Battle Report 88 - Spokane Team Championship Round 3: Baldur 2 (Bones of Orboros) vs. Thyra

Prologue:

I felt like really crushed the pairing round for this matchup. I got my Vlad 2 player into the Captain of Team Salt who was running Caine 2 and Caine 3. I was able to match Fyanna into Non-Kreoss 1 Menoth, and I got Doomshaper into Karchev, which also felt like a good matchup.

Myself? I was playing my regular Menoth opponent, and we had played this matchup what felt like a dozen times. He had an Amon list that he had built to be all the desert things (Idrians, Amon, Punch Monks etc.) and also a Thyra list.

We were playing Recon, and there was an off center obstacle, so I knew I was playing Baldur.

He chose to drop Thyra.

Baldur 2 (Bones of Orboros)
- Woldwrath
- Woldwrath
- Megalith

Sentry Stone x2
Stoneshaper x3

Bunker

vs.

Thyra
- Blood of Martyrs
- Castigator
- Heirophant

Avatar of Menoth
Punch Monk x2
Wracks

Choir of Menoth (Min)
Knights Exemplar
- CA
Flamebringers
Daughters of the Flame

Fuel Cache

I won the roll off and decided to go first. He took the side where his Fuel Cache cloud and a forest would be able to block my LOS.



Circle turn 1:

Smalls and Tiny gallop up the field. I cannot even remember if I bothered to put up Roots of the Earth this turn since my opponent has no shooting.

Baldur moves up and Purifies himself.


Menoth turn 1:

I have given my opponent one Mannikin to charge if he wants to. He goes for it, and the rest run to engage.

Thyra puts up Silence of Death on the Knights, Occultation on the Flamebringers, and Gates of Death on herself.

Knights run up on the left, Flamebringers scream up the table on the right. His Jacks all move up behind the cloud/forest wall.

His Punch Monks do Shifting Sands Stance and move up.


Circle turn 2:

I'm about to get to try out one of the Woldwrath tricks I've been wanting to. I place a Mannikin in the middle of his Daughters and Monk.

Mannikins activate and spend an absurd amount of Fury to kill off two Daughters.

Smalls shoots the central Mannikin, killing all four Daughters there, and doing enough damage to the Monk to force a Tough Check, which it passes (curses!).

Tiny shoots the Knight in the zone, boosting blast damage on the Punch Monk next to him but failing to kill.

At the end of the turn, I've put a huge no-go zone for his Knights if they want to be relevant.

Megalith puts Roots of the Earth on Tiny and Baldur casts Rock Wall to prevent the Avatar from getting to either of my Wraths.




Menoth turn 2:

My opponent chances his left Punch Monk moving up, and it dies to the lightning storm. The other one moves up out of the one he was in.

The Avatar pops Gaze and runs, catching Tiny in it.

Flamebringers run again, one going to engage Baldur.



Circle turn 3:

Well...I can't really say no to the Avatar can I?

Mannikins move out of the way and spray the objective. Tiny charges and smashes the Avatar to bits.

I put a lot more into the objective, ending with Smalls' gun, and it still doesn't die. That being said, there's a lovely 5 inch AOE of death to Knights Exemplar between them and Tiny.

Smalls also cast Druid's Wrath and a Stoneshaper sprays down the Flamebringer engaging Baldur.

Megalith pops Undergrowth and the other Stoneshaper kills the Punch Monk (yes!).

Baldur moves over, pops a Rock Wall, and uses his Feat.


Menoth turn 3:

Blood gets two Focus and Apparates up. Thyra charges Tiny and Feats.

The Choir awkwardly cannot get to Blood without going through the AOE of Death, but they do battle the Castigator.

He moves up and Combusts the two Mannikins away before bashing Tiny with a bought attack.

Blood charges Tiny. Daughter Cav charge Tiny.

At the end, Tiny has about 33 boxes left. Thyra pops over to the flag with Gates of Death. 


Circle turn 4:

Tiny smashes Blood to bits and then knocks the Castigator down.

Mannikin and Stoneshaper Sprays kill off all but one KE and all but one Flamebringer.

Smalls charges and kills the Castigator but cannot quite reach the objective.

Look, the Wraths are having a conversation, how nice!
Menoth turn 4:

Thyra goes ABSOLUTELY ham here. She charges Tiny at dice - 9 and does 25 damage in three boosted attacks.

The Daughter Cav does another five, and the lone remaining KE goes in and finishes Tiny off.

NOOO TINYYYYYY.

Many tears were shed. My opponent and I agree that Menoth ought to raise Thyra's husband from the dead as payment for this.

My opponent scores a point.


Score 0-1
Advantage Menoth

Circle turn 5:

Smalls, in a fit of rage, tramples over four guys and kills them all before realizing he cannot see the objective anymore.

