The second game of the night had me against Jake who was delving about as deep into the jank tank as possible to find a pair for his standard Haley3 Gravediggers list that could play into a Raptor.
Circle – Devourers Host
Morvahana the Dawnshadow
Lord of the Feast
Cygnar – Gravediggers
Captain Alison Jakes
Anistasia Di Brey
(Possibly some scattergunners in there. Not sure)
Press Gangers (CID VERSION)
Despite Jake having a +2 to the starting roll i managed to win the roll off and took first turn. I had riders and ravagers left, Bird central and ravagers right with the feasti boi front and centre. Jake deployed quite symetrically with a buster and a reliant each side, jakes one side and hitch the other and commando’s each side, both express teams went left and annie and the gangers ambushed.
(Forgot a picture here)
Circle Turn 1
Fog is cast, Carnivore goes on the left unit of ravagers and everything runs up, either respecting his threat ranges or making use of cover and forests.
Cygnar Turn 1
Jake considers mini feating his left commando’s here to go for some riders and ravagers but opts against it in the end, his express teams both take shots at a rider and miss thanks to it’s defence 17. The commando’s spread out. Finn stays back out of feats range and gets bullet dodger. Everything else stays out of threat on the right.
Circle Turn 2
I get a really good turn here. My bird is able to advance and shoot his Trench buster on the left off the board. My riders go in and are able to clear both gunners from the express teams and my ravagers kills a handful of Commando’s. On the right, Jake has forgotten about Feasts charge and bird so i’m able to get in on the other buster, jakes and a commando. I don’t consider going for Jakes as i have no pot or divine inspiration in the list and with a building granting her +2 defence it isn’t even close to a viable play so instead i focus down the buster with him and manage to finish him. I run a ravager to engage the right commando’s another sits behind the central forest and the rest stay out of ambush threat as i don’t want gangers rfping my guys.
Cygnar Turn 2
Now i’ve played the warmachine tactics campaign so i probably know Jakes 2 better than most other players but i still managed to forget about the extra threat her feat gives things due to granting reach. As a result, Finn is in threat of my ravagers. Jakes feats, he goes in and his charge attack does 2 damage… He rolls his rapid strike attack and does 1 damage… Lucky escape there! His commando’s and spotters go in with the reliant and kill all the wolves, besides the one i kept back and all the ravagers i had sent in. Dog runs to his flag. His other reliant gets pathfinder from the objective and goes and donks the ravager behind the woods on the head. His other commando’s kill off the engaging ravager and one in the woods. Annie ambushes but Jake forgets to activate her.
Jake scores 1
1 – 0 to Cygnar!
Circle Turn 3
I’m able to kill Finn with vengeance moves which allows my ravagers to mini feat and go and kill a bunch of commando’s Morvahana feats bringing back a load of nerds and sits as close to killbox as she can and swaps carnivore over to the other unit of ravagers. My one rider that can attack goes in and kills Annie. The other ravagers also minifeat and charge in but toughs mean i don’t kill as many as i’d have liked. As a result of the feat all his guys are lightning immune so i just commit my bird into melee with a reliant, i kill it with a fury to spare to pop animi then repo out of the other reliant’s threat range.
I score 1
Cygnar Turn 3
Jake strikes back hard, killing 3 ravagers in the left unit, including the chief. His gangers ambush and the lass uses seduction on my rider unit leader to walk her away so the other riders aren’t in cmd anymore. The rest of his commando’s on the right commit to my ravagers but thanks to awful dice Jake doesn’t kill any.
Jake scores his flag again
2 – 1 to Cygnar!
Circle Turn 4
The raptor goes in on the reliant in melee and kills it, again with a fury to spare so pops animi. Only my rider leader can activate thanks to Jakes cheeky play so she goes in and kills the lass, the rest run into cmd. My ravagers finish most of the commando’s off.
I score 3
4 – 2 to Circle!
Cygnar Turn 4
At this point Jake can’t really come back as he can’t kill my bird so he goes out in a blaze of glory by charge the bird with Jakes, she does a bit of damage but dies to plasma nimbus.
This was a really interesting list that had a lot of tech into Tharn including the commando’s that deny tough and can minifeat to be more reliable at killing them. The gangers to rfp against the Morvs and then Jakes and the reliant’s who make use of lightning immunity either on feat turn or baseline to be able to handle the raptor. Unfortunatly it still isn’t quite a strong enough answer into Tharn as i can usually get a 2 for 1 with my ravagers minimum and he needs consistently average dice to stand a chance at staying even which sucks as i’d love to see more Jakes!