Battle of The Heath

I don’t like getting up at six in the morning, but getting up at six in the morning on a Saturday was even worse! Then my bus didn’t show up and it was raining a bit. Luckily the second bus somehow warped time, showing up eight minutes later than scheduled but arriving at my destination two minutes ahead, thus making up ten minutes of time on a fifteen minute trip.

That’s when Duskern picked me up and the world started making sense again. Car, warmth, no responsibilities, and good company so we were on our way. We picked up Husum, D’Souza, and Stephan on the way and drove to Herning. The following pictures were taken in a ‘public’ setting, but if you’re in one and want it taken down then contact me on Lamoron.overseer (gmail).

The Fantasy tournament was setting up when we arrived, but we had a separate room for the WM tournament. I decided to unpack everything before playing, so I could crash immediately after, and the rooms set up for sleeping were ample.

Turns out we had an entire classroom on the school for just three people. That made me pretty darn happy, because drunken Warhammer fantasy players stumbling in at four in the morning would make me cranky as hell. With everything in place we lined up for the first game. I won’t do full reports because it would be long and boring, but introductions and highlights for everyone!

Game 1: pVayl Vs. Ravyn

Hey look Hyperion! I had never been up against Hyperion before, but I’d heard all kinds of nasty things about it. I read the card and with snipe and boosted attack rolls on Ravyns feat round that thing would hurt. The other thing I noticed is that it’s dependent on luck to work, and if those side armaments roll one attack each on her feat round it’s not going to carry that 18 point cost.

As you may know I brought a list full of Stingers. I did it mainly to annoy the hell out of Hjelmen, and because I needed to get the sick fascination with them out of my system. That meant I had no illusions about my performance in the tournament, but weird things happen.

Vayl, Disciple of Everblight
– Naga Nightlurker
– Shredder
– Shredder
– Stinger
– Stinger
– Stinger
– Ravagore
– Scythean
– Seraph
Farrow Bone Grinders (Leader and 3 Grunts)
Spawning Vessel (Leader and 5 Grunts)
Blighted Nyss Shepherd
Blighted Nyss Shepherd
Spell Martyr
Succubus
The Forsaken
The Forsaken

The Ravyn player wasn’t new, but it was his first tournament and he was nervous about the whole thing. I explained that this would be my fourth game with Legion and that I brought a pretty bad list, and he relaxed a bit.

Ravyn, Eternal Light
– Discordia
– Hyperion
Lady Aiyana & Master Holt
Mage Hunter Strikeforce (Leader and 9 Grunts)
– Mage Hunter Commander
Stormfall Archers (Leader and 3 Grunts)
Stormfall Archers (Leader and 3 Grunts)
Arcanist
Eiryss, Angel of Retribution

I wasn’t sure if I could survive the Mage Hunters with boosted attack rolls, and I had to camp at least five Fury to transfer which would seriously hamper my initial advance, since I couldn’t run up six lessers without having them frenzy the following round for sure. I decided that not running up would be worse, and it was all in. I won the roll and made him go first, hoping that he didn’t know about the Spawning Vessel.

He didn’t know about Stingers engaging from 24″ away, and I parked my pot stinger in a unit of Stormfall Archers, reducing the amount of fire and making him nervous (I couldn’t reach the MHSF or I would have). The time ticking down was stressing him, and on turn two he failed to kill Vayl. He parked the Hyperion and one Stormfall Archer in the zone, so I decided to squash it and grab a point.

The pot Stinger didn’t frenzy. The Scythean and another Stinger tried for Hyperion, but I rolled a bit below average where I should have rolled a bit above, and the Ravagore had to step in instead of shooting a gazillion MHSF as planned. The pot Stinger killed the Stormfall Archer and I had a point.

I managed to run a Stinger and the Naga up into the MHSF this turn, and after killing them with combined melee attacks the MHSF didn’t have enough shots left to kill Vayl. I cleaned up the things he had managed to get in the zone, and won on scenario.  1-0 but against an opponent that didn’t really stand a chance unless he had managed a snipe-feat-go on me.

Game 2: pVayl Vs. eVayl

Yeah right. I’m going to take on an experienced Legion player fielding eVayl with this? I knew where this was heading, but that’s no excuse not to give it your best shot!

Vayl, Consul of Everblight
– Harrier
– Angelius
– Angelius
– Ravagore
– Scythean
Blackfrost Shard
Blighted Nyss Legionnaires (Leader and 9 Grunts)
Spawning Vessel (Leader and 5 Grunts)
Blighted Nyss Shepherd
Blighted Nyss Sorceress and Hellion
Succubus

Down in flames! Well, I’d give him a run for it if I could. I won the roll and went first, wanting to negate as much of his shenanigans as possible. We clashed on a hill in the middle and wouldn’t you know it I came out on top.

I had completely steamrolled him. His Angelius was unable to retaliate and on 3-4 boxes, his Ravagore was out of melee range and all my beasts were to healthy do die, and all he could do was jam me with the Legionaires and pray I ran out of time, so he did and I did.