Stoneshapers and Mannikins and Megalith and Baldur ALL have to put spells into killing the last two guys in the zone.

A Stoneshaper kills off the remaining Flamebringer, and another goes with him to contest.

I score 3 points.


Score 3-1
Advantage Circle

Menoth turn 4:

Thyra charges and kills a Stoneshaper before Strangleholding the other one to Death and porting back to her flag to score a final control point.

I also score two, going to five.


Score 5-2

Victory for the Druids!

Post-Game Thoughts:

Pow 11 Weaponmasters do not deal with ARM 23 58 box stone monkeys very well, and even less so when I can trivially put down a wall to prevent their poor pathfinder-less selves from charging me from all angles. 

Thyra going bananas there was quite a sight to behold, truly terrifying. 


As for the team? The matchups paid off. Kayazy Eliminators under Vlad's feat killed Caine, Doomie Ground out 5 control points against Karchev, and Fyanna killed Feora, leading my team to 9 wins overall and first place!

Most impressive? The event started at 9:30 and we were done by 3:30, including a thirty minute lunch break. Props to our EO, I have never been to an event with such a tight time-line. 



Battle Report 87 - Spokane Team Championship Round 2: Baldur 2 (Bones of Orboros) vs. Kaya 3

Prologue:

I had not known specifically what the other team captains were playing ahead of time (we had to submit lists by a certain date), but I had had a pretty good idea, and I had deliberately teched for their play styles.

Unfortunately, this worked too well round 2, and the Captain of Team Friends United in the Chorus of Kaen and Menoth Everywhere chickened I mean whimped I mean strategically chose to match himself into something a little less hostile towards him.

That meant that I was paired into the other Circle player in the Meta playing Krueger 2 and Kaya 3.

Krueger 2 was a slam dunk loss for Tanith, and so Baldur 2 was coming out to play.

My list was:

Baldur 2 (Bones of Orboros)
- Woldwrath
- Woldwrath
- Megalith

Sentry Stone x2
Stoneshaper x3

Bunker


And my opponent dropped Kaya 3:

Kaya 3
- Feral Warpwolf
- Shadowhorn Satyr x2
- Gnarlhorn Satyr
- Scarsfell Griffon x3

Blackclad

Wolf Riders
Swamp Gobbers

Fuel Cache

I got to go first on Extraction. The plan was simple - march my Woldwraths up to the flags and sit there, putting a Rock Wall in front of whichever one is likely to get charged by more things.



Good Circle turn 1:

Baldur got his Wurm token, and everything ran up. He kept his Wurm token and took a damage. Turn 1 for this list is really boring usually. 

There was a bit of a problem with this table though, since the wall on the right was going to make placing that Woldwrath tricky. 

I've been playing too much Infinity, look at the right side Manikins
Baa-aaaad Circle turn 1:

My opponent used the Wolf Riders to jam me up. Goats ran up everywhere. 

A cloud was placed next to the one from the Fuel Cache.

Kaya cast Synergy and Soothing Song to figure out Fury problems and passed the turn.


Good Circle turn 2:

I basically just need to get the Wraths within 4 of the flags this turn and keep them out of the charge range of the Feral. I also need to keep Baldur way, way away from the Shadowhorns. 

Mannikins aim and kill a few Wolf Riders. Forests are placed again, and the Sentry Stones port behind them. 

The left Wrath moves up and blasts a Wolf Rider down, doing about 1/3 of the health on the two Griffons. 

The Right Woldwrath (that one is named Tiny by the way) moved up and finished off the remaining central Wolf Rider (and several Mannikins). 

Baldur activated, healed one from Megalith, Feated, and cast a rock wall next to him just in case I had not considered every threat range from the Shadowhorns. He took two more from his tokens and I passed the turn.



Baaa-aaad Circle turn 2:

Griffons charge in to start the Synergy train. 

The Wolf Rider moves up and shoots at a Stoneshaper, doing 1, and then backing up. 

The central Shadowhorn moves around the house, leaps in, and only kills one Sentry Stone thanks to my feat, and then repositions out of the way.

The Blackclad charges (!!!) Tiny and ACTUALLY HURTS HIM (!!!!!).

My opponent passes.


Good Circle turn 3:

I pour a lot of resources into killing the closest Griffon so that the Woldwrath (That one is called Smalls) can move up, take the flag, and kill the other one. 

Megalith kills the impertinent Shadowhorn, staying 10 inches from the Gnarlhorn. Tiny fails to kill the Blackclad. 

Baldur casts Druid's Wrath and also puts Rock Wall down between the Gnarlhorn and Smalls. 

I score 1 point.


Score 1-0
Advantage Good Circle

Baa-aad Circle turn 3:

Well...with the Blackclad not dying, I think I am about to lose Megalith. 

