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|Witchhunting - Retribution vs Khador; Kaelyssa vs Zerkova|
|Topic Started: 27 Feb 2010, 01:16 PM (558 Views)|
|Keravin||27 Feb 2010, 01:16 PM Post #1|
Go post in someone's topic that you normally wouldn't
Back in January my now semi regular opponent and I sat down for a day of gaming. I was trying to beat him with my Retribution (which I can't seem to do yet), but also try a couple of other things out.
This battle was the last game of the 4 we played. We'd been playing using the scenarios in Warmachine Mark II and as we went into this game the scores stood at 2-1 in my favour.
The scenario was Throwdown which meant you won by getting control of two control areas on either side of the board.
Kaelyssa - warcaster - sneaky, but fragile
Gorgon - light myrmidion (warjack) able to shoot and lock things down for a turn
Chimera - light Myrmidion with an arcnode to allow spells to be cast through it
Mage Hunter Strike Force and Commander - sneaky lightly armoured unit which are great at shooting at taking on warjacks, but cannot really take a hit.
Invictors and unit attachment - Generalists, but pretty good at both shooting and cc.
Soulless escort - attached to Invictors - disrupts magic
Stormfall Archers - mobile artillery. Think Green Arrow x 4.
Eryiss - Mage Hunter hero with massive disruption abilities.
Zerkova - warcaster - very versatile magic user
Juggernaut - heavy warjack - just close combat
War Dog - solo attached to Zerkova to protect her
Koldun Grey Lord - ice mage, but also running another warjack
Destroyer - heavy warjack - close combat and bombard cannon
Grey Lords - unit of ice mages
Doom Reavers - nutters who have bound themselves to cursed magic blades
Winter Guard + Unit attachment - bog standard infantry, but with additional abilities thanks to the attachment.
Kovnik Joe - Winter Guard hero, who helps boost them even more
Great Bears of Gallowswood - 3 heavily armoured heroes who work together and help boost each other.
Reinholdt - little goblin who helps bring a little bit of luck to Zerkova
Set up at the start of the game. Khador was going first. The two rings on either side represent the areas being contested.
Khador turn 1
Set up and then move. Zerkova cast Watcher on herself which would allow a nearby Warjack to move to protect her. Twister was cast further into the board to block LOS. The greylords advanced and as usual cast clouds effects on the Great Bears, War Dog and Juggernaut to mask them some more. The Doom reavers ran up the right flank as did the Great Bears. The Winter Guard bobbed and weaved up the left flank with Kovnik Joe giving them tough and making them fearless as well. Then the Koldun Lord and Destroyer just ran.
Retribution turn 1
Set up for most of the army.
Eryiss forward and ready to cause trouble.
Eryiss and a Stormfall shot and killed 2 Doom Reavers. Another Stormfall damaged some of the great bears. The Invictors moved up into position.
Kaelyssa cast Banishing ward on the Stormfall (ready for any magic coming their way) and then popped her feat which gave her army stealth and stopped them from being charged.
On the left the MHSF killed 3 Winter Guard after they made some great tough rolls, but not enough to save the Mage Hunters from next turn.
Khador Turn 2
Kovnik Joe boosted the attacks of all the Winter Guard on the left who then promptly started spraying the Mage Hunters with grapeshot killing 8 out of the 11.
Everything else in the army ran or advanced towards the Retribution lines.
So basically it was all down to the right hand side as the Mage Hunters were screwed on the left.
Retribution Turn 2
The Mage Hunters moved up and killed 2 more Winter Guard.
On the right the Invictors and Stormfall blew away the Great Bears and the Doom Reavers who had been unable to connect like they wanted due to the feat. The Gorgon, Chimera and Eryiss moved up and killed the annoying Greylords.
Now Jack hates the Stormfall for their ability to screw up chunks of his army and similarly I hate his Greylords which is why they get targetted when we can.
The Chimera was far enough forward to activate the Watcher spell Zerkova had cast on herself so the Juggernaut activated and moved to attack it.
The Chimera and Kaelyssa managed to do their own damage to the Juggernaut, particularly helped by the 3 sixes that Kaelyssa threw for damage.
Khador Turn 3
The winter Guard and Kovnik Joe killed 2 Mage Hunters, but had now cleared their circle.
The Juggernaut totalled the Chimera, but it had done its job in getting in the way. The Destroyer moved up and killed 2 Stormfall (see what I mean about certain things getting targetted).
Zerkova then moved up and popped her feat, casting a stack of spells.
Now we're counting this game as a draw because I screwed up by not moving Eryiss an inch forward to hold the right circle and Jack was tired so had screwed up on his army list so it was 2 points over. So when Reinholdt bounded into the circle on the right to take it and therefore win... well I don't think he was actually there as he would probably have been one of the extra 2 points.
Very cool close game. I learnt stealth isn't as great as I once thought, particularly facing spray attacks from the winter guard and my love for the Stormfall and the Invictors increased.
But still no win for the Retribution against Khador.
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