The Legion learning curve continues for me. I’ve enjoyed it thus far, and I’m trying to be limited in what I’m fielding to better learn certain things. Right now I’m focusing on Fyanna2 (Children of the Dragon, 2 units of Swordsmen), Thagrosh1 (Oracles double Thrones), and Kallus1 (Primal Terrors, Blightbringer plus Ogruns). Definitely enjoying the faction, though there are moments when it’s feeling really foreign to me. For instance, so much time playing Protectorate of Menoth makes the relative lack of magic defense really noticeable to me. To the point where Eilish Garrity has been in lists (or considered) much more than he likely should–and he’s hardly the best anti-magic.
Painting-wise, I’ve added Kallus1 so I can have at least one painted Warlock for the faction in my current scheme, and Azrael, a character Heavy that has a spot in my Fyanna2 list.
He’s the first model that’s more in the yellow armor than anything else. I still like the look. The picture doesn’t highlight it, but there’s a bit of blue on the chain that covers his skirt to balance it. I’m pretty pleased with the model, and I think when the rest of the army gets done alongside him it’ll look ideal.
Here’s the front and back of Azrael. The pinkish fleshtone of the wings works well, I think. And I love the way the yellow pops on the cool-tone model. It took a lot of work to get him done, but I’m really glad I finished it up.
Now to games played. This set will be pretty quick, as they’re all just practice and refinement games that I’ve been getting in. We have a great local meta split across a few stores (Drawbridge, SCG Hobby, and Mr Nice Guy Games) so it’s relatively easy to get in a number of games against quality opponents. All the comments will refer to the photos clockwise from the larger one on the left.
First faced Justin’s Madrak1 list with my Fyanna2 list. Was a very close and grindy game (often the case between our lists), which I managed to win on clock. Next was a loss to Steve’s Helynna with Thagrosh1. I got behind on attrition, and had to go for assassination that simply flubbed the critical part (a miss on the boosted Mutagenesis–a long shot to begin with anyhow). Followed that with another match using Thagrosh1, this time against Xavier’s Kaya3. I did a good job taking out critical pieces in favorable trades in this one, and set up a scenario win as time ran tight.
The first photo here represents two games, as I played Larry’s Gaspy3 10 Slayers list twice in a row with my Fyanna2 swordsmen list. The second time I did marginally better, but still game up very short. That’s a fearsome list! Followed it with a game against Ryan’s Deneghra3 that I won through sheer luck. Had he remembered to cast Ghostly on his own caster to avoid free strikes, and had those subsequent free strikes not both rolled huge on damage, he would have easily assassinated Thagrosh1. As it was, I pulled out the win through luck and oversight. Final game of this set was another Thagrosh1 game, this time against Elara2. The thrones did enough work at the moments they needed to in order to clear his Sentinels, leaving Thagrosh’s force well able to slowly close in on Elara2 to victory.
Final trio of games. Another match against Steve’s Elara2, this time much closer as a battle. I managed to win by leveraging swordsmen in the far zone of the shot to a scenario victory. Had he managed to eliminate the Abbot with his shooting (which he almost succeeded on) it would have been much closer for Retribution. Turns out Cleave works well. Next up was Kallus1’s first outing, against Justin’s Khador led by Karchev. Another absolute slugfest. I managed to wreck a lot of warjacks but just wasn’t able to keep pace on scenario and lost by a pretty hefty margin. Final match for this set was again Kallus1 against Patrick’s Exulon Thexus. I had a good round with Hellmouths and the Blightbringer swinging balance of heavy hitters my way. He had to try for assassination, and failed (in part thanks to Kallus1’s defense boost on his Feat turn). Made a clear win for me the following turn.
All-in-all some really good learning experiences. I’m definitely feeling like I have a sense of my Fyanna2 list. I know what it can face off against well, and where it struggles. Despite the fact that I absolutely love my Azrael model that I finished up, I think that list is going to get some thought and consideration before I get more elements painted for it. I’m leaning toward getting more of the Kallus1 and Thagrosh1 lists finished up and seeing where they can take me as a pairing.
365 Points Challenge Progress (2018):
Battles (Privateer Press):
Overall Totals 2018: 48 (Win/Loss 28/20); 2017: 120 (Win/Loss 86/34): 2016: 123 (Win/Loss: 74/49); 2015: 43 (Win/Loss: 29/14)
Legion of Everblight:
23 Wins (Denny1, Scaverous x2, Issyria, Wanderer, Skarre1, Sloan, Naaresh, Gaspy2, Madrak1 x2, Strakov2, Kaya3 x2, Helynna, Sorscha2, Kaelyssa, Dreamer, Jaga-Jaga, Denny3, Elara2 x2, Thexus) / 13 Losses (Denny1, Krueger2, Dreamer, Sorscha1, Jaga-Jaga, Old Witch3, Caine1, Issyria, Child, Helynna, Gaspy3 x2, Karchev)
Protectorate of Menoth:
4 Wins (Gaspy2, Helynna, Vlad2, Sorscha1) / 0 Losses
Convergence of Cyriss:
1 Win (Haley3) / 7 Losses (Heretic, Rask, Kaelyssa, Xerxis, Siege2, Testament, Bradigus)