Colonial GT Qualifier – Game 1: Skorne vs. Khador.

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Here is the first reports of my games at Colonial GT 2012, which was a phenomenal event! I will be posting the next few reports as I finish them. By the way, I am Mike Malarowski (Malarowski on most forums).

 

 

 

 

 

To begin, the event was a Standard Steamroller 2012, 2 Lists, Divide and Conquer. Here are the two lists I used:

 

List 1

Supreme Archdomina Makeda (*5pts)
* Basilisk Drake (4pts)
* Archidon (7pts)
* Archidon (7pts)
* Bronzeback Titan (10pts)
* Titan Gladiator (8pts)
Nihilators (Leader and 9 Grunts) (8pts)
Nihilators (Leader and 9 Grunts) (8pts)
Paingiver Beast Handlers (Leader and 5 Grunts) (3pts)

Reinforcements: Gators, Feral Geist

 

List 2

Lord Arbiter Hexeris (*6pts)
* Basilisk Drake (4pts)
* Basilisk Drake (4pts)
* Bronzeback Titan (10pts)
* Titan Gladiator (8pts)
* Titan Sentry (9pts)
* Aptimus Marketh (3pts)
Paingiver Beast Handlers (Leader and 5 Grunts) (3pts)
Venators Reivers (Leader and 9 Grunts) (9pts)
* Venators Reiver Officer & Standard (2pts)
Agonizer (2pts)
Void Spirit (2pts)

 Reinforcements: Tyrant Rhadeim, Cyclops Shaman

 

Opponent: Chris Chambers – pButcher:

The Butcher of Khardov (*6pts)
* Berserker (6pts)
* War dog (1pts)
Doom Reavers (Leader and 5 Grunts) (6pts)
* Greylord Escort (2pts)
Doom Reavers (Leader and 5 Grunts) (6pts)
Great Bears of Gallowswood (5pts)
Iron Fang Uhlans (Leader and 4 Grunts) (11pts)
Kayazy Eliminators (3pts)
Fenris (5pts)
Kovnik Markov (4pts)
Man-o-war Drakhun  (5pts)
Manhunter (2pts)

Scenario: Sacrifice

DEPLOYMENT

Chris won the roll to go first, and chose to do so, his second list was an eSorscha with Deathstar and Kayazy, so I was pretty scared of it. I chose eMakeda anyway as my list is extremely mobile and should be able to get to him first. Deployed the Uhlans in the Center, Butcher, Dog and Berserker right behind. The Kayazy and Manhunters went to the left, with the Drakhun and a unit of Doomreavers with UA. They’d be going to the flag. To the right of the Uhlans, the Great Bears were being flanked by Markov and Fenris, as well as the second unit of Doomreavers, with the intention to cause trouble in the zone. The amount of hurt that would be coming from his army scared me greatly, him going first didn’t sit too well with me, but I had no choice in that matter.

Considering my list, there was no surprise in deployment. A unit of Nihilators on each flank,with the Titans, Makeda and the Drake in the center . The Archidons and Paingivers were deployed behind  the center(so everyone gets Road to War). My plan was to strike early and to strike hard, as this list tends to do, hoping to kill enough to avoid retaliation by all the weaponmasters and Butchers feat. I was not too worried about the scenario, nor did I put a lot of effort into it, as I knew whoever won the clash, would then be able to claim it, if the chance arose.

Deployment. Khador went first.

Turn 1

As expected, we both moved up rather carefully to position for charges. I did not, as I tend to, run the Nihilators forward as fast as they can (14”) to be in position for turn 2. Chris moved everything pretty much straight forward as well. I moved some Nihilators forward to screen charges (3 in each unit) so no Doomreaver would slip through. He advanced the Kayazy Eliminators to the flag with the Manhunter and the whole module on the left. Fenris came running down the side with the Doomreavers. Everything as expected.

Khador Turn 1

Skorne Turn 1

 

Turn 2

Chris went ahead and killed the Nihilators I gave him as a sign of my goodwill and token of appreciation, and moved everything a bit farther forward. I was lucky to get a Nihilator into his cav on Turn 1 to avoid being charged by them from downtown so he killed the poor bloke, too. Tough rolls were avoided in preparation of the main clash, but I did not lose any important pieces.

I then used Road to War, moved Makeda up her 6” and popped feat to give Chris a show of what this list is designed about. I enraged my beasts, save the Drake and Gladiator and pretty much charged. One Archidon went into the Great Bears killed one on the charge (double boosted POW17s tend to do that), and ate the other two while he was at it. I had casted its animus before killing the last one (relying on averages), so I then moved up a tiny bit toward the Berserker. The Bronzeback charged into the Uhlans and together with beatback chewed through all but one and the Nihilators killed a bit of stuff. The Gladiator managed to bounce off the Drakhun and was being pressured from a bunch of stuff. The Drake tried to kill the Greylord Escort but failed amiably. The Second Archidon went for Fenris, and promptly pitched him away and dismounted him.

Khador Turn 2

 

Skorne Turn 2

Turn 3

Now I expected the pain train to come my way, but most stuff I was afraid of didn’t quite exist actually. The Drakhun still made me wince when he swung at the Gladiator and put a dent into him. Some Nihilators died (big surprise there), he moved Butcher and the Dog up, feated and shot something, I think, maybe the Bronzeback, but overall that didn’t matter too much. Markhov and Fenris made trouble. One or two Paingivers were shot, overall nothing major moved though. The Berserker tried to charge the Bronzeback, after I told him that there was no lane, and a judge decided as such he decided to walk, though ,and took a free strike from the Archidon. Both attacks were fairly inconsequential and we moved on.

I realized that I had a bit of a lane to Butcher though, but with him sitting on Iron Flesh with the dog around, that was far from easily doable though. The Bronzeback was in good spirits though and cast Beatback on himself, pushed the Berserker almost next to Butcher, grabbed him and smashed him via two-handed throw into Butcher, I believe I missed, but due to distance it wouldn’t deviate off the big man who now lay on the floor ready for Makeda to feel up. She did just that, popped Engine of Destruction (after I had to clear my Paingivers out of the way, which I expertly moved into the way before) and charged the Butcher. I believe it took three hits (and the Wardog running against her with no effect) and Skorne was victorious.

Khador Turn 3

 

Skorne Turn 3. Butcher dead.

 

 

Author: Mike Malarowski

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