Well, we finally finished up our Company of Iron league at Drawbridge Games, and it was a huge success. The final standings of the players and results:
|Place||Name||Faction||Total Wins||50-point Victories||Platoon Victories|
|Honorable||Terry||Protectorate of Menoth||2||1||1|
|Honorable||Enrico||Legion of Everblight||2||0||2|
|Honorable||Kevin||Legion of Everblight||0||0||0|
It was a great gaming opportunity overall, and the Drawbridge player base nicely shifted across multiple factions so that pretty much everyone got a reward. Extra bonus congrats to Ryan, who won the remaining pins with his great terrain building donations to the store (the trench and the bunker).
As for my progress, I was a painting fiend this week: I finished three full units of Skorne Scarab Packs to go with the first unit I already painted and shared.A great time seemed to be had by all. I know that I had a lot of fun in my games–and while I did terrible in the Platoon missions, they were great fun nonetheless.
They’re for a mad scheme I have for a Mordikaar theme list, and they’re a fun little unit (that is horribly fury-inefficient). But completing them adds 15 more points to my total. That means I’m up to 112/366 points for 2016, and closing in on 1/3 of the way to the goal!
I got in one game for our final night of the league, facing off against Dan’s Circle Orboros force. The game was 50 points, and the Fire Support scenario from Steamroller 2015 was what we rolled on the Company of Iron chart.
Dan’s deployment of his Circle. The Warbeasts get advanced deploy because of the tier, and the Skinwalkers got an advance move. His Warlock is Kaya2, run pretty strong side on beasts–a Feral, a Stalker, and a Riphorn led the charge, with support from a Gorax, Druids of Orboros, Skinwalkers with Alpha, and Shifting Stones.
My force also had a fair amount of advanced deploy. I haven’t completed everything for the Mordikaar tier experiment yet, so I decided to see how the Scarab Packs did without any support–hence, more experimenting with Naaresh. The list is Naaresh, four Scarab Packs, a Gladiator, a Bronzeback, the Company of Iron Platoon components, and some Paingiver Beast Handlers.
The Paingiver Bloodrunners got into the action fast as they could. The Stalker had reached out and struck down some Scarabs before lightning strike carried him away, so these two brave Bloodrunners sacrificed their lives to close lanes and block.
More Bloodrunner shenanigans. Their Shadow Play ability is really amusing, and lets me set up some ugly positioning and activation problems for my opponents. The Bloodrunners don’t ever really shine themselves, but their annoyance factor cannot be understated when they can get Shadow Play to trigger.
It got pretty touch and go in the battle, as I was not afraid to stand Naaresh up close (nor afraid to damage him with my Beast Handlers’ whips). Kaya2 brought herself and a lot of her forces up and into the fight with the crazy rapid strike she can manage. Dan’s forces would have finished me off, but the Feral Warpwolf missed its headbutt attack on Naaresh (which he had a pretty decent chance of getting). Even with the blood tokens from his Pain Monger ability would not have let him live through the following assault if he happened to be knocked down. Once he had committed, it was a matter of finishing off Kaya2’s beasts and threat vectors to win the game via assassination.
A great close game that could have gone either way honestly. He had more bad luck rolls, particularly with his Stalker, and that is often the difference in a closely matched battle. It was great fun overall, as Dan’s force is always excellently painted and he’s a fun and challenging opponent in the game.
366 Points Challenge Progress (2016):
Battles (Privateer Press):
Overall Totals 2016: 24 (Win/Loss: 17/7/0); 2015: 43 (Win/Loss: 29/14/0)
12 Wins (Butcher, Deneghra, Shae, Sorscha2, Feora2, Severius, Skarre, Kreoss2, Borka, Kaya2)/ 1 Loss (Rask)
1 Win (Karchev) / 3 Losses (Adeptis Rahn, Kromac, Caine2)
4 Wins (Caine, Karchev, Skarre, Vlad) / 3 Losses (Asphyxious, Lylyth2, Goreshade3)