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This was my first game with Bethayne and was one of, if not the first for Dave with Skarre so we were both expecting some ugliness but looking forward to it. This also was our first with the new SR2015 scenario Recon.

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The table ended up looking like this, with the flat piece next to the zone to the left from my facing being a hill, and the entire piece of terrain to the right that was a part of the Butcher3 Gencon release being considered impassable. Dave won the roll and chose his table side, giving me first turn. I deployed as in the picture above. My main plan going in was to use the ravagores to funnel single wound infantry where possible, to try and avoid the huge chunk of impassable terrain since his soul hunters had the definite advantage there – I’d try and kill them as soon as possible since they out-threated me – and camp out in Belphagor for much of the game to increase survivability. I’d pop out of Belphagor, use his animus and move back in to essentially be safe from non-reach models, and use my feat to try and kill off the reach ones and try and grind out a win. That was the initial broad strokes plan for a win anyway.

Oh yeah, the lists. I brought effigy of valor objective because failing command checks with hex hunters sucks.

Bethayne, Voice of Everblight
– Succubus
– Ravagore
– Ravagore
– Raek
Spell Martyrs
Spell Martyrs
Blighted Nyss Shepherd
Blighted Nyss Shepherd
Blackfrost Shard –
Strider Blightblades
Blighted Nyss Hex Hunters
Spawning Vessel
Swamp Gobbers Bellows Crew

And Dave’s Skarre list from memory (so there might be an error in here somewhere) was and I think his objective had impervious flesh (is that armory?):

Pirate Queen Skarre
– Skarlock Thrall
– Deathripper
– Helldiver
Bane Lord Tartarus
Darragh Wrathe
Pistol Wraith
Scrap Thralls
Gorman di Wulfe, Rogue Alchemist
Necrotech
– Scrap Thrall
Bane Knights
Bane Thralls
– Bane Thrall Officer & Standard
Soulhunters
Necrosurgeon & Stitch Thralls

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Dave’s deployment looked like the above. Although this Bethayne list has quite a few more models than I am used to running with Legion (feels a bit more like Khador and is more comfortable for it) I was still looking at a whole lot of models across the table. It looked even more like Khador since when I unpacked I realized I had forgotten my magic using model tray so had neither Blackfrost Shard nor Hex Hunters, so Dave kindly let me proxy in Kayazy as Hex Hunters and Great Bears as the Shard.

For my turn 1 there wasn’t a whole lot of point in putting up either carnivore or ashen veil since there wasn’t much in the way of shooting or living in his army. I wanted to grab as much table as I could early and conserve as much clock as I could after my deployment fiasco in realizing I didn’t have the models I needed. I also forgot to run a spell martyr on the left the full distance, and that would come back to haunt me.

 

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The cryx turn was pretty similar with most things running forward. The skarlock only advanced and ritually sacrificed something insignificant for skarre. Darragh Wrathe moved over in order to provide his Death Ride buff for the Soulhunters increasing their threat from fast to insane, and moved them into the trees to set up for the next turn, and jammed two of them way down my throat so I had to deal with him.

 

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Turn 2 I ended going into the thinktank for a lot longer than I should. I didn’t want to feat this turn because the Hex Hunters weren’t quite in range to hit much of anything – I think realistically only the front 3-4 would have benefited from it, and those would likely have been killing the same ones that Bethayne could have killed with the spell martyr on the left that I forgot to run last turn. I was still seriously considering it though, so I decided to keep the blightblades off the table so they wouldn’t suffer from any eruption of spines, and Dave, having faced them before didn’t leave me any really good targets for them to ambush toward.

