Submitted by Iggy Koopa, March 2, 2015 at 1:33 PM.
Well it appears that Adam Haecker is now apart of our Grudge Match Series and that has certainly upped stakes a bit! Austin and I were set to play but he had to back out due to some personal issues at the last minute and so I invited Adam over to play a game. After I thought about it for a while I figured we could insert him into the Grudge Match Series and have a round robin-style of play between the 3 of us. So since Austin was out, Adam was now in… and that meant that I’d have to take on what turned out to be Dark Elves, led by the Witch King Malekith…
In case you have forgotten, the rules are pretty simple:
– 2,500 point list.
– End Times stuff is legal.
– Rotate locations so that one person isn’t always hauling their stuff.
– Keep track of the outcome.
One of the other things that are key in these matchups is that nobody knows who their opponent is going to be. So that means that we just pick an army beforehand and our opponent won’t know who they’re going to play until we start setting up the table. I chose to bring the Lizardmen out of retirement and Adam, of course, brought Dark Elves. Here’s the armies:
Well to start off my spells rolled were crap. I have only a Skink Priest so I have to roll from the Lore of the Heavens and I always hope for the Comet of Casandora because that gives me some good firepower, no matter who I’m going up against. But I was not so lucky in my rolls this time and got stuck with Wind Blast and Harmonic Convergence… So basically nothing offensive. Oh well…
I don’t want to go into a big, long detailed description of how this fight went… Mainly because there’s really no need to. This one was over shortly after it began. Round 1 belonged to Adam as he won the rolloff and elected to go first. He moved his army into position and the Witch King Malekith made sure to get within 18″ of my Skink Priest… perhaps to blow him up in the magic phase. The rest of his army advanced forward, anticipating a counter-move by me and the Lizardmen host. Once we got to the Magic Phase my suspicions were proven right… Malekith targeted my Skink Priest with a spell that did D3 wounds (if I remember correctly) to my little dude… And in an instant he was dead. So before my Turn 1 ever got started I was already down a character… The rest of the turn was somewhat uneventful. So on to my Turn 1….
One of the few bright spots for me was getting my Bastilodon into shooting range of Adam’s Witch Elves. It was about the only bright spot of the game for me. I moved my units forward to meet the Dark Elf advance and after rolling a 3 for the Winds of Magic I opted to use all of them on the Beam of Chotec, a bound spell held within the Solar Engine of the Bastilodon… I happened to roll a double 6 so it went off and then I rolled a 6 for the result! This meant that it did 2D6 Strength 6 attacks and I managed to kill of 8 Witch Elves with this shot! The Chameleon Skinks were on the run from being blasted last turn and the my 2 Carnosaur characters were lining themselves up to get into better flank charges.
The rest of the game was all downhill for me… Adam used his armies abilities to his advantage and was able to get off key charges against my Saurus units. One battle I lost 13 Saurus Warriors and he only lost 3 Dark Elves. The ability to Always Strike First and then re-roll failed attempts to his was brutal for me but Adam played it right and used it to his advantage. There were a few battles that went an extra round but nothing too great. Malekith was eventually charged by my BSB on Carnosaur and before I ever got the chance to do D3 wounds (from the Carnosaur) he killed him and the BSB was left by himself. It wasn’t long after that that he was killed by Malekith and I lost my ability to re-roll failed leadership tests! My Ripperdactyls were taken out of position early one due to their Frenzy and never once got to attack with their full amount of power. They eventually charged Malektih as well, coupled with the Oldblood Bro’qin Bot’l but Malekith’s dragon was able to kill the Carnosaur again, leaving just the Ripperdactyls and the Oldblood. Although he put up a fight he was eventually taken out due to not having his might Carnosaur to help him fight! The Ripperdactyls were ran off in the end, I took a knee in Turn 5. The Lizardmen were destroyed by the Dark Elves and the Witch King Malekith reigned supreme!
There were a couple of chances early on that I had to make some great moves but either the dice betrayed me or I got myself out of position. Adam played to the strengths of his army and put himself in some favorable positions. Like I said, the Lizardmen are a severe disadvantage against DE because of the ASF rule and then their ability to re-roll failed To Hit rolls. I believe he was rolling about 85% success rate every time, which makes for a lot of attacks that go through! We’ll see next time when we get together and play again. Austin, Adam, and myself will have some great battles coming up! More to come in the Grudge Match Series…
For now, here’s the standings:
Ro.: 1 – 1 – 0
Adam: 1 – 0 – 0
Austin: 0 – 1 – 0