Another week and one more game to add to the story. I’ve been making a lot of painting progress on my Siege Animantarax, but he’s not quite done yet–so he doesn’t get a solo picture. You can see the progress in some of the pictures as I did field him in this battle, but you can also note the difference of not being washed, recessed, and highlighted like the others.
This week I got a game in against Scott’s Protectorate of Menoth force. Scott is a great dude who runs the gaming events up at Legions Hobbies and Games. Because he’s usually running the tourney rather than playing in it, it was a fun chance to squeeze in the game.
We played it Steamroller style with ADR, bringing two 50 point lists and then each selecting based on the others’ choices (Scott was dutiful about writing his down, I had to describe mine to him). His were Severius and Feora2, and he went with the Feora2 list. I brought my experiment with Morghoul’s Big Game Hunters tier 4 list, and a shooting-focused Hexeris2 list.
I ended up choosing Hexeris2, knowing that my shooting would be blunted a bit by his magical protections but having more diversity of options than the Morghoul list I’ve been working on sorting out. My list had the Siege Animantarax, Aradus Sentinel, Titan Cannoneer, Cyclops Shaman, and Cyclops Raider all adding to the volume of fire–plus various support staff and sexy Hexy. The above was my initial deployment (still waiting to deploy the Aradus Sentinel with AD–he’s close to the final spot I set him in.
Scott’s Protectorate force. Feora2 and a battlegroup with a Judicator, a Reckoner, and the Hand of Judgment. Supporting them were a Choir, two Vassals, a big group of Exemplar Errants with UA, Alten Ashley, and Saxon Orrik. Scott got the first turn, and rushed his forces up to claim a deeper line of battle.
I made an initial mistake with my Aradus Sentinel and its positioning in the worst possible spot to see through the forest in between the two zones. 3″ is such a short distance, and he doesn’t have eyeless sight like the Razorworm (which I run very often with Hexeris2 as his bonded channeler). He recovered well with his Carapace special rule boosting his armor against the assaults of the Errants and Alten Ashley. Then he managed to line up a charge that let him eat both Ashley and Saxon Orrik on the same turn.
I managed to take an early points lead when the Protectorate Warjacks didn’t move up into my zone. Hexeris2 braved the long range firepower of the Judicator and toed in, scoring me three points over bottom of two and top/bottom of three. At that point, I was starting to take heavy losses so my game plan became block and score as best I could. The Siege Animantarax, the Titan Gladiator, and the Cyclops Brute all laid down their lives drawing the colossal and heavy jacks toward my zone. Skorne armor is good, but it wasn’t standing up to the sheer beating that Scott’s Protectorate forces were meting out.
Meanwhile my ranged warbeast package were nibbling away at the Errants holding the enemy zone. The Hand of Judgment moved to bring pressure onto my zone, so I just needed a round of good shooting and supported by a quick dash to the middle by Hexeris2 to provide control area for the shooty beasts to get the job done. The Cyclops Shaman eventually downed the objective with a Mortitheurge-assisted shot, and with my beasts controlling the zone I managed to squeak out 5 control points before what was sure to be the inevitable smashing of Hexeris2 by a combination of Judicator shots and Reckoner assault. It was a really fun game, one of those down-to-the-wire can I survive long enough to get the last points kinda games that make for good drama. Scott is a great opponent as well, which always helps with enjoyment of a match.
I’m painting like a fiend to get ready for some upcoming fun events. I’m running a Who’s the Boss Tournament at Drawbridge Games coming up on Sunday, February 28th, so look forward to coverage of that and the slew of casters we get to turn out for the madness.
366 Points Challenge Progress (2016):
Battles (Privateer Press):
Overall Totals 2016: 13 (Win/Loss: 9/4/0); 2015: 43 (Win/Loss: 29/14/0)
5 Wins (Butcher, Deneghra, Shae, Sorscha2, Feora2)/ 1 Loss (Rask)
4 Wins (Caine, Karchev, Skarre, Vlad) / 3 Losses (Asphyxious, Lylyth2, Goreshade3)