I simply took to long doing things this game because I knew I had to out-think him, and in the end he simply timed me out. I managed to grab a control point, but playing this scenario without reinforcements was a really bad call from the TO.

If I had been five minutes faster I would have won, and that caused some mixed emotions. I was pretty happy I had outplayed him, but pretty annoyed I hadn’t been just a bit faster doing it. In any case I was now 1-1 and it was lunch time.

Game 3: pVayl Vs. pHaley

I hate pHaley! I’ll take eHaley any day, because pHaley with Gun Mages just annihilate infantry and in this particular case my lessers were pretty much infantry. I knew I was in for another ‘run into his face and hope for the best‘, except that here the best possible result here was still pretty bad.

Captain Victoria Haley
– Stormclad
Arcane Tempest Gun Mages (Leader and 5 Grunts)
– Arcane Tempest Gun Mage Officer
– Hunter
– Hunter
Black 13th Gun Mage Strike Team
Lady Aiyana & Master Holt
Stormblade Infantry (Leader and 5 Grunts)
– Stormblade Infantry Officer & Standard
– 2 Stormblade Infantry Storm Gunner
Eiryss, Angel of Retribution
Stormsmith Stormcaller
Stormsmith Stormcaller
Squire

I got to go first and it was up and at them again. He moved up and expected my Ravagore to light up pHaley, but I noticed that he moved the Stormclad up about half an inch to far so I charged the Ravagore in and wrecked the thing with Chiller and Incite after Leashing it up.

Doing that cost me my feat since I would have been blown to hell if I hadn’t retreated Vayl afterwards. The lesser brigade ran to engage as much as they could, but you know what? pHaleys feat with aiming Gun Mages, Dead Eye, and Temporal Barrier meant that those Gun Mages wiped the floor with them.

The Storm blades made mince-meat out of the Ravagore since the Stinger I hoped would keep them away was simply wiped, and my list basically fell apart. I did however notice something that my opponent hadn’t, and with a little luck he was going down to the Seraph on the following round,

I had just one option, and sadly his caster was 0.5″ out of range for my aimed shots with the Seraph so I had to move him. That made all the difference because rolling 11+ instead of 9+ to hit saved him from a painful strafing death, leaving him on 5 boxes when I missed the last two 11+ shots.

Had he been about 1.5″ closer I could have gotten Incite on him as well, but I was being to cautious so it failed. Then it was time for dinner, which was an all you can eat lasagna table, which was fine but nothing spectacular (we were spoiled by Hjelmen at the Danish Masters, so from now on nothing else will be good enough).

Game 4: pVayl Vs. Kromac

This caused some friendly teasing, because if I lost to Circle all my whining would be proven wrong (despite the fact that I always claimed that Kromac was the exception). His list was a bit lacking, but the story behind it made up for everything.

Johan as he was called, had ordered a lot of Circle things and had received notification that it had arrived at the postal office. When he got down there to fetch it, the postal office had been robbed and guess which packages they had grabbed! Now he was waiting for the insurance to come through, so he had a less than optimal list.

Kromac the Ravenous
– Gnarlhorn Satyr
– Pureblood Warpwolf
– Warpwolf Stalker
Shifting Stones
– Stone keeper
Shifting Stones
Stoneward and 5 Woldstalkers
Swamp Gobber Bellows Crew (Leader and 1 Grunt)
Tharn Bloodtrackers (Leader and 9 Grunts)
– Nuala the Huntress
Druid Wilder
Lord of the Feast

Still it was Kromac and the list wasn’t that bad. It was getting really late, we were both extremely tired, and we were both out of the race for a position. He won the roll and made me go first which was a bit weird since Kromac blows all his Fury on the first round. I decided I would leash up the Ravagore and see if I couldn’t get him to camp a couple of Fury so he wouldn’t get up all his spells.

I also decided that I would use Rampager this game. The other games didn’t really feature opportunities for the spell, but I remember being raped by Rampager with my Circle so it was time to repay the favor. His Warpwolf Stalker ventured within range because it wanted to avoid the Scythean and because he was treating the Ravagore as a ranged beast.

After I pulled in the Stalker with Rampager I tried killing it with Stingers, but one was a millimeter out of range, though the other one got in a 10 point hit. The Scythean wasn’t going over there because the Bloodtrackers had Prey on it, but the Ravagore walked up and stepped on the Stalker. At this point the Ravagore had killed Hyperion, a Stormclad, and a Warpwolf Stalker in melee, which I found pretty damn funny.

Having used my Ravagore as a melee piece I hadn’t lighted Kromac on fire, and it was his turn. The Stinger in front of the Ravagore refused to die, so he had to slam it with the Gnarlhorn and Warpath into the Ravagore, but four PS 15 attacks does not a dead Ravagore make. The Bloodtrackers didn’t manage to finish it either, and he had moved an almost naked Kromac within Ravagore range. Another Rampager moved the Gnarlhorn out of the way, and Incite was enough to allow the Ravagore to finish the job. 2-2 and the final game was Sunday morning

Game 5: pVayl Vs. Ravyn

Oh look… it’s… didn’t I kill you before? I got matched up against another Ravyn player with Hyperion. This time though it was a more experienced player who’s given me trouble before,

He won first turn and moved up. I ran everything up as far as I could, popped Tenacity on Vayl with a Shredder and camped 5 Fury (do or die time motherf£€$?@!). He moved up, shot everything he had at Vayl and the Seraph, and left Vayl on half health with two transfers. About half way through he forgot to Cycle Snipe to Hyperion but against Hyperion she would be DEF 18 so I probably could have survived that as well.