I also had to deal with those soulhunters on the right or they were going to cause me a great deal of heartache. I wasn’t too worried about the banes of either variety – even with death ride, they were still a turn out, but with Skarre’s feat, the soulhunters could do some damage, and my stuff is fragile enough that the banes wouldn’t need to the feat to do enough damage to wipe me out. It was quite the pickle. Ultimately I felt that I could hold off on the feat one more turn, the shard only needed a 7 to hit the soulhunters, I’d hit them with Kiss of Lylyss, put harm on there, the Raek could jump in, with harm up, kill one, possible damage the other if I was lucky, the ravagore could kill the second, I’d survive 3 with the raeks defense, the other ravagore could maybe set Skarre on fire and keep her back while she burned, and that would eat up some of her rit sac focus and then next turn I could really start the attrition battle in earnest. The ravagore did, indeed, set Skarre on fire and did a couple of points but nothing major.

First ice cage comes up a 6. Second ice cage, another 6. Fine, I guess we just raw dog the Kiss. Final one comes up a 6. Damn. The fates were saying I should have feated I guess. The raek charges over, says don’t worry boss, I got this. Boosts the hit with the non reach attack, one shots the soul hunter, hits with the reach attack, buys a second reach attack, no boost, gets the 8 to hit and does enough damage to kill the second one. The ravagore kills a leading bane thrall and puts a scather down in a really obstructive place.

Belphagore advances and puts up his animus. Bethayne advances into base to base with Belphagore and arcs an eruption of spines foolishly through him at a bane thrall since I can’t target the objective yet and misses due to stealth. Oops. So many better targets. She merges with him. The hex hunters do a run/charge order into the bane knights and I keep a few back for the next feat turn. They killed four or five bane knights on the charge and then another couple of models with battle wizard. I was hoping their high def would help out when vengeance came around. The crockpot advanced to collect those whose defense didn’t save.

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Skarre’s fire didn’t go out but a lousy damage roll only saw Skarre take a couple of points worth of damage. The bane knights rolled pretty well for their vengeance checks and killed, I think, three of the hex hunters. Skarre cast dark guidance, the skarlock thrall cast dark ritual. Darragh Wrathe did his death ride again and shifted everything forward in his range just a bit. The soulhunters charged forward and killed the raek. The pistol wraith advanced and shot the ravagore 3 times deathchilling him. The bane knights killed some more hex hunters filling the crockpot to overflowing. The surviving hex hunters stayed in the fight thanks to Bethayne’s commanding Voice. A couple of the bane knights made it to the ravagore on the left and knocked out his body. The bane thralls were lined up protecting skarre who was near her own objective as well as a couple of them having charged up to the raek on the right (we realized after the game that they were out of command and shouldn’t have been able to attack but missed it in the moment).

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For my turn I brought in the blightblades to support the beleaguered hex hunters. It was also definitely feat turn, before it was too late and I had nothing left. The blightblades charged in and let me just say, those guys continue to amaze me, they each killed off what they charged at  (4 or 5 bane knights, plus a scrap thrall and a necrosurgeon or something) freeing the remaining hex hunters up. Bethayne went next and popped her feat. She cast 1 fully boosted eruption of spines one targeting the thrall standard bearer. I rolled a 4 for that one, which killed the flag bearer (he failed his tough check yay!) and then both of the other guys near him, the next one killed two axes I believe, hit the objective and skarre but did nothing to either of them but killed a couple of other bane thralls as well, and then I camped the rest and retreated back the full distance. The gobbers put up a cloud to block LOS from the side flank, the recently freed up hex hunters advanced and destroyed the arcnode jack. The Blackfrost Shard used the feat to kill off one of the three surviving soulhunters that had made it to the back line as well as a threatening bane thrall  the crockpot spawned a harrier which used truestrike to kill off the other soulhunter. Once all the dust had settled I was pretty happy with the table state. It would have been nice to get the final soulhunter, it just hadn’t been possible. I just had to hope I could survive.

