|I still don't believe that's a man...|
I used my now standard Abyslonia force:
and a Shepherd
He was using pMorghoul, with a force not very different than my own:
4 Paingiver Beast Handlers
and Totem Hunter
I was a bit concerned about Karn's ability to get in quicky, kill something, and get away. I was excited to see the Totem Hunter, as he's been something I've been considering using and I wanted to see how he worked out. Karn AND a Bronzeback is a lot of hitting power, I hoped I could use Absy's Blight and my high Def to suck in a charge, live and use Feat, and kill whatever had charged me, while taking out support pieces with ranged power.
We wanted to do a scenario, and we rolled Outflank, Outlast, and Outsomethingorother....two 12" zones at the center of the table, we score points for having our stuff in a zone without an enemy in the same zone. First to three points wins. This kind of scenario I really feel good at, because I have small cheap fast things I can sacrifice to keep someone from scoring on my turn, and Angelius animus can push things out of my zone. Still, that's a lot of high-power attacks with speed coming at me.
I won the roll and decided to go first. I feel like going first really helps in the scoring in scenarios, even though we set up 2" farther back.
|Legion Turn One|
|Skorne Turn One|
|Legion Turn Two|
|Skorne Turn Two|
Morghoul wasted no time taking advantage of my aggressive gambit. His Beasthandlers enraged the Bronzeback; the Gladiator put Rush on the Bronzeback; Marketh Abused the Bronzeback; and the Bronzeback charged the Seraph. He needed 8s to hit, so I figured I'd have to take one big shot, but the dice gods were against me, and instead he rolled two hits with solid damage for both, killing the Seraph outright! Yikes! Then things got even scarier, as Morghoul moved up, put Fatewalker on himself, used his Feat (which prevents beasts from being forced in his Control), then used Fatewalker to move to where almost all my beasts were in his Control. Ug!! Great turn, very well played on his part. Even if Seraph had lived, I'd have no way to extract him from the Bronzeback, and no way to reliably kill anything in his Control. In short, I was reeling!
|Legion Turn Three|
|Skorne Turn Three|
With Morghoul up on top of that hill so prominantly, and camping 2 Focus, I felt pretty good about a caster kill. Moreover, all I really needed to do to win the Scenario was run something in to his Zone and get the Brute out of mine. The Brute had 3 Focus, so the Forsaken could probably have killed him, or Absylonia could unload on him, steal his fury, and do something amazing.
I'd messed up on Fury on my last turn (I blame the wife distracting me), and after using 1 to transfer I only had 4 Fury on her at the start of the turn. No problem. I decided that just winning the scenario was secondary, I wanted to do something cool with the Raek and Scythean. So the Raek walked up to the Totem Hunter, and two-hand tossed him at Morghoul. Everything hit, the Totem was killed (the Shredder had taken a big chunk out of him earlier), and Morghoul was knocked down. The Scythean then charged Morghoul. Near disaster here, as I'd forgotten Admonition and Counter-charge on the Bronzeback! The Titan backed away then rammed in to the Scythean, doing a healthy 12 points of damage, but luckily no aspects were knocked out. The Scythean got auto-hits from Knockdown and Pow 17 on Morghoul's near-nakedness: Morghoul used his two Fury to transfer to the Bronzeback, but the Scythean only had to buy one attack after his three initials to kill him. Game over!
At the end of turn 2 I really felt like I'd have to do something stunning to pull out a Scenario win. It was really surprising to have such opportunities for Assassination only a turn later. If the Raek hadn't hit Morghoul, I would have still had a decent chance to kill him with Forsaken, Scythean (who was effectively MAT8 with Carnivore), and Angelius all having the range to get to him. This is a problem I have also with Morghoul...his low Fury require him to be up close to things, where he's very vulnerable...DEF17 is nice, but not THAT nice.
I don't want to pick apart my opponent, he was super nice and I REALLY enjoyed playing him and very much hope to again, but I think he was far too conservative with Karn and the Gladiator. Both of them had almost no impact on the battle at all (other than Rush from the Gladiator). Trying to not get eaten by a Bronzeback is challenging enough, but if I'd had to dodge him AND Karn AND the Gladiator I would have been hurting a lot. In fact, what I was really expecting and worried about was him driving either Karn or the Bronzeback down my throat, killing one of my heavies, allowing me to kill it, but then finishing me with the other heavies. In this game, I felt like all I was fighting against was the Bronzeback.
Still, I had a lot of fun. It's really neat when a battle takes a completely unexpexted turn like that. Thanks for the game!