Game 1 - Circle Orboros. Tom from the NJ SOBs was extremely gentlemanly and leant me models for a three list Masters tournament that ran this weekend at The Only Game in Town, New Jersey. Normally I like to play mostly painted, but since I was borrowing models with mixed schemes, I figured I'd take the opportunity to play some net lists. I brought Nigel Brooks' Strakhov list with Torch and Malakov and Jamie Perkins' pSorscha list with Behemoth. I also wanted to play Old Witch, but couldn't find a net list that didn't use the characters I was already taking. The tournament was starting, War Room crashed, so I write something down, I hand my list in, and this is it.
* Black Ivan
Greygore Boomhowler & Co Max
Kayazy Assassins Max
My first round opponent is Becky. She was super friendly. In fact, I met her the previous Thursday and she'd offered to give up her place on a table so I could play. She confided that it was her first tournament, so I decided it'd be best for both of us if I play the Old Witch.
Becky brought epic Morvahna with two Warpwolf Stalkers, Kromac with Ghetorix, a Warpwolf Stalker, a Feral Warpwolf and a Gorax, and epic Krueger with Megalith and two Warpwolf Stalkers. She decides to play the werewolf. Kromac has poor defensive stats as a human, but he can Beast Out to become 15/17 when damaged. His main spell is Inviolable Resolve which grants +2 ARM (and Fearless). He also has Warpath for awesome movement shenanigans for the battlegroup.
* Warpwolf Stalker
* Feral Warpwolf
+ Stone Keeper
Druid Stoneward & Woldstalkers
Gobber Bellows Crew
The first round is Incursion (three flags). Becky kindly suggests that the green mound is a forest, while the brown pile is a hill. There are also two linear obstacles on each side. I win the roll and choose to go first. Becky takes the side with the hill. Woohoo! Old Witch LOVES having a forest. There is no Kill Box.
Old Witch and her battlegroup hide behind the forest. The Boomhowlers sit in the middle, with the Kayazy on the left. I remember to leave a gap between the trolls so that Scrapjack can see the Kayazy.
Becky places her Bloodweavers across from the Kayazy, the Woldstalkers centrally and the heavies opposite Old Witch.
T1a. Old Witch gives focus to her heavies, puts Iron Flesh on the Kayazy and Weald Secrets on Spriggan. Everything else runs, apart from Harlan Versh who forgets to activate.
T1b. Kromac puts Inviolable Resolve on Ghetorix and Warpath on himself. Everything else runs up. The left flag goes away (at the end of my next turn)!
T2a. Black Ivan gets focus. He tries to kill a stone from the right hand unit. Stealth from the Stonekeeper causes it to take only blast damage, which does nothing, even boosted. The Bloodweavers have an ability that allows them to remove upkeeps when they hit. I don't like the idea of losing Iron Flesh from my super sneaky assassins, so Boomhowler & Co. swap places with them. Old Witch hates the idea of getting stoned by Ghetorix, so stays way in the back at the heel of the forest.
T2b. Kromac fires a Rift at the Boomhowlers, killing the target. The Bloodweavers charge the Boomhowlers, killing a couple, but leaving the troll himself alive. One Bloodweaver charges a Kayazy, and another runs to engage, but needs 13s to hit. In retrospect, the running Bloodweaver should have been looking to engage to at least make it 11s. So the Kayazy get to stay annoying! The Woldstalkers shoot at the Kayazy, but don't get any hits.