From that point on I ran him over, and while the Scythean initially failed to kill Hyperion due to snake eyes, I had so many things up in his grill (Acolytes walked up with Chiller and killed more than a few MHSF) that there was no possible way he could shift me after I pulled all the important stuff back with Cat & Mouse. I got a control point, camped a million Fury, survived, and won on scenario. 3-2 and I was extremely happy with that.

The important stuff

I then went to look at Husum and Stephan slugging it out. They had annihilated each other in a Cygnar civil war, and there were perhaps 10-12 models left on the table. It was Darius Vs. eStryker and while I was there Jan D’Souza came over and we realized how far UP in the tournament we actually were!!!

Paul (Legion) had gone undefeated so he was the clear winner, but no one else had gone 4-0 before the final round. We began comparing notes and we realized that the game we were spectating decided everything.

If Stephan won he would go 4-1 and take second, but if he lost he would be 3-2 with fewer control points than me. Husum was at 2-2 so if he won he would be at 3-2 as well, and when we arrived he was 1 CP from winning and at the same CP total as me.

That meant, that both Jan and I wanted Husum to win on assassination, because all other results would bump us down the ranks. Husum was ahead, he would win on control points, so Stephan sent in eStryker, overload left him on 1 box, and he failed to kill Darius.

At that point I felt I owed it to Husum to ask why he wasn’t going for scenario, to which he answered ‘because killing eStryker with Darius in melee is more fun‘. Before he did he sent a couple of attacks against the Junior Warcaster preventing his scenario win, we crossed our fingers and he failed.

Then Darius killed eStryker and Husum bounced himself down the ladder, because like us he had no idea how far up he really was! The third and fourth place was decided by 4-5 army points and the final scores looked like this.

  • 1st place: Paul with Legion
  • 2nd place: Jan with Trollbloods
  • 3rd place: Me with Legion
  • 4th place: Husum with Cygnar.

That thing is ugly! Then we packed up and drove home with second, third, and fourth place in the same car, and that was just because we didn’t have room for Paul. We came, we failed miserably, everyone else failed worse, we went home.

 

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  1. Looks like you had a lot of fun and a ugly trophy to use as a Paperweight… or maybe as a base for the upcoming LoE Gargantuan… :D

    • I’ll see a working Gargantuan before I believe it. How on earth are we supposed to transport something that has wings that are larger than a Throne of Everblight?

      • You don’t need to…you can save the money and keep the trophy as a paper-weight.

        PP revealed the AA stats in the new NQ and it ain’t worth 130 bucks in my opinion. At least not with pVayl…

        I thought the Proteus animus was a bad joke, but the AA is worse…

        • Agreed. It seems as lackluster as expected.

          • No, I think it is worse than expected.

            I mean we knew that it had Speed6 and that P+S19 would be its highest attack…

            I could also live with the fact that its gun has an abysmal range…

            But I never expected them to go so far and price it at 20 points AND give him an Animus, that is such a bad joke. With those Stats and 20 points neither Rush nor Flaming Fist would have broken the balance of the game.

            But 20 points and a bad animus is a big deal for legion. Just look at the beasts Legion can field and does so on a regular base.

            Each and every heavy that sees a decent amount of table time has a useful animus. Heck, people take carniveans because of its animus…if they need damage potential and threat ranges they take the scythean…

            So if I drop two heavies for an AA, I would not only take a dent when it comes to generating fury, I also trade one or even two good animi for a bad one.

            Trade two Ravagores for a AA? No Dragon fire anymore…

            eThag with Seraph+Scythean? No SS, no tough-denial and RFP for eThag or against anything that’s not on a small base. Last time I played eThag vs trolls he finished Doomy himself, casting Slaughterhouse to deny him the chance to make a tough check with his warlock…wouldn’t work with the AA bite.

            pThag trading his strider screen and the scythean for the AA? Not non-elemental range vs Druid screens, no tough-denial vs trolls…

            I guess Abby can use him and the trade-offs for pThag and eThag are not too high at 50+ games, but I’m not interested and I don’t think both Thag versions get stronger.

  2. Sneaked in a game tonight and just pulled a scenario win against Damiano. That brings the total for pVayl up to 6-3 and I really liked Hex Hunters with her.

  3. Sneaked a win as well ;) Awesome game .. learned a bunch .. also that The Pot is made of undying flesh from blighted babies or some other equally evil stuff … that last shredder spawned saved your bacon sir ! ;)

  4. Seeing Rocinante eat beasts left and right .. and the sheer fun of a million risen will keep me in good spirits ;)

  5. It was a pretty good tournament all in all imo. I was pretty happy winning two with the gators and having two other matches that I felt I could have won if I had played it a bit better :)

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