onsdag 5 oktober 2011

Battles fought and (almost) forgotten...

Took me long enough to update the blog about the latest developments, I blame my son, and my laziness.

So, we had a few fights a couple of weeks ago, 15p battles, me (Menoth) vs. Khador, Circle vs. Cryx and a lot of talking in between. :)

My fight against Khador went perfect for about 95%. The other 5% cost me my Warcaster. Silly game.

I fielded a 15p eKreoss list consisting of:

- eKreoss
- Crusader
- Dervish
- Min. Choir
- Hierophant (my new favourite)
- High Paladin Vilmon
- 2 Paladins of the wall.

My opponent fielded:

- Butcher
- Dawg
- Destroyer (I think...)
- Juggernaut (I think...)
- Widowmakers

For two turns I just walked upfield, keeping Hymn of Passage up on the Warjacks, and Impervious Wall on the Paladins and hid the rest of the army behind them, he flanked me with his Widowmakers and eventually took out my Hierophant before getting killed by two Paladins and Kreoss.
Upon arriving at his Warjacks he blasted three of my Choir-boys halfway around the world and cut one arm off of the Dervish. The next turn I decided to pop the feat and clear the house of his Warjacks.

Which I did. After my turn was up, all he had left was his Warcaster and his pup.

Up until this point, I had not yet come across anything that could slow me down properly, but now, the last 5% of the game kicked in.

My first mistake was showing my Warcasters face on the wrong side of a building, my second was forgetting about free strikes on his warcaster charging past one of the paladins, and the third was me totally forgetting that wrecked Warjacks leave a wreck marker, slowing advances and giving cover.

Needless to say, the Butcher handed my ass back to me in very tiny kebab-pieces on his charge-feat-totally imba-turn.
He won fair and square, we both forgot about the wreck markers and free strikes (he could've just moved his dog closer to my paladins to deny the paladin any free strikes on the Butcher), but it was a bit frustrating to lose a game like that. I had total control of the board, had both 'jacks left as well as the Paladin Squad of Doom with full boxes. I probably wouldn't have needed the Warcaster to charge in like that.

Well I learned my lesson. (Don't play against Butcher on 15p games that is.)


We also had a few battles at my place the other weekend, mostly 11p battles to get the new players in on it. I think all of them ended with the new guys getting there dreams and hopes crushed by the not-so-polite-but-more-experienced-players. :)

I went up against Circle (yay Circle, that's new) 35 points baby!

- eKreoss (my new favourite)
- Reckoner
- Hierophant
- Min. Choir
- 3 Bastions
- Full Zealots + Monolith (also a favourite)
- Knights Exemplar
- High Paladin Vilmon
- 2 Paladins
- Madelyn Corbeau
- Vassal

Exactly what my friend fielded I will probably never know, but I think he had the following:

- Baldur
- Woldwarden
- Argus
- Gorax
- Warpwolf
- Min. Wolves of Orboros
- Blackclad Wayfarer
- Lord of Feast
- Druid Wilder
- Shifting Stones with Stone Keeper

( <--- Deployment (me on the opposite side).)

Turn 1:
- Menoth:
My first turn ended after me just advancing upfield behind a wall of Zealots and the Paladin Squad running up my left flank and the KE's on the other flank buffed with Sacrosanct. I wanted his Lord of Feast to be forced away from the KE's to use them as a counter charge or something similiar.

- Circle:
He charged my Zealots with his Lord of Feast, killing 5 in one swoop, and advanced towards me with the rest of his army.

Turn 2:
- Menoth:
I popped the mini-feat with my Zealots (basically making them immune to damage for one round) and spread them out in front of the rest of my army and tried to chuck a few bombs at his Warwolf (all but one of them missing the target). With help from the Vassal, the Reckoner then put two large holes in the WaWo (should've fired his gun first, giving the -def debuff on the WaWo, making it easier for the Zealots, but I got that right in the turns to come). My KE's missed the charge on one of the Stones, but I now forced him to charge the KE's with his Argus and Woldwarden, leaving my right flank denied for one turn.
My Bastions charged in and chopped the Lord of Feast to little bits and the rest steadily walked and ran into his half of the field.

His Argus and Woldwarden slew all but one of the KE's making the last surviving one a real monster!
His Warlock moved into position within the wood and the rest walked towards me.

Turn 3:
- Menoth:
I can't really remember exactly what happened during this turn except for me shooting with the Reckoner and throwing all the bombs I could at his WaWo and getting him down to just a few boxes, and charging his Wolves of Orboros with Vilmon (sacrificing him for a charge with the other non-reach-paladins the next turn).


He charged Madelyn, killing her in the process, with his Argus, and shot my last KE (I had totally forgot about him during my own turn) with one of the solos (don't know which). His Wolves ran in to kill Vilmon but only got 4 of his boxes! Great Success! :D

Turn 4:

- Menoth:

eKreoss feat party dancy time! (click it for maximum feeling)
With the pieces now set up perfectly I decided that it was feat-time and popped it early so everyone could make the best use of it. The Bastions slew the Argus, the remaining zealots charged one of the Shifting Stones (rolling double 6 on the damage roll!), one Paladin killed the WaWo, the Reckoner took out the Gorax, Vilmon and the other Paladin killed all but one Wolf of Orboros.
Very devastating for my friend, now missing three out of four beasts and more or less all of his Wolves. Very satisfying for me. The only way he could get out on top was if I screwed up this by myself.

- Circle:
He popped his feat and gave his all to get a few tries at assassinating my Warcaster with his remaining forces, casting spells and trying to spray me with everything he could get in range.
But alas, his overboosted powerfield proved too much and in my next turn my Bastions got his Warcaster down.

Wow. One of the best battles I have ever fought. I went for an infantry heavy army with a solid block of Zealots to both suck up damage on the mini feat, and also trying to focus-bombing a few targets to soften them up for the Reckoner, Bastions and Paladins to finish off.
My plans went perfectly, I decided to sacrifice the KE's (even though they were my latest investment) since they would be too dangerous to be left alive, and also let him charge me with his Lord of Feast. I knew that I would get the counter-charge in my next turn, so better have him downing a few Zealots than charging anything more important.
This made it perfect for my feat-turn, when everthing I wanted to charge was in range of my forces.
The trap slammed shut and killed more or less his entire force in one turn.

eKreoss' feat turn is insane. Especially with this much infantry, I had won half the battle before we even started since I fielded so many models.

Gotta get another big battle again...