This week I entered an expanding points tournament at Legions Games, and brought along a Skorne Tier 4 Mordikaar force to give it a try. I finished a few models to add to the army, so I’ll go into that first:
A Feralgeist and two more Void Spirits added 5 points to my painting total, taking me to 127/366 for my one-point-per-day painting challenge.
The list I brought was an experiment with Scarab Packs and Mordikaar’s odd tier list. For every two units (which Scarab Packs count as) you get a free Void Spirit, and once you get five incorporeal solos they get advance deploy, as well as an expanded starting zone from all the beasts. I wasn’t too confident, as so far my Scarab Pack had not exactly impressed me. It was time to see what four would do.
The one wrinkle about this tournament was that each round expanded the number of points. The first round was 15, second 25, third 35, and fourth 50. The above is a picture of my full 50 points list. At 15 it was Mordikaar, four Scarab Packs, and the two free Void Spirits that came with it. Going up I added the additional Void Spirits, Feralgeist, and a Cyclops Brute to hit 25, the Bronzeback for 35, and the rest at 50.
To say I didn’t play so well would be a fair assessment. That said, I also think the list didn’t help. Even with 10 boxes each, the Scarabs fold under almost anything trying to attack them. And in return, they cannot muster the hitting strength to do much. In a later game, I had all four packs go all out–and they managed to only kill six Doom Reavers. And that was maybe their most productive round across all four games.
I faced (in order) Larry’s Skorne, Matt’s Khador, Andy’s Legion, and Scott’s Khador. The only game I was remotely close in was against Andy, but I couldn’t keep enough pressure up on the flag that Thagrosh was dominating to be able to win myself (the game ended with him clearing the center zone, and going up 6-5 on control points). My force simply didn’t have any staying power beyond the Bronzeback–and that’s not enough in a Legion match-up.
On the whole it was a really fun tournament. All four players I faced are people I’ve had good games against in the past, so their clobbering me was enjoyable enough. That said, unless Mark III changes the way Scarab Packs work in dramatic fashion, I think the Scarab experiment will have to wait for a long while before I try it again.
366 Points Challenge Progress (2016):
Battles (Privateer Press):
Overall Totals 2016: 30 (Win/Loss: 17/13/0); 2015: 43 (Win/Loss: 29/14/0)
12 Wins (Butcher, Deneghra, Shae, Sorscha2, Feora2, Severius, Skarre, Kreoss2, Borka, Kaya2)/ 5 Losses (Rask, Xerxis, Butcher3, Thagrosh, Zerkova2)
1 Win (Karchev) / 5 Losses (Adeptis Rahn, Kromac, Caine2, Borka2, Kaya)
4 Wins (Caine, Karchev, Skarre, Vlad) / 3 Losses (Asphyxious, Lylyth2, Goreshade3)