mandag 28. november 2016

Battle Report #353: Stryker3 vs Zerkova1

:: Prologue ::

On my twitter account I said that I was hoping for 4 games with 4 casters yesterday. Indeed I got that! Following the Haley games it was time to bring out mr patriot, mk. 3. Unfortunately Stryker himself is on my painting table at the moment so I had to borrow a Khador cav dude. Fitting then perhaps that I was playing vs Khador as well, facing Zerkova1 for my first time!

:: Lists ::

(Stryker 3) Lord General Coleman Stryker [+28]
- Ironclad [12]
- Thorn [13]
- Squire [5]
- Ironclad [12]
Storm Lances (max) [20]
Storm Lances (min) [12]
Trencher Infantry (max) [16]
Lanyssa Ryssyl, Nyss Sorceress [3]
Gobber Tinker [2]
Ragman [4]
Rhupert Carvolo, Piper of Ord [4]
- Juggernaut
- Ruin
- Behemoth
- Torch
Josef Stalin
- 3x Rockets

:: Pre-Battle Thoughts & Deployment ::

We are playing Extraction and I get first turn. On Zerkova's feat turn my defensive tech will be gone so my idea here is to save enough of it until I've bought table space and gotten a scenario angle. I also want my Lances away from his Rockets.

:: Game ::

That deployment line of endless cav is so epic it makes me all warm and fuzzy inside! It's as if it's taken out of LOTR: Return of the King. Anyway. I place everything outside of Rocketeer range and get the spells up.

Khador run up. Zerkova does her Haley3-imitation. Boooo!!

Time to commit some Trenchers! Lances flank out.

Zerkova feats, unsurprisingly, and Torch lights up the right Ironclad. I had a feeling he'd go for him so I had Tinker nearby. No avail, 3 rockets and Behemoth kill him dead. Lolz.

Khador have committed a grave mistake. The scenario is all but wide open! I put Fury on Thorn which, with Reaction Drive and Escort, lets him move in to the objective and bash it despite Zerkova's feat being up. Bam, bam, bam! The Ironclad with Fury kills the Juggernaut first with some help from a Storm Lance. Trenchers make a little fort on the right flank and Tinker + Lanyssa grab points. Lances spread out as much as possible to pressure Zerkova. 3-0!

The move Khador end up performing is killing Thorn and charging the Ironclad with Behemoth. Sadly for Khador, Thorn is a bitch with Dodge and when Ruin rolls poorly on one of his initials Thorn says "thank you". This ensures tons of effort is spent to kill him. The plan still works though but Zerkova is super-exposed.

I could get 1 Lance and 1 Trencher on Zerkova, she has 0 focus and they would both get to charge. However, with only 3 models contesting the right flag and Behemoth contesting the left I figure it's a safer play to simply go for scenario. Ragman puts down Death Field, Stryker moves up and feats + fury on himself. Some nasty attacks later and Behemoth is nearly dead. I shuffle Fury to Lances which finish the job, the mount attacks going batshit at PS17 boosted (lol). The Trenchers end up auto-clearing the WGRC because of my feat and take the right flag. 5-0.

Victory to the Swans!

:: Evaluation ::

This list has so much damage output it's just ridiculous. Sure doesn't always feel like Cygnar!

Zerkova's problem here I think is mainly deployment. She doesn't commit to either of the flags and with her jacks all fucking around in the middle it's too easy for me to grab points. If she had skewed right for example and simply spammed that flag with jacks while taking the wall for cover herself I don't think I could've scored quickly enough. With more conservative play I think my opponent's in a lot better position.

My game plan worked, ish. I should maybe have spread Lances out some more to make it harder for Zerkova to cloud up, but with Torch + Behemoth + Rockets it's hard to really get reliable coverage. In any case a win's a win and playing Stryker3 sure feels like Warmachine on hard mode compared to my other casters so I'll take it!

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