So I went down on Saturday to the 48 hours of gaming event, in Chicago Illinois, bringing alongside me 2000 points of Chaos Dwarfs
For many, it was there very first time ever seeing the Army. I had one GW employee come up and he was completely shocked to see Chaos Dwarfs on the battlefield.
My First game was against an all Gnoblar army. I forgot some things, like the fact that Earthshaker Cannons and Death Rockets don’t allow armor saves, since it is effectively a big stone crushing you according to rules of stone throwers, but it was a good game that surprisingly, boiled to over 15 turns and ended with one unit of warriors and a single mage cornered in a defensive position against two gnoblar units, which I proceeded to wittle down with Fireballs. (All Praise Hashut, Father of Flames and Darkness! )
We were having so much fun just joking and playing that I couldn’t stop playing and declare a win. I was just loving the whole character of an entire gnoblar army, especially his lucky gits, that I just kept going until every single model on side or the other was destroyed. Put simply, it was the most fun I’ve had with my Chaos Dwarfs in 3 years since I stopped playing them.
Second game was siding with Skaven, against Dwarfs and High elves. We both were winning, and my blunderbusses once again wreaked pure havoc on the battlefield when I could still march them their 3 inches and fire. Lots of fun.
Third and Final game, while fun, was not as much fun. It was a special event that a guy ran and we had no idea of the scenario. I was relying on a chaos player, a 9 year old kid, to hold the objective while I supported with him Artillery fire. The big problem with the game is how terrain was set up for us. Basically, choke points with impassable terrain was set up on both sides, killing movement for both sides and not really allowing a securing of the objective. I ended up hammering the poor high elf player with artillery and understandably, he was upset that he could not manuever too well to come against me. Nor could I to him. Basically our movement was severely hampered. Still, I didn’t care for some things. (He really seemed to try and fudge just how badly my earthshaker effects were hampering his archers, trying to just do a ‘half radius’ if you will.
The third game took forever, it was one giant game of good versus evil with like 6 armies on each side. I could have gotten 3 games in in the span of that and in retrospect I probably should have. Just that whoever won was promised prizes, which I didn’t (Objective wise) because of terrain and deployment and reliance on the chaos player against dwarves, who did not fully understand what he was doing unfortunatley. Army wise, I SLAUGHTERED the High Elves, massively destroying them with Artillery, Blunderbusses, and the horror of a Hero with the Black Hammer and Gauntlets of Bazhrakk the Cruel to his chariot.
Overall, I had fun. And alot of players were very, VERY happy to see Chaos Dwarves. I even had an orc and goblin player sit down and talk to me, stating that he was just absolutley thrilled to have seen a fully functional old School Chaos Dwarf army in action. ( all of my minis are the metal minis, save a few plastic chaos dwarfs) He and I talked for a long while, and he was just extremley happy to have seen the army and how they did, stating that to him, it was a once in a lifetime opportunity to have witnessed them in action.
At the end of the night I shouted out in the battle bunker and asked who here was happy to see Chaos Dwarfs in action? I got a huge reply back that many were very happy to have seen the army in action and have seen them be played.
I even had another player come up to me to show me his Chaos Dwarf Sorceror, which was BEAUTIFULLY painted.
All in all, to me, 3 games out of 3 won. I see some weak points with Strategy, namely I almost never get off charges with my guys, and I play my army phalanx style and very defensively. That may change once I get my greenskins, but we’ll see.
So…Mission accomplished. I got the word out, had an absolute blast, to many, was an excellent sportsman.