Tuesday, January 27, 2015

SKORNE: SR 2015 Lists Ver 1.1

I know what you are thinking, you are thinking: "Mags, you just posted up your lists last week and you are already changing them?" I know you are thinking it because it was the first thing that popped into my mind when I sat down to write this article. However, these are not changes that have come about willy-nilly, but changes that I was already thinking about and planning on when models came back from the painter. Yes, some of the changes are in part due to the changes that have occurred when playing my army lists in my local meta; not changes that have occurred after one game, but changes that I have already mentioned in previous posts; changes that I was thinking about as I played games because of issues and difficulties that I was coming across when playing my opponents who were themselves adapting to the meta.

In reality, only a few of the changes have come about due to Steamroller 2015; although I am seriously looking at some ADR (Active Duty Roster) casters just in case I play in a SR that allows them. With the change to Divide and Conquer, I am now having to really look at my two list pairings as those are the lists I will have to drop in everything except Iron Gauntlet; however, Iron Gauntlet is its own beat that requires completely different consideration and something that I will have to consider. I have though about it, which is why out of my old three lists, two of my lists have changed. Anyways, I am really rambling, so on to the lists...

Thursday, January 22, 2015

SKORNE: Zaal takes on Legion and Convergence!

I have basically settled on either Zaal or possibly Rasheth for my third list. I really like Zaal as he fits my attrition play style. However, he is another infantry based list and I am concerned that I am playing one to many infantry lists and that my opponent doesn't really have all that many choices, choices that a list like Rasheth would make him think about. However, I am still really liking Zaal, so that is who I am playing. I got in two games with my lists, one against a long time Legion and Cryx player and one against one of our Convergence players.

The first game was against Legion and my list looked like this....

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Skorne: Xerxis and Mordikaar take the Field

Well, I know that I said I hoped to have some painting up, but I do not. I could make a bunch of excuses, but I will not. However, I will say that running three leagues is a bit more time consuming that I had originally anticipated.

Well, I am still plugging away with Skorne and as we waited (these games were before SR 2015 dropped) for SR 2015 to drop, we were still playing games as many of us were still trying to narrow down what list and caster to play; actually, some people are still trying to figure out what faction to play. I continued to plug away with the three casters that I had planned on running in SR 2015. These two games are with my "primary" casters Mordikaar and pXerxis. Okay, on to the first game.

My first game was against Cygnar. Cygnar is a faction that we do not see very much in our dojo; a dojo dominated by Khador, Retribution, and Legion. However, we do have several newer players who have picked up the faction. Anyways, we had several players from up north drive down to our store to get in games as one of their friends had told them about our store. I got an opportunity to play against a Cygnar army that was led by Stryker 2. I have never seen Stryker 2 as I always up to this point have seen Siege or Haley2.

So, I decided to drop Fist of Halaak into it as that is my current drop skewed for shooting armies. The list for ease of reference is:

Tyrant Xerxis (*5pts)
* Molik Karn (11pts)
* Titan Gladiator (8pts)
Cataphract Arcuarii (Leader and 3 Grunts) (5pts)
Cataphract Arcuarii (Leader and 3 Grunts) (5pts)
Cataphract Cetrati (Leader and 5 Grunts) (10pts)
Cataphract Incindiarii (Leader and 3 Grunts) (5pts)
Cataphract Incindiarii (Leader and 3 Grunts) (5pts)
Paingiver Beast Handlers (Leader and 5 Grunts) (3pts)
Tyrant Commander & Standard Bearer (3pts)

Standard list, simple but usually effective.
I got the first turn and ran up the middle as fast as I could go. I was leaning more heavily toward the left hand zone and my opponent deployed more of his army toward that flank to counter me.
My opponent seemed scared of the Incindiarii and kept way back. I was still able to drop AOE's on to his army and do a bunch of damage. All it really prevented him from doing is effectively feating on his next turn, so I figured he would be doing it on turn 3 when it would be the most effective.
My opponent still feated on turn two and attempted to jam me up. I am under the assumption that he forgot about Martial Discipline as I was able to use that ability to clear my front lines. I could have continued to go after his army and go for the long game, but I saw an avenue to Stryker under feat, so used my caster and the Arcuarii to clear a lane for Molik, who got Rush, Fury and Enraged. I charged a Dwarf in the way, killed him and side stepped to Stryker.
I missed the hit by one, so boosted after the fact and then decided to boost the damage....rolling 5 dice at pow 18...I rolled 24! and killed Stryker in one shot!

