I know everybody's had one of "those games" the ones that just frustrate and irritate you from the get go, well today was it for me.
So obviously first game of the tournament: 1000 points, custom mission with spearhead deployment. We were randomly paired with our opponents, dice rolls determined who went against who. I get paired up against Orks...ok no problem with my list being able to take out the kind of numbers I knew I was going to face. I've pretty much got as good an anti-horde force as I'm going to get playing Deathwing at 1000 points.
So then we get to pulling out our armies and setting everything up. Obviously it doesn't take me long to get everything I need out, here's my list:
Belial-Thunder Hammer, Storm Shield
Terminator Command squad: Apoth, 2x Lightning Claws 3x TH/SS, Cyclone
Terminator Squad: Storm bolters, Cyclone,Chainfist x2
Ravenwing Attack Squad: Meltagun x2, Attack Bike w/MM
Venerable Dreadnought: Plasma Cannon, Extra armor, Heavy flamer
I'm waiting for my opponent to get everything together, not really surprised that it's taking a lot longer. Thats when he looks at me and informs me that he forgot essentially half of his army at home...
Now I can be forgetful, but this is a 40k Tourney, not a pickup game. Two things you should make sure you have are an already made up list, and your complete army on that list. If he forgot dice, templates, or a measuring tape I would've gladly just let him use mine but there's not much I can do when you're missing 2 Trukks a looted wagon and a bunch of meganobs.
He asks if I mind if he goes home to get them, he doesn't live far away. "Sure, no problem" I say...I mean what's a few minutes really? I'm an easy going guy and it's not that big a deal. I bide my time by watching the other games while he's gone, only to realize after a while that guys are getting into the bottom of turn 3 and my opponent is still MIA....
Now I'm starting to get irritated.
My opponent finally shows up, and deploys his forces. I'm going with my now standard null deployment, so everything can outflank or deepstrike, barring the Dread. At this point I'll just cut to the chase....I've never rolled so many 1's in any sort of game in my life! I'm not the kind of guy who looks to blame his dice when things are going bad, but when his Gretchin mob (and it was only 10 grots strong so I can't even say he was saturating me with fire) is sniping Deathwing Terminators like they're actually good shots, something is seriously wrong. I've got quite a few templates to drop on him, but I'm taking out like a total of 2 or 3 models in a shooting phase, and not because of scatter...my rolls to wound all flop.
I end the game with a single Terminator still on the board, everything else got decimated. I have no chance at placing at this tourney anymore, next week I'm going to have to take a pass because I have real life stuff to do. That means I only have the 2000, 2500 and 3000 point games to try and make up some points, which just isn't going to happen since the higher scoring players are going to have around 50 points the next time I play and I'm only going to have 5 from this game....I need to do some work on my 2k list, make it harder.