I liked pVayl, but in a tournament setting I need something to counter enemy upkeep and buff/debuff lists, so her epic version has to hit the table as well. Purification is just a silly spell, and that they keep giving it to Fury/Focus 7-10 casters will forever baffle me.
Last night I decided on giving my pVayl list a spin with eVayl and a single tweak. The main reason for doing that is that a couple of tournaments with painting requirements are coming up in a couple of months, and I’ve got a total of two painted Legion models so overlapping a lot will be beneficial.
Vayl, Consul of Everblight
Blighted Ogrun Warmongers (Leader and 4 Grunts)
Spawning Vessel (Leader and 5 Grunts)
Blighted Nyss Shepherd
Blighted Nyss Shepherd
Warmonger War Chief
The list ran extremely smoothly with pVayl, and eVayl has a lot of the same tools. I was worried about high defense Warbeasts being an issue, but I was hoping the BFS and the Warmongers would tip the scale. I went up against Jan and his Borka infantry spam instead… urgh!
– Troll Axer
– Earthborn Dire Troll
Kriel Warriors (Leader and 9 Grunts)
– Kriel Warrior Standard Bearer & Piper
Krielstone Bearer and 5 Stone Scribes
Trollkin Champions (Leader and 4 Grunts)
– Skaldi Bonehammer
Trollkin Runeshapers (Leader and 2 Crew)
Fell Caller Hero
Stone Scribe Chronicler
The upside is, that for Borka it’s equally problematic to face a caster with Purification, so in the very first game with eVayl I get to confirm the choice. I did shuffle my feet nervously at the sight of his army lined up, because I seriously doubted that I had enough attacks to clean that up.
I had brought an elite army, and it looked really tiny when compared to the flood of flesh on the other side. I don’t care what people say because massed infantry is scary as hell to face, and Trolls especially because of all the buffs.
The lads have lined up. I was forced to go second, and deployed my Warmongers on the right flank, thinking that if tough was going to shut them down they might as well hit something valuable instead of Kriel Warriors.
Trollbloods, turn 1: And now we run.
It’s an entirely uneventful first turn. He runs up his entire army and the Kriel warriors get Iron Flesh and Tale of Mist.
Legion, turn 1: Looser, you missed one!
I didn’t have much to do either, but there were a couple of DEF 17 Kriel Warriors with Feign Death near my Deathstalkers. There were no real drawback to trying a few shots with the Deathstalkers, so they moved up.
They needed nines to hit so the first one rolls a nine and the Kriel Warrior fails his tough check. Snap Fire at the next Troll but he rolled a seven and missed. The Second Deathstalker scoffed at him, walked up and rolled 11 to hit, killed one, Snap Fire, 11 to hit, but the last guy made his tough check.
Damn solid start guys! I didn’t have the spare Fury to Purify but they managed without it. I forgot to put stealth on the Warmongers but I put Admonition on the right Scythean, Refuge on the Carnivean (I was going to test my idea with Refuging Carniveans), and Spiny Growth for the Admonition Scythean as well.
The Carnivean put up Spiny Growth on itself and moved up to just outside the Earthbornes absurd charge range, or so I hoped because after I had done with the movement I checked with eVayl and suddenly it looked like he was going to be in range. The right flank flag disappears.
Round 1 mistakes
Forgetting to put up stealth was going to cost me on the flank, where the Runeshapers were hanging out. Putting the Carnivean in range was going to cost me a heavy and my attrition animus, which would really cost me in the end game.
Trollbloods, turn 2: I got him, I got him… Borka?
This game wouldn’t be decided by the Earthbornes charge, but it would be extremely hard for me to take it home if he managed to remove my main attrition tool so early in the game, and I would be hard pressed on scenario as well if I got stuck trying to kill an Earthborne in my ranks.
I installed a new camera application on my phone this week because the old one kept shutting down my phone, but now I’m thinking it might be a hardware issue because this one stopped working as well. Reusing the image from before then.
Borka feats and charges one of his own guys because he’s very far back and has a tiny control area. The Earthborne gains Rush from the Axer and it’s able to get at my Carnivean (sigh). Then we realize that in order to reach the Carnivean he has to charge out of Borkas control area and the Carnivean does a happy dance (it still lost about half it’s boxes to some good rolls).
The Runeshapers kill a Warmonger and KD another on the flank. The Kriel Warriors run to engage on the left flank and the champions move up the middle with the Stone.
