As always, more games during the week so another update. First the painting, then the three games.
Mark III of Warmachine and Hordes is on the horizon, and that means a new battle box and a new Journeyman league. While I’m loving my Trollbloods lately, I think that I’m going to head back to Cryx for the start of Mark III. That means that wanted to finish up the pieces for the new battlegroup box, so I painted up a Slayer and a Deathripper. When I started Cryx, I started in with an alternate starter (Asphyxious), so I needed to get the Slayer done. And another Deathripper never hurts.
I played Ryan in my first game of the day, bringing a Doomshaper2 list with two Dire Troll Blitzers, a Troll Bouncer, Champions, and Scouts. I faced off against Lylyth, commanding a Carnivean, Scythean, and a Shredder, plus Blighted Ogrun Warspears with UA and Striders with UA. Representing the earthworks the Trollbloods have been building in the campaign, the board was littered with trenches.
Ryan’s Legion inflicted some nasty attacks on my forces, but Lylyth’s range got stretched thin. The Scythean also got a horrible case of “miss every roll ever” disease when trying to finish off the Trollkin Scouts, which helped a lot. Doomy2’s feat turn got me up into her face past her beasts, which meant the next turn the two Dire Troll Blitzers were able to roll in and finish her off.
Second game I was again in the bunker, this time with Jarl Skuld against Kevin’s Thagrosh. I decided to try an infantry-heavy list, so ran only a Troll Axer and a Swap Troll as my beasts, plus Trollkin Scouts, Trollkin Fennblades, and Pyg Bushwhackers.
I pretty much just fed my troops into the meat grinder, slowly shaving away hit points on his heavy beasts. I didn’t want to kill them because of Thagrosh’s feat, so the lack of heavy-hitting power was tolerable. Because the mission forced Thagrosh to make his way into the trench on my side of the board, turning the board into lines of slow-slog progress through tough troops paid off, and Thagrosh ended the game short of getting into the bunker.
As I mentioned above, the third game I got in against Tom’s Cygnar force. It was a starter box game, and I knew that Tom had played against Hordes before so I thought I would bring my Cryx to give him a Warmachine foe to face. Thus, it was Deneghra’s battle box that hit the table. It was a great-looking game, as I love Tom’s green color scheme for his Cygnar.
While I got a lot of attacks in, it wasn’t quite enough. The Slayer and some Venom-baths just couldn’t quite seal the deal on Stryker when I went for assassination. I should have sacrificed an arc node to get a deep Crippling Grasp up on Stryker in a prior turn. Alas, his defense and poor rolls combined to leave me just short. And with that, his Lancer finished Deneghra off with ease the turn after. It was a really fun battle, and very close–a slightly better attack roll with a second Slayer fist or with a second Venom and I would have had the win.
366 Points Challenge Progress (2016):
Battles (Privateer Press):
Overall Totals 2016: 40 (Win/Loss: 25/15/0); 2015: 43 (Win/Loss: 29/14/0)
9 Wins (Karchev x2, Vayl2 x2, Lylyth x2, Kaya, Skarre, Thagrosh) / 7 Losses (Adeptis Rahn, Kromac, Caine2, Borka2, Kaya, Rhyas, Ashlynn)
4 Wins (Caine, Karchev, Skarre, Vlad) / 4 Losses (Asphyxious, Lylyth2, Goreshade3, Stryker)
12 Wins (Butcher x2, Deneghra, Shae, Sorscha2, Feora2, Severius, Skarre x2, Kreoss2, Borka, Kaya2)/ 5 Losses (Rask, Xerxis, Butcher3, Thagrosh, Zerkova2)