My FLGS (Aero Hobbies) in Santa Monica has a monthly Warmachine/Hordes day and I was able to swing for a while. I met up with Darrin who organizes the thing and we agreed to a 35 point game. I loaded up trusty iBodger, named the list Dr. A 35 points and wrote it up. It was my first time making it out of the (metaphorical) basement and I was pretty stoked. Here is the list I ran:
Dr. Arkadius, 2x warhogs, 2x gunboars, Targ, razorback crew, and a min unit of bonegrinders.
Why yes, now that you mention it, I did forget to change the point size in iBodger from 25 to 35. Wish I would have noticed this before I got home after the game
Facing me across the table was a Merc army led by Ashlynn D’Elyse. This is what I remember:
Ashlynn D’Elyse, a nomad, a gun mage captain jackmarshalling a mariner, Dannon Blythe and Bull, Rheinhold, Rutger Shaw, Taryn di la Rovissi, full Nyss hunters, full gun mages.
I don’t play mercs, so please forgive any errors you see.
They mostly play just straight up caster kill and Darrin decided to start mixing it up so we went with Killbox (the black is the box). Since it is new to everyone there Darrin figured it would be best to have a persistent reminder.
I won the roll to go first and I set up pretty central for the most part but I had a gunboar on each flank. The one on my left was marked as prey and then I used my redeploy thanks to the tier bonus to flip it to the other side.
Dr. A cast aggravator on himself and forced evolution on one of the gunboars. Pretty much everything else ran forward.
In return the mercs were a bit cagier – the gunmage jackmarshal put snipe on his jack giving it 172,000″ range or something like that and then he shot and damaged a warhog and I took the full hyper aggressive movement. The gunmages advanced and shot as well giving the hog one more advance which left him barely in Dr. Arkadius control range. I took a tiny bit more damage but chose to stay where he was.
Here is the one and only pic I remembered to take…
Turn 2 I had an awesome plan to feat but then went and screwed it up with my running warhog in the center who basically hosed the gun boars and his own feat charge. I went ahead and took it anyway and frenzied the wounded hog into the gunmages and unsurprisingly splattered one of them. That was the only one I decided to use the feat on.
After my feat the warhog charged the nomad and started off with a gore which knocked it down. Thanks to some light damage rolls it ended up surviving with a couple of points of movement. The gunboars shot at the nyss and killed a couple with good drifts and also killed both Taryn and Rutger. The gunboars get much hate on the boards, but they are always boss in my games.
As an aside, the look of horror on my opponents face the first time they get hog to face is always a joy.
Ashlynn continued to play the sneaky game and tried some shooting which did decent damage but not enough to kill anything. The nyss did wipe out the razorback and put some damage on one of the gunboars.
This looked like a good time for Ashlynn to feat. Her feat is so freaking good. The shooting did a good job of beating up the warhog but not quite killing it. The rest of the force kind of shifted around and the nyss hunters charged into the gunboars to tie them up and keep them away from Ashlynn who was in a corner of the killbox now.
The nomad stood up and attacked the warhog but missed(or hit and didn’t damage).
Come my turn even with the roulette feat still up I managed to kill the nomad and start to threaten menacingly. Unfortunately I checked the time and was about 20 minutes over what time I told my wife I would be home. I tried the most ill-fated assassination run in the history of the game.
I basically blew all of my fury trying to crippling grasp the nyss and clear the warhog of the nyss. Since I was rushing I activated in the wrong order and was unable to maltreat for a fury.
In return the mariner with snipe got a hit and boxcars on the good Dr. putting him in a world of hurt. The gunmages advanced and did a CRA on him finishing him off.
I think, had I not had to rush right at the end, even though I was down 10 points that I could have pulled it off. Thanks to my redeploy, early movement and naked aggression I was basically taking my entire army against half of his for most of the game which, strangely, ended up giving me a points advantage in the scrum. I sure would have loved a unit of brigands though!
Thanks for taking the time to read this wall of (mostly) text!