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Here is my writeup of the Warmachine Weekend Qualifier from Kingdom-con.

I had pretty modest goals going in to this tourney because it was my first major con. I do play in a lot of local tourneys so set my goal to finish middle+1 – turned out there were 45 players who signed up so I was shooting for 22nd. I think I have talked before about my concept of private goals in games and how valuable I think they are, that was mine.

Also my apologies for the brevity in these reports and the fact that the enemy lists might be a bit off, but my brain was kind of mushy after and isn’t a whole lot better now.

My two lists were:

Vladimir Tzepesci, Great Prince of Umbrey – WJ: +5
– War Dog
– Drago – PC: 8
Manhunter – PC: 2
Man-O-War Drakhun – PC: 4
Yuri the Axe – PC: 3
Uhlan Kovnik Markov – PC: 4
Iron Fang Uhlans – Leader & 4 Grunts: 11
Kayazy Assassins – Leader & 9 Grunts: 8
– Kayazy Assassin Underboss – Underboss 2
Kayazy Eliminators – Leader & Grunt: 3
Widowmakers – Leader & 3 Grunts: 4
Lady Aiyana & Master Holt – Lady Aiyanna & Master Holt: 4

and

Forward Kommander Sorscha – WJ: +6
– Sylys Wyshnalyrr, The Seeker
– Conquest – PC: 19
Koldun Lord – PC: 2
Kovnik Jozef Grigorovich – PC: 2
Eiryss, Angel of Retribution – PC: 3
Reinholdt, Gobber Speculator – PC: 1
Great Bears of Gallowswood – Volkov, Kolsk, Yarovich: 5
Greylord Ternion – Leader & 2 Grunts: 4
Widowmakers – Leader & 3 Grunts: 4
Kayazy Eliminators – Leader & Grunt: 3
Kayazy Eliminators – Leader & Grunt: 3
Winter Guard Infantry – Leader & 9 Grunts: 6
– Winter Guard Officer & Standard – Winter Guard Officer & Standard 2

Game 1 was against Hadrian and his Bart Galleon list I selected Vlad primarily because he is my anti-colossal list. Hadrian’s galleon is absolutely gorgeous. It has a crow’s nest and an angel masthead figure. Anyway the rest of his list was pretty standard fare, boomhowlers, Eyriss2, wrongeye and snapjaw, dougal, and some other stuff. He jammed up the middle hard and was able to put scenario pressure on my pretty early, but I was able to swing that back around. The Uhlans charged a harmed galleon but still failed to do anything meaningful that I remember. Maybe they took out a side, I am not sure. I was able to put a bit of pressure on the flag and he was forced to start feeding his support solos over to stop me from scoring on his turn. He turtled Bart up behind galleon and I was able to get a mini feat assassins charge and get just a single model on him. He tried to clear off with the boomhowlers but I made the terror check from rage howler and they weren’t able to do much thanks to my high def. I shifted a bit with them on the following turn and cleared a single space for vlad who popped feat, cast dash to ignore the free strike from galleon and then killed, sidestepped, flashing bladed his way next to bart and forced him to make some tough checks. He made the first 2 and had me worried, but in the end Vlad took the win. In all it was a super fun game and I was sweating bullets by the end. I think this is the first time that I wished I had swapped A&H and Eyriss2 between lists.

Game 2 was vs. Andrew T’s Rahn Andrew had won the mageslayer award at hardcore with Ravyn vs. pDenny the night before so I knew he was no slouch. The lists presented to me were a Ravyn list and a Rahn list. Sorscha2 would wreck Ravyn but really struggle to Rahn, Vlad3 was decent against both so I took that. Also, I had been saying on the khador forum that assassins were a pretty good match against Ret in general and wanted to either support my argument with play or disprove it. Andrew took Rahn because of the potential Sorscha matchup. His list was Rahn, Hyperion, Phoenix, Chimera, Sylys, 2 units of stormfalls, 1 unit of battlemages, Eyriss2 and 2 arcanists. Early game his shooting was fairly brutal killing about half of the Kayazy however I managed to jam the kayazy in pretty hard along with the uhlans. I also tried locking him up with Yuri but the phoenix burst into flame killing him. He popped feat on turn 2 to try and create some space to his shooting but enough kayazy survived and with minifeat still in play he ended up having to sacrifice a bunch of his own models (including an arcanist) to phoenix fire to protect Rahn. Polarity shield was up on Hyperion so I just had Drago walk into melee. I wasn’t able to give him any focus thanks to Eyriss but did manage to swing a crit amputation which saved Drago the following turn. The eliminators also charged in and did some damage. The other eliminators charged a stormfall archer and arcanist but somehow failed to kill either. Hyperion beat Drago down pretty hard, but only having a single die on one of his initials mean that he missed and Drago barely survived. I made a pretty big mistake here – I had meant to have the eliminator on Hyperion charge through to Sylys and then sidestep to Rahn (who had moved polarity shield to himself) but had drago go first. Even rolling a single die to hit and damage, he managed to wreck hyperion creating too big of a difficult terrain footprint for the eliminator to charge. Oops. The phoenix moved over and destroyed one of my objectives but left himself open to charge from Vlad who charged and wrecked the phoenix. I didn’t have much focus left, but was sitting at def 19 to shooting an magic. At this point it really turned into a crazy grind fest that ended up with just Vlad, Holt and the war dog vs. Rahn, Sylys and a damaged Chimera before he got clocked with me on 4 control points. This was the most fun game I think I had all weekend and he was a really great tough opponent. I had meant to take pictures but forgot to mostly.

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