|Lace 'em up Forrest, this is gonna be a long one.|
35+6 points, 18 models
The Butcher of Khardov +6 points
* Juggernaut 7 points
* Kodiak 8 points
* War Dog 1 point
Great Bears of Gallowswood 5 points
Greylord Ternion 4 points
3 Man-O-War Bombardiers 7 points
5 Man-O-War Shocktroopers 9 points
I've already laid out the general approach above, but just to reiterate: brick up, crawl forward, lob grenades. An objective scenario would screw me pretty good, but isn't that always the case? Some cocktail napkin math told me that if I ran one turns one and two I could make the center line, with Iron Flesh up but without Shield Wall. Hopefully it wouldn't come to that.
|Still running. Hope you brought some water.|
35+6 points, 36 models
Lich Lord Asphyxious +6 points
* Cankerworm 5 points
* 2x Nightwretch 4 points each
* Skarlock Thrall 2 points
10 Bane Thralls 8 points
6 Bile Thralls 5 points
Bloat Thrall 2 points
10 Mechanithralls 5 points
* 1 Brute Thrall 1 point
Withershadow Combine 5 points
Heavily outnumbered again, I had faith in the Motherland's thick armor and the stout hearts of her soldiers. We rolled up Mangled Metal first, then rolled again and got the two objective scenario. Looking at the description I knew I was sunk from the beginning. With 22" between the edges of the two objective zones I'd never be able to cover both, so winning by scenario was right out. After terrain went down my resolve was firmed: the center forest was back, and there was plenty of other terrain around. My saving grace was that EV won the roll to go first and didn't defer, so I'd be able to deploy in response to him. Fortunately the unit that worried me the most (Bile Thralls) was shoved out to the left flank, so my choice of which side to neglect was an easy one. This meant I'd be lining up against the Bane Thralls (and Fatty Arbuckle), but I liked that matchup more than Purge Purge Purge. I put the Shock Troopers as far forward as possible, then the Bombardiers behind them, then my small bases. Just to the side was Orsus and my jacks. The Kodiak pulled the inside lane because of the (oh so common) center forest. I had a few moments of panic while figuring out if the objective area was a 5" diameter (in which case I had no chance of getting anything into it by the end of turn 2) or a 5" radius (which would make things much easier). Turns out it's a radius, so the turtle was in business. Though I was fighting for a draw (on scenario) from the beginning, I was ready to come out swinging.
|The armies take the field.|
EV advanced. Apparently eGaspy has no buffs, so there wasn't even a spell to track. Everything except the Bile Thralls started moving right. If those stupid Biles wanted to spend the whole game camping in the woods I was happy to oblige.
|Cryx turn one.|
|Khador turn one.|
Not much doing on turn 2 for the undead. The Bloat Thrall took a shot at the Shock Troopers but missed and deviated into irrelevance. EV also laid some caustic clouds in the objective building.
|Cryx turn two.|
|Let the barrage begin.|
|Khador turn two.|
The whole hiding the Kodiak in the woods thing didn't work out too well. First EV arced Parasite onto the Kodiak, then charged the Cankerworm in. Despite only having the one AP attack, the addition of Parasite meant that one attack took out a third of the jack, including an arm.
|That worm isn't very nice.|
|This dog? Very nice indeed.|
|Charging Weapon Masters hurt.|
|Cryx turn three.|
|Who uses a RNG 6 gun? I do.|
|Locking down the objective.|
|Keep firing lads.|
|Send in the gimp.|
|Khador turn three.|
Turns out I didn't hide the Kodiak well enough. The Cankerworm came in to take an Armor Piercing bite before running back into the woods to hide. The MechThralls came in and finished it off easy enough, even without the Brute Thrall. At least EV wouldn't be able to turn it into a Cryx jack.
|Poor Kodiak, it died too young.|
|Alas, no free strike to be had.|
|Cryx turn four.|
|The Butcher steps up.|
|This time the alley is covered.|
|No more jack factory.|
|I love the sound of artillery in the morning.|
|Those are some great Bears.|
|Khador turn four.|
EV brought the MechThralls in against the Shock Troopers. One of them connected and finished off the damage Man-o-War. Fortunately for me it was the leader, so I got to swap it out and deprive the Thralls who had yet to swing of their attacks.
|One down, four to go.|
|Cryx turn five.|
|The top two do not play well with others.|
|Sprays are amazing.|
|They drop bombs like Hiroshima.|
|The perils of forgetting about toxic clouds.|
|Khador turn five.|
Turns out I didn't get the free strike lanes quite right, so EV got a charge in on one of the Bears. The MechThrall connected, I failed the Tough roll, and the Bears were down to a pair. This was quite the keyhole charge to dodge the free strikes while also not clipping the woods.
|Despite my best efforts...|
|Hate that worm.|
|Cryx turn six.|
|Working better separate than together.|
|Squash that bug.|
|Khador turn six.|
More Cankerworm to start turn seven. With Pathfinder and the after activation advance the stupid worm could eat my jacks in little bites at its leisure. In retrospect I should have moved my jacks away from the woods so I might have had some chance at doing something to it. Between Parry and Stealth I don't know what that something would have been, but it would have been better than just watching my jacks go slowly down.
|Hate that worm!|
|Cryx turn seven.|
|Great at taking hits, not so great at giving them.|
|One less Skarlock in the world.|
|Khador turn seven.|
The game was getting surreal at this point. How long had we been going? Long enough that turns took next to no time. With three pieces (barring the Bile Thralls camping on the other side of the board. Remember them?) remaining, I had no doubt who would start off turn eight. That damn worm. One less Shock Trooper to swing at Gaspy.
|Hate that worm!!!|
|No sustained attack, still effective.|
|Cryx turn eight.|
|Poppin' a cap in that lich.|
|Great Bears - 2, Bonejacks - 0.|
|Khador turn eight.|
The dread feat turn. This was the third or fourth game that EV ran eGaspy, but this was the first time I'd seen his feat. It was unfortunate, but the Butcher pulled through.
|How did the Greylords survive? I have no idea.|
|We made it!|