Tournament – Fairfax C&G 4/12/14

We had our inaugural tournament at Fairfax Comics & Gaming this weekend. It’s a relatively new store just a block from my office that has just enough room to run a 16-man tournament. We ended up with 14 players, and oddly enough zero Hordes players and 5 Retribution players. A strange sampling!

We had the option to bring 1 or 2 lists, and I brought a version of my eSkarre list and a pGaspy list as follows:

Points: 50/50
Iron Lich Asphyxious (*6pts)
* Nightwretch (4pts)
* Nightwretch (4pts)
* Skarlock Thrall (2pts)
Bane Knights (Leader and 9 Grunts) (10pts)
Bane Thralls (Leader and 9 Grunts) (8pts)
* Bane Thrall Officer & Standard (3pts)
Satyxis Blood Witches (Leader and 9 Grunts) (6pts)
* Satyxis Blood Hag (2pts)
The Withershadow Combine (5pts)
Bane Lord Tartarus (4pts)
Darragh Wrathe (4pts)
Gorman di Wulfe, Rogue Alchemist (2pts)
Saxon Orrik (2pts)

Points: 50/50
Skarre, Queen of the Broken Coast (*6pts)
* Nightwretch (4pts)
* Deathjack (12pts)
* Leviathan (9pts)
* Skarlock Thrall (2pts)
Satyxis Blood Witches (Leader and 9 Grunts) (6pts)
* Satyxis Blood Hag (2pts)
Satyxis Raiders (Leader and 9 Grunts) (8pts)
* Satyxis Raider Sea Witch (2pts)
General Gerlak Slaughterborn (3pts)
Pistol Wraith (3pts)
Pistol Wraith (3pts)
Satyxis Raider Captain (2pts)

I wanted to run Aiakos in the Skarre list but didn’t get him painted in time, so Gerlak it was! These battle reports will be relatively short compared to what I normally write since I played all four rounds of the tournament.

First Game

First game of the day was against Josh playing Retribution. Josh also brought two lists, Issyria and… Ossyan? I don’t remember the second caster, but both lists were running the Hyperion. I dropped pGaspy because I was worried my eSkarre list wouldn’t be able to crack his armor.

The scenario was Destruction. He won the roll and decided to go first. We deployed as follows:

IMAG0286He’s got Mage Hunter Strike Force in the upper left, and Halberdiers in the upper right. I’ve got Knights on the left, Banes in the middle, and Witches on the right.

His first turn he ran everything up. His Strike Force ran as far as they could and ended up really… really far. On my turn I decided to try something I’d read about on the PP forums. I ran an arc node up to the Strike Force and cast Parasite on them. I then charged one of my Knights with Gaspy and feated, which caught the entire unit and did an unboostable Pow 5 hit. After some nifty rolls I killed 10 of the 12-man unit and it broke. I then teleported back behind a Gorman cloud. After my first turn it looked like this:

IMAG0287Other than that the game was a grind fest where I ended up taking down Hyperion and the entire Halberdiers unit. Without the Strike Force he didn’t have enough attacks to bring down my mass of infantry. Here we are mid game:

IMAG0289With just over a minute left on his clock he had a Mage Hunter Assassin run around behind Gaspy. I saw the Assassin and blocked his charge lane with a Gorman cloud and he conceded.

Second Game

Second game was against Andrew playing Convergence. Andrew only brought one list, an Iron Mother Tier 4 list that spammed tons of servitors. I had no idea what anything in his list did but decided to drop Skarre since I thought the Pistol Wraiths and Feat would do well against his army.

Scenario was process of elimination and I went first. I started by running everything up! He then also ran stuff up and took a few pot shots at my Raiders. Here we are after turn one. Look at all those servitors!

IMAG0291My second turn I was able to thin out some of the Servitors with Raider charges and the Leviathan. Here we are after my second turn:

IMAG0293Bottom of two he put his plan into motion, he was going to Backlash spam me to death. He got Flare and Backlash up on my Nightwretch and then dragged it in with Prime Axiom. His Servitors can automatically do a point of damage if they hit and with the Nightwretch being flared and knocked down they all did. Thankfully I had killed 6 or 7 Servitors and he was only able to do 6 points of damage with Backlash.

Turn three I realized I could win on Scenario pretty easily. He was barely contesting either zone and both Objectives were still up. I was able to clear out the few remaining Servitors in both Zones with Raiders and Witches. The Leviathan killed the left objective, the Pistol Wraith got Death Chill up on the Prime Axiom, and Skarre feated on all of her Warjacks and Dominated the right zone. I scored 4 control points and almost his entire army was on the side opposing the zone I was dominating. Here we are after my turn 3.

IMAG0295Bottom of 3 he was able to thin out my army but couldn’t get any more Backlash damage because none of my Warjacks could be attacked. I killed the Objective with Deathjack and scored my 5th control point. My first scenario win ever, and it felt really good haha. Being able to heal Skarre with the Necrosurgeon and feat to prevent more Backlash damage was key. If I hadn’t been able to thin out the Servitors with Raiders and the Leviathan this could have been a very different game.

Third Game

At this point I’m getting pretty nervous since I’m actually 2-0, haha. Third game was against Fred who had a Terminus list and a Scaverous list. I dropped Gaspy because I didn’t want to feed Terminus with souls or provide Scaverous with tons of Excarnate targets. I also thought Gaspy would be better at cracking Terminus’ armor if it came to that.

