I have played three more games of 8th Edition Warhammer since my last post. It just gets better and better. I got in two 1000 point games and a 1500 pointer.
The first 1000 points was against demons. It was my first time playing them since they got their own book. Things were going pretty well until the Blue Scribe got behind my line and got off the Vortex spell. Half of my army died in that one round, including General "I always roll once worse than what I need and now I'm dead" who will not be missed.
After that the game was pretty much over.
The next game was against High Elves. Rob had a big block (30?) of Lothern Sea Guard, some archers and some swordmasters, all lead by a mage. I dropped a perfect shot on him from my Rocket battery and killed all but one LSG and the mage. That was the first shot of my second turn. Game over. Now we all understand why big blocks my not be a no-brainer. They probably still have their place, but there is a lot to be said for redundancy.
The third game was 1500 points vs Autret and his Vampire Counts. My dice were a little bit above average, his were crap. I channeled an extra dice in five times during the game. I had a couple of turns where I had more dispel dice than he had casting dice, which is very bad for VC.
This was my first game against VC as well. They were just as hard as I expected. They also died really fast to my light spells. Shooting in two ranks was awesome. My cannon killed one of his vampires on the first shot of the game, which didn't help him out all. His dire wolves got a first turn charge (he went second) on my mortar, in a building and wiped it, then failed four of five difficult terrain tests and lost all but one dog.
I learned a lot more about the rules and about VC. I also got to teach another person the new rules, so we have five or six people who have played them now.
This weekend we will be running some events to get everyone going on them, so it should be a fun time and a great way to get even more people to play.