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Dave worked on clearing out some things, Skarre popped her feat and cast dark guidance. He didn’t really have much else that could get there, so went to the main event, the soul hunter at +5 strength is no joke, especially when it has a couple of souls on it. Luckily for me, Bethayne while riding the Belphagore meat suit is no joke either and can take a punch like nobody’s business. The first attack did something like 15 which I was able to take and still have transfers available, and a healthy about of boxes left I was feeling like I might survive, then his second roll was a duff roll, something like a 4 I knew I was safe and Dave conceded at this point as his clock was just about out of time anyway and the able position was looking pretty healthy for me.

 

After action review.

Whew. I breathed a huge sigh of relief. I’ve had a bit of a run tough losses lately, so it was nice to get a win. None of them have been blowouts and all of them have been on time, but still one in the W column is nice. I’ve been trying a lot of new things, and this is no exception, but this feels kind of comfortable, a bit like Khador. I think because I have models to spare. Not a ton, but at least some. I’m really happy with the current pairing of Thagrosh1, and Bethayne. Both are a bit forgiving, and I really like playing up a bit and both play that style – I’m not really one for the pocket quarterback style of play.

What went well

I felt that my time management was a bit better – I was still under 2 minutes at the end of the game and think I should have been closer to 8, so it’s not great. But it is a bit better. My target priority was better, I stuck to the plan a bit better than I have in the past. Happy with my blightblade play. Those guys are so useful and flexible.

What I could have done better

Much too long in the think tank for feat turn. I should just decide and go. Ultimately I am not sure if I made the right decision or not still. If I had used it, for sure the threat of the soulhunters would have been eliminated much earlier which would have let me focus on other parts of the table. As it was, that almost cost me the game. I am not sure that the ravagores are necessarily the right choice for this list. The ADR option might be better suited for something else.

Thanks for reading this far, if you have any tips for Bethayne, I’d love to hear them, I am having a blast with her.

I was finally able to squeeze in enough time for a proper Warmachine game at the weekly writer nerd game night! Since play time is at such a premium right now it was a foregone conclusion that I would be playing one of the lists that I was taking to Kingdom-con at the end of April. Since the prime on the uhlans had just been applied and they are on the painting table, that left me with Zerkova who I gleefully took.

Will was also there and looking for a game. Will is fairly new to the game in the last year or so, but picked up the game quite quickly and has been terrorizing the store with his Circle until recently when he decided to give Cryx a spin. We matched up and, as is customary, we both told the other our two choices – some of us are pseudo-tourney minded even on game nights. The games are super casual, but we like to approach it and practice with the lists. I told him my lists were my Tier 4 Vlad3 and Tier 4 Zerkova Hunting Wolves. I knew I would be playing Zerkova no matter what, but since I hadn’t unpacked yet he didn’t know that. His choices were Terminus and Goreshade2 tier list. He ended up choosing the Goreshade2 list.

My list was my standard Hunting Wolves list (though this may be changing):
Zerkova:
Vanguard
Vanguard
Conquest
Gorman di Wulfe
Full Kayazy Assassins with underboss
Kayazy Eliminators
Koldun Lord (aka Bad Santa)
Widowmakers
Full Outriders

His list was (sorry I don’t know the names of the feat fodder)
Goreshade2
Corrupter
Skarlock Thrall
2x Full Bane Thralls with UA
Full Bane Knights
Bane Lord Tartarus
2x Pistol Wraiths
Rest of the points in explodey zombies

We were playing Supply and Demand and I won the roll and chose to go second. Also I forgot to take pics, especially at the beginning, sorry.

Okay so my left to right across from me he had both pistol wraiths on the flank across from my objective, a unit of thralls, another unit of thralls, bane knights on the right flank (there was a forest there just outside his deployment zone). Tartarus was behind the thralls. Goreshade and his jack were in the center.

My left to right with my stuff were outriders across from pistol wraiths, eliminators kind of center-ish, vanguard, zerkova, conquest to the side, (predeployed of course – there was a hill he could walk up on to on turn 1), vanguard, bad santa behind and between connie and the vanguard, and finally the assassins lined up across from the banes. I put widowmakers in front of where conquest was walking on turn 1. With so much stealth I didn’t expect much from them.

