Last night was the end of my Circle project. I don’t think I’ve ever been so badly violated by the dice before, and to make matters worse my opponents dice were on fire, but that’s not why I’m throwing in the towel. I’m surrendering because I don’t like the ‘way’ I’m losing, and that might require some explanations. Back when I first decided on Circle I considered it a Faction that required an extremely creative player, but I was wrong. Circle does not require a creative player, it requires a player that makes no mistakes, and that’s something entirely different.
Last night I was pushed hard and had lost most of my heavy hitters, but I had the game in the bag as long as Ghetorix didn’t frenzy due to the one Fury I had to leave on him, so of course he did. Then I really put on my thinking cap, and I came up with a plan that would win me the game despite overwhelming odds, and it was a brilliant plan, but during the execution of that plan I made one mistake and didn’t move my Gallows Grove in B2B with the flag, so I missed my opportunity and lost.
You cannot forget anything with Circle, you cannot mess up a single sequence, and you cannot place any model anywhere except exactly where it should be. If you make no mistakes Circle has the power and tools to rampage through almost anything, but no matter how hard I flap my arms I still can’t fly, and I will never be able to avoid making small mistakes like that either.
It has been mentioned that Circle can run attrition with team Baldur, but I wanted to play a guerrilla list, hitting and melting away, or attacking from odd and surprising angles.
Next up is Legion, and I got a great deal on models a while back (about 100 points worth of models for about 150 dollars). I’ve always been attracted to eThagrosh but I’ve fallen in love with pVayl as she seems able to do what I really wanted from Circle. I might hit the same wall as I did with Circle, but when I look at Legion most models are appropriately costed, and have that little extra ‘something’ that makes it interesting to play with.
The presence of Lesser Warbeasts makes it possible to really play with Animi, and the ability to tweak an army while it’s on the table makes me inappropriately excited. Incite makes the battlegroup more reliable, and is like Primal for everyone without the drawbacks, as long as it doesn’t cost you the game of course, but pVayl has some impressive defenses. Dark Sentinel should be a lot of fun with Proteus (Mr. Spaghetti-face), and defense 18 against most shooting (with Tenacity) makes her a hard women to kill.
I’ve also wanted to play with a Raek since I first saw the model, and pVayl has Leash which makes it crazy fast. I’m not sure I want to include a Seraph, but even without one most support casters will die if they get even the tiniest bit careless, and 17-19″ threat makes it almost impossible to hide from the alien monstrosity (assuming I also bring a Seraph so I can get Vayl up there with incite).
Finally the Blackfrost Shard gives Legion something that Circle doesn’t have, which is the ability to stack buffs/debuffs where needed, and that’s huge for some casters, and stacking them with Incite makes for some serious game changing every now and then.