2x Kayazy Eliminators
1x Great Bears
1x Greylord Ternions
1x Max Uhlans
1x MOW Drakhuun
We both played High threat range casters and we knew what our respective charge ranges were. So we played the "You draw" ... "No you Draw" kind of thing. I ended up letting him have the Alpha relying on my various high armors and high defenses to save me.
He got a charge off with all 5 Uhlans and the Drakhuun as well as Yuri. He ended up doing about 20 points of damage to both Drago and the Spriggan the Drakhuun was able to kill a Greylord. This was his feat turn and we were expecting him to get the super crazy 11" retreat zone for 3Vlad. We both realized at the end of it that Uhlans under feat have a rather serious flaw. (more on this later) His Drakhuun got his 8 inch sprint into my backfield. His feat turn was dissapointing and all 5 Uhlans and Yuri were sitting right in front of me. I don't have to go into how HOF works on Greatbears or how well Eliminators synergize with Evlad but all 5 Uhlans, Yuri, and the manhunter died and I was able to engage the Drakhuun who was sitting deep in my field with a pair of Eliminators.
The battle was fairly well decided at this point. I had feated Eliminators squaring off against juggy/ markov and Drago.
The only other thing of note left in the game was a failed assasination attempt by 3vlad and Drago's charge under Infernal machine. (Infernal machine is fantastic and a mat 9 speed 6 Drago is to be feared).
3vlad HOFed himself and needed to clear a pair of Eliminators to get to Evlad... he wasn't able to manage it. Evlad managed to table his opposite with a significant chunk of points remaining which leads into some of my analysis of why this happened.
We were both used to how Uhlans work under Evlad. They are mat 9/11 with P+S 19 lances and impact attacks with HOF they are monstrous. Even with HOF up on his Uhlans and a beauty of a charge they weren't able to put my heavies in the dirt.... This was mostly because I was also able to prohibit impact attacks but all things told even if one of his Uhlans had been able to trigger sprint it would not have changed the game remarkably.
If you are counting on Sprint to Save your Uhlans for consecutive charges you need to target Infantry. Mat 6 even with HOF up is not particularly conducive to killing High Defense infantry and their one pow 16 lance isn't going to do terribly much to heavy jacks/beasts. I actually think Evlad is still a better Uhlan caster than 3Vlad. Having them stuck in at Def 16 / Arm 22 after having delivered a Juggernaut quality blow that can hit anything it pleases at range is nothing to sneeze at. Min units were decided upon as the better solution if you did want to run Uhlans because you need to maximize maneuverability.
Cavalry under feat NEEDS to kill what it charges in order to not be completely screwed during their opponents activation. a 2 inch Sidestep away or to the side or wherever else you can imagine is not enough to get away from most any dedicated Melee line. The Drakhuun killed what it charged it sprinted away and was able to eventually help mangle my Drago... he performed admirably even in adverse conditions proving that if used properly Lvlad's feat can be effective.
Without his Predecessor's survival mechanisms Lvlad is significantly squishier.This means you are going to have to be far choosier about where to employ him while also feeling like he needs to be more aggressive to make attrition work in his favor since he lacks the support tools that Pvlad and Evlad use to do it from further away. I am far less intimidated by 20-22 Arm than I am by 18-19 defense.
It may not be Superiority but Infernal machine is still drool inducing particularly under Evlad who has never had that kind of blatantly superior jack support before. It might have been a little overkill on Drago but Any of our Non-character jacks or hell even a Character one would still appreciate it and it would allow him to run 2 jacks somewhat more efficiently. We both agreed that his Jacks need to be involved in the feat turn. They make the best use out of it and they have better odds of wasting whatever they were going for. Which leads to a point that his feat turn does not require Battlegroup status. Jackmarshaling a second or third jack to get some more oomph may be interesting but this theory needs testing.
We had him proxy Fenris in his next game and the interaction was remarkably satisfying. All of the Solos were far more reliable for him than the Uhlans were, so a Dream team of Drakhuun/Fenris/Markov doing a little dance of death with Jack/Infantry support should wind up being more satisfying than the Uhlan approach.
Which leads me to my primary complaint... the Legendairy horselord with a feat entitled "Charge of the Horse Lords" Doesn't really appreciate my favorite unit in the book... namely the one on horses. I wanted desperately for this to be the case... I do think he is a good caster and perhaps Evlad is just going to be a bit of a tough matchup for him but we shall see.