Bane knights got occultation and ran into the woods, everything pretty much ran forward.

My turn I moved forward a bit cautiously with everything really just moving 5-6″ at the max.

His turn, everything ran up again. Looking at the table I decided to give conquest 2 focus figuring I would have chances to boost blast damage if nothing else. My turn, the assassins popped mini feat and charged bane knights, and was able to get 1 to charge BLT and ran another to give him gang, and ended up charging 5 others with gang support as well. I passed the terror check from BLT and killed him and the other ones I charged. Two of the widowmakers advanced to within 5″ and killed 2 more and the other 2 did the same for the center bane thralls. Koldun Lord lined up a pretty sweet spray on the bane knights, but shit the bed and failed to kill either of them. The vanguard walked over and killed one with his reach attack but the shield failed to kill the last one but it is only pow 10 so not a surprise, and that was the last attack I had that could kill that guy. Thanks Bad Santa.

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(Why won’t he die!)

Conquest advanced within 5″ of a couple of bane thralls and I noticed that the standard bearer was within about and inch or so of the objective so boosted the to hit on it and got the crit devastation. The banner bearer was in range and go thrown into an explodey zombie who exploded and caused a couple of others too. Also the flag died and failed his tough check. Conquest then shot his nipple guns killing a couple more bane thralls off. The eliminators went and one of them charged twin axes from the middle squad and other charged a bane thrall that was nearby. She eliminated twin axes and then side stepped to give gang to two others, her sister killed the one she charged, sidestepped, killed the other one, then sidestepped into melee with the cryx jack. There was no way I was going to wipe out that unit so I just took targets of opportunity and left it at that – I was pretty happy overall.

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(So many bane thralls)

I realized that Zerkova could actually use the Ghost Stone to try and razor wind that last bane knight, but it would put her out of position for a good feat turn. I just accepted the fact that Goreshade would feat the whole unit back. At least BLT was dead for good. Instead, Zerkova advanced toward the bane thralls on the left side of the table and got one within 5″ (since there was no real reason not to move up that far) and put Icy Grip on that unit of banes and boosted to give myself an exceptional chance of getting the 5 that I needed. I went ahead and shot him with her gun too, as long as I was there. She used the extra range from the Lens of Tarvodh to try and throw a razorwind on the Skarlock but it was behind a wall so she missed. I also realized at this point that there was a bane thrall just over 5″ away that could walk and hit her on feat so she used the Ghost Stone to target the guy behind him and Influenced him to remove the offender. Then, after making sure I was out of range of anything advancing on her and attacking she feated. The near vanguard walked up to protect her and gorman walked up and put down a cloud.

I set up the outriders where 3 different models were able to spray at the flag bearer for the icy-gripped unit of bane thralls with several other models in the line, as well as the last one having a line to both of the pistol wraiths or several banes. They wreaked icy death, though the flag bearer passed all three tough checks he was called on to take. I did kill 7 other models including twin axes and one of them was out of command range so I didn’t have to worry about that one doing anything. I had managed to kill a ton of stuff, but with Goreshades feat, it didn’t really matter much.

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(why won’t he die!)

Also, incidentally, that’s why I didn’t shoot at the pistol wraiths, they were fairly marginalized way off on the flank, his feat placement could really put them in a more advantageous position for following rounds. At least I got the feat out of the way and I felt fairly confident that I could kill them all again.

Goreshade gave a focus to the jack and dropped occultation. The bane knight was outside of Zerkova’s feat range so was able to run around a bunch of models and get to about 9″ from Zerkova. The jack tried to hit the eliminator but missed. Goreshade advanced and killed the eliminator who made both terror and massive casualty checks and then popped his feat and returned the full unit of bane knights and 5 or 6 bane thralls spread over the two units along with the Uas but none of them could do their action so instead tried to crowd up on Zerkova. Some of the bane thralls tried to kill some assassins and got into melee with two widowmakers. The assassins were too nimble but he did kill 1 widowmaker The survivors from the unit on the left advanced and 2 of them were able to destroy the objective. The skarlock put occultation on Goreshade and then it was back to me.

