Got in another 35pt throwdown game recently. I decided to take Mags and his Steelhead entourage for a whirl. My opponent said he would brb and promptly started plunking Cryx down on the table...
Oh happy happy joy....I'm fighting Cryx! Wait a min...ahh crud. My track record with Mercs vs the dead dudes is dismal but I will bravely soldier on.
Min Steelhead Halberdiers(SH)
Min Steelhead HeavyCav(SHC)
Max Banethralls (Thralls)
Min Baneknights (Knights)
Min Revenant Crew
Table and Deployment
Standard sized 4x4' table with a hill on the right (just out of the Deployment zone), scrub(difficult terrain) right of center, hill top left (straight across from other hill), building just off left center, and ruins mid top right and mid left.
I won the roll off and deployed, left to right, SHC, SH, Stannis (all in a nice block), Orin and Gorman(both behind building). The rest deployed behind the hill.
Cryx deployed Pistolwraith, both Bane units, Deathchicken, Deathjack, Cannon, Goreshade, RevCrew+Rengrave and Pistolwraith. All pretty much straight across on his deployment line.
Deathjack....never won vs that beast. Definitely priority target#1. The pistolwraiths also had me a bit worried as the only things I had to counter them were Orin and Arcantrix spell from Mags. Plan was to use Gorman as a speedbump and use the hill as my redoubt, launching tons of AoEs...AoEs are good...
Steelheads and Orin would swing wide around the building and flank.
Gorman runs into the scrub as fast as he can. Mule tops the hill. Renegades both run around hill. Herne&Jonne also climb the hill. Magnus casts Snipe on the Mule and moves behind the hill.
Orin skulks behind the building and Steelhead block runs forward to the ruins.
Everything runs or moves forward.
Orin peeks around the corner of the building and electrocutes 4 Thralls. SHs, unable to charge due to the angle of the ruins, run full tilt to interpose themselves between the Thralls and squishy inquisitor.
SHC and Stannis swing wide around the ruins and drop 2 Knights with potshots.
Gorman manages to land a BlackOil bomb that catches both the Deathjack and Chicken.
Jonne blast all of the RevCrew except one...sigh...
Mule takes aim and blows a huge hole in the Deathjack and blast damages the chicken. No crits though...in fact it did not crit the entire game despite boosting every hit roll...oh well lol.
Renegades move towards the Scrub and Magnus lounges in the shade of the hill.
Both jacks decide to forfeit action and move into the Scrub.
Thralls charge the SHs and, in an amazing display of ineptitude, manage to kill 1...man I love Set Defense.
Knights charge the SHC but only manage to get into range of 1 and proceed to pound him into the ground.
LeftPW tries blasting another SHC but misses with both shots.
RevCrew comes back and they all shuffle forwards along with RightPW.
Cannon aims at a Renegade but misses.
Goreshade puts Stealth on the Deathjack.
Gorman again does his thing and BlackOils the Deathjack.
Jonne again lines up on the RevCrew and this time takes them all down.
Mule then lands a shell on Rengraves head....the undead captain is now dead...D-E-D ded....
SH's team up in 2 man CMAs and take down 3 more Thralls.
Stannis finshes off the rest with a combination of ride-by and charge.
SHC make a mess of the Knights with Assault and rideby. 2 survive.
Orin tries to zap the PW but whiffs the dmg then manages to arc into both the Knights and whomps them both.
LeftPW aims and kills a SHC leaving just the Sgt.
Chicken moves towardsGorman and stops just inside 5"...
Goreshade feats, bringing back the Thralls(its just a min squad right) and then arcs some nastiness through the Chicken that kills the poor brave Alchemist.
Thralls run towards the SH and Deathjack lumbers around the Scrub behind them.
Cannon hits a Renegade and does some minor damage.
RightPW kills Jonne
SHs move around the building and prepare for the Thrall charge.
Orin zaps the PW and kills it.
Remaining SHC and Stannis move up behind the SHs. Stannis manages to pop a Thrall with his Handcannon.
Magnus then arcs Arcantrix through the Renegade and pops RightPW
Renegade tries to get both the Deathjack and Chicken with a rocket but scatters and only manages to hit the Chicken. At least it gets knocked down.
Mule then reduces the Chicken to a wreck.
Thralls charge the Renegade and completely destroy it. Did not anticipate that...at least it got its Rocket shot off.
Deathjack then walks..yes walks into the SHs and proceeds to kill them all....Holy Jeebus that hurt! And to top it off he also heals almost all his dmg....sigh.
Cannon shoots the other Renegade and does some dmg.
Goreshade throws Stealth on the Deathjack and moves away from the SHC and Stannis.
Ok, things have kinda swung from a sure thing to Uh-oh. Need to salvage this somehow and I see the golden oppurtunity.
Gorshade, in an effort to keep himself safe from getting pasted in melee, has left himself all alone and vulnerable just in front of the hill.
Renegade activates first and moves up then lands a boosted Rocket on the dead Elfs head. The the Mule strides forward, still with Snipe on (Gotta love Resourceful ) and finishes it with a boosted boom.
Victory to Magnus!!!
Post Game Wrapup
Running a Mule with Mags is a new thing and, actually, the first time I tried it...and wow was he brutal .
With the exception of the 4th turn hiccup everything went exactly according to plan. My Steelheads wiped his scary WeaponsMasters and the Hill of Barrage Doom made sure that the left flank was an absolute killing ground.
Orin did wonders tallying 4 BaneThralls, 2 BaneKnights and a PistolWraith. Gorman, as always, did his thing and died heroicly, as always.
I pretty much neutered the Deathjack for the entire game. I figured he would actually charge the Renegade with it and use the Thralls to kill my Steelheads but I guess he learned from the first spanking he got from them.
That's it for this game. Ty for reading! Will probably have another one or two up this weekend.
Have there ever been any Battle Blogs on these forums? I used to have a Blog following the exploits of my Beastmen in WHFantasy. It included Pics of paintjobs, conversions and characters. I'm not big on making my own Blog SIte and adding links but wondering if there's interest if I started one up on these forums.