After the excitement of the York invitationals i managed to get down to a game night at a nearby club. The first game of the night saw me up against a friend of mine Becky who had recently done some stella work on my Storm Raptors base. She was running Termy and wanted to test out the new Bane Knight Officer. I thought the amount of infantry shred in my Morv list would be tough for her so decided to drop the other list i had with me which was a slightly altered version of my old Kaya 3 list.
Circle – Call of the Wild
Kaya the Wildheart
-Shadowhorn (Proxied by Gnarlehorn)
Lord of the Feast
Cryx – Dark Host
Lich Lord Terminus
-Barathum (Proxied by a Seether)
Bane Lord Tarterus
I won the roll off and decided to take first turn to take as much board space as possible. I deployed in a line with a razorwing on each flank, then the scarsfels closer in and the heavies closest to Kaya, stones out front with lord of the feast. Becky deployed loads of skeletons in a big old blob, Wraith engine behind them and other stuff in amongst the blob.
Circle Turn 1
I run everything up as far as possible. There isn’t much in the way of ranged threats so i just put synergy up to make order of activation easier in the following turns. Lord of the feast sits behind a forest.
Cryx Turn 1
Becky runs everything up into a big spooky blob of skeletons and ghosts with the bane knights at the front to take my alpha. Termy puts up malediction.
Circle Turn 2
I put all my griffons up the board with elusive up, spaced out to avoid giving too much but close enough that they could strike back hard. The razorwings sat behind my other stuff ready to spike some banes. I held my feat as next turn it would be much more impactful. Lord of the feast then does mad work. He shoots a knight and ports in. By the end of his activation he’s killed 8 Bane Knights, 1 Bane Warrior and put about 15 damage into her wraith engine… (I don’t know what you mean, he’s totally fine)
Cryx Turn 2
Becky puts in a solid alpha. She knows she will be limited on feat targets so decides to feat this turn, pre my feat and when she can get one free from lord of the feast. Some Knights, warriors, her slayer and he Wraith Engine all get comitted and she rolls fairly well, by the end of the turn she takes 2 scarsfel, lord of the feast and takes another scarsfel down to just 6 boxes. She clears her zone but doesn’t have anything that can get to my zone so we both score 1.
We both score.
1 – 1
Circle Turn 3
Although Becky did decent work last turn she didn’t put a huge amount in the zones so i went for an aggressive scenario lead. I had my left razorwing pop animi and then trample over 4 banes killing all of them with 1 of them toughing. It then bought more attacks to kill the other bane it landed next to. A scarsfel wen in and did really solid damage to her slayer then animi’d and repo’d out of the way. My stalker then went in and killed her objective and finished her Wraith engine off with fury to spare. My right razorwing then trampled a machine wraith and a bane and then bought attacks into another. Kaya went in and cleared off the two banes engaging my stuff, she cast soothing song, healed a birds aspects and then popped feat. My left goat goes in and finishes off the bane that toughed in the left zone, clearing it out. My right goat does the same in the right zone clearing that one. I got a stone unit in each zone, ended up with two birds in her zone and passed the clock scoring 4.
I score 4
5 – 1 to Circle!
Cryx Turn 3
Becky has a really tough turn ahead of her. With my birds at defence 17 she really struggles to hit with banes But since i want to stay in the zone my dodge moves are not as impactful as they could have been. As a result she manages to clear the right hand bird with a couple of lucky rolls (Out of a lot) On the left Termy gets involved and kills off the razorwing. The only thing that can reach my zone is her bone chicken which runs in. She isnt’ able to kill anything else off thanks to my mad defence but she does put some points into my right hand goat.
Becky Scores 1
5 – 2 to Circle!
Circle Turn 4
All i need to do is clear my zone and one of the other two which means killing a single bane and a bone chicken. With a combination of bop’s on the head and throws i clear my zone and both circles for the win.
Final Score: 8 – 2 to Circle
This was probably also a rough match up for Becky, she had no real hit fixing outside of being within 2 inches of Termy so my feat turn was always going to be very difficult. However i think it would have been a better plan for Becky to fan out her troops more to allow her to contest the zone more heavily to stop me from getting so far ahead on scenario. Kaya 3 is a lot more fun and powerful when you aren’t making sacrifices to tech for specific match ups. I almost forgot how crazy good she is!