Kaya moves over and Feats. 

The Griffon starts the Synergy, the Feral moves over and puts Primal on the Gnarlhorn, and the Blackclad Hunters' Marks Megalith. 

The Gnarlhorn goes in, and cannot quite seal the deal, leaving Megalith on 8 boxes. 


Score 1-0
Advantage Good Circle

Good Circle turn 4:

I make a Mannikin and beasts Heal from the theme. 

The Mannikin sprays Smalls in the back, boosting to hit the contesting Gobber and succeeding. 

Smalls turns and punches the Mannikin, knocking the Griffon over and then killing it.

Tiny manages to kill the Blackclad after putting ALL of his attacks into it. 

Megalith barely kills the Gnarlhorn.

Baldur kills the Wolf Rider and I get two more points. 


Score 3-0
Advantage Good Circle

Baa-aad Circle turn 4:

My opponent wants to get a control point for his team, so Kaya charges Smalls. The Feral puts Primal on the Shadowhorn, which goes in and kills the objective. My opponent concedes, and I score two more points. 


Victory for the Druids!

Post-Game Thoughts:

This went basically as expected. Without multiple heavies starting out at PS 18 or higher and a Pureblood, Kaya 3 has very little game into an ARM skew this extreme. 

This team was the leading team after round 1. My team managed to split 2-2 with them, but they got 5 more control points than us, leading us by 7 control points overall. Round 3 we would have to win at least one more game than them or score at least 8 more control points than they did. A tall order. 

This game, I lost 7 30 mm, 1 40 mm, and 1 50 mm model as well as a win, for a total of 130 reps of push ups and sit ups. 

Battle Report 86 - Spokane Team Championship Round 1: Tanith (The Wild Hunt) vs. Vlad 1 (Winter Guard Command)

Prologue:

This event was the first (hopefully) annual Team Tournament for Eastern Washington. Four captains were chosen from among the meta, and those four captains drafted teams from among a pool of pre-registered participants.

I was chosen as Captain of Team Mom (long story, ask at your peril), and we had 12 other people sign up for the event, meaning teams of four.

My team consisted of myself (Tanith/Baldur 2), my roommate (Fyanna 2/Lylyth 3), a Khador player (Vlad 2/Irusk 2), and our lone trolls player (Doomie 3/Ragnor).

Scoring for the event was based on the number of wins per team as first tie breaker, total control points as second tie breaker, and army points destroyed as third tie breaker.

My strategy for this event was basically to force the other captains to play me if I could in the pairing stage and to get at least one good matchup for Khador or Trolls while trusting Fyanna 2 or Lylyth 3 to pose serious problems for basically any pairing in the game.

Round 1 this worked out, and I ended up across the table from my good friend Adam running Strakhov 2 with Legion of Steel and Vlad 1 in Winter Guard Kommand.

My lists were:

Tanith (The Wild Hunt)
- Loki
- Wyrd x3
- Moonhound x2

Reeves and CA x2
Wolves and CA

Fuel Cache

And:

Baldur 2
- Woldwrath
- Woldwrath
- Megalith

Sentry Stone x2
Stoneshaper x3

I knew my opponent could not drop Legion of Steel into Tanith. It's an all melee army based on single wound ARM spam with no less than three upkeeps. I also knew I could not drop Baldur 2 into his Vlad list easily since it had three Marauders in it.

This led to me picking Tanith and my opponent picking Vlad. I lost the roll, and my opponent opted to choose the side with the best defensive terrain.

Vlad 1
- Marauder x3
- Juggernaut x2

Rifle Corps (min) and 3 Rockeeteers x3
Field Gun
Mortar Crew



My opponent advanced moved his Jacks before I took a picture of his deployment, but they were basically all back 4 inches.


Circle turn 1:

I have to get up the table fast - those Jacks can run 16 inches on Vlad's feat turn, and I can only kill a couple of them per turn.

Fortunately, he is going to have to funnel all of his Winterguard into the middle or else risk losing half his army to ambushing Wolves.

Loki runs up, carefully staying just over fourteen inches away from his heavies (they're so fast!). Tanith puts Scything Touch on Loki and Admonition on herself, drops a fury, and advances.

Everything else runs up to just outside of shooting ranges on his Winterguard. I spread out the left side unit a LOT, carefully checking to make sure a 4 inch AOE from the Mortar can't clip more than a couple of them.


Khador turn 1:

Vlad casts Windwall, Feats, and charges into the trench. (Side note, I need a Pureblood in this list somewhere).

His Jacks all run at me. Greattt.

Winterguard move in, but the far left unit cannot get far enough away from the edge of the board...

That's a lot of Khador heavies in my face.


Circle turn 2:

I have to kill two heavies, preferably more, and all of the rockets this turn.

Time for an Ambush!

