt, it was always going to be just for fun. Now I'm not going to turn this post into a battle report, but more just musings on matchups.
Only having played one 50pt before this, it was a lot to keep track of. So much stuff on the opponents side of the board.
I played three games - pMorg vs Damiano, eMak vs Terminus, and Xerxis vs pButcher. The last of which kind of precluded more games since it took 3 fricken hours until we'd both attritioned each other down to just Butcher on Xerxis and a Savage.
Now I'm new to larger games, don't have optimal lists and am a relatively new player. So with some post-match thought of the matches, I've already realized a few things to improve on.
However heres the beef right: everyone else seems to do what they do astoundingly well. Looking through the models I could purchase to expand my collection, I'm just not seeing it. I won't complain about Khador since I find them the most fun to play against (Xerxis won vs Butcher btw - combo-smiting him for 4d6 into an objective!).
Against the mercs, I've got Nyss Hunters on one side who are unbelievably awesome - not sure what I can throw at them (Arcuarii? Reivers?). Cavalry with flanking bonus' making mince meat out of my poor beasts with ease. Just about everything sporting ridiculous MAT, and the Mule giving a beast a good kick every turn.
Against Terminus. Well Zaal would have been awesome to deny the feat (if I owned him). Even so I don't think he needed a feat to win. Such a ridiculous swarm of tough weaponmasters is just crazy. Tough is really the 'over the top' bit which stymies everything. Moreover its just the sheer number of models on the table - even if one made a custom rule where everytime I swung at a bane it died, I'd still wager he'd have a good chance of winning that matchup.
Against Butcher. As said earlier, I like Khador. Its a what-you-see-is-what-you-get kind of faction. Everything is just charge lanes, very few unexpected movements. Something which is good against infantry sucks against beasts generally, and vice versa. For this reason even with losses, I'm not often left with this feeling that I have no clue how I could have changed the outcome.
OK. Thats the rant. It was fun being in somewhat more competitive play, and also playing 50pt finally. Certainly a lot to think about. In a couple months, I should be able to pick up a bit more stuff and hopefully sport some more competitive lists. Now to work on how to use them effectively too