Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Nearly a Charge of the Horse Lords

So another battle post, which as we all know, is merely a vehicle to show my guys on the table.  Jason and I met up at Total Escape Games in Broomfield, great store BTW, and he played his Dr. Porkulus list again.  I faced him with the guys that I've been working on, LVlad, Drago, Uhlans, Outriders, Nyss and Valachev.  I showed up late, won the roll, and went first.

Most of Jason's guys (the rest hidden by those tree's over there on the right) and showing the "ammo dump" marker we used.  The other two objectives were marked with Man-o-War Shocktroopers so don't freak out when you see them later on.

My whole army.  Kinda small in size... they're all grouped up so Vlad can activate first, cast spells (Infernal Machine on Drago, Hand of Fate on the Outriders, and Dash) advance and keep everyone in his control area so when they activate everyone gets the bonus inch of movement.

Profile shot of Drago looking down my line and showing the Shocktrooper markers.  I asked if they had any of the objective miniatures but they didn't and so we improvised.  As you can see the Outriders, faced as they were by all three of Jason's Warhogs, moved their 25" into the left center of the table by the Nyss.  Ah Super Movement, is there anything you can't do?

Jason advances, I'm sure someone over there in the pigs shouted out "Take the high ground!" and it was done!

The end of my second turn, Vlad activated, moved to the left, cast Dash, the Nyss advanced, got Zyphered another 3", so with their total of 11" moved they then rained down CRA's into the pigs with guns and shot them up pretty good even though they were dug in and thus harder to hit.  The Outriders moved forward their 10" (Dash!), sprayed the guys off the High Ground, and killed a few more of the pig gunners, then moved back 5".  I could get to like this, I'm thinking to myself!

A close of of the situation, Jason thinking "What am I going to do about this? And why am I not playing Cignar?"

Jasons Warbeasts heading towards the ammo dumps with Porkulus lurking in the trees with evil in his heart.  So Jasons beasts are getting closer but they're not close enough for me to charge them even with the extra movement and reach. So I try and line up for the next turn when they're sure to be. 

As you can see I made A Mistake, in order to get the benefit of Vlads feat he has to activate before the Uhlans but I was paranoid about the war hogs getting a path to him so I put him in back and put too many Uhlans between him and the enemy and that hosed me next turn.  The Second Mistake was charging the Nyss into the surviving gun pigs, that took them out to the side and make sure that they were at turn away from the decision in the middle.  They killed almost all of them but still it wasn't worth it.

You can see the Outrider on the hill, the rest of them (he'd killed one) are behind the hill closing in on the soft and squishy Porkulus.  Jason decided that he needed to get stuck in and win on VP's, so he destroyed his target ammo dump and got the other two Warhogs into the middle VP area, destroying that dump as well.  He cast Crippling Grasp on the Outriders (pretty much making them ineffective as they can't do special attacks and that's what the spray is) killed two more of them, and killed a Nyss with the last of the pig gunners.

Since, due to the wall of Uhlans in the way, I couldn't Feat and charge with Vlad then follow up with the Uhlans and Drago I had to charge with the Uhlans first.  They did a decent job, only one of them missed his charge attack roll and they managed to beat the two Hogs in the center down to ~6 points each.  Drago charged one, and I nearly needed the focus I put on him to kill the Hog as my damage rolls were for crap even with the bond letting me roll three and keep two.

Vlad charged in and killed the other one, camping 5 focus and having a blood marker for the living Warhog he killed making his armor a respectable 23.  The Third Mistake was stopping him about .5mm outside the zone thus giving me only one point and giving Jason a chance to win the game if he could get Porkulus into the zone and kill Drago and the three Uhlans in it.

Jason activated Porkulus first, Feated, which allowed the surviving Warhog to charge and attack, he was about 1/2 inch short on the charge but that gave him the movement to get there on his activation, cast Crippling Grasp on the Uhlans and moved into the area after failing with one of two damaging spells.  That failure made it a moot point, he couldn't kill everyone in the zone but we diced it out, the Warhog killed the two Uhlans and Drago (his damage dice were very kind to him).  But he was undone.

Vlad pranced over and killed Porkulus with the second of his two attacks.

So, my take from this is Speed Kills!  And absolute speed kills absolutely.  Or something, in any event I had fun and got to play with the horses.

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