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(so many bane knights!)

I dropped Icy Grip from the thralls on the left since I knew ALL of the bane knights had to die. I went with Zerkova first after checking to see how many bane knights were engaged by the vanguard. She used the focus stone to cast force blast and pushed the front line of bane knights into the back line creating a really tight line of them (see above).

I took a point of damage for the spell within Goreshades control area. I am not going to say it each time, but I ended up taking 6 points of damage from that over the course of the game. She then advanced, because she couldn’t really move back without taking free strikes. She boosted icy grip again (sometimes boosting the 5 is the right call). She then killed one with her sword, influenced another to do her dirty work and kill his friend, and ended her turn.

I activated Zerkova’s vanguard escort first, he shifted forwarded and then killed one with his pole arm and the shield actually penetrated the armor.

The outriders went and killed off all but 2 of the remaining bane knights (the ones on the right side of their formation). They also killed a couple of bane thralls but had some bad rolls and killed about 4 fewer than I expected to, although with their light cavalry move they were able to completely block off angles to Zerkova. On the right, the assassins killed several more banes, and Bad Santa again failed miserably – even though he covered 2 bane thralls with his spray he didn’t even force them to take tough checks. The unengaged widowmakers killed the last 2 bane knights and the engaged one failed to kill the thrall engaging him. The free-ranging vanguard actually managed to kill 2 thralls and that wrapped things up for me aside from gorman advancing and hitting the cryx jack, the only model really threatening Zerkova, with black oil. Conquest smashed a couple of bane thralls but the both made their tough checks.

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(“What’s black oil do again?” “Here, you better read the card.”)

I was pretty happy with how things went with that turn – I had basically removed everything that Will had replaced in the previous turn along with a couple of extra things. The attrition match was really turning strongly in my favor. The pistol wraiths were way out of position, one of them advanced and shot an outrider and the other ran into position for next turn. There weren’t enough banes to be a credible threat to conquest and the static threat ranges made it fairly easy for me to keep Zerkova at a fairly safe range. It was also about 30 minutes until the store closed. Goreshade advanced to try and get Zerkova in range of hex blast but her Orgoth Seal protected her. Will didn’t know about the range reducing effect but had done a full advance and was pretty close anyway. Instead he decided to shoot the vanguard hoping to catch Zerkova in the blast but she was out of range. The bane thralls killed a couple of the jamming outriders on my left and on my right they tried and failed again to get to grips with the assassins.

On my turn I gave conquest 3 focus and then used the Ghost Stone to target Goreshade with Icy Grip and then gorman advanced to just over 2″ away from Goreshade and threw black oil at him. I missed, but with the drift still managed to cover him. Conquest charged in and smashed Goreshade in 2 hits.

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This was a SUPER fun game and it was really tight. I haven’t had time for a full game of Warmachine in a while so I was kind of slow, but it was a really fun game. I was a bit worried at all those banes, but the threat range on them is very static and with outriders, bad santa, and conquest I was able to clear the threatening ranks and then take whatever else was an option. This game could have gone quite a bit differently with a single failed command check from the kayayzy assassins when they charged Bane Lord Tartarus, but they held their nerve. By being really patient and keeping to my plan, I felt in control for the majority of this game. Zerkova’s feat is kind of custom made for the kind of control I was able to pull off here and the outriders with icy grip are just absolute death dealers.

I got good use out of all of Zerkova’s trinkets which was kind of cool. I think every rule she has actually came into play. I used each of the artifacts, I cast the majority of spells on her card, I even remembered her gun, and she got to kill something with her sword. Zerkova is a really fun caster to play, and this particular list is actually quite enjoyable – conquest brings the high damage and his crit dev gives situational and occasional control options.

