I chose to try a copy of the first Legion army I ever saw: Absylonia, two Shredders, a Harrier, Seraph, Scythean, Angelius, Raek, three Forsaken, and a Shepherd.
Jason's army was led by Warwitch Deneghra, with the Nightmare and a Reaper. A group of Mechanicthralls with a couple Brutes were along, with some Bile Thralls, a Bloat Thrall, and a Necroonsurge with some Stitches. And as if this weren't frightening enough, two Stalkers were lurking along too!
Jason won the roll and decided to have me go first. I deployed where I'd have a hill and a forest to play on, while hopefully minimizing his access to cover. I went first, and lurked far back in a forest hoping to see where things were going before committing. This force was more melee-centric than my normal force, which relies on considerable ranged firepower to weaken enemies on the way in. This had a bit less, as I only had the Seraph's and Angelius' POW12 shooting. I was cautious, in other words. :)
We went to Jason's Maintenance phase, the fire did not go out, and Deneghra died to the fire damage! Wow!! What a game! I loved the Raek and Scythean combo, but I felt a little naked without having the ranged firepower I'm used to. I might consider dropping the Shepherd and Angelius for a Ravagore, but I sure like the security blanket for fury management and the extended control range the Shepherd brings.
Another Raek tactic, something I'd intended to try on the next turn: jump behind a jack and Headlock him. Headlock only requires that the attacker hit. The locked victim can then not advance, so can't turn around, so can only attempt to break free, then his activation would be over. I'd hoped to do that to Nightmare, taking him out of the game for a turn. Mean, huh?
Jason and I then did a lot of pre-measuring and checking and what-iffing on a potential next turn. We discovered it was possible for Deneghra to move such that she could use her Knockdown spell to knock over Absylonia (who had no fury on her), then Nightmare walk up and hit her three times dead. Woops! I don't think it would have happened in a "real" turn, as there wouldn't have been any of the pre-measuring we did, and the ranges were extreme. I would have liked to have seen a "real" next turn, to see what he might have come up with. I'd hoped to have a few too many threats to Deneghra for him to be able to deal with...Harrier, Raek, Forsaken, Angelius, Seraph...all capable enough to do a few points of damage to a low-arm model like her.
A great game, I'm really grateful that Jason got up so early to help me stay sane. I was very impressed with his list (there was a lot of Stealth in his army that I ignored, but it should be immune to most shooting I think) and felt that the assassination was a product of uncommon good luck on the Angelius dice rolls. Thanks J!
I'm glad I ordered a Raek and Scythean before I left :)