Wolves come in on the left side, and after Tanith leaches and upkeeps both spells, they charge in. Somehow, two of the Winterguard survive, but most die and I reposition to engage some of the other unit.

On the home front, the two Wyrds next to Loki's Marauder mostly kill it. Loki moves to the space between them, warps for no CRA's, and kills the mostly dead one before dinging up the second one.

Two big Reeve CRA's (they pop their mini feat) and a Wyrd nearly finish it, and the Moonhound walks up and puts him down.

Tanith moves up and out of killbox, pops her feat and channels Affliction onto the remaining Marauder.

She camps two, and the last unit of Reeves activate.

They move up, kill all six remaining rockets, and put 16 individual shots into the Marauder for 16 damage. That alone took nearly three minutes to roll out >< The Reeves on the right also pop their mini-feat. Lots of DEF 17 models.


Khador turn 2:

My opponent decides he needs to assassinate or lose here. He allocates two to his Juggernaut.

I'm a little curious as to how he is planning on making this work, since I have Admonition on Tanith (see the token on he picture above?), and then I remember that the Field Gun knocks down.

Then I also remember that it can only move four inches and I am pretty sure I am still safe.

My opponent has Vlad cast Signs and Portents. His right side Winterguard all CRA the Reeve in the way of his Juggernaut.

He moves up his other unit and take a pot shot at another Reeve, which I Shield Guard with Loki.

His Field Gun is indeed out of range, and he shoots at my Argus, missing.

At this point, I move the Admonition token and the Fury in front of Tanith to be sure it is visible.

My opponent activates his Marauder and kills a couple Reeves.

His right hand Juggernaut kills a couple more.

"Hey would you mind moving that token for me so I can put the Juggernaut in front of Tanith please?" (Side Note - he asked me to put this in the battle report, I would not do it to be mean, Adam and I are good buds)

I move the Admonition token out of the way for his Juggernaut to move up.

"Trigger Admonition, scoot three inches to the right".

The deflated Juggernaut kills a bunch of Reeves and the Woldwyrd.


Circle turn 3:

The Fury is pulled, the spells are upkept.

The Argus moves up and kills a Rifleman.

Loki warps Strength, rolls pretty hot, and kills the Juggernaut without assistance (I was counting on a couple of big CRAs to finish him off).

The right hand Reeves and the Wyrd kill the Marauder with a bunch more individual shots.

The other Wyrd kills a pair of Riflemen.

The left unit of Reeves kills off most of the remaining Riflemen.

The two living Winterguard from the Ambush annoyingly tie up half the unit of Wolves, but there are enough to charge over and kill the Field Gun and engage the Mortar.

Tanith moves up to the flag and re-casts Admonition.

I get one point.


Score 1-0
Advantage Circle

Khador turn 3:

The two remaining Winterguard run to contest. Joe kills a Wolf.

The Juggernaut kills the Argus and a Reeve, and then Vlad casts Blood of Kings on himself and charges Loki. He misses his charge attack and camps his three.


Score 1-0 
Advantage Circle
Circle turn 4:

I upkeep Scything Touch and Admonition.

First tie breaker is Wins, Second is Control Points, so even though I think Vlad is dead here, I decide to mop up the flags a bit.

Wolves kill Joe and Mortars and one Winterguard.

Wyrds kill the other Winterguard.

The right unit of Reeves run to form a lovely flower shaped clump around the flag.

Loki warps Strength and Headbutts Vlad, needing a boosted 11 to hit. He connects. His last two attacks barely scratch Vlad's paint.

Tanith activates, casts Affliction on Vlad, and my opponent concedes, scoring me three more control points for my team.


Victory for the Druids!

Post-Game Thoughts:

With my opponent remembering Admonition, this game gets much worse as I believe Loki just dies. I still think I can kill off two more heavies the next turn by upkeeping and then recasting Affliction, but without the heavy beast there it gets much harder.

The Reeves having Hunter made a BIG difference this game, as I was able to snipe out the rockets from the trench without worrying too much about it. 7s to hit and 6s to kill isn't too bad when you get to take 44 shots a turn.

Another interesting point - I had forgotten how strong a bunch of infantry can be on attrition. When your opponent gets down to lower and lower numbers of attacks, he just cannot kill enough fast enough to get ahead on Scenario. This was one of the main tenants of Mark 2, and it is something I had forgotten.

My team had done well, having had Fyanna take down Issyria, Vlad 2 scenario out Iron Mother, and Ragnor sadly killboxing himself against Haley 2, for a round 1 score of 3 wins and 12 control points, with about 300 army points (122 from my game).

I lost two 40 mm bases and 8 30 mm bases this game, as well as winning it for a grand total of 120 reps of push ups and sit ups for Warmachine Fight Club. Ouch.

On to round two!