Anyway, thanks for reading.

I have really been working on getting my games in quicker lately so haven’t been doing any pictures or video so be warned of a wall of text ahead.  As a pretty new player adding that one extra bit of split attention was really adding to the mental strain of the game.  I know that they are easier to follow and more enjoyable to read and will definitely be getting back to them sooner rather than later.  I have a new top secret plan to try out…

Anyway, last Sunday was a big game day at Emerald Knights comics as it was the semi-official kick off of the Journeyman league.  It is a bit odd, because we actually made the move to 15 point lists on that day as well but the patches were in and it was the first time a lot of us go to meet.

I was able to get in 3 pretty quick games.  Two were battlebox and the the third was a 15 pointer.

The first battlebox game was against Chris and his gators.  Chris is very new to the game but is a great painter.  His gators are all looking really good.  We had been bantering back and forth on facebook for a while so it was nice to get in a game with him.  I won the roll and went first.  I advance deployed as far forward as I could and then put quagmire on the warhog to help counter the high def of the gators and cast batten down the hatches.  Everything advanced or ran.  Barnabas dropped a few mud puddles and the the turtle and the rastler moved forward into it.  The turtle spit and did a bit of damage but nothing major.   I activated Carver first and he advanced a bit and cast mobility and batten down the hatches and upkept quagmire leaving him on 0 fury.

The warhog charged at the wrastler.  The big problem here came when I realized that I forgot to pop my feat and the warhog basically fluffed his attacks.  It was okay though because the turtle had left itself in a beautiful slam lane to hit Barnabas.  Until he missed, that is.  Barnabas activated his countercharge ability and moved forward.  I fired with the other gunboar and hit on an unboosted 12.  I then boosted damage and rolled 18!  5 dice all turned up with 6s!  It was pretty exciting for me and pretty depressing for him.

The rastler was unable to take down the now armor 21 warhog despite using all 4 fury and the other gunboar required all 4 fury and Barnabas’ help to take out the gunboar.

The following turn Carver finished Barnabas off personally.

The other battlebox game was against Shawn and his Retribution of Scyrah.  We setup and played on the same table on which I had just brutalized Chris.  I went second but advance deployed as far forward as I could.  The elves moved forward.  I advanced a bit more cautiously, knowing full well what Kaelyssa was capable of.  I dropped a rift template to prevent any shenanigan charges and made sure Carver was safe from any charge angles.  It worked perfectly right up until his jack apparitioned (or apparated if you prefer) and then slammed the hog into Carver, knocking them both down.  Kaelyssa shot first and stripped me of fury and then the Manticore killed me.  I was seriously just laughing at how throroughly I got stomped.  I just need to always batten down the hatches, even if I think I am safe from shenanigans.

Three days later I realized I forgot to roll Carver’s tough like I always do!  I am going to write up on a 3×5 notecard that CARVER IS TOUGH just so  I don’t forget.  That also made me laugh.

My 15 point game was against Josh and his Cryx.  This was a rematch and I came out on top of that one.  With the extra points he was able to add a couple of solos and I added a min unit of bonegrinders and ran 1 point light.  I have since realized that I can take a max unit for just 1 point so that is what I am doing going forward.

This game was fast and violent just like our first one.  I left a lane out for Deneghra to charge Carver on turn 2 after he fluffed his attacks on the slayer under his feat.  Luckily for me batten down the hatches was up and, more importantly, Josh rolled snake eyes for one of Denny’s attacks.  The combination of the two meant that I had survived her assassination run and put her in a dangerous place.  One of the bone jacks tried to finish me off and put corrosion on me.  That left me with 2 life and a continuous effect so I had to win the game and now.  The failed assassination left Denny kind of hanging out there and Carver was able to finish her up.

I know that this is a really short write up, but it was actually a super fun and tight game.  I don’t expect to come out on top next time we play – my luck can only hold so long!