It's a bit late but I thought I'd share my experience of my first tournament and "competitive play.
Firstly I'd like to thank the organisers and the players for making the event such a good weekend.
The event was held at Tabletop nation in Hockley, Essex over Sat and Sunday 23rd/24th March
the format was 6 games over 2 days 1500 pts standard force organisation chart and codexs allowed.
Thunderwolf Lord - Powerfist / Stormshield
Thunderwolf - Frostblade / Stormshield
Rune Priest - Runic weapon / Runic armour
6 Greyhunters + Las / Plas Razorback
6 Greyhunters + Las / Plas Razorback
Landspeeder - Heavy Flamer / Multi-melta
5 Longfangs - Lascannon / 4 Missiles
Company Command Squad
Vakyrie 3 Lascannons
After meeting some old friends and a lot of new ones at the "surprised" local coffee shop we rolled up about 9 am for the briefing we got stuck in:
Game 1 Vs Space Wolves (lee)
Crusade/Dawn of war
Lee wins deployment and first turn
The game went to four turns before we called time, it was Le first game since the mid 90's so we took it easy and explained the rules as we went along.
lee's force was 4 Terminator led squads of Greyhunters a Terminator Rune Priest with support from two squads of Missile Longfangs.
The game was was a general troop ruckus which was rudely interupted by my Thunderwolf Lord and chum smashing up two 10 man squads of Greyhunters! he passed 40 odd 2+ saves in the end!
The game was a win 7-5 on victory points
Game 2 vs Eldar (Adam)
Purge the Alien/ Hammer and AnvilAdam wins deployment and first turn.
This game was a lesson in power gaming and just how lethal a real tournament list can be, the deployment forced me into a narrow channel against Adams Warwalkers, Vypers, Wave Serpents and Dire Avengers and Fire Dragons.
Facing 72 strength 6 shots a turn is a real eyeopener! all I can say is ouch, ouch, ouch!
The game was a loss 14-5 yikes!
Game 3 Black Templars (Dan)
Big Guns/Dawn of war
Dan wins deployment and first turn(see a pattern yet!)
This game was dominated by a big smackdown with the Terminators and Thunderwolves with some late game grabs of the objectives by Dan .
The game was loss 6-1 after 6 turns, a note is don't mess with an Emperors champion he is not nice!
Game 4 Tau (luke)
I win deployment and first turn
Luke's force was 2 small squads of Firewarriors with a Ionhead and two Broadside teams and two Battlesuit teams with a Commander.
This was one of the best games of the weekend, it was a really tight game of careful maneuvers by the Tau and the Wolves, I was slowly learning to use the Guardsmen offensively especially once the Rune Priest casts a 4+inv save on them!
Eventually the game was a win 8-5 but had the game run to turn 6 it would have flipped to some thing like 11-3 loss, Luke was poised to obliterate me off the objectives...phew!
Game 5 Dark Eldar (Shawn)
Emperors Will / Dawn of war
Shawn wins deployment and first turn.
This game was dominated by rediculous shooting once again, loads of str5 ap2 twin linked shots make a mess of things fast!
Highlight was some Veterans grenading a vehicle to bits, way to go chumps!
In the end the game was Draw 5-4 Shawn got an extra secondary point to technically win.
Game 6 Blood Angels (Alex)
The Relic/Hammer and Anvil
Alex wins first Deployment and first turn
Alex's force was Assault troops, Death Company and a Death Company Dreadnought,Storm Raven and Chaplain (special character who I can't remember his name whoops) and a rather lucky Librarian.
Alex stormed forward and secured the Relic whilst his Dreadnought sliced into my right flank with its Blood Talons, meanwhile the Thunderwolves tore into his right flank.
The center was a huge gunfight and melee with everyone piling into one huge brawl.
The Blood angels managed to get the Relic 6" from the center by games end the Librarian had the objective he had rolled Scoring unit as his warlord trait, I was all set to Lascannon him to power with my Valkyrie but the pesky Stormraven stopped it shooting...gah!
Game ended a loss 4-1 but so close.
All in I placed 9th out of 12, not too bad for my first foray into tournaments.
I learnt to play more aggressively, the smallest unit or the seemingly weak model can really change the game.