Apologies for the tardiness chaps but I bring you news of my failures at Vapnartak.
After an absurdly early start through snow covered roads and freezing fog, we made it to York for 8:15am, not bad going really. After purchasing some Help the Heroes dice and finding out the cafe didn't open until 8:30, Will, Jim and I decided to get registration out of the way.
By 9:15 we were still waiting for late arrivals before we could start the first game, but had taken the opportunity to get sausage sarnies and mooch around while the traders set up. Finally and much later than advertised we were able to start the first game, my opponent played Space Marines; plasma cannon dreadnought, scout snipers with missile launcher and Telion, Techmarine with Thunderfire Cannon, a second techmarine, 4 scout bikers, 10 man SM squad in Drop pod and Cassius.
I suppose I ought to explain my force; 3 units of 28 slugga boyz including Nobz with Powerklaw and bosspole, 10 gretchin with herder, 5 Deffkoptas with t/l rokkits and a Big Mek with Kustom Forcefield and a burna.
Here's a couple of pics post second game of my force set out for judging, I was brooding over being cheated so my brain wasn't in gear hence why I was tabled and didn't take any photos. My opponent was very good and I think I would have lost anyway, but bringing my third unit onto the table along the right flank meant my forces were spread across the table and he could easily take me apart piecemeal. On a side note that SM army is painted, as JP noted, it looked as if he had gone to a lot of trouble to make it look like it was straight off the sprue.
Last game and I was up against Orks again, my Slugga boyz vs his Shoota Boyz with Old Zorgwort. A very enjoyable game, despite being blinded by the setting sun. Very, very close game that came down to a single leadership test on 4. Gil failed the first one but passed the second with a Bosspole re-roll, I lost 3-1 because of that and had failed to take out his HQ. To add insult to injury the bloody DeffKoptas completely failed to show up granting him an extra point for most expensive unit. All they had had to do was turn up and mop up two units of 10 grots to secure me victory. Oh well...