Wednesday, December 8, 2010

BR: 35pt eCaine vs. eFeora

Played a 35pt standard caster kill game vs. Patrick's Menoth tonight and it's the first time we've played in months.  He was fielding eFeora and I knew instantly this was going to be a tough game.  In this game, Caine doesn't have much to assassinate because of eFeora's Escort and placement, but you'll see that I do just fine.  This will be another game where target priority is more important than the caster kill.

My list looks like this (same as last week):
Points: 35
Captain Allister Caine (*5pts)
* Ol' Rowdy (9pts)
* Squire (2pts)
Black 13th Gun Mage Strike Team (4pts)
Lady Aiyana & Master Holt (4pts)
Rangers (5pts)
Captain Arlan Strangewayes (2pts)
* Defender (9pts)
Eiryss, Angel of Retribution (3pts)
Reinholdt, Gobber Speculator (1pts)
Stormsmith Stormcaller (1pts)

His list looked something like this:
Points: 35
Feora, Protector of the Flame (*6pts)
* Redeemer (6pts)
* Reckoner (8pts)
* Vanquisher (8pts)
Choir of Menoth (Leader and 3 Grunts) (2pts)
Exemplar Errants (Leader and 9 Grunts) (8pts)
* Exemplar Errant Officer & Standard Bearer (2pts)
Gorman di Wulfe, Rogue Alchemist (2pts)
Knight Exemplar Seneschal (3pts)
Vassal of Menoth (2pts)

I won the deployment roll and I went first.  Since I had nothing to do really, I put Blur on myself and moved everything up and over to the right side of the board.  The enemy 'jacks now had to funnel themselves between the top terrain piece and that wall obstacle in order to approach my army.

His next turn sees Escort cast and upheld on Ferora.  The large unit of Errants got in the forest and stayed out of line of sight of my army while the rest of his jacks approached the funnel in a tightly formed location.  The choir sang no shooting and the Seneschal moved up slightly with Gorman slightly behind him.  Good, I thought to myself.

Caine upholds Blur and moves into terrain.  He Magic Bullets the Defender and A&H makes the Defender's shot magical.  I move the Defender slightly into concealment and boost to hit the Seneschal since I saw the opportunity to kill him over damaging a warjack.  After the boosted hit and damage roll from Arlan's Power Booster and 'Jack Marshal, the Seneschal goes down.  The Defender's shot ricochets into Gorman 4" behind him and KOs him in one shot thanks to the JFK theory.  eEyriss also moves into the far right chimney and takes a sniper shot at a errant that's peaking out of terrain.  The shot lands between his eyes.

Next turn sees his army of jacks move up without any movement from his Errants.  Strange, I thought to myself.  His Redeemer fires into some of my units and magically scatters on top of Eyriss' head.  A good roll later and she's toast (literally!).  Another lands on Arlan and he catches fire while the other one lands on the Stormsmith, incinerating him.  Not good.. Arlan's on fire and he's the JM to my Defender.  A few more shots go by with the Reckoner and Vanquisher taking shots at the Defender and some damage boxes were marked.  Nothing has been taken out at this point.

On my turn, I roll for Arlan's fire roll and I put it out with a 1.  Phew.  The Defender didn't take any fire damage either.  A sole Ranger runs into position and marks all his 'jacks by the upper gravel.  Caine drops Blur because nothing's really going to hit DEF19 in concealment (or so he thought) and eats the Squire for 7 focus.  He moves up a bit and shoots the Redeemer a couple of times with boosted damage shots before Gate Crashing back to Reinholdt.  The Defender aims and fires with boosted damage rolls and the B13 joins in to kill the Redeemer.  Good job guys.

Seeing the Redeemer go up in flames, my opponent runs most of his Errant infantry up towards my lines.  I guess they were deathly afraid of approaching Caine and Ferora got pissed about it.  My opponent then takes his Reckoner and Vanquisher and goes to town on the Defender with shots of righteous fury.  The Choir sings praises to the battle and dice gods and the Defender takes a crap ton of damage.  Thankfully, poor allocation rolls kept everything in full function, but I only had half my boxes left after the shooting was done.  At this point, Ferora is still well protected from the cover left by the Redeemer wreck and her camped focus.  With Eyriss dead, assassination is clearly not going to happen I thought.

With the enemy on my doorsteps, I move my army into position with the help of my Rangers.  Two Rangers ran up and marked mostly all of the infantry along with some jacks.  Alright, let's see what I can do.  I moved up Aiyana and Holt and Aiyana makes them stealthed.  Holt shoots down 2 by himself, the B13 shoots up 4 and Caine mops up the rest.  Before returning to Reinholdt's side, Caine Magic Bullets the Defender and GGs back to safety.  Now that all of the Errants have been dealt with, the Defender returns fire on the Vanquisher and the ricochet shot bounces into the Vassal.  I roll like balls and he only takes 2 damage thanks to Iron Sentinel.  Ol'Rowdy, sensing the Defender's dire need of assistance, runs behind him; ready to counter-charge anything coming my way.

That's pretty much what happened next:  Choir sings for battle, Vassal puts Enliven on his Reckoner and then it came charging in.  Rowdy got up in his face but Enliven just moved the Reckoner out of Rowdy's reach after some damage and he started swinging.  The Defender took quite a beating and was down to 6 boxes left with the right arm and movement taken out.  The last attack from the Reckoner went into Ol'Rowdy and he took 5 points of damage.  Next came the Vanquisher that moved up behind the Reckoner.  Ferora then went up behind her two jacks and lined up a shot with her flamer at Ol'Rowdy and popped Feat.  She hit all the 'jacks and they all caught fire, but no serious damage was done to any of them.  Then she took the jacks that were on fire, put them out and put them on Ryan, Arlan and a Ranger.  With a good amount of focus camped, she Fire Steps into some cover and that was it for her turn.

Ryan and the Ranger burned to death but Arlan managed to survive his burns with 1 HP.  Sensing the end in sight, Arlan repairs 4 damaged boxes on the Defender and the Defender goes into action.  He goes up to the Reckoner and starts doing swinging.  After two hits, the Cortex is out and the Reckoner is at half health.  Next to activate is Rowdy:  Which moves on the side of the two 'jacks (as per picture) and slams his hammer into the ground; creating a tremor.  The two jacks fall on their face and now it's time for Aiyana and Holt to go to work.  Aiyana casts Kiss on the Vanquisher since it was largely undamaged and Holt puts 3 damage on it with his POW14 guns (+2 dmg).  Caine pulls from Squire one last time and moves up into shooting distance of both jacks.  He shoots into the Reckoner with Feat up until it's a smoldering ruin before lighting up the Vanquisher in a blaze of glory.  Effectively POW14 because of the kiss, all 10 shots hit their marks and the two Protectorate jacks go up in flames.  We call it here since it's pretty much clean up afterwards.

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