Legion, turn 2: Trolls are easy kills… no wait…
The Warmongers on the flank do nothing. They charge in, do no damage, or face successful tough rolls. That will not end well for them. The Blackfrost Shard moves up and tries to debuff the Earthborne but as usual they fail. The Ice Cage misses on 7+ and so does Kiss. The Carnivean has to do it himself then, but due to spawning whelps and a nearby Stone he leaves it alive.
New plan then. The Carnivean Refuges away and I get Vayl up. I have to purify to get that Iron Flesh of the Kriels so I pop my feat. I put Icy Grip on the Champions, Stealth on herself (mistake again), Admonition up on the Scythean (R) and Refuge up on the Scythean (L). Then I administer some Spiny Growths and damage some Trolls with Obliteration.
I had killed a couple of trolls but I was one short of having a full pot, but when i moved them up to try and kill some whelps Skaldi solved my problem and counter charged, knocking an Acolyte in the pot.
I made a Shredder, the Shredder made room for a charge, and the Scythean tried for the Champions and killed three of them. I would have gotten more if I hadn’t rolled epic damage on the first attack or the Champion hadn’t made his tough (no Bloodbath for me).
The left flank Scythean brings down the Earthborne and a whelp, and Refuges over to the flag. The Deathstalkers take aim and kill another two Kriel Warriors despite them being engaged and one of them having concealment as well.
Round 2 mistakes
It wasn’t bad actually. I put the left Scythean to far up but if Borka wanted to come for it a lot of other things would go horribly wrong for him. All in all I was happy with the round as it was.
Trollbloods, turn 3: Borka takes the field!
With the Earthborne down and my attrition game intact he had to do something. Sadly Trolls do ‘something’ really well, and when in doubt they default to smash!
Kriel Warriors charge the Scythean (L) and do some damage. The Axer and remaining champions bring down the Scythean (R) because I mess up Admonition (first time I’ve ever played with it), and on the flank the Runeshapers KD every single Warmonger.
Borka comes out where I can get at him, but it will require me to Purify and he still has solid stats and two transfers. I need to move some more Kriel Warriors but perhaps the Deathstalkers are still up for some Troll hunting.
Legion, turn 3: Five bucks says you can’t hit him.
The Deathstalkers have begun a competition, going for harder and harder shots. One of them kills an engaged Kriel Warrior hitting DEF 16 easily with aiming, so the other one has to outdo him and kill the one that was both engaged and had concealment.
I’m going to go for Borka of course, but during the turn I find out that the bastard is immune to Cold and thus immune to just about every tool in my arsenal. I purify him and remove the Iron Flesh he has on himself, but no Icy Grip and no Ice Cage. I manage to land Kiss on him which would help a lot. He doesn’t have stumbling drunk since he outpaced his Kegger, so I can actually melee him as well.
The Scythean goes for him but rolls poorly and leaves him at half health with one transfer. I spawn a Stinger and it hits him for 29 damage causing him to blow the last transfer. My Shredder doesn’t make it because of a free strike so it’s up to the Carnivean. It assaults, sprays, and takes him down to four boxes. All the Warmongers stand up and swing, but either all miss or face another round of tough checks.
Round 3 mistakes
I should have sprayed Borka first, and then engaged him afterwards because of Unyielding, which would have left him unable to cut for enough to bring down the Scythean had all other dice come up exactly as they did. I also should have known that he was immune to most of my debuffs and I would have gone about it in a different way.
Trollbloods, turn 4: One box is all I need!
Borka has to cut himself down to 1 box in order to fill up his Fury and he needs to get down that Scythean. The Runeshapers knock down all my Warmongers again, and man that flank has been useless for me.
Down it goes but Borka is bone dry on Fury. The champions clean me out on the right flank and Skaldi threatens the Carnivean but leaves it alive. He’s going all in trying to jam what I have left, but Borka is on 1 box with no transfers. He’s behind a wall though.
Legion, turn 4: I see your engaged and concealed Kriel, and raise you Borka in cover.
The Deathstalker looks at his mate, then looks at Borka behind the wall, puts down five bucks and plants one in Borkas brain. Game over. No reason to complicate things when you have Deathstalkers, and holy shit they did well this game.
Post game speculation
The list was pretty far from optimal in this match-up, but that was mostly due to 11 points of Warmongers doing nothing except getting knocked down and kept in place by the Runeshapers.
eVayl has a toolbox from hell, and even though the BFS failed me again I still believe that such gorgeous models must at some point do something right. Purification is such a great tool that I can’t see ever going to a SR event without eVayl in my Legion setup.
Her style is fantastic, and I’m looking forward to tweaking lists with her.