Well, its been a long week what with work heating up and lots of stuff to do over christmas family wise, but there has been some great parts as well.
Went in to Heroes for Sale, with a $100 note from work to pick up Beast 09, and try and convince the owner to give him to me for $100 instead of $134. Walk in -> Big sign says "50% off all Warmachine!" WOOHOOOO!!
So, i came out 10 minutes later with no $100 note, but i did have Beast 09 and a unit of Circle Druids. So I was happy about that for sure!
For Christmas I got my friend Raymond a Legion boxset to start himself off - Damn Legion players :P Its all the scantily clad ninjas and dragons that attract people. So I told him about the sale as well, and he picked up 2 Shredders, a Strider Deathstalker and a box of Swordsmen. Boosting him to around 500 points.
Had two games over this week as well, one against Raymonds Legion playing as Emma's Circle army, it was supposed to be boxset vs boxset, but i swapped out the Warpy for a Woldwarden. We didnt quite get to finish it, but it was interesting being my first game playing a Hordes army!
Emma had a game against Raymond before this, and she won through a clever Spirit Door that raymond hadnt been told about before hand, but hey, better he learns about this now than later!!
On Sunday Emma and I played a 500 point game between us, she took Warbeast heavy with 2 Argii, Warpy, Woldwarden, Woldwyrd and a Gorax with Kaya. I decided to demonstrate Infantrymachine and took a unit of 8 Winterguard with UA and Kovnik Joe, as well as 2 Units of Greylords, a full unit of mechaniks and a Mortar (which deviated badly during the game and killed all my mechaniks.... lol.) Also had a Spriggan for heavy support, and took Kommandant Irusk for a spin as well.
I did win the game, but almost my entire army had been destroyed. Spriggan + Superiority was great, i only used Inhospitable Ground once, and basically killed everything with a combination Spray attacks from the Greylords and the Spriggan. I only had one unit of Greylords left, Irusk, the mortar and one other Greylord left over.
Irusk is good, but lacks offensive capability. Iron Flesh is awesome, so is Superiority, i forgot to use my feat the whole game as well :S Winterguard again underperformed, but are good as throwaway troops. Having a large unit of Tough yet weak troopers is handy to suck up damage that would otherwise be aimed at my important models such as the Greylords. Greylords are just awesome, i forget how strong POW12 sprays are, very effective and a high RAT to boot! Mortar was full of hilarity, doing about 2 damage to Emma's beasts and wiping out a unit of Mechaniks on my own side.
Had a great game against John's Menoth and Henk's Everblight on sunday, Stephen and his Skorne was my partner for this epic battle.
Saeryn + Kreoss versus Vladimir + Makeda.
Was an interesting battle, came very close for awhile with Legion and Skorne having a massive scrap in the middle of the field. Saeryn died from Drago chopping her to pieces after putting herself into a vulnerable position. Kreoss was the last to go, with Drago again shredding him like confetti.
Makeda very nearly died about 3 or 4 times, only luckily being able to transfer enough to survive, and some dodgy dice rolling by Henk. (His seraph missed her twice, once rolling 8 needing 9, and once rolling a double one when she was knocked down!) Then John's Devout almost killed her, hitting her multiple times with its Halberd and failing to kill her when she had 2 or 3 health left.
Vlad did well, was practically unstoppable in combat with barely anything even bothering to penetrate his 18 defence. Vlad personally killed a Nephilim Soldier and a Devout, while keeping Signs and Portents up nearly the entire time as well.
The Behemoth was a force to be reckoned with, Bombarding everything in sight and generally scaring everything away. He hardly got shot at, and took no damage the whole game.
Behemoth and Vladimir hanging out, killing stuff.
The Mortar I took along spent a lot of time firing away with Signs and Portents - and not hitting the side of a barn. Still, its always fun to shoot a 20" AOE 4 bomb every round. Plus, they make it look good!
The relatively hopeless, but fun and cool-looking Mortar.
Aiyanna and Holt, my favourite Mercenary team, did not do much in this battle, but looked cool doing it. First, they were able to make the Mortar move and fire, giving it 24" range for that turn, then they tried to take out Eiryss, the elven sniper-assassin. Eiryss had already killed two of my Widowmakers, and was going to try and kill the rest and get a shot on Vlad or the Mortar. A+H were a great option to kill her. Holt managed to shoot a couple of Blighted Archers, dropping some of the team that was encroaching on my left flank (those buggers killed a Greylord, screwing with my Ice Cage tactic) and then Holt advanced while Invisible and shot at Eiryss, doing no damage. After another cowardly sniper shot killing another Widowmaker, A+H charged into combat with Eiryss and Holt killed her with one shot. Excellent work!