My opponent said he had been playing Cygnar for awhile, but up until recently he had concentrated on Haley2, Nemo2, and Siege. In addition, my opponent told me that they have no Skorne players in their meta and it was the first time he had really seen Fist. That is not a good combination. Fist is a strong list and if you are not expecting the Molik-Missile, things will go really bad for you.
My next game I will just quickly mention. It was against Legion and my opponent took a bajillion Ravagores against my Fist list. In the end....
...He did do a lot of damage to my army, but in the end, under feat with a Slam, I rolled a ton of damage as you can see in the picture on his last beast with a slam that goes over his caster and knocks her down. The damage would have killed her, so she transfers it to the beast killing it and leaving her on no Transfers and knocked down. As I had not completed my Gland Slam Follow-up move yet, he concededs as even a Gladiator can killed a KD caster rolling extra dice for damage....especially when they are squishy.
The next game of note with my "primary" two list pair was against Cryx. Our Cryx player who had went to Legion, went back to Cryx and wanted to try his new list out on my Mordikaar list. It was a Venethrax list and I have never seen him on the table, so this was going to be an interesting game.

For reference, my Mordikaar list (at the time) was:
Void Seer Mordikaar (*5pts)
* Cyclops Raider (5pts)
* Cyclops Shaman (5pts)
* Tiberion (11pts)
* Aptimus Marketh (3pts)
Cataphract Incindiarii (Leader and 5 Grunts) (9pts)
Nihilators (Leader and 9 Grunts) (8pts)
Paingiver Beast Handlers (Leader and 3 Grunts) (2pts)
Praetorian Swordsmen (Leader and 9 Grunts) (6pts)
* Praetorian Swordsmen Officer & Standard (2pts)
Extoler Soulward (2pts)
Orin Midwinter, Rogue Inquisitor (2pts)
I won the first turn and jammed forward with the Swordsmen as I wanted the Hollow unit out front so I could reap the Souls from them. In addition, I held back the Incindiarii as he had a bunch of heavy armor units and I would need the fire later in the game to target units he was keeping in the backfield.

I also saw the Withershadow Combine. I am now seeing that more often when I face off against Cryx and I am now seeing more heavy units...like Bane Cavalry or the Kraken. It is something I am thinking about as I prepare to tweak my lists for 2015.
My next turn was me popping my mini-feat and poking the Bane Cavalry to death while I also got rid of most of the Withershadow Combine...I also popped feat. My opponent still manages to kill most of my Swordsmen even with the feat, but I still have all the Nihilators and a tone of Cetrati left. In addition, I had gotten Orin close enough so he could not do spells from the remaining Combine member, Admonia. 
My next turn is devestating. My opponent is getting desperate, so he goes after Tiberion and completely wiffs it leaving all Spirals Healthy. In return, Tiberion beats him to death with the Big Bat.

More and more often, I am seeing my opponents taking heavier, more armored units against me when I play against Cryx. To the point that I am going to have to change my Mordikaar list. In addition, they are going back to control casters and I can only protect one unit with Banishing Ward....so, I think I might have to make a few changes.
Okay, up next is definitely some Zaal battle reports. After that, I am hoping to have actual Steamroller 2015 games to talk about. 
Till then, Mags Out!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Skorne: My First Three Lists for 2015 - Version 1.0

2014 was a Roller-coaster year for me and my Skorne. First off, 2014 was the first full year of me playing Warmachine and Skorne. There was a lot of ups and downs last year with my Skorne. First off, learning a new game system is not the easiest thing to do and the various and complex interactions between your own army and your opponents army in Warmachine turn that up a notch or two. Secondly, I took a lot of lumps while trying to learn my army and the game. It go so bad that by the end of June, I started to collect a Legion army and was getting ready to shelve Skorne for awhile.

Not all was bad, I did go to Kingdom-Con in April of 2014 and went 4-2 at my first Con. So, that was rather fun experience and a good way to start the year. However, things got worse and I started jumping from Caster to Caster; which of course did not make things any better. 

I then decided to jump to Legion in Sept, so I started painting those models. But, while I waited to finish them up, I decided to go ahead and pick two casters I would always play either together or as part of my two pair dual and then I picked 3 other casters that I wanted to play. I would only play those 5 casters. 

Guess what, I started winning! I also started narrowing the casters down and finally, I find myself at three Casters that I want to play as I advance into 2015. The lists of course are a work in progress, but that goes with out saying. So, without further ado, I give you my First Three Skorne lists of 2015.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Zaal vs Legion: Double Gaming Recap

The final gaming recap (times 2) of all my end of the year 2014 games. This set of games is against a long time Cryx player who recently switched over to Legion and asked me to play a dedicated Hordes or Legion drop. While I do drop Fist of Halaak into Legion, I wanted to get more familiar with my Zaal list, so out it came. The list look like this...