Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Burn the Cheater

This is the last game from last Thursday.

It was a 25 point game against Convergence of Cyriss, and looks like war weariness had starting to take its toll that evening.

My list was:

Krueger the Stormlord
- Feral Warpwolf
- Gnarlhorn Satyr
- Scarsfell Griffon

Shifting Stones + Stone Keeper
Minimum unit of Bog Trog Ambushers
Swamp Gobbers
Sepoh Thalasland, the Blackclad Janitor
Gallows Grove

Anything special about that list?

Well, for starters that's 29 points. Shifting Stones are so overpowered they forcibly teleport to your army even if you don't include them in your list, and bloodthirsty gobbers just wouldn't miss any chance to wreak havoc and mayhem upon Iron Kingdoms. That's pretty amazing mess up, which probably was caused by having mainstay models from three different lists scattered all around the board.

Luckily I don't have to feel bad about this, as we'll see later.

I was against:

Father Lucant
- Inverter
- Corollary

Maximum unit of Medium Base Infantry (shield wall)
Minimum unit of Medium Base Infantry (two initial attacks)
Attunement Servitors
Steelsoul Protector

So... kind of funny match-up, that is. Opponent had absolutely zero ranged attacks, so I kind of didn't really have any use for Stormwall. But on the other hand Lucant could just cross out the most whined spell out of his spell list: Purification, since I had zero upkeep spells and no animi that still had effect during opponents turn.

Scenario was Outflank, and Circle started. I was pretty horrified about Lucant's feat that gave his battlegroup +4 ARM. First picture is from the end of Convergence turn 1, so answer was simple: launch Feral Warpwolf at the heavy vector.

Things worked pretty fine, except that... well... Feral Warpwolf who warped for Strength couldn't take down the Inverter. It was left with just a few boxes, so Krueger attempted to come and shoot it down. Deceleration that had been cast by Lucant caused all three attacks to fail miserably. Krueger used feat next, and pushed everyone except the shield wall medium infantry on the left.

Then it's Convergence turn 2, and Father Lucant replies with feat of his own, where I learn that in matter of fact the feat works on every friendly faction model. Suddenly it looked like winning with scenario was my only option here. I didn't gain easy control points that turn yet, as two from the other medium base unit got to contest the zone.

Inverter takes swings at Feral Warpwolf, but at least it does as poor job as the wolf itself in killing large base targets. Feral Warpwolf survived, only to be killed by charging medium base infantry.

Turn 3 I bring Bog Trogs on the board, who charge and run to the zone on the left. If I remember right they dealt one point of damage. I decide to start scoring points this turn, but there was two arm 20 or something like that targets contesting zone. Gnarlhorn Satyr kills one of them, and Krueger casts Telekinesis on the other. So Circle was at 2 control points.

Krueger also tried desperately to score those few damage points in to Inverter, but first shot was taken in by Steelsoul Protector. Deceleration and feat also meant that Krueger needed really high damage rolls which never came.

Started to look like Game Over. Convergence turn 3 Inverter with Positive Charge charges Gnarlhorn Satyr and beats it into a pulp. Steelsoul and the minimum medium base unit also come to join the party at right zone, and Bog Trogs turn into sushi on the left.

Turn 4 I see no reason to hold anything back, so Krueger personally goes to wreck Inverter and one of the medium based ones. He forgets to heal (Krueger forgot! Not me!) Spirit branch from Scarsfell Griffon, so it was unable to do anything meaningful.

Blackclad Wayfarer runs away to safety. After all I didn't want my Hero to suffer injuries, though the game was all but lost.

Illegal Shifting Stones surround Steelsoul.

Then it's Convergence, who proceed to destroy the remains of dignity of the cheating druids. But for some reason Krueger wasn't attacked just yet, and Father Lucant even comes to hang around right next to Krueger. What is this? There is only one thing left to do!

Slit my wrists! Cut to full Fury!

Father Lucant wasn't very impressed about Krueger's obscene behavior. Damage rolls weren't too bad in itself, but Lucant was camping Focus and has 21 damage boxes.

Next Lucant personally skewers Krueger, and it's a victory for Convergence of Cyriss.

Even more respect for the opponent for playing four points short, and winning. This was the best result, really. Winning with such a grand mistake takes away all enjoyment from winning, but I believe it adds pleasure if you manage to win with a handicap.

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