Xerxis 2 (Imperial Warhost) vs. Rehara (Slaughter Fleet Raiders) - Warmachine and Hordes Skorne Battle Report

Time for more Xerxis action, this time against a Rehara list that I think has some potential for further testing.

I won the very critical roll off and opted to go first. Since this is also going in the CID forums, no sweet cinematic opening, but if you want to check that out you can here.

Rahera, Terror of the Wailing Sea [+28]
- Kharybdis [17]
- Slayer [10]
- Stalker [8]
- Stalker [8]
- Satyxis Blood Priestess [0(4)]

Axiara Wraithblade [0(6)]

Blighted Trollkin Marauders (max) [15]
- Jussika Bloodtongue [0(5)]
Blighted Trollkin Marauders (max) [15]
Bloodgorgers (max) [15]
Bloodgorgers (max) [15]

Xerxis 2
- Agonizer (free)
- Agonizer (free)
- Archidon
- Basilisk Krea (free)
- Desert Hydra
- Titan Gladiator

Siege Animantarax
Siege Animantarax

Feralgeist

Paingiver Beast Handlers (max)

Skorne turn 1:

I actually cannot run my army as fast as they can everywhere, since that will let him charge the Hydra with Kharybdis. Even so, the Turtles are just outside of charge range and threatening his deployment turn one, and the Hydra can spray down basically anything that moves and even things that don’t move next turn.

Xerxis tramples up and puts Rapport on the Hydra in case he needs to start biting nasty fire trolls.

Cryx turn 1:

He doesn’t have many good options. I can charge INTO his deployment zone with all three huge bases.

We talk about it a bit, and decide that the way he wins this game is by getting a Manifest Destiny Kharybdis into my Hydra under Gang Fighter, so he opts to swarm me with Trolls and protect Kharybdis from getting charged by the Hydra next turn.

On the right, he puts a few Bloodgorgers in my face and hangs back a little bit with the rest.

Rehara puts up Escort and hides behind the house so that the Hydra cannot spray her.

Skorne turn 2:

It’s definitely time to Feat. Xerxis walks through the burning forest and FEATS. He kills two trolls with his initials and then puts a boosted Stranglehold into Kharybdis which locks him down for a round. Xerxis sprints back behind the forest.

I check and see, and he can get both Stalkers into me next turn likely, so I block landing spots with the Gladiator and the Archidon.

The left turtle clears off the last Troll in front of it with an Independent Attack and then charges into the mass of Trolls, killing 3-4.

The Hydra walks up, stays just out of 2 on the Marauders and unleashes 5 sprays into everything, killing or corroding every Troll in range bar 1.

The other Turtle charges in and kills a few more Trolls and then repositions up to use his buddies bulk to block landing spots.

Agonizers scream for -2 Strength, and the turn passes over.

Cryx turn 2:

Rehara allocates a few, FEATS, and then charges the Agonizer on the right. She kills it, blood boons Rough Seas, and sprints back to the building.

The Slayer walks up and nearly kills the Animantarax next to it, and it gets finished off by charging Trolls. The same charging trolls and a Stalker drop 20 boxes off the other Turtle.

The Hydra takes 5 charges, but at dice off 9 these aren’t particularly effective, and even a couple of spikes only end up taking 15 boxes off the Gargantuan.

A Stalker contests the left zone.

Skorne turn 3:

The Hydra clears itself off, snacking a bunch and then Regenerating.

Xerxis puts Rush on the Gladiator after he walks up and kills a couple of Trolls, and he finishes off by Sprinting back. The Gladiator gets Enraged and Prodded and handily murders the Slayer. The Archidon kills another Troll and Sprints to engage Kharybdis.

The Turtle, now MAT 4 RAT 4 against all of his targets, kills only a pair of Trolls with boosted club tails.

Cryx turn 3:

Axiara and the left Stalker kill off the Archidon, and Kharybdis walks up and drops the Hydra to 15 health. The Turtle survives a variety of attacks on 8 health, and Rehara tries to stay safe from Xerxis.

I score a point because the Stalker walked away from the zone.

Score: 1 - 0
Advantage Skorne

Skorne turn 4:

The Agonizer frenzies, the Gladiator does not, and the objective heals the Hydra for three.

The Hydra starts things off and murders Kharybdis. The Gladiator kills off the Stalker, and then the Turtle hits a bunch of hard 8s in a row to kill every single remaining Troll before Xerxis can even activate.

At this point JP concedes since there isn’t much else to do and Xerxis is safe as houses.

Victory for the Skorne!

Post-Game Thoughts:

I’m not really sure how good of a test this is for Rehara. The only relevant thing she did this game that a regular SFR caster wouldn’t be able to do is easily kill an Agonizer and use Manifest Destiny to make her Slayer do pretty absurd amounts of damage to the Animantarax. I would like to play this matchup again with Cryx going first before passing judgement on it.

That being said, despite rapidly getting ahead with a massive alpha, the Cryx side was almost able to claw its way back to a scenario game, which is pretty impressive considering the amount of models lost on the initial strike.

If I had to rate her, I would put Rehara as Yellow-Green. Manifest Destiny is great, Escort kept things able to walk instead of charge, and her personal output is still pretty good for what she wants to do.

Thanks for reading!