I should also include that my teeth were severely kicked in by the end of the game. Curb stomped or "smiley" would be an accurate description.
I deployed in an even line with jezzailachis on hills in my deployment corners with good lines of sight. I placed my plague monks between my 2 big Clanrat blocks as their relic banner could potentially stop an all out rout spreading through my lines.
Everything was going fine until my rat ogres failed their charge by a 1/4 inch, they now sat before a pack of trolls lead by a wizard.
You can see them unformed in the top right.
I then had to pull my wizard out of his unit (he had aura of protection and hammer hand up) and then cast flight in order to intercept a unit of Wulfboyz from flanking me. What should've been a 1 turn combat turned into a 3 turn engagement, at this point I knew I was doomed, I had no way to get him back where I needed him to cast wind blast and tie the giant up for awhile.
My opponent then scored a direct hit with his man mangler on turn 3: 16 Clanrats dead, panic test, which I passed surprisingly. On his next turn he did 16 wounds to my plague monks with another direct hit.
This is the photo which really sums the game up for me. Top left: Fancy pants lvl 20 hero with his parasitic blade and magically inscribed armour fails a cool test in the giant's charge and legs it off the table sharpish.
At this point I conceded, my opponent Sir Sully had played an excellent game and besides the occasional botched animosity roll his plan went off without a hitch. It does sting to lose but to lose against a genuinely nice guy with a superbly painted army stings just a little bit less.
Here are some extra pics:
Sully's dastardly bolt thrower, you can just make out the manmangler in the top right. His army is absolutely stunning to see in person.
Well Sewertyrant Xerxes has been excommunicated non gratis. I'm back to the drawing board.
Thanks for stopping by.
Now that's how its done! Great looking set-up and two gorgeously painted armies! Your rats really look impressive deployed together in their hordes. You'e done a superb job painting and organizing them. . Very inspiring stuff.ReplyDelete
Cheers mouse, I too love the "horde form". The painting is beyond simple; neat base coat with carefully applied washes.Delete
That was a grand game. I am so happy 24_Cigs approached me so that we could play together. His ratters look incredible on the table -- and very intimidating when formed into this big, nasty block.ReplyDelete
I'll post my own battle report soon...
Can't wait for the rematch!
As always Sully you are too kind. It was an extremely enjoyable game, I had no idea that manmangler was so devastating, I must find a way round it somehow!ReplyDelete
Onwards and upwards as they say.
There's not a huge amount as a Skaven General that you can do about artillery, you have to just soak it up I'm afraid, that's what your big blocks are for. I think your opponent was very lucky indeed to manage the two spot on shots, in other games this should become less of an issue.ReplyDelete
The Giant is a similar issue to the Treemen I faced at BOYL2014. Maybe try getting a Skeleton summoning spell to tie him up.
Stick Warpfire Throwers on your flanks, he can send Wolf Boyz on flanking manoeuvres but he'll need to be careful as the smell of burnt fur and bubbling waxy green skin is not nice at all.
I think you were quite unlucky here, keep going, press on and don't sit back, get in there and go for the jugular and make sure EVERY unit (even Rat Ogres) are supported, never send any units off on their own.
I shall persevere but I am loathe to pursue the "uglier" tactics, why not start taking rings of cause panic or steal mind? Just evil. I was thinking maybe a level ten assassin with a frost blade and mighty strike. That would mess up anyone's day. Then again I did buy the new Verminlord plastic kit, why not bring my own skaven aligned giant?!ReplyDelete
Really? You think summoning Skelies is an ugly tactic? Not sure as I agree but different strokes for different blokes I guess.Delete
Alright - I've now posted my battle report of this engagement, complete with some maps (I was trying to emulate the old-school battle reports in the White Dwarves from the late 1980's... not sure if I was successful).ReplyDelete
Oh it was successful alright, great job Sully.Delete
Great to see your fine furry horde in action again, 24_Cigs!! Looks like a very fun game. And to quote Lemmy, "You win some, you lose some, it's all the same..." as long as it is fun and nice to look at! I look forward to more...ReplyDelete
The game was excellent, tons of fun. I can't say how lucky I am to find an opponent in Toronto. We need to get you out here to try us Southern Ontarians on.
Hey, One day, 24_Cigs, that would be fun!Delete