Well welcome back to another exciting look into the mind of that crazy person we call, the Dark Horse. With Diecon now over and everyone is back home and into the normal swing of things one starts to take a look back upon some of the things that happened at the convention. I would like to go through the lists that I used and what my overall plan was with them, though I won’t be going into what exactly each model does as I would with my other articles but will still try to answer any and all questions that might come to mind. I chose to run Legion for the opening 35 point tournament and for Hardcore as it has been about 2 months since I last got a game in with my Legion. For the invitational I was attempting the Cygnar challenge. But before I get started I want to thank everyone that helped work and put together this Privateer Weekend and I am totally glad that I went and that it will be back yet again next year, can’t wait to see everyone there again. But now what you have all been waiting for:
35pt Tournament, 2 lists, divide and conquer, 5 rounds, Reinforcements (though there were no scenarios with this so I’m not going to type the models I added at last minute)
Record: 5-0 (some how, don’t know how that happened)
Prime Thagrosh +5
Strider Deathstalker 2
Strider Deathstalker 2
Tier 4 Absylonia +5
Angelius (1) 8
Ravagore (1) 9
Scythean (1) 8
6 Spawning Vessel 3
Benefits: 1 point reduction on heavy warbeasts, lesser warbeasts gain advance deployment, for each foresaken in the army 1 heavy warbeast gains advance move.
So with it being a divide and conquer format I tried to go with 2 lists that I would be able to use effectively regardless of whether it was warmachine or hordes. Though I must confess I have played many more games with Thagrosh than I had with Abby. To me they both have their bad matchups, as everyone does for that matter, but for me I find Thagrosh a little more forgiving if something was to go badly. Ideally I would want to play Abby against a Hordes army but unfortunately I did not get to face one until the final round and since my final opponent was locked into Epic Vayl I found that Thagrosh would be the better choice. So I ended up running Abby twice and Thagrosh 3 times. Normally with the Abby list I would have Forced Evolution upon the Angelius and Carnivore upon the Scythean. I didn’t even cast Playing God once but I sure did spam the heck out of Tenacity on my army. With the 2 Shepherds and Foresaken I was more than able to run my beasts hot. I also chose to have my Ravagore and Angelius make the advance moves due to the tier bonus. As for the Thagrosh list I normally would have Draconic Blessing upon the Scythean as it would be the first to see the melee fight and then I would switch it to whatever beast needed it next after the Scythean got its use out of it. I also would spam the heck out of Spiny Growth and try to keep Thagrosh close to the beasts as it would allow for Death Shroud to take part in the game.
I know I said I would not really go into games but since I did win this tournament I feel I should go a little into the final game. The final matchup was his Epic Vayl vs my Prime Thagrosh, though Purification gets rid of Spiny Growth this list isn’t as dependent upon my spells as my other list was. Never have played this person before, and first time seeing him at one of the cons, it was nice to see a new face in the finals. Though he says he didn’t have a good feat turn, and this is a little true due to bad positioning which would later leave Vayl exposed for the kill, he did kill 2 of my 3 heavies that turn. As I would feat to bring back Typhon deja vu would occur and he would destroy him again and my last heavy. I currently at this time had only killed one of his Angeliuses and would only have Thagrosh and Foresaken. Though my friends would hear me say that ever famous line “this is a long shot” and then see me hit a spawning vessel grunt next to Vayl with a Mutagenisis and finish off Vayl for the win. It is because of moves like this I like to quote my friend Garrin, “any given Sunday.” To us this means that anything and everything can happen in this game and thats what makes this a great game.
Hardcore, Record 4-2
Prime Vayl +6
Blackfrost Shard 5
Spell Martyr 1
So though I would not place I still had a great time, I won my first game and after losing my second game is when I decided that I would try to wipe out my opponents’ armies from that point on. In the end this would lead me to win the title of Executioner with 294 points over the course of the 6 round tournament. This was 294 out of a total of 333 that I could’ve gotten during the tournament. The overall idea with my list was to do what I had done by the end, eliminate the opposing army. To start with I would Leash the Ravagore and put Chiller upon the Angelius. Normally Leash would always be upkept upon the Ravagore unless I intended for it to help another model get more threat range, the spell being upon the Ravagore allowed for him to usually get an aiming bonus as well as extra threat upon its shot. In the end I normally did not have a great plan for this list as I was playing her as a way to get some games in with her, it has been probably 8 months since I got to play her. So I normally would set up and try to decide what was the biggest threat to me and try to destroy it, then move onto the next thing. Though I must say my favorite game was another member of Muse, Mr. Crump. I know a lot of us give him heck at times when hanging out but I must say he has truly earned my respect as a player, he really made me work for the win and the game never had a dull moment as he is a terrific person.
Invitational, 2 lists, divide and conquer, record 4-0 till drop after 4th round (we had a flight that left at 7:30 and no later flights, so I did not get to finish the tournament)
Prime Haley +5
Alain Runewood 3
Black 13th 4
Epic Eiryss 3
10 Horgenhold Forge Guard with Murdoch 10
Stormblades with Officer and Standard and 3 Storm Gunners 11
Prime Stryker +6
Journeyman Warcaster 3
10 Trenchers with Officer and Sharpshooter and 2 Grenadiers 15
So with the idea that I normally feel quite comfortable with both casters it was more a matter of what the scenario was to decide what list I ran. With the Haley list I would spam Temporal Barrier which would allow me to get the first strike in melee. Though there is not a whole lot of range attacks that one would rely upon with her I still would try to use what I had to force my opponent into getting close with my army. With most of my points in infantry I would usually have Arcane Shield upon the Stormblades and Horgenforge. My other list would be used based upon a scenario where we tried to control one zone, more so if the scenario had Killbox then it was definitely getting chosen. Normally now with the Stormwall out having Arcane Shield upon it is not a surprise. The feat that Stryker brings is just even better. But as I am the Dark Horse it does mean that I have to have some weird plan for all of this. The Trenchers in the list did raise many eyebrows but after my game against our very own Keith people saw how the list worked. The Trenchers would have Blur upon them and the Piper would give them Dirge, making them effective DEF 14 in melee and causing terror, and making them DEF 17 against range and magic and possibly DEF 21 if they were dug in. With the feat going they would be up in the opponents facing, dieing or living did not matter as my plan was to make someone think I feated too early as Stormwall was not close to the action yet. What this does is make the opponent feel their warcaster/warlock was safe, here is why there is a Lancer. The following turn what remaining Trenchers open up line of sight to the warcaster/warlock, or enough to where a moving Lancer can see them. I then have Stryker Earthquake the model or a low DEF model next to them, then Snipe the Stormwall with 2 focus. The Defender and Stormwall then open up upon the knocked down, soon dead, warcaster/warlock.
In the end it did suck having to leave when I was having a good run in the invitational but all in all I had some great, challenging, games. As for the rest of my story I was happy to win Weekend Warlord again for the 2nd year in a row. It was quite a surprise and I also want to thank those that helped paint the models that were prizes for this award. So overall out of all the games I got to play I went 13-2 for the entire weekend, 13-4 if you count the games I lost due to having to catch a flight. I want to congratulate Phat Asian as he won the Invitational as he is someone that truly deserves it. He is someone that shows you do not have to be a jerk with the rules to be great at the game and I hope he does well next November in the Invitational tournament, though sorry I do have to root for my boys Jake and Garrin as they will be playing against him probably, lol. Till next time