Quickie for you this time. In and out. Say no more. Wink wink. Nudge nudge.
Got a battle in against Paul this time, I’d brought the following list with the intention of just throwing it into whatever –
Barny2, Wrastler, 2 Boneswarms, Bull Snapper, Wrongeye & Snapjaw, Bone Shrine, Mist Speaker, Chef, 2 Max Posse with Void Leech each, Shamblers, Croc Pot
Trying out the Blindwater version of the Barny boat, seeing if Blackest Night is good with more infantry plus having a decent number of feat targets!
I was expecting Paul to drop some Circle bullsh*t, but instead he’s brought Retribution!
Thyron, 2 Manticores, 2 Harpies (proxied by other lights), 2 mechaniks, Scyir marshaling a Griffon, Eiryss2, 2 Max Sentinels with UAs
Legion of Dawn theme (which has one of the weirdest benefits I’ve ever seen; marshaled ‘Jacks get flank Dawnguard…)
DEPLOYMENT! Pretty symmetrical for both of us. Thrilling.
Paul won the roll and pretty much just runs… Harpies, mechaniks, Eiryss and Thyron stay central (the objective is sat in a big patch of rubble), with Sentinels and a Manticore on each flank. Scyir and Griffon go on my left. Some covering fire goes down too and Thyron sticks Storm Rager on himself.
Paul’s covering fire templates aren’t stopping me entering the zones, and I out-threat his Sentinels so I figure I’ll just waddle into the zones and see what happens.
Barny puts up Blackest Night, moves up centrally behind the objective and arcs Rebuke onto the right side Sentinels. The Posse (praying for concealment), Wrastler and Boneswarm on the right run up outside of the walking threat of the Sentinels, while the Posse, Boneswarm and WE&SJ on the left just toe into their zone, followed by the badly deployed Shamblers. The Pot advances and sticks 3 more corpses on the Shamblers. The Chef and Mist Speaker position to be flag scorers.
Stymied by the Rebuke on the right Sentinels, Paul powers through regardless.
Massed fire from the Harpies into the right flank pushes the Wrastler back and does half a dozen damage, leaves one Gator on 1 health and another on 5 health but KD. The Manticore puts another covering fire in front of the Posse again while 5 of the Rebuke’d Sentinels, including the standard, go forward to die.
On the left, again 5 Sentinels including the standard are thrown out to die but are actually engaging thanks to the run, and a covering fire is put ON my posse to limit my options. Scyir sits his ass on the flag next to his Griffon and Thyron. Eiryss shoots one of my Bone Shakers I think…
OK main aims this turn are to (a) happily take the sacrificial lambs offered, (b) minimise angry weaponmaster murder retaliation and (c) actually pretend I know how to play this game and do something relating to not losing on scenario turn 3.
To this end Rebuke is upkept (*gasps of surprise*), 3 Shamblers spawn BEHIND the sacrificial Sentinels on the right and the Chef runs onto my flag. The Posse on the right clean up the sacrifices in such as way as to allow the Boneswarm to charge up and eat two more Sentinels, and the Wrastler sits behind them. The Mist Speaker walks up behind the Wrastler to stop it being pushed back any more and puts up a cloud.
On the right the Boneswarm fails at life and forces to full to only kill 1 Sentinel, but the Posse make up for it by clearing the rest, allowing the Shambler unit to run to jam, deny his flag, and be a road block. Barny has a crisis about where he wants to be; I decide to have him cover the right with Blackest Night and Wrongeye can cover the left with Starcrossed. Scores 1-0 to me.
Somehow I forgot about Vengeance.
It amounts to the Boneswarm on the right being left on 2 boxes, and all the “jamming” Shamblers being killed (should have just put them all in a clump in front of the Posse and sent one in to deny the flag). Thyron hands out focus and pops his feat, also moving Assail to the marshaled Griffon who is fueled up by the Mechaniks. The Manticore on the left shoots down a Bone Shaker behind the building and a Shambler, allowing one Sentinel to run in a curve to engage Wrongeye while the rest kill the Shambler Bokor and some grunts. The Scyir has to leave his flag to kill a Sentinel and one Harpy pushes back a blocking Posse to try to make room for the Griffon to gank Wrongeye but there’s still not quite enough room, so he settles for killing the Pot and a Posse member and engaging the rest.
Eiryss gets frisky and charges a full health Posse member and one shots him. With one attack. Without her assault shot. Casual 19 on 4 dice. Luckily he toughs but that cheeky b*tch has got some nerve. She then happily repositions away after her second attack doesn’t break arm.
To avoid potential freestrikes on the right, the Manticore finishes off the Boneswarm which allows all the Sentinels to walk into the Posse, killing 2. The remaining Harpy charges over the Sentinels (because it can fly. For reasons.) to slap a Gator and sidestep into contesting range of my flag. Score’s still 1-0 to me.
Think I got lucky there; Paul almost engineered the loss of WE&SJ but only for positioning errors. Time to punch back (or, spoilers, not).
Filled with boyish overconfidence I drop Rebuke and the right side Posse throw all their attacks into the Sentinels (both units popped their mini-feat last turn too btw). They kill none. Good start.
The left Posse surround the Griffon, manage to kill 2 Sentinels on the outskirts of their melee ranges and then do 2 damage to the Griffon’s shield…
Boil Master charges the Sentinel engaging Wrongeye and misses… I’m getting annoyed at this point.
Snapjaw walks around the Boneswarm and kills the last 2 Sentinels engaging him, and the Snapper kills the one on Wrongeye (who promptly pops all his spells and goes to hide on a hill). The remaining Shamblers block the Manticore on the left and manage to drag down the last Sentinel, leaving only the Scyir. The Mist Speaker shows how useful he can be by landing the unboosted 10 to hit a Sentinel with Influence, making him smack one of his mates to death. Barny activates, Presses Forward with a Shaker running to engage the contesting Harpy and the other charging the Griffon, while he charges the Harpy too. The Shaker on the left manages to rip the shield arm off the Griffon in one spiked attack (a +4 damage swing would have helped the Posse IF I’D DONE THIS FIRST), while Barny easily smashes the Harpy apart, feats to remove only the Void Leeches and Boil Master and sits on Blackest Night, Spiny Growth and 4 transfers. The Wrastler shows the Posse how it’s done and kills all the remaining Sentinels on the right except 1, healing to full in the process. Chef still on my flag so 2-0.
Scenario isn’t looking great for Paul so he figures he’ll try for assassination.
First off the Manticore on the left walks into my Boneswarm and tickles it a bit, and the other Manticore does negligible damage to my Wrastler too. The Scyir manages to get himself killed by a single Shambler freestrike. A fully fueled Harpy and Eiryss charge in on Barny and force him to transfer twice but he’s still very much alive. Paul shakes my hand.
Not sure whether I like Barny2 in Blindwater more than WWFF, and definitely don’t like it more than Maelok. Problem is now, if he’s to be considered for a competitive pairing, does he do WWFF better than Rask and/or Arkadius?
Doubt it. While it’s nice having potentially Def 14/15/16 beasts under Starcrossed wandering around as well as a late game Warlock who kills whatever he goddamn wants, the flexibility of Rask and the threat ranges of Arkadius overshadow him I think. More testing required but another win for Big B!
Till next time!