The title is not exactly true. The Southeastern Masters are going to be held this Saturday (12/6). The qualifiers of this event are the ten highest overall scorers from some of the largest tournaments in the region: Scarab Con, Brawler Bash, Southern Assault, NOVA, and Grail Quest. The player list is very strong, and I feel fortunate to be included.
If you're curious, the lists for the events have been published at Wargamers USA (a relatively new website designed to unite the various US Warhammer communities: http://www.wargamersusa.com/showthread.php?tid=1803). They've generated some interesting discussion for sure. One thing to keep in mind when looking at the lists is that they were designed for a very small meta. All of the players in this event know each other well, and we are well acquainted with the types of list that we prefer to bring. Because of that, I don't think these are lists most would take in an all-comers environment.
Personally, I decided to go with a Star Dragon list. Two of my better finishes this year came with a Star Dragon in the army. I also felt that a highly maneuverable army would work well against what I was likely to see. Because of the armies that these folks typically play, I also expected to see fewer cannons. In actuality, people brought more warmachines than I expected (there are four cannons, two trebs (which I was not expecting), and a handful of bolt throwers among the ten armies). Still, I think the list is a good fit for my playstyle. Here's the list i will be rocking:
Prince on Star Dragon
Lvl 2 Life Mage on Steed
BSB on Great Eagle (set-up to catch cannonballs)
5 Silver Helms
5 Silver Helms
5 Silver Helms
That's pretty spammy, but I think it'll be fun to play and should be able to cover the board quickly. In my last list, I had included some spearmen for ranks but found that there was really no way for them to keep up with flyers. I've experimented some with larger units of silver helms, but I've not really been impressed by large units unless there are characters present.
Interestingly, I'm not the only one who thought a list like this would be effective because in round 1, I am playing a very similar list. He combined two of the silver helm units together, he kitted out his characters a little differently, and he chose to include a noble on griffon instead of the chariots. Otherwise, they are pretty similar. I'm expecting it to be a very atypical game of Warhammer.
If you are interested in following me in my quest to be the 2013 Southern Overlord (note: my real goal is not to finish last), you have a few options. First, Atomic Empire will be streaming the top table all day: http://www.twitch.tv/atomicempire/profile. Perhaps I'll be there. Some folks will probably also be covering it via Twitter. I'll try to post a few things myself, but I'm pretty much a Twitter amateur. Here's a link to my page if you care to see how things are going: https://twitter.com/rotgutmanglers. Wish me luck!
Also, since posts with pictures are cooler than those without, here's a picture of my new Skycutter conversion:
I'm very pleased with the way it came out.