Sunday, August 3, 2014

Ropecon Steamroller 35 - Morvahna the Dawnshadow

So, this is the second part of my 35 point Steamroller tournament at Ropecon.

This has both games I played with Morvahna the Dawnshadow, and her list was:

Morvahna the Dawnshadow
- Pureblood Warpwolf
- Gnarlhorn Satyr
- Gorax

Maximum unit of Tharn Ravagers + Shaman + Chieftain
Shifting Stones + Stone Keeper
Gallows Grove
Blackclad Wayfarer

With a list like that I hoped I wouldn't clock myself out that easily.

First game was against Protectorate of Menoth. Heck, next one was, too.

Opponent had a list something like this:

High Exemplar Kreoss
- 2x Reckoner

Maximum unit of Holy Zealots + Monolith Bearer
Minimum unit of Deliverers
Rhoven & Bodyguards
Maximum unit of Choir of Menoth
2x Vassal of Menoth

If I'm reading the picture right, Circle got to start the game. Holy Zealots are under the effect of Greater Destiny.

Because there was a forest quite close there in the middle, I felt confident enough to push aggressively despite of the threat Kreoss' feat has. Circle's second turn starts with a charge from Ravagers. They try to tie up Zealots - after all Ravagers just might survive in melee against non-charging Zealots. One Ravager even gets to tease Deliverers, and Shaman assaults Kreoss. And hits. And deals five-six points damage in or so. Toten staff really overperformed there.

Pureblood Warpwolf stayed on watch at the left side, and everything else parks behind the forest hoping for mercy.

Kreoss didn't use his feat yet, which meant a nightmare for me the turn after mine. An annoying meat wall of infantry formed in-between Ravagers and Reckoners. Vassals were dealing out ancillary attacks and Enliven, so the heavy warjacks were out of my reach in every way possible. Luckily though damage done wasn't too bad overall. Pureblood was shot by Reckoners, I think, but it didn't go down. Three Ravagers were the only actual losses.

Since scenario had killbox, either Morvahna would back off now and give control points to Kreoss, or get knocked down next turn. I decide to go in for an assassination. I don't remember how much Kreoss was camping focus, if any, but with Morvahna's re-rolls I would most probably get in a POW 14 spray from Pureblood Warpwolf. And it did, but I no longer remember the damage done.

Gnarlhorn turns into a lumberjack and kills off Gallows Grove.

Morvahna charges objective, uses her feat to place Gallows Grove on Kreoss' back arc. First boosted Sunder Spirit kills Kreoss, but after the game we noticed that Morvahna couldn't have claimed back strike bonus - after all, the point of origin of spell hadn't been in the back arc of Kreoss from the beginning of Morvahna's activation.

Nobody could remember the actual hit roll, but it wasn't a near miss situation. As the attack would have most probably have hit anyway, I won't have a guilty conscience over this - but it does take away some of the enjoyment from victory.

Game 2:

Next time I picked Morvahna was versus Protectorate of Menoth again. And it was the right choice, really, as opponent picked Grand Exemplar Kreoss. I have really bad experiences from Grand Exemplar Kreoss against Kaya the Wildborne.

List was something like:

Grand Exemplar Kreoss
- Fire of Salvation
- Avatar of Menoth

Maximum unit of Exemplar Bastions
Minimum unit of Exemplar Errants + Unit Attachment
Minimum unit of Choir of Menoth
Covenant of Menoth

Circle got to start the game, and scenario was Balance of Power. First picture must be from the end of Circle's second turn.

Exemplar Errants had Sacrosanct on them. Thanks to Sacrosanct and Self Sacrifice Ravagers were pretty much useless against them when it came to either healing Morvahna with Carnivore, or killing more than one model per turn.

Well, two charging Ravagers destroyed Movement from Fire of Salvation.

Next turn all but one Ravager die to all the weapon master infantry Protectorate has. Avatar of Menoth steps in to the scenario zone, as well as one Bastion. The Avatar was the hardest part here, but otherwise situation didn't look too bad. I could probably start to score for scenario.

Apparently it seems that this is last picture from the entire game. Oh well. Now there's a good chance I'll forget things.

I think Gorax used Primal on Pureblood Warpwolf, who then went to beat Avatar. Gnarlhorn Satyr killed the one Bastion who was contesting the zone, and I believe that Morvahna herself went and finished Avatar (I may remember this one wrong, but I remember I was at least thinking it during game), used her feat to bring back all the Ravagers to block Protectorate yet again, and then she used light cavalry movement to back off a little, but still dominating the area.

Oh, it might have been a charging blackclad wayfarer who wrecked Avatar! I promised a promotion to that guy.

Pureblood Warpwolf died to Fire of Salvation and some Bastions. Gnarlhorn Satyr survived, thanks to the Tharn Ravager screen. I don't remember who or what came to contest the zone, probably some Bastions were able to sneak their toe into scenario zone. Perhaps even Fire of Salvation? If it has speed 5, then maybe.

Gnarlhorn at least unleashed its full fury on Bastions, and if there were any Ravagers left they probably stalled Exemplar Errants. But it's useless for me to make vague guesses - the most important thing here was dominating the zone for second turn. Circle was at 4 points.

Next turn Kreoss uses his feat, and I believe all but Gorax and Shifting Stones died, though there weren't too many models standing at the opposing side either. Nothing could reach Morvahna, who was just within the zone, in the south-east corner.

Next turn all Morvahna had to do was to mop up any and all contesting Choir members. This was the last game for the steamroller tournament, as well as for Ropecon.

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