Once more unto the breach, it’s Dernicus with another After Action Report! This past Veteran’s Day weekend I ventured to the concrete jungles of Atlanta, GA to battle it out at WarzoneATL2017. I had the fortune of attending their inaugural GT back in 2015, and this year was just as exciting! Below is my experience, but feel free to check out our Faction Breakdown and Best Armies of WarzoneATL articles for a wider view of event as well.
WarzoneATL, What are we playing again?
First off, the basics of the event are as follows: The event consisted of 5 rounds, played over 2 days. Armies were composed of a maximum of 3 detachments, must have been Battleforged, with no restrictions on Forgeworld or any units currently released. With 2000 points to spend, armies consisted of all manner of savagery. Players brought armies that were at least 3 colors minimum, though many went well beyond as we’ll see.
My list this year consisted of a firebase of <Mars> Adeptus Mechanicus led by Belisarius Cawl, complimented by Cadian Mortar teams, Valhallan Conscripts, and Tempestus Command Squads. I oversaturated my side with high damage tanks, screened by “fearless” guard and supported by waves of Mortar shells. While the army was not overly mobile, it could focus large threats and “chaff” units alike.
Over 100 players made the journey. Many of them were returning attendees that received early access to ticket sales. They came from as far afield as Toronto Canada, Las Vegas, and Michigan. My own travels took a fair more than the projected 6 hours to drive thanks to more than a few accidents and construction spots along I-85. Despite the trials, many combatants arrived Friday either to attend the many events (teams tournament, Apocalypse game, etc), or to just mingle with players over drinks. Jon Caspian, of Jon Caspian Media, was on hand as the event’s official photographer, offering his services. To anyone (like myself) looking to immortalize their armies in super high resolution, or even a short video he was the man to see. Check out this amazing video of Thomas Byrd’s Stormbird done by Jon at WarzoneATL.
Day 1, The Masses Descend on WarzoneATL
Waking bright and early, we arrived ready to do battle! The first pairings brought more than a few cheers, both of triumph and lament as old rivalries flared. My name showed next to Clint Hoffman at table 26. Clint brought along a nasty Alaitoc Eldar list bristling with auto-hitting weapons such as Shadow Spectres, Fire Prisms, Hemlocks, and Dark Reapers. The mission included Power Level % along with end of game objectives. Uniquely, objectives were worth more the deeper into your opponent’s side of the table. Clint went first as my army has so many drops and couldn’t outroll his +1.
When he did so, and with the limited LoS blocking terrain at my disposal, Clint wreaked havoc on my forces. Immediately the Leman Russ was destroyed, it’s explosion caused Mortal wounds abound to further salt the wound. Furthermore his Ranger’s sniped out my Valhallan Company Commander with Petrov’s 45, leaving the conscripts as no longer pseudo-fearless. Even with the majority of my forces alive, I was unable to recover from the opening salvo. We ended on turn 4 as a combination of shadowy Eldar surrounded and brought Cawl down for the final blow.
Final score, 2-33 (yay for splitting First Blood). This certainly wasn’t how I’d hoped to start the event, but I could work with this. Early losses can serve to lessen stress in later games as one has already taken the hit instead of waiting for the other foot to drop. Furthermore, at WarzoneATL 2017 the illustrious Twitch(Mike Twitchell) introduced a sort of scavenger hunt: The Warzone Atlanta Experience. A series of challenges to encourage players to get the fullest out of their visit. It included sharing drinks with each opponent, completing bounties, winning games, and even losing them. More on that later.