AoS Event Report: From the Ashes 2022

This weekend, I went to my first Age of Sigmar tournament. It took place at Knightly Gaming in Bathgate. This was handy for me as my inlaws live near Bathgate, so I had a convenient place to stay. The store itself was pretty good. It’s clearly still a work in progress, but as it continues to develop it’s gonna be a really fantastic venue, spread over three floors. They are really blessed for space.

As previously discussed, I decided to take the Troggoths with me, because I wanted to have some fun with them. This is the list I ended up taking:

Shubglub’s Knucklechompas

– Army Faction: Gloomspite Gitz

– Subfaction: Glogg’s Megamob

Grand Strategy: Show of Dominance

– Triumph: Bloodthirsty

LEADERS

Breaka-boss on Mirebrute Troggoth (180)

Dankhold Troggboss (240)***

– General

– Command Traits: Shepherd of Idiotic Destruction

– Artefacts of Power: Aetherquartz-studded Hide

Fungoid Cave-Shaman (95)***

– Spells: Itchy Nuisance

Madcap Shamans (80)***

– Artefacts of Power: Moonface Mommet

– Spells: Levitate

BATTLELINE

Fellwater Troggoths (155)**

Fellwater Troggoths (155)**

Rockgut Troggoths (290)*

Rockgut Troggoths (290)*

Rockgut Troggoths (290)*

OTHER

Marshcrawla Sloggoth (150)***

ENDLESS SPELLS & INVOCATIONS

1 x Purple Sun of Shyish (70)

TERRAIN

1 x Bad Moon Loonshrine (0)

CORE BATTALIONS

*Bounty Hunters

**Expert Conquerors

***Warlord

TOTAL POINTS: 1995/2000

Game 1

My first game saw my lovely Troggoths face off against the forces of the Daughters of Khaine. This was a very beautiful army, and wasn’t as brutal to face as the other two DoK armies at this event. From the early stages of the game, it was clear that I wasn’t going to win, but I do feel that I put up a good fight and I didn’t feel completely helpless, even as my opponent scored a pretty decisive victory, 26 to 11.

One of the highlights of the game was my Purple Sun of Shyish deleting an Avatar of Khaine. He just popped out of existence. It was satisfying.

In what would become a running theme for the weekend, my opponent was lovely and gracious, even as he pounded my poor Troggs into the dirt. I never had a bad opponent all weekend, which was really nice.

Game 2

My second game of the tournament was also my second game against the Daughters of Khaine. This list felt a lot stronger than the first one. It didn’t help that I really think that the battleplan we played was truly, truly terrible. The Mighty and the Cunning was really punishing to me, allowing my opponent to farm easy points by killing off my Galletian Veteran units. What’s worse, the shrine also brought back more units to further feed him.

In the end, I lost 46 to 11. Ouch. Again, my opponent was really gracious and I had some fun. I was able to put up a wee bit of a fight, but it was a lot more difficult than the first game. The only reason I managed to get my 11 points was by killing a couple of his veteran units, claiming additional points for them also being on objectives at the time. The fact that they were able to fight on death was a big factor in what led to this being a pretty quick game.

Game 3

This was my final game of the first day, and was also the quickest game. My Troggs faced off against some Sons of Behemat, consisting of three Gatebreakers and a Krondspine. Honestly, the Krondspine didn’t actually do all that much. It didn’t need to. The gargants just rushed me, stopped me from focusing on one at a time, and took me apart.

The Proving Grounds rule was quite useful here, letting me limit the gargants a tad and forcing one to fall back to take another point. All in all, it didn’t matter that much, as I was quickly tabled. It was probably my least enjoyable match as I did feel like a spectator at times, but there were definite learning points and some nice chat with my opponent made the whole experience a lot more palatable. I lost this game with 5 points to my opponent’s 25.

Game 4

Day 2! This was my first time playing against the Ossiarch Bonereapers. I knew that they play differently, so it was interesting to see how it all worked. Their resistance to rend was really frustrating as the Troggs don’t have many tricks; rend and high damage is a big part of their game.

This game went really well for me. I initially took a wee bit of a beating from a large unit of Mortek Guard, but I was then able to start taking the army apart. My opponent was also quite unlucky with his catapults. One of his battle tactics required him to snipe off a single Trogg, and he just couldn’t do it. In the end, I won with 28 points to his 15. My first win! My target was to score a single win over the weekend, so I was delighted with this result.

Game 5

Okay, when I saw that I had drawn this list for round 5 I was excited. Beasts of Chaos! I didn’t expect it to go particularly well, but Troggs versus Bullgors (minotaurs!) was going to be a lot of fun. Brutal, bestial, painful fun! With this scenario starting off with just a single objective in the middle of the board, we decided to embrace the carnage and set the terrain up as an arena for our fight.

This was brutal. The Bounty Hunters battalions we both used made for a deadly match. I was lucky that most of my Troggs had ward saves, so although my opponent had a lot of rend, I was still able to survive with some incredibly lucky rolls. An early denial of a key Battle Tactic was a satisfying moment, and killing off my opponent’s unit of 9 Bullgor was pretty decisive. In the end, I managed to win with 24 points to his 4.

Final Thoughts

I had an absolute blast. I got to play more Age of Sigmar than I’d normally get to play in a month or two. That’s really satisfying. I was also delighted to get a nomination for best painted army. I didn’t win, but I was up against some stiff competition:

I’m just delighted to have been given the nod. I also would have felt a tad guilty if I had won, given the obvious skill that’s gone into all of these armies in comparison to my own efforts, mostly consisting of me splashing some contrast paints around.

What was a nice surprise was my winning the Best Sports award:

This is nice. I really enjoyed myself and wanted to ensure that I was gracious in both victory and defeat. I’m glad that I kept a good attitude throughout the losses of the first day in particular. I try to be friendly and make games as fun for other people as I can. I’m happy that this came across.

All in all, I had a fantastic time. Scoring 2 wins with the Gloomspite was a better result than I’d hoped for, so I’m delighted there. I hope to make it to more events now that I’ve ‘demystified’ the idea of an AoS tournament. I can do this now. Let’s give it another go soon.

And let’s stick with the Gitz.

3 Comments

  1. Nice going on your two wins, and I’m glad that you enjoyed yourself. Looking back, are you happy with the army that you took with you? I know in an earlier post you had a lot of options to pick from.

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    1. Yes and no. I think I could have taken more punch with a kraggy or krondspine, but this list was more fun. Will be trying them with kragnos in some games coming up.

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