Scenario was Two Fronts and I lost the roll and went second (I think). Here we are after we ran up on turn one.

IMAG0297He was able to jam his Soulhunters deep into my Bane Knights on the right, but between Vengeance attacks, Tartarus’ curse, and them being outside of Terminus’ command range, I was able to kill all of them after losing 6 Knights. His Banes advanced into the Forest but held back to let the Biles purge, so the Banes didn’t ever engage anything. Being on the other side of a full 10 man unit of Biles is intimidating when you don’t have any shooting. Here we are after turn 3 I think.

IMAG0299After this picture he flew Terminus to the far right of the zone on the right side. I could feel myself losing the attrition fight and decided my only chance was an assassination.

Gaspy advanced 3 inches towards Terminus and hit him with Parasite, then cast Scything Touch on the remaining Bane Knights. Gaspy then feated and hit Terminus (now ARM 21) with a boosted Hellfire, doing a few points of damage. Gaspy then teleported back to the other side of the forest. Darragh Wrathe then moved over and cast Death Ride, enabling all of the Knights to move up an inch, and Tartarus to change his facing and move closer to Terminus. Tartarus then charged a Warwitch Siren near Terminus, cursed Terminus, and Threshered, which caught Terminus (now ARM 19) and did some damage to him. Tartarus also spawned another Bane Knight from the Siren. The three Bane Knights then charged Terminus, and my first damage roll spiked and killed Terminus, and he failed his tough check. Victory!

IMAG0300This was an assassination that required more moving parts than I’m used to, and I’m proud of myself for doing the activations in the right order. I needed Wrathe to turn Tartarus around, needed Gaspy to Parasite, and needed Tartarus to curse to enable my Knights to charge far enough. The only thing I should have done different was Puppet Strings Tartarus and have Tartarus charge Terminus instead of the Warwitch Siren. I didn’t know that Tartarus had range on Terminus until after I’d declared the charge.

Fourth Game

Last game of the evening for first place! My opponent was Chris, one of the local PGs that just got back from being away for a couple months. Chris had a Butcher3 list and an eSorcha list, but had said before that he would almost certainly pick Butcher3. I dropped pGaspy because I didn’t think my Raiders and Witches would be able to stand up to his 2 units of Iron Fang Pikemen.

I won the roll and decided to go first. Here we are after I ran everything up.

IMAG0301On his turn 1 he ran everything up. I used Gaspy’s feat to drop 3 poison clouds and try to create a buffer on the right side of the board. Here we are after my turn 2.

IMAG0303On bottom of 2 I found out why Butcher3 is such a feared caster. He was able to position himself such that he dragged in 4 or 5 Bane Knights and 2 or 3 Witches. He feated, which caused the Witches to break, and then killed everything around him. At the end of this turn the Witches had broken and he had killed my entire Bane Knight unit. His Destroyer tried to charge Tartarus but came up short. He scored a control point because my fleeing Witches couldn’t contest.

Turn 3 I got to live the dream! My Withershadow Combine charged and scrapped the Destroyer spawning a Seether. Seether charged Butcher but because he was near his war dog Butcher was Def 16 so I could only connect with one hit. I was so far behind on attrition at this point that my only hope was spiking some dice with Seether, and after that I figured the game was soon to be over. Here I am after charging Butcher with Seether:

IMAG0304Bottom of 3 he scrapped Seether with Butcher and killed the Withershadow Combine, scoring another control point. Top of 4 I tried to drift some Breaths of Corruption onto Butcher but failed, and he scored another control point. Bottom of 4 he scored another control point and then killed the objective with his Argus.

IMAG0306I think if we played again I’d try eSkarre. The Leviathan and Pistol Wraith would have been able to thin out his Iron Fangs better, and I think I might have had a stronger scenario chance with eSkarre. Skarre also would have stopped the Satyxis from fleeing from Butcher’s feat.

Thoughts

I went 3-1 and came in second, which is infinitely better than I thought I’d do. I won more games during the tournament than I did during the entire 6-week Journeyman League, and won my first game by scenario ever!

I ended up playing pGaspy 3 times, which is more than I thought I would, but his ability to crack high armor is undeniable. On my assassination run against Terminus I had essentially a 7 armor swing because of Dark Shroud, Scything Touch, and Parasite. I also like this version of the eSkarre list. It plays much faster than the version that had Banes, and between CMAs and Gang I was able to reliable hit my opponent’s models. pGaspy is likely to be replaced by eGaspy once I’ve painted him up, but pGaspy has tons of spells in his toolbox and is pretty fun to play.

Another thing I’d like to mention is the custom tokens I was using. I had all of the spells and effects for my models printed on small red tokens by http://www.counterattackbases.co.uk/ It was so much easier to put out a token with the spell effect written on it than to write it all down on the generic tokens you can buy from PP. If you’re looking to make your life easier I’d highly recommend tokens like these. You don’t have to buy them either, since I imagine you could pretty easily print them out and glue them to something like poster board.

I am looking forward to more tournaments in the future! For now I need to get a bigger carrying tray and some more comfortable shoes. My feet are still hurting from all that standing.

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2 responses to “Tournament – Fairfax C&G 4/12/14

  1. Pingback: Tournament – Fairfax C&G 4/12/14 | NoVa Nomads

  2. Don’t forget…next time, T-shirt/Polo.

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