Aiyanna and Holt looking pimping next to Eiryss's corpse. (not pictured)
Done a bit more painting, finished off a few models that were ALMOST done this weekend, both my Manhunters (one of them being the Manhuntress) Holt was finished off today as well, as well as basing on a few Winterguard, Kovnik Joe, Gudrun and the Ogrun Bokur (not excellently done though, i will need to redo them a bit.)
Also finished eVlad, which I am very happy with, I will put pic's of him up later on to show off :)
In other news, had a game vs. Henk the other day, pSorcha vs. Rhyas. Spent the first 2 turns dancing around, then popped my feat and froze Rhyas solid and proceeded to wail upon her. 3 Fury on her meant a lot of transferring, so every hit had to count. Had 2 Destroyers bombard her, 4 Widowmakers sniper her (rolling for damage) and then 2 Mortars fire on her, both missing (GRARRR) until finally Holt walked up and shot her with his pistols, killing her.
Sorcha WOOSH tactic successful!! I will bring this list to the games we will be playing this arvo, Henk, John, Stephen and I. Also bringing eVlad, in case I get a 750 point battle.
Just getting in from Vagabond, the Unit box of Assassins and eEiryss. Also managed to pick up the Underboss from Heroes today. So thats good, gets me everything except Alten Ashley and a further 4 more Assassins. Hopefully Vag's is good for deliveries, and I get it early next week!!
1000 point games are too big. Hopefully I have learnt this lesson now :)
Was not an incredibly satisfying game, felt rather rushed, and made a few mistakes, ended up being no caster kills at all, with 12 VP's of kills to me and 7 VP's of kills to John.
My biggest mistake: Thinking Drago could Run Riot, move + attack for free. Turns out he can only move for free. /facepalm.
Apart from that, eVlad is not the ninja pVlad is. He just cant slaughterise a dozen people a round like he used to be able to. Oh well, new strategies must be formed! I also found it hard to keep Manhunters alive long enough to feat them, have to be careful where I place them. Other things to note - Deliverers are a pain in the ass. Deviating all over my Widowmakers grrrr.
One other thing -> pSorcha isnt that impressive in combat. However, I dont think she ended up efficiently using her abilities.
So, 750 games max from now on, until after Masters. I have to practise my 750 eVlad list, so I have a chance of winning some tourny games!
Last night Henk, Richard and I had 2 games total, with one of us spectating each game. First game was Me versus Richard at 350 points, which Richard won, and the second game was Henk versus Richard at 500 points, which Richard also won!
I blame my terrible loss on trying out an entirely new and experimental army, the 701st Iron Rain! Led by Kommandant Irusk, (who I had never used before) and consisting of his personal Kodiak, a unit of Wintergaurd with UA and WA, supported by Kovnik Joe and a Mortar I was playing against Baldur, 2 Woldwyrds, the Druids, Lord of the Feast and Saxon Orrik.
Started off well, with my guys running and bobbing and weaving into positions, mortar fire doing absolutely nothing, and Irusk confusedly trying to get into a good position. Unfortunately for my Kodiak, I had placed him in a forest and Baldur forest-walked into melee range and with his entire army pummeled the Kodiak into mangled metal. (Was close though, only the very last attack killed it!)
Missing again, the mortar did no damage, and the Winterguard moved around and took some potshots at Baldur (who had no fury on him, ripe for the plucking) and failed miserably with a shocking display of dice. Irusk charged him, and was 1/2 an inch out of range!!! His 2 shots with his rifle did manage to take off half Baldurs health, but now I was in range of his whole army. Popped his feat (4+ save everytime I die, including my warcaster) but it wasnt enough and Irusk got the snot beaten out of him.
Lessons learnt: Irusk =/= Vlad. Not good at close combat! Winterguard are not elite troops. Miss often. Kodiaks are cool, but die just as quick as every other Jack. After the Kodiak went down, and 1/3rd of my army with it, I was up the proverbial creek, and as soon as Irusk missed his charge I was definitely screwed. Must remember to position things better!
The second game of the night was Henk vs Richard, geez those two spend a long time thinking about what they are going to do. After a few hours of playing, Baldur charged Saeryn and smacked her in the face. Some cool things happened, like the Lord of the Feast getting 3 Carrion tokens and having 1 life left, Baldur almost dieing the turn before he won, surviving with 2 health left, and the Carnivean frenzying at exactly the wrong time for Henk!
Mental note: Always be careful around forests with Baldur around.
Good times, beers were drunk, small arguments about measurements and wording of spells were had, so all in all a productive night! Next time: Sorcha WOOOSH rush!!