Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Battle Report: pStryker vs Witch Coven

Oh dice how I sometimes hate thee.

My list: pStryker, 2 Stormwalls, Squire, Journeyman, Strangeways, 2 Stormcallers, Storm Strider, with the Fuel Cache Objective.

My opponent fielded: Witch Coven, Kraken, 2 Nightwretches, Skarlock, 2 Pistol Wraiths, 2 Warwitches, Withershadow, Necrotech, 4 Scrap Thralls, Wraith Engine, with the Effigy of Valor Objective.

We played the SR2015 Incoming scenario. I won the dice roll and opted to choose sides and thus went second. This afforded me some good terrain options, but resulted in me being jammed pretty hard for the scenario. To be fair to, my opponent had been taunting me about a list similar to this in order to specifically counter my "double Stormwall technology". The battle was brutal for me with Death Chills and Stygian Abysses and the Coven's feat immobilizing a big chunk of my army for my second turn, which is what the photo shows. In the end I lost this game but more because I rolled poorly on two assassination situations. The first was on my second turn where I managed to drop 2 Stormpods and then get 2 triangulation attempts on one of the Witches. Unfortunately I failed the skill check on the second triangulation otherwise I would have killed one of the Witches then. Later in the game, the whole Coven was standing in my zone to dominate and were B2B with the Egregore so stealthed which made for no direct shooting options. So what did I do? Well fortunately my Storm Strider still had Snipe on it, and although it was Death Chilled, it resultantly had 3 power tokens on it. So what I did was move my Stormwall close enough to drop a Stormpod and clip 1 Witch. Then I fired twice with my Storm Strider at the Stormpod (not damaging it) and the lightning bounces leaped into the Witches. Unfortunately I rolled minimums for both bounces and wasn't able to use all my power tokens and finish them off. On average rolls I would have nuked them all. At that point I straight up lost on scenario.

Lessons learned: Playing against a list heavily skewed against my specific list was frustrating but ultimately made me a better player. Instead of following traditional tactics, I had to get creative with my options. I feel really good about this game despite losing since ultimately it made me a better player. I'm also really boon on this Stormpod/Storm Strider trick now too.

Games this year: 13

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Battle Report: eHaley vs Syntherion

Crazy eHaley double Stormwall time take 2!

My list: eHaley, 2 Stormwall, Lancer, Squire, Jakes, Journeyman, Stormcaller, Tarin. Note that 1 Stormwall was with Jakes and the other with eHaley. Just like last time.

The game: My opponent fielded: Tier 4 Syntherion, Prime Axiom, Corollary, Assimilator, Cipher, Diffuser, Galvanizer, Transfinite Emergence Projector, Algorithmic Dispersion Optifex, 2 Optifex Directives.

We played the SR2015 Outflank scenario. This was our first use of this scenario which I think went pretty well actually. My opponent won the initiative and decided to go first. The photo above is from the start of my second turn. What followed was a real donkey punch to Convergence. Stormwall 1 walked over and destroyed the battle engine, and then Haley made a lateral away and feated. The rest of the game mostly turned into me controlling the left zone. I would have won on scenario sooner if I'd played specifically for that but I dragged out the game a bit by trying to stress test Haley's survivability in a dangerous position. In the end I still won on scenario but not until after losing Haley's Stormwall and Jakes, which left an inert Stormwall hanging out. I missed a prime Time Bomb opportunity as well which would have severely nerfed Synth's feat round.

Lessons learned: Haley with Arcane Shield and full focus camp is a pretty tough nut. I'm still routinely shocked at how easily an Axiom can take out a colossal on Synth's feat round. Some quick rules I learned were that Haley's bonded jack can be allocated 4 focus, and that trample directions aren't limited by the model's facing. And finally, I need to watch more carefully for when to use the right spells with eHaley given how focus starved she is.

Games this year: 12

Sunday, March 01, 2015

From the Desk: Weekend Roundup #76

And BOOM!

Finished eHaley! Finished Darius! This feels like a good week overall. I also got started on my Rangers with some airbrush base coating after having gotten more confident during the eHaley project. That was tempered by spending an hour and a half stripping down and cleaning my airbrush in detail. I was having a lot of problems with clogs. In the end I think I got it well cleaned but time will tell. I also got some paint on eAbby (after priming her) and started painting the unit leader for the Mechanics. Beyond the actual painting desk, I also got the Gobber Tinker assembled which has to be the second most annoying model to assemble in recent memory, after eAbby of course.

My next goal after this Darius tier list is really going to be looking at having 200pts for Unbound, and then after that to be caught up on Legion, but I'm trying to not get ahead of myself.

One last night, I finally finished reading the Exigence fluff. Time to get back to listening to Dogs of War.

Darius Tier List Progress:
  • Darius - completed
  • 3 Halfjacks - completed
  • Stormwall 2 - completed
  • 3 Stormpods - completed
  • 6 Rangers - in progress
  • 6 Mechanics - in progress
  • Storm Tower - completed

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Captain E Dominic Darius and 3 Halfjacks

After finally wrapping up this project I'm actually not sure what more to say. Nothing particularly amazing. The model was a little frustrating only because of the tightness of the arms, but beyond that I'm pretty happy with the net result. I tried to get extra insignias on him due to all the flat surfaces and I also added a couple black plate options just to break things up a little more since all the other warcasters have had a fair amount of black cloth on them. Beyond that, nothing particularly special.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Major Victoria Haley

This was a fast but very fun project. After stripping her once to start over, this second time around I opted to use the airbrush to do the base layers of the cloak. This worked out really well. I did probably 75% of the work this way, and since her cloak is 80% of the model it really sped things up dramatically. It's really a lovely model and I could have done far more if I'd wanted to paint to a higher than tabletop standard. One thing special I did with the cloak was take the shadows all the way to pure black and take the tip highlights all the way to pure white. I really like the resultant effect it creates for the model overall.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Battle Report: eHaley vs eGoreshade

Aw yeah! eHaley and double Stormwalls! So douchy!

My list: eHaley, 2 Stormwall, Lancer, Squire, Jakes, Journeyman, Stormcaller, Tarin. Note that 1 Stormwall was with Jakes and the other with eHaley.

The game: My opponent fielded: eGoreshade, Kraken, Nightwretch, Tartarus, Wrathe, 2 Pistol Wraiths, Bane Thralls (10), Mechanithralls (10), Withershadow Combine

We played the SR2015 Two Fronts scenario and both picked the Fuel Cache objectives. This game was all about imminent threats. The Kraken with Phantom Hunter was a constant danger to eHaley the whole game, but with a hill to stand on and Deceleration up, it kept her at Def 20 against ranged attacks. Similarly Jakes was floating at Def 19 most of the time due to a forest and Deceleration. Attrition-wise I was grinding this game out pretty hard, especially after the feat round where lots of stuff just got shut down. Unfortunately there was a positioning miscalculation on my part and Curse of Shadows allowed the nearly destroyed Kraken to charge through my Stormwall and get to eHaley which pretty much splatted her. *sigh*

Lessons learned: First lesson is to always review the enemy caster's spell card each game. Always. Second, eHaley is totally ball busting, and playing double Stormwalls is crazy. I will say that despite this being a nasty list, it does look really awesome on the table. Despite having no units in my list, I felt like things were pretty well controlled.

Games this year: 11

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Stormwall (take 2)

Finally done! I can't wait to ambush my friends with a double Stormwall list. Rather than cram this post with lots of pictures and jibber jabber, I'm just going to make it short and sweet.